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Building a more profitable, sustainable mining industry.

We’re Rethinking Mining!

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Our goal is to reduce the mining industry’s energy use, water use and environmental footprint by 50 per cent, by 2027.

Mining is essential to modern life, but our industry must adapt to changing times. Mounting costs, sustainability issues and the impacts on communities are all primary concerns for responsible operators. As an industry we need to rethink the way mining is done.

CMIC is working with major players worldwide in the move toward zero waste mining. Together we strive to develop and deploy technologies that will reduce wastes, lower costs and mitigate environmental impacts across all aspects of mining. Together we are building a more resilient industry.

Our growing membership consists of mining operators and innovators across the world who see the need for a cooperative, concerted move toward a more efficient, sustainable industry.

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Why we exist

Our Vision

To transform mining towards a zero-waste industry.

Our Mission

To act as a catalyst for transformation by connecting industry leaders and innovators.

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Who we are

CMIC Staff

Meet the CMIC team. Together we bring to the table a depth of experience in mining, technology and business, providing us with the experience and vision to play a leadership role in rethinking mining and moving toward zero waste.

CMIC Executive Director Carl Weatherell

Carl Weatherell

Executive Director & CEO

Carl joined the Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) in 2013 as Executive Director and CEO.

Carl has been described by others as a rebel and a heretic. He is a natural connector bringing together disparate and seemingly unrelated people, groups and organizations to create new partnerships.

He has over 30 years’ experience working at the interface of business, government and postsecondary institutions nationally and internationally.

Carl has been involved in over 24 consortia comprised of over 500 organizations from businesses, government and academia spanning industries from software, microelectronics, cybersecurity, photonics and aerospace and defence.

He was a key member of teams creating national facilities including the Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre, the Canadian Fire Research Centre, the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Laboratory as well as a software business ecosystem and Canada’s first research network in cybersecurity.

Carl has won awards for breakthrough leadership and technology transfer.

He is a chemist with publications in five different technical domains: hydrometallurgical engineering, organometallic chemistry, analytical chemistry, environmental engineering and project management.

Trevor Kelly

Trevor Kelly

Innovation Manager, Mining

Trevor is an asset optimization and innovation adoption consultant, with 20+ years of technical and operational mining experience.

He has worked globally with some of the largest mining companies in their respective commodities, Barrick Gold, Cameco, BHPBilliton, Teck and Homestake.

Trevor works with CMIC’s Mining Initiative, to develop and execute surface and underground mining projects aimed at increased industrial collaboration, sustainability and profitability.

His focus is on providing access to technical, cultural and transformational breakthroughs to set Canadian minerals community apart from all others.

Clare Pama

Clare Fagan

Virtual CFO

Clare Pama is a CPA, Chartered Professional Accountant and CMA, Certified Management Accountant. Clare has been working as a senior finance professional for over 20 years and has held various positions including VCFO, Business Advisor, Chief Financial Officer, Regional Controller, and Financial Controller. Her experience has been in a wide variety of industries including online e-learning, high-tech, transportation, charity and not-for-profit, hospitality, residential and commercial property management, commercial real estate, and home building.

Clare is currently a board member for the Canada Nepal Geomatics Advancement Foundation Inc. (CNGAF) a registered charity organization, serving as Director and Treasurer. CNGAF provides university scholarships to students in Nepal studying and doing research in the scientific field of Geomatics.

She has reported to finance committees, audit committees as well as directly to the Board of Directors. Clare’s experience includes all levels of financial reporting to internal and external stakeholders, risk management, consolidations, internal and external audit, budgeting, forecasting, treasury, variance and sensitivity analysis. She has direct experience in project management, internal controls, policies and procedures, process improvement, centralization, as well as change management.  Her professional experience has gone beyond accounting to include various aspects of human resources, administration and leadership. She has managed and coached both teams and individuals, been involved in communication, IT and Cross Functional Team Building. Clare is an avid international traveler and to date has visited over 40 countries. She enjoys volunteering for charity and not-for-profit boards, reading, and planning her next travel adventure.

Ximena Caceres

Executive Assistant & Board Secretary

Ximena joined CMIC in September 2022.

Having over 20 years of experience in professional office executive assistant positions and with a strong track record of working in high-volume, high-pressure environments, Ximena skillfully manages administrative duties and client relations.  Delivering outstanding customer service has always been an essential part of a day’s work for Ximena as she uses her organizational skills to ensure smooth operations in a busy work environment. Ximena regularly finds herself drawing on her entrepreneurial and accounting know-how to execute logistical and financial tasks.

