CIM 2017 Convention - Montreal CIM 2017 Convention - Montreal


A number of highly specialized workshops will be offered by top experts in their fields, immediately preceding the conference. These in-depth courses will be essential for professionals who want to stay abreast of the most recent developments and techniques in their areas of expertise. The workshops are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The organizer reserve the right to cancel a workshop if the number of participant does not meet the minimum number required. 

"I particularly appreciated the variety of the workshops held which provide an idea about the latest innovations and the trends which would shape the industry."
-Mohammed Cherrat, Managem


All workshops are being held on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

Full day workshop: Price includes two coffee breaks, lunch and course notes

  • $100 for conference participants

  • $350 for non-conference participants

Half day workshop: Price includes one coffee break and course notes

  • $75 for conference participants
  • $150 for non-conference participants

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Full day Workshops

Half Day Workshops




With the recent upturn in activity in the mining industry, there has been an increase in the amount of disclosure by Canadian reporting mineral exploration and mining companies on their mineral projects.  Common NI 43-101 compliance issues that are occurring will be presented and how they could have been avoided will be discussed.

Canadian Securities Regulators have identified a high frequency of non-compliant NI 43-101 Technical Reports being prepared and filed by the mining industry.  The course will review the Items of Form 43-101F1 that commonly cause compliance issues and will identify the type of required content that is frequently missing from Technical Reports.  In particular, Securities Regulators are seeing insufficient information explaining how a Qualified Person established reasonable prospects for eventual economic extraction for their mineral resource estimates and how they justified the cut-off applied.  Examples, both good and bad, will be presented and discussed.

Many companies preserved their limited cash during the recent industry downturn and now may be looking to raise finance and rely on their previously prepared technical reports.  The question is whether those reports remain current and are suitable to support disclosures such as offering documents.  The course will review content requirements under Form 43-101F1 that could be considered “stale-dated” that may require an updated technical report. Suggestions will be presented on how to prepare a technical report that remains current longer – particularly for Advanced Properties.

Common technical report triggers will be reviewed and presentations on how a public company can inadvertently trigger a technical report when publicly discussing their mineral project, or in some cases invalidating a technical report that has been filed, will be provided. 


Provide participants an understanding of common NI 43-101 compliance issues and how to avoid them. How to assess whether a technical report meets Form 43-101F1 requirements, is current, and supports the company’s disclosure.


This course should be of interest to Qualified Persons that prepare or approve scientific and technical disclosure on mineral projects; officers and directors of public exploration and mining companies; investor relations personnel.


Greg Gosson, Ph.D., P.Geo., 35 plus years in mining industry

  • 5 years as Chief Mining Advisor of the BC Securities Commission
  • Lead the project to revise NI 43-101 in 2005
  • Former chair, current member of the Mining Technical Advisory and Monitoring Committee on NI 43-101: industry advisory group to the Canadian securities regulators
  • Member of the PDAC Securities Committee
  • Member of the CIM Standing Committee on Mineral Reserves
  • Member of the CIM Best Practices Committee
  • Member of the CIM – CSA Working Committee on NI 43-101
  • 10 years as Technical Director with Amec Foster Wheeler.

Stella Searston, FAusIMM, MAIG, RM SME., 30 years in mining industry

  • Operations and consulting experience in North and South America, Australia, the Pacific, and Africa for open-pit and underground mines and exploration properties
  • Involved in technical reviews, audits, and specialist studies such as due diligence and governance/compliance appraisals
  • Prepared technical aspects of listing and filing documents, independent expert, and competent person reports for various exchanges, including AIM, HKEx, ASX, JSE as well as the Canadian TSX and TSXV
  • Participated in more than 160 technical reports on behalf of Amec Foster Wheeler and client companies
  • Participated in and contributed to industry comments on changes to CIM Definition Standards, CIM Estimation of MRMR Best Practice Guidelines, CRIRSCO Template, JORC 2012 and ASX rules, NI 43-101, SAMREC, SEC Mining Rules, and SME Guide
  • 11 years with Amec Foster Wheeler.

TIME: Sunday, April 30 / 8:00 to 17:00


A significant risk to proper valuation of a mining project is associated with data collection, geological interpretation and mineral resource modelling methodology.

This workshop is an overview of resource estimation from data collection to mineral resource estimation and simulation, and validation. Different estimation and simulation methodologies will be presented. Challenges of geometallurgical modelling will be discussed.

