A number of highly specialized workshops will be offered on Sunday, September 24 by top experts in their fields. These in-depth courses will be essential for professionals who want to stay abreast of the most recent developments and techniques in their areas of expertise. The workshops are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The organizer reserve the right to cancel a workshop if the number of participant does not meet the minimum number required. 

Date: Sunday, September 24 | Time: 9:00 to17:00 | Location: TCU Place | Cost: $200



Mining 101: An overview of mining from exploration to closure including highlighted aspects of surface and underground mining methods, the tools that are used and the roles that people play in the mining process.  Specialist activities such as blasting and understanding the proportion of waste to ore moved and requiring reclamation planning receive attention.

Milling 101: An introduction to and an overview of the unit operations used in mineral processing and extractive metallurgy, their functions and their operation, and the roles of individuals in a milling operation.  Specific applications in operations are presented and described.


Mining 101: To provide an introduction to mining terms and vocabulary in the contact of the mining process from discovery of a deposit through sustainable mine closure.  The material provides non-mining people with an understanding of consideration in the mining industry and a sustainability focused review to those working in the mining industry.

Milling 101: To describe mineral processing and extractive metallurgy operations, to give an introduction to those new to the industry, to serve as a refresher to those currently in the industry.


People new to mining and/or mineral processing and extractive metallurgy wanted a thorough introduction to the industry.  People with knowledge of mining and/or milling wanting a refresher course.

Anyone with a connection to the mining industry but not working directly for a mining or milling operation.  Those in managerial, administrative, supervisory, accounting, legal, occupational health and safety, service provision, government would also find benefit from this course.


Tim Joseph is the Associate Dean, Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta; with specific responsibility for 6000+ engineering students.  He is also Professor mining engineering, and director of the Alberta Equipment – Ground Interactions Syndicate (AEGIS), a mining research consortium of researchers, industry, government and manufacturers investigating sustainable mining practices, focusing on both remediating and avoiding adverse impacts from and to mining technology.  A recipient of the University of Alberta undergraduate teaching award in mining engineering, the Surface Mining Association for Research and Technology (SMART) Award for contributions to furthering safety and education in the global surface mining industry and the 2009 CIM Past President’s Medal for early achievements in education; were capped in 2009 by a CIM Fellowship and in 2011 the CIM Distinguished Service Medal for contributions to the global mining industry and mining engineering education. 

As the 30 year founding president and principal engineer with JPi mine equipment, he has delivered industry short courses and mine equipment performance solutions, advising and training the global resource industry.  These services and courses include most recently community engagement, designing for closure and sustainable governance practice consultation to the United Nations.  His teaching over the past decade has focused on establishing sustainable planning and practice for resource operations, hybrid minimal material movement mining methods, responsible equipment operational and maintenance practices.  Research work on reducing mine equipment emissions, novel use of mine waste in mine development and targeting community focused and sustainable mine closure states has become the underlying theme of a dozen academic and short courses, using workshop style scenario based learning approaches.

Chuck Edwards has been a Professional Engineer for 50 years, with experience in R&D, operations, government service, consulting and engineering management.  He is now Process Engineering Advisor with the Saskatchewan Research Council in Saskatoon.  Chuck specializes in uranium processing for both alkaline and acid leach plants, and was involved in the engineering design of all of the current uranium facilities in Saskatchewan.  He has additional experience in gold, silver, nickel, copper, potash, oil sands and other projects in Canada and overseas. Chuck has been a Technical Consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Austria since 1999.  He served as President of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) in 2011-2012.  Chuck was awarded the AIME gold medal for Extractive Metallurgy Technology in 1987, the CMP Best Presentation Award in 1997 and 2007, and CMP Mineral Processor of the Year in 2001. He was a CIM Distinguished Lecturer in 2003-2004.  Chuck has been a CIM fellow since 2004 and a CIM Life Member since 2011.  He was awarded the CIM Distinguished Service Medal in 2013.  Chuck has presented short courses and workshops nationally through CIM and internationally through the IAEA.

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The mining industry consumes a large percentage of the energy grid in our country, with ventilation comprising 50% of a mine's energy consumption and 25 to 40% of the total mining costs. Energy associated with ventilating an underground operation thus comprises a significant portion of a mine operation's base energy demand and is consequently responsible for a large percentage of the total operating costs.

Audits performed by AirFinders over the past 29 years has found mine ventilation systems to be, in general, ineffective and inefficient. Typical system efficiencies found were less than 65%, while proper systems should exceed 90%. This translates to excessive and unwarranted costs.

