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National Mining Innovation Forum 2019

National Mining Innovation Forum June 4, 2019

CMIC held their 7th National Mining Innovation Forum June 4, 2019 in Toronto.

The day was spend “Connecting Innovators to Catalyze Transformation in the Industry!”

Thanks to our venue sponsor CMIC Strategic Member


Bay Adelaide Centre, East Tower
22 Adelaide Street West
Toronto ON






Parking Instructions– Paid underground parking available.

Draft Agenda

Welcome (Andrew Swart, Deloitte, MC)
CMIC State of Play (Gordon Bogden, Chair of the Board, CMIC)
INNOVATING TO ZERO – CMIC Project Portfolio Updates
Continuous Underground Mining
Mechanical Cutting (Andy Charsley, Vale)
Continuous Surface Mining
Alternatives to Haulage for Surface Mining (Mal Carroll, Syncrude, Adriaan Davidse, Deloitte)
Haul Truck Analytics – Detecting Failure Modes (Mal Carroll, Syncrude)
BREAK (11:15)
Energy – Processing
CAHM – A Disruptive Platform Technology (Hatch, Gianni Bartolacci, COREM)
Microwaves for Comminution and Ore Sorting (Erin Bobicki, UoToronto)
Data to Knowledge  (Dominic Fragomeni, Glencore XPS)
LUNCH (12:45)
What Can We Learn from Forestry? (Glenn Mason, Natural Resources Canada)
Keynote (Tom Rand, Managing Partner ARCTERN Ventures)
Panel – Defragmenting the Innovation Ecosystem

Todd White (Newmont Goldcorp), Ryan McEachern (MSTA), Glenn Mason (NRCan), Marcus Thomas (Norcat)

Wrap Up (Carl Weatherell, CMIC)

Confirmed Speakers 


Andrew Swart
Monitor Deloitte

Andrew is a Partner at Monitor Deloitte based in Toronto, Canada and is the Deloitte Global Mining Consulting Leader.

He has more than 22 years of industrial experience of which the last fifteen years has been in consulting. He has worked for senior executives in a range of industries including mining, oil and gas, and government. Within the government arena most of his work has operated at the intersection of business and government – a key interface for natural resource companies. His client engagements have included corporate and competitive strategy engagements, innovation systems, cost reduction through energy management and organizational transformation and economic development programs. Andrew  has worked for clients around the world including Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Germany, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Gordon Bogden
Chair, CMIC Board of Directors

Mr. Bogden began his professional career as a geophysicist, co-founding Quantec Geoscience, moving on to CIBC, Rothschild, and National Bank Financial as a mining investment banker advising boards of directors and management teams of some of the largest mining companies in the world. He concluded his investment banking career as Vice Chairman, Mining & Metals, for Standard Chartered Bank after its acquisition of Gryphon Partners in 2011 where he was a co-founder and Managing Partner. Upon retiring from the financial services industry in 2012, he assumed a number of corporate board positions and engaged in board leadership, strategic development and corporate responsibility initiatives.

Mr. Bogden is currently Chairman of Black Loon Group, a private mining investment company, and is a former President and CEO of Alloycorp Mining Inc. He has served as a director of over a dozen public mining companies and is currently a director of Royal Gold Inc., Orvana Minerals Corp., the former Chairman of Volta Resources, and past Chairman of Nexgen Energy. He is also a member of the Mt. Sinai Hospital Foundation Board in Toronto and in 2013, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work with Right To Play where he currently serves as a member of the Canadian Advisory Board.

Mr. Bogden holds a B.Sc. in Applied Science (Geology) from Queen’s University, is a Professional Engineer, and earned his professional certification as a Corporate Director (ICD.D) from the Institute of Corporate Directors in Toronto.

Gordon is keenly interested in social and development issues around the world and is a member of the working group of the KIN Catalyst: Mining Company of the Future initiative on the Development Partner Framework on establishing sustainable, collaborative community relationships. He has authored and presented many papers on corporate responsibility, corporate strategy, and M&A and capital markets related to the mining industry.

Andy Charsley
Principal Mining Engineer 

Andy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master’s Degree in Mineral Resources Engineering from Laurentian University.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer and is certified as a Project Management Professional with over 25 years of progressive experience in the Mining and Construction Industries.

Andy joined Vale in 2000 in Sudbury Ontario and has held roles of increasing responsibly including Research Engineer, Senior Project Engineer, Project Group Leader and Senior Project Manager. In 2012 he transferred to the Vale Voisey’s Bay Operation in Northern Labrador Canada as the Manager of Business Systems, Engineering and Warehouse as well as being the Owner’s Representative for the Voisey’s Bay Mine Expansion, and worked in these roles until 2018. He is now working as a Principal Mining Engineer in Vale’s Technology and Innovation Group leading Vale’s Initiativein Mechanical Rock Excavation.

Malachy (Mal) Carroll
General Manager, Research and Development
Syncrude Canada Ltd.

