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.
Ore Sorting in the Mining Industry
Brent Hilscher, P. Eng.
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.
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.
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