Article Type: Feature article

Publication: CIM Magazine

Less is more

The retrofit at Rio Tinto’s Kitimat operation has the smelter producing more without an increased footprint In 2011, Rio Tinto announced plans to modernize the 60-year-old Kitimat Aluminum Smelter in north-central British Columbia. Four years and $ 6 billion later, construction of the new smelter was complete. The plant has been operating at full capacity... Read more »

Publication: Innovation

A Long Road to Gender Equity in Mining

Initiatives Promote Industry-Wide Culture Changes, But Barriers Remain When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded “Because it’s 2015” to a journalist who asked why it was important that half of his newly appointed cabinet was female, the comment made international headlines. Canada had joined the handful of countries whose leadership was representative of the population itself,... Read more »

Publication: CIM Magazine

Clear and clean

Monitor, share, innovate, reduce and repeat. This is the new water cycle for mines. Access to water is a growing global humanitarian and environmental challenge. In the latest World Economic Forum Global Risks Report, water crises ranked fifth in terms of global impact. Competing demands for water will result in food crises, large-scale involuntary migration and... Read more »

Publication: Innovation

Questions From the Grenfell Tower Fire: Could it Happen in BC?

The world looked on in horror as the Grenfell Tower fire in West London, England, claimed 71 lives and injured many more in June 2017. Several hundred occupants lived in the 129 social housing flats in the recently refurbished 24-storey building. Similar cladding materials to the newly-installed aluminum composite panels on the outside of the... Read more »

Publication: Canadian Mining and Energy

Bob Joseph on resources, respect and relationships with Aboriginal Peoples

Bob Joseph’s courses have helped governments and businesses build respectful working relationships with Aboriginal Peoples. The son of a hereditary chief, Bob Joseph is a master trainer in indigenous and aboriginal relations. Over the past 20 years, his courses have helped governments and businesses build respectful working relationships with Aboriginal Peoples in Canada and around... Read more »

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The growing pains of supply chain certification

Supply chain transparency programs need work to address challenges faced by artisanal miners, experts say German carmaker Daimler promised it would investigate its supply chain and joined the Responsible Cobalt Initiative in early May in response to growing concern about child labour in Congolese cobalt mines. The company, which owns Mercedes-Benz, uses cobalt in its electric car... Read more »

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Sharper shooters

Rugged, sensitive and well connected handheld technologies make for better decisions in the field Just a decade ago, a handheld point-and-shoot x-ray fluorescence (XRF) instrument was considered a cool but rare toy to play with in the field on a remote greenfield exploration project. If held in place long enough, it would detect a small... Read more »

Publication: CIM Magazine

One size doesn’t fit all

Saskatchewan Research Council cleans up abandoned uranium mines Operations at the Gunnar uranium mine in northern Saskatchewan stopped abruptly in 1964 with little to no decommissioning. The miners simply stopped work and walked away. Over the previous decade, the open pit and underground workings yielded tonnes of uranium ore that was refined on site and... Read more »

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The closer

Anglo American’s head of mine closure planning, Carl Grant, says managing mine closure throughout its life is the best way to reduce liability later The highlight of Carl Grant’s career has been obtaining a closure certificate for Alcoa’s first bauxite mine at Jarrahdale in southern Western Australia. “The mine closed in 2001 and we obtained... Read more »