GMG – CIM Sudbury Forum Speaker Bios
Samantha Espley, Director – Technical Excellence, Vale
Samantha Espley earned her B.A.Sc. degree in engineering in 1988 from the University of Toronto and her M.A.Sc. degree in mining engineering in 1999 from Laurentian University. Samantha is the Director of the Mining Technology & Innovation for Vale Base Metals operations. She leads a team of highly-specialized engineers and scientists providing technical support to Vale’s operating mines and mining projects in Canada, Brazil, New Caledonia and Indonesia. Samantha has more than 29 years of experience in the mining industry and has worked at Denison, Dome, Falconbridge, Noranda, Inco and Vale. She has held roles in the technical, operations and management domains in mining and mineral processing. Samantha is the incoming President-Elect of the CIM (Canadian Institute of Mining) and a board member of MIRARCO, Bharti School of Engineering, Canadian Mining Innovation Council, Global Mining Guidelines group, CEMI (Centre of Excellence in Mining Innovation) and a past member of the executive board of Engineers Canada, Science North, and the Sudbury Branches of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Women in Science and Engineering, and Professional Engineers Ontario. Samantha is honoured to receive the Women in Mining Canada’s Trailblazer Award, Engineer’s Canada Award, CIM Distinguished Service Medal, Mid-Career Engineering Award from the University of Toronto, the Management Award from the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, and a fellowship with the Academy of Engineering in Canada. Samantha and her husband, Marc Boudreau (CEO of Bestech & Shyft Inc), are proud of their children Amy, Eric, Katrine and Miranda. They enjoy living in beautiful northern Ontario and participating in their community.
Steve Gravel, Business Development Manager, OCE
A native of Sudbury, Steve Gravel is a Business Development Manager with Ontario Centres of Excellence with Northern Ontario as his territory. His areas of interest are mining technology, the forestry sector and rural economic development. Steve is a graduate of Laurentian University, earning both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree. Before joining OCE, Steve worked as a Research Fellow at Laurentian’s Institute for Northern Ontario Research and Development (INORD), an economic development think tank, and as an Applied Research Manager with Cambrian Innovates, at Cambrian College’s Glencore Centre of Innovation.
Steven Bowles, Manager – Cote Gold Project, IAMGOLD
Steven Bowles was appointed Project Manager for the Côté Gold Project, a joint venture between IAMGOLD Corporation and Sumitomo Metal Mining, in 2017. In his role, he provides leadership for the development of Côté Gold’s open pit mine, concentrator and supporting infrastructure, the establishment of power and environmental permits and the implementation of an impact-benefits agreement with the project’s First Nation partners. Steven is a business professional in the mining & metals industry with experience in business development, project management and operations management. Steven holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He is fluent in English and French and speaks basic Spanish. Steven was previously Operations Manager at Raglan Mine in Nunavik where he managed its four underground mines and its technical services teams to achieve record-setting safety and production performance for that operation. He also served as Capital Projects Director at Raglan which included the development of two underground mines and concentrator plant growth projects budgeted at $550M. Prior to that, he worked as Project Manager for the $1.2B Cobre Panama concentrator project and led field execution teams in the Middle East on the $5.7B Emirates Aluminium and $4.5B Qatalum Aluminium Smelter projects. In 2014, Steven received the Bedford Canadian Young Mining Leaders Award granted by the Canadian Institute of Mining for outstanding leadership.
Matthew Goodale, General Manager for Mining Product Support and Operations, Toromont
Matthew Goodale, General Manager of Mining Product Support and Operation, has been with Toromont Cat for over 20 years, specializing in surface and underground mining product support and equipment application. On behalf of the operations team at Toromont, Matt will overview the operational systems and features of the Caterpillar Autonomous Haulage Solution along with the supporting technologies for safe and production autonomous operation.
Sian Marsden, Specialist, Mining Applications, Newmont Goldcorp
Working with Goldcorp since 2009 and brings over 13 years of exploration and geology experience across Canada. Background in 3D geologic modelling and Geographic Information Systems with experience leveraging multiple data sources and technology solutions. Focused on Goldcorp’s technical services software suite and strategic innovation projects. Goldcorp’s portfolio includes Leapfrog, Deswik, ArcGIS, Vulcan, and acQuire. Key role in innovation initiatives including IBM Exploration with Watson, core scanning, and machine vision projects. Holds a Master of Science in Geology from Queens University. Currently registered as a Professional Geoscientist with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.
Alex Mulloy, Mining Engineering Intern, Vale
Alex Mulloy is a member of Vale’s Mining Technology & Innovation Centre. As a member of this team, Alex works alongside a highly-skilled team of experts to provide technical support, governance and internal consultation to Vale’s Base Metals operations, which includes operations in Canada, Brazil, New Caledonia and Indonesia. As an engineering graduate and current MBA candidate, Alex continues to develop core strengths in technological expertise, financial analysis, strategic implementation, business case development and mining engineering. In his current role, Alex and the Mining Technology & Innovation Centre act as Vale’s internal authority, leading the corporate strategies for the implementation of new technologies, designs and methodologies within Vale’s Base Metals operations.
