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?

2019 Keynote Speaker

Douglas Silver

Title: What’s it going to take to get investors back into mineral exploration?

Douglas B. Silver is a portfolio manager for Orion Mine Finance, a private-equity fund focused on providing funding to shovel-ready base and precious metal projects.  Prior to joining Orion, Douglas served as CEO and Chairman of International Royalty Corporation, a TSX mineral royalty company which he founded in 2003 and sold in 2010. From 1987 to 2004, his private company, Balfour Holdings, Inc., provided strategic and quantitative research to various mining company boards of directors.  In the Late Cretaceous, he was an exploration geologist for Anaconda Copper Company and Noranda. He is a well-known mineral economist, keynote speaker and author. In September 2018 Douglas was inducted into the U.S. National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.

2019 – Douglas Silver – Orion Mine Finance – Abstract

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.

2019 – Siri Genik – BRIDGE – Abstract

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.

2019 – Catharine Farrow – Exiro Minerals Corp – Abstract

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.

2019 – Jeff Morgan – Adia Resources Inc. – Abstract

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.

2019 – Alistair Ross – Rockcliff Metals Corporation – Abstract

John Stefaniuk

John D. Stefaniuk, is a partner with over 25 years’ experience in the areas of real property development law, natural resources and environmental law and energy, infrastructure projects and municipal law matters. He has particular experience in relation to contaminated sites, mining and mine rehabilitation, wind power development, natural resource development, environmental approvals and licensing, commercial real estate, leasing, financing and development, municipal approvals, taxation and assessment and business acquisitions. He appears regularly before government licensing bodies and administrative tribunals including municipal councils and provincial legislative committees in connection municipal, and property issues. John is a trained mediator and a roster member of the Canadian Centre for Environmental Arbitration and Mediation.

John is named in the Chambers Global Guide to the World’s Leading Business Lawyers 2013 and among the “most highly regarded individuals” under Environmental Law in the Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2017 Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers. He has been repeatedly named to the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the 500 Leading Lawyers in Canada and is listed in the Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory under both Environmental Law and Property Development, and by Best Lawyers® under Environmental and Natural Resources law, among other recognitions.

2019 – John Stefaniuk – Thompson Dorfman Sweatman – Abstract

Shastri Ramnath

Ms. Shastri Ramnath is currently the President and CEO of Exiro Minerals Corp, a junior exploration company and the Chair of Orix Geoscience Corp., a geological consulting firm that she co-founded and co-owns.  Ms. Ramnath is a Professional Geoscientist and Entrepreneur with over 20 years of global experience and has worked in various technical and leadership roles including, FNX Mining where she was a key member of the exploration and resource team that discovered the Victoria and Morrison Deposits and subsequently with Bridgeport Ventures, a publicly listed company, where she was the President and CEO.  Ms. Ramnath received a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Manitoba, a M.Sc. in Exploration Geology from Rhodes University (South Africa), and an Executive MBA from Athabasca University.

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.

2019 – Christian Böhm – Manitoba Geological Survey – Abstract

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.

2019 – Michelle Nicolas – Manitoba Geological Survey – Abstract

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).

2019 – Ross Sherlock – Mineral Exploration Research Centre – Abstract

Gary Eyres

Gary Eyres, head of Vale Manitoba Operations in Thompson since March 2019, has extensive experience in the mining industry having worked at companies including Mount Isa Mine Limited, BHP and South32 in Australia. He has also held management positions with BHP Billiton operations worldwide and with the Ekati diamond mine in the Northwest Territories.  Gary is passionate about leading and developing high performance teams with a particular focus on safety and the environment. He has extensive experience in both underground and open pit mining operations as well as maintenance and processing activities.

2019 – Gary Eyres – Vale – Abstract

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.

2019 – Lionnel Djon – North American Palladium Ltd. – Abstract

Neil Richardson

Neil has over 30 years of international exploration and mine geology experience specializing in volcanic hosted massive sulphides, gold, and nickel sulphide with a proven track record of discovery.  He started his geological career working as an exploration/mine geologist for (Lac Minerals, Renabie Gold Mines and Northfield Minerals) and gained experience at Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co Ltd. (Leaf Rapids and Flin Flon) further joining Murgor Resources Inc. as Exploration Manager, Eagle Hill’s (Windfall Lake, Osisko Mining) Technical Team Lead, and COO for both VMS Ventures Inc. and North American Nickel Inc.  In 2016 Neil formed Forensic Geoscience North Inc. for which he is the President/CEO.  Neil contracted to Hudbay Minerals until 2019 when he joined Hudbay as a Director of Exploration for the Manitoba Business Unit. Additionally, Neil is currently a technical advisory board member for Harvest Gold Inc and has past board experience with junior mining companies listed on (TSX.V) as well as chairman of the audit committee for Mazorro Resources.  Neil is a Professional Geoscientist registered with Association of Profession Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO) and Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (EGM).

