Newfoundland & Labrador/Quebec Mining Forum

Mining is a cyclical industry, posing both opportunities and challenges for industry actors. The 5th Quebec / Newfoundland & Labrador Mining Forum is designed to generate conversation about the current economic climate, and the possible opportunities for future development. Bringing together leading stakeholders, the Forum creates a unique opportunity to network and discuss best practices and the latest developments in the region.

Mineral Exploration and development is a key economic driver of the Canadian economy. With decades of history in the area, mining is the lifeblood of many communities, and the future success of the industry rests in the ability to look ahead of commodity prices and plan for the next generation of mining.

Conference attendees will be able to address their questions and comments formally to presenters during sessions and informally during networking breaks. Attendees will also be provided with information materials to assist their assessment of opportunities and to build stronger connections across the Newfoundland & Labrador/Quebec Mining sector.

MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR

As Mayor of our Capital City, I am delighted on behalf of Council and its citizens to extend greetings and best wishes to all delegates attending the 5th Annual Newfoundland & Labrador / Quebec Mining Forum in St. John’s in October, 2015.
We are honoured St. John’s was chosen to host this year’s forum. Our city offers an exciting blend of old world charm and modern amenities, not to mention the Newfoundland Hospitality for which we are famous. The many festivals and events held throughout the year showcase our rich culture, history and heritage. Over the next few days, we hope you will make our city your home and you will take the time to visit some of the city’s historical and natural landmarks and points of interest and enjoy the city’s night life with its great entertainment and finest cuisine.

We wish you well in your discussions as you meet to exchange ideas, discuss opportunities for new ventures and developments. We hope you will have a rewarding and unforgettable experience and you have an enjoyable stay in our city.

Dennis O’Keefe
Mayor of St. John’s, NL

5 Reasons to Attend:

  1. Network with First Nations, Government and Industry Leaders
  2. Gain Insight into current market conditions, and future opportunities
  3. Connect with leading experts on how to optimize current capital investments
  4. Hear from various mineral developments, and discover common solutions for the region
  5. Get the latest information about recent developments in both provinces

Conference Highlights

  • Asset Optimization: Protecting your Capital Investments
  • Canadian Mining in a Global Market
  • Shelter from the Storm: Surviving and Thriving in the Current Climate
  • Investment in the Region
  • Increasing Economic Capacity for Producers
  • Nickel to Iron Ore: Common Challenges and Solutions

Who Should Attend:

  • Mining Investors
  • Federal and Provincial Government Regulators
  • Officials from Aboriginal Groups and Businesses
  • Environmental Officials and Consultants
  • Natural Resource Lawyers and In-house Counsel
  • Exploration Geologists and Geophysicists
  • Geophysical Contractors
  • Aboriginal Land Administrators and Regulators
  • Community Relations coordinators
  • Financial and Legal Experts
  • Mining Industry Executives in:
    • Aboriginal relations
    • Investor Relations
    • Exploration, production and operations
    • Business Development and strategic planning
    • Geology and engineering
    • Regulatory, environmental and corporate affairs
    • Government and community relations
    • Resource management/project management

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS:

Cheri Butt
CEO
Women in Natural Resource Development Corporation
Coco Calderhead
Manager, Community Affairs
Tata Steel Minerals Canada Ltd.
Larry Innes
Partner
Olthuis, Kleer, Townshend LLP
Kaylen Janes
Manager, Environmental Affairs and Community Relations
Altius Minerals Ltd.
Praveen Jha
Vice President, Operations
Tata Steel Minerals Canada Ltd.
John Jory
Exploration Manager
Aurora Energy
Arn Keeling
Professor
Memorial University
Ugo Lapointe
Canadian Program Coordinator
Mining Watch Canada
Neil Montgomery
Associate Director
Centre for Maintenance Optimization & Reliability Engineering (C-MORE)
Dirk Naumann, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Development
Quest Rare Minerals Ltd.
Mark Nui
Grand Chief
Innu Nation
Karen Oldford
Mayor
Labrador City
Heather Rafuse
Exploration Approvals and Land Use Geologist
Mineral Lands Division
Department of Natural Resources
Isabelle Schmelzer PhD
Senior Biologist – Terrestrial Ecologist
Research Section / Wildlife Division
Department of Environment and Conservation
Alex Smith, P.Eng.
Director, Mineral Development Division
Department of Natural Resources
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Jobie Tukkiapik
President
Makivik Corporation

 

October 21, 2015

8:00 | Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 | Welcoming Remarks from Insight Information
9:05 | Co-chairs’ Opening Remarks
9:15 | Industry Outlook: Government of Newfoundland & Labrador

Alex Smith, P.Eng.
Director, Mineral Development Division
Department of Natural Resources
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Overview of active mines in Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Mine closures – recent and imminent
  • Proposed expansion, advanced exploration projects and promising exploration ventures
  • Managing development – the government’s role going forward
  • Canadian mining in a global market
10:00 | Networking Coffee Break
10:15 | A Practical to Guide Increasing Women’s Participation in the Industrial Workplace

Cheri Butt
CEO
Women in Resource Development Corporation

Women’s representation in non-traditional occupations remains low. The Newfoundland and Labrador Skills Task Force Report forecasts the potential peak employment demand for major projects to be 9000 workers between 2014 and 2016. The forecasted skilled labour shortages associated with these major projects have emphasized the need to raise female participation to ensure that women can take full advantage of the opportunities available within the province.

