Aug '13

Have wisdom, will travel

CIM’s distinguished lecturer lineup stacked with industry expertise

By Herb Mathisen

The Distinguished Lecturer program, now in its 46th year, has returned with a new lineup of subject matter experts, eager to share their wisdom and experience with mining professionals and students around the world. This year’s program includes presentations on safety best practices, mineral resource and reserve estimation standards, leadership, technology standards in mining, the future of sustainable mining and the evolution of legislation relating to conflict minerals.

Bruce Conard

Bruce Conard, consultant, Bruce R. Conard Consulting | “The future of sustainability”

Hoping to lift complacent individuals out of their doldrums, Conard discusses some of the most serious challenges facing society – population growth, freshwater availability and climate change – and asserts that the future of sustainable mining relies on the sustainability of our global society. Conard insists the time to act is now. Companies, he says, will only be as healthy as the general population, and scientists and engineers need to work on solving the aforementioned global issues and others like clean energy supply in order to ensure the future of humanity. Go to full profile

Gord Winkel

Gord Winkel, chair and industrial professor, University of Alberta | “The journey to high-performing safety cultures in mining”

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of CIM’s first Distinguished Lecturer series on safety, Winkel highlights successful initiatives companies have taken over the last decade to improve their safety culture. He also provides an overview of the six foundational elements essential to the development of a successful safety culture, and discusses how a company’s tolerance of procedural shortcuts can undermine its safety program. Go to full profile

Garth Kirkham

Garth Kirkham, president, Kirkham Geosystems Ltd. | “NI 43-101 mineral resources estimation and CIM best practices”

Chair of CIM’s Best Practices Committee, Kirkham discusses the changes to mineral resource and reserve estimation over the last 30 years – the move from mainly manual techniques to complex, geostatistical approaches, along with the introduction of NI 43-101 that set out a list of rules to guide the reporting of resources. He reviews best practices associated with mineral resource and reserve estimations along with the roles and responsibilities of Qualified Persons. Go to full profile

Peter Wan Heather Ednie

Heather Ednie, managing director, Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group, and Peter Wan, principal advisor of mining technology, Teck Metals | “Technology standards for operational excellence”

Ednie and Wan discuss how having original equipment manufacturers, mining companies and suppliers collaborate to create global technology guidelines and standards provides opportunities for companies to learn from each other and to solve common problems. They present case studies from other industries’ successes in implementing such standards, and also propose strategies for mining companies to contribute to developing global mining standards, specifically in terms of operations, systems integration and safety. Go to full profile

Rosie Steeves

Rosie Steeves, president, Executive Works | “Leadership matters. How to ensure quality leadership leads to individual, organization and industry success”

Quality leadership translates to happier, more engaged and productive employees, which makes an organization more profitable. Unfortunately, recent studies point to a systemic lack of adequate leadership, as companies often see leadership development as a one-time event rather than as an ongoing process. Steeves presents strategies and shares ways that individuals can develop into better leaders and improve their own companies. Go to full profile

Chris Twigge-Molecy

Chris Twigge-Molecey, senior advisor, Hatch | “Conflict minerals: what are they and why should we care?”

CIM past-president Twigge-Molecey traces the history of conflict minerals that have partly funded civil wars and the arms trade in Africa. He discusses the evolution of reporting measures that allow consumers to make informed decisions when purchasing such minerals. The Responsible Jewelry Council and World Gold Council have both recently released their own conflict-free standards for diamonds, gold and platinum. Twigge-Molecey talks about what these developments mean for the mining industry. Go to full profile

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