Précédant le début du congrès, plusieurs ateliers hautement spécialisés seront offerts par des experts de leurs domaines. Ces cours approfondis permettront aux professionnels de suivre les évolutions des techniques les plus récentes dans leurs domaines d’expertise. Consultez régulièrement le site web afin d’obtenir les informations les plus à jour, notamment la disponibilité des ateliers. Les places pour ces derniers sont limitées et seront offertes sur une base du premier arrivé, premier servi.

Tous les ateliers auront lieu le dimanche, 1er mai, au Vancouver Convention Centre. 

Atelier d'une journée: Les notes de cours, le lunch et les pauses-cafés sont inclus dans le prix

  • 100$ pour les délégués à la conférence
  • 350$ pour les autres catégories d'inscription

Atelier d'une demi-journée: Les notes de cours et la pause-café sont inclues dans le prix

  • 75$ pour les délégués à la conférence
  • 150$ pour les autres catégories d'inscription

Veuillez noter que les ateliers seront dispensés en anglais et que, par conséquent, les textes ci-dessous ne seront disponibles qu'en anglais.

Pour plus d'information, veuillez contacter Chantal Murphy au courriel suivant:


This course will go through examples of NI 43-101 compliance issues raised by the Canadian securities regulators, recent updates to international reporting codes for exploration, mineral resources and mineral reserves, and some considerations for Canadian mining and exploration companies when filing documents with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

Participants should obtain a better understanding of:

  • Mining disclosure standards under the revised NI 43-101 and how to avoid the common compliance issues that arise.
  • Common issues with technical report content that cause non-compliance with Form 43-101F1.
  • Review of technical report triggers under the new NI 43-101 rules and the types of disclosure that could unintentionally trigger a technical report.


  • Officers and directors of public mining companies.
  • Qualified persons responsible for preparing or approving scientific and technical disclosure on mineral projects, and authors of technical reports.
  • Those who prepare investor relations material on mineral projects.

Greg Gosson, Ph.D., P.Geo., Technical Director of Geology and Compliance, AMEC.  Before joining AMEC, Greg was Chief Mining Advisor for the British Columbia Securities Commission and led the Canadian Securities Administrator’s project to revise NI 43-101 in 2005. He participated in the drafting of the new civil liability legislation and rules for continuous disclosure obligations that are now in effect across Canada. He was a co-chair, and is currently a member of, the Canadian Securities Administrators’ Mining Technical Advisory and Monitoring Committee on NI 43-101. Dr. Gosson is also a member of the Standing Committee on Mineral Reserve and Mineral Resource Definitions of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum, and is a member of the CIM Best Practices Committee, and the CIM-CSA Committee on NI 43-101. In addition, he is a member of the Securities Committee of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. Before joining the BCSC, Greg was involved in mining operations and exploration management in North America, the South Pacific, and Africa. He is a registered as a Professional Geoscientist with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.

Stella Searston, F.AusIMM, MAIG, RM SME is a Principal Geologist at AMEC. Stella has 25 years of mining and exploration experience. She has a keen interest in global regulatory matters and jurisdictional codes, and has practical experience with both sides of the regulatory scene, working both as a mining/exploration geologist in North America, Southern Africa, and the Pacific, and a regulatory geologist in Australia. Stella focuses on preparation of NI 43-101 Technical Reports, provides technical support on NI 43-101 and JORC issues, and works on detailed mining studies and audits. Stella’s experience includes collation and review of geological, mineralization, exploration and drilling data, sampling, sample preparation, assaying and other resource-estimation related analyses, quality assurance-quality control, databases, and mineral resource estimates.

TIME: Sunday, May 1 / 8:00 to 16:30


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 conditional 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 qa/qc; geological interpretation and domaining; exploratory data analysis including de-clustering, top-cutting and geological contact analysis; analysis of spatial variability; change of support and mining in-situ selectivity (we collect samples but we mine blocks); estimation methods; estimated model validation; and classification. Estimation methods will include inverse distance to some power and various types of kriging such as ordinary kriging (OK), multiple indicator kriging (MIK), and uniform conditioning (UC). Conditional Simulation methods together with some applications will be discussed.

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 analysis, domain boundaries, estimation methodology, block model selectivity and model validation.
  • The differences 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, May 1 / 8:00 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 30 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, for the purpose of optimizing 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, May 1 / half day, 8:30 to 12:30


In light of the Mount Polley incident CIM's Environmental and Social Responsibility Society held a State of Practice workshop on tailings and management in Montreal during the CIM 2015 Convention. Lessons learned with respect to the technical, legal, social and management aspects of tailings facilities in Canada were explored. The key message from the workshop was that tailings, waste and water management is a core business function in the mining industry.

This workshop will explore core business functions to improve the state of practice in tailings, waste and water management. Core themes will include management and systems, design objectives, risk management, communication and engagement, management of technology, technology selection, design for closure, capital, operating and closure costs, permitting and approvals as well as inspection, audits and reviews.


  1. Introduction of CIM initiative of social and environmental responsibility;
  2. Determining core business functions for water, waste and tailings management;
  3. Establish priorities for CIM strategy and execution plan for tailings, waste and waste management

This workshop is targeted at participants who:

  • Senior corporate officers charged with tailings management and corporate social responsibility.
  • Corporate tailings and water management experts.
  • Senior site operating personnel responsible for the management, operation and closure of tailings facilities.
  • Regulatory authorities involved in setting and enforcing tailings related regulations.
  • Consultants experienced in tailings siting, design, construction, operation and closure.
  • First Nation and community representatives engaged and concerned about tailings management.
  • NGO's that are concerned with tailings facilities.

Rick Siwik, Siwik Consulting Inc., Workshop Facilitator
Dr. G. Ward Wilson, University of Alberta, Workshop Reporter

Charles Dumaresq, Vice President, Science & Environmental Management, MAC
Jean Vavrek, Executive Director, CIM
Chris Collins, Chief Mining Advisor, British Columbia Securities Commission

Michel Julien, Vice President, Environment, Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
Mike Jacobs, Director, Tailings and Water, Goldcorp Inc
Breakout Session # 1

Dr. Andy Robertson, President, Robertson Geoconsultants Inc.
Todd Martin, Lead, Mineral Residue Management, Anglo American plc
Breakout Session # 2

Mark Freberg, Director, Permitting and Closure, Teck Resources Limited
Panel discussion with:
Chris Collins, British Columbia Securities Commission
Nalaine Morin, Aboriginal Assessment Consultant
Mark Freberg, Teck Resources Limited
Kim Bellefontaine, British Columbia Mining of Energy and Mines

Dr. G. Ward Wilson, University of Alberta

TIME: Sunday, May 1 / 8:00 to 17:00