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The 2020 conference theme Mine the ____ Gap! is about getting increasingly closer to exemplary practices. Michael Gray , as moderator, will engage a panel of influential mining industry leaders with their visions for attaining this goal.
Michael Gray is a partner with Agentis Capital Mining Partners, an equity research and capital markets advisory firm headquartered in Vancouver. He has more than 30 years of experience in the minerals industry, including 14 years as one of the top mining equity research analysts in the sector.
Michael will challenge the panelists on current benchmarks in operational and safety performance, technology, environmental excellence and their impact on CSR outcomes. Through multiples lenses, panelists will discuss gaps in innovation and new technologies on the international scene and in this increasingly digital world.
Sophisticated technology, artificial intelligence and their performance metrics – within or outside the mining sector – can position mining as the industry to benchmark against at this time of disruption. The Plenary will approach innovation with a focus on empirical results – or proven technology.
Jerry is one of Canada’s most prominent Aboriginal Leaders. He is committed to enhancing the quality of life for Aboriginal People through the creation of new business opportunities and development of skills and capacity in the community.
His field experience in the mining industry began in 1965 when he started working on diamond drills. He then went on to work underground for six years in the Tantalus Butte Coal Mine, Carmacks, Yukon. During this stage in his career, he was the underground mine rescue Captain and President of the only all-native United Steelworker’s Local in North America.
Jerry has also applied his leadership skills to serve the public. In 2011, Jerry was awarded the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s Skookum Jim Award which recognizes Aboriginal achievements in the mining industry. He was appointed to sit on the Yukon Mining Advisory Board in 2011.
Jerry was President and founding member of the Tahltan Nation Development Corporation. (1985), the largest native-owned and operated heavy construction company in Western Canada. He is also a founding member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (1981) as well as the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association (CAMA) (1991 – November 2013) where he server as Vice-President.
Jerry was instrumental in bringing the Aboriginal Toolkit for Mining to fruition. This document received the 2006 Departmental Merit Award from Natural Resources Canada and in 2007 won the International Award as the best Aboriginal mine training document in the world, from UNESCO.
Jerry is an experienced negotiator. His success in this area includes negotiating the first native-owned independent power producer contract with BC Hydro, the first significant Impact and Benefits Agreement in BC’s mining industry (Golden Bear Mine) and he successfully negotiated for a new health facility to serve the Dease Lake area. Jerry has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Metal March 5, 2013 for his contributions to the inclusion and training of Aboriginal People in industry, as well as the Frank Woodside award from AME BC (2015) and the very prestigious Inspired award for Business and Commerce (2017).
In 2018 he was appointed to the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Body on Responsible Business Conduct (MSAB) by the Minister of International Trade. Jerry has shared his knowledge and experience with indigenous communities in Peru, Columbia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Belize, Guatemala, Argentina, Australia, Panama, the Philippines, Sweden, Norway, Canada and the United States. On January 9, 2020 Jerry Asp was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.
Dean Gehring was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in June 2019 after joining Newmont as Regional Senior Vice President, South America in June 2017. He brings over 25 years of global operational experience, having lived in Canada, Indonesia, Peru and the US. Prior to joining Newmont, he spent 14 years with global miner Rio Tinto, in a variety of executive roles including President and Chief Executive Officer of Rio Tinto Minerals, Global Head of Safety and Security and General Manager of Resource Development for the Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia. Dean previously worked as Manager of Technical Services at Freeport's Grasberg mine and held various operational and technical roles with BHP Billiton prior to working for Freeport. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Idaho, and his Master’s of Science in Project Management from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Dean holds a Nevada Professional Engineering registration and Project Management Professional certification. In addition to having published papers for mining and project management journals, he has served on university advisory boards and is currently the co-chair of the SME Foundation Corporate Giving Committee.
James Gowans is currently interim President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Trilogy Metals Inc., and an independent director of various companies including Cameco, New Gold and Titan Mining. He also serves on the Boards of CMIC (Canadian Mining Innovation Council) and CMHF (Canadian Mining Hall of Fame).
Mr. Gowans was previously the president, CEO and a director of Arizona Mining Inc. from January 2016 until it was purchased by South32 Limited in August 2018. He was senior advisor to the chair of the board of Barrick Gold Corporation from August to December 2015, co-president from July 2014 to August 2015 and executive vice-president and COO from January to July 2014. He served as managing director of the Debswana Diamond Company in Botswana from 2011 to 2014. He has extensive experience as a senior executive in the mining industry, including holding executive positions at DeBeers SA, DeBeers Canada Inc. and PT Inco in Indonesia, and with Placer Dome Ltd. Mr. Gowans is the past chair of the Mining Association of Canada.
Mr. Gowans received a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in mineral engineering from the University of British Columbia and attended the Banff School of Advanced Management. He has extensive mining knowledge and perspective on the importance of corporate social responsibility and brings human resources experience as a former vice-president, human resources at Placer Dome.
Mr. Gowans is the past chair of the Mining Association of Canada and a past President of CIM.
Ms. Kuzenko is a senior mining executive with over 20 years of operational and business experience, mainly acquired at Inco/Vale. After the first four years at Inco as Chief Legal Officer, Ms. Kuzenko moved to the operational side of the business where she held roles of increasing responsibility in operations management. She has a proven record of execution and leadership in the areas of sustainability, energy, safety, health and environmental protection, transport functions, oxygen and acid plants, maintenance shops and community, labour and government relations. Her most recent role was of Director, Business Strategy, Ontario Operations.
Ms. Kuzenko holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University. She is a founding Advisory Board member of the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH) at Laurentian University.
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