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Northern Ontario Mining Showcase

Speaker Series

Guest speakers within the Mining Showcase pavilion at PDAC 2023.

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Daryl Adams


1:00PM - 1:30PM

Remote Mining Exploration

Introducing the Fat Truck - an amphibious off-road vehicle for mining and hydro sectors, with a hydrostatic drivetrain, 5000lbs payload, and safety several safety features, built in Canada, reliable and efficient for reducing time and cost in the mining exploration sector.

Marcus Thomson

SafeBox Systems

1:30pm - 1:45pm

Remote Lockouts for Mining

Learn how our novel technology enhances the lockout process through an automated remote safety system thereby protecting workers against accidental energization when working on equipment and mitigating risks associated with errors and costly downtime requirements.

Charles Nybeze

Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation

1:45pm - 2:15pm

Accelerating the Institutionalization of Implemented Innovations in Mining

This presentation will discuss Key Success Factors (KSF) that enable the adoption and institutionalization of an implemented innovation in mining.

Kevin Fitzgerald

B2B Industrial, Inc.

2:30pm - 2:45pm

How to Pivot / Create a new Market with Existing IP’s or, “The Honey Quest”

In this business case presentation, you will hear how B2B Industrial Inc developed a customized solution utilizing recycled materials to achieve a cost minimization of approximately 50% by utilizing and integrating our original Blasting Mats Patents expertise while adding data aspects and Carbon Credit generation.

Monday, March 6, 2023

Bruno Lalonde

NSS Canada

10:45am - 11:15am

Optimizing Industry Partnerships to Attract the Future Generation

This presentation will showcase a comparison study on the work NSS has done with our MOSS & MOSS AR systems with Technica Mining and Dynamic Earth on the Go Deeper Project. The study will highlight the demand from the mining industry for implementing new technologies to improve technical work and rethink traditional workflows.

Ash Agarwal

Symboticware Announcement

11:30am - 11:45am

New Partnership Announcement

Join Greg Rickford, Ontario Minister of Northern Development, Viviane Lapointe, MP, Paul Lefebvre, Mayor of Greater Sudbury and the Symboticware team, for a big announcement that is about to change how miners enable efficiency, safety and sustainability on their sites across the world.We've got something special planned. Get excited for what Symboticware has in store for the years to come.

Moderator: Ash AgarwalPanelists: Paramita Das, Nelson Bodnarchuk, JC Belair

Communications & Technology Panel

11:55am - 12:25pm

Adopting Communications Technology for the Advancement of Mine Development

Join representatives from Rio Tinto, Torex Gold Resources and Agnico Eagle Detour Lake Mine as they discuss the importance of adopting new communications technology in mine development

Andrew Palangio


1:30pm - 1:45pm

Applying Deep Learning to Mine & Mill Productivity

We will discuss the application of new Ai, Deep Learning and Machine Learning technologies and how they now benefit mine and mill operations improving personnel safety, reducing environmental impact, increasing productivity, optimizing efficiency and creating a more sustainable future.

Trinidad Carmona

Drillco Mining and Exploration

1:45pm - 2:00pm

Opportunities for the METS companies in the transition to net zero

The world is rapidly changing, driven by the goal of net zero emissions & reliable clean energy. The shortage of minerals, such as copper, lithium & others, may hamper this transition. Chile is a key mining destination with the largest copper and second-largest lithium reserves. The country has increased mineral exploration investment & its METS sector is driving innovation in mining. Chile offers opportunities for Chilean METS companies to expand and international companies to bring their tech.

Stephen Gravel

Cambrian College Centre for Smart Mining

2:00pm - 2:15pm

Cambrian's New Battery Electric Vehicle Lab

Get an overview of the business case for Cambrian's new electric powertrain development and testing lab along with planned activities and benefits. Learn how industry will utilize the space to get critical performance data on electric powertrains and how the lab will be help to provide a pipeline of highly skilled talent to the mining sector.

Drew Duquette

Ontario Northland

2:15pm - 2:30pm

Container Shipping - Moving Goods to and from Northern Ontario by Rail

Ontario Northland is introducing container shipping to Northern Ontario with an intermodal rail hub being established in Cochrane, Ontario. Shipping goods by containers reduces handling and is a convenient shipping solution for businesses.

Derek Koziol

J.L. Richards & Associates Limited

2:30pm - 2:45pm

Completing projects for Northern Ontario from Northern Ontario

This presentation will dive into how JLR's 50 years of experience working in Northern Ontario benefits its clients due to the company's in-depth understanding of local regulatory requirements, climatic requirements, experience at historical sites, and client expectations and relationships.

Ryan Lipcsei

Ministry of Northern Development

3:15pm - 3:30pm

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Funding Programs

Ministry of Northern Development will provide information on business support programs available to Northern Ontario businesses or for businesses looking to expand into the Northern region of Ontario within the Mining Supply and Service sector.