The workshop will start with a discussion on the sources of uncertainty and risk in mineral resource modeling. The resource estimation steps will then be covered one at a time: data collection and importance of good GA/QC; geological interpretation and domaining; exploratory data analysis including de-clustering, grade capping and geological contact analysis; analysis of spatial variability; change of support and mining in-situ dilution (I.E. to what extent the resource block model accounts for future mining selectivity); estimation methods; estimated model validation; and classification. Estimation methods will include inverse distance and various type of kriging such as ordinary kriging (OK), multiple indicator kriging (MIK), and Localized uniform conditioning (LUC). Sequential Gaussian and indicator simulation will be discussed together with some applications.

Participants will be grouped into teams for discussion and completion of some exercises with a calculator.


Participants should obtain a better understanding of:

  • The sources of uncertainties and risk in resource modeling
  • The various steps required for good resource estimation
  • Procedures for good data collection and good geological interpretation
  • The value of exploratory data and domain boundaries analysis estimation methodology, block model selectivity and model validation
  • The differences between ordinary kriging, multiple indicator kriging, uniform conditioning and conditional simulation and when they can be applied.


Anyone interested in how Mineral resource block models are produced and how uncertainty is assessed: mining companies management, geologists, mining engineers, metallurgists, and financial analysts.


Georges Verly,  Ph.D., P.Eng., Chief Geostatistician, Amec Foster Wheeler.

Georges has 35 years of consulting, operations and academic experience on gold, copper, nickel, uranium and other mineral properties and mines. His areas of specialization include geostatistics, conditional simulation of geological and grade models, mineral resource estimation, grade control, resource audits, and training. Before joining Amec Foster Wheeler, Georges was a consulting geostatistician with Placer Dome/Barrick, where he developed practical applications of simulations to long term resource modeling and grade control for a number of mining operations and mineral projects. He has taught geostatistics courses at the University of Nevada’s Mackay school of mines, UBC, Concordia University and Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, as well as to a number of private-sector organizations. He also teaches an annual course sponsored by AUSIMM and McGill University. Georges has authored and co-authored more than 20 technical papers in the industry. He is a registered as a professional engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.

TIME: Sunday, April 30 / 8:00 to 17:00


Workshop Description 
This is the third CIM workshop on the State of the Practice for Water, Tailings and Mineral Waste Management.  The workshop is designed to:  A) update participants on the MAC guide to tailings management (2017) and, B) explore and develop good guidance for practice in disclosure and reporting of material environmental, social and related governance (ESG) factors mandated in National Instruments under Securities Commissions.  Good practice in addressing the risk and uncertainty of ESG information for management, engineering and approvals for water tailings and mineral waste will demonstrate; clarity, transparency and credibility to investors and communities of interest.  

Workshop Objectives
Provide participants with an opportunity to:
a. Be updated on MAC and CIM initiatives related to water, tailings and mineral waste management and disclosure;
b. Understand corporate assurance programs for management and third party assurance;
c. Participate in a breakout session to map out a framework for disclosure of ESG factors related to management of water, tailings and mineral waste facilities;
d. Assess the obligation and exposure as a professional working on water, tailings and mineral waste facilities;
e. Understand disclosure requirements, obligation and exposure as a qualified person and experts under National Instrument NI 43-101 and other NIs;
f. Appreciate the risk and uncertainty associated with engineering for the life cycle of facilities;
g. Explore risk and uncertainty in the preparation and disclosure of ESG information in EIAs, closure plans and NI 43-101F1 reports; and
h. Participate in a breakout session to map out a framework for disclosure of ESG factors related to engineering and approvals for tailings facilities.

Facilitator: Rick Siwik, Siwik Consulting Inc.
Moderators: Members of ESRS
Charles Dumaresq, Mining Association of Canada: Third edition of MAC guide to tailings management
Rick Siwik, Siwik Consulting Inc.: Update from ESG Disclosure Working Group on NI 43-101
Louise Grondin, Agnico Eagle Mines Limited: Management assurance for tailings management
Shirley Neault, HudBay Minerals Inc.: Third party tailings management assurance 
Breakout session on disclosure for management assurance
Denis Isabel, Ausenco: Overview of licensing for professional engineers
Greg Gosson, Amec Foster Wheeler: Obligation, exposure of qualified person/expert under NI 43-101
Andy Small, Amec Foster Wheeler: Skills and attributes to manage risk and uncertainty in engineering
Dan Walker, Golder Associates Limited: Managing EIAs, closure plans, NI 43-101 for mining project
Break out session on disclosure for engineering and approval of facilities

Presentations and discussions in the breakout sessions will provide an important contribution to the development a code of practice for disclosure of environmental, social and governance factors related to water, tailings and mineral waste management.

TIME: Sunday, April 30 / 8:00 to 17:00


This workshop is designed to help Underground Miners develop a strategy and tools for the implementation of Battery Electric Vehicles Underground. The workshop is built from the industry-wide collaboration throughout 2016 to develop the GMSG-CMIC guideline on the topic, to be published prior to the CIM Conference.

