GMG Edmonton Forum | Tomorrow’s mining: Innovating to improve the way we mine

In partnership with Surface Mining Equipment Owners Group (SMEOG) and the Surface Mining Society of CIM

What does it take to open mindsets to embrace innovation and alternative solutions in mining? How do we ensure our workforce (now and tomorrow) is the best it can be? Why do we allow for even one person to not feel safe in our industry?

To achieve the global vision of a safe, sustainable and productive mining industry of tomorrow will require a cultural shift across the industry – safety culture, innovation culture, change management, diversity and inclusion and more. Culture is the core element that will define success.

This forum will delve into the industry’s top priority areas common to most mining operations today, through the lenses of operations, maintenance and safety. We will hear case studies and demonstrations from innovators, implementers and operators, peers will share experiences and expertise to define opportunities, and together we look across and outside the mining industry for new ways to better how we mine.

Topics covered will include:

  • Autonomous mining
  • Operational best practices
  • GHG emissions reduction – the road to net zero
  • Integration, interoperability and data management

Speakers confirmed to date

(Full program to come in January 2023)


University of Alberta, 9-222 Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering,
9211 116 Street Northwest, Edmonton, AB, T6G 1R1


March 8 2023 – March 9 2023
8:30am-4:30pm MST (both days)



Cybersecurity is a critical focus of mine design and planning and in the deployment of innovative technologies – from ensuring your communications infrastructure is secure to dealing with IoT and cloud architecture and onboard systems and more. Hear from leaders from mining companies about the approaches they are taking to ensure the cyber resiliency of their operations and what they are looking for from vendors.

The inside scoop: What we’ve learned in operations and maintenance

Hear directly from a panel of practitioners who will share the challenges they’ve faced and lessons they’ve learned.


Mine tour – Syncrude’s Aurora Mine (March 7, 2023)

The Syncrude Aurora North mine, commonly referred to as Aurora, is an open-pit mining operation extracting bitumen in the Athabasca Oil Sands.  The mine is located 80km north of Fort McMurray in northeastern Alberta and produces approximately 200,000 bbls/day of bitumen from 300,000 tonnes/day of oil sand and moves an additional 350,000 tonnes/day of waste materials.  The Aurora truck and shovel mining operation consists of a mixed fleet of ultra-class cable shovels and a Caterpillar 797 truck fleet which includes the original 1997 Field Development Program trucks. 

This mine tour is part of the SMEOG (Surface Mining Equipment Owner/Operator Group) meeting. Owners and operators are welcome to attend. Please see details and register HERE

To learn more about SMEOG. CLICK HERE

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