MEC’s Maria Joyce applauds outstanding resources talent at WIRNA

MEC Mining General Manager of Strategy and Business Development, Maria Joyce, attended the Women in Resources National Awards (WIRNA) dinner in Launceston, Tasmania in her capacity as Committee Chair of Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) last Thursday 31st August 2017.

WIRNA is a partnership between the Minerals Council of Australia and its Victorian and Northern Territory branches, the New South Wales Minerals Council, the Queensland Resources Council, the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council, the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy Western Australia, with support from various Women in Mining Network state branches.

The awards profile women in the resources sector, providing ambassadors and role models as an aid to the attraction and retention of women in the resources sector, with the goal of at least 20 per cent women in non-traditional roles by 2020.

wirm 3Maria was one of the judges who represented Queensland at the national awards and was blown away by the calibre of finalists in every category of the awards.

“The women who were nominated all have exceptional careers, within high-achieving companies, whose contribution to women in resources is to be applauded. I couldn’t have been more impressed with the talent on display, and in my eyes, every finalist is a winner,” said Ms Joyce.

Congratulations to all WIRNA nominees and winners, including Gender Diversity Champion in Australia Resources award recipient, Heron Resources Non-Executive Director, Fiona Robertson; BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) Diesel Fitter Carolyn Dobson, who took out the Outstanding Tradeswoman/Operator/Technician in Australian Resources award; and Industry Achievement Award winner Michelle Keegan, who is Vice President Strategy at Incitec Pivot Limited.

For more information and a full list of the Women in Resources National Award winners, visit: