2024 AGENDA

DAY 1 - MAY 29

Wednesday, May 29, 2024
8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
 
 
8:50 AM - 8:55 AM
 
Giulia Jalmerot-Timarco
8:55 AM - 9:00 AM
 
 
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM
 
Roussos Dimitrakopoulos
9:10 AM - 9:40 AM

•    Discovering the provincial government plan to Build Ontario, attract global investment, and create economic prosperity across the North, making reconciliation real for Indigenous communities
•    Discussing the economic opportunity for Ontario’s northern and Indigenous communities, as Ontario strengthens its position as a global leader of responsibly sourced critical minerals, from earth to electric vehicle and mines to motors, 
•    Looking at how exploration, production and innovation efforts are bringing good jobs and prosperity to the people and communities of Northern Ontario
 
 

Greg Rickford
9:40 AM - 10:20 AM

•    The importance of strategic partnerships and collaborations for the industry 
•    Discussing the challenges and opportunities facing the industry and how to tackle them
•    Debating the importance of digital transformation in the regional mining industry   
•    Understanding and improving the level of technology deployment – challenges and opportunities  
•    Examining what technologies the industry needs, what is currently available and in development 
•    The role of technology for the future of safe and sustainable mining operations 

Ash Agarwal Joseph Amankwah Mariana Sandin Cedric Laney
10:20 AM - 10:50 AM

•    Debating the importance of innovative leadership to boosts productivity and reduce costs
•    Assessing the role of innovation and technology in this process
•    Designing the best use case to integrate operational technology 
•    Discussing the business case and how to properly integrate innovation 

 
10:50 AM - 11:20 AM
 
 

Harnessing the Power of AI & Data for Increased Productivity 

Wednesday, May 29, 2024
11:20 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Roussos Dimitrakopoulos
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

•    Exploring the journey taken by Compass Minerals Goderich Mine to identify, select and implement a downtime tracking tool
•    Understanding how the structured and automated approach to downtime tracking has revealed tangible benefits
•    Reviewing the main features and functionality of RtDUET and how it can facilitate digital transformation
 

Matt Lindsay Lane Pitblado
12:00 PM - 12:40 PM

•    Evaluating implementation and deployment challenges and exploring strategies to overcome them 
•    Drawing lessons learned from both approaches 
•    Analyzing the cost and return on investment (ROI)

Charles Nyabeze George Pavlou
12:40 PM - 1:40 PM
 
 
1:40 PM - 2:10 PM

•    Exploring the synergy and integration for optimising plant operations in the mineral processing industry
•    Utilise AI for predictive analytics to analyse real-time data and historical records for accurate predictions and improved production scheduling 
•    Leveraging AI-driven fault detection to identify anomalies, detect potential faults, and prevent equipment failures in mineral processing plants
•    Developing AI-based decision support systems that provide real-time insights and recommendations for optimising operational decisions and enhancing productivity and profitability
•    Highlight the importance of seamless integration and collaboration between Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) systems 

David Armstrong
2:10 PM - 2:40 PM

•    Understanding the concept and its functionality
•    Exploring possible application areas in mining
•    Addressing privacy concerns in the industry 
•    Learning from lessons in other industries and looking towards to future  

Marcelo Lotif
2:40 PM - 3:10 PM

A retrospective journey through our collective technological transformation.  From our analog origins, through the digital revolution and beyond to autonomous technology: exploring how our technological present and future can aid heavy industry with enhancing business operations and maximizing resiliency. 

Joe Reele
3:10 PM - 3:40 PM
 
 
3:40 PM - 4:20 PM

•    Deploying machine learning models and AI across the mining value chain 
•    Understanding the concerns and fears of AI within your organisation
•    Addressing how individuals can adapt to changes in their roles due to AI deployment
•    Fostering a positive mindset towards AI integration
•    Debating strategies to make AI more accessible and understandable 
 

George Pavlou Dr. Naveed Qureshi
4:20 PM - 5:00 PM

•    Assessing challenges in data collection and transmission and effective strategies to overcome them 
•    Debating data sharing hurdles
•    Examining data transmission costs and discussing methods to reduce them
•    Exploring techniques to filter and make the most of your data
•    Understanding the optimal timing for data collection

Ashish Kumar Roussos Dimitrakopoulos

ESG Tech and Robotics & Automation

 

Wednesday, May 29, 2024
11:20 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Mélanie LaRoche-Boisvert
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