2019 – Neil Richardson – Hudbay Minerals Inc. – Abstract

Roger March

Mr. March is Vice President of Exploration for Foran Mining Corporation and a professional geoscientist with over 25 years of progressive exploration and project management experience, focused mainly on the design, implementation and supervision of advanced exploration programs. In his prior role as Senior Project Geologist at Cumberland Resources, Mr. March spent 11 years as part of the team responsible for the completion of prefeasibility and feasibility level studies for the Meadowbank Gold Project, including resource increases from 0.8 million to over 4 million ounces of gold. He has multi-commodity exploration experience and has held positions with Cumberland Resources, Inco, Redfern Resources and the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Mines and Energy. Mr. March has extensive experience integrating exploration with geotechnical, metallurgical and environmental programs for project development, and is using this background to advance the exploration and development of the McIlvenna Bay Project for Foran. Mr. March is a Professional Geoscientist registered with the PEGNL and holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

2019 – Roger March – Foran Mining Corporation – Abstract

Grant Wiseman

Grant Wiseman is a Remote Sensing Scientist with 19 years of environmental research experience. Mr. Wiseman obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from the University of Winnipeg in 2001 and a Master of Science degree from the University of Manitoba in 2007. Grant’s earth observation work is focused on developing new geomatic techniques for sustainable resource management in collaborative projects with the Canadian Space Agency, the United States Department of Agriculture and NASA. He possesses an extensive background in geomatics, having worked on a variety of regional, national and international projects. Mr. Wiseman has been with Stantec since December 2013 working on a wide range of Earth observation projects in the Oil & Gas, Mining, Power, Transportation and Infrastructure sectors globally. He also holds a research associate position with the Centre for Earth Observation Science of the University of Manitoba.

2019 – Grant Wiseman – Stantec Consulting Ltd. – Abstract

Scott Parsons

Scott R.G. Parsons, M.Sc., MBA, P.Geo. is the Director Exploration, Canada for Alamos Gold Inc. Scott is responsible for exploration on the company’s Canadian projects including the Lynn Lake Project in northwestern Manitoba.  Prior to joining Alamos, Scott was the Manager of Regional Exploration and Geoscience with TMAC Resources Inc. where he was responsible for resource expansion and regional exploration on the Hope Bay Project in Nunavut, Canada.  Previously, he was Vice-President, Corporate Development and later Operations with Northern Superior Resources Inc. exploring for gold in Ontario and Quebec, Canada.  Prior to this, Scott was an Exploration Geologist and later a Resource Geologist focused on the evaluation of kimberlite-hosted diamond deposits with BHP Billiton Ltd. in Northwest Territories, Canada. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science (Geology) and a Master of Science (Geology) from the University of Western Ontario, and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Athabasca University.

2019 – Scott Parsons – Alamos Gold Inc. – Abstract

Natalie Tashe

Ms. Natalie Tashe is a mining sector representative for environmental services at Stantec Consulting Ltd.  She started her mining career in Thompson, Manitoba as a geological assistant for the Department of Energy and Mines.  Natalie brings over 20 years’ experience to the mining industry as a reclamation specialist and project manager working in Western and Northern Canada, Ms. Tashe has been involved with exploration and mine permitting approvals and compliance monitoring. She has been responsible for the delivery of annual reclamation reports and liability cost estimates. Ms. Tashe has also led and developed work related to reclamation design and environmental management plans used during exploration programs, mine operations and at mine closure.  Natalie’s passion is for innovation in science and in the past year has been an industry partner sponsor for three mine research projects to further advance the science of reclamation. Natalie is happy to return to her hometown of Winnipeg to present on the topic of environmental design and its incorporation in all phases of mining.

2019 – Natalie Tashe – Stantec Consulting Ltd. – Abstract

Ryan Morelli

Ryan Morelli is a professional geologist with the Government of Saskatchewan. He completed his B.Sc. in Geology at the University of Saskatchewan, followed by his M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, specializing in geochronology of hydrothermal ore deposits. In 2007, he accepted a position with the Saskatchewan Geological Survey as a Precambrian Research Geologist. In this role he undertook geoscience investigations throughout much of the Reindeer Zone in the Trans-Hudson Orogen of Saskatchewan and focused on settings of gold and base metal deposits. In 2017 he was assigned to a new role with the Survey as Assistant Chief Geologist of the Data Management unit. He also holds Adjunct Professor status in the Department of Geology at the University of Regina.

2019 – Ryan Morelli – Government of Saskatchewan – Abstract

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.).

2019 – Scott Anderson – 1911 Gold Corporation – Abstract

Christopher Lawley

Christopher Lawley is a member of the Professional Geoscientists Ontario (PGO), fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) and Earth Science graduate from the University of Western Ontario (HBSc), University of Alberta (MSc) and Durham University (PhD). Since 2012, Lawley has been working as a gold metallogenist with the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa. His research experience ranges from analytical method development to the application of geochemistry and radiogenic isotope techniques as chronometers and tracers of ore systems. Scientific computing has more recently become a key research area due to the shift towards big, multivariate datasets that require new approaches for analysis and visualization.

2019 – Christopher Lawley – Geological Survey of Canada – Abstract

Michelle Gauthier

Michelle Gauthier is a Quaternary geologist working at the Manitoba Geological Survey. Her research focuses on understanding the landscape left behind by past ice sheets. The scope of her work varies from regional to detailed project sites. She is also interested in understanding how material (till) is transported, deposited and deformed beneath a glacier. Before coming to the MGS, she worked with both industry and environmental consulting. She obtained her PhD at the University of Waterloo in 2013.

