Keynote sessions

Invited keynote speakers will open both conference days, Monday and Tuesday morning, before the technical program presentations.

PLENARY SPEAKERS Moderator:

Conway Fraser: President and CEO, Fraser Torosay

 

Conway Fraser is a bestselling crisis communications author, award-winning former investigative journalist, and counsel to executive leaders in more than a dozen countries.


Conway works with senior leaders, aligning with their objectives and helping them change their external and internal narrative. This alignment of objectives protects and enhances their reputations in the highly volatile court of public opinion. Conway’s communications coaching sessions, meanwhile, are considered by many to be the best in class, having been given to thousands of people over the past decade. He is co-author of the 2020 Amazon international bestselling book Leaders Under Fire: The CEO’s Survival Guide to Navigating Corporate Crisis.

In a previous life, Conway was a journalist at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He travelled the country and world, covering everything from Prime Ministers to the Olympics. He was recognized with many journalism awards including a prestigious Gemini Award for investigative journalism. In 2009, he walked away from journalism and started Fraser Torosay. 

Conway and his company are active in the charitable and non-profit sectors where they do pro bono work on an ongoing basis. Conway is also a Board Member and Chairs of both the Governance and Digital Transformation Committees with TVO, Ontario’s public broadcaster and curator of digital education content. He lives in Canada’s Waterloo Region with his wife and business partner, Angie. They have four adult children and two dogs.

Speakers

Gord Gilpin: Head of Mining Operations - Ontario - Base Metals, Vale

                                 

Gord has over 19 years and counting in the mining industry and has a degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is a Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario. He joined Vale in 2005 as a Project Manager in our Surface Plants Projects Management Office in Sudbury. Since then, he has taken on leadership roles of increasing responsibility at the Copper Cliff Smelter, including Maintenance Superintendent, Maintenance Manager, Operations Manager and Manager of the Smelter Complex. He has since been Head of Processing Operations, North Atlantic Operations, and most recently Head of Mining Operations, Ontario, Base Metals. He is driven to improve worker safety, productions rates and implement innovative technologies.

                            

Josée Cyr Director of Technical Services, Agnico Eagle Mines

                        

I am originally from Havre-Saint-Pierre, a little village in Quebec where the mine is the most important economic activity in the area. Following my father and my grandfather, I am the third generation to work in the mining industry, having graduated as a mining engineer from Laval University in 2004. Prior to this, I had also completed a 3-year course in Mining Technology with a specialization in operations, from the Collège de Thetford.

My first job in the mining industry was as a junior production engineer for Xstrata Zinc at Brunswick Mines, in New Brunswick. At the time, through the training program for young engineers, I learned a lot about short- and medium-term planning and mineral reserve evaluation.

In late 2005, I had the opportunity to be transferred to the Raglan Site, for Xstrata Nickel, as a junior engineer for the Katinniq underground mine. I spent three years with the team there and it was a rich experience both in terms of learning and relationships. My time there was divided into three stages. First, a year as a junior engineer for a zone where I continued to develop my understanding of mine design, ventilation, drill and blast, planning, etc. The second year, I wanted to learn with boots on the ground, so I accepted the challenge of taking on the role of underground mine supervisor. An unbelievable experience! A wonderful school! Finally, I returned to the engineering department as a development engineer, where I worked with the team to start up a new mine, with a new portal, new crews, etc. Throughout my three years at Raglan Mine, I was part of the Mine Rescue Team. It is not always fun when the phone rings in the middle of the night and you have to go to rescue and help your colleagues… but for the rest of my life, I will never forget a single one of them when I have to develop or approve a plan.

In 2008, work brought me back to Havre-Saint-Pierre, as Mine Superintendent for the open pit at Rio Tinto’s Tio Lake operation. At the time, I was responsible for the Operations and Engineering Department – an exciting challenge! During those years, in my role as a manager, positive leadership and business strategy became more important in my career. Innovation approaches, collaboration within the global business, agility in production in order to deliver, but above all, the ability to adapt the work to the reality of employees: these were at the heart of my management vision.

In 2016, guided by the need to reach beyond my comfort zone and learn more about strategy and new minerals, I decided to continue my career with Agnico Eagle, as the Mining Superintendent of Technical Services. The development of greenfield geology deposits, evolving from PEA-level studies to the construction and operation team is something that I discovered and about which I have become passionate. Again, creating synergies and great collaboration between sites and corporate groups, believing in something that has a lot of potential but that is not quite ready for use, finding the best way to do it – I just love that!

I currently hold the position of Technical Services Director at Agnico Eagle, and since 2019, have been leading a team of technical professionals in geology, mining, infrastructure, metallurgy, water management, permitting, geotechnics, and project development. This team not only supports studies and the Mineral Reserves & Mineral Resources updates, but also innovation initiatives, pilot plants, operations with technical challenges, laboratory testing, implementation of new software, etc.

To stay active into the mining industry, in 2018, I accepted too the mandate to be the president of the Rock Excavation network of experts for the MISA group who is an organization with its head office in Rouyn-Noranda. The mandate is to stimulate innovation into our industry.  

                   

Peter Xavier: Vice President, Sudbury Integrated Nickel operations, a Glencore Companys

                        

 

Peter Xavier is Vice President of Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations (Sudbury INO).

Sudbury INO consists of an exploration group, two underground mines, concentrator, smelter and Port facilities. Peter is also responsible for project investment developing the Craig Mine - Onaping Depth Project, the Nickel Rim Depth/Extension project, and the Smelter environmental projects in the town of Falconbridge. 

A graduate of Laurentian University’s Mining Engineering program, Peter is currently past chair on the Board of the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), on the Board of the Canadian Mining Innovation Council (CMIC), on the Board at Laurentian University, a Warden of Camp 22, which oversees the engineering oath and iron ring ceremony, and on the Kivi Park Board. 

Previously, Peter was a Board member of the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI), the Ultra Deep Mining Network (UDMN) and a Board member of the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) – Sudbury Chapter.

 

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Conference chairpersons

  • Christine Bertoli

    MEMO 2022 Conference Co-Chair

  • Katie Burau

    MEMO 2022 Conference Co-Chair

  • Brianne Valdes

    Sponsorship Chair

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