Keynote Speaker

Sean Boyd, Vice-Chairman and CEO, Agnico Eagle

Sean Boyd

Vice-Chairman and CEO, Agnico Eagle

Mr. Boyd serves as the Vice-Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Agnico Eagle Mines Limited. Sean was appointed the Company’s Chief Executive Officer in 1998 after having served as the Chief Financial Officer from 1990 to 1998 and Comptroller from 1985 to 1990.

During Mr. Boyd’s tenure as CEO, Agnico Eagle has grown from a small, single mine gold producer to a multi-mine international gold mining company. Mr. Boyd has been recognized as The Northern Miner’s Mining Person of the year in 2007 and 2017. He has appeared on the list of The Best-Performing CEOs in the World in the Harvard Business Review in 2010, 2016 and 2017.

Mr. Boyd also serves on the Board of Directors for The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation where he chairs the Granting, Impact and Stewardship Committee. He has also served on the Board of the World Gold Council and as a member of the St. Francis Xavier University Board of Governors.


Featured Speakers

George Hemingway, Partner - Head of the Innovation Practice,The Stratalis Group

George Hemingway

Partner – Head of the Innovation Practice
The Stratalis Group

George Hemingway serves as Partner and head of the Innovation Practice at Stratalis, a growth strategy and innovation consultancy, where he advises CEOs and Boards of leading organizations on the future and how to conquer uncertainty. Through his work, he has collaborated with the leading global mining companies to set their future visions and re-imagine what is possible from a mining company.

George is considered one of the leading futurists in the mining industry, having delivered over 100 keynotes globally on innovation and the future at venues ranging from the World Mining Congress to NASA, the Pentagon and leading universities. He is a published author and a monthly columnist on the future of industry and disruption.

George serves on several corporate and philanthropic boards and as Strategic Advisor on Innovation and Growth to the Lassonde Institute at the University of Toronto.

Rick Howes, President & CEO, Dundee Precious Metals

Rick Howes

President & CEO
Dundee Precious Metals

Rick Howes is a Professional Mining Engineer with over 34 years’ experience in the mining industry. His extensive industry experience includes progressive technical, operating, management and project roles in many of the largest underground mines and mining companies throughout Canada and, most recently, internationally. Throughout his career, Mr. Howes has been closely associated with the practices that make for world-class mining operations including Inco’s North Mine which won the 2006 Ryan Award as the safest mine in Canada. He is a visionary leader in mining, organizational innovation and transformation to create competitive advantage. Mr. Howes joined DPM in early 2009 as General Manager and Executive Director of the Chelopech mine and, in November 2010, was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In April 2013, he assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer.


Jason Cox, Executive Vice-President – Mine Engineering, Roscoe Postle Associates (RPA)

Jason Cox

Executive Vice-President – Mine Engineering
Roscoe Postle Associates (RPA)

Jason Cox is Executive Vice President Mine Engineering for Roscoe Postle Associates, where he leads project teams in engineering studies, reviews metal price guidance for the company, and conducts peer review of mining work. Mr. Cox has over 20 years of experience in all stages of mine development; resource and reserve estimation, engineering studies, construction, operation, and closure, and specializes in project management, mine design, cost estimation, and cash flow forecasting.

Mr. Cox’s experience as a consultant includes base metal, gold, nickel, PGM, rare earths, uranium, and other commodities in a variety of environments across Canada, as well as the USA, Latin America, Africa, Australia, Europe, and Asia.

Talia Dabby, Director, PwC Canada

Talia Dabby

PwC Canada

Talia Dabby is a Director in the Technology Consulting practice for PwC Canada. Talia combines her business and technical background to provide a top to bottom perspective on the interactions between strategic goals, technology, data and people. Talia is focused on the development of business enabled technology strategies for which big data and technology innovation are key considerations. Talia has successfully partnered with organizations across all sectors, both public and private and brings that experience when considering the fast paced technology and data driven changes impacting the mining industry.