2019 – Michelle Gauthier – Manitoba Geological Survey – Abstract

Kyle Reid

Kyle Reid joined the Manitoba Geological Survey as a project geologist in 2016. The focus of his recent work has been in the Flin Flon greenstone belt, particularly where juvenile volcanic rocks and volcanogenic massive sulphide mineralization occur under Phanerozoic cover rocks. Research interests include geological mapping, structural geology, and ore deposits. Kyle received his B.Sc. in geology and environmental science from Brandon University and a Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan.

2019 – Kyle Reid – Manitoba Geological Survey – Abstract

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.

Mike Patterson

Mike Patterson holds a B.S. degree in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Prior to joining Resource Capital Funds in 2014, Mike worked in mines in the United States and Australia, in various on-site engineering roles. In late-2016, Mike joined the team at RCF that is responsible for investing in early-stage mining opportunities and selectively on later-stage and strategic investments.

2019 – Mike Patterson – Resource Capital Funds – Abstract

 

Paul Neufeld

Paul Neufeld is the Project Manager at Gensource Potash Corporation, with overall responsibility for delivering Gensource’s first small-scale, environmentally friendly, and socially responsible potash mining project. Mr. Neufeld has practical project experience as a project manager, project engineer, risk analyst, structural engineer, and construction coordinator – primarily focusing on heavy industrial projects for the potash, uranium, and other mining sectors in Saskatchewan. Over the course of his career as a project manager, Paul has directed and led many multi-disciplined brownfield and greenfield mining projects of varying size and scope.  Paul is also actively involved in the Project Management, Mining, Engineering, and Business communities, and serves as a sessional lecturer in the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan.  Paul is a registered Professional Engineer, has received his MBA, and is a certified Project Management Professional.

2019 – Paul Neufeld – Gensource Potash – Abstract

 

Hamid Mumin

Hamid received his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Applied Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto, specializing in Mineral Exploration and the Geology of Ore Deposits. He completed his Ph.D. (1994) and Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Western University also in Economic Geology. He has worked on successful exploration and development projects in Canada and overseas since 1981. Hamid is Professor of Economic Geology at Brandon University since 1995, and is a past-president of Geoscientists Canada. He is currently Chair of the Department of Geology, and serves on the Brandon University Senate, Foundation and Board of Governors. He continues to work with industry, government and his students on various exploration, research and development projects in Manitoba and across Canada. He is a member of the Minister’s Liaison Committee on Mining and Exploration.

2019 – Hamid Mumin – Brandon University – Abstract

Claude Deveau

After completing his education at Acadia University and what is now known as Daltech in Halifax well over 30 years ago, Claude made the trip out to Manitoba and became part of the furniture at the Tanco Mine back in 1988. His first 21 years at Tanco were spent as an innovative metallurgist for the spodumene and tantalum circuits. Spodumene and tantalum production ceased in 2009 due to the poor economic climate for those commodities. Claude was then rebranded as a Technical Manager. All the experience gained in separating complex minerals was then put to use in assessing how to separate pollucite from other minerals. Over the last 10 years Claude has spent a lot of his time evaluating various flotation techniques for some of the major minerals in pegmatites along with studies for the use of ore sorting in pegmatites.

2019 – Claude Deveau – Sinomine / Tanco – Abstract

Jack Zhang

Jack Zhang is the Business Unit Manager, Mineral Processing and Hydrometallurgy, at the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC). He has over 20 years of extensive industrial, engineering, and research experiences. His major areas of focus include the processing of lithium, uranium, potash and phosphate, rare earth and rare metals. He has led and supervised hundreds of mineral processing, metallurgical testing, optimization, and R&D projects for clients from Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Congo, Ethiopia, Eretria, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Russia, Spain, South Africa, UK, and USA. He has previously served as the Principal Engineer at SRC Mineral Processing, Plant Metallurgist of Cameco Corporation, and a Process Engineer of SINOPEC.

2019 – Jack Zhang – Saskatchewan Research Council – Abstract

Tania Martins

Tania Martins is a Project Geologist with the Manitoba Geological Survey since 2011. She has lead and participated in various regional geology mapping projects in Manitoba, and has extensive experience in rare metal deposits. Her expertise is in Li-Cs-Sn-Nb-Ta mineralization in granitic pegmatites, a topic she has researched for many years. Tania is a registered professional geoscientist with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba and holds a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Porto, Portugal.

Tania Martins – Manitoba Geological Survey – Abstract

Jean-François Dionne

Jean-François Dionne is an accomplished GIS/Geomatics specialist. He has a broad-based technical expertise in spatial technologies with over 25 years of experience in various areas of the geospatial sciences, with a global perspective on the recent evolution and future direction of geomatics. Over the last 10 years Jean-François has focused his career in various aspects of UAV/UAS technology including design/build, data collection in various sensor configurations, technical sales/support for a leading UAV manufacturer, regulatory and compliance work, and advanced flight operations in areas of large scale mining, aggregate operations, highway/roadway construction, infrastructure inspection and environmental studies. He has also very involved in many aspects of technical land surveying using advanced tools such as airborne and terrestrial LiDAR, multibeam and sub-bottom bathymetry systems, and various configurations of multi constellation GNSS systems. Finally, Jean-François has been closely involved with many data review and technology assessment projects using traditional mapping and the Internet, to enhance stakeholder consultation and facilitate project information and data delivery.