Workshop participants will learn directly from the experts about the rational and value of BEVs underground, and the major body of work to assist implementation, focused on 4 key areas: Mine Design, Batteries, Chargers and Components, and Performance Requirements.

Workshop agenda:

Session 1: General Introduction to Considerations for BEVs in Underground Mining and the GMSG-CMIC Guideline.

Introducing participants to the basic concepts and considerations for BEVs in underground mining, including discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of BEVs vs. diesel equipment, and the recently produced Guideline for BEVs in Underground Mining.

Session 2: Mine Planning & Design for a BEV Mine

Focusing on the features of mine design which are altered when designing a mine for battery electric vehicles vs. diesel and providing guidelines to consider when producing a BEV mine design. Topics include ore handling, personnel management, fleet design, charging infrastructure, ventilation and cooling, and layout and infrastructure. Special note will be made of guidelines on how to take advantage of regenerative braking, and use case examples will be given.

Session 3: Performance Testing for BEVs

Some of the considerations when selecting BEV equipment are different to what is considered when selecting diesel equipment. This session will review the guidelines for both OEMs and miners as to how to specify a BEV vehicle. The goal is to ensure that the purchaser gives sufficient information to the OEM for them to quote the proper vehicle and the OEM gives the correct information to the purchaser for them to do a fair comparison between vehicles. Example specifications for vehicles will be given to help the participants in using the guidelines.

Session 4: Batteries, Battery Management Systems, and Battery Electric Vehicle Design

There are a number of elements that must be taken into consideration when designing or using a BEV that are different from a diesel vehicle. This session will look at the guideline’s recommendations for the special considerations for the use of batteries in vehicles, for considerations for a battery management system, and for how to integrate these into the vehicle. There will be a particular focus on special safety considerations for BEVs.

Session 5: Chargers

Focusing on the guidelines related to chargers and the charging of BEVs. It will look at the different styles of charging currently in use and the special considerations for each. There will be discussion on safety considerations, operation and controls including communications, connectors, and the installation requirements.


David Sanguinetti, President, Sanguinetti Engineering Ltd.

TIME: Sunday, April 30 / 9:00 to 16:00


This course is an introduction to the best practices for the design, implementation, operation, and troubleshooting of passive, and semi-passive treatment systems, with a focus on biological and biogeochemical methods (although other methods will also be discussed). Frequently encountered challenges and considerations will be addressed. Technologies of focus include in underground mine pool workings, pit lakes, bioreactors, and constructed treatment wetlands. Material will be covered in one day through classroom learning and case studies.


  • Course Overview / Welcome / Safety Moment
  • History and Fundamentals of Passive and Semi-Passive Water Treatment
  • Assessing and Optimizing Treatment Effectiveness
  • Process Driven Design – Case Studies
  • Frequently Encountered Challenges or Considerations.


As a result of participating in this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key benefits and risks associated with passive and semi-passive water treatment approaches
  • Articulate at least five questions that should be asked of any passive or semi-passive water treatment project
  • Describe 5 commonly used phases of design and implementation, and their respective purposes and applications
  • Explain four risk-mitigation strategies
  • Create a ‘design aspects’ list for consideration in a new system design.


While fundamental scientific knowledge is recommended, prior experience with passive or semi-passive water treatment approaches is not needed.  Attendees from diverse scientific and engineering backgrounds are encouraged to attend. Mine operators, consultants, and those working in regulatory roles would benefit from this course.


Monique Haakensen, PhD, RPBio, PBiol, EP is the founder, President and Principal Scientist at Contango Strategies. Her expertise in bioremediation and passive/semi-passive water treatment spans from conceptual planning and design, to technical and public regulatory hearings, through to implementation and long-term closure. She has worked on treatment wetlands for over fifteen mines.  Outside of Contango, Monique sits on a number of boards and committees, and serves as an Adjunct Professor with the University of Saskatchewan School of Environment and Sustainability, Clemson University’s Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, and previously as an Academic Lead for the University Arctic.

TIME: Sunday, April 30 / 8:30 to 16:00


There often seems to be an inherent conflict when western science meets indigenous traditional values.  Encampments along pipeline routes, protests at hydroelectric developments, and social media campaigns against mine projects are symptoms of this.

The real root cause, however, is a lack of proper communication skills which would allow scientists and engineers to present technical information to indigenous communities, in a way that is informed by their culture, history and traditional values.

For today’s projects to be successful, it is imperative that companies develop these communication skills. By learning to speak a common language, clearly understood by both sides, project proponents can build key partnerships with indigenous communities.

You can develop these skills by:

  • Knowing your audience
  • Having a communications toolbox
  • Knowing the right communication tools to use
  • Measuring your results.