As the senior executive assistant position demands great communication, flexibility, and efficiency with expectations prone to change daily, Ximena has honed her ability to learn concepts and processes quickly while keeping calm in the face of pressure.

Ximena is active in the community and volunteers her time helping and coaching women on ways to love themselves and find true self-worth in their day-to-day lives.

CMIC Innovation Manager, Processing Gillian Holcroft

Gillian Holcroft

Innovation Manager, Processing

Gillian is a bilingual Executive Chemical Engineer (McGill University) with over 30 years of experience in advanced technology, environmental services, mining and metallurgy, U.S. Department of Defence as well as international trade.

Recognized for her planning abilities, excellent communication skills, vision in opening new markets and expanding a company’s customer base, Gillian has a strong ability to manage multiple priorities as demonstrated by negotiating and directing large and extremely complex projects.

She has provided leadership and strategic direction as a senior executive and board member in a market leading environmental technology company.

Gillian also played a vital role in taking a private company public through financing efforts in Canada and Europe.

Gary Molloy

Project Manager

Gary is an asset management and operational improvement consultant who has worked globally, in operations leadership, program coordination and change management.

Being analytical, adaptable, and organized with excellent communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills has delivered successful projects and strong relationships.

Whether it’s developing long term strategic plans, or understanding the day-to-day challenges, his focus is understanding how everything is connected, and ensuring optimal outcomes for all.

CMIC Board of Directors

The CMIC Board of Directors comprises a hand-picked team, with each member selected for their specialist expertise, and their ability to help move our industry into the future.

The CMIC Board currently consists of 15 Directors, who span a wide range of leadership from inside and outside of the mining industry, private sector, public sector and academia providing significant executive leadership to CMIC.

The Board does not offer remuneration to its members, and the directors also work as volunteer staff with the Executive Director & CEO to advance a variety of CMIC programs and initiatives.

CMIC Communications Committee Board Chair Mark Thorpe

Mark Thorpe

Chair

Dr. Thorpe is a senior mining executive with over 30 years’ experience both in mining operations and as an international corporate responsibility consultant working on mining projects from potash to diamonds and gold.

His experience spans five continents and covers mining from greenfields exploration to closure and post-closure management. Having lived and worked in Latin America and Africa, Dr. Thorpe’s experience includes permitting a mine in a tropical rainforest area of Venezuela with several regulatory changes and working with the project teams to reduce the LTIFR at a mine in Africa from 2.1 per million hours worked to 0.15 per million hours worked.

Dr. Thorpe holds a Ph.D. in mine land rehabilitation from the University of Saskatchewan and is the Chair of the Environmental Stewardship Initiative of the Canada Mining Innovation Council.

CMIC Board Member Luke Mahony

Luke Mahony

Chair, Governance Committee

Luke Mahony is Head of Geology, Mine Engineering, Geotechnical and Technology & Innovation, Vale’s Global Base Metals.

Prior to moving to Canada, Luke headed up the Strategic and Short Term Mine Planning, Exploration, Studies & Projects, Engineering and Integrated Planning for Vale’s Coal Business based in Mozambique for 5 years. Prior to working for Vale, he worked 10 years for BHP in various managerial roles covering technical, operational and financial positions.

Luke holds three Masters’ Degrees in Mining Engineering, Geomechanics and Finance, a Bachelor of Engineering in Mining Engineering plus other Executive and Technical statutory qualifications.

Anthony de Fazekas

Board Member

Anthony is recognized as a go-to IP strategist, working with a broad range of IP-rich companies across a number of sectors, including information technology, FinTech, artificial intelligence (AI), mining innovation, agritech, autonomous vehicles, quantum computing, network technology and enterprise software.  His practice also includes complex technology, IP and data contracting, including joint development agreements, collaboration agreements, and all types of IP and data commercialization agreements.

Anthony provides strategic advice supporting the corporate innovation agendas of enterprises end-to-end: developing enterprise IP strategies that support their innovation strategy, leading bespoke IP and IP monetization training, designing IP protection and governance processes, helping define the IP, legal and data parameters of corporate innovation consortia, and drafting or upgrading the various agreements and policies relevant to open innovation strategies. 

Mr. de Fazekas has worked extensively in the innovation sector with many research institutions, large corporate innovators, clusters, startups and scaling technology companies.  He has acted on a number of leading mandates related to technology and IP sharing consortia including advising four of Canada’s superclusters in defining their IP and data strategies and negotiating their agreements with the Government of Canada, and in the case of SCALE.AI drafting their master project agreements for joint development and associated IP and data policies. 

