Speakers

Listed below in alphabetical order by last name

A, B, C, D, F, G, H, K, L, M, N, P, R, S, T, W, Y, Z

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Scott Anderson

Talk title: Geology and Economic Potential of the Oxford Lake–Knee Lake Greenstone Belt, Superior Province, Manitoba: New Results of Bedrock Mapping at Knee Lake
9:20 - 9:40 a.m.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Mineral Exploration and Geoscience Highlights II: Northern Superior Province session

Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson is the Acting Chief Geologist of the Precambrian Geoscience Section of the MGS. Scott obtained a B.Sc. from the University of Manitoba (1992) and a Ph.D. from Dalhousie University (1998). His Ph.D. research was focused on the tectonothermal evolution of the Laurentian margin in north-central Newfoundland. Prior to joining MGS in 2001, Scott worked four years in Mexico, conducting gold exploration as the Senior Structural Geologist for Campbell Resources Inc. His current research is focused on the tectonic and metallogenic evolution of the western Superior Province and the south margin of the Hearne craton, and the structural geology of orogenic gold deposits in the Rice Lake greenstone belt.

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Chris Beaumont-Smith

Talk title: Manitoba Mineral Exploration and Development Highlights 2015
9:40 - 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Opening session

Chris Beaumont-Smith

Chris Beaumont-Smith was recently appointed the Director of Mines Branch in the department of Mineral Resources. Chris joins Mines Branch after acting as Manager of Mineral Policy and Business Development and before that, as a mineral deposit geologist with the Manitoba Geological Survey. A New Brunswick native, Chris received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. in structural geology from the University of New Brunswick.  Before joining the Manitoba Government, Chris worked with several major Canadian gold and base metal exploration and mining companies.

 

Wouter Bleeker

Talk title: Synorogenic Gold Mineralization in Granite-Greenstone Terranes: The Deep Connection between Extension, Major Faults, Synorogenic Clastic Basins, Magmatism, Thrust Inversion, and Long-Term Preservation
9:40 - 10:00 a.m.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Mineral Exploration and Geoscience Highlights II: Northern Superior Province session

 

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Wouter Bleeker obtained degrees in geology and ore petrology from the Free University of Amsterdam, working on projects in Scandinavia. In collaboration with industry, his M.Sc. degree involved unravelling the structure, stratigraphy and mineralogy of silver-bearing phases of an ore-bearing horizon in the Bergslagen District, central Sweden. His work contributed to the discovery and economic mineral extraction of the Lovisa massive sulphide deposit. He then taught at the University of Botswana before coming to Canada. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of New Brunswick with a dissertation on the structure and stratigraphy of the Thompson Nickel Belt and its nickel sulphide deposits. He showed that the various deposits of the Thompson area are hosted by a refolded nappe structure. Unfolding of this structure demonstrated that the ore deposits occur where ultramafic sills intruded along sulphide-rich black shales and iron formations.  He has worked on the geology of the Timmins area for more than two decades, first as a researcher with Falconbridge Ltd. and later with the Geological Survey of Canada. With the GSC, and a through a number of global collaborations, he has worked on numerous Precambrian terrains and cratons around the world, notably the Slave craton.

 

Christian Böhm

Talk title: Overview of 2015 Activities of the Manitoba Geological Survey
10:00 - 10:20 a.m.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Opening session

Christian Böhm

Christian Böhm received his diploma degree in structural geology and Ph.D. in geochronology and isotope geology from ETH Zurich in Switzerland. He did post-doctoral research and teaching at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, prior to joining the Manitoba Geological Survey in 2002. In Manitoba Christian’s focus has primarily been on the Precambrian evolution of the Archean Superior and Hearne cratons using geological mapping, geochemistry, structural, isotope and geochronological methods. Since 2009 Christian has been Head of the Precambrian Mapping section, and since January 2013 Acting Director of the Manitoba Geological Survey.

