Adrian joined Hatch in 2016 to lead mining innovation. Hatch is a global organization usually recognized as an engineering/EPCM company. Prior to joining Hatch, Adrian was the Vice President, Underground Mining for KGHM International where he led operations in Canada, US and Chile. He has also held senior roles with Falconbridge (now Glencore), Vale-Inco, Compass Minerals and QuadraFNX.
Adrian is a mining engineer whose career path has seen him work as an underground miner through to an executive committee member of a global business. He has always had a passion for safe-execution, which has been recognized by twice having the operations under his leadership win Canada’s national Ryan Award for safety.
Currently, Adrian is working with Vale, Glencore, BHP and CMIC to accelerate the digital transformation of underground mines.
Al Shpyth joined the IMII in December 2015 and became executive director on January 1, 2016. Al brings more than 25 years of consulting, government and industry experience related to mining and the minerals sector to the IMII. A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan (in 1986), he obtained his master’s degrees in environmental studies from York University (in 1991) and in environmental law and policy from the Vermont Law School, where he graduated with highest honours, in 2014.
As a consultant, Al worked on environmental assessments and feasibility studies for mining projects in Saskatchewan (potash), British Columbia (copper) and Manitoba (silica sand). While with the Government of Saskatchewan, Al was the lead author of the government’s Position Paper on Proposed Uranium Mining Developments in Northern Saskatchewan in the mid-1990s, and helped to set the public policy framework for approvals of the McArthur River, Cigar Lake and McClean Lake projects. He also conceived of and created the Northern Mines Monitoring Secretariat and Environmental Quality Committees to facilitate community involvement in the regulation of the uranium mining industry in northern Saskatchewan. In industry, Al held a number of progressively more responsible positions within Uranerz Exploration and Mining Ltd. and Cameco Corporation in areas as diverse as public affairs, human resources, special projects (ISO 14001), policy and systems development, government relations, information systems & technology, and business technology services. His work for Cameco was both national and international in scope, having been seconded to the Canadian Nuclear Association in Ottawa as director, environmental and regulatory affairs, and represented the company as their first managing director in the Central Asian Republic of Kazakhstan.
In Saskatchewan, Al served several years as the chair of the Uranium Section of the Saskatchewan Mining Association and on the board of directors of the Saskatoon Co-op. He is presently the past-president of the Saskatchewan Environment Industry and Managers Association.
Boyne Hohenstein is the Founder and Director of IMP Group, an international automation company that is celebrating thirty years of business in 2017. Boyne is a passionate driver of laboratory and sampling automation for the mining and materials processing sectors, and has been awarded a number of international patents for his innovations. Through expansion into the Americas and Australia in the 21st century, he has steered IMP into strategic partnerships and client relationships to become the largest supplier of laboratory automation for mineral laboratories in the world. In 2003, on behalf of IMP, Boyne accepted the South African Industrial Development Corporation’s runner-up award for industrial innovation.
Boyne will be leading the Day 1 Lunchtime Roundtable “Meet the Speakers” session at Mines and Technology Toronto, and is looking forward to an energetic, insightful discussion on the impact and future of robotics and automation in mining.
Executive Director and CEO
Canada Mining Innovation Council
Carl Weatherell joined the Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) on March 1,
Carl has been described by others as a rebel and a heretic. He is a change agent
known for challenging the status quo, discovering new ways of doing things and
taking ideas to execution. He is a natural connector often bringing together
disparate and seemingly unrelated people, groups and organizations to create new
He has over 27 years’ experience working at the interface of business, government
and postsecondary institutions nationally and internationally. Carl has helped
position organizations for success and has established, managed or facilitated the
development of strategies with a number of organizations and over 15 different
consortia comprised of 200 businesses, 30 government organizations and 180
different academic institutions. He was a key member of the teams creating 3
national laboratories in photonics, fire research and astro-particle physics.
He has won awards for breakthrough leadership, technology transfer and was
nominated for an award related to the development of strategic relationships
between academia, industry and government.
Carl obtained graduate and undergraduate degrees in chemistry from Carleton
University and the University of Waterloo respectively. He holds one patent and has
publications in five different technical domains: hydrometallurgical engineering,
organometallic chemistry, analytical chemistry, environmental engineering and
Mr. Lewicki has been intimately involved with the lifecycle of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers and the Phoenix Mars Lander.