Mal Carroll was appointed Syncrude’s General Manager of Research & Development in July 2016. In this role, he oversees the operations of Syncrude’s Research & Development department, including a staff of about 80 scientists, engineers and technologists.  He is responsible for improving reliability and process performance; developing sustainable and cost-effective tailings, water and reclamation technologies; and developing next-generation technology options for future oil sands development at Syncrude.

Over his 25-year career at Syncrude, Mal has served in many different positions that benefited from his extensive knowledge of mobile and fixed equipment systems; system and materials reliability; and project development, engineering and execution.

Mal received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado in 1991, and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 1994.

He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and the Canadian Institute of Mining.


Adriaan Davidse

Adriaan spent the last 21 years working with senior executives on issues related to innovation, growth and sustaining value creation for all stakeholders. Adriaan is a Director in the Toronto office of Deloitte. He specializes in the area of corporate & business strategy and how to turn uncertainty and strategic risk into a competitive advantage. He also focuses extensively on innovation, in particular disruptive innovation as a way to create and recreate profitable growth repeatedly. He has helped companies better understand the potential threats and significant opportunities offered by “exponential technologies” that are likely to have a dramatic impact on all businesses and society over the next decade. Digitization of information has become an accelerator of business transformation. Adriaan has been helping clients assess the value of information in the context of their environments and future uncertainties for over two decades. He is one of Deloitte’s thought leaders in the area of economic performance measurement which allows him to help his clients better understand the explicit causal relationships between strategy, performance and sustained value creation for all stakeholders over short and long time horizons. The depth, breath and speed of information that are enabled by digitization, combined with the appropriate performance/value frameworks that he has developed allow organizations to profoundly simplify performance management.

Over the last decade Adriaan has specialized extensively in the development and execution of energy strategy and management. This includes renewable energy integration, and how integrative system design thinking coupled with digitization of information can radically change the energy economics of organizations to create sustainable value. With a deep background in science and business and experience working on a large variety of complex business challenges he is often able to provide a different perspective on business opportunities. He has worked extensively with energy companies as well as large energy consumers, in particular in mining where energy can represent up to 50% of total economic cost and options exist to make substantial and sustainable improvements across all areas of the business. He helps clients understand the uncertainty pervasive in today’s energy markets and how to manage the strategic risk over the longer term as well as how to capture significant value through improved energy and information management over the short term.

Adriaan has worked with a wide variety of clients in segments of industries that include Mining, Energy, Automotive, Chemicals, Oil and Gas, Petrochemicals, High Tech & Electronics, Aerospace & Defense and Pharmaceuticals, Biotech and Retail. He has worked in Asia, Europe, South Africa and extensively in North and South America and his clients include companies like Barrick Gold, Enbridge, Irving Oil, Rail-Veyor, Johnson & Johnson, Bombardier, LCBO, Tim Hortons, Kmart, and others. Adriaan works with large and small private and public companies.

Mick Bunyard
Global Director Mineral Processing

Currently responsible for Hatch’s mineral processing group globally, Mick has over 40 years experience in the minerals industry in the fields of processing research, ore testing, process development, feasibility studies, flow sheet development, plant design, construction, commissioning and operations management for base metals, gold, uranium, iron ore and industrial minerals. Of this period the last 25 years has been directly involved in project study and engineering design/commissioning with a number of the largest engineering companies in this field. During this time Mick managed feasibility studies and engineering design for base metals, gold and iron ore projects in several different parts of the world.


Gianni Bartolacci
Director Technical Services and Infrastructure, COREM

Gianni Bartolacci, P. Eng., M. Sc., is a senior engineer with more than 26 years of experience in mineral processing and extractive metallurgy.  The last 10 years, he occupied the position of Director Technical Services and Infrastructure at COREM.

He has been deeply involved in ensuring the realization of high-level technical tests and the development of technical expertise, ensuring the development and maintenance of high-level infrastructure and equipment. He has achieved many milestones in his career. He is now facing new challenges, as a director, he is responsible for business and corporate development.




Erin Bobicki
Assistant Professor, 
University of Toronto

Dr. Erin R. Bobicki is a professor of mineral processing in the departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at the University of Toronto. She has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta and has worked as a researcher and plant metallurgist for Vale, and as a Process Technology Development Engineer for Intel Corporation. Professor Bobicki’s research interests include microwave applications in mineral processing, bioreagent development, bioseparation, the rheology of complex mineral slurries, and value recovery from waste materials.

Dominic Fragomini, P.Eng., FCIM

Dominic is a mineral processor with over 30 years experience in operations management, technology implementation and business leadership.

As Vice-President, Glencore-XPS, Dominic leads a team of technical specialists that provide innovative and practical solutions to clients in over 25 countries. Prior to joining XPS, Dominic held various metallurgical and operations management roles at Hemlo Gold, Brunswick Mining, Falconbridge Kidd Creek, Strathcona Mill and Raglan Mine.

Dominic is graduate of the Haileybury School of Mines and Queen’s University. Dominic was National Chairman of CMP and is a CIM Distinguished Lecturer for 2018-19.  He is a Board Member of Bharti School of Engineering, is Vice Chair of Mirarco, is an active member of CMIC and supports research initiatives at U of A, Laurentian, Queen’s, U of T and McGill.

