Minerals North Conference 2017

Prince George BC

Apr 25 - 28, 2017

Minerals North 2017 Mining and Exploration conference

April 25-27, 2017

Prince George, BC

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Brent Murphy

Vice President, Seabridge Gold

Bio: R. Brent Murphy is Vice President, Environmental Affairs for Seabridge Gold. For the past eight years, Brent has led the environmental permitting strategy for the company's key projects, including the KSM Project located in northern British Columbia. He was instrumental in leading the technical and social teams that obtained the federal and provincial environmental assessment approvals for KSM in 2014. Brent is a former exploration geologist who holds a M.Sc. in Geology from Acadia University. Prior to joining Seabridge Gold, he was the chief environmental officer for the EKATI Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories of Canada and has held roles as permitting advisor to the Federal and Territorial governments. Over the past 30 years, Brent has developed extensive experience in indigenous public and government engagement in support of the social acceptance of resource extraction projects and has successfully participated in the permitting of several North American-based mining projects.

Bruce Madu

Vice President, Minerals and Mining, Geoscience BC

Bio: Bruce is Vice-President of Minerals and Mining, Geoscience BC in Vancouver, BC. Over the past 28 years, he has worked in public service positions throughout the province as a professional geologist and held senior positions in minerals, land and water management. In his current capacity at Geoscience BC, Bruce leads the generation of earth science information in collaboration with First Nations, the resource sector, universities, governments, and communities. Geoscience BC is a publically-funded organization and this information is delivered to the public to encourage investment and enable informed land use decisions for the benefit of all British Columbians. Previously, Bruce held the position of Director, British Columbia Geological Survey and led the Mineral Development Office in Vancouver. The office is a source of mineral and coal resource information, a leader in the promotion of minerals opportunities domestically and internationally, and follows issues impacting the health of the sector. Bruce coordinated trade and investment missions to China, Japan, Korea, India, the USA and the United Kingdom.

Bryan Cox

Vice President, Corporate Affairs, MABC

Bio: Bryan Cox joined MABC as Vice President of Corporate Affairs in 2014, bringing a wealth of experience in government relations, public affairs, and stakeholder engagement. In his role at MABC, Bryan is responsible for developing and implementing industry strategies regarding regulatory, external relations and communications activities including, taxation and infrastructure, environmental policies, First Nations engagement, workforce needs, health and safety, and the association’s implementation of the Towards Sustainable Mining Program. Prior to joining MABC, Bryan spent seven years in the brewing industry in progressively senior roles including Vice President, Western Canada at Canada’s National Brewers, where he was responsible for managing the regulatory and public affairs agenda for Canada’s largest brewers across the four western provinces. Before joining the private sector, Bryan spent several years with the Government of British Columbia in senior roles across several key ministries. Bryan is the Chair of the Mining Sector Advisory Group at the BC Industry Training Authority and on the Steering Committees of Mining for Miracles, the BC Centre of Training Excellence in Mining, and the British Columbia Business Council’s NEXT Leaders Council

Jayson Kurtz

Biologist/Project Manager, Ecofish Research Ltd.

Bio: Jayson is a fisheries biologist, environmental management specialist, and project manager and has worked in industry, private consulting and Government since 1992. He has a comprehensive background in regulatory permitting, environmental assessment, environmental inspection/monitoring, and baseline studies with expertise in pipelines, roads, hydroelectric, mines, and other development projects. Mr Kurtz has a strong regulatory background, having worked in as a habitat biologist and manager with Fisheries and Oceans Canada for over 12 years. He routinely evaluated proponent and consultant reports, including construction management and mitigation plans, wrote Fisheries Act Authorizations and Canadian Environmental Assessment Act CEAA Screening Reports, and completed compliance inspections and enforcement actions. He is also knowledgeable in National Energy Board, BC Environmental Assessment Office, BC Oil and Gas Commission, Water Act, Mines Act, and other Provincial permitting processes. Jayson also understand proponent’s needs. He has supported clients’ through environmental assessments and permitting as well as applied construction management and monitoring. Recently, he was the lead environmental inspector for the Chevron PTP LNG pipeline and has on-the-ground environmental monitoring experience on other pipeline, marine and road construction projects. In his various roles, Jayson has seen successful (and less successful) approaches to project approval and environmental mitigation from the perspectives of proponents, regulators, First Nations and the public.

Cedric Robert

Lead, Construction Environmental Management, Ecofish Research Ltd.

