Speaker Presentations 2023

Pre-conference workshop

Keynote: Championing innovation and creating an innovative culture

Carl Weatherell, Executive Director & CEO, Canada Mining Innovation Council 


Reimagining how the mining industry approaches innovation & research

Helga Sonnenberg, Founder and CEO, EcoReg Solutions


Leveraging Newmont’s Innovation Program to pursue water initiates

Kristin Pouw, Global Environmental Director, Newmont


Day 1 

Bridging the gap between cultural connections to water and environmental regulations

Jed Youngs, Practice Lead Water Stewardship, BHP


The role of mining in achieving a nature-positive future

Emma Gagen, Manager Closure and Water, ICMM 


Investors’ expectations for mining companies

Pratima Divgi, Head of Capital Markets, CDP North America  


Responding to investors ESG demands 

Patrick Mullen, Head of Water Management, Anglo American


Preventing mine waste leaching through source control

Chris Kennedy, Director – Water, Teck Resources


Developing and implementing a water stewardship approach in the early stages of mine design

Yapo Alle-Ando, Manager, Environment, Galore Creek Mining  


Managing the mine water cycle for the environment and community 

James Murray, Industrial Market Director, Veolia HQ

David Oliphant, Vice President of Heavy Industry, Veolia Water Technologies North America


Day 1, Breakout – Climate Adaptation & Environmental Protection 

Mitigating risk and building climate resilience

Nadja Kunz, Assistant Professor, The University of British Colombia


Day 1, Breakout – Monitoring & Data to Mitigating Risk 

Managing water risk through data

Cecil Mutambanengwe, Principal – Water & Hydrogeology, Anglo Gold Ashanti


Harvesting data to build the Water Risk Filter scenarios and make informed decisions  

Alexis Morgan, Global Water Stewardship Lead, WWF 


Day 2 

Keynote: Building a circular economy from mine waste  

Andre Gagnon, Director Tailings & Geotechnical Engineering, Lundin Mining  


Water reporting and regulation in South Africa

Raquel Nosie Mazwi, Director of Mining & Industrial Water Quality Regulation, Department of Water and Sanitation  

Towards re-mining (waste valorization) with advances in membrane filtration

Quantum Wei, Founder, Harmony Desalting


Repurposing abandoned coal mines to provide green heat  

Richard Bond, Innovation and Engagement Director, The UK Coal Authority  


Long term closure planning

Bill Pain, Environmental Scientist, Government of the Northwest Territories – Department of Environment, Climate Change, Lands and Natural Resources  


Case study: Closing Flin Flon mine

Shirley Neault, Manager, Environment and Systems, Hudbay Minerals 


Rethinking Water Management Practices to Improve Project Viability 

Monique Simair, Founder and Principal Scientist, Maven Water & Environment  


Developing climate-driven strategies for water

Kristin Pouw, Global Environmental Director, Newmont 


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

Scott Diggles, Global Water Lead, Rio Tinto


Day 2, Breakout – Community & Social License 

Implementing a robust stewardship strategy

Estrella Guadalupe Martinez Ramos, Manager, Water Management, Baluarte Minero, Mexico  


Overcoming growing social conflict around Las Bambas mine in Peru

Francisco Raunelli, Vice President for Community Relations, MMG Limited 


Day 2, Breakout – Treatment Technologies & Innovations 

Challenging mine water treatment

Thomas Genty, Water Treatment Expert, Agnico Eagle