Speakers

Tony Makuch, President and CEO, Kirkland Lake Gold

Tony Makuch

President and CEO, Kirkland Lake Gold

Tony Makuch is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Kirkland Lake Gold. Prior to joining Kirkland Lake Gold in July 2016, Tony was the Chief Executive Officer of Lake Shore Gold Corp and was largely instrumental in building Lake Shore Gold from a junior explorer to a low-cost gold producer with quality operations. Tony, a native of Timmins Ontario, has a proven track record of leadership in the gold mining industry. In September 2017, Tony was nominated the Mining Journal Americas’ CEO of the year. In 2015, he achieved the TopGun Turnaround CEO designation in the Brendan Wood International Press and is the recipient of numerous safety awards throughout his career. Kirkland Lake Gold, under Tony’s leadership along a with strong management team, is creating significant value for its shareholders through its portfolio of high-grade, low-cost assets in two of the greatest mining jurisdictions in the world – Canada and Australia. Kirkland Lake gold was the top performing stock on the S&P/TSX composite index for the full year 2017 and is well on its way to an annual production of a million ounces 2019. Tony holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, and both a Masters of Science Degree in Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from Queen´s University in Ontario.

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.

 

Pavel Abdur-Rahman, Partner & Data Scientist, IBM Services

Pavel Abdur-Rahman

Partner & Data Scientist
IBM Services

Pavel is a Partner & Head of Data Science Consulting Practice based out of Canada. He leads a technology agnostic growing global practice of data strategists, scientists, meta-data managers, hybrid cloud platform architects & software engineers. He is frequently engaged by Fortune 500 enterprise digital transformation executives (both central and federated stakeholders) in financial, natural resources and telecom sectors to co-create data informed enterprise that leverages its information to make higher quality decisions and interventions. In addition to his role at IBM, Pavel is an affiliated researcher & lecturer at IEEE + Queen’s Smith School of Business focusing on “Trusted Data & AI Management Framework 2022” to enable Ethical AI, Advanced Analytics, Data Monetization and Future of Enterprise & Work related initiatives. Pavel regularly speaks at global conferences, advises venture capital firms and supports several government digital economic development agencies. Annual collection of Pavel’s top stories are available at: www.pavelrahman.ca.

Pavel has been identified as IBM’s Top Performer (Top 10%) and enrolled in several Executive Leadership Development programs. He has a bachelor in Industrial (Operations Research) Engineering from University of Toronto and masters in Data Science & Advanced Analytics from Queen’s University.

Edward Bilborough, Business Manager – Automation & Digitalization, Sandvik

Edward Bilborough

Business Manager – Automation & Digitalization
Sandvik

Eddie Bilborough is a Business Line Manager for
Automation and Digitalization at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology, a leading provider of equipment and technical solutions for mining and rock excavation. He has a post-graduate degree in mining engineering and a diploma in mechanical engineering, and has been working with Sandvik for over 12 years. Beginning his career in Australia, Bilborough worked in progressively senior
roles consulting with crushing and screening businesses to optimize their equipment for hard rock applications. He then brought his expertise in production optimization to Canada where he has worked with customers from all stages of mine engineering, development, and production in implementing modern digital and autonomous solutions to enhance their mine’s performance.

Guy Bourassa, President and CEO, Nemaska Lithium

Guy Bourassa

President and CEO
Nemaska Lithium

Mr. Bourassa is President and CEO of Nemaska Lithium Inc. since the Corporation’s inception in 2008, bringing more than 35 years of experience in the mining industry to this role. Among other things, he was instrumental in identifying and negotiating the acquisition of the Whabouchi lithium property and securing over 1.3 billion dollars through diversified financings for the development and construction of the Whabouchi project. Through his leadership, the Corporation brought an historic lithium showing to a world-class deposit and has developed a new patented process to produce high purity lithium hydroxide, which should allow Nemaska Lithium to become a world leader in these high purity lithium salts markets.