Bio: Cedric is a Sr. Environmental Management Specialist and Project Manager at Ecofish Research Ltd., with more than 15 years of applied experience. He leads the Construction Environmental Management and Monitoring (CEMM) Group. Prior to joining Ecofish, he formed a successful environmental consulting firm, ECODynamic Solutions (EDS) Inc., leading the group to become recognized experts in third party environmental management and monitoring services with expertise in providing compliance/assurance inspections to developers throughout the province. Throughout his career, Cedric has provided Independent Environmental Monitoring (IEM) services for the construction of 10 hydropower projects in the clean energy sector, and for BC Hydro on the John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project (in progress). Cedric has a strong technical background in environmental sciences, which he combines with years of applied construction monitoring experience (primary and third party) to provide construction environmental management advice to government (FLNRO, EAO, DFO), industry, non-profit organizations (CEBC), and First Nations. One of his key strengths is developing and maintaining strong, trust-based relationships with clients and agencies alike. His past experience includes delivering courses in erosion and sediment control, electrofishing, fish identification, and field techniques for fisheries assessments with Vancouver Island University, and he has worked with industry, First Nations, community groups, and all levels of government

Chad Day

President, Tahltan Central Government

Bio: President Chad Norman Day of the Tahltan Central Government Chad grew up in Northwestern British Columbia between Smithers, BC and the Tahltan community where his father was born and raised in Telegraph Creek. Like many Tahltan people, Chad grew up with both his parents being employed in the mining industry. During his several years in university, Chad was primarily employed at mine exploration camps in Tahltan Territory during his summer holidays. Chad has a Bachelor of Arts in First Nation Studies and Political Science through the University of Alberta (2010), as well as a Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Victoria (2014). Shortly after his graduation from law school, Chad was nominated to become the President of the Tahltan Nation’s central government and was resoundingly elected in the summer of 2014 shortly after his 27th birthday. This made Chad the youngest elected leader in Tahltan History. Thereafter, Chad quickly lead his people through several successful negotiations with the Province, Industry and neighbouring First Nations. He also established several new departments within the central government and changed the name to what it is today - the Tahltan Central Government (TCG). He has become well known for being a diligent, collaborative and creative leader that knows how to communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders as he has navigated through difficult issues facing the Tahltan people. He has spent considerable time improving governance and the communication that the TCG has within the Tahltan Nation and with others. Chad was successfully re-elected in his second term as President of the TCG this past July and will be serving a three-year term until the summer of 2019. He loves working with the growing TCG team he has assembled and spends the majority of his time in Dease Lake, Smithers and Vancouver. Although Chad takes enormous pride in his groundbreaking work as the President of the TCG, he is most proud of his role as an active and loving single father to his four children that reside in Smithers. He has three boys and a daughter who belong to both the Tahltan and Wet’suwet’en Nations.

Chris Rockingham

V.P. Development, AuRico Metals

Bio: Chris Rockingham has been in the exploration business for over 30 years in various geological, geographic and cultural settings in North and South America. For the last ten years, he has had a keen interest in and involvement with community relations as it pertains to the mining industry. Prior to Kemess Underground, he was involved in the Young Davidson mine in Northern Ontario that went from due diligence to production in six years during which time he supervised the exploration program and negotiated two Impact Benefit Agreements. Chris has been associated with Kemess since 2003 and he led the team that discovered the Kemess East Deposit for which they were awarded the Spud Heustis Award for Excellence in Mineral Exploration. Since 2010, when the Kemess Underground Project was first conceived, Chris has been working with the Tse Keh Nay First Nations to create a positive working relationship between the Frist Nations and the company in the form of an Impact Benefit Agreement. Chris has a Master of Science degree in Geology from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.

Debra Stokes

Sustainability Specialist, Extractives Industry, TBL Consultants Ltd.

Bio: Ms. Stokes is a Sustainability Specialist with over 20 years of experience in stakeholder engagement, resource management, and project management. Ms. Stokes has worked in the natural resource extraction industry her entire career and has gained significant experience in the mining, oil and gas, forestry and fishing sectors. Her key expertise is in working with indigenous peoples to build capacity in their understanding of the resource extraction industries, assist with developing social and environmental mitigation and compensation measures that work, and facilitate in maximizing benefits from project development. In 2013, Ms. Stokes returned to the academic realm to research how boom and bust dynamics can be moderated, and how vulnerable peoples like indigenous peoples can benefit from large resource developments. She is a Registered Professional Biologist in the Province of British Columbia, Canada.

