A team of over 195,000 people in more than 30 countries.
At Vale, we are mining the world for high-grade minerals.
And the best new talent in the industry.
Why join Vale?
Where do you fit in?
About Vale in Canada
Vale is a pioneering mining company that works with passion to discover and transform resources into the ingredients essential to people's daily lives.
Vale is a truly global company, mining in two hemispheres, operating on five continents, and employing more than 110,000 people in more than 38 countries.
Vale's base metals business, which includes nickel, copper, PGMs, precious metals and cobalt, is head-quartered in Toronto. Its Canadian Operations currently employ over 6,000 professionals and provide mining opportunities across Canada.
Our promise to you
As Canada's largest producer of nickel and with an exceptional portfolio of projects, Vale's growth potential is unparalleled. For you, this means opportunity. Vale operates in local communities across Canada.
Safety is our top priority.
- Vale's first priority is people – nothing is more important. We aim to grow profitably but only as a safe, high-quality and sustainable mining company.
- Vale is committed to zero harm to our employees, our communities and our environment.
- In recognition of our employees' commitment to safety and health, our mines across Canada were awarded the national John T. Ryan Trophy six times in the past seven years.
We support the communities we're a part of.
- From 2008 to 2010, Vale invested over $20 million in the communities where we operate.
- Investments have included everything from local community programs to national education initiatives. Vale is also proud to have invested over $5 million in scholarships for our employees and retirees and their dependents.
We strive to improve every single day.
- We believe in innovation as a foundation for our development, to create the mining of the future and achieve our vision of being the biggest and best mining company in the world.
- Vale is recognized as a pioneer and innovator in the industry with over 1,800 patents to date.
- Our innovative Research & Development team is inspired by the desire to improve efficiencies in all areas of mining.
- Many state-of-the-art mining technologies and equipment used today were developed at our world class Base Metals Technology Development facilities in Mississauga, Ontario.
Total Rewards Offering
What does this mean to you?
At Vale, we believe that our employees deserve to share the rewards of our success. We strive to pay above market from a total compensation standpoint, with a strong focus on pay performance. This means that, while offering competitive base pay within the industry, our short and long term incentive programs are designed to reward and promote performance by taking a total compensation to a higher level.
To meet this compensation goal, Vale conducts benchmarking surveys and uses third-party services to perform annual reviews of employee compensation.
Vale offers a highly attractive and comprehensive suite of pension, educational assistance, and benefit programs:
Health Benefits: prescription drugs, vision care, dental, semi-private hospital room, and major medical.
- Short & Long term disability
- Life Insurance
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Maternity leave salary top up
- Educational Assistance: Post graduate studies, courses, and certifications.
- Professional Memberships
Vale also provides a scholarship program for the children of employees and pensioners in Canada. Since the program started in 1956, we have awarded over $5 million in university scholarships to deserving young scholars.
Vale's philosophy is to promote a culture of global mobility that will meet our strategic business requirements wherever we operate and support development of our top talent by having mobility viewed as an attractive part of career development.
In 2010 we relocated over 120 new hires within Canada. Additionally, Vale has over 600 employees on international assignments around the world, of which 80 are from Canada.
Work Where You Can Live
To learn about Vale's many operations and projects across Canada, and the communities in which we operate, please rollover the map and select a location.
Where do you fit in?
Vale's history began in Sudbury, Ontario when the discovery of ore was made more than 100 years ago. In addition to the rich deposits of base metals that Vale currently mines in the Sudbury region, exploration efforts continue to discover additional deposits of nickel, copper and precious metals.
Our current Ontario Operations is home to a refinery and packaging centre in Port Colborne, Ontario, as well as six mines, a mill, a smelter and a refinery in Sudbury – making it one of the largest integrated mining operations in the world.
Not only is it one of the largest mining operations, it's also one of the safest too. In the very recent past, Sudbury's mines have won the national CIM John T. Ryan safety award four years in a row (from 2006-2009). This prize is awarded to the mine with the lowest accident frequency in all of Canada.
Sudbury is also the heart of Vale's environmental initiatives. In partnership with the community, we have made great strides in our environmental recovery program, both in terms of reducing atmospheric emissions and reclamation activities. Our improved mining practices and support in the re-greening of the region helped make Sudbury one of twelve world cities awarded the Local Government Honours Award at the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit.
Sudbury serves as the regional capital of northeastern Ontario, with a population of approximately 160,000. Located 390 kilometres north of Toronto, Sudbury is considered the mining capital of the world. It is a bilingual city with the third largest Francophone population in Canada outside of Quebec.
As one of the sunniest areas in Ontario, Sudbury is also home to more than 330 lakes within the city limits and some of the most majestic scenery in the north. It makes the city ideal for a multitude of outdoor activities, including golfing, skiing, hiking, biking, hunting, fishing and boating. Sudbury's extensive line-up of annual festivals has garnered this community the title of “Festival Capital of Northern Ontario.”
