Team

Council Members

Michelle Ash, Chief Innovation Officer, Barrick Gold

Michelle Ash, Chief Innovation Officer, Barrick Gold

GMG Chair
Michelle Ash’s last role was as Chief Innovation Officer at Barrick. In her role, Ash oversaw the company's Innovation program, looking both at how innovation can drive productivity in the existing business as well as how it can be harnessed to deliver alternative business models. Ash joined Barrick in January 2016 and brought with her more than 20 years of experience in the mining and manufacturing sectors with a focus on business improvement and change management. Ash was named to the 2016 list of "100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining" by Women in Mining UK.
Helius Guimaraes, General Manager, Data Strategy, Rio Tinto

Helius Guimaraes, General Manager, Data Strategy, Rio Tinto

GMG Outgoing Chair
Helius started his professional career in 1987 in a start-up company as a technical lead supporting sales and implementation of an in-house developed Computer Aided Design software for engineering and mining companies as well as utilities, state, and federal government. He designed, developed, and implemented a system for accounting and asset management in several small, middle, and large size organizations. After graduating as a geologist in 1990 and completing a master degree in geosciences, Helius supported the implementation of a new GIS and Remote Sensing laboratory for COMIG – a public organization that promotes mining activities in the Minas Gerais State in Brazil. In 1994 he joined De Beers and developed database and GIS capabilities to support easy access to data for De Beers exploration activities in South America. Later he focused on designing and implementing strategies to manage IT, Information Centre, GIS and Drawing departments. One of the strategies involved the digitalization of historic data and information workflows enabling cost effective decision making processes to support diamond exploration projects. In 2001, Helius moved to De Beers Corporate Headquarters in Johannesburg to manage global programs and projects in all countries De Beers Group Exploration operated, delivering standardized processes and systems as well as supporting the establishment of a global collaborative culture. During this time, he forged strategic relationships with 3rd party vendors for long term value add to support the solutions implemented. In 2003 he completed his MBA and from 2005 developed strategies, architecture, policies, and implemented solutions to support De Beers Group Exploration decision making process in targeting, project reviews, and balancing supply & demand at laboratories spread in different geographical areas. Helius was certified as a Project Management Professional in 2005 and in early 2007 joined Rio Tinto in London to direct the Rio Tinto Exploration Information System & Technology function and the management of its data and information. He led a team, which delivered secure and fit-for-purpose tools and services to facilitate the acquisition, process and interpretation of exploration results. In his current role, Helius is responsible for developing strategies and roadmaps for Rio Tinto Information System & Technology through the translation of Rio Tinto’s business objectives into effective IT solutions and standards. Helius is currently promoting innovation and application of emerging technologies to support Rio Tinto’s strategic objectives. He is the founder Chairman of Rio Tinto’s Enterprise Architecture Council. Helius is a founding member of The Open Group – Exploration, Mining, Metals and Minerals Vertical which focuses on establishing Enterprise Architecture standards and reference models for the industry.
Andrew Scott, Principal Innovator, Symbiotic Innovations

Andrew Scott, Principal Innovator, Symbiotic Innovations

GMG Vice-Chair Working Groups
Andrew has been involved in the mining innovation arena since the very beginning of his career over 30 years’ ago. Having studied biotechnology and computer science at the University of Queensland, he was drawn to the mining industry as a means of funding his ongoing study. As a young field assistant, he quickly found himself fulfilling the role of “go-to” person for any new technology that needed to be investigated or implemented. If ever he felt that a position within a company wasn’t giving him technology exposure, Andrew discovered that he would engineer himself into those roles. The latest example is when Michelle Ash became Chief Innovation Officer at Barrick, he made sure that he was on her team delivering on their digital strategy as Senior Director Innovation. Since 2012 Andrew has been GMG Incoming Chairman, Chairman, Outgoing Chairman and Working Groups Chair and thoroughly enjoys working with motivated and passionate people to improve the industry through collaboration, guidelines, and innovation. As Senior Director, Innovation/Digital Mining at Barrick, Andrew had the scope of providing technology support for the entire mining process, which includes everything from exploration, feasibility, construction, production, reconciliation, through mine closure. In addition, Andrew represented Barrick on the OSI Soft Client Advisory Board, collaborating with representatives from other OSI Soft customers from other industries, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Andrew has recently taken up the position of Principal Innovator at Symbiotic Innovations alongside his concurrent role as CORE Skills Facilitator. He is enthusiastic about further supporting the resource sector’s successful digital transformation.
Tim Skinner, President, SMART Systems Group

