Client: Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum

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The power of preparation, the pitch and a strong network

Stephen de Jong, on being a young entrepreneur in mining Stephen de Jong became CEO of his first exploration company at the age of 26 after making a bold pitch to the management team. Two years later, he sidestepped into the role of CEO at Integra Gold and, over the next five years, he built... Read more »

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Federal government gives $4.2 million to renewables projects at northern mines

Wind turbines and compressed air energy storage to displace diesel at Raglan and Hope Bay The federal government is investing $4.2 million in two renewable energy projects in Quebec and Nunavut to reduce reliance on fossil fuels at mines in Canada’s north. Both projects will be managed by Tugliq Energy Corporation, a renewable energy company... Read more »

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On the frontline of the push for gender equity in mining

Over a decades-long career, Barbara Caelles advocated for gender equity and developed strong networks for women in British Columbia’s mining industry. Part of our We Are Mining series As a young exploration geologist in 1970, Barbara Caelles walked out on her first job when her manager told her there were simply “no facilities” to send... 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 »

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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 »

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The architect

Teck’s digital architect, Kalev Ruberg, is shaping a digital transformation With experience spanning academia, the private sector, government and even a start-up, Kalev Ruberg came to the mining sector rather late in his career. When he arrived 12 years ago, he found a “very fractured landscape” from a technology systems point of view. “Independent development... Read more »

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Update successful

Hecla Mining’s optimization and automation efforts are paying off at its high-grade Casa Berardi mine in Quebec When Hecla Mining made its bid for Casa Berardi in 2013, part of its pitch to Aurizon’s shareholders was the expertise that the then-120-year-old company had in underground hard rock mining at its operations in Idaho and Alaska.... Read more »