Frik Els, Editor,

Frik Els


Frik Els is editor of, the world’s largest news and opinion source devoted to mining and metals. Based in Vancouver, attracts 370,000 readers per month from all over the globe and sends out daily newsletters to 220,000 industry professionals.

With 20 years’ experience as a business journalist across industries, Frik has contributed to various publications and conferences including Business Insider,, Mines & Money, Vancouver Resources Investment Conference and the Global Mining Summit. He’s been interviewed on CBC Radio and Korea State TV and contributed to BBC World and National Geographic documentary research.

Jay Godsall, CEO, Solar Ship Inc.

Jay Godsall

Solar Ship Inc.

Jay Godsall is a Canadian entrepreneur based in Toronto. He is a founder of Idea Bank, a venture catalyst, Environmental Vision Exchange (EVE) a youth charity, Fio an IoT healthcare company and Solar Ship, a hybrid aircraft company.

Jay holds patents in over 30 countries. He has spent most of his life bringing together people, strategies and money to launch projects and ventures. His areas of interest have been youth, environment, communications, health and transport.

Jay has provided overall management and strategic leadership to Solar Ship since its inception in 2006 and has recruited world leaders in aviation, energy, logistics, advanced materials, finance, and remote operations.

Jason Goodhand, Business Development, e-Zn

Jason Goodhand

Business Development
e-Zn Inc.

Jason Goodhand has sought to fill his career with opportunities related to new energy technologies. With 15 years in the cleantech energy sector Jason has developed and managed businesses and projects involving grid-scale renewable energy, hydrogen fuel cells, and energy storage in Canada and the USA. Recently Jason joined zinc technology start-up e-Zn as VP of Business Development after leaving his 10 years in various positions and offices of international energy giant ENGIE. Jason holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Mechanical Engineering degree from the Univ. of Western Ontario.

Mikko Koivunen, Business Line Manager, Mine Automation and Digital Solutions, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technologies in Canada

Mikko Koivunen

Business Line Manager, Mine Automation and Digital Solutions
Sandvik Mining and Rock Technologies in Canada

Mikko Koivunen is the Business Line Manager, Mine Automation and Digital Solutions for Sandvik Mining and Rock Technologies in Canada.

Mikko has worked with Sandvik´s mine automation team for over 12 years holding several management positions in South and North America. He has a passion to understand the customer´s applications to offer the best value adding solutions. During his career Mikko has led multiple automation sales and implementation projects in the region.

In 2004 Mikko graduated from Tampere University of Technology with a Master´s degree in Telecommunication and minor in industrial management and software engineering. In 2010 he finished a two years post graduate program in mining engineering from Montanuniversitat Leoben.

Tom Lloyd, Regional Business Development Manager, Sprung Structures

Tom Lloyd

Regional Business Development Manager
Sprung Structures

Tom Lloyd, Regional Business Development Manager for Sprung Structures, Eastern Canada and Michigan, has over 30 years experience selling Fabric Tensioned Structure solutions to both fortune 500 and mid market corporations. Tom’s expertise lies in his ability to assist clients with finding the best and most cost-effective structure solution for their organizational needs. Tom has effectively partnered with business leaders and leading corporations across North America to produce strong alliances, relationships, and winning sales strategies.

Daniel Lucifora, Manager of Mine Automation, Goldcorp

Daniel Lucifora

Manager of Mine Automation

Daniel is a part of the Digital Transformation team and assists Goldcorp’s various operations with the investigation, implementation, and improvement of advanced technology to improve life of mine and net asset value. Daniel graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Mining-Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering and is preparing to defend his Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering at McGill University. His graduate level research has focused on advanced technology and automation for mining applications.

At Goldcorp a key part of Daniel’s role is to work with both mine operations and external partners to ensure operational requirements are properly defined and technology limitations and capabilities are understood. By fostering a collaborative, proactive and positive relationship between all stakeholders the underlying technology is put in the best position to contribute to safe, sustainable production.

Daniel is a licensed Professional Engineer in the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario.