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Chief M.G. Constant

Talk title: Vision and Mission of the First Nation Mining Economic Development Inc.
1:20 - 1:40 p.m.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Aboriginal Engagement session

Talk title: Creating a Future for Our People
9:20 - 9:40 a.m.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Opening session

Chief M.G. Constant

Michael Gordon Constant graduated from Joe A. Ross School in 1994. He worked as a Teacher Assistant for Opaskwayak Educational Authority until he chose to step down in 2009. Working for the youth of the community is his passion. He was elected as Councillor in 2000, serving three consecutive terms. In 2009, he was elected Chief of Opaskwayak Cree Nation, and re-elected for a third term in 2013. His political affiliated portfolios include Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Assembly of First Nations, Swampy Cree Tribal Council. He sits on the Treaty Land Entitlement Committee of Manitoba, Minister’s Mining Advisory Council, Swampy Cree Holdings, First Nation Mining Economic Development Corporation.

 

David Corrigan

Talk title: Tectonic Setting and Evolution of the Circum-Superior Belt, Trans-Hudson Orogen
1:10 - 1:40 p.m.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Geology and Mineral Potential of Manitoba’s Premier Mineral Belts: Thompson Nickel Belt short course

Talk title: Tectonic Evolution and Metallogeny of the Paleoproterozoic Trans-Hudson Orogen
1:00 - 1:20 p.m.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Mineral Exploration and Geoscience Highlights IV: Northwestern Manitoba and Thompson Nickel Belt session

David Corrigan

David Corrigan is Senior Geologist at the Geological Survey of Canada. He obtained a B.Sc. in Earth Sciences from the University of Ottawa, M.Sc. from Dalhousie University and PhD (2005) in earth sciences from Carleton University. He held a post-doctoral fellowship at Memorial University before arriving at the Geological Survey of Canada in 1997. His earlier research focused on the tectonic evolution of the Grenville Province. Since his arrival at the Geological Survey of Canada he has conducted bedrock mapping projects and research in the Archean to Proterozoic age Churchill Province in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut and Québec. His specific areas of research are Precambrian tectonic evolution and metallogeny. He is currently Science Lead for the Hudson-Ungava project under Natural Resources Canada’s “Geomapping for Energy and Minerals (GEM)” program. He is also Member of Council of the Geological Association of Canada.

 

Chris Couëslan

Talk title: Stratigraphy of the Thompson Nickel Belt, Manitoba, and Implications for Nickel Exploration
1:40 - 2:10 p.m.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Geology and Mineral Potential of Manitoba’s Premier Mineral Belts: Thompson Nickel Belt short course

Talk title: Tectonometamorphic Evolution of the Thompson Nickel Belt, Manitoba
3:15 - 3:45 p.m.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Geology and Mineral Potential of Manitoba’s Premier Mineral Belts: Thompson Nickel Belt short course

Chris Couëslan

Chris obtained a BSc in geology from Brandon University in 2003, an MSc from the University of Western Ontario in 2005, and a PhD at the University of Calgary in 2013. Chris has been working at the Manitoba Geological Survey since 2008. His work has focused on the geology of the Thompson Nickel Belt and deciphering the geology of high-grade metamorphic domains.

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Abraham Drost


Talk title: The Carlisle-Alamos Joint Venture at Lynn Lake: A Project for the Times
3:10 - 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Mineral Exploration and Geoscience Highlights I: Flin Flon-Lynn Lake area session

Abraham Drost

Abraham Drost is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation, as well as a Director. Abraham is a registered Professional Geoscientist (Ontario) with over twenty five years' experience in the Canadian mining industry.  He has a B.Sc. in Earth Sciences (1984) from the University of Waterloo, the M.Sc. degree in Mineral Exploration (1987) from Queen's University and brings considerable senior management success in discovery, finance and mineral project development.  Abraham is a former Chairman of Premier Gold Mines USA, Inc. and Premier Royalty Corporation, former CEO and Director of Premier Royalty Inc. (NSR:TSX), former President and Director of Sabina Gold and Silver Corporation (SBB:TSX), former President and Director of Sandspring Resources Inc. (SSP:TSXV) and former Director of Source Exploration Corporation (SOP:TSXV).  He has been a Director of Mega Precious Metals Inc. (MGP:TSXV) since May, 2009.  Prior to this, Abraham was a consulting geologist to industry and with the Mines and Minerals Division of the Ontario Government.