This workshop will show the operator how to perform day-to-day inspections and surveys to not only identify deficient areas needing prompt attention but also to quantify their efficiency and effect on performance, costs and safety. It will teach how to prepare internal corrective action proposals for consideration by site managers and how to perform calculations to demonstrate cost savings and payback periods when bringing the upset condition into conformity.

The workshop will also introduce Management Programs which consist of audit, verification and corrective action procedures used to improve system efficiencies and to achieve reductions in energy and in overall costs.


General procedures, solutions and tactics for improving existing ventilation appliance installations (fans and fan assemblages, ducts, bulkheads, doors, regulators, etc.) will be presented and guidelines for the inspection and survey of such appliances for the purposes of estimating their operating efficiency will be provided.

The objectives are:

• to present procedures for determining the operating performance of ventilation appliances, their efficiency, energy consumption and operating costs;

• to present procedures (low cost system retrofit) for optimizing the efficiency of existing ventilation appliances; and

• to introduce Management Programs used to achieve reductions in energy and in overall costs.

Case studies based on actual ventilation audits will be presented to demonstrate the application of the introduced procedures.


The workshop should be of direct interest to the professional mining engineer, technologists, contractors and mine operators who are involved in the design, management and day-to-day operation of mine ventilation systems.


Euler De Souza, a registered professional engineer in the Province of Ontario, is a mining engineer specializing in mine ventilation, mine environment and mine monitoring. He holds B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Mining Engineering. He is currently affiliated with the R.M. Buchan Department of Mining, Queen's University, as an Associate Professor.

He is a well-established and recognized advisor to industry in the area of mine ventilation (past 29 years), being one of the very few experts in the field in Canada. He is President and CEO of AirFinders Inc. (, a company specializing on the design of ventilation systems for industry.

He has produced over 200 technical ventilation engineering design reports associated with consulting activities. AirFinders Inc. has been involved in a diversity of mine ventilation projects including designing ventilation systems for new mines; performing ventilation audits; solving critical ventilation problems; implementing ventilation management programs to meet regulations; the optimization of mine ventilation systems; reconciliation of ventilation planning and mine production planning; air quality control; ventilation upgrade for existing mines; the design and sizing of ventilation raises; the design of surface intake and exhaust fan installations; fan testing and analysis of the performance of main fan installations; booster fan selection and design; ventilation design for new orebodies at depth; auxiliary ventilation sizing and design; and ventilation surveys.

Over the past twenty nine years he has provided a series of mine ventilation training courses in mining camps throughout Canada and overseas. In June 2002, he organized the North American / Ninth U.S. Mine Ventilation Symposium, a ventilation symposium held in Canada for the first time.

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Geological Workshop for Stakeholders in Natural Resource Exploration and Extraction

Efficient natural resource exploration and extraction is inherently tied to understanding the geology. This course is designed for stakeholders interested in the geologic history of Western Canada through time, with a specific focus on the resulting diverse geological settings in Saskatchewan. The development of world-class deposits in the province will be reviewed, with a focus on the Devonian Prairie Evaporite Formation exploration strategies including the use and interpretation of wireline logs. While informative as a standalone, this course will introduce topics covered in the rock mechanics workshop. Upon registration, participants will receive access to online course materials ahead of the workshop.

Rock Mechanics for Stakeholders in Exploration, Resource Estimation and Mine Planning

This course is designed for stakeholders involved in various stages of mine exploration and development in hard rock and evaporite settings. The role geotechnical investigations have in identifying risks will be explored as it relates to mine design, stability assessments, and resource estimation. The goal of the workshop is to identify what data should be collected depending on the stage of mine exploration and development, demonstrate how the collected data applies to mine design, and discuss the implications of uncertainty in the data and data gaps.


Geological Workshop

Deb Shewfelt, M.Sc., P.Geo is a Senior Geologist, Director of Workforce Development and member of the Board of Directors at North Rim, a Saskatoon-based geoscience and engineering consulting firm and wholly-owned subsidiary of RESPEC. Deb has a Master of Science degree in Geology, and holds Permission to Consult in potash, uranium and industrial minerals. Over the last 15 years, she has accrued research, consulting and management experience in the natural resource industry in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Australia.  As a Professional Geoscientist, she enjoys the variety of projects and challenges that consulting brings, and holds a particular interest in educational outreach efforts. 