Humera Malik, CEO, Canvass Analytics

Humera Malik

Canvass Analytics

Humera Malik is the founder and CEO of Canvass Analytics, where she drives the vision and strategy for changing the way industrial companies think about and use operational data. Humera has worked with some of the largest businesses around the world to transform their business strategies, enter new markets and create new revenue streams. Specifically, Humera has worked with Microsoft, AT&T and Bell Enterprise where she was responsible for defining innovative enterprise business solutions targeting several key industries – Transport, Manufacturing, Retail and Energy.

Humera has received various recognitions with most recent being a recipient of the Women of M2M/IoT award and is a sought-after entrepreneur and expert to speak about the impact of industrial artificial intelligence on the global economy.

Brad McBain, General Manager – North America, IMP Automation

Brad McBain

General Manager – North America
IMP Automation

Brad McBain is the General Manager of North America for IMP Automation, a world leader in the design and supply of innovative laboratory automation equipment, facilities and software. Brad’s focus is the development of strategic markets through new product marketing and commercialization, including the first North American application of IMP’s automated geochemistry fusion system, the HAG 6. Prior to his current role with IMP, he served as an ad hoc strategy consultant with LJS & Associates in Brantford, Ontario, while also holding senior business development roles in the commercial lab sector. Brad is an executive member of the CIM GTA West branch and has been a Program Advisor to DATAC since 2010. Brad holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Western University, as well as an MBA from McMaster University.

Cory McPhee, VP of Corporate Affairs, Communications & Sustainability, Vale

Cory McPhee

VP of Corporate Affairs, Communications & Sustainability

Born and educated in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, Mr. McPhee joined the former Inco Limited in the Public Affairs Department in 1989 and has remained with the Company in positions of increasing responsibility since (Vale acquired Inco in October 2006). After studying science at Laurentian University and journalism at Cambrian College, he worked in daily newspapers for five years as a reporter, columnist and editor. He began his career at Inco as Public Affairs Officer and progressed through positions of increasing responsibility. Cory moved to the corporate office in Toronto as Director of Corporate Affairs in May of 2007. He was named Vice-President of Corporate Affairs and Communications in July of 2009 and had Sustainability added to his accountabilities in July 2018. Cory is the co-chair of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce and a Director of the Mining Association of Canada. His volunteer experience includes Easter Seals (for children with physical disabilities), the Sudbury and District Food Bank, the Northeastern Ontario Cancer Research Foundation, Cinéfest and the United Way.

Peyman Moeini, President & CEO, Peytec

Peyman Moeini

President & CEO

Peyman Moeini, B. Eng., MASc, PMP, is a young entrepreneur who has launched several successful Internet of Things (IoT) & Artificial Intelligence (AI) products and projects in various fields such as mining, agriculture, manufacturing, logistics, freight, and retail. He has won more than 30 innovation and entrepreneurship awards in the IoT&AI fields. Peyman has extensive knowledge and experience in the IoT&AI spaces. Through his career, Peyman has developed an AI algorithm that made the time efficiency of software 500 times faster for the exact same results! He holds several patents in this space and is the founder and CEO of Peytec, a Smart Industrial IoT&AI company. Through his initiatives, Peyman is on a mission to help make Canada be the global leader in IoT&AI space and Industry 4.0.

Douglas Morrison, President & CEO, Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI)

Douglas Morrison

President & CEO
Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI)

Douglas has 14 years of operating experience in the deep nickel mines of the Sudbury Basin in Ontario, Canada, followed by 16 years as a consultant at Golder Associates working on strategic mine design, productivity and safety issues. Throughout his career, he remained connected to various research and innovation groups and in 2012 he was appointed President and CEO of the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI).

Douglas believes that for the mining industry to meet the economy’s long-term demand for metals and also achieve attractive returns for investors we have to abandon the economies of scale we have relied on for 35 years and return to the fundamentals, introducing the leaning process to every aspect of our business.