Anthony is a regular lecturer on IP- and innovation-related topics, for example he teaches the IP commercialization course at Osgoode Hall Law School. He speaks extensively about a range of topics, including protecting value and managing risk in technology collaborations, legal and ethical implications of AI (especially from the point of adoption of AI by enterprises), data sharing and ownership arrangements in AI, and IP strategy and IP development programs for scaleups.

Bruno Lemelin

Board Member

Bruno Lemelin was appointed Senior Vice President – Operations and Projects at IAMGOLD in March 2020, with oversight of all operational and project development activities across the organization. He previously held the position of Regional Vice President – Americas in 2019 and was the General Manager at Essakane from 2016 to 2018.

Before joining IAMGOLD in 2014, Bruno developed his mining expertise with different international mining companies. He worked 10 years for Xstrata (now Glencore) in Sudbury, Ontario, from 2001 to 2003 and at Raglan Mine, Nunavik, Quebec, from 2003 to 2011, as head of Mining Engineering and as Manager, Strategy, Risks and Communications. He then joined SNC-Lavalin as Vice-President, Sustainable Mining, from 2011 to 2014.

Bruno studied at Université Laval and holds two Bachelor degrees: one in Mining Engineering and another in Business Administration, as well as a Master’s and a Doctorate in Mineral Economics. He is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and the Professional Engineers of Ontario.

Emily Moore

Board Member

Professor Emily Moore is the Director of the Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead) at the University of Toronto. Emily also serves as a board member of Metrolinx, Chemtrade Logistics and International Petroleum Corporation. 

Emily earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering chemistry from Queen’s University and is a licensed professional engineer. She was named a Rhodes Scholar and completed her doctorate at Oxford University in Physical Chemistry.

Emily launched her career at the Xerox Research Center of Canada (XRCC) then in 2008 joined Hatch as director of technology development, later serving as managing director for water and for innovation. She was also the inaugural chair of the Hatch Global Diversity Steering Committee.

Emily’s leadership in industry was recognized in 2016 by the Society for Chemical Industry Canada, and by Women in Mining, which named her one of 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining. Emily holds 21 patents and was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2021.

Peter Xavier

Board Member

Peter is the Vice President, Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations, A Glencore Company having overall accountability for the underground mines Nickel Rim South and Fraser, Onaping Depth project, Strathcona Mill and Sudbury Smelter.

A graduate of Laurentian University’s Mining Engineering program, Peter’s previous key positions were Nickel Rim South Mine Director, Thayer Lindsley Mine Manager and Strathcona Mill Manager.

Peter is an active Board member and Chair of the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), member of Laurentian University Board of Governors and Board member of Kivi Park Community Foundation. In addition is a volunteer as a Warden for Camp 22 supporting the ritual of the calling of an engineer.

Peter further contributes to the mining industry and community through support of the ENDM Mining Working Group and the Greater Sudbury Community Champions Council. He previously volunteered on the Board of Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) and the Ultra Deep Mining Network (UNDM). Peter was previously on the board of the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) – Sudbury Chapter.

Additionally, Peter is an alumnus of the Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders Dialogue 2011 and CSCLeaders 2014, programs built on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Conferences. Peter joined leaders from business, government, labour, and civil society to take part in this strategic initiative aimed at providing a regional approach to leadership development. It assembles senior leaders from across the Commonwealth to tackle challenges that businesses, governments and society face today. Peter volunteered on the steering committee for CCELD2015.

CMIC Finance Committee Board Chair Dean Braunsteiner

Dean Braunsteiner

Chair, Finance Committee

Dean is a Partner with EY and provides public companies with audit and assurance services including advice on implementing new accounting standards, assistance on acquisitions and divestitures, and helps companies respond to comment letters received from Canadian and US regulatory bodies. Dean has extensive experience in IFRS and US GAAP, as well as SEC reporting, and is one of the firm’s subject matter experts on mining industry issues. As PwC Canada’s National IPO Services Leader, he also has significant experience with initial and secondary public offerings.

 

Dean obtained a BBA (Honours) degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1993 and received his CA designation in 1996. In 2001, Dean also received his CPA designation in Illinois.

CMIC Board Member Andrew Swart

Andrew Swart

Board Member

Andrew is a Partner at Monitor Deloitte based in Toronto, Canada and is the Deloitte Global Mining and Metals Leader.

He has more than 22 years of industrial experience of which the last fifteen years has been in consulting. He has worked for senior executives in a range of industries including mining, oil and gas, and government. Within the government arena most of his work has operated at the intersection of business and government – a key interface for natural resource companies. His client engagements have included corporate and competitive strategy engagements, innovation systems, cost reduction through energy management and organizational transformation and economic development programs.