Moderator: Paul Finley

Panelists: Cameron Moser, Meredith Armstrong, Bruno Lalonde

MineConnect - Hiring Internationally-Trained Workers

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Recruiting Talent from Abroad

Learn how programs provided through Access Employment and the Rural and Northern Immigration Partnership can help you find internationally trained professionals to help meet your HR needs. During this presentation, you will also hear from NSS Canada who will provide a first-hand account from the employer's perspective.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Kyle McCall

Ontario Centre of Innovation

10:30am - 10:45am

Digital Modernization and Adoption Program (DMAP)

Learn about this new program from OCI that provides funding to SMEs to inform and procure the adoption of new technologies into your operations.

Ashley Larose

Science North | Dynamic Earth

10:45am - 11:00am

Go Deeper at Dynamic Earth

Learn the ins and outs of Dynamic Earth's exciting expansion project!

Dr. Nadia Mykytczuk, Gord Gilpin, Minister Greg Rickford


11:00am - 12:00pm

Special Announcement

Join the teams from Vale and MIRARCO for an exciting partnership announcement!

Gus Minor


12:00pm - 12:15pm

Transforming Safety Through Digital Engagement

Learn how we have successfully combined simple and easy-to-use applications while leveraging digital tools and data to unlock a new level of adoption, engagement, and culture of safety.

Eric Maag


12:15pm - 12:30pm

Functional collaboration - building a start-up with innovative products in Northern Ontario

This presentation is about the journey of CoreLift™, a start-up in the mining service and supply sector and the importance of functional and equitable partnerships.

Kevin Ballantyne

Copius Insights

12:30pm - 12:45pm

Leaving Your Mount Everest

The importance of and the steps to take to properly plan your transition out of your business, so you are not left frozen in it.

Trina Hayden


12:45pm - 1:00pm

A New Kind of Training for the Next Generation of Miners

Learn meaningful insights and hear real feedback from NORCAT students and trainers that validates the efficacy of blended learning models; combining in class instruction, e-learning, virtual reality (VR) and simulations on mining equipment with in-the-field, hands-on competency evaluation in a unique new way.

Marc Brunet

Jannatec Technologies

1:00pm - 1:15pm

Proximity Detection and Collision Avoidance in Mining

Introduction to the differences between a Proximity Detection System and a Collision Avoidance System. Review the different levels being discussed by EMESRT (Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table), specifically Levels 7, 8, and 9 and how they relate to installations in mining.

Maria Story

Story Environmental Inc.

1:15pm - 1:30pm

Interpretation of Water Quality Data as Analytical Method Detection Limits Continue to be Reduced

Mining companies are required, by environmental regulations and Environmental Compliance Approvals, to sample and analyse effluent, surface water, and groundwater. Laboratories, that analyse these samples, have worked diligently to reduce analytical method detection limits to very low concentrations. The interpretation of these low-level concentrations will be discussed.

Neha Singh, Nicole Poitras

PACE. Global

1:45pm - 2:00pm
Digital Adoption

Nicole Poitras, CPA and Neha T. Singh, CMP to learn how to motivate your management team and take your business to the next level

Jason Thompson, Anthony Clark, Mark Hinz and Doug Engdahl

All 3 Innovation, Superior Strategies, Warrior Supplies and Axiom Group

2:00pm - 2:30pm

Special Announcement

Join the teams from All3 Innovation and Axiom Group for an exciting partnership announcement!

Moderators: Paul Finley, Daniel MisianoPanelists: Anthony Pace, François Belle-Isle, Pam Schwann, Alec Morrison, Mike Burke, Tom Hoefer

MineConnect - Advanced Projects Across Canada

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Advanced Mining Projects Across Canada

Join our representatives from Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan British Columbia, Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut as they provide updates on new and upcoming mining activity across Canada.

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Julien Paluku Kahongya

Mine Africa

9:30pm - 9:45pm

Mining Activity in Africa - The DRC

This presentation will provide insight into mining activity in Africa with a special focus on the DRC region.

Zhandos Termigali

Kazakh Invest

9:45am - 10:00am

Why Kazakhstan: Investment Opportunities at the Heart of Eurasia

Get the latest updates on mining in Kazakhstan and benefits for Canadian companies interested in the market.

Tsolmon Gonchig

Mongolian National Mining Association & Trigteq

10:00am - 10:15am

Investing in Mongolia with Trigteq

Get the latest updates on mining in Mongolia, including a geological overview, and benefits for Canadian companies interested in the market.

Eldor Mannopov

Honorary Consul of Canada to Uzbekistan

10:15am - 10:30am

10:15 - 10:30 Eldor Mannopov, Honorary Consul of Canada to Uzbekistan and ManReforms in Mining Sector of Uzbekistan

Get the latest updates on mining in Uzbekistan, including a geological overview, and benefits for Canadian companies interested in the market.

David Alberto Montenegro Cabrera

Servicio Nacional de Geología y Minería Chile (SERNAGEOMIN)

10:30am - 10:45am

Chile's Mining Potential

Learn about current and emerging opportunities in Chile's mining sector.

Kati McCartney, Brianne Valdes

Women in Mining Sudbury

10:45am - 11:15am

The Future of Women in Mining

March 8th is International Women's Day! Join us as we discuss and celebrate a future where the possibilities, opportunities and dreams are the same for all, regardless of gender.