2019 – Jean-Francois Dionne – Pinchin – Abstract

Bob Singh

Bob has been associated with the mineral exploration industry for 32 years. He has strong technical background in evaluating and exploring gold and base metal systems and has outstanding geological, data management, computer and project management abilities.  He is founder of North Face Software Ltd. and serves as its President. He has worked for both junior and major mining companies as well as developed new technologies for recording and analyzing geological data. Mr. Singh has managed and modeled several exploration projects in the Red Lake Gold district since 2003 and was a key member of an exploration team exploring for sediment hosted gold deposits in British Columbia.

2019 – Bob Singh – Great Bear Resources – Abstract

Mark Shimell

Mark Shimell is the Project Manager for Star Diamond Corporation. He is an exploration geologist with over 24 years of international experience in mineral exploration and 18 years of diamond exploration in Canada. Prior to migrating to Canada to work for Star Diamond Corporation Mr. Shimell worked for A.C.A Howe International U.K on exploration projects within Europe and Africa.  Mr. Shimell graduated from Imperial College London (Royal School of Mines) with a degree in Mining Geology in 1995, a Master’s degree in 1998 and is a Professional Geoscientist in the Province of Saskatchewan.

2019 – Mark Shimell – Star Diamond Corporation – Abstract

Pam Marsden

Pam Marsden, originally, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, a member of the Navajo Nation and Jemez Pueblo.  In 1995, she received her Master of Arts in Communications from the University of North Dakota.  Since then has used her skills and experience in the fields of education, health and justice; until 2009 when she was provided the opportunity to work within the mining sector.  Currently, she is the Indigenous Liaison Officer with Hudbay Minerals Inc., where she engages and informs First Nations and Métis communities on employment and economic development opportunities located near Hudbay operations.

2019 – Pam Marsden & Irene Davies – Hudbay Minerals Inc – Abstract

Irene Davies

Irene is a Project Coordinator in the Environment Business Line at AECOM. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Biosystems Engineering in 2015 and has worked at AECOM since. Irene is experienced in environmental impact assessment and permitting and community engagement for mining and other projects and is a registered Engineer in Training with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba.

2019 – Irene Davies & Pam Marsden – AECOM – Abstract

David Benn

David Benn received his (Honors) Bachelor of Science with specialization in geology from the University of Ottawa. He worked in geophysical surveying before joining the University of Western Ontario to work on a Masters degree. His research currently includes pegmatite exploration, mineral geochemistry, and Raman spectroscopy.

2019 – David Benn – University of Western Ontario – Abstract

The Manitoba Liaison Committee on Mining and Exploration (MLCME) has been appointed by Minister Blaine Pederson (Agriculture and Resource Development) in July of 2019, in order to provide advice and recommendations on priority issues affecting the exploration and mining community.  The committee members represent a cross-section of industry stakeholders that are engaged and committed to recommending changes that will help make Manitoba one of the most exploration and mining friendly jurisdictions in North America. 

The committee members will take part in a panel presentation and will answer questions about the committee mandate and the process for identifying key issues.

Committee Members:

Shastri Ramnath (Chair; Industry): CEO, Exiro Minerals Corp.; Executive Chair, Orix Geoscience Inc.
Neil Richardson (Industry): Director of Exploration, MB Business Unit, Hudbay Minerals Inc.
Ryan Land (Industry): Manager, Corporation and Indigenous Affairs for MB/ON, Vale
Scott Parsons (Industry): Director Exploration – Canada, Alamos Gold Inc.
John Roozendaal (Industry): President, Global Li-Ion Graphite Corp.
Hamid Mumin (Industry): Professor, Brandon University; Director, MPDA
Julia Singh (Industry): Senior Project Geologist, Orix Geoscience Inc.; Treasurer, MPDA
Linda Murphy (Industry): Senior Manager, Community Relations, Yamana Gold
Andrew MacSkimming (Industry): Lawyer, A.H. MacSkimming Law

Supported by:

Christian Bohm (Secretariat; Gov of MB): Chief Geologist, Manitoba Geological Survey
Alisa Ramrattan (Gov of MB, Ex-officio): A/Executive Director, Resource Development Division
Steve Demmings (Gov of MB, Ex-officio): Senior Project Manager, Priorities & Planning Secretariat
Sirena Ketchen (Gov of MB, Ex-officio): A/Mining Recorder, Land Use & Resource Tenure Branch

In this panel session, Industry and Indigenous representatives will share their individual perspectives and experiences on the benefits of early engagement, the importance of dedicated individuals for engagement and liaison, and the traits of a good Community Liaison person. The panel will explore how to best start a conversation, and build from that a positive and trusting relationship. The value of education and training partnerships and the appropriate timing for agreements will also be discussed.

Michael Raess, B.Sc., P.Biol. Environmental and Community Relations Manager for Alamos Gold Inc.
Judy Sinclair-Moose, Band Manager Assistant, Program and Services Coordinator for Marcel Colomb First Nation (MCFN) and Member of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation
Eustache E. Sinclair (Mush), Elder and Member of Marcel Colomb First Nation (MCFN)

Linda Murphy B.Sc., P.Geo. Senior Manager, Community Relations, Yamana Gold Inc.
Brent Simms, Financial Manager for Red Sucker Lake First Nation
Wesley Harper, Principal at Red Sucker Lake School

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?