Tim Skinner, President, SMART Systems Group

GMG Vice-Chair International Standards
Tim is President of his own consulting practice, SMART Systems Group. He has over 35 years of experience in mining and minerals processing with Cominco, Elk Valley Coal, its predecessor Fording Coal, NYCO Minerals, and his consulting business. The majority of his experience is in surface mining and mineral processing developing, implementing, and operating digital technology, information and operational systems and integration, and real time control and advanced automation systems. In early 2007, Tim retired from his senior position as General Manager, Information Systems for Elk Valley Coal. He had been the senior management leader for Elk Valley Coal and its predecessor Fording Coal for about 20 years, responsible for all corporate system management functions from geological exploration to the consolidated corporate financial statement. Tim has been active in ISO (International Standards Organization) as the Chair of Canada’s ISO TC82 Mining Mirror Committee, currently International Chair of TC82 SC8 (Subcommittee 8) for Advanced Automated Mining Systems, and as a Canadian expert in the development of several ISO mining automation standards.
Peter Becu, Senior Consultant, Flow Partners

Peter Becu, Senior Consultant, Flow Partners

GMG Secretary
Peter is an information systems and technology consultant with over 25 years’ experience in both surface and underground mining specializing in strategic planning, technology architecture, solution selection, project management covering the mine, plant, logistics, and administration. Peter has held the most senior information systems and technology positions with and consulted to iron ore, coal, copper, gold, zinc and silver mining companies in Canada, Australia, USA, Mexico, and Chile.
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GMG Treasurer
Heather Ednie, Global Mining Guidelines Group

Heather Ednie, Global Mining Guidelines Group

Managing Director
Heather Ednie is an influential mining professional who has more than 20 years’ experience in the sector, developing and spearheading vital business solutions through communications and association management. Since 2012, she has been the Managing Director of Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG), a network of representatives from mining companies, OEMs, OTMs, research organizations and consultants around the world who recognize that innovation does not happen in silos. GMG creates multi-stakeholder working groups to systematically remove the impediments to building safe, sustainable and innovative mines of the future. Prior to joining GMG she lead a young communications consulting firm, Modica Communications, focused on serving the Canadian mining sector with the aim of advancement of a safe, responsible and respected industry. From 2004 to 2009, as Director, Media and Communications for the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), Heather successfully reinvented the CIM communications and editorial department as the relevant source of information for the industry. Heather served as Vice-Chair of Women in Mining Canada and is a founding member of the Women in Mining Montreal Branch organizing committee. Heather has received the CIM Distinguished Lecturer Award and was recognized in WIM UK’s 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.
Zoli Lukacs, Independent Consultant

Zoli Lukacs, Independent Consultant

GMG Leader, Asset Management Working Group
Zoli is a Mining Engineer, currently Senior Advisor, Asset Management Strategy at JDS Mining and Energy. In previous positions he was responsible for Asset Optimization, responsible for operational excellence and asset management at a major copper mine, Director of Reliability, responsible for developing and implementing a maintenance planning and reliability strategy for a mining fleet of over 200 units, Director of Maintenance Planning and Technology as well as Operations Manager for a major mining contractor. He has held consulting positions as Manager, Mining Services and Managing Consultant, Global Maintenance Practice, at leading mining consulting firms. His experience is based on a strong operational background gained over 20 years with leading mine operations, involved in short range planning, cost management, marketing and logistics support and maintenance planning. During this time he developed interest in process improvement and performance management practices, systems design and application and technology strategy development and implementation. Zoli is a strong advocate of knowledge and best practices exchanges through involvement in CIM and SMART and the GMG.
Graeme Mitchell, Manager, Mine Automation, BHP

Graeme Mitchell, Manager, Mine Automation, BHP

GMG Leader, Autonomous Mining Working Group
Roy Irvine, Forum Director, Real IRM

Roy Irvine, Forum Director, Real IRM

GMG Leader, Common Reference Framework Working Group
Roy qualified as a geologist in 1978 from Dundee University, Scotland. He spent 27 years with De Beers working across many of the mining processes, with a focus on data management, reporting and quality assurance. After leaving De Beers he worked for Datamine Software, managing the Discovery processes and software then moved to Kinross Gold in Mauritania as the database QA/QC Manager. He has been associated with The Open Group for the last decade and was part of the team who developed the Exploration and Mining Business Reference model. He is passionate about teaching (at all levels), knowledge sharing and assisting people to clearly understand their roles in an organization.
Mark O'Brien, Manager of Digital Transformation, CITIC Pacific Mining

Mark O'Brien, Manager of Digital Transformation, CITIC Pacific Mining

GMG Leader, Artificial Intelligence Working Group
Mark O’Brien currently serves as the Manager for Digital Transformation at CITIC Pacific Mining, the world’s largest magnetite iron ore operation, and China’s largest resources sector investment outside of China. His responsibilities cover strategic engagement with the business, leadership of technology solutions delivery, and ownership of the key application and infrastructure platforms at CPM, across both IT and OT. He has an involvement in mining technology that stretches over 30 years. He is a graduate of Curtin University with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. Mark is the Chair of the GMG AI in Mining Working Group.
Mohammad Babaei