Andrew has worked for clients around the world including Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Germany, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

CMIC Board Member Ken Bell

Ken Bell

Board Member

Ken Bell was appointed Vice President, Strategic Planning, Syncrude in January 2019.

 

He joined Syncrude as a Mining Engineer in 2001, and his career progression included many senior roles in areas of Production and Technical. Ken became Manager, Tailings and Lease Development in March 2016.

Ken holds a Bachelor of Science in Mine Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Natural Resources, Energy and Environment both from the University of Alberta.

In the community, Ken serves on the Board of Directors for Indigenous Works and is a member of Syncrude’s Aboriginal Relations Steering Committee.

Ken is a long-time Fort McMurray resident and has two children.

Ben Chalmers

Board Member

Since joining MAC in 2011, Ben has been responsible for the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative, MAC’s award-winning program focused on enabling mining companies to meet society’s needs for minerals, metals and energy products in the most socially, economically and environmentally responsible way. Over the last few years, Ben has played an important role in the international growth of TSM as it becomes a sought-after responsible mining standard.  During his time working with TSM, it spread beyond Canada to be adopted by national mining associations around the world.

In 2018, Ben took on the role of Senior Vice President and is responsible for overseeing MAC’s work related to Public Affairs & Communications and Government Relations.  Ben has extensive experience in the mining sector and began working in the industry in 2004 at the Myra Falls Operations in British Columbia where he worked as an Environmental Supervisor for the mine. Prior to joining MAC, Ben served as Vice President of Environment and Technical Affairs for the Mining Association of British Columbia and was also a Senior Policy Analyst with Natural Resources Canada.

CMIC Board Member Nancy Guay

Nancy Guay

Board Member

Ms. Guay is Vice President, Technical Services, a position she has held since January 2018. Prior to her appointment she held several other key positions at Agnico Eagle including Senior Corporate Director Technical Services, Corporate Director Business Strategy, Program Manager, Meliadine and Corporate Director, Metallurgy.

Ms. Guay has worked in the mining industry for nearly 25 years and has extensive technical and operational expertise. Prior to returning to Agnico Eagle she worked Coffey Mining in Australia and as a consultant with SNC-Lavalin in Montreal. She also worked with ArcelorMittal as processing plant director for their large open pit iron ore operation and on Cambior’s gold and polymetallic mines.

Ms. Guay holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from Laval University.

Alim Somani

Board Member

Alim is the Managing Director for Hatch’s Digital Practice.  He is a serial entrepreneur and business leader focusing on helping companies digitally transform their businesses successfully. He founded Infusion, an award-winning technology and design solutions provider with 700+ employees worldwide bringing digital innovation to Fortune 500 clients, which was later sold and integrated successfully to Avanade, a joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft.

Mr. Somani is recognized and respected as a global leader and visionary throughout the IT industry and the business community. Alim was named Canada’s Most Admired CEO in 2014 and recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 in 2006.

Mr. Somani holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Waterloo in Electrical Engineering and was awarded the Faculty of Engineering Young Alumni Achievement Medal in 2010.  He resides in Toronto with his wife and three children.

CMIC Board Member Mike Wundenberg

Mike Wundenberg

Board Member

Mike Wundenberg, Vice President Operational Technology and Business Improvement at Newmont has over 20 years of experience in mining and has held various leadership positions within Newmont. He has been associated with Newmont since 1998 working at the Batu Hijau and Yanacocha operations and in the Australia region. He worked for BHP Billiton on the Olympic Dam Expansion project for two years and held the position of Manager, Mining prior to rejoining Newmont.

Mr. Wundenberg successfully introduced the Full Potential program in 2013 and was appointed to lead the Asset Management function in 2015. He provided oversight on digital work conducted over 2017, including internal and external benchmarking work, digital assessments and other advancements in innovation and technology and was appointed Vice President, Operational Technology and Innovation in 2018 to define and realize the value proposition of Newmont’s technology and digital strategy and roadmap.

Governance

Our operations are governed by the principles and standards mandated in the following governance documents. They represent a formal statement of intent on each of the following:

  • The roles and responsibilities of our Board of Directors, its officers and committees
  • The manner in which the Board excercises its authority in the fulfillment of its responsibilities
  • The responsibilities and authority of the Executive Director and CEO
  • The relationship between the Board and CMIC members
  • The relationship between the Board and its staff
  • The general principles that will guide its governance practices

These policies can be accessed below:

Annual Reports and Financial Statements

2020 CMIC Annual Report

Throughout 2019, CMIC remained focused on our vision of transforming the industry towards zero waste mining.

CMIC 2021 Financial Statements

2021 Financial Statements

Learn more about CMIC's financial performance in 2021.

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