Williamson says the enthusiasm with which the program has been embraced came as a welcome surprise. “I talk to many employees from different areas of the site and they have been eager to share their knowledge and ideas on how to reduce energy costs and ultimately become more sustainable.
“When people see that you are listening and trying to incorporate their ideas, it means a lot to them,” she says. “It gives them satisfaction to know they’re not only doing their job, but they’re also improving the way we do business.”
While behavioural change can be difficult to measure, Williamson has been able to see the impact at the end of the year in a reduced energy bill and lower energy demand. Since hiring a dedicated energy manager in 2014, Goldcorp’s Red Lake Gold Mines facility has seen energy savings in the range of tens of millions of dollars.
Roldan believes the outcomes speak for themselves, and Williamson earned the prize for Industrial Accelerator Program-CIPEC Energy Manager Leadership Award, the first-ever joint award given by the IESO and Natural Resources Canada.
“Such examples can inspire further efforts within the company,” he says. “They can also motivate other businesses to make energy management a priority.”