Glen Wonder

Vice President, Technical and Government Affairs, Association for Mineral Exploration

Bio: Glen’s current role is Vice President, Technical and Government Affairs for the Association for Mineral Exploration (AME). He represents the interests of the 5000 members of AME BC in government and international affairs, Aboriginal relations, regulatory matters, land use and access issues, taxation and mineral exploration financing issues. Glen has also worked in business development and operations management for an engineering firm, Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability for Terrane Metals Corporation in charge regulatory approvals for the Mount Milligan Gold and Copper Mine, now owned and operated by Centerra Gold. Glen also held senior positions in the Government of BC’s Mining and Minerals Division. Prior to his mining career Glen worked in the forest industry in government, the private sector and as a self-employed consultant. Glen has a BSc. in Forestry (U of Alberta 1985), and a Master of Business Administration (Royal Roads 2005). He maintains Registered Professional Forester Status, with focused practice in land access and management issues, Aboriginal relations and regulatory affairs. He is currently the volunteer Chair of the Board of Directors for the Duz Cho Group of Companies, the wholly owned logging, construction and sawmilling companies of the McLeod Lake Indian Band. He is a former Director of the Canadian Institute of Mining – North Central BC Chapter and a committee member of Minerals North Conference Association Committee. Glen splits his time between the communities of Prince George and in Vancouver, and frequently visits other parts of Canada for work duties.

Kosta Sainis

Environmental Superintendent, Centerra Gold

Bio: Mr. Sainis is a registered professional engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of British Columbia. After spending time in the downstream oil & gas and the pulp & paper industries, Mr. Sainis made his way into mining, where he currently resides as the Environmental Superintendent of what he likes to call "The Greatest Mine on Earth": Endako Mine. A member of the site's management team, Mr. Sainis has actively been involved in various aspects of mining from permitting, operations management, to reclamation & closure planning. A former MABC Environmental Committee Chair and Co-chair, Mr. Sainis holds a degree in biology from the University of Northern British Columbia and is a graduate from the first environmental engineering class from the joint UNBC & UBC engineering program. In 2016 he completed his MBA from UNBC, and because his fiancée isn't receptive to him pursuing a PHD (and eventually wants kids), he agreed to adopt two kittens to buy him some time, and decided to pick up the violin again after a near 20 year hiatus to satiate his love for learning and further drive his fiancée crazy.

Natasha Bush

Project Manager and Ecologist, EcoLogic

Bio: Natasha is an Ecologist and Project Manager with EcoLogic Consultants. Natasha originates from Lac La Hache where her experience in ranching and forestry provided the framework for her career in environmental consulting. As an Ecologist at EcoLogic, Natasha specializes in environmental assessment and works with proponents, communities, First Nation leadership and members, and government to create studies and assessments that are well planned at the design phase. Natasha has been involved in many of the major mining developments in BC, the Arctic and Saskatchewan and has worked on over 15 environmental assessments in the last 10 years. Natasha assists proponents in designing for the future, getting it right the first time, and tailoring data collection programs to address perceived and potential issues. Her approach focuses on evaluating potential effects at spatial and temporal scales that are ecologically relevant, engaging local communities and First Nation members and government early in the process, and on the providing mitigation that is ecologically sound, culturally appropriate, and technically achievable.

Paul Jago

Regional Geologist (Northcentral-Northeast), BC with the Ministry of Energy & Mines

Bio: Paul Jago is the Regional Geologist for the Northcentral and Northeast regions of BC with the Ministry of Energy & Mines. Paul is a UBC graduate where he was enrolled in the Mineral Deposit Research Unit. Seasonal Greenfield work with mineral exploration companies in north-central BC was followed by several years of brownfield exploration with Freeport-McMoRan in the southwestern U.S. A paper summarizing his Master’s thesis on the Mt. Milligan Porphyry copper-gold deposit was published in 2014 by the Society of Economic Geologists. Paul has been in the role of Regional Geologist since 2012.

Rob Shives

Vice President, Exploration EnGold

Bio: Rob graduated from Carleton University in 1979 and spent the next 5 years finding uranium and gold in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. He then joined the Geological Survey of Canada’s Airborne Geophysics Section, applying gamma-ray and magnetic data to exploration for diverse commodities, becoming Section Head in mid-1990. He left GSC in 2007 to consult, providing a full range of services to industrial clients. He has published hundreds of Open Files, papers/posters and several workshop manuals and contributes annually to conference workshops and graduate courses at universities. Rob is President of GamX Inc, and is Vice President Exploration for EnGold Mines Ltd, exploring for gold, silver and copper within British Columbia’s Quesnel Trough.