2019 KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Douglas Silver

Title: What’s it going to take to get investors back into mineral exploration?

Douglas B. Silver is a portfolio manager for Orion Mine Finance, a private-equity fund focused on providing funding to shovel-ready base and precious metal projects.  Prior to joining Orion, Douglas served as CEO and Chairman of International Royalty Corporation, a TSX mineral royalty company which he founded in 2003 and sold in 2010. From 1987 to 2004, his private company, Balfour Holdings, Inc., provided strategic and quantitative research to various mining company boards of directors.  In the Late Cretaceous, he was an exploration geologist for Anaconda Copper Company and Noranda. He is a well-known mineral economist, keynote speaker and author. In September 2018 Douglas was inducted into the U.S. National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.

2019 – Douglas Silver – Orion Mine Finance – Abstract

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.

2019 – Siri Genik – BRIDGE – Abstract

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.

2019 – Catharine Farrow – Exiro Minerals Corp – Abstract

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.

2019 – Jeff Morgan – Adia Resources Inc. – Abstract

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.

2019 – Alistair Ross – Rockcliff Metals Corporation – Abstract

John Stefaniuk

John D. Stefaniuk, is a partner with over 25 years’ experience in the areas of real property development law, natural resources and environmental law and energy, infrastructure projects and municipal law matters. He has particular experience in relation to contaminated sites, mining and mine rehabilitation, wind power development, natural resource development, environmental approvals and licensing, commercial real estate, leasing, financing and development, municipal approvals, taxation and assessment and business acquisitions. He appears regularly before government licensing bodies and administrative tribunals including municipal councils and provincial legislative committees in connection municipal, and property issues. John is a trained mediator and a roster member of the Canadian Centre for Environmental Arbitration and Mediation.

John is named in the Chambers Global Guide to the World’s Leading Business Lawyers 2013 and among the “most highly regarded individuals” under Environmental Law in the Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2017 Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers. He has been repeatedly named to the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the 500 Leading Lawyers in Canada and is listed in the Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory under both Environmental Law and Property Development, and by Best Lawyers® under Environmental and Natural Resources law, among other recognitions.

2019 – John Stefaniuk – Thompson Dorfman Sweatman – Abstract

Shastri Ramnath

Ms. Shastri Ramnath is currently the President and CEO of Exiro Minerals Corp, a junior exploration company and the Chair of Orix Geoscience Corp., a geological consulting firm that she co-founded and co-owns.  Ms. Ramnath is a Professional Geoscientist and Entrepreneur with over 20 years of global experience and has worked in various technical and leadership roles including, FNX Mining where she was a key member of the exploration and resource team that discovered the Victoria and Morrison Deposits and subsequently with Bridgeport Ventures, a publicly listed company, where she was the President and CEO.  Ms. Ramnath received a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Manitoba, a M.Sc. in Exploration Geology from Rhodes University (South Africa), and an Executive MBA from Athabasca University.

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.

2019 – Christian Böhm – Manitoba Geological Survey – Abstract

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.

2019 – Michelle Nicolas – Manitoba Geological Survey – Abstract

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).

2019 – Ross Sherlock – Mineral Exploration Research Centre – Abstract

Gary Eyres

Gary Eyres, head of Vale Manitoba Operations in Thompson since March 2019, has extensive experience in the mining industry having worked at companies including Mount Isa Mine Limited, BHP and South32 in Australia. He has also held management positions with BHP Billiton operations worldwide and with the Ekati diamond mine in the Northwest Territories.  Gary is passionate about leading and developing high performance teams with a particular focus on safety and the environment. He has extensive experience in both underground and open pit mining operations as well as maintenance and processing activities.

2019 – Gary Eyres – Vale – Abstract

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.

2019 – Lionnel Djon – North American Palladium Ltd. – Abstract

Neil Richardson

Neil has over 30 years of international exploration and mine geology experience specializing in volcanic hosted massive sulphides, gold, and nickel sulphide with a proven track record of discovery.  He started his geological career working as an exploration/mine geologist for (Lac Minerals, Renabie Gold Mines and Northfield Minerals) and gained experience at Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co Ltd. (Leaf Rapids and Flin Flon) further joining Murgor Resources Inc. as Exploration Manager, Eagle Hill’s (Windfall Lake, Osisko Mining) Technical Team Lead, and COO for both VMS Ventures Inc. and North American Nickel Inc.  In 2016 Neil formed Forensic Geoscience North Inc. for which he is the President/CEO.  Neil contracted to Hudbay Minerals until 2019 when he joined Hudbay as a Director of Exploration for the Manitoba Business Unit. Additionally, Neil is currently a technical advisory board member for Harvest Gold Inc and has past board experience with junior mining companies listed on (TSX.V) as well as chairman of the audit committee for Mazorro Resources.  Neil is a Professional Geoscientist registered with Association of Profession Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO) and Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (EGM).

