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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 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 »

Publication: CIM Magazine

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 »

Publication: CIM Magazine

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 »

Publication: Innovation

Meet the EGBC President, Dr. Katherina Tarnai-Lokhorst

Engineering Positive Relationships Through Collaboration After declaring to her father at a young age that she wanted to be a singer, Dr. Katharina Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., FEC, the new president for Engineers and Geoscientists BC, followed his advice and identified a profession to support her singing hobby: engineering. And, her connection with a fellow engineer who... Read more »

Publication: Innovation

Modular Housing

Engineering solutions for British Columbians experiencing homelessness Community leaders across British Columbia are calling for solutions to the growing homelessness issue in which more people each year find themselves without stable housing. In early 2017, 3,605 people were found to be experiencing homelessness in Metro Vancouver, and 1,387 homeless people were counted in Great Victoria... Read more »

Mining Genomics for Solutions

BC Projects Harness Gene-Mapping Technologies to Overcome Mining Challenges When the human genome was sequenced 17 years ago, fe people in the mining and exploration industry could have suspected that, less than two decades later, the same technologies would be used to improve existing processes and develop new ways to clean up mine-affected waters, extract... Read more »

Publication: Innovation

Improving Flood Preparedness for British Columbians

APEGBC engineers and geoscientists are helping communities in British Columbia prepare for hazardous flood events. Armed with new guidelines, professionals are optimizing the most current information and technologies available – including climate change projections – to map flood hazards, assess risks, and communicate them to communities. In May 2017 APEGBC released the professional practice guidelines,... Read more »

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 »

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