Staff

Meet the AME Board of Directors and staff! Read detailed biographies on the current AME Board and staff members.

Edie Thome

President & CEO, AME

Edie Thome has been appointed as President & CEO of AME, effective June 19, 2017.

Edie Thome brings a wealth of experience in government relations, permitting and public affairs as well as on-the-ground experience working with stakeholders, First Nations, elected officials and land owners on projects in the resource sector. Through her work, she is familiar with advocacy efforts at both the provincial and federal levels and, specifically, how the legislative and regulatory framework can support or hinder productive, responsible resource development within British Columbia and Canada.

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Most recently, Edie was Director – Environment, Permitting and Compliance, Aboriginal Relations and Public Affairs at BC Hydro, responsible for permitting and compliance, Aboriginal relations and public affairs for the Site C Clean Energy Project. Prior to that she worked in risk management, environment, operations and customer service for BC Hydro. Her management experience also includes 4½ years as Vice President, Customer Service, Airport Operations and Corporate Communications for Harmony Airways.

Edie brings a keen understanding of leadership in an industry association, gained through her service since 2014 as Chair of the Board of the Canadian Hydropower Association (“CHA”), a national, non-profit organization, comprised of nearly 50 members – spanning hydropower producers, manufacturers, developers and engineering firms to individuals. Like AME, CHA leverages the strength and skills of a diverse and accomplished membership to achieve the goals set forth in its strategic plan.

T 604.630.3920 ETHOME@AMEBC.CA

Glen W. Wonders

Vice President – Technical & Government Affairs

Glen is responsible for understanding, evaluating and advocating for sound public policy to address issues and concerns of AME members in order to achieve a successful and responsible mineral exploration and development industry based in BC.

Glen joined the AME team in July 2014 as Vice President – Technical & Government Affairs. Glen’s previous position was the General Manager – Mining for Allnorth Consultants Limited, prior to this he was the Division Manager of the Prince George Division of Allnorth.

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Glen was employed by Terrane Metals Corporation as Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability; his focus was achieving regulatory approvals for the Mt Milligan Gold and Copper Mine Project including First Nations consultation and agreements, plus managing Community and Government affairs for the Mt Milligan project.

Glen has a varied background in BC resource industries and is very knowledgeable about opportunities, challenges and issues faced by many land and resource sectors, First Nations and Stakeholders in BC, and beyond.

T 604.630.3928 GWONDERS@AMEBC.CA

Diana Walls

Senior Director, Strategic Policy

Diana joined AME in October 2016 as Senior Director, Strategic Policy. Diana is a public affairs professional with over 12 years of experience in government relations and Indigenous affairs with some of Western Canada’s leading natural resource companies. She helped shape and guide lasting changes to provincial fiscal policy and regulation, and has successfully stewarded Indigenous and community relations for a wide range of projects in British Columbia and Alberta – from individual sites to regional development plans and pan-provincial infrastructure projects.

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Most recently, Diana provided professional advisory services to Canadian natural resource companies in the areas of government affairs, Indigenous relations and multi-stakeholder engagement. Prior to that, Diana was the Manager of Government and Aboriginal Relations for Penn West Exploration, one of Canada’s largest conventional oil and gas companies. Diana was twice recognized by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers for her work and leadership in service to the industry.

Born and raised in Montreal, Diana obtained a degree in Economics from McGill University and commenced studies toward a Masters Certificate in Sustainability Management at Harvard. Active in the community, Diana volunteers with Atira Women’s Resource Society in Vancouver’s downtown east side. As part of a national mentorship initiative, Diana also serves as a mentor to a young sustainability professional in Ontario.

T 604.630.3924 DWALLS@AMEBC.CA

Jonathan Buchanan

Director, Information & Public Affairs

As Director, Information & Public Affairs, Jonathan is responsible for AME publications, media relations, health and safety awareness and awards, and presentations to industry and governments. As Editor of AME’s magazine, Mineral Exploration, Jonathan works with the Editorial Board to select themes and story lines that reflect the interests of the readership.