Mike Mayhew, Integration Manager Kirkland Lake Gold
Mike is a senior mining executive and champion of industry innovation. Currently, he is the Integration Manager at Kirkland Lake Gold. He holds a post-graduate mining engineering degree and has more than 27 years of mining experience. Mike has a proven track record for building start-up companies while executing innovative products and projects within the industry. His primary focus is safety, quality and execution while delivering exceptional results. His firsthand experience, comprehensive knowledge, and rock-solid relationships add tremendous reach to the mining industry and to Kirkland Lake Gold operations. He is currently responsible for the Integration of the new shaft, including engineering, procurement, project controls for Shaft4 in Kirkland Lake Ontario, Canada. His key mission is to transform the underground mining industry as a leader in innovation and technology within the operations.
Evan Pelletier Mine Manager, Kirkland Lake Gold
Evan is a senior mining professional with over 28 years of underground mining experience within the operations. He spent a portion of his career; prior to joining Kirkland Lake Gold working for Lakeshore Gold and other Gold Mining companies. In addition, he spent time working for Contractors with overseas experience in Mongolia, Africa on international level. Evan holds the role of Mine Manager at Macassa Mine in Kirkland Lake Ontario Canada. He is highly respected within his peers; he is viewed as a industry leader as it relates to new technology, innovation and mining operations. His current responsibility includes; Mill Processing, Environmental, Paste Plant, Tailings and Underground Operations. Evan primary focus is on safety, quality mining and people management within operations.
Justin Stade, Senior Service Delivery Manager, Nutrien
Justin started with Nutrien 10 years ago running IT at our Cory Division Potash site. Working on everything related to IT including network, server, virtualization and application development. Moving to the Corporate IT function to support ERP related technologies before being assigned as the IT lead to our Potash, Nitrogen and Phosphate integration tracks to support the merger that created Nutrien. Following the close of the merger he held a roll as a Senior Service Delivery Manager ensuring IT alignment and support for our over 30 operating facilities. With the Potash BU recently embarking on a transformational journey to change the way we work, Justin has been leading the development and execution of our Digital Strategy.
Andy Charsley, Principal Mining Engineer, Technology & Innovation, Vale
Andy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master’s Degree in Mineral Resources Engineering from Laurentian University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and is certified as a Project Management Professional with over 25 years of progressive experience in the Mining and Construction Industries. Andy joined Vale in 2000 in Sudbury Ontario and has held roles of increasing responsibly including Research Engineer, Senior Project Engineer, Project Group Leader and Senior Project Manager. In 2012 he transferred to the Vale Voisey’s Bay Operation in Northern Labrador Canada as the Manager of Business Systems, Engineering and Warehouse and worked in this role until 2018. He is now working as a Principal Mining Engineer in Vale’s Technology and Innovation Group leading Vale’s Initiative in Mechanical Rock Excavation.
Michael David MacFarlane, Director, MDM Mining Consulting, – Sudbury, INO Mines Innovation
Over 3 decades of international mining experience, technology development to drive operations transformations and deliver sustained business improvements. An accomplished senior mining executive and industry thought leader, Michael MacFarlane’s successful career of delivering sustained business improvements, building high performance teams and leading change in organisations spans more than three decades. Currently the Director for MDM Mining Consulting, Mr. MacFarlane’s extensive knowledge and understanding of the global mining industry supports a range of international mining clients to address the current mining environment and to help them improve productivity and transform their mining operations. As the former Executive Vice President of Business Strategy and Innovation for AngloGold Ashanti, Mr. MacFarlane led strategy and planning for the company. His understanding of the rapidly changing competitive landscape in the mining industry enabled him to recommend long-term transformational change and identify key business opportunities. As Senior Vice President Technical in AngloGold Ashanti’s South African Region, Mr. MacFarlane led a team to drive transformational change within their ultra deep mining operation with a specific focus on new mining technology. Mr. MacFarlane spent many years with Vale Inco in a number of different posts including Vice President Mining & Milling Canada/UK, where he developed the strategic direction of the company’s global nickel business. As Vice President, Business Services, Mr. MacFarlane provided strategic leadership toward the new business model with a focus on reducing cost structure. As a First Class Mine Manager, with a Professional Engineer designation, Mr. MacFarlane has held various positions such as Mine Manager, Mine Superintendent, General Foreman, Senior Mine Engineer and Project Planning Engineer throughout the early stages of his career. Mr. MacFarlane holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from Dalhousie University.