President & CEO, AME
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.
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
Vice President, Regulatory and Technical Policy
Rob joined AME as the Vice President, Regulatory and Technical Policy in August, 2018. Rob brings a diversity of experience to AME from his time in industry, academia, associations and government. He is a professional geologist who was most recently the Director of Partnerships and Learning at the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI). At CIRDI, Rob worked with developing country governments to support policy development and technical capacity building around the sustainable management of mineral resources, including areas such as mine closure and environmental impact assessment.Read More
Prior to CIRDI, Rob was the Associate Dean of Natural Resources at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), and a faculty member and head of the Mining and Mineral Exploration department. He is the author and publisher of the best-selling book ‘Mineral Exploration and Mining Essentials’ that provides a comprehensive overview of the minerals industry.
Dr. Stevens has been actively involved with AME for the past 17 years. He was a director from 2001 to 2018, Chair of the board from 2008-2010 and a member of several committees. In 2011, Dr. Stevens was awarded the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia’s premier award for professional geoscience, the C.J. Westerman Memorial Award, for his significant contribution to professional geoscience. In 2013 he received the Gold Pan Award from the AME for exceptional meritorious service to the mineral exploration community.
Director, Regulatory and Technical Policy
As Director, Regulatory and Technical Policy, Jonathan is responsible for anticipating, understanding, summarizing, evaluating and influencing public policy as it relates to mineral exploration and development, particularly in the strategic areas of land access and use, environment, health and safety and socio-economic considerations in BC.Read More
Jonathan joined AME in 2005. Jonathan grew up in the mining town of Elliot Lake, Ontario, and first moved to BC 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, on which he represents AME 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
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
Director, Communications and Corporate Affairs
Tracey joined the AME team in 2010 as Executive Assistant. In early 2018 she was promoted to her current role. Tracey completed her Professional Communications Master’s Degree from Royal Roads University in June 2017 while working full time at AME. In April 2015, Tracey completed the Project Management Certificate program at the University of British Columbia. In this new leadership role, Tracey will be responsible for creating and implement AME’s annual communication strategy, lead both the Communications and Marketing and Integrated Social Responsibility Committees and serve as the liaison between the staff, President and CEO, Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.Read More
As the Executive Assistant and Special Projects Manager, Tracey handled the daily administrative operations of the President, Vice President, Executive and Directors at AME. Along with her Project Management Certificate and Masters Degree, she has Bachelor of Arts degree completed in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she grew up among the gold mine sites. She lived in St. Maarten and then Sydney, Australia for two years before moving to Vancouver.
T 604.630.3919 TSEXTON@AMEBC.CA
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.Read More
T 604.630.3927 RFINNIE@AMEBC.CA
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.Read More
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
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.Read More
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
Aurora joined AME in April 2018 as the Administrative Assistant. Aurora sits at the front counter at AME’s reception and takes meeting minutes and welcomes members and guests. Aurora attended a secondary school in West Vancouver and her work experience is varied from receptionist to retail. Aurora is fluent in Italian.
T 604.689.5271 ext.239 | AVERZOLETTO@AMEBC.CA