I will be attending the 2019 SME Annual Meeting in Denver. I will focus on sessions on tailings management, hydrometallurgy and critical materials. I will also attend the awards dinner on Wednesday 27th Feb as a representative of AusIMM to recognize Harry Parker receiving the AusIMM Institute Medal.
Laurie Reemeyer will be presenting, participating or attending the following events:
Resourceful Paths is pleased to be a Silver Sponsor of the 2019 UBC Mining Graduate Trip to Sweden and Finland. Students will travel to mining operations, equipment and technology firms and universities that showcase innovative and sustainable mining practices. Field trips such as this help students learn how to create the mines of the future in ways that can meet future societal needs while protecting the environment.
Laurie Reemeyer was inspired to support this trip as he toured some of the same operations and institutions in Sweden and Finland after receiving the AusIMM Outokumpu Travel Grant for Metallurgists in 2000.
AusIMM Webinar - Risks and Opportunities for Australian Mining from the Transition to a Net-Zero Carbon Economy (Co-presenter)
Marc Allen and I will be presenting on the drivers behind the transition to a net-zero carbon economy, the opportunities for those mining organisations who adapt, and the risks to those who don’t. The event is at 2:30 pm Australian Eastern Summer Time on Thursday, 6th December. Please register here:
Resourceful Paths was a Bronze Sponsor for the 2018 annual CIM Vancouver Student Night.
The aim of Student Night is to connect UBC, SFU, and BCIT Students within the Mining and Earth Sciences programs with Industry Professionals for an evening of excellent networking and the presentation of thousands of dollars in scholarships, awards and prizes for Graduate and Undergraduate Students.
The night featured a through provoking presentation by Dr Mike Davies, a leading expert in the mine waste management field. After more than 25 years in consulting engineering, Mike joined Teck Resources as their VP Environment which was a role he held for more than five years. Starting in late 2017, he began a phased retirement where he current acts as the Senior Advisor, Tailings and Mine Waste, with Teck. He is also chair of the Mining Association of Canada’s Tailings Working Group.
Some of the largest and potentially most impactful engineered facilities in the world are the mining industry’s tailings impoundments. While technical issues are important for the proper design, construction and operation of these facilities, the human element has the potential to have an equally (or more) important role in their success or failure. This is particularly true given the service life and perpetuity closure period involved. Using the backdrop of several tailings facility failures in recent years, we will discuss just how important the human element is and the role governance plays. In particular, the roles of effective communication and regular independent reviews are emphasized – areas that are of critical importance for any mining related career.
I will be attending this workshop to learn about developments in the CEEC Energy Curves Program and hear about innovations in comminution technology and innovation.
In the webinar, I will discuss current and future challenges in mining, and how an integrated design approach to mining, processing and waste management can help lower environmental impacts.
You can register for the webinar here:
A copy of my presentation can be found here.
Dr Gavin Mudd and I will be co-chairing a technical session on the Circular Economy and Mining at the 2018 SME Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN. Please let us know if you're interested in participating or attending.
Consumer demands and innovation are driving the world towards a circular economy, where growth can decouple from resource and environmental constraints. The mining industry business model is mainly based on high volume ore treatment and waste production. How might the industry adapt and thrive in a shift to the circular economy?
The abstract for my presentation is:
The circular economy for metals currently centers around recycling/reprocessing smelter, refinery and semi fabricated wastes, and consumer scrap materials recovered from end of life sorting. Some mining companies are connected to the circular economy through integrated mine to refine value chains, while others are disconnected as they only produce mineral concentrates. How does industry structure influence how mining companies engage in or are affected by the circular economy? Will circular economy related government regulations and corporate sustainability targets change the economics, environmental and stewardship aspects of mined metal supply? The topic will be analyzed using the copper and lead/zinc industries as examples.
You can see a copy of my presentation here.
We will be discussing the role of digital technologies to help mines manage energy demand and costs, and GHG emissions. The discussion will focus on digital innovation, such as using real-time and predictive analytics to drive energy decision making and justify a shift towards renewable energy.
I will be participating in the Unearthed hackathon at HiVE Vancouver, where I am a member. Looking forward to delving into data to search for improvements to mining problems to improve efficiency and reduce impacts!
COM2017 Conference of Metallurgists, Energy and Eco-Efficiency in Mining and Processing Symposium, Vancouver (presenter)
Please let me know if you'll be coming to COM2017.
I will be presenting a paper titled:
Integrated Mining and Processing Systems Design for Eco-Efficiency
The abstract is as follows:
The mining industry faces increasing economic, environmental and social challenges, as easier deposits deplete and ores become more difficult to mine and process; head grades decline; projects migrate to increasingly remote and difficult geographies; and the industry faces more stringent environmental and social standards. While these factors increase costs and risks, they also present opportunities for a more integrated approach to mining, processing, materials handling and waste management. Two key areas of risk are in tailings and water management. As mining and processing tonnage rates continue to increase, the disturbance footprints, water and energy consumption and scale of tailings storage facilities also rise. These factors can be mitigated by more selective mining, ore sorting and pre-concentration, and more intensive tailings dewatering. Such alternatives must be considered in conjunction with the selection of mining method, metallurgical flowsheets, major equipment selection, and key process design criteria. For example, increasing the grind size of a concentrator reduces energy consumption and eases tailings dewatering, but may cause challenges with metal recovery. Emerging technologies will be reviewed, and economic and environmental trade-offs for eco-efficient alternatives will be presented for metal sulfide mines.
