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Looking Past the Pandemic and into the Future: Long-term Impacts on Business and Life
Monday March 1, 2021 | 8:30 - 9:30 am MST

Speaker: Douglas Silver

We have just survived a transformative moment in history.  A global pandemic swept through the planet, killing millions and infecting more.  Fortunately, with the arrival of some prospective vaccines, many are assuming that life will return to normal.  But our lives are forever altered and the potential long-term ripple effects of COVID0-19 on society and business are profound.  This presentation will review these potential impacts on Society and the minerals industry.

About Douglas Silver
Douglas B. Silver has experienced a wide-ranging career in the minerals industry, ranging from prospecting geologist to portfolio manager. He served in various roles for Anaconda Copper Company, Noranda, Bond International Gold, Orion Resource Partners and his private company - Balfour Holdings.  Mr. Silver is best known for founding, building and ultimately selling International Royalty Corporation for a handsome premium.  Douglas also founded the Denver Gold Group, the preeminent gold investment forum. 

Douglas is also a well-known mineral economist, keynote speaker and author. He has testified three times to the U.S. Congress on mining-related issues.  Mr. Silver’s strong interest in education has kept him busy serving on advisory boards for the University of Arizona and Colorado School of Mines.  Douglas was inducted into the U.S. National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in September 2018. 


Mining Innovation – A Perspective
M&E Daniel C. Jackling Lecture
Tuesday, March 2, 20021 | 9:00 - 10:00 am MST

Speaker: Mark Baker

A brief perspective of the historical leading (and lagging) technological innovations in mining. As the industry moves toward digitalization, it is worth keeping in mind the trials and tribulations of creating, implementing, selling, supporting and upgrading innovative technologies in the industry.

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About Mark Baker
Mr. Baker began his career in mining as a founding principal of Modular Mining Systems, Inc. After the acquisition of Modular by Komatsu, Mark remained on the board of Modular, and was appointed to the board of Komatsu Mining Systems. Mr. Baker took over the helm of Modular Mining Systems when his partner retired shortly after the acquisition. He was responsible for creating the company’s first rolling business plan that set the stage for unparalleled growth. During his remaining tenure at Komatsu/Modular, Mark also assumed responsibility for the development and commercialization of its Autonomous Haulage System. Mr. Baker has been awarded several patents for an autonomous haul truck design amongst other mining related inventions. After retiring from Komatsu/Modular, Mark started Checkmark Consulting, Inc. to provide strategic advice to mining operators and OEMs on realizing the potential value from both developing and deployed innovative technologies. As an integral team member of the Phelps Dodge/Freeport Mine Technology group, Mr. Baker contributed to the development of its inhouse Autonomous Haulage and Autonomous Track Dozer systems.


Discussing Race in the Mining Industry
Diversity & Inclusion Panel Discussion
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm MST

Sponsored by Freeport-McMoRan

Moderators: Resa Furey and Beatrice Opoku-Asare

The goal of this session is to create a global safe space to hear each other’s experience and provide tools to advance the conversation. We will do so by bringing together a diverse panel from across mining to discuss Diversity and Inclusion with an emphasis on race within the industry; Where do we struggle in discussions about race? How do we create safe spaces for these conversations? And what skills do we all need to build going forward? The session will end with tips on how to lean into and in some cases lead the conversation and efforts to progress both racial diversity and inclusion within the mining industry.

About the Panel
Beatrice Opoku-Asare is Director, Talent Management and Global Inclusion & Diversity at Newmont. She has been instrumental in refreshing the company’s Global Inclusion and Diversity Strategy and in establishing Newmont as a thought leader in inclusion and diversity within the mining industry. She lives in Colorado with her husband and 2 young kids.

Bernard Fosu is the Acting Chief Metallurgist at Freeport McMoRan’s Sierrita Mine. He believes there is vigor in variety – a belief he has cultivated from his experience of working at the intersection of People and Metals across multiple mines, on two continents for nearly a decade. He lives in Southern Arizona with his wife and two kids.

Tyre L. Gray is President of the Nevada Mining Association and is the first person of color to head a major trade association in Nevada. Prior to taking the helm of the Association, Tyre was an attorney in private practice focused on government affairs. He lives in Las Vegas, NV with his wife and two kids.

Florence Drummond is a Dauareb Wuthathi woman, CEO and Co-Founder of Indigenous Women in Mining and Resources in Australia, a network that raises the profile of Indigenous women in the mining and resources industry. She joins us today from Perth Australia.

Awo Quaison Sackey is the Regional Vice President, Human Resources, at Newmont Africa. She has worked in Human Resources in the insurance, telecommunications and personal products industries, and has seen the issues of inclusion, diversity and race in those industries over her 40-year career. She is committed to making a difference in this area primarily through enhancing leadership ability and capability, and brings that commitment to the mining industry.

Resa Furey is the Director of Marketing at Stantec with over 20 years of global industry experience providing solutions that create sustainable returns and a competitive edge for companies in the resource sector. Resa received the Women in Mining (UK) 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining award in 2018 and co-chaired for the Tailings – Perspectives for a Changing World: Importance of Culture in Safe Tailings Symposium during the 2020 SME annual meeting.


Why are Dissolution and Leaching Reactions so Difficult
MPD Plenary-Wadsworth Lecture
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | 9:00 – 10:00 am

Sponsored by Weir Minerals

Speaker: Frank Crundwell

Frank runs a metallurgical laboratory in Johannesburg and an advisory firm in London. His research area is dissolution of minerals. He advocated the semiconductor dissolution mechanism for sulphide minerals, he discovered the mechanism of bacterial action on minerals, and he has developed a novel understanding of simple compounds like salt and silica.


