Resourceful Paths focuses on profitably reducing impacts of mining. We help clients and collaborators identify and implement ways to reduce energy and water consumption, lower emissions, mitigate climate change and improve resource recovery. Our approach is based on both economic drivers and sustainability metrics, and we consider both value creation and risk mitigation.
Laurie Reemeyer, MBA, P. Eng., FAusIMM CP(Met)
Laurie is a strategic thinker with a multi-disciplinary and systems approach, and a focus on mitigating impacts through integrated design. He recognizes the long-term challenges that the mining industry faces with declining ore grades, deeper orebodies, more complex ores and wastes, energy and water constraints, and rising stakeholder expectations. He understands innovations and technology options that can overcome these challenges, including: exploring for higher grade deposits, incorporating selective mining, sorting and pre-concentration methods; mine backfill; and separation processes that use less energy while allowing higher water recycling. Laurie believes that the future of mining is more likely in moderate scale, flexible, selective, lower impact operations rather than gigantic, bulk, large footprint, high capital cost ones.
Laurie has over 20 years of experience in operations and project management, metallurgy and consulting. He worked in copper and lead-zinc-silver sulphide concentrators and smelters and collaborated to enhance economics across the mine to market process chain. His roles including managing the second largest zinc concentrator in the world. During challenging market conditions in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Laurie developed a sharp understanding of cost and revenue drivers to maintain profitability. He has a comprehensive understanding of by-product metal recovery, water management, and environmental management of residues and impurities at mines, smelters and refineries.
Laurie graduated from University of Queensland in Minerals Process Engineering and is a Professional Engineer in B.C., Canada. He completed his MBA at UC Berkeley in 2010 with the Certificate in Engineering and Business Sustainability for coursework in life cycle assessment, environmental engineering, climate change mitigation and metrics of sustainability.
See Laurie's CV here.