40 Under Forty Awards


Negar Saeidi (29)

Negar Saeidi (29)

Negar graduated from Mining Engineering program, University of Tehran, Iran in 2013. She moved to Sudbury in September 2013 to pursue her studies towards an MSc degree funded by MIRARCO at Laurentian University. In 2015, upon finishing her MSc studies, she established her career in the mining industry as a researcher and worked her way up. Currently, she is a professional engineer with Vale’s North Atlantic Technical Services – Ventilation Design Team. Negar is passionate about promoting mining and encouraging the engagement of broader skill sets in the industry.

Q: What is the number one thing you are working toward that you haven’t yet accomplished?
A: The number one thing that I am working toward is expanding my knowledge and experience to become a more competent mining engineer. One of the milestones in this path, that I am really excited for, is seeing the successful execution of a mine ventilation system designed by me.

Q: What would be the theme song of your life?
A: I can’t pick one song, but the theme music of my life is definitely Iranian classical music that is the music that I grew up with.

Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A: As a mining engineer doing ventilation design I contribute to making a safer and healthier work environment for people working in our current and future mines. It feels very rewarding when we come up with a new design or find a more economical solution to improve the health and safety of our workplace in challenging environments.

Q: Share something about yourself that others would be surprised to know.
A: As a kid, I learned to play a musical instrument called “Santour”. Currently, I am training myself to play another musical instrument called “Setar” − I need to practice much, much more though.

Q: What makes you proud to be a Sudburian?
A: I am a mining engineer and Sudbury is a beautiful mining town and that’s the chemistry between us. Sudbury is small enough to keep me away from big cities’ headaches while offering a variety of services and activities to keep me supported and entertained. Also, the beautiful nature of Sudbury allows me to enjoy outdoor activities throughout the year conveniently.