As a professional geoscientist with over 19 years of global experience within the exploration and mining industry, Shastri Ramnath has significantly impacted the sector. Beginning her career at Falconbridge in Winnipeg in 1999, Shastri then moved to Sudbury to join FNX Mining in 2002. After several years, Shastri joined the executive team as President and CEO of Bridgeport Ventures Inc. where she raised over $17 million in the capital markets before merging the company. In 2012, Shastri co-founded and currently owns Orix Geoscience Inc., a consulting firm that partners with exploration and mining companies to provide front-end geological support. Orix now employs more than sixty people. At Orix, Shastri has implanted a unique business model accepting shares for work and having an equity stake in client’s companies in an effort to empower her employees. As an innovative workplace, Orix also works with employees to fund further education initiatives and pay off student debt so employees can focus on being successful. More recently, Shastri co-founded Exiro Minerals, a junior exploration company and spin-out of Orix Geoscience.
Shastri is a mentor to young women through her positive leadership style, and passion for creating a gender balanced workforce. Through Shastri’s leadership, Orix has always maintained a technical workforce with at least a 50-50-gender split. The average age is 34, and 15% of staff are newcomers to Canada.
Shastri is also a very active member and speaker for events hosted by the Women in Mining Association. Shastri is a big advocate for gender balance in the mining industry and believes that building confidence in young women to help them find their voice to compete for their respective positions in a male dominated workforce is critical.
“This remarkable woman has excited the mining industry in Canada through her leadership, creativity, doggedness and superb and refreshing relationship with her employees and peers”
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