Innovative management techniques at Kiena Gold Mines Limited
CIM Bulletin, Vol. 80, No. 897, 1987
BRIAN A. FERGUSON, RAYNALD O. VEZINA, RAOUL R. BOISSONNEAULT,and MARIELLE GAUDET, Kiena Gold Mines Limited
Kiena has been committed to developing a fresh management and employee relations approach since the commencement of production in 1981. The functional organizational structure encourages joint participation and commitment on the part of all employees to common goals in safety and production. The results over the last four years have been extraordinary. Kiena won the John T. Ryan Canada Trophy for 1983 for its safety record and has experienced a steadily increasing productivity through the application of new mining equipment and technology in the hands of a well-trained and motivated team of employees.
This paper serves to highlight the fact that productivity, safety and technical innovation are closely linked to employee participation and involvement which are likely to be the key to the Canadian mining industry's survival in the years ahead.
This presentation follows up on an earlier unpublished paper, given at the 84th Annual Meeting of CIM in Quebec City in April, 1982, which discussed the philosophy and the planning which took place before implementation of the management and employee relations system at Kiena. This present paper reviews and expands on material given in the earlier work.
Mine management, Productivity, Innovations, Underground mining, Mining systems, Employee relations