Webinars – Free Live Learning Sessions

Join us for our series of free webinars on current Environmental themes.
Each webinar will feature a 20-30 minute presentation followed by a live Q&A.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Upcoming Webinar Dates

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September 20, 2018 13:00-14:00 EDT

David KratochvilSpeaker: David Kratochvil, President & CEO of BQE Water

Talk: Risk Adjusted Life Cycle Cost of Mine Water Treatment


Mine lives are getting longer and water plays an important part of the project life cycle cost. Net Present Value (NPV) is a standard metric for the financial evaluation of long-term projects but it does not include any potential uncertainties or risks in an explicit way. Often, discount rates are increased or special discount factors are introduced to “cover risks” which generates confusion and reduces the credibility and/or confidence in the outcome of the evaluation. This webinar discusses the pitfalls of traditional NPV and risk assessments, and presents examples of overcoming these issues with a Risk Adjusted Life Cycle Cost (RALCC) analysis approach that can be adopted during all projects stages.

Learn about the speaker:

David Kratochvil is a chemical engineer with more than 20 years of experience in the treatment of mine wastewater and metallurgical bleed streams. He is the President & CEO of BQE Water, a Vancouver based company focused on reducing life cycle costs and risks associated with water and improving the performance of metal extraction projects.

Learning Objectives/Takeaways

  • Identify shortcomings of conventional NPV and risk assessments – what does a new method need to address?
  • Introduce the concept of RALCC analysis for mine water treatment and management
  • Understand the fit for using RALCC for a single project and for a project portfolio
  • Provide highlights of project examples where elements of RALCC analysis were used

Who should attend

  • Engineers, project managers, technical personnel
  • Regulators

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Past Webinars

(passed) June 27, 2018 13:00-14:00 EDT

Reemeyer Laurie

Speaker: Laurie Reemeyer, Principal Consultant, Resourceful Paths

Talk: Integrated mining and processing systems design for eco-efficiency

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The mining industry faces increasing economic, environmental, and social challenges as easier deposits deplete and ores become more difficult to mine and process, and more stringent environmental and social standards must be met. While these factors increase costs and risks, they also present opportunities for a more integrated approach to mining, processing, materials handling, and waste management. Two areas of particular risk are in tailings and water management. As mining and processing tonnage rates continue to increase, the disturbance footprints, water and energy consumption, and scale of tailings storage facilities also rise. These factors can be mitigated by more selective mining, ore sorting, and pre-concentration, and more intensive tailings dewatering. Such alternatives must be considered in conjunction with the selection of mining method, metallurgical flowsheets, major equipment selection, and key process design criteria. Models for integrated design and possibilities for reducing environmental impact are reviewed.
Learn about this speaker !

Laurie has 23 years experience in operations and consulting globally. While working for base metals producers, he developed an interest in optimizing economics across mining, concentrating, smelting and refining value chains. His roles included Manager Metallurgy at Century Zinc Mine in Australia, and Director Process Strategy at Amec Foster Wheeler in Vancouver. In 2016, he formed Resourceful Paths Consulting to focus on improving sustainability in mining, especially in areas of tailings and water management, energy efficiency and resource recovery. His is Professional Engineer, with a Bachelor of Engineering (Minerals Process) from University of Queensland and MBA from UC Berkeley.

Takeaways/Learning objectives:

  • People will better understand metrics of sustainability relating to mining, and how the design of mining and processing systems can lead to lower impacts.

(passed) May 30, 2018 13:00-14:00 EDT- view our video library for webinar

Janice Zinck

Speaker: Janice Zinck, Director, CanmetMINING

– Green Mining Innovation, base/precious metals, rare earths, chromite – CIM President

Co presenter: Dr. Rory Cameron, Research Scientist, Natural Resources Canada

Talk: Mining Value from Waste: From Concept to Reality

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The concept of tailings reprocessing is not new. However, due to technical, policy and regulatory complexities, successes have been limited.  The recovery of metal values from tailings is generally viewed as the primary incentive, but is unlikely to be successful unless it is combined with a concomitant reduction in environmental liabilities and the development of downstream market opportunities for tailings products.  CanmetMINING is developing an initiative called “Mining Value from Waste”, which aims at bringing together the Canadian R&D community to develop a more cohesive and sustained effort to develop demonstrable reprocessing technologies to address a variety of mine wastes. While currently principally focused on tackling the enormous existing and historic tailings liabilities, it is expected that this effort will grow and eventually transition to include processing opportunities for eliminating or vastly decreasing the generation of new tailings.  The webinar will present an overview of the initiative, tailings reprocessing case studies, as well as technical results of one of the sub-project areas on bioleaching.

Learn about this speaker !

Janice Zinck is a director at CanmetMINING, a research, development and innovation arm of Natural Resources Canada. Janice has more than 25 years’ experience in the leadership of multidisciplinary programs to address mineral resource development-related to environmental and processing challenges. She has been involved in many national and international multi-stakeholder initiatives where she has developed strategic priorities, partnerships and collaborations. She was instrumental in the creation of Canada’s Green Mining Initiative and more recently the national program on rare earth elements and chromite development in Canada.


METSOC is a constituent society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).
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