Meet the Speakers


Allyson Stoll
Lead, Technology & Innovation | Teck Resources Ltd

Allyson has led various projects over her career covering advanced process control and expert systems to predictive modelling and novel applications of technology. Through these endeavours, she has developed robust and creative solutions to common problems in mineral concentrator facilities and found unique ways to capture concepts from other industries to apply to present mining challenges. Her current projects incorporate holistic systems performance enhancements utilizing dynamic simulation and optimization tools ranging from mathematical algorithms to deep reinforcement learning. She holds a Master of Data Science from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Metallurgical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology. Allyson is also a registered Mining and Mineral Processing Engineer with the State of Alaska and is passionate about representation and accessibility in STEM. 

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Mark O’Brien
General Manager for Digital Technology & Innovation | CITIC Pacific Mining

Mark O’Brien currently serves as the General Manager for Digital Technology & Innovation 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, technology leadership and innovation, 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 an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and has undertaken postgraduate studies in AI, Philosophy and Ethics. Mark is also the Chair of the GMG AI in Mining Working Group, as well as a contributor to national and international collaborations around mining technology.

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Tim Joseph
Principal Engineer | JPI mine equipment & engineering

Dr. Joseph is the Principal Engineer, JPI Ltd. mine equipment & engineering, serving the global mining   industry since 2000 (www.jpicanada.com).  He is also Professor Emeritus, Mining Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada having trained over 50 M.Sc. and Ph.D. graduates and thousands of engineers with 50+ journal and 200+ conference papers to his name.  He is a Board Director of Engineers Canada, Ambassador to the Canadian Institute of Mining and sits on numerous other boards.  In 2011 Dr. Joseph was awarded the CIM Distinguished Service Medal for his lifetime contributions to the global mining industry. 


Dave Allan
Vice President, Canada | Kal Tire Mining Tire Group

Dave Allan is the Vice President, Canada for the Kal Tire Mining Tire Group. He leads the sales and operations teams to be the partner of choice for mining companies across Canada. Focusing on sales and service in concert with safety and innovation are the key parts of his role.  

Before joining Kal Tire, Dave spent 13 years with a mining equipment manufacturer running the parts and service divisions in both country and global locations.  

He currently lives in Vernon, BC with his family where they enjoy the Okanagan lifestyle of golf and skiing. 

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Tom Demorest
R&D Senior Technical Advisor | Research & Development Center, Syncrude, Operated by Suncor

Tom is currently Senior Technical Advisor at Syncrude Canada Ltd, operated by Suncor, and is located at the Syncrude Research and Development Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. Tom is a graduate of Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario in Applied Science (1977), Mining Engineering. He joined Syncrude Canada Ltd in September 1978. During his career he has worked in the areas of Mine Planning, Mine Operations, Bitumen Production, and the Research and Development organization. 

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Gord Winkel
Chair, Industrial Professor | David and Joan Lynch School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management, University of Alberta

Retired as a Vice President for Syncrude Canada Ltd., Gord Winkel joined the University of Alberta in 2010 to establish safety and risk management education as a core competency requirement for all engineering disciplines; a unique accomplishment in Canada. 
 
His work to improve safety and technology in the Mining industry led to three Distinguished Lecturer Awards from the Canadian Institute of Mining in 2002, 2008 and 2013. Gord received the CIM National Mining Safety Leadership Medal in 2019. 
 
Gord supports the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) through chairing the J.T. Ryan Mining Safety Committee and as a Board member for the CIM Health and Safety Society. Provincially Gord is an Executive Advisor for the Alberta Mining Safety Association. 
 
On the healthcare front, Gord is a member of the Alberta Health Services Advisory Committee reporting in to the Official Administrator. He is also supporting the Alberta Agriculture Industry as an Executive Advisor on the AgSafe Alberta Board. In addition, he was appointed to the University of Alberta Board of Governors, Audit and Risk Committee. 
 
Gord was elected as Chair of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires Federation for Canada, supporting an organization with 22,000 plus employees providing veteran employment. 
 
Gord also works to provide support in safety, risk management and organization effectiveness to firms across Canada.

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