Sudbury also serves as a hub for education and healthcare for the North. It boasts two colleges and a university, including a new School of Medicine and a newly announced School of Architecture. The Sudbury Regional Hospital and the Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre provide services to more than 600,000 people across Northern Ontario.
Vale's Manitoba Operations, located in Thompson, Manitoba, opened in March of 1961. In its first 50 years of production, the operation produced more than five billion pounds of 99.99% electrolytic nickel.
With three operating mines – T1 Mine, T3 Mine and Birchtree Mine - Manitoba Operations has a strong future in mining and milling. Its goal is to continue to grow as a safe, high-quality, sustainable and long-term nickel producer. We are committed to Zero Harm to our employees, to the community and to the environment, and we work to achieve that goal through a risk-management culture called SafeProduction. In recognition of our employees' commitment to SafeProduction, our Manitoba mines were awarded the national John T. Ryan trophy for 2011.
The City of Thompson is a hub of hospitality and growth, and serves as a commercial, industrial, financial, transportation, entertainment, educational and health centre to north central Manitoba.
Uniquely set among numerous pristine lakes in the ruggedly beautiful Canadian Shield, Thompson offers almost endless recreational activities. For outdoor enthusiasts, there is fishing, canoeing, hunting, snowmobiling, water skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, hiking, cross country skiing, biking, quading and more. You can also take part in a wide variety of organized sporting activities such as hockey, broomball, ringette, tennis, baseball, soccer, lacrosse and golf. Indoor activities include racquetball, basketball, badminton, table tennis, bowling, dance, tai chi, martial arts, and swimming. There are also cultural activities such as theatre, dance, quilting, crafting, choral and community band. Thompson also has a movie theatre, museum, hiking/walking trails, five and ten-pin bowling alley, stabling facility for horses, and art gallery.
The city provides nightlife spots, fast food and high cuisine restaurants, shopping centers, and special attractions such as Winterfest, Nickel Days and National Aboriginal Day. In summer, Thompson hosts a number of children's day camps and cultural activities. You are also only a few minutes away from camping spots, a marina, scenic Pisew Falls and hiking trails.
Vale Newfoundland & Labrador Operations
Vale's Newfoundland and Labrador Operations began at the Voisey's Bay, Labrador Mine and Concentrator Project in 2005 where mining and milling activities continue today in one of Canada's most significant mineral discoveries.
The Voisey's Bay site employs a workforce of 450 and is a remote fly-in/fly-out operation located on the north coast of Labrador, approximately 35 kilometres southwest of Nain and 350 kilometres northeast of Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The Voisey's Bay camp complex offers first class accommodations that include a cafeteria, a full size gymnasium, a squash court and cardio and weight exercise facilities. Medical and emergency response facilities, along with a mine service office and maintenance complex, support the operation. The Voisey's Bay site has a fully functioning port allowing the shipment of materials and supplies to site, and shipment of concentrate from site year round.
In Long Harbour, Newfoundland, located approximately 95 kilometres west of St. John's, Vale is completing a new processing plant. When fully operational, the processing plant will employ approximately 475 people and utilize state-of-the-art hydromet technology to process concentrate from the Voisey's Bay Operation.
This revolutionary new facility is the next generation in nickel processing, and we're taking a revolutionary approach to the careers of the people who will make it successful. Together we are building a highly engaged, high performance work force. Our model supports employee development and progression within a broadly defined role that maximizes employee flexibility, productivity and opportunities for growth.
At Long Harbour, we will focus on operations, maintenance, and improvement work all in one role. Our goal is to foster high employee morale and outstanding business results driven by safety, productivity, quality and efficiency.
Above all else, we will prioritize life and value our people.
About Voisey's Bay and Long Harbour
Vale's Newfoundland and Labrador Operations illustrate the priority placed on developing relationships, including those with the Federal and Provincial Governments and Aboriginal Communities. In Newfoundland and Labrador, Vale has collaborated with the Innu Nation and Nunatsiavut Government on a wide range of issues, including the preservation of Aboriginal social and cultural values and environmental protection.
As a community focused company, we are proud of our community investments in Newfoundland and Labrador, including a $20 million gift to Memorial University in St. John's to establish and operate the Bruneau Centre of Research and Innovation, and a $15 million contribution towards the construction of a new hospital in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and a $5 million contribution to the town of Long Harbour to construct a new fire hall and town centre.
Vale is investing in the international fertilizer industry with the objective to become a leader in the global market. The company has been developing projects and acquiring fertilizer assets in order to elevate Vale to one of the world's largest producers.
Vale's Kronau Project in Saskatchewan will form an integral part of its overall global potash production strategy.
The Kronau Project
The Kronau Project is located approximately 30 km southeast of the City of Regina. Currently in the study phase of the Project, it is anticipated that once operational, potash ore (sylvinite) will be extracted via solution mining from up to three potash beds.
