Stacey Cress

Stacey Cress

Mining Project Manager, Waubetek Business Development Corporation

Stacey originally hails from the Ojibwe Community of Garden River First Nation near Sault Ste. Marie, ON.  The Traditional name of his community is Ketegaunseebee, which translates to the Creator’s Garden.


Stacey’s formal education from Cambrian College originally prepared him to work in the field of Social Work with Indigenous Peoples, Communities and Organizations.  Stacey spent 17+ years in the social work sectors of child development, child welfare and foster care, to the health field in primary health care and health promotion and working in Post Secondary education Teaching Indigenous Studies and then on to Corporate Training Department and Continuing Education with Northern College in Timmins, ON This is where he was introduced to the Mining Sector.


Stacey spent 4 years working with the Detour Gold Corporation at Detour’s remote mine site on a week-on and week-off rotation in the capacity of Employee Development, Aboriginal Affairs and providing support Human Resources and the Operational Management Team.  Stacey took a Lead Role in relation to training Site-Wide, where there was a strong focus on developing “new leaders”, that focused on true interactions with Employees as well as Supervisors, Superintendents and Lead Hands focusing on the impacts they can have with Employees.


Stacey then moved on to work at Newmont Goldcorp Borden Gold Mine in Chapleau, Ontario for the First Nation Communities as a member of the IBA Negotiation Team and eventual Implementation Program Manager of the Impact Benefit Agreement for the three (3) Chapleau based First Nations.  A strong emphasis on Employment and Training, Employee Retention as well as TRUE Business Development of Partnerships with the First Nations.


Stacey now enjoys working with Waubetek in his current capacity as Mining Project Manager and focusing on Indigenous relationship development with Mining industry Partners, developing the Association of Indigenous Mining Suppliers and Services as well as the first of its kind in Canada and the World – the Centre of Excellence for Indigenous Mineral Development.

Panel Discussion #7: The Future of Partnerships: Strengthening Communities

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Once an established relationship approaches a formal agreement, there are often commitments that include local hiring practices, procurement strategies and overall community building. What are some common components of these agreements? What are some of the challenges in fulfilling these commitments? In cases where the local labour force or industry is limited in its ability […]