•    Torex has 6 Strategic Pillars, two of which are focused on Excellence in ESG, and Disciplined Growth through Capital Allocation.
•    To achieve these strategic objectives Torex takes a Systems Leadership Approach to digitalization, by first understanding its processes.
•    Programs like the Smart Cap Fatigue Management Program, and The Incident & Inspection Management System Mobile Notification App are two examples of Digital Transformation in action.
•    The 8.4 MWp Solar Plant EPCM Project is another initiative where achieving excellence in ESG through the use of technology will allow Torex to reduce its Scope I & II emissions by about 5%

Nelson Bodnarchuk
12:00 PM - 12:40 PM

•    Understanding the challenges that the industry is facing and strategies to address them
•    Looking at the financial aspect and assessing the role and importance of investors in this process
•    Exploring the intersection of technology and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) requirements 
•    Debating the maturation timeline for technology adoption
•    Understanding how technology can enhance transparency in the supply and value chain   
•    Discussing the mining industry’s role in the decarbonization ecosystem
•    Utilizing technology to accelerate positive outcomes  
•    Harnessing the potential of a circular economy in the mining ecosystem  

Mélanie LaRoche-Boisvert Peter Nowicki
12:40 PM - 1:40 PM
 
 
1:40 PM - 2:10 PM

•    Discovering the background and scope of the project 
•    Understanding the challenges and how they were tackled 
•    Next steps and lessons learned

John Thomson
2:10 PM - 2:40 PM

•    Discovering the available technologies for mine closure
•    Improving land management, sinkhole, and groundwater remediation
•    Debating mine closure challenges and exploring strategies to overcome them

 
2:40 PM - 3:10 PM

•    Understanding that it is and what it means for the industry 
•    Outlining the timeline and pathway to realization 
•    Identifying implementation challenges and discussing potential solutions 
 

 
3:10 PM - 3:40 PM
 
 

Robotics & Automation – Building the Mine of the Future 

Wednesday, May 29, 2024
3:40 PM - 3:55 PM

•    Rising labour costs, increasing safety and efficiency requirements
•    Digital transformation of video-enabled communications, remote operations, asset and worker safety applications, HVAC control and monitoring
•    Scalability, flexibility and reliability
•    Private connectivity (IOT/OT) and Public connectivity (IT/tablets/smartphones)

Kent Kawasaki Jeffrey de Leeuw
3:55 PM - 4:20 PM

•    Understanding mine site requirements
•    Exploring current trends and where the industry is heading
•    Debating on the role of technology and innovation in creating autonomous mines
•    Discussing pros and cons of shifting to smaller vehicles 
•    Unveiling the value and return on investment (ROI) of deploying smaller vehicles 
 

 
4:20 PM - 5:00 PM

•    Understanding the challenges and how to tackle them  
•    Discussing modernization and digitization strategies in depth
•    Examining the underlying technology
•    Discussing smaller fleet sizes and the efficiency gains
•    Debating the next steps and future directions
•    Addressing data sharing issues 
•    Improving interoperability and technology integration

Patrice Corneau Lorelei Ratushniak Nelson Bodnarchuk
Wednesday, May 29, 2024
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
 
 

DAY 2 - MAY 30

Thursday, May 30, 2024
8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
 
 
8:50 AM - 8:55 AM
 
Giulia Jalmerot-Timarco
8:55 AM - 9:00 AM
 
Alexandrea Potter
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

•    Defining strategic objectives and leadership approaches 
•    Creating short- and long-term goals across the organization
•    Closing the gap between the industry and digital transformation
•    Understanding important strategic decision making and its importance for the industry 
 

 
9:30 AM - 10:10 AM

•    The importance of digitalization and leadership across the organization
•    Discussing how innovation and technology can push towards a more sustainable and diverse mining industry
•    Looking at best practices and lessons learned from other industries 
•    Debating the next steps for the industry
 

Alina Antonie Nelson Bodnarchuk Peggy Bell
10:10 AM - 10:40 AM

•    Closing the gap between the problem and the solution offered
•    Highlighting the importance of strategic partnerships to close the technology gap
•    Discussing which technologies can help optimize mining operations

 
10:40 AM - 11:10 AM
 
 

Harnessing the Power of AI & Data for Increased Productivity 

Thursday, May 30, 2024
11:10 AM - 11:15 AM
 
Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

•    Understand how digitization disrupts and shapes the future of the mining sector. 
•    Learn about the possibilities of IoT technologies and their implications. 
•    Explore how digitization can be achieved on complex mining and underground sites through the use of basic prerequisite – lights. 
•    Discover a wide range of hypothetical IoT solutions for the mine site of the future if the barrier to IIOT technologies could be removed:
     o    Personnel locating to send help directly to those in need 
     o    Weather / Critical Alerts 
     o     Asset tracking to instantly locate equipment on-site
     o     Machine condition monitoring 
     o    An array of sensors to monitor noise, pollution, air quality, and other conditions in real-time