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Tim Friesen

Talk title: An Update on the State of the Exploration and Mining Industry in Manitoba
1:30 - 1:50 p.m.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Mining Sector Issues session

Tim Friesen

Tim Friesen is Executive Vice President of the Mining Association of Manitoba and has 20 years of communications experience, working in a variety of investor relations, marketing, regulatory consulting, and community relations roles. Tim  has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Communications (BA) from the University of Winnipeg.

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Simon Gagné

Talk title: Geological Investigations in the Reed Lake Area: Observations from Exploration Drill Core and Implications of New Whole-rock Chemistry Data
4:10 - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Mineral Exploration and Geoscience Highlights I: Flin Flon-Lynn Lake area session

Simon Gagné

Simon has been a geologist with the Manitoba Geological Survey since 2009.  His research interests include metamorphic petrology, structural controls on mineral deposits, and mineral deposit geology. He is particularly interested in working on lode gold and VMS deposits. After spending several summers doing geological investigations in Snow Lake, he is now pursuing projects in the Cranberry Portage and Reed Lake area. He obtained a B.Sc. in Geology from Université du Québec à Montréal in 2001 and a M.Sc. in Geology from Dalhousie University in 2004.

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Tyler Hodder

Talk title: Current Quaternary Geology Projects
10:30 - 10:50 a.m.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Mineral Exploration and Geoscience Highlights III: Phanerozoic Strata session

Tyler Hodder

Tyler obtained his B.Sc. (Honours, Cooperative) in 2012 and M.Sc. in 2014 from the University of Waterloo. He joined the Manitoba Geological Survey in January of 2015 as a Quaternary Geologist. Current research focuses on the interpretation of the surficial geology of Manitoba, including surficial geology mapping, reconstruction of ice flow, glacial dispersal and Quaternary stratigraphy. Tyler has undergraduate work experience in marine geology research, groundwater and geophysical consulting.

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Glen Kuntz


Talk title: Monument Bay Project Update: Development Highlights
10:45 - 11:05 a.m.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Development Highlights session

Glen Kuntz

Glen is a broadly competent senior executive/geologist with an acumen degree and strong technology background. Glen evolved to become a commercially proficient President and CEO of a successful junior exploration company that was recently acquired by a senior mid-tier gold mining company. Glen has the proven ability to quickly analyze key business requirements, develop strategies and tactically execute solutions that deliver sustained growth. With over 26 years of related work experience, starting at the core barrel through all aspects of exploration, development and mine/metallurgical operations (OP/UG) and project development across a variety of commodities and countries.  In addition, Glen has significant experience in IPOs, has successfully raised over $100M in equity during very difficult markets and recently took a lead on the acquisition of Mega Precious Metals for a 140% premium. Glen also holds an active position as a member of the Mining Association of Manitoba Inc. (MAMI) Aboriginal Relations Committee which was created to assist member’s in understanding and addressing First Nations and Aboriginals People priorities and increasing the awareness of mineral and mining education and training requirements in Manitoba.

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Kathryn Lapenskie


Talk title: Preliminary Evaluation of Gypsum Deposits in Harcus, Southwestern Manitoba
10:50 - 11:10 a.m.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Mineral Exploration and Geoscience Highlights III: Phanerozoic Strata session

Kathryn Lapenskie

Kathryn obtained a BSc from the University of Manitoba in 2012 and is completing her MSc from the University of Western Ontario, both in geology. She has preformed biostratigraphic research in Manitoba and across North America. Kathryn began working with the Manitoba Geological Survey in the spring of 2015.