Mr. Bourassa is recognized as an industry expert on lithium exploration and development and acts as a speaker at numerous national and international conferences. Throughout his career, he has been involved in exploration and mining companies as President and CEO, Legal Counsel, in-house Corporate Counsel and Director. These companies were producers of gold, copper, calcite and dolomite. Mr. Bourassa holds a law degree from Université Laval.

Louis-Pierre Campeau, Team Lead, Artificial Intelligence, Newtrax Technologies Inc

Louis-Pierre Campeau

Team Lead, Artificial Intelligence
Newtrax Technologies Inc

Intrigued by the unique and vast opportunities found within the Mining industry, Louis-Pierre Campeau pursued his education at Polytechnique in Montreal in Mining Engineering. With 3 internships in the industry Louis-Pierre knew that he wanted to branch out into Mathematics, with the infinite possibilities AI would bring to these operations. With this experience under his belt, paired with a PhD in Mathematics, Campeau leads a team at Newtrax Technology Inc., spearheading true AI initiatives changing the industry.

Ryan Castilloux, Managing Director, Adamas Intelligence

Ryan Castilloux

Managing Director
Adamas Intelligence

Ryan Castilloux is an MBA-educated geologist and managing director of Adamas Intelligence – an independent research and advisory firm specialized in markets for strategic metals and materials. Ryan began his career as an exploration and mine production geologist with Falconbridge, Xstrata and Glencore in Sudbury, Canada and in 2011 obtained an international MBA (Finance) from RSM Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In 2012, Ryan founded Adamas Intelligence to help producers, end-users, investors and other stakeholders make informed decisions involving strategic metals and materials, such as rare earth elements and battery materials.

Jordan Cole, EVP & CCO, Hydrostor

Jordan Cole

EVP & CCO
Hydrostor

Jordan is a senior professional with 15 years of experience in the private equity space. He spent over a decade at Brookfield Asset Management expanding the company’s renewable power, real estate and infrastructure global platforms. Prior to joining Hydrostor, Jordan was the Chief Investment Officer within Brookfield’s district energy platform, Enwave Energy Group. He has experience in renewables and infrastructure project development, and has been involved in a number of key transactions and financings. Jordan holds both honors BBA and MBA degrees from the Schulich School of Business at York University.


Kulvir Singh Gill, Associate Director, Development Partnership Institute (DPI)

Kulvir Singh Gill

Associate Director
Development Partnership Institute (DPI)

Kulvir Singh Gill has almost 20 years of experience working at the intersection of innovation, technology, and sustainability. Mr. Gill is the Founding Executive Director of the Development Partner Institute (DPI) to advance sustainability in mining. The DPI works to fundamentally change the business model of the mining industry to an integrated and proactive development partner, delivering on economic, environmental and social shared purpose. In his current role as Associate Director with the DPI, he has convened global working groups, spoken at major mining conferences and lead their regional catalyst programs in South Africa, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. He is also a Senior Principal with the strategy firm Clareo, Mr. Gill leads international innovation and growth projects with Fortune 500 clients across multiple industries including mining, oil and gas, heavy industrial, banking, retail and media.

He began his career as a management consultant with Oliver Wyman before holding several positions with Barrick Gold involving supply chain management, post-merger integrations, strategic planning, innovation and sustainability.

Mr. Gill is also passionate about community service. He is a co-founder of the Seva Food Bank in Mississauga. He also serves on the boards of the William Osler Health System and the Sikh Research Institute. Mr. Gill is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and a 2010 Action Canada Fellow. Mr. Gill holds a B.Sc. and a B. Comm. from the University of Calgary. He lives with his family in Brampton, Ontario.