Andrew ORKIN
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

•    Understanding how this can improve remote mining operations 
•    Looking at the application of augmented reality
•    Exploring application areas across the value chain
•    Discussing challenges and opportunities for the industry
•    Understanding the next steps 

 
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

•    Understanding the utilized subject-matter-expert knowledge to define and build KPI analytics and Power BI reports around ASARCO's mining operations, with a focus on operational productivity, maintenance, and fleet management
•    Exploring the reports that have given critical and timely insights into mining operations, allowing the team to make data-driven decisions to optimize
•    Looking at analytics around performance metrics, issue identification, and continuous improvement, and how it has allowed ASARCO to pinpoint issues and address them quickly
•    The reports are dynamic and allow users to view the report data by equipment, manufacturer, operator, crew, and date 

Michael Butler Beth Katz
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
 
 
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

•    Improving cyber resilience across the mining value chain 
•    Understanding the application and added value of AI in cybersecurity 
•    Debating potential risks and how to avoid them 
•    Discussing how to prepare your team for a potential attack
 

Rob Labbé
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

•    Overviewing the project and understanding the background and problem statement
•    Looking at the methodology
•    Understanding the system implementation
•    Examining the applied technologies, trial and optimization
•    Debating the outcome and discussing future developments
 

Harvey Li
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

•    Digitizing & georeferencing maps into searchable GIS data with novel AI
•    Extracting critical data from report and press release tables and text with NLP
•    Leveraging public data for customized proprietary solutions
•    Exploring the US GeoFramework and other project drivers
•    Potential impact for mineral exploration and the mining industry

David Abbondanzio
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

•    Discussing the practical importance of stochastic optimization in mineral supply/value chains
•    Presenting mining complexes, recent advances, and future developments
•    Integrating machine learning with optimization in mining
•    Introducing data-driven hyper-heuristics for decision-making
•    Demonstrated significant improvements in efficiency and value 

Yassine Yaakoubi
3:00 PM - 3:40 PM

The roundtable discussions will give you greater networking opportunities and the chance to take a deep dive into topics that concern you the most.   
 
•    Implementation of digital technologies in mining – Lessons Learned 
•    Discussing the creation of industry standards for data
•    Assessing the importance of innovative leadership 
•    Demystifying predictive maintenance 

 
3:40 PM - 4:00 PM
 
 

Robotics & Automation – Building the Mine of the Future 

 

Thursday, May 30, 2024
11:10 AM - 11:20 AM
 
Alexandrea Potter
11:20 AM - 11:50 AM

•    Highlighting the importance of strategic partnerships 
•    Exploring mixed fleet operations – Challenges and Opportunities  
•    Going beyond mobile equipment 
•    Discussing safety, access control, integrated operations, and other types of interoperability
•    Understanding how to tackle the challenges   
•    Defying data requirements and looking at the technology behind    
•    Debating the next steps and where the industry in heading  
 

Patrice Corneau Jean-Pierre Desmarais
11:50 AM - 12:00 PM

•    Looking and understanding available technologies 
•    Looking at best practices 
•    Building the fully automated mine
•    Prioritizing on-site safety 

 
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

•    Overviewing collision avoidance system technology
•    Understanding the limitations of technology in the mining environment
•    Exploring vehicle interaction safety best practices in mining
•    Leveraging technology to improve vehicle interactions

Soumen Mohapatra
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
 
 

ESG Tech and Robotics & Automation

Thursday, May 30, 2024
1:30 PM - 2:10 PM

•    Debating how to change the mindset for real change 
•    Discussing the other spectrum of diversity 
•    Integrating technology and innovation to boost D&I efforts  
 

Alina Antonie Alexandrea Potter Jhoanna Gonzales Miners
2:10 PM - 2:40 PM

•    Understanding the challenges facing autonomous mine operations today
•    Assessing the importance of technology and innovation
•    Looking at reliability and connectivity issues and how to tackle them
•    Exploring the role of network infrastructure 

 
2:40 PM - 3:00 PM


 

Zach Levinson
3:00 PM - 3:40 PM

The roundtable discussions will give you greater networking opportunities and the chance to take a deep dive into topics that concern you the most.   

•    Addressing climate change concerns in mining 
•    Alternative fuel solutions
•    Discussing pros and cons of automation zones
•    Exploring the future of mixed fleet operations 

 
3:40 PM - 4:00 PM
 
 
Thursday, May 30, 2024
4:00 PM - 4:05 PM