 

Peter Lightfoot


Talk title: Relative Contribution of Magmatic and Post-Magmatic Processes in the Genesis of the Thompson Mine Ni-Co Sulfide Ores, Manitoba, Canada
2:10 - 2:55 p.m.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Geology and Mineral Potential of Manitoba’s Premier Mineral Belts: Thompson Nickel Belt short course

Talk title: Magma Chamber Geometry and the Localization of Ni-Cu-(PGE) Sulfide Mineralization: Global Examples and Exploration Implications
3:45 - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Geology and Mineral Potential of Manitoba’s Premier Mineral Belts: Thompson Nickel Belt short course

 

 

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Dr. Lightfoot is a Chief Geologist with the Brownfield Exploration group at Vale Base Metals. He is responsible for technical aspects of the exploration programs at Sudbury, Thompson, and Voisey’s Bay. He received his B.A. from Oxford University in 1980, his M.Sc. degree from the University of Toronto in 1982, and his Ph.D. from the Open University in 1985. Following post-doctoral studies at the University of Toronto with Tony Naldrett, he joined the Ontario Geological Survey in 1987, and worked extensively on Sudbury whilst undertaking research on Noril’sk. In 1996, Dr. Lightfoot joined Inco as Senior Geologist and worked on Inco’s Voisey’s Bay Project as well as international exploration; with Vale’s acquisition of Inco, he was responsible for global nickel project generation. In 2008, Peter returned to work on the portfolio of Brownfield projects in the North Atlantic Operations. He received the William Harvey Gross Award in 1998 and is on the editorial board of Ore Geology Reviews.

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Tania Martins

Talk title:
Integrated Bedrock and Surficial Mapping at Southern Indian Lake: Pegmatite-hosted Gold and Implications for Exploration
2:00 - 2:20 p.m.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Mineral Exploration and Geoscience Highlights IV: Northwestern Manitoba and Thompson Nickel Belt session

Tania Martins

Tania graduated in Geology in 2002 from University of Porto, Portugal. After a brief period of time in consulting she obtained her PhD in Geology in 2009 from the University of Porto studying Li-Sn-Nb-Ta mineralization in granitic pegmatites. In 2010 and 2011 Tania worked with Anton Chakhmouradian at the University of Manitoba on the mineralogy of alkaline rocks and carbonatites. Tania has worked for the Manitoba Geological Survey since November 2011.

 

Linda Murphy

Talk title: Understanding Mineral Resources’ Permitting Process
2:00 - 2:20 p.m.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Aboriginal Engagement session

 

Linda Murphy

Linda A. Murphy obtained her B.Sc (hons) in Geological Sciences from the University of Manitoba in 2006. She joined the Manitoba Geological Survey and began working in the Kisseynew domain in the same year. Linda has provided MGS community liaison programs in First Nations since 2009, becoming a contact person and sharing geological land use information with Manitoba’s remote and First Nation communities. She currently has an additional role with Mineral Resources, acting as the departmental Aboriginal issues policy analyst.

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Michelle Nicolas

Talk title:
Potash Deposits in the Devonian Prairie Evaporite, Southwestern Manitoba
11:10 - 11:30 a.m.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Mineral Exploration and Geoscience Highlights III: Phanerozoic Strata session


Michelle Nicolas

Michelle attained her B.Sc. Honours and M.Sc. in geology from the University of Manitoba.  She joined the Manitoba Government in 1998 as a Petroleum Geologist with the Petroleum Branch of Manitoba Mineral Resources, where she provided geological support for regulated requirements and issues. She joined to the Manitoba Geological Survey in 2007 as a Petroleum Geologist and Phanerozoic Stratigrapher, and is now the Chief Geologist for the Sedimentary Geoscience Section. Her specialty is in the petroleum geology and stratigraphy of Manitoba’s two Phanerozoic sedimentary basins. Over the years, she has participated in many multi-jurisdictional projects, including the Targeted Geoscience Initiative 2: Williston Basin, Basal Aquifer Project (CO2 disposal in deep saline aquifers), GEM Energy: Hudson Bay and Foxe Basins Project, and the GEM 2: Hudson Bay and Ungava Project. She has done work on most of the Phanerozoic formations in the Williston Basin, including all the gas-bearing Cretaceous shales, the prolific Bakken and Torquay formations, and the potash-bearing Prairie Evaporite.  She also works on the stratigraphy and hydrocarbon potential of the frontier Hudson Bay Basin. She is a registered Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo) with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (formerly APEGM), and is a Fellow of Geoscientists Canada.

