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I’ve written about the role tiny bacteria play in mine site reclamation to billion-dollar deals between giant mining equipment companies. I’ve covered gold, copper, rare earth metals, diamonds, coal and industrial minerals. I’ve interviewed First Nations leaders about Liquefied Natural Gas pipelines in British Columbia, asked artisanal miners about alternative occupations in Colombia, and quizzed geophysicists using next-generation techniques to find deep ore deposits in South Africa. Sometimes, all in the same week!

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Publication: CIM Magazine

The growing pains of supply chain certification

Supply chain transparency programs need work to address challenges faced by artisanal miners, experts say By Kylie Williams 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... Read more »

Publication: CIM Magazine

One size doesn’t fit all

Saskatchewan Research Council cleans up abandoned uranium mines By Kylie Williams 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... Read more »

Publication: CIM Magazine

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 By Kylie Williams 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... Read more »

Publication: CIM Magazine

The architect

Teck’s digital architect, Kalev Ruberg, is shaping a digital transformation By Kylie Williams 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... Read more »

Publication: CIM Magazine

Update successful

Hecla Mining’s optimization and automation efforts are paying off at its high-grade Casa Berardi mine in Quebec By Kylie Williams 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... Read more »

Publication: CIM Magazine

Small fire makes big impact at Ekati processing plant

By Kylie Williams More than 300 workers were temporarily laid off or reassigned after a fire damaged the processing plant at Dominion Diamond’s Ekati mine, located 300 kilometres north of Yellowknife, on June 23. Dominion, which also owns 40 per cent of nearby Diavik, estimated repairs would take three months and cost $25 million. The... Read more »

Publication: CIM Magazine

B.C. Government invests in expanded geological survey

By Kylie Williams Geoscience BC, a non-profit organization dedicated to generating and sharing public earth science data in British Columbia, received another $5-million investment from the provincial government in May. The funding will enable a number of new mineral, water and energy initiatives in the province, including geophysical surveys, geological mapping, energy research, water and... Read more »

Publication: CIM Magazine

Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh retires

By Kylie Williams After three challenging years at the helm of mining giant Rio Tinto, Sam Walsh will soon retire as chief executive officer. He will be replaced by Jean-Sébastien Jacques in July. Walsh took over the top job at the world’s second-largest mining company from predecessor Tom Albanese in January 2013, shortly after Rio... Read more »

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