Trent Mell, President & Chief Executive Officer, First Cobalt

Trent Mell

President & Chief Executive Officer
First Cobalt

Trent Mell is a mining executive and capital markets professional with 20 years of international experience in mine permitting, development and operations. His mining career spans base and precious metals, including Barrick Gold, Sherritt International, North American Palladium and AuRico Gold. His commercial experience includes offtake contracts, M&A and over $2.6 billion in equity and debt financings. In junior mining, he was CEO of Falco Resources, where he led a team that saw a 140% increase to the Horne project’s resource estimate to 6.6Moz AuEq. As President and Head of Mining of PearTree Securities, Trent created a mining team and led the firm to become the largest provider of flow through capital in Canada, placing more than $300 million in capital in their first year.

Andrew Miller, Head of Price Assessments, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

Andrew Miller

Head of Price Assessments
Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

Andrew manages a team that collect market data and
pricing for opaque mineral markets such as lithium, graphite, cobalt and nickel chemical. This information is provided to Benchmark subscribers in regular market reports, research notes and price indices. At Benchmark, Andrew regularly gives market-focused presentations and travels to active mines and processing plants across the world. He has also advised some of the world’s leading institutional investors, auto OEMs, battery producers and mining companies, and manages a portfolio of subscription services which provide in-depth market data and reference pricing for the lithium ion battery supply chain. Andrew’s previous role was as an Analyst with Industrial Minerals / Metal Bulletin.

Nadine Miller, Independent Director, Wesdome Gold Mines

Nadine Miller MBA, M.Eng.

Independent Director
Wesdome Gold Mines

Nadine Miller is an Independent Non-Executive Director for Wesdome Gold Mines, a Canadian junior gold company, and a Strategic Advisor at Awz Ventures Inc. Awz is a Canadian hub for investments in cyber security, intelligence and physical security AI-based technologies from Israel, a global leader in these sectors. Awz manages US $100MM between its first two venture capital funds.

Nadine has a Masters degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and has a Bachelors of Applied Science degree from the University of Toronto (Lassonde). She obtained her MBA from the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School. The combination of her engineering degrees and her MBA allow her to merge her passions mining, technology, and business.

Nadine is an active advocate and volunteer for the engineering profession and has held senior roles as Past-President of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, and the Secretary of the Board for Consulting Engineers of Ontario. A strong advocate on issues pertaining to women in engineering; Nadine received the 2017 Leading Women Building Communities Award April 25, 2017 for her work in this area.

Peyman Moeini, President, Peytec Inc.

Peyman Moeini

President
Peytec Inc.

Peyman Moeini, B. Eng., MASc, PMP, P.Eng., is an entrepreneur engineer who has launched several successful Internet of Things (IoT) & Artificial Intelligence (AI) products in various fields such as agriculture, manufacturing, logistics, freight, retail, and mining. 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 that builds and sells hyper-accurate “Indoor GPS” and Sensing Systems. Through his initiatives, Peyman is on a mission to help make Canada be the global leader in IoT&AI space.

Claudia Mueller, Associate Director, Global Mining Management, Schulich School of Business

Claudia Mueller

Associate Director, Global Mining Management
Schulich School of Business

Ms. Mueller is a talent strategist who helps leaders, students and organizations to prepare for the mining industry of the future. She has spent the last ten years researching the talent, skills and organizational challenges in the mining industry and regularly shares her insights as a speaker, panelist, facilitator and instructor.

Ms. Mueller strives to develop leaders for the global mining industry by offering a diverse range of educational opportunities. She is integrally involved in the development, management and delivery of academic courses as well as open and custom programs for mining clients. Ms. Mueller is also the founder and president of a boutique consulting firm specialized in strategic leadership development for small and mid-tier mining companies.