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Jaime Patrick


Talk title: Surface Access Requirements on Crown Land
1:30 - 1:50 p.m.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Mining Sector Issues session


 

 

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Jaime Patrick is the current Manager of Lands Branch with Conservation and Water Stewardship.  Jaime is responsible for the development of programs, policies and procedures related to Crown land including the Cottage Lot Program, First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program, Crown Land Sales and Leases, First Nation Partnerships, Grant in Lieu program and Aboriginal Consultation.  Jaime sits on numerous Committees within Conservation as well as within other Departments such as Municipal Government, Aboriginal and Northern Affairs and Mines and Mineral Resources.  Jaime, along with another colleague represented Conservation and Water Stewardship in the Mines and Mineral Resources Lean event regarding Casual Quarry Permits and Quarry Leases.

 

Sacha Paul


Talk title: 2015 Legal Round-up: Hot Topics in Mining
2:30 - 2:50 p.m.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Mining Sector Issues session


Sacha Paul

Sacha is a partner with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP.  Sacha practices primarily in four areas of law-- Aboriginal law, Public/Administrative law, Insurance Law, and Personal Injury. In 2003, Sacha left the firm for one year to clerk for the Honourable Justice Ian Binnie of the Supreme Court of Canada. Sacha has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in Manitoba, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Sacha is a member of the English River First Nation, a Dene community located in Northern Saskatchewan.  His long standing interest in Aboriginal issues has resulted in an Aboriginal law practice. Sacha has experience working for resource developers, such as mining companies, forestry companies, and hydro-electric utilities, in engaging with First Nations and Metis communities, particularly when it comes to future resource developments or the impacts of past developments. In addition, Sacha has developed a practice respecting First Nation elections and governance issues.  He has acted for Indigenous Governments/Tribunals in enforcing orders to remove people from Chief and Council and has acted for First Nation people in challenging elections. Sacha’s work in Aboriginal law ties into his practice in Public Law/Administrative law. Aboriginal law frequently engages principles of administrative law, such as duties of fairness. In addition to acting for Aboriginal Tribunals, Sacha has acted for and provided advice to other administrative tribunals, such as Workers’ Compensation tribunals and Residential Tenancies tribunals. In the area of Public law, Sacha has experience with human rights under human rights legislation and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Sacha has also acted for clients respecting addressing human rights issues, such as equality rights.

 

Max Porterfield


Talk title: Callinex Mines Advancing New VMS Discovery
3:30 - 3:50 p.m.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Mineral Exploration and Geoscience Highlights I: Flin Flon-Lynn Lake area session


Max Porterfield

Max Porterfield is an executive with over eight years of experience within natural resources and financial markets. Mr. Porterfield previously severed Vice-President of Institutional Services at U.S. Global Investors, a boutique investment management firm with a longstanding history of expertise in precious metals and natural resources. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

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Mark Rein

Talk title: Outline of the Progress at the MacLellan and Farley Lake Resources in the Lynn Lake Gold Camp
11:05 - 11:25 a.m.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Development Highlights session

Tim Twomey

Mark Rein graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Geology and has been involved in the mineral exploration and mining industry for 11 years.  During that time, Mark has worked on AuRico Metals’s Kemess North Development Project in North-Central British Columbia, the re-development of Alamos Gold’s Young Davidson Minesite in Matachewan, Ontario, the re-development of Copper Mountain Mining’s Similco Mine Site near Princeton, British Columbia, and various other exploration and development projects.