Mohammad Babaei

GMG Leader, Artificial Intelligence Working Group
Dr. Mohammad Babaei has worked in a variety of contexts including open pit mines, consultancies, and universities. In his current role at Teck, he guides and supports digital innovations that improve safety, sustainability and productivity. For example, he led projects applying machine learning in mining and maintenance and developing a unique real-time diggability solution. He holds a PhD in Mining Engineering from the University of British Columbia and published several scientific papers and won several awards for his work. In 2017, he was featured CIM Magazine as one of their "Names to Know” feature. In 2018, he received one of the CIM-Bedford Canadian Young Mining Leaders Awards.
Aidan Giblett, Senior Technical Advisor, Newmont

Aidan Giblett, Senior Technical Advisor, Newmont

GMG Leader, Industrial Comminution Efficiency Working Group
Aidan Giblett is Senior Technical Advisor – Mineral Processing at Newmont Mining Corporation. His key responsibilities include providing technical support to global operations, development projects and research programs. Aidan has over 20 years’ experience in gold & base metals extractive metallurgy including project development, commissioning, operations and research program management, with a primary field of focus in comminution. He graduated from the Western Australian School of Mines in 1994, with an honours degree in Minerals Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy. Aidan is also chair of the AusIMM Metallurgical Society.
Laura Mottola, M.Eng., P.Eng., Adm.A., CMC

Laura Mottola, M.Eng., P.Eng., Adm.A., CMC

GMG Leader, Integrated Operations Working Group
Laura Mottola is the President and CEO of Flow Partners Inc., a Canadian consulting company with operations in Chile, and Director of Great Lakes Graphite Inc., a company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. She is recognized globally as a leader in Lean Mining®, Mining Automation, Technology and Innovation in the natural resources sector. Laura is a mining engineer with a Masters of Engineering in Mining Automation from McGill University. A seasoned professional and business leader with more than 20 years of global experience in mining, Laura was named one of 100 most inspirational women in mining by Women in Mining UK. Laura is dedicated to Lean Thinking, Methodology, Lean Mining®, Innovation, development integration of concepts from other industries, and multidisciplinary approach strategies. She is a Co-Founder of the Lean Institute Canada and the Founder of the Lean Mining® Institute. She is passionate about creating value, increasing productivity, social, environmental responsibility and teamwork in mining. Laura brings the multidimensional leadership and vision needed to transformation the mining sector and to generate dynamic and diverse opportunities within it. Laura has personally worked with clients such as Yamana Gold, Sherritt International Corp., Goldcorp, KGHM International, Sierra Gorda S.C.M., KMC Mining, Rio Tinto Technology & Innovation, IAMGold, Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold, Alcoa, Syncrude, Suncor, Cambior, Inco, was a council member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum and currently is the Leader of the Integrated Operations Working Group for Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group.
Riaan Van Wyk, Chief Technical Officer, DetNet South Africa

Riaan Van Wyk, Chief Technical Officer, DetNet South Africa

GMG Leader, Underground Mining Working Group
Russell Kennett, Principal Engineer - Underground Technology & Systems, Rio Tinto

Russell Kennett, Principal Engineer - Underground Technology & Systems, Rio Tinto

GMG Leader, Underground Mining Working Group

Management Team

Heather Ednie

Heather Ednie

Managing Director
Heather Ednie is an influential mining professional who has more than 20 years’ experience in the sector, developing and spearheading vital business solutions through communications and association management. Since 2012, she has been the Managing Director of Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG), a network of representatives from mining companies, OEMs, OTMs, research organizations and consultants around the world who recognize that innovation does not happen in silos. GMG creates multi-stakeholder working groups to systematically remove the impediments to building safe, sustainable and innovative mines of the future. Prior to joining GMG she lead a young communications consulting firm, Modica Communications, focused on serving the Canadian mining sector with the aim of advancement of a safe, responsible and respected industry. From 2004 to 2009, as Director, Media and Communications for the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), Heather successfully reinvented the CIM communications and editorial department as the relevant source of information for the industry. Heather served as Vice-Chair of Women in Mining Canada and is a founding member of the Women in Mining Montreal Branch organizing committee. Heather has received the CIM Distinguished Lecturer Award and was recognized in WIM UK’s 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.
Jennifer Curran

