GMG Sudbury Forum

Meet the Speakers

Adam Aubin, Senior Manager-Technical Solutions, Wireless and Automation | Orica

With 12 years of experience in Orica Technical Services functions across the globe, Adam currently leads the North American Technical, Wireless Blasting, and Automation Programs. Specializing in blending advanced technical practices with customer operational realities, Adam focuses specifically on Drill/Blast optimization, large-scale stoping, mass blasting, and urban tunneling. He most recently played a key role in introducing and commercializing Orica’s WebGen wireless initiation technology throughout the Americas and Europe.

Alex Mulloy, Low Carbon Specialist | Vale Base Metals

Alex is a decarbonization specialist with Vale Base Metals’ Low Carbon team. As part of his role, Alex manages the North Atlantic Low Carbon portfolio for their operations in Canada, the UK and Japan. In his role, Alex oversees decarbonization projects and works closely with the business to maintain a Low Carbon strategy that keeps pace with customer and market expectations.

Aritra Debroy, Regional Sales Manager | ABB Mining

Aritra Debroy serves as the Regional Sales Manager for ABB Mining, residing in Toronto. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Aritra specializes in automation and power systems. He focuses on providing integrated electrification, automation, and digital solutions to mining clients, aiding them in achieving their decarbonization and sustainability objectives.

Brad Atkins, Remote Monitoring Centre Manager | Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions

Brad is a Technology professional in the mining industry, with a passion to deliver results through technological innovation, and has been on both sides of the OEM/miner fence, having been with Sandvik for 6 years and Vale for 15 years.

Chamirai Charles Nyabeze, VP of Business Development | Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) and Network Director | MICA

Chamirai Charles Nyabeze is a holder of a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering and an MBA. In his role as the VP of Business Development at the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) and as the Network Director for the Mining Innovation Commercialization Accelerator (MICA) Network, he has built a solid reputation for crafting enduring value for both organizations and clients. With his expertise, Chamirai is a master at spotting business development opportunities across both public and private sectors, with a focus on revenue generation, fund leveraging, collaborative cultivation, and network expansion.

Leading the way for CEMI’s Commercialization Support Services division, Chamirai adeptly guides clients in bridging the crucial gap between pioneering mining technologies and their successful commercialization. Beyond this, as the MICA Network Director, Chamirai is a driving force behind the national collaborative platform dedicated to ushering innovation into the mining industry. His responsibilities encompass ecosystem engagement, project facilitation, operational excellence, government interactions, and revenue enhancement for the network.

Christian Quirion, Senior Advisor Innovation | Agnico Eagle Mines

Christian graduated as a Mechanical Engineer, and has working for Agnico Eagle since 1997.

Christian worked as a designer and project engineer, contributing to the construction of the Laronde Penna shaft and underground mine infrastructures. Since 2010, he has held various maintenance roles, eventually becoming a superintendent. In this position, he gained extensive experience in maintaining and optimizing a diverse range of equipment and systems, including mobile equipment, fixed plant, electrical systems, hoisting, mine cooling, and fleet automation.

As a superintendent, Christian started new mine projects in Nunavut, overseeing the Meliadine startup in 2017 and the Amaruq project in 2020. Currently, he serves as the Senior Advisor of Innovation for Agnico Eagle’s Corporate Technical Services, providing strategic counsel and leadership in areas such as mine automation, electrification, and business improvement.

Erik Isokangas, Research Director | Mining3

Erik Isokangas is a Research Director at Mining3, a leading research organisation directed by the global mining industry to develop and deliver transformational technology to improve the productivity, sustainability, and safety of the mining industry.

Erik leads a multi-million-dollar research portfolio encompassing a wide range of projects, such as: developing new approaches to energy efficient haulage, mining simulation and value modelling tools, new sensor technologies, and data analytics.

Erik was the Technical Lead for the Hydra Consortium, a project that tested a hydrogen fuel cell and battery powertrain on a mine site in Chile, with the aim to further understand the performance, business case, challenges, and appropriate applications for the technology in mining. The Consortium also developed recommendations for standards, regulations, and best practices for using hydrogen on mine sites.