 

Neil Richardson

Talk title: Explore to Producer
3:50 - 4:10 p.m.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Mineral Exploration and Geoscience Highlights I: Flin Flon-Lynn Lake area session

 

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Mr. Richardson has over 26 years’ experience in mineral exploration and mining operations of base metal and precious metal deposits throughout Canada and overseas. Mr. Richardson is also the Chief Operating Officer of North American Nickel Inc. and a past director of Harvest Gold Inc. and Mazorro Resources Inc. Mr. Richardson previously worked for Murgor Resources Inc. where he was responsible for delineation of two projects to National Instrument 43-101 compliant mineral resource estimates, project generation, process discipline and corporate growth strategies. Prior to joining Murgor in 2006, Mr. Richardson worked for Hudbay Minerals Inc. as a Senior Exploration Geologist responsible for Greenfield and brownfield projects in the Flin Flon-Snow Lake area. He also has past experience as a Senior Mine Geologist with extensive background in resource - reserve estimations and operations. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba, and Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.

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Tara Shea


Talk title: Towards Sustainable Mining: Driving Better Environmental and Social Performance with Site-Level Assurance and Public Reporting
3:05 - 3:25 p.m.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Aboriginal Engagement session

 

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As Director of the Mining Association's (MAC’s) Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative, Tara is responsible for the day-to-day management of the program. Specifically, her responsibilities include producing MAC’s annual TSM Progress Reports detailing member performance in all areas of the program, coordinating and delivering training workshops, and promoting TSM across the industry. Tara previously worked for a municipality where she was responsible for delivering economic and community development initiatives.  Tara graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Development Studies.

 

John Stefaniuk


Talk title: 2015 Legal Round-up: Hot Topics in Mining
2:30 - 2:50 p.m.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Mining Sector Issues session


John Stefaniuk

John D. Stefaniuk, is a partner with the law firm of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP. John has over 20 years experience in the areas of environmental law, natural resources and energy law, commercial law, property development, and municipal law. John has particular experience in natural resource development, wind power development, contaminated sites, mining and mine rehabilitation, infrastructure and P3 projects, environmental approvals and licensing. John is a trained mediator and a roster member of the Canadian Centre for Environmental Arbitration and Mediation. John is the only Manitoba lawyer named to the Chambers Global Guide to the World’s Leading Business Lawyers 2015.  He has been repeatedly named to the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the 500 Leading Lawyers in Canada and is listed in the Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory under both Environmental Law and Property Development, and by Best Lawyers® under Environmental and Natural Resources law, among other recognitions. John is a founding organizer of the annual Environmental Law Forum and has continued on its organizing committee for the last ten years. John co-chaired the Law Society of Manitoba/University of Manitoba Faculty of Law 2008 Pitblado Lectures, Legal Issues in a Greener World with Chief Justice Marc Monnin. He is a frequent writer and speaker on environmental, natural resource and municipal law matters.  He was President of the Manitoba Bar Association in 2005-2006 and served on the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Board of Directors in 2006-2007. John is a past Chair of the CBA National Environmental Energy and Resources Law Section executive and served on the CBA Supreme Court of Canada Liaison Committee. He chairs the Manitoba (Criminal Code) Review Board. John is the Board President of The Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and is Honorary Counsel to Family Dynamics (formerly The Family Centre of Winnipeg).

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Tim Twomey

Talk title: Monument Bay Project Update: Exploration and Geoscience
9:00 - 9:20 a.m.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Mineral Exploration and Geoscience Highlights II: Northern Superior Province session

Mark Rein

Tim Twomey is a registered Professional Geoscientist (Ontario) with over 30 years of exploration, production and management expertise. He was most recently Vice-President of Exploration for Premier Gold Mines Limited where he directed the building of the Hardrock Gold Project in Geraldton, Ontario, right from its inception in 2008.  Prior to this Tim was Senior Exploration Geologist with Goldcorp in the Red Lake gold camp where he worked from 1994 to 2008. Tim played a key role in the discovery, development and production of Goldcorp’s High-Grade Zone, which is one of the most important gold discoveries made in the last 22 years. He graduated with a B.Sc. Degree in geology from Lakehead University in 1983.