2019 – Neil Richardson – Hudbay Minerals Inc. – Abstract

Roger March

Mr. March is Vice President of Exploration for Foran Mining Corporation and a professional geoscientist with over 25 years of progressive exploration and project management experience, focused mainly on the design, implementation and supervision of advanced exploration programs. In his prior role as Senior Project Geologist at Cumberland Resources, Mr. March spent 11 years as part of the team responsible for the completion of prefeasibility and feasibility level studies for the Meadowbank Gold Project, including resource increases from 0.8 million to over 4 million ounces of gold. He has multi-commodity exploration experience and has held positions with Cumberland Resources, Inco, Redfern Resources and the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Mines and Energy. Mr. March has extensive experience integrating exploration with geotechnical, metallurgical and environmental programs for project development, and is using this background to advance the exploration and development of the McIlvenna Bay Project for Foran. Mr. March is a Professional Geoscientist registered with the PEGNL and holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

2019 – Roger March – Foran Mining Corporation – Abstract

Grant Wiseman

Grant Wiseman is a Remote Sensing Scientist with 19 years of environmental research experience. Mr. Wiseman obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from the University of Winnipeg in 2001 and a Master of Science degree from the University of Manitoba in 2007. Grant’s earth observation work is focused on developing new geomatic techniques for sustainable resource management in collaborative projects with the Canadian Space Agency, the United States Department of Agriculture and NASA. He possesses an extensive background in geomatics, having worked on a variety of regional, national and international projects. Mr. Wiseman has been with Stantec since December 2013 working on a wide range of Earth observation projects in the Oil & Gas, Mining, Power, Transportation and Infrastructure sectors globally. He also holds a research associate position with the Centre for Earth Observation Science of the University of Manitoba.

2019 – Grant Wiseman – Stantec Consulting Ltd. – Abstract

Scott Parsons

Scott R.G. Parsons, M.Sc., MBA, P.Geo. is the Director Exploration, Canada for Alamos Gold Inc. Scott is responsible for exploration on the company’s Canadian projects including the Lynn Lake Project in northwestern Manitoba.  Prior to joining Alamos, Scott was the Manager of Regional Exploration and Geoscience with TMAC Resources Inc. where he was responsible for resource expansion and regional exploration on the Hope Bay Project in Nunavut, Canada.  Previously, he was Vice-President, Corporate Development and later Operations with Northern Superior Resources Inc. exploring for gold in Ontario and Quebec, Canada.  Prior to this, Scott was an Exploration Geologist and later a Resource Geologist focused on the evaluation of kimberlite-hosted diamond deposits with BHP Billiton Ltd. in Northwest Territories, Canada. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science (Geology) and a Master of Science (Geology) from the University of Western Ontario, and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Athabasca University.

2019 – Scott Parsons – Alamos Gold Inc. – Abstract

Natalie Tashe

Ms. Natalie Tashe is a mining sector representative for environmental services at Stantec Consulting Ltd.  She started her mining career in Thompson, Manitoba as a geological assistant for the Department of Energy and Mines.  Natalie brings over 20 years’ experience to the mining industry as a reclamation specialist and project manager working in Western and Northern Canada, Ms. Tashe has been involved with exploration and mine permitting approvals and compliance monitoring. She has been responsible for the delivery of annual reclamation reports and liability cost estimates. Ms. Tashe has also led and developed work related to reclamation design and environmental management plans used during exploration programs, mine operations and at mine closure.  Natalie’s passion is for innovation in science and in the past year has been an industry partner sponsor for three mine research projects to further advance the science of reclamation. Natalie is happy to return to her hometown of Winnipeg to present on the topic of environmental design and its incorporation in all phases of mining.

2019 – Natalie Tashe – Stantec Consulting Ltd. – Abstract

Ryan Morelli

Ryan Morelli is a professional geologist with the Government of Saskatchewan. He completed his B.Sc. in Geology at the University of Saskatchewan, followed by his M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, specializing in geochronology of hydrothermal ore deposits. In 2007, he accepted a position with the Saskatchewan Geological Survey as a Precambrian Research Geologist. In this role he undertook geoscience investigations throughout much of the Reindeer Zone in the Trans-Hudson Orogen of Saskatchewan and focused on settings of gold and base metal deposits. In 2017 he was assigned to a new role with the Survey as Assistant Chief Geologist of the Data Management unit. He also holds Adjunct Professor status in the Department of Geology at the University of Regina.

2019 – Ryan Morelli – Government of Saskatchewan – Abstract

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.).

2019 – Scott Anderson – 1911 Gold Corporation – Abstract

Christopher Lawley

Christopher Lawley is a member of the Professional Geoscientists Ontario (PGO), fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) and Earth Science graduate from the University of Western Ontario (HBSc), University of Alberta (MSc) and Durham University (PhD). Since 2012, Lawley has been working as a gold metallogenist with the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa. His research experience ranges from analytical method development to the application of geochemistry and radiogenic isotope techniques as chronometers and tracers of ore systems. Scientific computing has more recently become a key research area due to the shift towards big, multivariate datasets that require new approaches for analysis and visualization.

2019 – Christopher Lawley – Geological Survey of Canada – Abstract

Michelle Gauthier

Michelle Gauthier is a Quaternary geologist working at the Manitoba Geological Survey. Her research focuses on understanding the landscape left behind by past ice sheets. The scope of her work varies from regional to detailed project sites. She is also interested in understanding how material (till) is transported, deposited and deformed beneath a glacier. Before coming to the MGS, she worked with both industry and environmental consulting. She obtained her PhD at the University of Waterloo in 2013.

