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26 April 2022

8:30 am

Registration opens

9:10 am

Welcome from the chair

Speaker

  • Lesley Warren

    Lesley Warren
    Director, Lassonde Institute of Mining - University of Toronto

9:15 am

REGULATION, REPORTING & STRATEGY

9:15 am

Reimagining and advancing the way mines manage water to ensure strategic resilience

Uncovering the key drivers behind prioritising more an efficient water management strategy and explaining why water stewardship is part of the business’s strategy. How does reporting and regulation drive business transformation? What can be done now to improve resilience in the mining industry? How are you improving your transparency of ESG with the community? 

Speaker

  • Charles Dumaresq

    Charles Dumaresq
    Vice President, Science and Environmental Management - Mining Association of Canada

9:35 am

Global best practice for water reporting, stewardship and regulation

Outlining how to standardize water reporting to help promote a shared responsibility over water catchments, improve community engagement and make informed decisions. Explaining how the industry can optimize the way it regulates, monitors and prioritizes water through the full life cycle of the mine.

Speaker

9:55 am

PANEL DISCUSSION: The future of regulating and reporting water in mining

  • What is your regulatory landscape like in your country?
  • How are you engaging with smaller mining companies to help them adhere to the law?
  • How has collaboration helped you regulate the mining industry’s use of water and engaged with policy?
  • How are you supporting mining companies to introduce a circular economy with water? What policies are you introducing?

Speakers

  • Sandra Choqesillo Santillan

    Sandra Choqesillo Santillan
    Legal Specialist Level I - General Directorate of Mining Environmental Affairs - Ministry of Energy and Mining

  • Tatiana Aguilar

    Tatiana Aguilar
    Head of corporate mining - Ministry of Mines and Energy, Colombia

10:45 am

Networking and refreshments break

11:15 am

MANAGING WATER SCARCITY

11:15 am

Enhancing desalination processes to sustainably source water cost effectively

Exploring how desalination can provide a clear solution to water scarcity and enable mines to be more resilient to adverse weather and climate change. Debating the impact on communities and marine life and the need for a collaborative approach to a sustainable supply of clean water.

Speakers

11:35 am

CASE STUDY: Water and salt management in gold mines in West Africa

Delving into essential processes to optimise the management of salt and water.

Speakers

11:55 am

Ensuring water security for mining operations

Explaining how to work with external stakeholders in water stressed areas to ensure a secure and equal supply of water. Planning for long term water security by using alterative resources.

Speaker

  • Hermien Oberholzer

    Hermien Oberholzer
    Senior Principal Engineer Water and Infrastructure - Anglo American Platinum

12:15 pm

Question & answer session

12:30 pm

Networking & lunch break

1:30 pm

BREAKOUT SESSIONS – Pick a topic of your choice

Stream A: Community Engagement will be chaired by Lesley Warren, Director, Lassonde Institute of Mining  and Michael van Aanhout, Facilitator, Towards Sustainable Mining, Community of Interest Advisory Panel

Stream B: Water Quality & Treatment will be chaired by Jay Werber, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

1:30 pm

CASE STUDY: prioritizing water stewardship and sustainable water management

STREAM A: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
  • Outlining how to optimize water stewardship and consider the local communities to mining operations. Why should the industry prioritize sustainable water management?
  • What challenges were overcome to build a successful water stewardship strategy?

Speaker

1:30 pm

Demystifying microbial film engineering to improve acid mine drainage control in situ.

STREAM B: WATER QUALITY & TREATMENT

Enhancing natural repair processes in mine wastes and improving the quality of mine drainage seepages to the receiving environments.  

Speaker

1:50 pm

Building a robust community engagement strategy to ensure water licensing approval

STREAM A: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Revealing how to successfully engage with local communities and businesses to improve water sourcing, usage and treatment. Learning how to construct community engagement into the wider strategy for water in mining.

Speaker

1:50 pm

Investigating new innovations for water recovery and re-use

STREAM B: WATER QUALITY & TREATMENT

Exploring new technology to recover water from mining effluents using forward osmosis and freeze concentration. Water capture and recovery for re-use, and minimization of discharge, energy costs and freshwater intakes.

Speaker

2:10 pm

Minimizing environmental water impacts and engaging with the local community to obtain project permits

STREAM A: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Delving into the importance of strong community engagement when applying for new licenses for mining projects. Understanding how to improve transparency over impacts for local communities and avoid social conflicts.

Speaker

  • Marielena Lucen

    Marielena Lucen
    Professor of environmental engineering - University of Engineering and Technology, Peru

2:10 pm

Optimising reverse osmosis units with difficult to treat waters

STREAM B: WATER QUALITY & TREATMENT

Developing new antiscalants to control severe calcium sulphate precipitation up to saturation ration limits of 14.0.

Speaker

2:30 pm

Question & answer session

STREAM A: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STREAM B: WATER QUALITY & TREATMENT
2:45 pm

Networking & refreshment break

3:15 pm

Roundtable discussions (in-person only)

STREAM A: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Creating business cases and securing funding 

  • How has funding been an obstacle or facilitator to community engagement? 
  • What would you like to see companies invest in and prioritise to aid stakeholder engagement? 

Moderator:  Shirley Neault, Environment & Systems Manager, Hudbay Minerals 

Progressing CSR and stakeholder engagement to transform relationships 

  • How can mining be a catalyst for sustainable improvement host communities sustainable 
  • How are you going above and beyond? 
  • What’s next for mining community relations? 

Moderator:  Jocelyn Fraser, Research Associate, University of British Columbia

Engaging with communities and indigenous populations in non-developed nations  

  • What is your approach to engagement? Do you have one strategy? 
  • How are your current relationships with local communities, are there any social conflicts? 
  • How are you managing community expectations? 

Moderator: Marielena Lucen, Professor of environmental engineering, University of Engineering and Technology Peru 

3:15 pm

Roundtable discussions (in-person only)

STREAM B: WATER QUALITY & TREATMENT

Converting poorer quality water into a useable resource  

  • How can desalination and reverse osmosis aid reuse of water throughout mining operations?  
  • How does this change sourcing water for certain sites? 

Moderator: Jay Weber, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto 

Treating water in perpetuity  

  • What solutions are you exploring for treating water in closed and legacy mines? 
  • How does climate change impact planning? 

Moderator: Vladimiros Papangelakis,Director, Institute for Water Innovation 

Treating contaminated water on a mine site 

  • What is the role of regulators in your region? 
  • How are you managing relations with the local communities? 
  • What is the most efficient way to balance capital and operational costs? 

Moderator: Ron Benn, Director, Boojum Research  

4:00 pm

Feedback session

STREAM A: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STREAM B: WATER QUALITY & TREATMENT
4:30 pm

FUTURE GAZING WATER MANAGEMENT IN THE MINING INDUSTRY

4:30 pm

CLOSING KEYNOTE: The role of water in mining by 2040

Taking a futuristic perspective on the importance of water for mining companies and how it will be sourced, used and discarded in the coming decades.

Speaker

  • Blair Douglas

    Blair Douglas
    Global Practice Lead for Hydrology and Water - BHP

4:50 pm

Closing remarks from the chair

Speaker

  • Lesley Warren

    Lesley Warren
    Director, Lassonde Institute of Mining - University of Toronto

5:00 pm

Drinks reception

Following the conference, enjoy informal networking and drinks with your peers

5:30 pm

Close of day 1