Kiril Mugerman, President & CEO, GéoMégA

Kiril Mugerman

President & CEO

Mr. Mugerman joined GéoMégA in September 2014 and was promoted as Chief executive oficer in september 2015. He created Kintavar Exploration Inc. In 2017 which has discovered the first folded stratiform copper deposit in the Grenville in Quebec. He raised over $16M for both companies since 2015. He brings both technical and financial experience to GéoMégA. Prior to joining Industrial Alliance Securities Inc. (“IAS”) as a mining specialist, Mr. Mugerman worked on advanced stage exploration projects internationally with Gold Fields Ltd. in West Africa, central Asia and Latin America. At IAS, he served as a mining analyst in the industrial minerals sector focusing in the rare earth elements, graphite and potash sectors. He holds a bachelor degree with Honors (earth and planetary sciences) from McGill University. His work in both exploration and the capital markets in Quebec and internationally has proved to be a tremendous asset to the company in addition to his involvement in feasibility level studies. Mr. Mugerman’s work with rare earths for the last 8 years, combined with his technical and practical expertise provide solid direction for GéoMégA.

Glenn Mullan, President, Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)

Glenn Mullan

Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)

Over his +40-year career, Glenn has followed a traditional exploration and prospecting path. He began with contract geophysical surveys, then prospecting and staking mining claims independently while completing his B.Sc. in Geology and Earth Sciences at Concordia University.

Glenn has brokered numerous prospector/vendor transactions with arms-length public companies, and formed a public company in 1999 that evolved into a Ni-Cu-PGE producer that employs more than 300 people in Northern Québec.

Currently, Glenn serves as President and CEO of Golden Valley Mines Ltd and has been a PDAC member for over 40 years

Jon Norman, President and Chief Operating Officer, Hydrostor

Jon Norman

President and Chief Operating Officer

Jon is a professional engineer with nearly 20 years experience in the power industry, environmental sector, management consulting and government. Jon previously held senior roles at Brookfield Asset Management, most recently as VP responsible for regulatory policy and government relations across North America for the power and utilities business. In earlier roles, he served as project manager for environmental operations and held senior roles in government, where he led grid and networks policy development in Ontario as well as inter-jurisdictional negotiations. Jon holds an interdisciplinary master’s degree in engineering and economics from the University of Toronto.

Matt Sachs, P Eng LEED AP, Chief Operating Officer, Peak Power

Matt Sachs

Chief Operating Officer
Peak Power

Matthew Sachs is COO of Peak Power, an energy storage services provider focused on delivering innovative solutions to offset the most expensive hours of electric demand for utilities and building owners. Peak has developed an industry
leading software platform that uses machine learning to optimize the operation of behind-the-meter energy storage systems. Matthew is a member of the IESO Market Renewal Working Group, and a founding board member of Brookfield’s Building Energy Innovators Committee. Prior to joining Peak Power, Matthew was General Manager of Urbandale Construction, a leading Ottawa homebuilder specializing in energy efficient homes. Matthew is a nationally recognized expert in energy efficiency in buildings and was recognized by the Ottawa Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” award in 2013.

Walter Siggelkow, President and Founder, HLS Hard-Line Solutions Inc.

Walter Siggelkow

President and Founder
HLS Hard-Line Solutions Inc.

Walter Siggelkow has over 30 years’ experience in mining and has been the President of Hard-Line since its inception in 1996. Walter is a highly respected, confident, and self-motivated individual who is devoted to improving mine efficiency, safety, and profitability. Through this passion, he turned a 6 person start-up into a 90+ person multinational operation. Hard-Line is a global company headquartered in Canada, with branch offices in Chile and Peru along with a worldwide distribution network. Hard-Line is at the forefront of remote control technology of heavy equipment globally. They design, manufacture, install and service radio remote controls, teleoperation and automation services. The products Hard-Line develop enhance worker safety while increasing productivity.