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Lesley Williams

Talk title: The Mineral Industry and Aboriginal Communities in Canada: Identifying Challenges to Uncover Opportunities
2:45 - 3:05 p.m.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Aboriginal Engagement session

Lesley Williams

As the Senior Manager of Aboriginal Affairs for the PDAC, Lesley leads the development of research, advocacy and projects to enhance relationships between companies and communities and support increased Aboriginal participation in the mineral industry. In her role, Lesley has focused on collaborating with the mineral sector, Aboriginal communities and leaders, and various levels of government to actively promote greater understanding and co-operation between Aboriginal communities and the mineral industry in Canada. Lesley represents the PDAC at national conferences and events, and volunteers on a number of advisory committees throughout the sector. She also manages the Aboriginal Program at the PDAC annual Convention that is renowned for providing a platform for discussion on respectful, mutually beneficial, and successful relationships between Aboriginal communities and the mineral industry. Since joining the PDAC in 2009, Lesley has held the positions of Program Assistant and Program Manager and has been involved in a number of the PDAC program areas including Aboriginal Affairs, Corporate Social Responsibility, Lands and Regulations, Government Relations and Geoscience. Lesley holds an M.A. in Communications and Culture with a specialization in politics and policy, and a B.A. in Communications and English.

 

Sheldon Wuttunee

Talk title: EXPORT Skills Inventory and Vendor Registrations Database: Linking Industry and Community
3:25 - 3:45 p.m.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Aboriginal Engagement session

Sheldon Wuttunee

Sheldon is a member of the Red Pheasant Cree First Nation, in west-central Saskatchewan, where he has previously served as Chief. He served his community in the capacity of Chief for two consecutive terms from 2006 to 2010. He was also involved in the founding of the Battlefords’ Agency Tribal Chiefs (BATC) Tribal Council consisting of 6 First Nations. Sheldon has held the position of President/CEO of the Saskatchewan First Nations Natural Resource Centre of Excellence since 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Education degree (with Distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan. Sheldon previously served as a Principal and Educator from 2001 – 2006.  While serving as Chief, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Indian Resource Council of Canada (IRC), Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA), Battleford Agency Tribal Chiefs Tribal Council (BATC), the Saskatchewan First Nations Natural Resource Centre of Excellence (SFNNRCE) as well as various Boards and Commissions of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN).

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Eric Yang

Talk title: Preliminary Results of Bedrock Mapping in the Keewatin River Area, the Lynn Lake Greenstone Belt, Northwestern Manitoba
1:20 - 1:40 p.m.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Mineral Exploration and Geoscience Highlights IV: Northwestern Manitoba and Thompson Nickel Belt session

Eric Yang

Xue-Ming (Eric) Yang, Ph.D., P.Geo., has been trained and practised as an Economic Geologist, and worked as a faculty member in the University of Science and Technology of China for ten years and as an Exploration Geologist for few mining companies including INCO (now Vale) in Canada for seven years. Eric joined the Manitoba Geological Survey in June 2011 as a Mineral Deposit Geologist, investigating geology and metallogeny of various ore deposits via geological mapping, lithogeochemistry, petrology, and GIS analysis. His interests of research include magmatic nickel-copper-PGE deposits, intrusion-related gold deposits, and alkaline rock-carbonatite associated rare earth element deposits.

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Kevin Zhu (Xuexin)

Talk title: Nickel Mining and Exploration on the Thompson Nickel Belt
1:40 - 2:00 p.m.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Mineral Exploration and Geoscience Highlights IV: Northwestern Manitoba and Thompson Nickel Belt session

Kevin Zhu (Xuexin)

Kevin Zhu is a professional mining engineer (P.Eng.) and PMI-Certified project management professional (PMP) with over 25 years experiences in mine planning, engineering design, construction and operation management of open pit and underground hard rock mines. Mr. Zhu graduated in mining engineering from Central South University in China and holds a master's degree in mining engineering from Laurentian University, Canada. Prior to rejoining CaNickel Mining as CEO in January 2015, he worked as Chief Operating Officer with Vatukoula Gold Mining PLC, and took a few senior positions in Continental Minerals Corporation, Eldorado Gold Corporation and Sino Gold Mining Limited.

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