Jennifer Curran

Operations and Technical Support Manager
Jennifer ensures the effective functioning of Global Mining Guidelines Group working groups and enables working group members and contractors to deliver on projects according to Global Mining Guidelines Group principles and priorities. Additionally, she is responsible for execution of the Member Program, as well as the maintenance of the Global Mining Guidelines Group website, membership database, and Basecamp online collaboration sites. Jennifer has 20 years of experience in project management and office administration in various industries. Previous roles include project management and peer review coordination for the CIM Journal, managing domestic and foreign purchasing for a cigar import company, as well as being a paralegal in a US law firm. She obtained her diploma in Web Technology in 2012 and worked until the end of 2013 as a consultant in web development and optimization prior to joining Global Mining Guidelines Group.
Heather Turnbull

Heather Turnbull

Events and Membership Manager
Heather brings a wide range of experience to the team. As a stay-at-home mother for a number of years, Heather was a highly involved community leader, as a volunteer at the local school and on other committees in the municipality. She also worked in various support staff positions at the school, most recently as the school secretary. Prior to that, Heather was the administrative assistant to the Executive Director of the Trans Canada Trail Foundation in Montreal, where she gained an understanding and appreciation of the importance of volunteers and the need to work together. Heather is impressed by the work carried out by dedicated Global Mining Guidelines Group volunteers from around the world, and all levels of the industry, who share a vision of cleaner, safer, more efficient mining. Heather has a background in land management and currently serves as president of a local non-profit organization. She looks forward to broadening her exposure to the mining industry and helping groups collaborate toward this new future.
Blaine Sullivan

Blaine Sullivan

Membership and Working Groups Coordinator
While Blaine has been doing contract work for Global Mining Guidelines Group since mid-2017, she took on this permanent role in the spring of 2018. Our voice on social media and membership relations, she has a strong work ethic and approaches all of her work with optimism and enthusiasm. She brings from her past secretarial experience strong office systems knowledge. Her naturally upbeat personality allows for the building of strong relations with both members and colleagues. Watch for her in your inbox!
David Sanguinetti

David Sanguinetti

Program Manager
David Sanguinetti is Global Mining Guidelines Group’s Program Manager, looking after project management and execution strategy for all of Global Mining Guidelines Group’s projects. Prior to working directly with Global Mining Guidelines Group, he was the innovation manager of Canada Mining Innovation Council’s Underground Mining group, where he led the joint GMG-CMIC Guideline for BEVs in Underground Mining. He is a professional engineer with 20+ years’ experience in design, project management and operations. As an independent consultant, David has a particular focus on helping companies with the development and commercialisation of new technologies and has extensive experience both with technical scale-up and with designing the engineering and project management systems to support growing companies. David started his career designing gas processing plants, and has since worked in potable water treatment, biomass-to-energy, industrial water treatment, and metals recovery. His home base has always been in Canada, but he has travelled extensively for work and built plants on five continents. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from McGill University.
Andrea Nichiporuk

Andrea Nichiporuk

Communications Manager
Andrea is Global Mining Guidelines Group’s Communications Manager, having joined the team in August 2018. She brings with her 21 years’ experience working in publishing and communications in the mining industry, primarily with the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) where she learned to love the world of mining. Her CIM story began in the Publications Department where a good part of her time was spent updating the department’s organizational system away from index cards and typewriters (yes, typewriters). Showing interest and prowess for writing and editing, Andrea became Assistant Editor in 2004. Along with Heather Ednie, GMG’s Managing Director who at the time headed CIM’s Publications and Communications Department, she worked on a dream project – launching a magazine (CIM Magazine). Andrea developed a sharp eye for detail working with design teams, and by January 2013 was promoted to Managing Editor. Andrea’s innate need for organization and processes really flourished during those years. In June 2015, Andrea added Communications Supervisor to lengthen her job title, officially entering the realm of strategic and corporate communications, and by mid-2017 became CIM’s Communications Manager. At GMG Andrea gets to tap into her creative side through writing, editing and the development of communications and marketing materials.
Marcus Thomson

Marcus Thomson

Program and Partner Development Manager
Marcus Thomson will be joining the GMG management team as Program and Partner Development Manager. Marcus brings a wealth of experience in program management and partner development and specializes in introducing digital innovation to the mining industry. As Manager of the Innovation and Prosperity Office at Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) in Sudbury, Ontario, he led their “Smart Mining” program, which identified technology testing needs and supported underground mines in demonstrating innovative digital solutions. Marcus is also an active GMG collaborator who has made valuable contributions to several working groups and guidelines.
Francine Harris

Francine Harris

Technical Writer
Francine has been writing, editing, and researching for GMG since June 2018, working both on GMG guidelines and communications materials. She is a versatile writer who enjoys immersing herself into new topics and working with long and complicated documents as well as the challenge of condensing vast quantities of information into shorter communications. Francine holds both an MA in English (2018) and a BA in English and Communications Studies (2013) from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Her previous work in several fields including scholarly editing, international freight forwarding, and education helped her develop strong skills in balancing organization and adaptability.