11:00 | Social Dimensions of Mine Closure

Arn Keeling
Department of Geography
Memorial University

  • Comprehensive closure planning should start as early as possible, and certainly before extraction begins
  • Comprehensive closure and remediation planning includes socio-economic dimensions, and should include input from relevant communities and organizations
  • Aboriginal communities and land users have a particular interest and perspective on post-mining conditions—indigenous knowledge and community engagement should be part of closure and remediation planning
11:45 | Networking Luncheon
1:00 | Uranium Exploration and the Michelin Project

John Jory
Exploration Manager
Aurora Energy

  • Overview of Michelin deposit and resources
  • Examining exploration and logistics in the region
  • Addressing community engagement and the future of uranium
2:00 | Addressing Challenges From a Community Perspective

Karen Oldford
Mayor
Labrador City

2:45 | Networking Refreshment Break
3:00 | Caribou and Future Mine Development

Isabelle Schmelzer PhD
Senior Biologist – Terrestrial Ecologist
Research Section / Wildlife Division
Department of Environment and Conservation

  • Update on population and status of all Newfoundland and Labrador caribou herds
  • General caribou management tools and approaches
  • Potential land use implications to effective caribou management and sustainability
  • Challenges to both the conservation authority (government) and industry
3:45 | Update on the Restoration of Labrador Exploration Sites (ROLES) Project

Kaylen Janes
Manager, Environmental Affairs and Community Relations
Altius Minerals Ltd.

The ROLES Project aims to clean up abandoned mineral exploration sites in Labrador. This project is being initiated by Altius Minerals in collaboration with several industry partners, government, and aboriginal communities.

4:30 | Closing Remarks by Co-chairs and Day One Program Adjourns

October 22, 2015

8:15 | Coffee and Continental Breakfast
9:00 | Co-chairs’ Opening Remarks
9:15 | Land Use Planning: Coordination and Cooperation Among First Nations

Moderator:
Larry Innes
Partner
Olthuis, Kleer, Townshend LLP

Mark Nui
Grand Chief
Innu Nation

Jobie Tukkiapik
President
Makivik Corporation

10:15 | Networking Coffee Break
10:30 | Asset Optimization: Protecting Your Capital Investments

Neil Montgomery
Associate Director
Centre for Maintenance Optimization & Reliability Engineering (C-MORE)

  • Diagnosing an asset’s state of health, and prognosis of its remaining useful life (RUL)
  • Proportional hazards modeling to pinpoint the key risk factors
  • Overview of economic perspective and a specified definition of failure
11:15 | Health and Environmental Mining Updates on Quebec Operations

Ugo Lapointe
Canadian Program Coordinator
Mining Watch Canada

  • Large open pit mine issues, particularly within inhabited areas (health, environment)
  • New Quebec mining and environmental legislations
  • Uranium & Rare Earth mining in Quebec: some issues & challenges
12:00 | Networking Luncheon
1:00 | Tata Steel Minerals Canada’s DSO Project in Labrador and Quebec

Praveen Jha
Vice President, Operations
Tata Steel Minerals Canada Ltd.

Coco Calderhead
Manager, Community Affairs
Tata Steel Minerals Canada Ltd.

  • Cooperation, commitment and coordination with Aboriginal groups
  • Meeting permitting and regulatory requirements in a unique context
2:00 | Rare Earth Mining in Northern Quebec – Challenges and Benefits

Dirk Naumann, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Development
Quest Rare Minerals Ltd.

  • Rare earth: application and use, importance for sustainable economies
  • Global market, alternatives to the Chinese monopoly
  • Strange Lake resource
  • Mining and processing of rare earth from hard rock, cost competitive and environmentally friendly
  • Building the value chain for rare earth applications, creating benefits for the northern communities
2:45 | Networking Coffee Break
3:00 | Mineral Exploration Approvals in Newfoundland and Labrador

Heather Rafuse
Exploration Approvals and Land Use Geologist
Mineral Lands Division
Department of Natural Resources

  • The history of the development of the mineral exploration permitting process in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Current process for mineral exploration permitting
  • Some land use issues facing the permitting process in Newfoundland and Labrador today
3:45 | Closing Remarks and Conference Concludes

Registration Fee:

Conference Price Total
Aboriginal Community and Public Sector Registration $1,695.00 + taxes
Standard Registration $2,095.00 + taxes

Register online now

SPECIAL OFFER: Send 4 people for the price of 3!

Register 3 delegates for the main conference at regular price at the same time and you’re entitled to register a fourth person from your organization at no charge. For other group discounts, please call 1-888-777-1707. All discounts must be redeemed when booking, discounts will not be valid or applied after this time.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

A refund (less an administration fee of $500 plus taxes) will be made if notice of cancellation is received in writing six weeks before the event. We regret that no refund will be given after this period. A substitute delegate is welcome at any time.

PRIVACY POLICY:

By registering for this conference, Insight Information will send you further information relating to this event. In addition, you may receive by mail, telephone, facsimile or e-mail information regarding other relevant products and services from either Insight Information OR third parties with whom we partner. If you do not wish to receive such information from either Insight or third parties, please inform us by email at privacy@alm.com or by telephone at 1 888 777-1707.

Venue and Hotel Reservations: The Comfort Inn Airport is located at 106 Airport Road, St. John’s, NL A1A 4Y3.  For overnight accommodation, please contact theComfort Inn Airport at (709) 753-3500. A block of rooms will be held until October 2, 2015 at a special rate of $135 per night, please mention Insight Mining Forum.

Lieu et réservation des chambres d’hôtel : Le Comfort Inn Airport est situé au 106 Airport Road, St. John’s, NL A1A 4Y3.  Si vous désirez réserver une chambre pour la nuit, veuillez communiquez avec le Comfort Inn Airport au (709) 753-3500.  Des chambres seront retenues jusqu’au le 2 octobre, 2015 à un tarif spécial de 135$ par nuit. Merci de mentionner Insight Mining Forum.

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