Gordon Stothart, Executive Vice President & COO, IAMGOLD Corporation

Gordon Stothart

Executive Vice President & COO
IAMGOLD Corporation

Gord joined IAMGOLD in late 2007 and brings over 25 years of industry experience to the position of COO. In this role, he is responsible for all of the producing mines and development projects, including oversight of the corporate Health, Safety, and Sustainability group and the Global Purchasing team. Prior to joining IAMGOLD, Gord worked for 21 years for the Canadian mining company Noranda, Inc. (later becoming Falconbridge, and eventually purchased by Xstrata). With Noranda, he held a number of engineering and management positions in both operations and project development, including rotations at the Bell Mine in northern B.C., the Brunswick mine near Bathurst, New Brunswick, the Antamina mine in the Peruvian Andes and the Lomas Bayas mine in Northern Chile. Gord also served in corporate and executive roles within Noranda’s Business Development group in Toronto and the Copper Business Unit in Santiago, Chile. Gord graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1987 with a double major in Mining and Mineral Process Engineering.

Nathan Stubina, Managing Director – Innovation, McEwen Mining

Nathan Stubina

Managing Director – Innovation
McEwen Mining

Nathan joined McEwen Mining as V.P. Technology in March of 2014 and was promoted to the position of Managing Director in July 2014. With 30 years of international industrial experience, Nathan also worked at various major mining companies including Barrick Gold Corp., Noranda Inc. and Falconbridge Limited.

Nathan holds a Ph.D., in Metallurgy and Materials from the University of Toronto and a B. Eng. in Mining and Metallurgical Engineering from McGill University.

Nathan is currently a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), and was V.P. International of the CIM. Nathan is a Past-President of MetSoc (Metallurgy & Materials Society of the CIM). He is also a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. He is currently a member of the Lassonde Institute of Mining’s Advisory Committee at the University of Toronto.

Carl Weatherell, Executive Director and CEO, Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC)

Carl Weatherell

Executive Director and CEO
Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC)

Carl is a change agent known for challenging the status quo, discovering new ways of doing things and taking ideas to execution.

He has over 27 years’ experience working at the interface of business, government and postsecondary institutions nationally and internationally. Carl has helped position organizations for success and has established, managed or facilitated the development of strategies with a number of organizations and over 13 different consortia comprised of 200 businesses, 30 government organizations and at least 180 different academic institutions.

Carl obtained graduate and undergraduate degrees in chemistry from Carleton University and the University of Waterloo respectively. He holds one patent and has publications in five different technical domains: hydrometallurgical engineering, organometallic chemistry, analytical chemistry, environmental engineering and project management.

Shelby Yee, CEO & Co-Founder, RockMass Technologies Inc.

Shelby Yee

CEO & Co-Founder
RockMass Technologies Inc.

Shelby Yee is a passionate co-founder and CEO of RockMass Technologies, where she is changing the way mines receive and utilize geotechnical data. Shelby is working with mining companies to digitize and streamline their data collection processes to enable real-time decision making.

With a geotechnical engineering degree and a business mind, Shelby has recently won several innovation and hardware awards and is an alumna of HAX – the world’s leading hardware acceleration institution. She’s excited to be bringing the fast-paced innovations of the tech industry to mining.

Raziel Zisman, Co-founder and Partner, Sustainable Governance Initiative, Whittle Consulting

Raziel Zisman

Co-founder and Partner, Sustainable Governance Initiative
Whittle Consulting

Raziel leads the Sustainable Governance Initiative at Whittle Consulting, helping implement integrated strategic planning in the mining sector, bringing into the process all major stakeholders to help attain optimal & sustainable outcomes.

He is also Executive Chairman of Alicanto Mining, a private project generating company currently advancing its Mina Guayos gold project in Colombia.

After clerking at the Supreme Court of Canada, he practised with a leading American law firm on cross border financings and M & A, mostly in the mining, energy and forestry sectors, as well as with major Canadian law firms, focusing on the mining and natural resource sectors.

He is a member of the Ontario and New York bars. He is a director of the Canadian Council for the Americas and of the PDAC, where he also serves in the International Affairs Committee.

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