October 29 2020

8:45 am

Registration, networking and exhibition

9:30 am

Introduction from the Conference Chair

Speaker

9:40 am

UNITING THE INDUSTRY TO TACKLE ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES

9:40 am

Water management and recovery: doing more with less

  • Minimizing water use and increasing efficiency
  • Mitigating climate change impacts
  • Dewatering of mines

Speaker

10:05 am

Progress of SDG6 in the mining industry in 2020

  • How far have we come in ensuring sustainable management of water?
  • What further collaboration is needed?

Speaker

  • Briana Gunn

    Briana Gunn
    Director, Environmental Affairs Sustainability & External Relations - Newmont Goldcorp

10:30 am

Panel discussion, live poll and questions: uniting the industry to tackle water risk

  • How can we better de-risk operations?
  • Adopting new technology: what are the financial barriers?
  • Dealing with water management failures

Speakers

  • Blair	Douglas

    Blair Douglas
    Head of Water - BHP

  • Lora Field

    Lora Field
    Team Leader - Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

11:10 am

Refreshments, networking and exhibition

11:40 am

DE-RISKING WATER IN MINING

11:40 am

A global water risk assessment of the mining sector

  • Reviewing global data on water in mining risk
  • Dealing with climate-related financial exposure

Speaker

12:05 pm

Working together to secure access to water through public and private partnerships between cities and mining companies

Mining companies together with environmental solutions providers and communities are joining forces to innovate and overcome the paradigm of conventional operating models based on water abundance. With a vision prioritizing sustainability, Freeport McMoran built a Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) to treat all of Arequipa city’s wastewater that was being discharged to the river without treatment. The Project was completed in 2015, and entrusted to Suez to operate and maintain the WWTP and all its components to reuse the treated water for the operations of its mine in Arequipa, Peru. This collaborative project involving the mining company, city of Arequipa and the site’s water network operator is an example of a successful project for all parties with tangible results. This is demonstrated through the improvement of water quality in the river, return of natural biodiversity, better health indicators related to diseases by water and the expansion of the concentrator in the Freeport´s copper mine.

Speakers

12:30 pm

Mitigating mine water risks through strategic water stewardship

  • Evolving perspectives on water-related risks from diverse stakeholders
  • Strategies for risk mitigation
  • Future trends in mining: climate variability, technological innovation and water security

Speaker

  • Nadja Kunz

    Nadja Kunz
    Canada Research Chair in Mine Water Management and Stewardship - University of British Columbia

12:55 pm

Live polling, questions and answers

1:10 pm

Fork buffet lunch, networking and exhibition

2:10 pm - 3:15 pm
BREAKOUT STREAMS: TECHNICAL & STRATEGIC

Choose to attend either a technical or strategic breakout session and brainstorm key challenges with your peers in an interactive roundtable format. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis

TECHNICAL – PART A – TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS

Leveraging emerging water treatment technologies for step-change reduction in water risk

  • Maximising process/mine water reuse
  • Longer term closure water resource management
  • Brines and AMD treatment

Brad Smith, Principal Innovation, BHP

Ceramic ultrafiltration membranes in coal mine dewatering

  • Reduced system complexity and improved water recovery
  • Long lifetime and robustness against harsh operating environments
  • How it’s proven in coal mine dewatering and can be extended broadly to mine dewatering

Carlo Patteri, Business Leader Industrial Water, Nanostone Water

Roundtable discussions:

  • How can we better connect as an industry to deliver technical solutions?
  • Which water technology will have the biggest impact going forward?

Lora Field, Team Leader, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
Brad Smith, Principal Innovation, BHP

STRATEGIC – PART A - BUILDING WATER RISKS & OPPORTUNITIES INTO MINE PLANS

  • Enhancing water in mining strategies

Blair Douglas, Global Practice Lead Hydrology and Water, BHP

3:15 pm
Refreshments, networking and exhibition

3:45 pm - 4:50 pm
BREAKOUT STREAMS: TECHNICAL & STRATEGIC

TECHNICAL – PART B – TREATMENT SOLUTIONS

Assessing the hydraulic behaviour and flow characteristics of Mine Water Treatment Schemes

  • Protecting water supplies locally
  • Optimising and retrofitting facilities
  • Identifying critical challenges faced in performing tracer studies in high salinity

Dr Vasiliki Ioannidou, Lecturer in Water Resources, School of Engineering and Built Environment, Birmingham City University

  • How can we get more out of treatment facilities? Are they working effectively?
  • Is there potential for mine sites to become their own treatment facilities?
  • Challenges in treating high TDS brines
  • Managing impurities such as Se, CN, SO4, Cl in water

Konstantin Volchek, Section Head, Water Treatment, Natural Resources Canada

STRATEGIC – PART B - WATER STEWARDSHIP

  • What do we mean by stewardship?
  • Where are the collaboration opportunities?
  • What approaches are being taken to water stewardship?
  • What would stewardship mean from different perspectives?

Nadja Kunz, Canada Research Chair in Mine Water Management and Stewardship, University of British Columbia
Lesley Warren, Director, Lassonde Institute of Mining, University of Toronto

4:50 pm
Close of day one

5:00 pm
If you have booked the networking or premium package the networking dinner will take place at the CN Tower, further details will be available in due course.