GMG Sudbury Forum
Program

Note: schedule is subject to change.

Day 1 - June 18

8:00-8:30 | Coffee and networking

8:30-8:45 | Opening remarks

Presentation
8:45-9:15 | How to Kill Your Colleagues and Get Away with It (Why Safety Systems Are Important)
Peter Burman, Program Manager Mine Automation, Boliden (Sweden)

Most automation projects within the mining industry aim to improve productivity and safety. What has become clear in recent years is that the safety systems currently implemented on most mining machines do not allow us to use the machines optimally. The robot cells or automation zones that are created often only work on the periphery of the mine; as soon as a robot cell is created in the central ramp system, logistical bottlenecks are created that reduce productivity. The question then becomes how to create new safety systems that also allow high productivity? Boliden has therefore, on its own initiative, gathered a group of companies that are now working on a solution that will make it possible to create dynamic geofences for everything and everyone in the mine. Peter will also talk about the work they have put into robotizing the charging of explosives.

9:15-9:45 | Underground Autonomous Level Setting Project ─ Update
Trevor Kelly, Innovation Manager ─ Mining, and Jean-Christophe Gareau, Project Manager, ReThink Mining

Abstract to come.

Panel
9:45-10:30 | Accelerated Progress Towards Autonomous Mining Underground
Panellists:
Christian Quirion, Senior Advisor, Innovation, Agnico Eagle
Keith Bowness, Innovation Manager, Glencore
Natalie Hawkins, Principal Engineer Technology & Innovation – North Atlantic Autonomous Underground Program Lead, Vale

Many underground mining operations today are looking to advance the use of autonomous systems underground. Although the want is there, the industry still faces many needs and challenges, like how to design for autonomous. Things like standardization, support from leadership, and organizational changes are all needed to make autonomous work. How can we solve some of these challenges and meet these needs? Now that we’ve identified the missing pieces for autonomous mining underground, how do we now take action to move forward? Hear from a panel of innovation experts in mining on their strategies for integrating autonomous systems in their mines and how they are facing some of these challenges.

10:30-11:00 | Coffee Break

Working Session
11:00-12:00 | Autonomous Mining: Taking Action

The mining industry is increasingly embracing automation. How do we go from discussion to action, to speeding up implementation, to upping the overall operation’s level of autonomy?

12:00-1:00 | Lunch

1:00-1:30 | Rethinking Mine Design
Ron Bose, Principal Engineer, Operations Technology & Innovation, Craig Mine Onaping Depth Project, Glencore

A new mine has two major phases, the first is Capital where the mine’s infrastructure is built, the second is Operating. Once a Project scope has been streamlined to enable acceptance from the board, there’s little flexibility to add new technologies and the opportunity to take advantage of their benefits is lost to operations.

The premise behind ‘re-thinking mine design’ is to ensure that new technologies, such as Autonomous hauling, are included in the initial requirements and hence the accepted scope.

The only way to guarantee this is with the Mining Company’s senior executive defining clear requirements for the inclusion of these technologies and ensuring the mine is designed to leverage the benefits of technology innovation.

This presentation discusses how a case can be made to the senior executives, to include these new technologies in project scopes, to ensure that a new mine design is created to maximise the benefits these technologies enable.

Working Session
1:30-2:30 | Rethinking How we Mine

Throughout the industry, targets and requirements are changing, new technologies are emerging, orebodies are tougher to access, and the workforce is shifting. We need to keep up and evolve faster to not fall behind and to meet our ever-increasing challenges. How can we enable our mines to keep evolving and speed up the rate at which it is doing so? How do we do things differently? How do we tackle this together?

2:30-3:00 | Coffee Break

Panel
3:00-3:45 | Harnessing the Potential of Emerging Technology
Adam Aubin, Senior Manager – Technical Solutions, Wireless and Automation, Orica
Brad Atkins, Remote Monitoring Centre Manager, Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions
Marcus Thomson, Business Development, SK Godelius
Rob Labbé, CEO and CISO-in-Residence, MM-ISAC

New technologies are hitting the market, and we need to start taking advantage of them. Emerging technologies can improve the way we mine, make the industry more attractive and safer to work in, and reduce environmental impact. To adopt emerging technologies, we need to understand the risks, testing, and skills required. How can we de-risk change to those who are against it? How can we ensure the safety and security of the mine as we adopt new technologies?