A revised timeline for the project is currently being developed however, during construction, Vale will employ up to 2,000 people on-site. Once operational, the mine will employ approximately 300 people on-site. The KronauProject offers people the chance to be part of the development and definition of a world class potash solution mine. During the Project's definition and development, successful candidates will gain an invaluable and unique experience.
Base Metals Technology Development
Vale's Base Metals Technology Development (BMTD), located in Mississauga, Ontario since 1964, has played a key role in the development and commissioning of a variety of large projects including the Voisey's Bay project in Newfoundland and Labrador and major upgrades in the Sudbury, Thompson and Indonesia Operations. This team works to enhance Vale's competitive edge and support growth strategies through the safe and environmentally responsible use of technology.
Vale operates two research and technology facilities in Mississauga, Ontario and employs more than 140 employees working in 76,000 square feet of laboratory, mini-plant space and offices. In addition our Port Colborne facility allows us to test pyrometallurgical processes at a pilot plant level.
The team is focused on the long-term sustainability of our current operations and supports the development of new and future projects to satisfy the world's demand for nickel and other base metals. To carry out this work, the Base Metals Technology Development group is divided into two functional areas. Within our Process Research group, employees focus on research and development and operations support in the areas of mineralogy, mineral processing, pyrometallurgy, hydrometallurgy and carbonyl technology. The Process Engineering and Strategic Studies group is involved with flowsheet development, scoping level studies and the development of feasibility studies for potential nickel projects.
Vale's Base Metals Technology Development facilities are located in Mississauga's Sheridan Park Research community, a 340-acre campus initiated and built by industry and devoted entirely to industrial research and development. Vale is a founding member of this initiative.
Mississauga, located on the shores of Lake Ontario, is Canada's sixth largest city and Ontario's third largest. A vibrant, growing and diverse community, Mississauga offers all the benefits of city living and easy access to Ontario's scenic cottage country, numerous golf courses, and excellent downhill skiing. Cultural, social and recreational activities can be found close by - whether your interests are suited to the bustling waterfront, world-class art and theatre at the Living Arts Centre, watching salmon migrate in the Credit River or shopping at Square One, one of Ontario's largest shopping malls. Being just 20 minutes from downtown Toronto by car or public transportation gives you access to major league sports, music, urban nightlife and the endless amenities afforded by one of the world's most cosmopolitan.
Recent Graduates Program
Our world-class training and employee development programs, which include apprenticeships, an innovative Engineer-in-Training (EIT) and Geologist-in-Training (GIT) program and leadership development programs, mean that you'll get the support and experience you need to define your own career path.
As an EIT or GIT, you could spend one rotation in our state-of-the-art R&D facilities and the next rotation working ground control in a mine. At Vale, the possibilities are endless. Whether you join our team with a background in chemical engineering, geology, mining engineering or a skilled trade, you will gain a well-rounded perspective on what we do and where you want to take your career.
Find out more about Vale's Engineer-In-Training (EIT) and Geologist-In-Training (GIT) programs first-hand from the people who've been through it all, and have great careers to show for it.
Visit the Vale Base Metals Technology Development R&D facility in Mississauga, where EIT Graeme is refining the science behind new smelting techniques.
Join our host Jason as he goes 7,940 feet down Vale's Creighton mine in Sudbury with Natalie, a Vale EIT completing her Ground Control rotation.
Meet Susan, a recent EIT graduate, now working full-time as a Pyrometallurgical Process Engineer at Vale's Copper Cliff smelter in Sudbury.
Meet Pat, a Vale GIT, following the ore, and planning a bold new future deep in Vale's Creighton mine in Sudbury.
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Vale is coming to your community and to your campus. Each year, Vale recruits from a variety of sites, professional events, schools and campuses. This year too, we're coming to you. Drop by and explore the variety of options available. At Vale, we're always mining for top talent and so our recruitment activities are all year round.
Aboriginal Human Resources Council – National Aboriginal Virtual Recruitment Fair
January 31, 2013 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm EST
Live webcast, career booth and live chats with Vale Ambassadors
(On-demand event will be available for 90 days)
Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada 2013 Convention
March 3 – 6, 2013
Metro Toronto Convention Centre (South Building), 255 Front Street West, Toronto
Vale Exploration Booth in the Investors Exchange Area
Canadian Institute of Mining 2013 Convention – Job Fair
May 5 – 7, 2013
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West, Toronto
Vale Career Booth and opportunity to network with Vale Ambassadors
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Student Program at PDAC 2013 Convention
March 3 – 6, 2013
Metro Toronto Convention Centre (South Building), Front Street, Toronto
Red River College Career Fair
March 6 – 7, 2013
Red River College, Notre Dame Campus, 2055 Notre Dame Ave., Winnipeg, MB
Vale Career Booth and opportunity to network with Vale Ambassadors
Canadian Mining Games
March 7 – 9, 2013
Co-hosted by McGill University and L'Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
Opportunity to network with Vale Ambassadors