Charles Levac graduated in 1988 with a degree in metallurgical engineering from the École Polytechnique of Montreal. He has spent his entire career in the mining industry and has accumulated more than 30 years in several positions with Noranda, Falconbridge, Xstrata and Glencore. He has occupied different management roles from operation, maintenance, human resources, and finally HSE in copper, lead and nickel extraction to metal transformation. His focus has always been safe and sustainable operations while working at the Horne Smelter, the Brunswick Smelter and Raglan Mine. He is currently in an international Safety Leadership role supporting Glencore’s Koniambo Nickel SAS in New Caledonia.
Levac participated in the joint Quebec Health and Safety Mining Association (APSM) from 2015 to 2019 and was co-chair the last three years. He always strives to improve safety standards and support his surrounding community to adopt safe behaviors and best practices. He is a strong believer in managerial courage to drive continuous improvement in health and safety performance.
Retired as vice president from Syncrude Canada Ltd., Gordon Winkel joined the University of Alberta in 2010 and has supported the establishment of the David and Joan Lynch School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management. His work to improve safety and technology in the mining industry led to three Distinguished Lecturer Awards from CIM in 2002, 2008 and 2013.
Winkel chairs the J.T. Ryan Safety Committee for CIM. He adjudicates the Hatch-CIM Mining and Minerals Project Development Safety Award and is a member of the CIM Executive Safety Strategy Committee. He is also an executive advisor on the Alberta Mining Safety Association Board.
Winkel is a member on safety boards and committees across many industries, and works to provide support in risk management and organization effectiveness across North America.
Distinguished Lecturer 2008-2009
The Innovation Imperative
The mining industry supplies the means for advancing our society’s capability while being challenged to provide results efficiently and responsibly and in a sustainable manner. The role of innovation in operating practice and technology development as a mechanism for generating improvements is imperative to the success of the mining industry delivering on these expectations for performance.
The presentation explores the different forms that innovation can take and the enabling factors that support organizations in achieving breakthrough improvements driven by both creative and technologically advanced solutions. The work of managing innovation to differentiate overall industry effectiveness and competitive advantage is examined. Leadership in innovation is also profiled with the development of initiatives that have the ability to coordinate research improvements across the industry to the benefit of all mining operations.