3:45-4:15 | Batteries Made from (Old) Batteries
Peter Blomquist, Sales Director Industrial, Northvolt Systems AB (Sweden)

Abstract to come.

4:15-4:20 | Wrap up

Day 2 - June 19

8:00-8:30 | Coffee and networking

8:30-8:45 | Setting the stage

Presentation
8:45-9:15 | Evaluating the Application of Hydrogen Technologies in Chile
Erik Isokangas, Research Director, Mining3

The world needs decarbonisation technologies and the associated metals to mitigate the impacts of climate change. The mining industry is striving to meet the demand for these essential minerals. However, in doing so, the industry also bears a responsibility to spearhead the implementation of the new technologies necessary for a responsible transition. Opportunities abound in the adoption of electrification, green explosives, advanced sensors, and hydrogen technologies, which are pivotal in positioning the industry for success in the transitioned world. A collaborative approach to this transformation holds the potential to enhance efficiency and safety, while also positioning mining and METS companies as leaders in the technological sphere. 

9:15-9:45 | The Decarbonization of Critical Mineral Production
Alex Mulloy, Low Carbon Specialist, Vale Base Metals

Abstract to come.

Panel
9:45-10:30 | Digging in on Decarbonization
Panelists to-date:
Aritra Debroy, Regional Sales Manager, ABB Mining
Michelle Levesque, Engineering Technical Lead – BEV Team, NRCan-CanmetMining
Troy Charsley, Manager, Mine Electrical, Hatch

As an industry, we want to move forward with decarbonization to make mining cleaner and safer for the environment. With an end goal of achieving net zero, where are we today? Have we been making strides towards our goals or are there roadblocks and gaps that are keeping us from moving forward? Does the journey involve incremental changes or require a massive evolution? Let’s dig in!

10:30-11:00 | Coffee Break

Working Session
11:00-12:00 | Taking the Next Steps in the Decarbonization Journey

Now only 5 years away from 2030, what is it going to take to achieve those emissions targets and beyond? How are we really going to get there considering the current global supply chain issues? During this working session participants will work together on how to achieve success.

12:00-1:00 | Lunch

Presentation
1:00-1:30 | Implementation of New Technology
Christian Quirion, Senior Advisor, Innovation, Agnico Eagle

Abstract to come.

Working Session
1:30-2:30 | Getting Beyond the Trends: Taking Action to Innovate

We often talk about needing real change in the industry but how do we know what works in what scenarios? There are common challenges that we all face, so we need to start tackling them together and sharing our successes. Let’s make evolution happen. Change is always difficult, so how can we take a change management approach while still maintaining the safety, sustainability and productivity of our mines?

2:30-3:00 | Coffee Break

3:00-3:30 | The Use of Simulation to Better Predict and Better Plan
Robert Rennie, President and CEO, MEDATech

We all agree that EV Fleets are the future of mining equipment, and with that comes the understanding that mining operations and grids will need to be modified. Simulation is the least expensive path to providing these answers, but the question becomes, how do you know what outputs you can trust, and how do you operationalize the results? 

MEDATech Engineering has the EV system design knowledge and operational data to produce and validate high fidelity vehicle models that provide accurate inputs to support the mining energy transition. These HiFi models paired with MEDATech’s Electric Vehicle Fleet Optimization Software (EVFOS) provide quality insights into how mine design and fleet operations affect costs, grid supply, power quality and the timing of transitional technologies. 

Further to this, MEDATech has amalgamated a team of industry partners, Proventus Global for grid simulation and energy storage systems and Stream Systems for fleet management. By collaboration we believe our partners are capable of complimenting MEDATech Engineering in executing on these insights. 

Panel
3:30-4:15 | Building a Thriving Innovation Culture
Panellists to-date:
Patrice Corneau, Director of Engineering, Advanced Vehicle & Technology, MacLean Engineering
Chamirai Charles Nyabeze, VP of Business Development, Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) & Network Director, MICA

How do we make mining a really attractive industry to work in? A truly innovative industry that fosters innovative thinking. How do we build this workforce and how do we support it? Collaboration is needed to pool resources and brain power and get us where we need to be.

4:15-4:20 | Wrap up

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