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Marie-Soleil Lacoursiere

Global Customer Manager

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions

Yellowknife, CA

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Marie-Soleil’s Biography

Marie-Soleil Lacoursiere is a highly regarded, sustainability-focused leader with over a decade of multinational management experience, yet with Northern expertise.

Marie-Soleil is firmly rooted in Canada’s North while having a solid background in international business and current responsibilities on a global scale, thus enabling her to have a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities faced North of 60. She is also a certified Board Candidate with CDI.D designation from Corporate Directors International.

As Global Customer Manager at Sandvik, a leading Swedish high-tech and engineering group, Marie-Soleil currently manages Sandvik’s global business with two of the world’s largest gold miners and most strategic Sandvik customers, Newmont and Kinross. Previous roles at Sandvik include Regional Commercial Manager for North America and Project Manager for the highly strategic, transnational integration of Newtrax Technologies into the company, following its acquisition by Sandvik.

An expert negotiator, Marie-Soleil has extensive experience leading and closing domestic,...
Marie-Soleil Lacoursiere is a highly regarded, sustainability-focused leader with over a decade of multinational management experience, yet with Northern expertise.

Marie-Soleil is firmly rooted in Canada’s North while having a solid background in international business and current responsibilities on a global scale, thus enabling her to have a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities faced North of 60. She is also a certified Board Candidate with CDI.D designation from Corporate Directors International.

As Global Customer Manager at Sandvik, a leading Swedish high-tech and engineering group, Marie-Soleil currently manages Sandvik’s global business with two of the world’s largest gold miners and most strategic Sandvik customers, Newmont and Kinross. Previous roles at Sandvik include Regional Commercial Manager for North America and Project Manager for the highly strategic, transnational integration of Newtrax Technologies into the company, following its acquisition by Sandvik.

An expert negotiator, Marie-Soleil has extensive experience leading and closing domestic, international and global transactions and contracts in the resource sector and managing a complex supply chain in remote Northern mining.

Innovation, continuous improvement, inclusion, strategic business and sustainability are common threads throughout Marie-Soleil’s career.

Committed to lifelong learning, her professional experience is complemented by university studies in business, operations management, mining technologies, Arctic affairs and currently a Master’s in Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas. She is working on her Master thesis discussing the emerging topic of the Social License to Automate in the mining sector.

Marie-Soleil has lived and worked in Mexico and Germany for six years and is trilingual French, English and Spanish, and proficient in German.
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Marie-Soleil’s Background

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions
Global Customer Manager
2020 - Present
Yellowknife, CA
Sandvik is a high-tech and engineering company with 2020 revenue of US$10.6 billion. As Global Customer Manager Marie-Soleil manages Sandvik’s global business with Newmont and Kinross. Her responsibility spans 11 countries on four continents and includes oversight on the roll-out of cutting-edge technology in the areas of automation, electrification, digitalization and Internet-of-Things.
Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions
Various roles
2017 - 2020
Yellowknife, CA
Marie-Soleil has acted as Sandvik's Regional Commercial Manager for North America where she was responsible to the management of a commercial portfolio exceeding $600M per year. She was also Project Manager for the integration of Newtrax Technologies into Sandvik following its acquisition. Newtrax is a leading provider of Internet-of-Things and analytics technology for the mining industry.
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Current Board Positions

Northwest Territories Business Development and Investment Corporation
Board Member; Vice-Chair of Audit Committee
2021 - Present
The BDIC is a Crown Corporation that provides credit facilities and contributions to Northwest Territories businesses in addition to venture investment. The BDIC is a key engine of economic development that also owns and manages several companies.Its credit facilities portfolio exceeds $40M. Marie-Soleil was appointed by the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Investment.
Fort McPherson Tent & Canvas
Board Director
Jan 2022 - Present
Fort McPherson, CA
Fort McPherson Tent and Canvas is an iconic Northern company established over fifty years ago that creates and manufactures canvas products for domestic and global markets. Production takes place entirely in Fort McPherson, a Northwest Territories community above the Arctic circle. Fort McPherson Tent and Canvas is an important contributor to manufacturing in Canada's North.
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Previous Board Positions

Canadian Parents for French
Board Member
2014 - 2019
Yellowknife, CA
Canadian Parents for French is a non-profit organization actively promoting the inclusion of French in institutions of learning in Canada. The group is responsible for extracurricular programs of learning and in-school activities which advocate for linguistic duality in Canada.

Media

Meet Marie-Soleil Lacoursiere, Global Customer Manager
Podcast interviewee
Nov 2021
Marie-Soleil talks about her role as Global Customer Manager at Sandvik, and suggests more women should consider a career in mining.

Accreditation

Corporate Directors International / ACE LLC
Board Certification
Jun 2021
Denver, CO, USA
Marie-Soleil is a qualified and certified Board Director that has been tested on the aspects of the rules and responsibilities of public board directors in the areas of board governance, committee member roles, conflicts of interest and financial acumen, establishing her efficiency in all operations related to board operations.

Specialist Courses

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Leading Sustainable Corporations Programme
Sep 2021
Oxford, UK
The Leading Sustainable Corporations Programme aims to equip corporate leaders with the ability to drive sustainability and shift the traditional methods of value creation towards the concept of the triple bottom line.
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Master’s in Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas
Tromsø, NO
One half of the Master’s in Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas is delivered by the Arctic University of Norway; Marie-Soleil has attended several courses and field schools in Northern Norway from Bødo to Kirkenes in addition to time on campus in Tromsø.
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Speaking Engagements

British Columbia Institute of Technology
Guest Speaker, Department of Mineral Exploration and Mining
Jan 2022
Marie-Soleil was a Guest Speaker at the British Columbia Institute of Technology's Department of Mineral Exploration and Mining. The talk she gave was on lessons learned from the implementation of mining technologies.

Business Interests

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Morin's Fisheries
Partner
Yellowknife, CA
Morin’s Fisheries is a new, innovative commercial fishery on Great Slave Lake whose mission is to empower Indigenous Northerners and strengthen Northern Indigenous cultural identity through fish. The business harvests and markets premium fish caught in some of the world’s most pristine waters by an operation that incorporates Traditional Knowledge and whose workforce is 100% Indigenous.

Community Engagement

IserveU
Volunteer
Yellowknife, CA
Marie-Soleil was a volunteer at IserveU in 2015. IserveU is an organisation promoting open source collaborative decision-making and e-democracy to help governments engage and involve those they serve, and demonstrate accountability and transparency in the decision-making process.

Mentoring

The International Women in Mining Mentoring Programme
Mar 2022 - Present
As a mentor on the International Women in Resources Mentoring Programme Marie-Soleil acts as a role model for women in mining, and uses her experience as a senior professional in the industry to inspire and support her mentees.

Marie-Soleil’s Education

University of the Arctic
Arctic Studies Program
2012 - 2015
McGill University
Graduate Diploma in Operations Management
2007 - 2010
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