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CMIC News update - December 2011-1
CMIC Signature Event: "START NOW: Setting the stage for mining innovation in Canada"
CMIC will be holding its first symposium on "Innovation in the Canadian mining industry", and more specifically "the need for assuring innovation to enhance the industry's future economic, environmental and safety performance". This important meeting is taking place on January 30th and 31st at the Delta Chelsea in Toronto where industry, governments and academia leaders are gathering to share their views on this important subject.
The Gala Dinner speaker will be Jay Ingram, recently co-host of the "Daily Planet" television program.
Other invited speakers will include Jon Baird (Director, CAMESE), Robert Finocchiaro (Director, 3M), Doug Horswill (MAC Chairman and Senior VP, Teck), Peter Kondos (Director, Barrick), Jonathan Law (Director, Minerals Down Under - CSIRO), Dave Lynch (Dean, U of Alberta), Luiz Eugenio Mello (VP, Vale), Ryan Montpellier (Director, MiHR), Geoff Munro (Chief Scientist, NRCan), François Robert (VP, Barrick), Bob Steane (COO, Cameco), Kurt Strobele (CEO, Hatch), Janet Walden (VP, NSERC), and Gordon Winkel (Professor - U of Alberta, formerly from the oil sands industry).
The sessions will include:
Industry views and vision on mining innovation
Multinational views and vision on mining innovation
Progress and future for innovation in mining in Canada
Discussion: The path forward
Who should attend: Senior executives, decision makers and research providers and those involved in technology development and implementation in mining and exploration companies, consulting companies, manufacturers, academia and governments.
To ensure that there will be spaces available for you and your organization, we recommend you register early. You have still have until December 16 to benefit of our 'Early Bird' registration fee of $450.
For further information, please go at http://www.cmic-ccim.org/en/newslist/index.aspx?deptId=RANr2dPR2tbiHtk33463mAeQuAleQuAl&newsId=v6o5lA5HwcthlWAURUvKwEDYEAeQuAleQuAl
The 4th Symposium on the environment and mining: a great success!
The fourth edition of the Symposium on the Environment and Mining was held from November 6 to 9 2011 in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. Organized by the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), the Quebec Mining Association (QMA), the Department of Natural Resources and Wildlife of Quebec (MRNF), several other organizations and industry, this event brought together over 340 delegates from around the world, who leave delighted with their visit to Abitibi-Témiscamingue.
Delegates stressed the quality of the technical program on processing tailings, backfilling underground waste rock, water quality, site remediation, policy and regulation as well as mining and society. The plenary session consisting of eight panelists alone generated much interest on the issue of information and social acceptability.
The organizing committee of the 4th Symposium announced that the price awarded to each edition of the event, will be renamed the Frederick W. Firlotte Award, in memory of the engineer in mining environment, who managed the Golder Associates, and who died in 2010. The award was presented to Benoît Demers, an engineer with SNC-Lavalin. He received this award in recognition of his foresight, vision, commitment and influence in the field of mining environment in Quebec.
To conclude the symposium, some 60 participants went to visit three mining sites in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue. They had the opportunity to see an active site in terms of mining (Canadian Malartic), a site in the process of restoration (Manitou) and a recently restored site (Aldermac).
Chair in Mining Entrepreneurship UQAT-UQAM
On November 14, 2011, the Quebec Minister for Natural Resources and Wildlife, Serge Simard, announced the creation of the Chair in Mining Entrepreneurship UQAT-UQAM.
"With this investment, our government promotes the emergence and creation of new Quebec active mining exploration, exploitation and processing businesses. By supporting Quebec entrepreneurship, we can improve the competitiveness of our industry and increase economic benefits for all Quebecers. I am confident that this investment will strengthen our position as world leader in the mining sector, "said Mr. Simard.
This is the Mining Heritage Fund, established by the Department of Natural Resources and Wildlife (MRNF), which will provide up to $ 750 000 for the years 2011 to 2016 to fund the work.
The Chair addresses the request of government, industry and university to increase Quebec participation in the mining industry. The training of mining contractors must reflect the realities of the sector, including the importance of field experience, the combination of diverse and highly specialized knowledge, risk management in the short and long term and the use of alternative specific funding.
The Chair is an innovative partnership that brings together experts from various disciplines of management science and Earth science, entrepreneurs, managers and professionals from diverse backgrounds, including those of MRNF.