November 2009

Developing excellence

The MEMO 2010 Conference will bring exceptional learning and networking opportunities to Sudbury

By M. Moore


The MEMO 2010 organizing committee at one of their monthly meetings

CIM’s next major international gathering of maintenance engineers and mine operators will be held at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, from October 24 to 27, 2010. The third Maintenance Engineering/ Mine Operators (MEMO) Conference will be hosted by CIM’s Sudbury Branch, Mining and Metals Society and Maintenance and Engineering Society.

The conference theme, “Mining in the New Economy,” was selected to highlight strategies that Canadian mining companies are using to remain competitive, and to emphasize that more than ever before, cooperation is required between operations and maintenance personnel to achieve goals in challenging times.

MEMO 2010 is expected to attract several hundred delegates representing mining companies, the supplies and services sector, and research and educational facilities from Canada and around the world. It will be a prime opportunity to network with colleagues, learn about state-of-the-art products and processes, and foster camaraderie.

The inaugural joint MEMO conference was held in Sudbury back in 2005. “Our branch is very pleased to host MEMO once again,” says CIM Sudbury Branch chair Adam Tonnos. “Several of our branch members are on the organizing committee, and the executive team is also involved on many levels.”

Conference co-chairs Al Akerman (of CIM’s Sudbury Branch) and Roy Slack (of CIM’s Northern Gateway Branch) are quick to point out that it wasn’t at all difficult to find branch members who wanted to join the organizing committee or help out behind the scenes. “The Northern Gateway and Sudbury branches had been discussing ways to work together on various projects,” says Slack. “Our support of the Sudbury branch and involvement in MEMO is an example of the collaborative effort that we see more and more of in the mining industry.”

Slack is particularly keen on developing events that build awareness among the region’s youth. “It is important to convey to the public, and especially to students, a positive image of the mining industry. We have found that students are very interested in learning about mining and the large variety of exciting jobs in a leading-edge industry.” Akerman agrees, adding, “We’re mentoring the leaders of tomorrow. MEMO 2010 will reach a broad range of industry professionals as well as students just embarking on their mining careers.”

Industry professionals and students have much to look forward to. The conference’s comprehensive technical program will cover the following key topics:

  • Management strategies for cost-effective operations
  • New technologies and equipment 
  • Innovative mining methods
  • Rapid mine development
  • Risks in cost and safety management
  • International mining experiences
  • Case studies
  • Economic and technical feasibility studies
  • Mine maintenance and production
  • Mining health and safety and the environment
  • Human resources and partnership development
  • Energy conservation

Abstracts of up to 300 words are being accepted until April 21, 2010. For further information about the technical program, contact Samantha Espley ( or John Sagman (

More details about MEMO 2010, including sponsorship and trade show opportunities, will be regularly added to the conference website. To know more about MEMO 2010 and how you can contribute to or gain from it, contact the conference co-chairs at or

Marlene Moore is a member of the CIM Sudbury Branch Executive Committee.

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