Lewicki performed system engineering development and participated in assembly, test and launch operations for both Mars missions. He was Flight Director for the rovers Spirit and Opportunity, and the Surface Mission Manager for Phoenix. The recipient of two NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals, Lewicki has an asteroid named in his honor: 13609 Lewicki. Chris holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona.
At Planetary Resources, Mr. Lewicki is responsible for the strategic development of the company’s mission and vision, engagement with customers and the scientific community, serves as technical compass, and leads day to day operations.
As CEO, Don Duval is responsible for the strategy and operations of NORCAT’s global operations. He is regarded as one of Canada’s leading thinkers on innovation and commercialization working with tech companies, academic institutions, and governments around the world to develop innovation strategies and regional innovation ecosystems. Prior to NORCAT, Don served as the VP of Strategy / Operations for the MaRS Discovery District, one of the world’s pre-eminent innovation centres working in a variety of sectors to accelerate the growth of start-up tech ventures in Canada.
Don is an active angel investor, sits on a variety of Boards, and is a member of the YPO Toronto Chapter. Academically, he has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Queen’s University and a Masters of Applied Science from the University of Toronto.
As the Chief Operating Officer, Gordana has responsibility for managing all operational aspects of the company and plays an integral role in tactical matters such as permitting, mine development, long term planning, budget management and cost benefit analysis. She is directly responsible for overseeing company’s existing mine and mill operation at the Point Rousse Project in Newfoundland and plays a critical role in helping to shape and guide the future growth and development of the organization including expansion planning for recently acquired Goldboro Project in Nova Scotia. She is seasoned mining professional with a Master’s Degree in Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mining Engineering combined with more than twenty years of experience in mining base metals, coal and gold.
Michelle Ash is Chief Innovation Officer at Barrick. In her role, Ash oversees 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. Ash joined Barrick in January 2016 and brings with her more than 20 years of experience in the mining and manufacturing sectors with a focus on business improvement and change management. She began her career as a blasting engineer with Rio Tinto.
Most recently, Ash worked for Acacia Mining in Tanzania as Chief Operating Officer, having served earlier as Executive General Manager, Business Improvement and Planning. In these roles, Ash drove shareholder value by spearheading business improvement programs that resulted in operational improvements and cost-savings. Prior to this, she served as the Head of Alliance Planning and Co-ordination at the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance where she was accountable for the leadership of strategic projects. Ash has held similar business improvement and strategic roles at other companies including the Minerals and Metals Group and Australian Vinyls.
Last year, Ash was named to the 2016 list of “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” by Women in Mining UK.
Ash holds a degree in Civil Engineering and an Executive MBA from the Melbourne Business School; she also holds degree in psychology from Deakin University.
Thomas is a co-founder of Helium One, and a geologist educated at the Australian National University. Since the helium potential of Tanzania was identified in 2013, Thomas has played an integral role in the corporate and technical development of the company.
Thomas’ career began with Rio Tinto in Australia before moving into the junior exploration space. For over a decade he worked on green/brown-fields exploration projects on four continents with listed and private companies. He held the title of exploration manager since 2009, exploring primarily for PGE/gold/base metals. Thomas has since co-founded multiple companies including: Longland Resources and Hekla Consulting, in addition to Helium One.
Tina is the Head of Production for the Potash business based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Tina is
responsible for leading the Operational Readiness and Resource Geology functions. Prior to moving to
this position in February 2017, she was the Head of Integrated Operations at Escondida Mine in Chile,
and prior to Escondida, Tina worked as the GM, Yarrie Mine in the Western Australia Iron Ore business.
Tina started her career with BHP at the EKATI Diamond Mine in 1994 as a mining engineer, developing
Canada’s and BHP’s first diamond mine. Her career with BHP has included roles in mine operations,
transformation, project development and delivery, and marketing. She has multi-commodity experience
including diamonds, coal, iron ore, copper and potash and has gained international experience working in Australia, Singapore and recently, Chile.
Tina holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Mining and Process Engineering from the University of British
Columbia in 1994 and an MBA from Athabasca University in 2002. She enjoys yoga, running, golf and