Erik has a passion for practical research towards net zero emissions, seeking ways to improve the value, efficiency, and sustainability of mining through battery-electric and hybrid mobile equipment, dynamic wireless power transfer, energy management, automation, conveying systems, and mine design approaches.

Erik has worked for over 30 years in the mining industry in technology development with companies such as BHP, Thiess, Metso, and CSIRO. He holds a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering and a Doctorate in Mineral Processing from the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre at the University of Queensland.

 

Jean-Christophe Gareau, Project Manager | ReThink Mining

Jean-Christophe is an experienced project manager with a background in mining, metallurgy, and construction. He has managed multiple international projects related to software implementation, process automation, technologies adoption, data management, artificial intelligence, innovation development and product development.

He has been a trusted partner for numerous businesses on their digital transformation journey, helping them achieve their strategic goals and realize their vision. From developing digital transformation plan to implementing integrated operation centers, he has worked with many different businesses in the mining industry.

Endowed a sharp critical mind, strong analytical skills, and an emphasis on human aspects, he analyzes each situation from a systemic perspective to deliver the expected added value. With a comprehensive understanding of the operational issues and technical challenges related to technology implementation, Jean-Christophe seeks to facilitate digital transformation within the industry by adopting best practices.

Keith Bowness, Innovation Manager | Glencore

Keith Bowness is a Professional Engineer with certifications in maintenance and project management. Expertise in machine and systems design applied in the manufacturing, plastics, semi-conductor, railway and mining industries.

Keith joined Glencore in 2005 in Sudbury, Ontario and has held roles of increasing responsibility, including Engineering Lead, Maintenance General Foreman, Mine Superintendent, and Mine Infrastructure Manager. He is now an Innovation Manager in Sudbury INO’s Innovation Group.

Marcus Thomson, Business Development | SK Godelius

Marcus Thomson works in Business Development for SK Godelius, a robotics engineering company with offices in Chile and Canada. Prior to this role, he worked with SafeBox Systems, Global Mining Guidelines Group, NORCAT and Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation. He is based in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada with a Masters’ degree in Business Administration from Laurentian University. He has spent his career bringing innovation to the mining industry.

Michelle Levesque, Engineering Technical Lead – BEV Team | NRCan-CanmetMining  

Michelle Levesque is the Engineering Technical Lead for the BEV team at NRCan-CanmetMINING. Michelle is a chemist and holds Master’s and PhD degrees in Natural Resources Engineering. Focusing on the development of tools and technologies for improving energy efficiency with the mining sector, Michelle has worked on various projects aimed at decarbonization in mining. 

Natalie Hawkins, Principal Engineer Technology & Innovation – North Atlantic Autonomous Underground Program Lead | Vale

Natalie Hawkins is a Professional Engineer with over 14 years of experience in the mining industry graduating from Laurentian University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Mining Engineering. Natalie has held various roles at multiple operating sites prior to joining Vale’s Technology & Innovation team in 2020 as Principal Engineer -Technology & Innovation. In this role, she created and launched Vale’s North Atlantic Green Energy Vehicle Program, championed Vale’s OEM Technology Partnerships, and supported the underground Mobile Proximity Detection implementations & Collision Avoidance System testing. In her current role, Natalie is leading Vale’s North Atlantic Operations Underground Autonomous Program.

Patrice Corneau, Director of Engineering, Advanced Vehicle & Technology | MacLean Engineering

Patrice Corneau oversees the strategic and technical aspects of new vehicle development, electrification, and automation at MacLean Engineering. With a steadfast commitment to safety, Patrice champions innovation and new technologies, advocating for the “triple zero” mine concept: aiming for net zero emissions, zero entry accidents, and zero harm to workers.

Through numerous partnerships, Patrice has played a pivotal role in establishing the Test Mine of the Future. He has spearheaded the integration of cutting-edge capabilities at our Magill Research and Development Center in Sudbury, focusing on digital twins, teleoperation, 5G/LTE networking, interoperability, and collision avoidance technologies.

Patrice earned his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Université de Sherbrooke in 1991, laying a strong technical foundation. Since then, he has dedicated his career to applying robotics in the unique and demanding environment of underground mining.

