Keynote Sessions


September 25 | 9:00 – 10:00

Lawrence Devon Smith MEMO2017 keynote speaker

Lawrence Devon Smith
Principal Consultant at Lawrence, Devon, Smith and Associates

Larry is a mining engineer with over 40 years of experience in project engineering and economic evaluations for mining, metallurgical and industrial projects. He is considered an expert in mineral project evaluation, discount rates and risk assessment.


September 26 | 9:00 to 10:00

Ryan Morelli MEMO2017 keynote speaker

Dr. Ryan Morelli
Assistant Chief Geologist, Data Management, Saskatchewan Geological Survey

Ryan completed his B.Sc. in Geology at the University of Saskatchewan in 2001. He then went on to complete his M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, specializing in rhenium-osmium geochronology of sulfide minerals from hydrothermal ore deposits. In 2007, he accepted a position with the Saskatchewan Geological Survey as a Precambrian Research Geologist. In this role he undertook bedrock mapping and drill core investigations throughout much of the Reindeer Zone in the Trans-Hudson Orogen. This work included studies on Precambrian rocks in the Flin Flon area that are buried beneath Phanerozoic cover, and on high metamorphic grade rocks of the northern Glennie domain. In addition to the Precambrian geology and tectonic history of Saskatchewan, his research interests include use of radiogenic isotopes to interpret crustal evolution, and characterization of gold and base metal deposits. Ryan has recently been assigned to a new role with the Survey as Assistant Chief Geologist of the Data Management unit.