Location: Flin Flon, Manitoba
Education: Material Science and Metallurgy
Product: Zinc and Copper
Job Title: Senior Metallurgist
As Senior Metallurgist for the Flin Flon Concentrator (commonly called “the mill”), Cassandra Spence makes sure that the complex operations needed to process ore and produce mineral concentrates run smoothly. To keep on top of things she’s constantly on the move around the mill, keeping in touch with other staff and checking that equipment is working properly.
“I have tons of freedom in how I direct my days,” Spence says. “I’m given great opportunities and projects, and chances to excel and learn on the job.”
Spence was born and raised in Deloraine in southern Manitoba. When she learned about the job opening at Hudbay, she jumped at the chance and was soon off on what she calls her “grand adventure”. Spence now happily calls Flin Flon home and helps out with Kinettes and other volunteer activities.
She loves the northern life, including getting out in her kayak and other outdoor pursuits. Big cities definitely have their appeal, she says, but a paycheque in Northern Manitoba generally goes a lot further than in urban areas. “I can choose to splurge when travelling or for other special occasions beyond what a city person with similar income might be able to afford,” Spence says.