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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 technologies and innovations 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.

CMIC Marketing and Office Manager Bernadette Lambros

Bernadette Lambros

Marketing & Office Manager

Bernadette Lambros joined CMIC as Marketing and Office Manager in December 2014.

Bernadette has over 30 years of professional experience in the high-tech sector with an emphasis on marketing programs, strategy, corporate events, and office management.

She has worked collaboratively with executive management, product managers, sales teams, product development and partners to create and execute integrated marketing plans.

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.

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


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.

CMIC Board Member Michelle Ash

Michelle Ash

Board Member

Michelle Ash, CEO of GEOVIA at Dassault Systèmes, has made significant contributions to the mining sector with a focus on Innovation Strategy, Technology, and Digital Transformation.

Michelle is highly passionate about Mining and Infrastructure and remains focused on delivering sustainable solutions that help these sectors to continue to create and shape the world in which we live, through digital transformation and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

As Chair of the Global Mining Guidelines Group – GMG, Michelle has contributed to develop best practices and guidelines for the implementation of technology and socially enabled changes in the mining industry. She is also on the advisory board of several start-ups such as Petra Data Science, OffWorld, Behault, Descartes Labs and MineSpider.

Previously she was Chief Innovation Officer at Barrick Gold Corporation where she oversaw the company’s innovation program, looking both at how innovation can drive productivity in the existing business as well as how it can be harnessed to deliver alternative business models.

She began her career as a blasting engineer with Rio Tinto and has held several operational roles in various mining companies and across commodities.

Michelle was named to the 2016 list of “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” by Women in Mining UK and won the Technology Innovator of the Year Award by Mines and Technology in 2019. She holds a degree in Civil Engineering and an Executive MBA from the Melbourne Business School; she also holds a degree in Psychology from Deakin University.

CMIC Chairman of the Board Gordon Bogden

Gordon Bogden

Past Chair, Board Member

Mr. Bogden began his professional career as a geophysicist, co-founding Quantec Geoscience, moving on to CIBC, Rothschild, and National Bank Financial as a mining investment banker advising boards of directors and management teams of some of the largest mining companies in the world. He concluded his investment banking career as Vice Chairman, Mining & Metals, for Standard Chartered Bank after its acquisition of Gryphon Partners in 2011 where he was a co-founder and Managing Partner. Upon retiring from the financial services industry in 2012, he assumed a number of corporate board positions and engaged in board leadership, strategic development and corporate responsibility initiatives.


Mr. Bogden is currently Chairman of Black Loon Group, a private mining investment company, and is a former President and CEO of Alloycorp Mining Inc. He has served as a director of over a dozen public mining companies and is currently a director of Royal Gold Inc., Orvana Minerals Corp., the former Chairman of Volta Resources, and past Chairman of Nexgen Energy. He is also a member of the Mt. Sinai Hospital Foundation Board in Toronto and in 2013, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work with Right To Play where he currently serves as a member of the Canadian Advisory Board.

Mr. Bogden holds a B.Sc. in Applied Science (Geology) from Queen’s University, is a Professional Engineer, and earned his professional certification as a Corporate Director (ICD.D) from the Institute of Corporate Directors in Toronto.

Mr. Bogden is keenly interested in social and development issues around the world and is a member of the working group of the KIN Catalyst: Mining Company of the Future initiative on the Development Partner Framework on establishing sustainable, collaborative community relationships. He has authored and presented many papers on corporate responsibility, corporate strategy, and M&A and capital markets related to the mining industry.

CMIC Board Member Jim Gowans

Jim Gowans

Board Member

Jim Gowans is currently involved with several companies as a corporate Director.

Gowans was the President & Chief Executive Officer at Arizona Mining, from January 2016 until August 2018 when the company was sold to South32, an Australian based multi-national resource/mining company. He was formerly Co-President of Barrick Gold from July 2014 to August 2015 and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from January to July 2014.

Recent prior roles include Managing Director of Debswana Diamond Company (Pty) Ltd., President and Chief Executive Officer of De Beers Canada Inc., Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of PT International Nickel Indonesia tbk and Executive Vice President at Placer Dome Inc. Mr. Gowans has more than 40 years of experience in mineral exploration, mine feasibility studies, opening new mines (including the Red Dog and Polaris zinc mines), commissioning mine expansions and in the development of best practices in mine safety, mine operations and economic performance improvement, particularly in the application of innovative new technologies in the mining space.

He is currently a director of Cameco Corporation, Titan Mining and New Gold Inc. He was Chairman of the Board of Dominion Diamond Corporation from April 2017 until its sale in October 2017, and was recently appointed a director of Gedex Inc., an innovative geophysics systems company. He has served on the Boards of various junior mining companies over the years including Phoscan, Arizona Mining and Newcastle Gold. He previously served as the President of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), Chair of the Mining Association of Canada (MAC), and as a Director of the Conference Board of Canada.

Mr. Gowans is a Professional Engineer and received a bachelor of applied science degree in mineral engineering from the University of British Columbia and attended the Banff School of Advanced Management.

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

Chair, Communications Committee

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.

CMIC Board Member Charles Dumaresq

Charles Dumaresq

Board Member

Charles Dumaresq is Vice President, Science and Environmental Management with the Mining Association of Canada.  He joined MAC in April, 2015.

In his role with MAC, he focuses on regulatory and environmental aspects of mining, including mine waste management, effluent quality, and monitoring and mitigating effects on water quality and the aquatic environment. He is also responsible for the R&D and innovation file for MAC, and is involved in a recently establish MAC Board Innovation Task Force.  In this role, he has taken over the responsibilities of his predecessor, Rick Meyers (VP, Northern and Technical Affairs), who was also a member of the CMIC Board.

Prior to joining MAC, Charles spent 22 years with Environment Canada, working on regulatory and policy development related to mining and the environment.

Charles has a background in earth sciences, with a M.Sc. from Carleton University.  His graduate research focused on geochemistry and downstream water quality associated with closed and abandoned silver mines in Cobalt, Ontario.

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.


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 2020 Financial Statements

2020 Financial Statements

Learn more about CMIC's financial performance in 2020.

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