For homework, participants will be required to apply analytical thinking to case studies and integrate financial modelling into project decision-making. Submissions will be graded on a pass/fail basis and to qualify for certification, 4 out of 5 homework assignments must be completed.
This course is offered in partnership with the MiningEd Program at the Bradshaw Research Initiative of Mining and Metals (BRIMM) under the University of British Columbia (UBC).
For more information on course content, please contact Clara Arajuo, Business Development Coordinator at UBC BRIMM at [email protected] or 778.302.3753.
- Develop an appreciation of different stages and their economic impact in the mining value chain;
- Develop an understanding of the factors that make an ore body economic;
- Be able to apply basic methodology to determine if an ore body or project is economic, and identify areas that need further review;
- Be able to discuss real options at different stages of the mining value chain;
- Apply the best-case/worst-case decision making framework;
- Understand the economic drivers in mineral processing operations;
- Be able to discuss major sustainability drivers in the mine value chain and how these relate to economic drivers;
- Be exposed to modelling as a tool for decision making considering economic and sustainability impacts; and
- Develop a perspective on sustainability in decision making.
Engineers and geoscientists who wish to learn more about mineral and exploration techniques.
Program Director of the Executive Microcertificate in Economic Leadership for Mining
Benjamin Cox has a corporate finance and environmental economics background, focusing on financial optimization with an ESG focus. He has worked and been an entrepreneur in the last 20+ years in the exploration space, for OEM’s and now for the University of British Columbia as a funded Ph.D. student within a team that is focusing on pricing and valuing the water, energy, and environmental footprint of the mining industry.
Instructor at the Executive Micro-Certificate in Economic Leadership for Mining
Ben has been involved in the mining industry for the majority of his working life and has experienced the industry from 2 very different perspectives: firstly, working in base metal concentrators around the world (Australia, Indonesia, Ireland and South Africa) in technical and managerial roles, and, more recently, for mineral processing equipment suppliers. He is passionate about breaking silos, improved decision making, and better understanding value in the mining industry. He graduated from the University of Queensland with a BE in mineral processing and is a chartered professional metallurgist (AusIMM).
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