Steve Robertson

Vice President Corporate Affairs, Imperial Metals Corp

Bio: Steve is Vice President Corporate Affairs of Imperial Metals Corporation, a Vancouver based company active in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of base and precious metals in British Columbia. He has worked in the Canadian mining exploration sector for twenty eight years and has been working with Imperial Metals since 1993. His responsibilities include matters relating to government relations, community relations, aboriginal affairs and corporate communications. Earlier major rolls with Imperial include exploration manager overseeing exploration of Red Chris copper-gold porphyry deposit, Mount Polley copper-gold deposit, Silvertip lead-zinc-silver project, the Giant Copper copper-gold-silver project and serving as a mine geologist at Goldstream copper-zinc mine, all in British Columbia. Steve received a BSc Geology (1989) from the University of Alberta. He is active in the mining community having formerly served as director for AME BC and on the Geoscience BC technical advisory committee for many years and was a founding director of BC Aboriginal Mine Training Association. He was awarded the 2016 E.A. Scholz award for excellence in mine development for his leadership role in development of the Red Chris mine.

Tim Bekhuys

Director Blackwater Project, New Gold Inc

Bio: Tim Bekhuys is a mining environmental and social responsibility specialist at New Gold and is the Director for the Blackwater Project in central BC. New Gold is a mid-tier Gold producing company with offices in Vancouver and Toronto and producing mines in Australia, Mexico, and California; in addition to the Rainy River Project in Ontario which is currently under construction and advancing the Blackwater Project through the Environmental Assessment process. Prior to joining New Gold, Tim worked for 30 years in permitting and CSR for mining projects located in Africa, Asia, South and North America. He is a 2016 recipient of the Clean50 award for Canadian leadership in sustainable development and clean capitalism.

Blair Craft

Senior Systems Manager, AscenTech

Bio: Blair is a Chief Systems Manager of Unix and Microsoft Windows server infrastructure with over 20 years’ project planning and management experience. He has developed integral systems for Northern Health, University of Northern BC and Prince George United Way. His programming skills are quite extensive and he enjoys sharing his knowledge by teaching students in the PDIT Program at the College of New Caledonia. In his free time, Blair enjoys spending time with his children and going for long rides on his motorcycle.

Gary Tipper

Regional Sales Mgr., SkyTEM Surveys

Bio: - More than 30 years of professional experience in geophysics and more than 20 years in International Business Development of Airborne and Ground Geophysical Surveys worldwide. - Responsible for developing new markets for Airborne geophysics for Mineral, Petroleum and Environmental applications. - Negotiations with Governments and large private Institutions for developing and implementing exploration strategies - Established new business units in South America, MENA and North America - Coordination and management of large airborne and ground geophysical projects globally - Joined SkyTEM surveys in 2014 and opened regional sales office in Dubai - Currently SkyTEM Regional Sales Manager for Western Canada/USA, Central and South America

Kevin Torpy

General Manager, Brucejack Mine, Pretium Resources Inc.

Bio: Kevin has over 20 years of experience developing underground mines, primarily in remote northern locations. He was previously Project Mine Engineer with Silver Standard Resources where he managed the mining portion of various studies for projects in Mexico and South America. As Technical Services Superintendent for Coeur d’Alene Mines’ Kensington Project near Juneau, Alaska, Kevin managed the detailed engineering and underground development workforce and a mining contractor during construction, As Operations Engineer at Teck’s Pogo Mine in Northern Alaska, he helped to manage the operation of a remote camp and underground development program and work on the feasibility study. He was also Project engineer for JS Redpath during a shaft excavation project in Wyoming. Kevin holds a B.S. in mining engineering from Montana Tech.

Trevor Fedyk

President, Global Resource Design Inc.

Bio: Trevor is currently the President and CEO at GRDi, and has 37 years of experience in industries including mining, forest products and oil and gas. As a former electrical maintenance manager for a major mining company, Trevor has experience in both underground and open pit mining applications, as well as smelting and metal ore processing.

Gianni Kovacevic

Keynote Speaker

Bio: “Realistic Environmentalist, "Scientist", Humanitarian & Story Teller Gianni Kovacevic has enlightened audiences around the world with his unique insights into wide ranging topics such as modern energy, the rise of the new spending class and how the environment and investment often go hand-in-hand. With over 20,000 hours of combined research, he is a sought-after commentator to these themes and an established expert on copper and its applications. An avid proponent of "realistic environmentalism", he is frequently interviewed by the media with his unique way of applying the algebraic way of thinking to solving global problems. In his book, "My Electrician Drives a Porsche?", Gianni shares how his related study of the World's unstoppable trends of changing demographics, technology and the changing energy mix were the catalyst to having coined such phrases as 'realistic environmentalism', 'Prague syndrome' and 'The 4% Club'.

Garth Frizzell

Part-time Instructor, UNBC - University of Northern British Columbia

Jason Jones

Ecologist, EcoLogic Consultants

Joanna Miller

Community Relations, Centerra Gold Inc.

Moriah Ofordu

Brand, Marketing & Communications Specialist, Brand and Sector, EY

Mayor Lori Acherman

Mayor, Fort St. John


Taryn Cutler

Thomas Bauer

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