I will be giving a presentation at the CIM North Central Branch AGM in Prince George, BC titled "Economic and sustainability drivers for copper-gold deposits".
I will be presenting on strategic metals in batteries to the Berkeley Energy and Resources Club (BERC).
As momentum for environmentally friendly technologies grows, concerns have arisen about the supply of critical metals such as lithium and cobalt for batteries; tantalum in capacitors; indium, cadmium, selenium and tellurium for solar cells; and rare earth elements (REE) for wind turbines.
The geology and geography of mineral deposits can greatly affect the extraction processes, costs, quantities and security of supply. Some strategic metals are produced as by-products of base metals such as copper, zinc and nickel, which affects their economics. This BERCShop will discuss complexities and possibilities of such metal supply, and will include a case study on cobalt.
The presentation is open to all present and past BERC members, and the Eventbrite can be found here.
I look forward to seeing colleagues from the US, and will primarily attend the technical sessions on sustainable development, tailings and water management, and minerals processing. Please let me know if you will be there so we can connect.
In the lead up to the CMP conference, Laurie will be attending a Natural Resources Canada workshop on water in mining to support a consulting assignment reviewing water recovery and reuse in base metals and gold processing plants. At the conference he is looking forward to technical talks on ore sorting and coarse particle flotation to save energy in processing, cyanide replacements and cyanide destruction to minimize environmental risks in gold processing, and catching up with several old colleagues.
I will be attending primarily to hear developments at BC flotation operations, including Mount Milligan, Gibraltar and Highland Valley Copper, as well as tailings dewatering and disposal developments.
At UBC. Presentation by Paul Nielson, Directors, Minerals & Metals, Western Region, Ausenco and Ben Sparrow, CEO, Saltworks Technologies. An opportunity for industry professionals to share their knowledge, career anecdotes and advice with engineering students.
I will attend and give feedback to participants of the Vancouver Changemakers Showcase Pitching Party. I'm hoping to help young entrepreneurial students bring their ideas to change the world to fruition!
Laurie is currently fundraising for Climate Council of Australia to support production of independent and credible research and communication materials about climate change mitigation and adaption. At the end of the campaign, he will join Chief Councillor and author, Professor Tim Flannery, and other Climate Council fundraisers on an expedition to the Kimberley region in Western Australia. Laurie will pay for the expedition himself, all funds raised go to Climate Council. You can support the campaign here.
Association of Climate Change Officers Climate Fundamentals Northern California Workshop (participant)
A primer on climate science, identifying climate hazards, conducting vulnerability assessments, leveraging climate change data and tools and understanding the energy-water-food nexus. Enables decision makers across roles, functions and sectors to develop a better understanding of how the implications of climate change intersect with their decision making. Held in San Francisco.
Innovative, cost-effective and sustainable water management in mining
In a context where water is increasingly scarce, and where the demand for water resources and effluent control is growing, the Water in Mining 2016 Congress offers a unique opportunity for professionals to meet and discuss new supply options and economic and sustainable mine water management processes throughout the entire mining cycle.
At WIM 2016, Laurie Reemeyer will leverage previous engagement with researchers from Sustainable Minerals Institute and Columbia Water Center on water in mining innovations.
Laurie will present at HiVE Vancouver, and will cover the following:
- Background on world coal production, trade and contribution to greenhouse gas emissions
- The Queensland coal industry, inc. the Galilee Basin and controversial Adani Carmichael project
- Ties between Queensland and the expanding coal power sector in India
- Environmental impacts, especially stresses on the Great Barrier Reef
- Strategies to limit expansion of the Queensland coal industry and GHGs
- Questions and interactive discussion
Carbon Talks: Levelling the Playing Field as Vancouver Implements its Renewable City Strategy (attendee)
What are the roles of equity, justice and democratic process as the City of Vancouver moves forward with its energy planning?
According to the World Energy Council, energy equity is about accessibility and affordability of energy supply across the population. While cities are demonstrating climate and energy leadership, they will need to do so while ensuring affordability of renewable energy.
Vancouver has both an ambitious energy plan, as well as acute affordability issues. Is there a risk that greater use of renewable energy in the City of Vancouver will impose unequal economic burdens on different segments of the community? Could the energy plan compromise the City’s goals for social equity? What are the roles of equity, justice, and democratic process as the City moves forward with its energy planning?
- Councillor Andrea Reimer, Councillor, City of Vancouver
- Ananda Lee Tan, Organizer, Facilitator, Trainer and Guide
- Alex Boston, Principal and Senior Planner, Boston Consulting
The Newtonian Shift - simulation game on transformation of energy system transformation (participant)
Laurie participated in the Newtonian Shift, played during the GLOBE 2016 Expo in Vancouver.
Energy Futures Lab: The Newtonian Shift is a facilitated role-playing simulation that allows players to experience decades of energy transition in one day. Participants explore future energy shifts while representing a diverse set of viewpoints: energy producer, private customer, large energy consumer, First Nations, suppliers, grid operator, investors, and government.