Established in 2010, the awards recognise the power of individuals and organisations in working towards gender diversity in the Western Australian resources sector and those who champion the achievements of women and work to improve their participation in the workforce.
A recognised leader
The founder of Trigg Mining, Paterson is an accomplished leader in the sector and in 2005 was named Telstra WA Young Businesswoman of the Year.
Over her career, she has raised millions of dollars for exploration in WA and has successfully led teams from greenfields exploration discovery through feasibility studies, mine development, operations management and international corporate transactions across a broad range of commodities including base, precious, energy and agricultural minerals.
Paterson is also a non-executive director of drilling company JSW Australia and Intelligent Drilling Applications and Technology (IDAT).
Through Trigg Mining, Paterson intends to produce a naturally occurring essential mineral fertiliser for global food security, using sustainable mining practices and solar evaporation.
Gender diversity in resources
This year's finalists were selected from more than 100 nominations across six categories and represent a broad range of roles from within the resources sector.
CME chief executive officer Paul Everingham said the significant increase in nominations for the 2020 awards reflected the importance the resources sector placed on gender diversity.
He said: “A diverse workforce is one where employees feel more engaged. It’s a more creative and productive one.
“Diversity leads to better discussions, decisions and outcomes for everyone.
“I’d personally like to wish the 13 individual finalists and six companies all the best on the night.”
Voting closes at 5.00pm on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, and the winners will be announced at the awards dinner at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday, March 6, 2020.