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Jonathan joined AME in 2005. Jonathan grew up in the mining town of Elliot Lake, Ontario, and first moved to B.C. to study at the University of British Columbia, graduating with a B.A. in Geography. In addition to a background in communications for the mineral exploration and mining sector, Jonathan has studied, lived, and worked in Japan, and is the author of Inside the Torii Gate: The Journal of an Exchange Student in Japan.

He served as 2015-2016 Chair of the BC Technical & Research Committee on Reclamation and is a member of the Health & Safety Committee of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada. He has received the Advanced Communicator Gold award from Toastmasters International, and is an active member of Vancore Toastmasters.

T 604.630.3923 JBUCHANAN@AMEBC.CA

Simone Hill

Director, Events & Membership

As Director, Events & Membership, Simone is responsible for overseeing the member relations program and all member events including AME’s Roundup conference.

Simone joined the AME team in November 2010 as Manager, Special Events. In 2002, Simone graduated from UBC with a BA in English Literature and a minor in Commerce. Read More

Prior to joining AME, she had over seven years of event planning experience and has coordinated events for the Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver Recreational Softball League and the BC NDP.

T 604.630.3921 SHILL@AMEBC.CA

Roxanne Finnie

Manager, Member Relations

Roxanne is responsible for recruiting new members, retaining existing members, liaising with potential and existing members and through this collecting and considering member issues and concerns, administering the AME Roundup Exhibit Hall and administering the membership program.

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T 604.630.3927 RFINNIE@AMEBC.CA 

Patricia Morrison

Accountant and Human Resources Manager

As an accountant, Patricia reports directly to the President and CEO, works closely with AME’s Treasurer, and provides staff support to AME’s Finance Committee. Patricia Morrison joined AME in mid-2006.

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Patricia has over 20 years of experience in accounting, bookkeeping, and office administration for various law, oil & gas, and not-for-profit organizations, and has worked with many societies, charities, and their boards providing prompt and accurate service.

She has had several entrepreneurial endeavours of her own, and has a track record for being a professional team player. Patricia is working toward earning her CPA designation.

T 604.630.3922 PMORRISON@AMEBC.CA

Tracey Sexton

Executive Assistant and Special Projects Manager

Tracey joined the AME team in early 2010. As Executive Assistant, Tracey handles the daily administrative operations of the President, Vice President, Executive and Directors at AME. She manages office travel arrangements, maintains and updates AME paper and electronic information systems, and prepares and distributes communication materials as required by the President and staff. She also provides secretarial and administrative support for AME staff and committees involved in the planning and organization of AME events.

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With varied experience in administrative support, human resources, accounting, and customer service, Tracey relishes the challenge of working in a busy and active environment.

Previous to AME, Tracey developed a passion for administration while running all of the shore based operations for a tourist company in the Caribbean. With a keen eye for detail, she is dedicated to applying her knowledge to the AME service.

She has completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she grew up among the gold mine sites. She lived in Sydney, Australia for two years before moving to Vancouver.

T 604.630.3919 TSEXTON@AMEBC.CA

Helena Tse

Administrative Coordinator

Helena was promoted to the Administrative Coordinator position in August 2016. She originally joined the AME team in the fall 2010 as Administrative Assistant. She is mainly responsible for coordinating the administrative duties for the Member Relations group, including member events and the AME Roundup conference.

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Helena’s past experience includes over 10 years in the travel and tourism industry. Her passion from the hospitality sector has added to her role here at AME by furthering her commitment to members and guests. She enjoys connecting and assisting members and guests that participate in the many programs and events that AME offers.

Helena has a diploma in hotel front office management from the Tourism Training Institute and has also completed her Certified Administrative Professional designation in the fall of 2015.

T 604.630.3930 HTSE@AMEBC.CA