Speakers

2019 Keynote Speaker

Rex Murphy

Title: The Future of Canadian Resources

Rex Murphy has seen (and heard) it all when it comes to policy & ideas aimed at developing industries. He was the host of CBC Radio One’s Nationwide call-in show Cross Country Checkup for 21 years and offered regular Canadian commentary segments throughout his stint on CBC’s The National. He currently writes for The National Post. From the collapse of Newfoundland’s fishing industry by the cod moratorium of 1992, to the boom of Alberta’s oil sands in the early 2000s, and the pipeline debates of recent years, Rex has seen the high’s and lows of Canadian industry. Unlike most commentators, he’s actually interacted with people from coast-to-coast to get a balanced perspective.

A Rhodes Scholar, Rex was born and raised in St. John’s, Nfld., where he graduated from Memorial University. He went to Oxford University, along with former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Rex later ran twice in provincial elections and lost both times. Maybe he was too honest?

Siri Genik

Siri has spent over 25 years working on major capital projects around the world in the Natural Resource and Infrastructure industries. She was awarded the 2018-2019 “Distinguished Lecturer Award for CSR” from the Canadian Institute of Mining. Siri is a director of the PDAC, as well as a number of for-profit and non-for-profit boards. She also sits on the board of Women-in-Mining Canada and is responsible for the Trailblazer Award Program. Siri is a lawyer, as well as a qualified mediator. She is perfectly fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Catharine Farrow

Catharine is a Professional Geoscientist (APGO) and accredited Corporate Director (ICD) with more than 25 years of mining industry experience. She currently serves as a Director of Franco-Nevada Corporation, Chair of the Board of Exiro Minerals Corp., and is the inaugural Member of the Advisory Board of Behr Technologies Inc. She is President of FarExGeoMine Ltd. (her private consulting company), is Chair of the Advisory Board of the Mineral Exploration Research Centre, Harquail School of Earth Sciences, Laurentian University,  a member of Laurentian’s Goodman School of Mines Advisory Board, and has been an Adjunct Professor at Laurentian since 1995. Catharine obtained her BSc (Hons) from Mount Allison University, her MSc from Acadia University and her PhD from Carleton University.

Jeff Morgan

Mr. Morgan holds a B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Geology from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, and is a Professional Geoscientist registered with the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL).Jeff has over 20 years of mineral exploration experience with several junior and major companies in Canada and has worked on a variety of deposit types including diamonds, orogenic gold, magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE, uranium (± vanadium, copper), and pegmatite-hosted rare metals (LCT type).  Over the past two years, he has been focused on advancing the Lynx Diamond Project in Northern Manitoba. Prior to joining Adia Resources, Jeff spent nine years as Project Geologist / Exploration Manager with Altius Resources Inc.  His past work experience also includes 1½ years at the Diavik Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories.

Alistair Ross

Alistair Ross is the President and CEO of Rockcliff Metals Corporation and is a seasoned and accomplished leader in the mining industry, known for his passion for mentorship in order to develop true leadership potential within individuals and organizations. Before joining Rockcliff, Alistair was the Head of Mining and Milling for Vale’s North Atlantic Base Metals Operations and ran his own consultancy business.  Alistair’s career in mining has spanned six countries across the globe, serving as President of Lonmin’s South Africa Operations, the world’s third largest platinum producer, and spent many years at the former Inco’s Canadian Operations as General Manager of areas including Mining, Milling, Smelting and Copper Refining.

John Stefaniuk

Hear about the latest legal developments in the mining sector from John Stefaniuk, a partner at Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP with 30 years’ experience in natural resource and environmental law. John will provide an update on key legislative developments and cases affecting the mining sector. Topics will include: the new federal Impact Assessment Act and its impacts on mine development; important case law developments on royalties and clean-up liability; the latest on Indigenous consultation cases.

Christian Böhm

Christian Böhm received his diploma degree in structural geology and Ph.D. in geochronology and isotope geology from ETH Zurich in Switzerland. He did post-doctoral research and teaching at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, prior to joining the Manitoba Geological Survey in 2002. Christian became Head of the Precambrian Mapping section of the survey in 2009, Acting Director in 2012, and Chief Geologist in 2017.

Michelle Nicolas

Michelle P.B. Nicolas attained her B.Sc. Honours and M.Sc. in geology from the University of Manitoba.  She joined the Manitoba Government in 1998 as a Petroleum Geologist with Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade. She joined to the Manitoba Geological Survey in 2007 as a Petroleum Geologist and Phanerozoic Stratigrapher, and then became the Chief Geologist of Sedimentary Geoscience in 2013. She is currently the acting Director of the Geological Services Branch.  Her specialty is in the petroleum geology and stratigraphy of Manitoba’s two Phanerozoic sedimentary basins. She has guest lectured at Brandon University and the University of Manitoba, and has co-supervised several undergrad theses. She has done work on most of the Phanerozoic formations in the Williston Basin, including the prolific Bakken Formation, the potash-bearing Prairie Evaporite, and deep subsurface brines.  She also works on the stratigraphy and hydrocarbon potential of the frontier Hudson Bay Basin. She is a registered Professional Geoscientist with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, and is a Fellow of Geoscientists Canada.