Tabetha Stirrett, P.Geo has 20 years of industry experience as a geoscientist. Tabetha joined North Rim in 2008 as a Senior Geologist and Business Development Manager, and was part of the ownership team that successfully managed the sale of the company to RESPEC in 2016. She has a broad background in geoscience, including oil and gas, potash and coal experience with a focus on project management, exploration targeting, mineral resource estimations, and due diligence reviews. Tabetha worked for a decade in the petroleum industry as the manager and QA/QC specialist of a wireline service division – an expertise she brings to all drilling and resource estimation projects. She has assessed potash properties in many of the world’s evaporite basins, including North and South America, Australia, Europe and SE Asia.

Rock Mechanics Workshop

Cody Vining, P.E. is a Project Engineer at RESPEC. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and master’s in mine engineering and management. He has a broad background in geotechnical studies supporting mine design efforts and performing stability assessments. Since 2007, he has combined field assessments, laboratory testing, and numerical modeling to provide a comprehensive evaluation of underground excavations. His studies have supported salt and potash projects in bedded and domal salt formations throughout North American and Europe.

Doug Milne, Ph.D is a geological engineer with an MSc and PhD in mining rock mechanics. He has more than 20 years of industry experience in surface and underground rock mechanics, and he teaches rock mechanics at the University of Saskatchewan. His research interests include ground support, stope design, and rock mass classification.

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This short course will provide information on NI 43‐101 and 51‐101.  It is intended to inform practitioners working in the mineral and oil & gas resource exploration areas, using these instruments, of their duties as professionals working in these areas and will provide background information as to what is required to become a Qualified Person with respect to these national instruments.

The workshop format is a mix of lecture and group case studies.

Previous participants have found great value in the knowledge of the presenters and the dialogue between the attendees.


• Provide an overview of the two instruments (NI 43‐101 and 51‐101)

• Provide information on the requirements to become a Qualified Professional in these areas

• Through cases studies, exam the application of the instruments in various scenarios


Practitioners working in the areas of mineral resource and/or oil & gas exploration.


John Styles, P.Eng., FEC is President and CEO of Pilgrim Energy Inc., a private company engaged in business and finance consulting to the resource industry, and is founder and president of Outlaw Trail Spirits Inc., a craft distiller based in Regina. He also serves as principal with Auburn Energy Inc., a junior oil company, and has served as a sessional engineering instructor at the University of Regina since 2001. John has over 35 years of experience in the resource industry. He founded and/or has served on the boards of a number of public companies, including Reece Energy from 2007 through to its acquisition by Penn West in 2009. John was CEO of Invictus Minerals Corporation, staking the 97,000 acre KP‐289 "Legacy" potash exploration permit in 2005, and ultimately selling Invictus to Potash One (now K+S Canada) in 2008. Previously, he served in various engineering and business development roles with a number of domestic and international resource companies, having started his career with Gulf Canada in Edmonton in 1981.

John holds a Bachelor of Science (Honors) degree in Petroleum Engineering from Montana Tech (1987), and is licensed as a Professional Engineer in the Province of Saskatchewan, and has received the Fellow of Engineers Canada designation. John has been an active volunteer with APEGS, having served as Councillor for Group IV (2010‐2013), and as a member of the Experience Review, Nominations, Academic Review and Professional Edge committees. He is a past chair of the Academic Review Committee and is currently the vice chair of the Professional Edge Committee. John previously served on the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board accreditation team as a General Visitor for the 2008 engineering program review at University of Saskatchewan. He serves annually as an industry adjudicator for the fourth‐year capstone engineering project presentations by students at the University of Regina. John is secretary of the South Saskatchewan chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and previously served as chair and director of the South Saskatchewan section and director of the Petroleum Society of CIM.

Monica Tochor, P.Geo. is the Sr. Geologist with Mosaic Potash and is currently involved in the development of Mosaic’s newest business entity – the K3 mine shafts.  She has spent the entirety of her career working in Saskatchewan within a number of different commodities including gold, uranium, oil and potash.  Monica’s industry experience encompasses a unique amalgam of shaft sinking, exploration and production geology, claim staking, production and exploration drilling, ore reserve modelling and reporting, technical development, and project management. As the QP for all Mosaic potash reserves, she is equipped with 15 years of applicable experience to support the professional designation.

Monica holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Saskatchewan (2002), and is licensed as a Professional Geoscientist in the Province of Saskatchewan. She is an active volunteer with APEGS and is currently serving as a member of the Professional Practice Exam Committee.  While balancing career and family, Monica is passionate about driving education and innovation in the field of geological sciences.

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