 

Peter Burman, Program Manager Mine Automation | Boliden

Peter Burman holds a Master of Science and M.B.A. Since 2012, he has been Project Manager in the Mine Automation Program. After working for Boliden 1988-1995 he left for the telecom business. During 17 years at Ericsson and Ascom he worked in various positions including R&D manager and Business Area Manager. In 2015, he was appointed to Program manager for the whole mine automation Program.

In addition to his role at Boliden, Peter also coordinates Boliden’s contacts with several European universities and research organizations.

Peter Blomquist, Sales Director Industrial | Northvolt Systems AB 

Peter Blomquist joined Northvolt in 2018 and is today responsible for the Business Development within the off-highway market segment. Peter holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Linköping University and has 15 years’ experience from the power electronic and battery industry, both in Europe and Asia 

Rob Labbé, CEO and CISO in Residence | MM-ISAC

Rob Labbé is an accomplished senior executive with more than 20 years of success across the IT security industry, within mining, software development, telecommunications, retail, oil & gas, manufacturing and healthcare. Leveraging extensive experience in cyber security risk management and critical infrastructure, he is a valuable advisor for an organization that is concerned around the security of their manufacturing or industrial networks, needing to enable a digital transformation.

Rob’s broad areas of expertise include risk management, building diverse cyber security teams, vendor management, training, and professional development. Throughout his executive career, Rob has held leadership positions with Microsoft, Fidelis IT inc. and Teck Resources Limited, and is currently CEO and CISO in Residence of the Mining and Metals Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MM-ISAC).

Robert Rennie, President & CEO | MEDATech

Rob founded MEDATech Engineering in 2003 after having spent 20 years in the specialty mining equipment industry. As founder, president and CEO, Rob built MEDATech Engineers capabilities to develop innovative solutions to many industry problems and has worked across the mining industry in all major markets. In 2010, Rob took MEDATech into the mining electrification market and has since led many initiatives for vehicle electrification including investing in the development of advanced software to optimize the electrification for underground and surface fleets as well as energy management through to the grid. From a single person start up to now a company of over 50 employees, Rob has always looked to innovate and embrace new technology for mining and mining equipment.

Ron Bose, Principal Engineer, Operations Technology & Innovation |
Craig Mine Onaping Depth Project – Glencore

Ron Bose is a Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager. As a member of the Innovation and Technology team at Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations, his day to day is to implement initiatives to improve productivity by better resource management and nurturing the creation of information from data.

His mantra is People ← Process ← Technology.

Trevor Kelly, Innovation Manager Mining | ReThink Mining 

Trevor has a passion for operating excellence and helping the mining industry adopt/leverage transformational mining and industrial technologies. Which includes process efficiencies and effectiveness, to reach full potential results.  

Trevor is well-connected with a global network of mining companies, subject matter experts (SME) and strategic partnerships including Rethink Mining, EY Center of Excellence and others. 

Trevor has worked with some of the largest mining companies in their respective commodities, Barrick Gold, Cameco, BHP Billiton, Teck and Homestake. He has accumulated over 25 years of international open pit and underground mining experience focusing on technical service, operational execution, and asset optimization. 

Formerly the global director of mining at Barrick Gold Corporation and has provided technical and operational support to 15+ operating and project sites worldwide.  

Troy Charsley, Manager, Mine Electrical | Hatch

Troy is an electrical engineer currently with Hatch, bringing over 25 years of experience in delivering electrical infrastructure projects for the mining industry. In his current role as Manager of Mine Electrical, he focuses on addressing the growing energy demands of mining operations. Troy’s diverse background includes early development of tele-remote and automated equipment, maintenance supervision and planning, and managing infrastructure construction projects for underground mines.

In recent years, Troy has dedicated his efforts to supporting studies and projects involving battery electric vehicles, trolley-assisted vehicles, and alternative energy-sourced vehicles. From the smallest mine utility vehicles to 400-ton haulage trucks, Troy has developed strategies for electrification. He has been active with the Global Mining Guidelines (GMG) Group, specifically with The Electric Mine Working Group, and was a project leader for the third release of the Recommended Practices for Battery Electric Vehicles in Underground Mining.

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