Ross Sherlock

Ross joined HES in August 2017 as a Chair in Exploration Targeting and the Director of MERC. Ross is a professional geologist with over 30 years of experience in the mining industry and academic research. His career has spanned junior and senior mining companies, consulting and government surveys working nationally and internationally. Most recently, Ross was Vice President, Geoscience at Kinross Gold Corp. and Exploration Manager, North America at Gold Fields.  Ross completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Mineral Deposits Research Unit at UBC, PhD at the University of Waterloo, MSc at Lakehead University, and BSc (Honours) at McMaster University, Canada. He is a member of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) and Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO).

Lionnel Djon

Dr. Djon is a Professional Geoscientist with over 10 years of exploration and applied research experience specializing in magmatic PGE-Ni-Cu-ore deposits. In 2010, Dr. Djon joined the North American Palladium Ltd. that operates the world-class Lac des Iles palladium deposits, where he initially worked as Research and Development Geologist and now as Principal Geoscientist. He has led and contributed to several exploration and development projects inside and outside the Lac des Iles Mine. He received a Ph.D. degree in Geology from Queen’s University and holds a Masters’ degree in Geology with the Canada Research Chair in Magmatic Ore Deposits in Quebec.

Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson is the Vice President Exploration of 1911 Gold Corporation and has 30 years of experience in government geoscience, mineral exploration, academia and independent consulting, specializing in structural and mineral deposits geology. Prior to his appointment in 2018, Scott was the Chief Geologist of Precambrian Geoscience with the Manitoba Geological Survey. In his 17 years with the survey, Scott’s main research focused on the stratigraphic and structural settings of orogenic gold deposits in the Archean Rice Lake greenstone belt, including a definitive study of the Rice Lake (Bissett) mining camp, site of 1911 Gold’s True North mine and mill complex. Scott is a registered professional geoscientist with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences, University of Manitoba. He holds geology degrees from the University of Manitoba (B.Sc. Hons) and Dalhousie University (Ph.D.).

Alfredo Camacho

Dr. Camacho is the Department Head of the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources Department of Geological Sciences. His research addresses the theoretical and practical use of geochronology to constrain cooling histories and the rates of tectonic processes.

Tania Martins

Bob Singh

Kyle Reid

Roger March

Grant Wiseman

Scott Parsons

2019 KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Rex Murphy

Title: The Future of Canadian Resources

Rex Murphy has seen (and heard) it all when it comes to policy & ideas aimed at developing industries. He was the host of CBC Radio One’s Nationwide call-in show Cross Country Checkup for 21 years and offered regular Canadian commentary segments throughout his stint on CBC’s The National. He currently writes for The National Post. From the collapse of Newfoundland’s fishing industry by the cod moratorium of 1992, to the boom of Alberta’s oil sands in the early 2000s, and the pipeline debates of recent years, Rex has seen the high’s and lows of Canadian industry. Unlike most commentators, he’s actually interacted with people from coast-to-coast to get a balanced perspective.

A Rhodes Scholar, Rex was born and raised in St. John’s, Nfld., where he graduated from Memorial University. He went to Oxford University, along with former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Rex later ran twice in provincial elections and lost both times. Maybe he was too honest?

Siri Genik

Siri has spent over 25 years working on major capital projects around the world in the Natural Resource and Infrastructure industries. She was awarded the 2018-2019 “Distinguished Lecturer Award for CSR” from the Canadian Institute of Mining. Siri is a director of the PDAC, as well as a number of for-profit and non-for-profit boards. She also sits on the board of Women-in-Mining Canada and is responsible for the Trailblazer Award Program. Siri is a lawyer, as well as a qualified mediator. She is perfectly fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Catharine Farrow

Catharine is a Professional Geoscientist (APGO) and accredited Corporate Director (ICD) with more than 25 years of mining industry experience. She currently serves as a Director of Franco-Nevada Corporation, Chair of the Board of Exiro Minerals Corp., and is the inaugural Member of the Advisory Board of Behr Technologies Inc. She is President of FarExGeoMine Ltd. (her private consulting company), is Chair of the Advisory Board of the Mineral Exploration Research Centre, Harquail School of Earth Sciences, Laurentian University,  a member of Laurentian’s Goodman School of Mines Advisory Board, and has been an Adjunct Professor at Laurentian since 1995. Catharine obtained her BSc (Hons) from Mount Allison University, her MSc from Acadia University and her PhD from Carleton University.

Jeff Morgan

Mr. Morgan holds a B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Geology from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, and is a Professional Geoscientist registered with the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL).Jeff has over 20 years of mineral exploration experience with several junior and major companies in Canada and has worked on a variety of deposit types including diamonds, orogenic gold, magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE, uranium (± vanadium, copper), and pegmatite-hosted rare metals (LCT type).  Over the past two years, he has been focused on advancing the Lynx Diamond Project in Northern Manitoba. Prior to joining Adia Resources, Jeff spent nine years as Project Geologist / Exploration Manager with Altius Resources Inc.  His past work experience also includes 1½ years at the Diavik Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories.

