Timings reflect Canadian Eastern Time

27 April 2023

8:30 am

Registration, refreshments and networking

9:00 am

Welcome from the chair

9:15 am

Keynote: Building a circular economy from mine waste

Exploring how the industry can unlock value in waste products to safely extract products. How does water management strategy need to develop to mitigate risk to local communities, wildlife and surrounding environment? 

Speaker

  • Andre Gagnon

    Andre Gagnon
    Director, Tailings & Geotechnical Engineering - Lundin Mining

9:15 am

RESOURCE RECOVERY & CIRCULAR ECONOMY

9:40 am

Incentivizing the reprocessing of tailings, who carries the risk?

Unearthing the crucial points under analyses in applications to gain permitting approval. Analyzing the need for risk and closure responsibility to be shared to encourage innovative ways to realize economic benefit.  

10:00 am

Question and answer session

10:15 am

Permitting to meet demand: what needs to change?

As a demand for rare earth minerals rises to meet net-zero targets, regulators, mining companies and the supply chain need to cooperate to drive efficiency in permitting 

  • How can collaboration drive efficiency in the permitting process? 
  • What should be considered when permitting the reprocessing of tailings? 
  • What is the regulators role in incentivizing a circular economy? 
10:45 am

Networking and refreshments break 

11:15 am

BREAKOUT SESSIONS – Pick a topic of your choice

Stream A: Culture, Community & Social License

Stream B: Treatment Technologies & Innovations

 

11:15 am

Implementing a robust stewardship strategy

CULTURE, COMMUNITY & SOCIAL LICENSE

Combining global best practice to develop a cohesive strategy which prioritizes communities at site level. Gaining company buy-in and lining up with governance policy. 

Speaker

11:15 am

Optimising treatment works to treat 3million m3 of water

TREATMENT TECHNOLOGIES & INNOVATIONS

Overcoming operational challenges to achieve required treatment volumes following a one in one hundred precipitation year. Outlining the optimisation works to increase capacity of existing treatment infrastructure.  

Speaker

11:35 am

Overcoming growing social conflict

CULTURE, COMMUNITY & SOCIAL LICENSE

Sharing lessons learnt from managing breakouts of social unrest directly affecting mine operation.  

11:35 am

Nature-based solution to treating in perpetuity 

TREATMENT TECHNOLOGIES & INNOVATIONS
11:55 am

Question & answer session

CULTURE, COMMUNITY & SOCIAL LICENSE
11:55 am

Case study: Bio treatment study

TREATMENT TECHNOLOGIES & INNOVATIONS

Providing an update on treating water for mercury. Sharing early testing results and critical lessons learned.  

12:00 pm

Roundtable discussions: Achieving water stewardship

CULTURE, COMMUNITY & SOCIAL LICENSE
  • How can our industry avoid virtue signaling? 
  • Should the mining industry have site/regional approaches to stewardship or a globally strategy? Why? 
12:15 pm

Question and answer session

TREATMENT TECHNOLOGIES & INNOVATIONS
12:35 pm

Feedback session

CULTURE, COMMUNITY & SOCIAL LICENSE
12:40 pm

Sit down lunch and networking 

1:40 pm

OPERATIONAL MINE TO MINE CLOSURE

1:40 pm

Repurposing abandoned coal mines to provide green heat

Showcasing how the UK are taking advantage of abandoned, closed mines to heat homes. Explaining how the existing infrastructure can provide the source for new head network developments. 

Speaker

  • Richard Bond

    Richard Bond
    Innovation and Engagement Director - The Coal Authority

2:00 pm

Long term closure planning

Delving into the importance of forward planning and stakeholder engagement to ensure a successful closure. Exploring the liability, responsibility and security of legacy mines regarding environmental impact, considering indigenous communities and local taxpayers.

Speaker

  • Bill Pain

    Bill Pain
    Environmental Scientist - Government of the Northwest Territories

2:20 pm

Case study: Closing Flin Flon mine

Transitioning an operational mine and surrounding assets into closure and planning for changes in water flow and seasons. Unveiling modelling work used to predict and assist with building strategies to closure.

Speaker

2:40 pm

Question and answer session

2:55 pm

Refreshments and networking break

3:25 pm

ESTABLISHING COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGIES

3:25 pm

Improving operational performance through new strategy

Implementing strategy based of ICMM frameworks. Benchmarking where Goldfields are now and the obstacles that needed be overcome to create change across the whole business and site-specific operations.  

Speaker

3:45 pm

Gaining board level buy in to develop a successful target programme across the Rio Tinto

Explaining the journey of setting targets and executing change through improved transparency of EDG across 60 operation globally. Sharing lessons learnt from gaining board approval to disclose asset level information publicly. 

Speaker

4:05 pm

Question and answer session

4:15 pm

Closing remarks from the chair 

4:20 pm

Close of conference