Brad Simser is the Principal Ground Control Engineer for Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations, Glencore. During the past 30 years, he has worked as a ground control engineer with several operations. He currently oversees the ground control programs for the Fraser Mine Complex and Nickel Rim South Mine, is the lead for the future mines of Onaping Depth and Nickel Rim South Extension, and is a member of the Workplace Safety North Ground Control Committee. He has also worked in ground control in Canada for Craig and Onaping Mines, Noranda Technology Centre, and Brunswick Mine. In South Africa, he worked at President Steyn Mine. Brad is an exceptional engineer who has written numerous papers on the practical application of rock mechanics principles in operating mines. Brad's knowledge, guidance, understanding, and recommendations have been helping people in underground jobs come home safely. He realizes that it is important for mining companies to investigate and document new methods and technologies for the next generation, with the hope that they will be able to further advance the field of rock mechanics.
Hani Mitri is the Director of Mining at McGill University and a professional engineer in the province of Quebec. During the past 25 years, he has made technical and scientific contributions as an educator, researcher and consultant in the mining industry. He has more than 200 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings, and has supervised more than 40 Master's and PhD students. He is associate editor and editorial board member of several international journals. He chaired and co-chaired several international conferences. He was the 2007 Technical Program Chair and the 2011 Technical Program Co-Chair of the CIM Convention. He has also served as chair of the Montreal Branch of CIM.