GenAI in Mining Workshop: Diving into Opportunities and Implications Ahead

May 15, 2024

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When: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Where: The Scotia Tower, 2840-650 W. Georgia St Vancouver, BC V6B 4N8 Canada

GenAI marks a tipping point for artificial intelligence (AI). Unlike previous AI, it can enable the creation of text, audio, video, images, code, simulations, and more. Adaptable to a wide range of tasks, its consumption and comparison of data also allow it to solve relatively complex problems, a huge potential benefit to the mining industry. 

According to the latest insights from McKinsey & Company, the energy and materials sector, which relies on large amounts of data and analytics, is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this technology.

Join GMG and hosts McKinsey & Company in Vancouver for a special half-day event on GenAI to look at the exciting opportunities and implications of this technology for mining. Hear from speakers and leading experts in GenAI, ask burning questions of the expert panel and participate in a workshop session to dive even further into the topic. This is a valuable opportunity to ask questions and learn from experts with hands-on experience with the use of GenAI in mining. 

Keynote Speaker

Douglas Merrill, Partner | McKinsey & Company Digital (Los Angeles Office)

Formerly CIO, Google


9:00 AM – 9:15 AM: Introductions 

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM: Keynote Session with Douglas Merrill, Partner, McKinsey & Company 

10:00 AM – 10:10 AM: Coffee Break 

10:10 AM – 10:55 AM: Panel with Dr. Shahram Tafazoli, Former Chief of AI, Weir Motion Metrics, Ryan Sword, Head of Innovation, Teck, and other AI experts 

10:55 AM – 11:55 AM: Working Session facilitated by Allyson Stoll, Steering Committe Lead, GMG Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Applications of Data Working Group.

Participants will identify the key needs and challenges in the AI community, highlighting areas where GMG can make impactful contributions through its work within the AI Working Group. 

11:55 – Noon: Wrap-up and Questions 


Shahram Tafazoli, Former Chief of AI | Weir Motion Metrics

Shahram Tafazoli is an inventor, entrepreneur, mentor, and investor in the technology and sustainability spaces. He received all his degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He holds a PhD degree from University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada and Masters and Bachelors degrees from Sharif University of Technology in Iran.

After graduating in 1997 from UBC, he started a one-man technology consulting company which evolved to Motion Metrics International Corp and was sold to the WEIR Group on December 1, 2021. WEIR Motion Metrics specializes in design and development of rugged machine vision and AI solutions in the mining industry and today has more than 170 employees in Canada and in its offices around the globe. Shahram served as Chief of AI for WEIR Motion Metrics until April 19, 2024.

Shahram also holds an adjunct professorship position with UBC and has offered courses in robotics, control systems, and digital signal processing. He is an associate member of the Creative Destruction Lab. He recently founded Fold36 Capital with the vision of investing in game-changing technology ventures with positive impact on humanity. He has co-authored many patents over the years. Shahram is a life-long learner.