February 2022

An Introduction to Mineral and Exploration Economics

In Partnership with BRIMM Mining Education at UBC

Status: Advanced registration is closed. Please contact Tasha Booth at [email protected] for inquiries.
Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - Thursday, March 3, 2022
Time: Registrants will receive access to the course by February 14, 2022.

Week 1: Tuesday, February 15, 2022 from 12:00 PM–1:30 PM Pacific Time
Thursday, February 17, 2022 from 12:00 PM–1:30 PM Pacific Time

Week 2: Tuesday, February 22, 2022 from 12:00 PM–1:30 PM Pacific Time

Week 3: Tuesday, March 1, 2022 from 12:00 PM–1:30 PM Pacific Time
Thursday, March 3, 2022 from 12:00 PM–1:30 PM Pacific Time
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Benjamin Cox
Program Director of the Executive Microcertificate in Economic Leadership for Mining
University of British Columbia

Ben Murphy
Instructor, Executive Microcertificate in Economic Leadership for Mining
University of British Columbia
Credit: Eligible for 7.5 CE Hour(s) of Technical Learning
Cost: Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Regular Price: $795.00 + GST = $834.75

Non-Registrant Price: $895.00 + GST = $939.75
Please Note:
  • Student Price is eligible for participants in Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Student Program
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  • For webinar sessions, the webinar login instructions will be made available 3 business days prior to the webinar date
  • A minimum number of registrations are needed by February 11, 2022 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation
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Contact: Tasha Booth | Professional Development Coordinator
Direct: 604.558.6653
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Email: [email protected]
Note: Webinars are held on February 15, 17, 22, and March 1, 3 2022 from 12:00 PM•1:30 PM Pacific Time (each day).
This course is designed to introduce engineers and geoscientists to mining economics from four point of views: exploration economics from grassroots to greenfield projects; mineral processing economics from a brownfield upgrade perspective; sustainability economics and how it ties into everything; and, introduction to real decision-making framework that can be coupled with financial modeling to navigate the best outcomes for any project. We aim to expand the perspective of participants - engineers and geoscientists, around how economics ties together their combined work, in all the stages of the mining cycles.

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.

Learning Objectives

  • 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.

Target Audience

Engineers and geoscientists who wish to learn more about mineral and exploration techniques.


Benjamin Cox

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.

Ben Murphy

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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