Through a combination of case studies and skill development, this presentation will assist both project proponents and indigenous community leaders to establish common interests and values, identify potential barriers to good communication, and determine a common language to understand each other.

Presented by PR Associates a company which helps scientists and engineers communicate better.  PR Associates produces the annual aboriginal perceptions of the mining industry survey and has worked with over 2,000 engineers and scientist to effectively communicate complex conceptions to non-science audiences to get approval for $20.5 billion dollars of new project investment in Canada.


To help project proponents, scientists and engineers develop communication skills to present technical information to indigenous communities in a way that is informed by their culture, history and traditional values.


Project proponents, project Environmental Scientists and Engineers, Provincial and Federal Regulators, Community Relations and Aboriginal Relations Professionals.


Robert Simpson has presented the Science of Communication ™ workshop to over 2,000 scientists and engineers to improve their communication with non-science audiences.  Robert has spoken at several international conferences and recently was the Keynote speaker for the international Aboriginal Business Exchange where he first presented Talking the Same Language.  Robert was awarded the Council of Aboriginal Business Leadership, Enterprise and Partnership award for his work in facilitating collaboration between corporate Canada and Aboriginal Communities and has been involved in successfully permitting $20 billion of projects in Canada.  Prior to becoming president and CEO of PR Associates Robert was a national journalist reporting on the mining, oil and gas, energy and technology sectors, where he had a long-standing interest in the influence of public perception on trust. Robert has a B.ED and a MA in journalism.

TIME: Sunday, April 30 / 8:30 to 16:30



An introduction to mining and mineral processing using basic concepts and lots of examples. It consists of five parts:

  • the activities of a mining company
  • geological concepts
  • mineral resources estimation and reporting
  • open pit and underground mining
  • mineral processing.


Aspects of Geology, Mining and Mineral Processing will be addressed in the context of the discovery, development and production of mineral deposits. This course will provide a basic introduction of the critical technical factors impacting on the success of mining companies.


This course is intended for people who are interested in a broad overview of how the mining business works from a technical perspective.


George McIsaac, Ing, P.Eng., a mining engineer and a mineral economist, with 35 years’ experience in industry, research and development, consulting, and teaching. He specializes in the economics of the mine, combining design, planning, costing, and cash flow estimation, to optimize mine operations and exploration activities. He founded Geology & Mining Evaluation Consulting (G-MEC), a company providing services in strategic planning and economic evaluation to exploration companies and producing mines.

TIME: Sunday, April 30 / 8:30 to 12:30


The responsibility of creating value for everyone and supporting the people we work with can be a dynamic and powerful resource that can generate outcomes demonstrated by strong relationships and inclusive partnerships. This is accomplished through commitment and meaningful collaboration.

With respect to Indigenous people, engineering an inclusive and safe work environment entails respectful engagement of Indigenous people to better understand each other goals, respect traditions, and worldviews.

In this workshop we will explore a reconciliation framework and competency development for a new performance standard to ultimately create an inclusive and safe work environment for everyone.


This half day workshop participants will gain understanding of:

  • Basic introduction to the competences needed for reconciliation
  • A reconciliation framework that is implementable
  • Deeper understanding of cultural competency.


This workshop is intended for managers, supervisors, team leads working directly or indirectly with diverse people, who want to ensure that their personnel is safe, fully included at work and  believe reconciliation is the new way to engage your organization and its neighbors.


Mafalda Arias, M.A., is an advisor with a deep passion for mining and culture and has over nineteen years' experience working in various capacities in private and public companies in the mineral exploration and mining industries in Canada and South America. She has a master in Intercultural Relations, a bachelor degree in Business Administration, a post graduate certificate in International Commerce, and is certified in various intercultural assessment tools. Mafalda is a member of Canadian Institute of Mining Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee and the Integrated Social Responsibility committee of the Association of Mineral Exploration. She is the founder of Mafalda Arias and Associates.

Lana Eagle is an Indigenous relations strategist and a Social Innovator advising companies on how to better engage and work with Indigenous communities and to find a pathway forward through a Reconciliation framework. Her background is in banking, economic development, wealth management and mineral exploration. Lana joined AME’s Aboriginal Relations Committee six years ago and has served as Chair since 2013.  She is a Program Advisory Committee Member for Mining and Mineral Exploration at BCIT and a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining Diversity and Inclusion Program Advisory Committee. As well she sits on the Advisory Board of SEF Canada that focuses on community entrepreneurial development in the extractive sector. Lana is a sought out speaker and lecturer on the topic of “Indigenous Engagement and Reconciliation in Canada”. Lana is the founder of Lana Eagle & Associates. 

TIME:  Sunday, April 30 / 13:30 to 16:30