Plenary Session

Under the theme "Leading and Managing in a Volatile Economy", MEMO 2016's plenary session will provide insight to the following questions:

  • How must companies lead and manage their organization through this lengthy market downturn?
  • How does one chart a path and commit to its execution when the path itself is fragile?
  • When capital avoidance is the focus, how can funding be secured to maintain a safe and reliable operation?
  • How can endeavors for cost cutting be responsibly balanced with maintaining the company's skilled workforce?


Bruce Jago, PhD, P. Geo, Founding Executive Director of the Goodman School of Mines, Laurentian University

Dr. Bruce Jago, P. Geo, is Franco-Nevada Executive Director of the Goodman School of Mines at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. Previously he was President, CEO and Director of Miocene Metals Ltd. of Vancouver B.C.

A Ph.D. graduate in geology from the University of Toronto, Mr. Jago has over 20 years of experience in mineral exploration, having explored for base and precious metals and diamond deposits in Canada and South America. Mr. Jago began his career with Inco Limited where he worked for Inco Exploration and Technical Services from 1991 to 1998, spending the latter 2 years as Exploration Manager in Brazil. He also spent two years leading diamond exploration programs in Northwest Territories and the Temagami region of Ontario for Temex Resources. From 1998 to 2004, Mr. Jago was Head -- Diamond Exploration Services for five years and Manager of Mineralogical Services for 4 years at Lakefield Research. In 2006, Mr. Jago joined Wallbridge Mining as Vice President, Exploration.


Michael Winship, Interim President & CEO, Rubicon Minerals Corporation

Michael Winship, P.Eng. was appointed to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer on an interim basis in October 2015. Prior to his appointment, Michael has been a Director of the Company since 2011. He has over 30 years’ experience in mine development, operations, and corporate business. He has over 30 years of international experience in the operation or development of over 20 mines in diverse working jurisdictions, including northern Canada and the Sudbury Basin. Michael was the President and CEO of Orvana Minerals Corp. He was the Chief Operating Officer of Quadra FNX Mining Ltd. (2010-2012), prior to its acquisition by KGHM. He has held executive level positions with HudBay Minerals, PT International Nickel Tbk, and Vale Inco Limited. Prior to Vale Inco, Michael was the General Manager for several major Placer Dome operations including the Campbell Mine in Red Lake, Ontario. Michael holds a bachelor's degree in mining engineering from McGill University.

Stuart Harshaw, Vice President, Ontario Operations, Vale

Stuart Harshaw is the Vice President of Vale’s Ontario Operations, accountable for Vale’s six mines, mill, smelter and refinery operations in Sudbury and Port Colborne, Ontario.

Stuart was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario. He received a degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Queen’s University in 1990 and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Laurentian University in 2002. Stuart joined the former Inco in 1990 and worked in various technical and operational roles in surface operations in Sudbury and Port Colborne. In 1999, he relocated to Toronto where he worked in progressively senior roles leading marketing, operational and project teams in Canada, the UK and most recently, Asia Pacific.

Peter Xavier, Vice President, Sudbury INO, A Glencore Company

Peter Xavier is Vice President of Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations (Sudbury INO).

Previously, Peter was Director of Nickel Rim South Mine for Sudbury INO where he had the overall accountability for the continued delivery of operational excellence at this mine which became an operation in 2010. A graduate of Laurentian University’s Mining Engineering program, Peter’s other previous key positions prior to being appointed Mine Director were Nickel Rim South Mine Manager, Thayer Lindsley Mine Manager and Strathcona Mill Manager.

Peter is currently a Board member of the Ontario Mining Association (OMA) and the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI). He was previously a Board member of the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) – Sudbury Chapter, which is committed to professional development and networking opportunities for the mining industry, while providing support for education through scholarships and donation programs.

Peter was awarded the 2014 CIM-Bedford Canadian Young Mining Leaders award.

Additionally, Peter is an alumnus of the Canada-Caribbean Emerging Leaders Dialogue and the Commonwealth Study Conference Leaders program, both highly prestigious leadership programs associated with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Study Conferences. Peter joined leaders from various sectors to take part in this strategic initiative aimed at tackling challenges that businesses, governments and society face today. Peter is part of the steering committee and Sudbury planning committee chair for CCELD 2015.

Frank Demers, General Manager for KGHM’s Sudbury Operations

Francois (Frank) Demers began his working career as an Operations Miner in 2001 with Vale’s Ontario Operations. Over the course of 15 years, he accelerated into various positions which included Mine Engineering, Supervisory roles, and Superintendent roles until leaving Vale in 2016 from his position of Mine Manager at Creighton Mine in Sudbury, Ontario.

Frank is currently the General Manager for KGHM’s Sudbury Operations. In this role, he is accountable for all operational aspects of FNX Mining, a wholly owned subsidiary of KGHM International, including 3 operations and the Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee to the Victoria Mine Project. He is committed to a continuous improvement approach to Health, Safety & Environment, Production, Costs and Employee Engagement while incorporating Risk Management in each aspect.

A graduate of Laurentian University’s Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) program, Frank is very passionate about the mining industry. Frank is currently enrolled in the MBA program at Laurentian; he also participates in many industry related boards. He is a Director on the Board of the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), as well as a Chair on the Mine Managers’ Committee for the OMA.