About Frank Crundwell
Frank founded and manages CM Solutions, a metallurgical laboratory in Johannesburg, and Crundwell Metallurgy, an advisory firm based in London. He is also appointed as a Visiting Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He thrives in an environment that links commercial and technical knowledge to provide solutions for his clients. His experience covers process design, test work, technical auditing, due diligence studies, and forensic investigations. He has managed technical projects, built and led teams, and worked globally. He has (co-)authored two books for engineers, one on financial evaluation of projects, and the other on the extractive metallurgy in the nickel cobalt and PGM industries.




High Efficiency Processing – Pushing the Limits of Flotation
MPD Plenary- Richards Lecture
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | 10:30 – 11:30 am

Sponsored by Weir Minerals

Speaker: Mike Mankosa

For over a century, flotation has been limited to a relatively small particle size range.  With a few exceptions, machine development has focused on the middle of the “Elephant Curve” and efficiency gains have come from larger equipment with a generally lower specific energy input.  The last decade has seen new designs specifically focused on improved energy efficiency and extending the currently accepted particle size limits of the technology.  This presentation will provide an overview of two decades of flotation development and will present a range of lab and industrial data in support of generally accepted theory.


About Mike Mankosa
Dr. Michael Mankosa is the Executive Vice President of Global Technologies for Eriez Magnetics located in Erie, PA. The Eriez organization consists of twelve global locations specializing in metal detection, vibratory conveyance and separation technology for the food, chemical and mining industries. He received his doctoral degree in Mining and Minerals Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Mankosa began his career at Carpco Inc. as a research manager for laboratory operations and eventually transitioned into the position of technical director responsible for R&D and engineering activities. In 1997, Mike moved to Eriez to serve as R&D director with responsibility for intellectual property development and management. He was subsequently promoted to Vice President of Operations for the Erie division. In 2015, he was promoted to Executive Vice President of Technology for global operations where he manages intellectual property, information systems, research and engineering.



Loading the Bases with Students – Hitting Grand Slams with Industry
MPD Plenary-Gaudin Lecture
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | 11:30 - 12:30 pm MST

Sponsored by Weir Minerals

Speaker: Courtney Young

Dr. Courtney Young has conducted fundamental and applied research with students at all levels and attempts to marry student desires to meet industrial needs.  It is win-win for all with industry getting real problems solved and students gaining invaluable experience and a foot in the door for internships and permanent employment.  Dr. Young will highlight some of his successes with a focus on mineral processing, hydrometallurgy and mining sustainability

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About Courtney Young
Courtney received his BS in Mineral Processing Engineering from Montana Tech in 1984, his MS in Mining and Minerals Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1987, and his PhD in Metallurgical Engineering from The University of Utah in 1994.  Courtney returned to Montana Tech in 1993 as their first postdoc ever and becoming, two year later, a professor. As a faculty member, he, served as Department Head from 1998 to 2019 and has been the Lewis S. Prater Distinguished Professor since 2006. Dr. Young has taught more than 2,500 engineering students in metallurgical, mining, geological, and mechanical engineering and conducted research with more than 160 students including 116 undergraduates and 45 MS and PhD students mostly with funding from the mining industry.



Successes, Failures and Mentors Along the Way: Four Decades of Worldwide Exploration
Dreyer Lecture
Thursday, March 4, 2021 | 10:30 - 11:30 am MST

Speaker: William H. Wilkinson

This lecture will briefly review my 40 year exploration history, highlight some success and failures, discuss what caused both, acknowledge colleagues and friends who helped along the way and touch on challenges and positives of these 40 years.


About William Wilkinson
William H. Wilkinson retired as Vice President Exploration, Africa, for Freeport-McMoRan Inc. in Phoenix, AZ in November 2015 after nearly 25 years.  He was responsible for project direction, reconnaissance and acquisitions throughout the continent which lead to a major discovery.  He has over 40 years of experience in mineral exploration and has worked in base and precious metal exploration in 25 countries on five continents.   Will has also worked in the southwestern United States for Anaconda, Duval Corporation, Westmont Mining and Phelps Dodge prior to Freeport.





COVID-19 and Mining:  Best Practices in Recognition, Response, Recovery
Health & Safety Signature Lecture
Friday, March 5, 2021 | 8:30 – 9:00 am MST

Sponsored by Rio Tinto

Speaker: Eric Lutz

Mining Operations have been significantly impacted by COVID-19 throughout 2020.  The response to mitigate the impact of the virus on employees and production varies greatly.  This talk will focus on the breadth of mitigation strategies and identify best practices.

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About Eric Lutz
Dr. Eric Lutz serves as the Director of the International Safety, Health, and Risk Center at the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources, University of Arizona. Dr. Lutz is a Certified Mining Safety Professional (CMSP), including lead developer and instructor of the SME CMSP review course.  With over 25 years of experience mitigating occupational risk as an industrial hygienist, safety expert, trainer, and miner search and rescue consultant, he has conducted extensive miner exposures and controls research and consulting toward mitigating the impacts of occupational risk and protecting miners.  Dr. Lutz has specific expertise in risk management, mine safety, diesel particulate matter, silica, heat strain, noise, and infectious diseases.  Additionally, he has extensive practical knowledge of global preventive medicine/public health, serving as the lead Medical Intelligence Officer for the Arizona National Guard and Department of Emergency Management COVID-19 response, and as a Public Health Officer in the U.S. Air Force, Arizona Air National Guard.  Dr.  Lutz concurrently serves as an adjunct professor at the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, is an instructor for the Defense Institute for Medical Operations (DIMO) on State Department missions, and is the former Director of the Spokane Mining Research Division, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).