Alistair Ross

Alistair Ross is the President and CEO of Rockcliff Metals Corporation and is a seasoned and accomplished leader in the mining industry, known for his passion for mentorship in order to develop true leadership potential within individuals and organizations. Before joining Rockcliff, Alistair was the Head of Mining and Milling for Vale’s North Atlantic Base Metals Operations and ran his own consultancy business.  Alistair’s career in mining has spanned six countries across the globe, serving as President of Lonmin’s South Africa Operations, the world’s third largest platinum producer, and spent many years at the former Inco’s Canadian Operations as General Manager of areas including Mining, Milling, Smelting and Copper Refining.

John Stefaniuk

Hear about the latest legal developments in the mining sector from John Stefaniuk, a partner at Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP with 30 years’ experience in natural resource and environmental law. John will provide an update on key legislative developments and cases affecting the mining sector. Topics will include: the new federal Impact Assessment Act and its impacts on mine development; important case law developments on royalties and clean-up liability; the latest on Indigenous consultation cases.

Christian Böhm

Christian Böhm received his diploma degree in structural geology and Ph.D. in geochronology and isotope geology from ETH Zurich in Switzerland. He did post-doctoral research and teaching at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, prior to joining the Manitoba Geological Survey in 2002. Christian became Head of the Precambrian Mapping section of the survey in 2009, Acting Director in 2012, and Chief Geologist in 2017.

Michelle Nicolas

Michelle P.B. Nicolas attained her B.Sc. Honours and M.Sc. in geology from the University of Manitoba.  She joined the Manitoba Government in 1998 as a Petroleum Geologist with Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade. She joined to the Manitoba Geological Survey in 2007 as a Petroleum Geologist and Phanerozoic Stratigrapher, and then became the Chief Geologist of Sedimentary Geoscience in 2013. She is currently the acting Director of the Geological Services Branch.  Her specialty is in the petroleum geology and stratigraphy of Manitoba’s two Phanerozoic sedimentary basins. She has guest lectured at Brandon University and the University of Manitoba, and has co-supervised several undergrad theses. She has done work on most of the Phanerozoic formations in the Williston Basin, including the prolific Bakken Formation, the potash-bearing Prairie Evaporite, and deep subsurface brines.  She also works on the stratigraphy and hydrocarbon potential of the frontier Hudson Bay Basin. She is a registered Professional Geoscientist with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, and is a Fellow of Geoscientists Canada.

Ross Sherlock

Ross joined HES in August 2017 as a Chair in Exploration Targeting and the Director of MERC. Ross is a professional geologist with over 30 years of experience in the mining industry and academic research. His career has spanned junior and senior mining companies, consulting and government surveys working nationally and internationally. Most recently, Ross was Vice President, Geoscience at Kinross Gold Corp. and Exploration Manager, North America at Gold Fields.  Ross completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Mineral Deposits Research Unit at UBC, PhD at the University of Waterloo, MSc at Lakehead University, and BSc (Honours) at McMaster University, Canada. He is a member of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) and Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO).

Lionnel Djon

Dr. Djon is a Professional Geoscientist with over 10 years of exploration and applied research experience specializing in magmatic PGE-Ni-Cu-ore deposits. In 2010, Dr. Djon joined the North American Palladium Ltd. that operates the world-class Lac des Iles palladium deposits, where he initially worked as Research and Development Geologist and now as Principal Geoscientist. He has led and contributed to several exploration and development projects inside and outside the Lac des Iles Mine. He received a Ph.D. degree in Geology from Queen’s University and holds a Masters’ degree in Geology with the Canada Research Chair in Magmatic Ore Deposits in Quebec.

Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson is the Vice President Exploration of 1911 Gold Corporation and has 30 years of experience in government geoscience, mineral exploration, academia and independent consulting, specializing in structural and mineral deposits geology. Prior to his appointment in 2018, Scott was the Chief Geologist of Precambrian Geoscience with the Manitoba Geological Survey. In his 17 years with the survey, Scott’s main research focused on the stratigraphic and structural settings of orogenic gold deposits in the Archean Rice Lake greenstone belt, including a definitive study of the Rice Lake (Bissett) mining camp, site of 1911 Gold’s True North mine and mill complex. Scott is a registered professional geoscientist with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences, University of Manitoba. He holds geology degrees from the University of Manitoba (B.Sc. Hons) and Dalhousie University (Ph.D.).

Alfredo Camacho

Dr. Camacho is the Department Head of the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources Department of Geological Sciences. His research addresses the theoretical and practical use of geochronology to constrain cooling histories and the rates of tectonic processes.

Tania Martins

Bob Singh

Kyle Reid

Roger March

Grant Wiseman

Scott Parsons