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

Lawrence Devon Smith (Larry) is Principal Consultant at LDSA and has been Director of Project Evaluations for Barrick Gold, Vale-Inco, and Rio Algom as well as SNC-Lavalin/Kilborn. Larry is a mining engineer with over 40 years’ experience in project economic evaluations including scoping and optimization studies, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, risk assessment, and due diligence. He has published a number of papers on these topics.

Larry teaches Mineral Economics as an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto and Schulich Business School Mining MBA at York University. He has lectured at a number of universities and has given numerous in-house courses and workshops for lawyers, explorationists, financial and accounting professionals, and for First Nations groups.

Larry is on the executive of MES and CIM Toronto, has received the Robert Elver Award for Mineral Economics, is a CIM Distinguished Lecturer, and is a Fellow of CIM.

Presentation: Being smarter next time – What will smarter look like?


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.

Presentation: Saskatchewan's Mineral Sector in 2017: Status, Outlook and Opportunities