February 2019

Evening Seminar: Tailing Risk, Mining, and Geoscience Regulations

Organized by the Vancouver Branch

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. There is a limited amount of tickets available at the door. For more information, please contact [email protected] Thank you.
Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM: Registration and Networking with Snacks
7:00 PM: Presentations
8:30 PM: Networking
9:00 PM: Closing

Refreshments will be served.  

Dress code: Business casual.
Location: Vancouver City Hall, 453 W 12 Ave (Main Floor - Town Hall Room Number 110), Vancouver, BC
After hours access might be required. Text 780.982.8313 in case you have difficulty accessing the room.
Presenter: Dirk van Zyl, P.Eng., P.E., Ph.D.
Professor of Mining Engineering
Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, UBC

Brent Hilscher, P. Eng., 
Principal Engineer
Sacre-Davey Engineering

Tania Demchuk Ferbey, P.Geo., M.Sc.
Deputy Chief Inspector of Mines, Compliance and Enforcement
BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
Credit: 1.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $19.05 + GST = $20.00

Non-Member Price: $19.05 + GST = $20.00

Student Member Price: $14.28 + GST = $14.99

Late registrations at the door (space permitting): $23.81 + GST = $25.00

Contact: For more information please contact [email protected].
Note: To help us predict our catering needs, please register by Monday, February 25, 2019.
The Vancouver Branch of Engineers and Geoscientists BC would like to invite everyone to our upcoming evening seminar. This event promotes networking as well as knowledge sharing with presentations from three experts in leadership roles in the field of mining and geoscience. The speakers represent academia, consulting, and government. Since refreshments will be served, we ask that you RSVP in advance by registering online.

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About the Presenters

Presentation #1: Academia

Tailings Risk Management

Dirk van Zyl, P.Eng., P.E., Ph.D.
Professor of Mining Engineering
Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, UBC

Biography: Dirk has more than 40 years’ experience in research, teaching and consulting in tailings, mine rock, and heap leach management and is a Professor of Mining Engineering at the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia. He has more than 100 publications to his credit; these include papers and book chapters.  He has also presented numerous short courses on tailings, heap leach design, mining environmental management, and mine closure in the US and abroad. Dirk serves on a number of international review boards and panels related to tailings management for mine development and operations as well as comprehensive mine closure projects.

Presentation #2: Consulting

Ore Sorting in the Mining Industry

Brent Hilscher, P. Eng.
Principal Engineer
Sacre-Davey Engineering

Biography: Brent Hilscher has over 18 years in mining and mineral processing.  He has commissioned, operated, and supervised mineral processing plants. He has published papers, patented technologies, and been a speaker at over a dozen conferences and universities in Canada and around the world. Brent has led design and construction projects for Teck, Goldcorp, New Gold, Barrick, Xstrata, Agnico Eagle, and many others.  He won the National CMP Bill Moore Award for technical excellence in 2013, and served as an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Because of his technical reputation Brent has been consulted as a senior advisor for the World Bank and NASA mining research projects.  He has volunteered as an executive for both the CIM and CMP.  Besides his typical mining projects he is currently working on mining innovation projects for both the United Nations and the Government of Canada.

Brent currently leads the Sacre-Davey Engineering mining group who in the last 3 years have grown to become one of the largest mining process engineering teams in Western Canada with 30 mining studies and projects completed in the last 2 years. 

Presentation #3: Government

Opportunities and Innovations; a Geoscientist and Regulator’s Perspective

Tania Demchuk Ferbey, P.Geo., M.Sc.
Deputy Chief Inspector of Mines, Compliance and Enforcement
BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

Biography: Tania Demchuk is the Deputy Chief Inspector of Mines, Compliance and Enforcement with the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources. Tania has spent her career as a public servant including with the BC Geological Survey and more recently as a regulator. In this capacity, she has conducted environmental reviews and permitting for mining projects and responded to serious incidents. Tania currently leads a team responsible for mining compliance management and investigations. She has a Master of Science degree from the University of Victoria School of Earth and Ocean Sciences and is a registered Professional Geoscientist with Engineers and Geoscientists BC.


  • Due to space limitations, this event is limited to 100 people.
  • Guest/Non-member registration: If you are not a member of Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia, you can register online by quickly creating a 'Non-member' account. After clicking on the 'Register' link, you will be brought to a login screen. Towards the bottom, there is a ‘Create new account’ link. Click this link and follow the prompts to create your account and then you will be able to register online with this new account. Thank you and we look forward to having you join us.
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