2019 – Michelle Gauthier – Manitoba Geological Survey – Abstract

Kyle Reid

Kyle Reid joined the Manitoba Geological Survey as a project geologist in 2016. The focus of his recent work has been in the Flin Flon greenstone belt, particularly where juvenile volcanic rocks and volcanogenic massive sulphide mineralization occur under Phanerozoic cover rocks. Research interests include geological mapping, structural geology, and ore deposits. Kyle received his B.Sc. in geology and environmental science from Brandon University and a Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan.

2019 – Kyle Reid – Manitoba Geological Survey – Abstract

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.

Mike Patterson

Mike Patterson holds a B.S. degree in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Prior to joining Resource Capital Funds in 2014, Mike worked in mines in the United States and Australia, in various on-site engineering roles. In late-2016, Mike joined the team at RCF that is responsible for investing in early-stage mining opportunities and selectively on later-stage and strategic investments.

2019 – Mike Patterson – Resource Capital Funds – Abstract

 

Paul Neufeld

Paul Neufeld is the Project Manager at Gensource Potash Corporation, with overall responsibility for delivering Gensource’s first small-scale, environmentally friendly, and socially responsible potash mining project. Mr. Neufeld has practical project experience as a project manager, project engineer, risk analyst, structural engineer, and construction coordinator – primarily focusing on heavy industrial projects for the potash, uranium, and other mining sectors in Saskatchewan. Over the course of his career as a project manager, Paul has directed and led many multi-disciplined brownfield and greenfield mining projects of varying size and scope.  Paul is also actively involved in the Project Management, Mining, Engineering, and Business communities, and serves as a sessional lecturer in the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan.  Paul is a registered Professional Engineer, has received his MBA, and is a certified Project Management Professional.

2019 – Paul Neufeld – Gensource Potash – Abstract

 

Hamid Mumin

Hamid received his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Applied Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto, specializing in Mineral Exploration and the Geology of Ore Deposits. He completed his Ph.D. (1994) and Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Western University also in Economic Geology. He has worked on successful exploration and development projects in Canada and overseas since 1981. Hamid is Professor of Economic Geology at Brandon University since 1995, and is a past-president of Geoscientists Canada. He is currently Chair of the Department of Geology, and serves on the Brandon University Senate, Foundation and Board of Governors. He continues to work with industry, government and his students on various exploration, research and development projects in Manitoba and across Canada. He is a member of the Minister’s Liaison Committee on Mining and Exploration.

2019 – Hamid Mumin – Brandon University – Abstract

Claude Deveau

After completing his education at Acadia University and what is now known as Daltech in Halifax well over 30 years ago, Claude made the trip out to Manitoba and became part of the furniture at the Tanco Mine back in 1988. His first 21 years at Tanco were spent as an innovative metallurgist for the spodumene and tantalum circuits. Spodumene and tantalum production ceased in 2009 due to the poor economic climate for those commodities. Claude was then rebranded as a Technical Manager. All the experience gained in separating complex minerals was then put to use in assessing how to separate pollucite from other minerals. Over the last 10 years Claude has spent a lot of his time evaluating various flotation techniques for some of the major minerals in pegmatites along with studies for the use of ore sorting in pegmatites.

2019 – Claude Deveau – Sinomine / Tanco – Abstract

Jack Zhang

Jack Zhang is the Business Unit Manager, Mineral Processing and Hydrometallurgy, at the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC). He has over 20 years of extensive industrial, engineering, and research experiences. His major areas of focus include the processing of lithium, uranium, potash and phosphate, rare earth and rare metals. He has led and supervised hundreds of mineral processing, metallurgical testing, optimization, and R&D projects for clients from Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Congo, Ethiopia, Eretria, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Russia, Spain, South Africa, UK, and USA. He has previously served as the Principal Engineer at SRC Mineral Processing, Plant Metallurgist of Cameco Corporation, and a Process Engineer of SINOPEC.

2019 – Jack Zhang – Saskatchewan Research Council – Abstract

Tania Martins

Tania Martins is a Project Geologist with the Manitoba Geological Survey since 2011. She has lead and participated in various regional geology mapping projects in Manitoba, and has extensive experience in rare metal deposits. Her expertise is in Li-Cs-Sn-Nb-Ta mineralization in granitic pegmatites, a topic she has researched for many years. Tania is a registered professional geoscientist with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba and holds a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Porto, Portugal.

Tania Martins – Manitoba Geological Survey – Abstract

Jean-François Dionne

Jean-François Dionne is an accomplished GIS/Geomatics specialist. He has a broad-based technical expertise in spatial technologies with over 25 years of experience in various areas of the geospatial sciences, with a global perspective on the recent evolution and future direction of geomatics. Over the last 10 years Jean-François has focused his career in various aspects of UAV/UAS technology including design/build, data collection in various sensor configurations, technical sales/support for a leading UAV manufacturer, regulatory and compliance work, and advanced flight operations in areas of large scale mining, aggregate operations, highway/roadway construction, infrastructure inspection and environmental studies. He has also very involved in many aspects of technical land surveying using advanced tools such as airborne and terrestrial LiDAR, multibeam and sub-bottom bathymetry systems, and various configurations of multi constellation GNSS systems. Finally, Jean-François has been closely involved with many data review and technology assessment projects using traditional mapping and the Internet, to enhance stakeholder consultation and facilitate project information and data delivery.

