Board of Trustees

Our dedicated Board members bring their energy, special skills and knowledge of the minerals industry, and whole-hearted belief that the education of youth in school is key to building an informed society and sustaining our industry. They volunteer their time, help build connections to others in our industry, and are champions for raising funds for MineralsEd programs.


  • Bob Dickinson

    Bob Dickinson


    Bob Dickinson is the Chairman of the Board of Hunter Dickinson Inc. (HDI) He is been on the MREPBC Board since 2004, and Chair since 2007.

    Bob is an economic geologist who has been active in mineral exploration for 50 years. He holds B.Sc. in Geology and M. Sc in Finance degrees from UBC and is one of the founders of HDI, a globally respected exploration and mine development team that has advanced mine development projects in BC and around the world.

    His leadership and achievements over the course of his career have been recognized and celebrated by the mining industry: Canada's Developer of the Year in 1990; BC's Mining Person of the Year in 2000; the Pacific Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004; with the Northern Dynasty team, the Thayer Lindsley International Discovery Award in 2007; the A.O. Dufresne Award in 2008; Charles F. Rand Memorial Gold Medal in 2010; and 2012 Induction with his HDI partner, the late Robert Hunter, into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.

    Bob is well known for his efforts to help further the understanding of the importance of mining to society and of minerals in our everyday lives. A staunch advocate for Earth Science and mining education of youth in school, he has driven MREPBC’s fundraising campaigns since 2007. He also serves as Vice-Chair of the Britannia Mine Museum driving and guiding the advancement of this National Historic Site as a premier education venue.

  • Randy Smallwood

    Randy Smallwood


    Randy Smallwood is the President and CEO of Wheaton Precious Metals Inc. He joined the MREPBC Board in 2016.

    Randy's interest in geology, exploration and mining began as a young adult while working as a field assistant staking claims. He returned to school, completing first a Mining Technology diploma from BCIT and on to a degree in geological engineering from the University of British Columbia. He worked as an exploration geologist for a number of BC companies before joining Wheaton River Minerals Ltd. in 1993. He became their Director of Project Development in 2001, working through the company’s merger with Goldcorp in 2005.

    Randy was involved in the founding of Wheaton Precious Metals, formerly Silver Wheaton, and in 2007 he joined Wheaton Precious Metals full time as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development. In 2010, he was appointed President, and in 2011 he was appointed Wheaton Precious Metals' Chief Executive Officer.

    In 2015, Randy received the British Columbia Institute of Technology Distinguished Alumni Award.

  • Tom Broddy

    Tom Broddy

    Board Member

    Tom Broddy is the Manager, Concentrate Logistics for Taseko Mines Ltd. He joined the MREPBC Board in 2013.

    Tom grew up in Prince George, BC and chose a career in mining while in  the engineering program at UBC. He graduated with a Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering degree in 1984 and began his career at Teck Resources’ Bullmoose coal mine in northeast BC. He worked in operations for 16 years, developing his operational and engineering skills to become the Superintendent of Engineering at Quintette Coal Limited. He left operations in 2000 for a career in Port Terminal Management at Vancouver Wharves and later Centerm (now DP World) in Vancouver Harbour. Mr. Broddy returned to mining in 2006 when he joined Taseko Mines Ltd.

    Tom takes a leadership role in building a sustainable BC mining industry by encouraging and supporting young people beginning careers in the mining industry. He is on the Program Advisory Committees for the mining programs at BCIT and UBC. He has been instrumental in establishing and supporting the UBC and BCIT Student Branches of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, speaking to the students on the value of professional networking through CIM in career development. He also speaks to industry groups on the importance and effectiveness of hiring and mentoring young adults in the mining industry during both good economic times and bad.

    In 2015 Tom was presented with the District Distinguished Service Award from CIM for his exemplary efforts to introduce students to the mining industry and CIM.

  • Maureen Lipkewich

    Maureen Lipkewich

    Founder and Honourary Board Member

    Maureen Lipkewich is a life-long member of BC’s mining community and co-founder of MineralsEd. She grew up in Merritt, BC and having “married a miner”, moved with her family from Merritt to Kamloops to Tumbler Ridge and Vancouver, eventually retiring to a ranch near Kamloops.

    Maureen was working as a volunteer with the Mining Association of BC in the late 1980s and began crossing paths with teachers at career fairs who informed her that they did not have up to date and useful materials to teach about mining in school. She began searching for a solution, a path that led her to the BC Ministry of Education, the BC Teachers Federation, and the Social Studies PSA. In the PSA, she met Coquitlam teacher Bruce Kiloh with whom she teamed up to create MineralsEd in 1991. Together they drafted a formal teacher-industry partnership dedicated to supporting teachers in their development of resources to teach about Earth Science, mineral resources and mining in school at all grade levels where there was opportunity in the curriculum.

    Motivated by a genuine sense of importance of youth having opportunity to learn about mining, an admiration for the commitment and role of classroom teachers, and belief in the worth of the mining industry and its people, Maureen built a MineralsEd team of partner-teachers who developed eight stand-alone resources on minerals, mining and geoscience matched to BC curriculum from kindergarten to grade twelve. These teacher-written units, and the way they were developed and shared with teachers around BC, remain at the heart of MineralsEd.

    Maureen served as the MineralsEd Director from its inception until 2003. Her role in the brilliant and effective creation of MineralsEd has garnered Mrs. Lipkewich several awards: 1991, Mining Person of The Year; 1994/95 - CIM Distinguished Lecturer; 1996 - Mining Association of Canada-Keep Mining in Canada - New Faces in Mining; 1998- Order of Sancta Barbara – CIMM Centennial; and 1998 - Nominee – Women of Distinction – category – Education and Training.

  • Patty Moore

    Patty Moore

    Board Member

    Patty Moore is a business development professional operating her own company, Cactus Liaison. She joined the MREPBC Board in 2011.

    Patty’s entire career has focused on communications and business development. Her foray into mining began in 1995 with Kilborn Engineering, starting as a writer and ending as Marketing Manager. She joined the newly formed Vancouver office of Wardrop Engineering, now Tetra Tech, in 2005, as Manager, Business Development, and in 2010 was promoted to Director, Business Development, responsible for their global team of business development specialists. In 2014, Patty retired from Tetra Tech to revive her own consulting business, Cactus Liaison.

    Patty is also Past Chair of the Mining Suppliers Association of BC, and has held many volunteer positions with the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum (CIM), including Chair of the Vancouver Chapter, Vice President of the Western District, Chair of MEMO 2013 and CIM 2014, and Chair of CIM’s Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee.

  • Leonie Tomlinson

    Leonie Tomlinson

    Board Member

    Leonie Tomlinson, ICD.D, is Executive Vice President for Hunter Dickinson Inc. She joined the MREPBC Board in 2012.

    Leonie is an experienced business executive who over the course of her career has advised many private and public companies on investment structuring, corporate governance, financial reporting, HR matters and exit strategy. 

    Leonie is passionate about mining education of young people and the general public.  She guided MREPBC's rebrand to MineralsEd in 2012, and has been instrumental in managing MineralsEd’s multi-year fundraising campaigns to ensure its ability to continue this important work with students and teachers. Leonie is also the Chair of the Britannia Mine Museum Board of Directors and has been instrumental in providing leadership during the museum’s transformation to a multi-award winning nationally recognized museum and attraction.