Dominic is passionate about operations performance excellence and supporting innovation in our industry.


Glenn Mason
Assistant Deputy Minister
Natural Resources Canada

Glenn was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister, Lands and Minerals Sector (LMS), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) in December 2017.

Glenn joined NRCan in 2011, as Director General of the Policy, Economics and Industry Branch of the Canadian Forest Service (CFS).  In March 2014, Glenn was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of the CFS.

Prior to that, he was Director of Strategic Operations for the Social Development Policy Secretariat in the Privy Council Office (PCO), where he was responsible for supporting the Social Policy Committee of Cabinet, and the health, aboriginal and justice/public safety portfolios, which earned him the Clerk’s Award for Policy Excellence.

Before joining PCO, Glenn was the Director of Strategy at Human Resources Development Canada. Previously, he worked at PCO Intergovernmental Affairs, covering western Canada and NWT. In the 1990s, Glenn worked at Transport Canada on governance and commercialisation reforms within the domestic marine sector.  Glenn later worked for three years at the Ministry of Finance in Georgetown, Guyana, implementing budgeting reforms to enhance their national financial management system.

Glenn holds a M.A. in Development Economics from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, a B.A. (Hons) in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, and a Diploma in economic history from the London School of Economics, and is a graduate of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Tom Rand
ArcTern Ventures

Tom is Managing Partner of ArcTern Ventures, a leading privately-backed cleantech venture fund. Tom started his career as a software renegade in high school. Then he went legit and founded Voice Courier Inc. (VCi) in 1991 to service the emerging Interactive Voice Response market. Tom led VCi’s expansion to over 100 employees in three countries, with revenue in excess of US$25 million annually. The VCi Group of Companies was profitable for each of the 12 years it was under his control, and was sold in the spring, 2005.

Tom now focuses his efforts on carbon mitigation and is active in cleantech venture capital, technology incubation and commercialization, and public advocacy. Tom also developed Planet Traveler, North America’s lowest-carbon hotel in downtown Toronto, and has made a number of private investments in the cleantech sector. Tom is author of Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit (2009) and Waking the Frog: Solutions to our Climate Paralysis (spring 2014).

Tom has a BASc (Elec Eng, U of Waterloo), MSc (Phil of Science, U of London), and an MA and Phd (U of Toronto).

Todd White
Newmont Goldcorp

Mr. White is the Senior Vice President North America Operations at Newmont Goldcorp.

Mr. White was formerly Chief Operating Officer at Goldcorp Inc. and prior to that Senior Vice President, South America, at Newmont Mining Corporation, responsible for leading business excellence, operations and environmental stewardship.

His multinational background in large-scale development projects, management systems and operational efficiency over two decades led to his appointment as Senior Vice President, Technical Services and Business Excellence, at Goldcorp in July 2014.

Ryan McEachern
Managing Director, MSTA

Ryan McEachern, Managing Director of the Mining Suppliers Trade Association Canada or MSTA CANADA is responsible for the administration, member services and government relations of the association. He has over 25 years of experience working in Canada and internationally in the mining industry for multinational mining, investment banking and global manufacturing and drilling services firms. Ryan holds an MBA from Wilfred Laurier University, a Bachelor of Science (Geology) from Lakehead University, and is recognized as a Professional Geologist in Ontario.

Marcus Thomas
Norcat, Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG)

Marcus works with Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) and NORCAT to build programs and partnerships and related to innovation for the mining industry.  GMG is a network of like-minded companies driving change in the global mining industry.  Together, they solve critical challenges and develop multi-disciplinary guidelines to manage risk, enhance performance, design solutions, inform planning and decision making, and save time and money. NORCAT Underground Centre provides a place for start-ups, small/medium enterprises, and international companies to develop, test, and showcase innovative and emerging technologies in an operating mine environment. It offers a one-stop shop for the future of innovation and technology in the mining industry, and an “active laboratory” to connect and build relationships between global mining companies and the startups/SMEs developing innovative mining technology.

Before GMG and NORCAT, Marcus led the Innovation and Prosperity Office at CEMI, and he has been a General Manager and Business Development Manager in industrial, corporate software, and telecommunications verticals.  He holds a bachelor’s degree and is completing a Master’s in Business Administration at Laurentian University.

Carl Weatherell

Carl joined the Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) in 2013 as Executive Director and CEO. Carl has been described by others as a rebel and a heretic. He is a natural connector bringing together disparate and seemingly unrelated people, groups and organizations to create new partnerships.

He has over 30 years’ experience working at the interface of business, government and postsecondary institutions nationally and internationally. Carl has been involved in over 24 consortia comprised of over 500 organizations from businesses, government and academia spanning industries from software, microelectronics, cybersecurity, photonics and aerospace and defence.

He was a key member of teams creating national facilities including the Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre, the Canadian Fire Research Centre, the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Laboratory as well as a software business ecosystem and Canada’s first research network in cybersecurity.

Carl has won awards for breakthrough leadership and technology transfer.

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