- 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
MINERAL RESOURCE ESTIMATION AND SIMULATION - CANCELLED
STATE OF PRACTICE IN TAILINGS, WATER AND MINERAL WASTE MANAGEMENT
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.
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
THE ELECTRIC MINE: BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLES UNDERGROUND
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.
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
BEST PRACTICES IN PASSIVE AND SEMI-PASSIVE WATER TREATMENT FOR MINING OPERATIONS AND CLOSURE - CANCELLED
LEARNING TO SPEAK THE SAME LANGUAGE: HOW TO IMPROVE PROJECT SUCCESS BY MAKING TECHNICAL INFORMATION EASIER FOR INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES TO UNDERSTAND - CANCELLED
HALF DAY WORKSHOPS
MINING 101 - AN INTRODUCTION TO MINING AND MINERAL PROCESSING
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.
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR
George McIsaac, Ing, P.Eng., Ph.D.is 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
ENGINEERING ENGAGEMENT FOR AN INCLUSIVE AND SAFE WORK ENVIRONMENT - CANCELLED