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Michelle Theron joins Stantec as senior principal for mining tailings group

Theron will grow Stantec’s tailings management services across the United States and internationally


Michelle Theron has joined Stantec—a global engineering, architecture, and consulting firm—as a senior principal geotechnical engineer in the Mining Services team. Michelle will be designing and assessing tailings facilities for clients across the US and internationally.

Based in the Denver, Colorado office, Michelle brings more than two decades of tailings dam design experience and extensive technical knowledge for working in challenging geographical and environmental conditions.

“The mining industry has responded to recent tailings storage facility failures by creating a number of robust tailings management guidelines and standards. Someone who understands the dam safety and technical components of the facilities is essential,” said Brian Mashford, Vice President of Mining at Stantec. “The level of geotechnical expertise and tailings management experience that Michelle brings to our team is outstanding and we’re thrilled to welcome her on board to better support the mining industry.” 

Michelle wrote the Anglo-American guidelines for stability analyses considering undrained conditions for static loading conditions. She has also executed several independent expert reviews of tailings designs of projects around the world.

Michelle is a professional engineer registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa, and a fellow with the South African Institution of Civil Engineers. She has PhD, PrEng, and FAICE credentials, and she was presented with an award for a seismic stability assessment she executed for the Geita tailings storage facility in Tanzania.

Stantec’s mining tailings and waste management team is composed of specialized engineers with experience in alternative disposal techniques, closure, remediation, and designing and monitoring tailings systems. As sustainability becomes more of a focus for clients, Stantec experts implement innovative systems while prioritizing safety and sustainability. Projects include developing a detailed environmental remediation plan for Holden Mine and creating an modernized treatment plan for a Zinc tailings facility.

About Stantec
Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That's why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind. We care about the communities we serve—because they're our communities too. This allows us to assess what's needed and connect our expertise, to appreciate nuances and envision what's never been considered, to bring together diverse perspectives so we can collaborate toward a shared success. We're designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

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