She holds a business law degree and a Master of International Business and has worked around the globe in areas such as Human Resources, Business Development, Capacity Building, Teaching and Research

Sam Pazuki, Vice President, Investor Relations, OceanaGold

Sam Pazuki

Vice President, Investor Relations
OceanaGold

Sam Pazuki is a Professional Engineer with diverse experience in asset management, business development, management consulting and capital markets from over 17 years in the Oil & Gas and Mining industries. Sam joined OceanaGold in 2012 to establish a permanent capital markets presence in North America and Europe by leading the investor relations function. Under Sam’s leadership, OceanaGold has successfully doubled its North American shareholder ownership and established itself as a premier, multinational mid-tier gold producer amongst the investment community. As a member of OceanaGold’s executive management team, Sam has led the Company’s strategies for Investor impacts on ESG and quantitative investing. Prior to joining OceanaGold, Sam worked for EY where he was engaged on numerous high-profile projects mainly in the mining sector and held multiple commercial roles with Enbridge Inc. in Calgary and Toronto. Sam holds Masters of Finance and Bachelor of Engineering degrees.

Matthew 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 use machine learning to optimize the operation of distributed energy resources based off of forecast market signals and other critical factors. Matthew is a member of the IESO Market Renewal Working Group, and a founding board member of Brookfield’s Building Energy Innovators Committee.

Walter Siggelkow, President, Hard-Line

Walter Siggelkow

President
Hard-Line

Walter Siggelkow is the President and founder of Hard-Line which was established in 1996 in Sudbury, Ontario. Walter has 30 years of experience in the mining industry and has consistently challenged conventional thinking and methods dedicated to continuous improvement. A heavy equipment mechanic by trade, his passion for innovation and teamwork is evident. He has grown a small start-up company to a multinational enterprise that is a leading supplier of automation, teleoperation, and remote-control technology in mining.

Nathan Stubina, VP, Technologies, Operations, Sherritt International Corporation

Nathan Stubina

VP, Technologies, Operations
Sherritt International Corporation

Dr. Stubina joined Sherritt International as VP Technologies in November 2018. Prior to that, he was Managing Director of Innovation for McEwen Mining. 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 VP International of the CIM. He is a Past-President of MetSoc (Metallurgy & Materials Society of the CIM), a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a member of the Lassonde Institute of Mining’s Advisory Committee at the University of Toronto. Dr. Stubina was named a Fellow of the CIM in 2012 and a CIM Distinguished Lecturer in 2019.

Lesley A. Warren, Claudette Mackay-Lassonde Chair in Mineral Engineering, Director, Lassonde Institute of Mining, Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering, UofT

Lesley A. Warren

Claudette Mackay-Lassonde Chair in Mineral Engineering, Director, Lassonde Institute of Mining
Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering, UofT

Dr. Lesley Warren leads the Lassonde Institute of Mining at the University of Toronto as Managing Director and Chief Principal Investigator. She has an internationally recognized track record of integrated geochemical and microbiological investigation. As a leading expert, she has partnered with numerous energy and mining industry companies, consortiums and governmental agencies around the globe. Dr. Warren’s work is breaking new ground and helping strengthen the mining industry today and into the future.

As Chief Principal Investigator her research develops transformative industry advancements through emerging molecular biological techniques. Some of her current research projects with Vale, Syncrude, COSIA, Glencore and CSIRO Australia develop real-world solutions around bio-mines and bio-intelligent organisms for mining impacted water. Through leading-edge wastewater management innovations she is helping industry be more sustainable, efficient and cost effective.

Miranda Werstiuk, VP, Corporate Advisory Services, Optimize Group

Miranda Werstiuk

VP, Corporate Advisory Services
Optimize Group

Miranda is a dynamic and driven corporate finance and investment banking professional with over 25 years global experience in the resource finance sector. She recently moved to join Optimize Group Inc., a Toronto-based bespoke project engineering firm, to build out the Corporate Advisory silo.

Over her career, she has been actively involved in transactions with junior, mid-tier and senior exploration companies, working along all stages of the discovery curve from greenfield exploration, to development through to production. Companies she has done work with and for, have covered the diversity of the commodity ecosystem – precious, base and battery technology metals including gold, silver, copper, nickel, cobalt, lithium and vanadium.

Miranda is currently Co-Vice Chair of WIM Toronto, a member of both WIM UK and iWIM, and a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum.

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, Whittle Consulting

Raziel Zisman

Co-founder and Partner
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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