2019 – Jean-Francois Dionne – Pinchin – Abstract

Bob Singh

Bob has been associated with the mineral exploration industry for 32 years. He has strong technical background in evaluating and exploring gold and base metal systems and has outstanding geological, data management, computer and project management abilities.  He is founder of North Face Software Ltd. and serves as its President. He has worked for both junior and major mining companies as well as developed new technologies for recording and analyzing geological data. Mr. Singh has managed and modeled several exploration projects in the Red Lake Gold district since 2003 and was a key member of an exploration team exploring for sediment hosted gold deposits in British Columbia.

2019 – Bob Singh – Great Bear Resources – Abstract

Mark Shimell

Mark Shimell is the Project Manager for Star Diamond Corporation. He is an exploration geologist with over 24 years of international experience in mineral exploration and 18 years of diamond exploration in Canada. Prior to migrating to Canada to work for Star Diamond Corporation Mr. Shimell worked for A.C.A Howe International U.K on exploration projects within Europe and Africa.  Mr. Shimell graduated from Imperial College London (Royal School of Mines) with a degree in Mining Geology in 1995, a Master’s degree in 1998 and is a Professional Geoscientist in the Province of Saskatchewan.

2019 – Mark Shimell – Star Diamond Corporation – Abstract

Pam Marsden

Pam Marsden, originally, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, a member of the Navajo Nation and Jemez Pueblo.  In 1995, she received her Master of Arts in Communications from the University of North Dakota.  Since then has used her skills and experience in the fields of education, health and justice; until 2009 when she was provided the opportunity to work within the mining sector.  Currently, she is the Indigenous Liaison Officer with Hudbay Minerals Inc., where she engages and informs First Nations and Métis communities on employment and economic development opportunities located near Hudbay operations.

2019 – Pam Marsden & Irene Davies – Hudbay Minerals Inc – Abstract

Irene Davies

Irene is a Project Coordinator in the Environment Business Line at AECOM. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Biosystems Engineering in 2015 and has worked at AECOM since. Irene is experienced in environmental impact assessment and permitting and community engagement for mining and other projects and is a registered Engineer in Training with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba.

2019 – Irene Davies & Pam Marsden – AECOM – Abstract

David Benn

David Benn received his (Honors) Bachelor of Science with specialization in geology from the University of Ottawa. He worked in geophysical surveying before joining the University of Western Ontario to work on a Masters degree. His research currently includes pegmatite exploration, mineral geochemistry, and Raman spectroscopy.

2019 – David Benn – University of Western Ontario – Abstract

The Manitoba Liaison Committee on Mining and Exploration (MLCME) has been appointed by Minister Blaine Pederson (Agriculture and Resource Development) in July of 2019, in order to provide advice and recommendations on priority issues affecting the exploration and mining community.  The committee members represent a cross-section of industry stakeholders that are engaged and committed to recommending changes that will help make Manitoba one of the most exploration and mining friendly jurisdictions in North America. 

The committee members will take part in a panel presentation and will answer questions about the committee mandate and the process for identifying key issues.

Committee Members:

Shastri Ramnath (Chair; Industry): CEO, Exiro Minerals Corp.; Executive Chair, Orix Geoscience Inc.
Neil Richardson (Industry): Director of Exploration, MB Business Unit, Hudbay Minerals Inc.
Ryan Land (Industry): Manager, Corporation and Indigenous Affairs for MB/ON, Vale
Scott Parsons (Industry): Director Exploration – Canada, Alamos Gold Inc.
John Roozendaal (Industry): President, Global Li-Ion Graphite Corp.
Hamid Mumin (Industry): Professor, Brandon University; Director, MPDA
Julia Singh (Industry): Senior Project Geologist, Orix Geoscience Inc.; Treasurer, MPDA
Linda Murphy (Industry): Senior Manager, Community Relations, Yamana Gold
Andrew MacSkimming (Industry): Lawyer, A.H. MacSkimming Law

Supported by:

Christian Bohm (Secretariat; Gov of MB): Chief Geologist, Manitoba Geological Survey
Alisa Ramrattan (Gov of MB, Ex-officio): A/Executive Director, Resource Development Division
Steve Demmings (Gov of MB, Ex-officio): Senior Project Manager, Priorities & Planning Secretariat
Sirena Ketchen (Gov of MB, Ex-officio): A/Mining Recorder, Land Use & Resource Tenure Branch

In this panel session, Industry and Indigenous representatives will share their individual perspectives and experiences on the benefits of early engagement, the importance of dedicated individuals for engagement and liaison, and the traits of a good Community Liaison person. The panel will explore how to best start a conversation, and build from that a positive and trusting relationship. The value of education and training partnerships and the appropriate timing for agreements will also be discussed.

Michael Raess, B.Sc., P.Biol. Environmental and Community Relations Manager for Alamos Gold Inc.
Judy Sinclair-Moose, Band Manager Assistant, Program and Services Coordinator for Marcel Colomb First Nation (MCFN) and Member of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation
Eustache E. Sinclair (Mush), Elder and Member of Marcel Colomb First Nation (MCFN)

Linda Murphy B.Sc., P.Geo. Senior Manager, Community Relations, Yamana Gold Inc.
Brent Simms, Financial Manager for Red Sucker Lake First Nation
Wesley Harper, Principal at Red Sucker Lake School