Pre-Summit Workshop: An introduction to mining for renewables professionals


The aim of this workshop is to provide renewable energy professionals with a comprehensive understanding of the mining industry. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the operational practices pivotal to mining, be able to interpret essential terminology and feel more comfortable interacting with core mining staff by having a clearer understanding of the key concepts involved in mining. This workshop also aims to enhance the understanding of the business of mining for renewable energy professionals.

The agenda has been developed by Energy and Mines and and is presented by Arnoldus Mateo van den Hurk Mir, Ph. D., CEO,


Workshop feedback from previous attendees:


“I found Arnold’s workshop to be the highlight of the conference. For those new to the mining sector, it will lodge you to get the most out of the conference. And for mining veterans, it helps provide perspective and clarity on corporate priorities in the industry.” – Panasonic


“What you presented was a very sophisticated yet practical review of the mining industry.” – Barrick Gold


Session 1

Mining introduction and planning

Mine lifecycle

From exploration to exploitation

Extraction and comminution

Concentration, smelting and refinery

Commodities transport and mining ports




Session 2

Mine economics and company Structure

Minerals and metals economics

Commodity markets, drivers and trading

Metals valuation and stock markets

Mines: organization, job roles and profiles

Top mining companies and mines




Session 3

Energy uses in mining

Open pit mining energy use

Underground mining energy use

Energy use in beneficiation and metallurgy

Mining energy use due to water demand

Energy use in ancillary mining tasks




Session 4

Mining, environment and CSR

Mining environmental impacts

Mine closure and reclamation

Renewables and CSR

Final summary and summit recommendations


Summit Opening Reception


Coffee & Registration


Chair’s Opening Remarks

Adrienne Baker , Director , Energy and Mines


Opening Keynote: Strategic Energy Choices and Challenges for Mining Operators

John Dorward , President, CEO, and Director , Roxgold



Keynote Panel: Mining’s New Energy Paradigm: Reducing costs and Gaining Stakeholder Buy-In

Chair: Valerie Helbronner , Partner , Torys LLP

Daniel Owiredu , Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer , Golden Star Resources

John Dorward , President, CEO, and Director , Roxgold

Stephen Letwin , President and CEO , IAMGOLD

Paul West-Sells , President and COO , Western Copper and Gold

Mining’s energy strategy today is focused on cost reduction, efficiency, reliability and gaining stakeholder buy-in. This keynote session will bring together top mining leaders to discuss the changing power landscape for mining.

  • How has the current low commodity cycle influenced your energy strategy?
  • How have energy risks and costs changed for your operations over the last few years?
  • What are the principles or goals that guide your energy choices for existing and new operations?
  • How do you see the new energy landscape for mining evolving in the next 5 years?
  • What technologies do you see playing a role in addressing your sites’ energy needs?
  • How do operational energy costs for a site factor into your expansion and acquisition plans?

Networking Break



Session 1: Energy Priorities, Timelines and New Technologies

Energy demand by the global mining sector is expected to increase significantly over the next 20 years from around 8% of global primary energy today to 15-20% by 2035, according to the Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption. What will power this expansion and how do mining energy strategists see the sector’s power profile changing?


Case Study: Driving Energy Savings, Security and Innovation for Global Operations

Bill Allemon , Global Vice President of Energy Management and Electrical Asset Integrity , AngloGold Ashanti

Headquartered in Johannesburg, AngloGold Ashanti has 20 gold mining operations in 10 countries, as well as several exploration programs. The gold leader is currently assessing solar options for some of its operational sites.

  • AngloGold Ashanti’s energy goals and implementation strategy
  • An update on solar assessments for operational sites
  • Exploring financial solutions for renewables for mines

Keynote Presentation: Responding to Mining’s Power Challenges and Operational Realities

Rick Rathe , Managing Director, New Ventures , Caterpillar


Panel Discussion: Energy Priorities, Timelines and New Technologies

Chair: Akram Elhenawy , Global Accounts Manager, Caterpillar Microgrid – Electrical Power Division , Caterpillar

David Clarry , Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility , Hudbay Minerals

Sunil Kumar , Director of Energy Strategy , Kinross Gold

Bill Allemon , Global Vice President of Energy Management and Electrical Asset Integrity , AngloGold Ashanti

  • Where are the opportunities for change in your current energy supply mix?
  • How does lower commodity pricing influence internal energy priorities and expansion plans?
  • How do you see the energy transition of mines developing and over what sort of timeline?
  • What is the internal thinking behind renewables as a part of the energy solution?
  • What critical questions do you need answered before presenting new energy projects to your management and board?
  • Are there preferred technologies that you see playing a lead role for your operations?

Luncheon Welcome

JP Bradette , Country Director, Canada & Latin America , Northland Power


Keynote Presentation: Building Connections between Mining and Renewables

The Honourable Bill Bennett , Minister of Energy and Mines , Government of British Columbia


Networking Lunch

Networking Lunch Sponsored by:




Session 2: Reductiong Diesel Reliance for Remote Operations

With most new mines being developed in isolated areas with no power infrastructure, there is a strong drive for the mining sector to identify alternatives to expensive, inconvenient and price volatile diesel for powering new operations. Existing mines are also looking to reduce their dependence on diesel through efficiency and abatement strategies. This session will explore how mines are approaching new energy solutions for remote operations including renewables microgrids.


Case Study: Realizing Diesel Savings at the Exploration Stage

Bill Mercer , Vice President of Exploration , Avalon Rare Metals

Avalon Rare Metals has taken an innovative approach to energy savings for its remote Nechalacho Project in Canada’s North West Territories by integrating solar panels, inverters and lead-acid batteries.

  • Lessons learned from integrating new technologies for this remote exploration site
  • Understanding the capabilities of battery banks in realizing diesel savings
  • Next steps in exploring renewables integration for remote operations

Driving Diesel Savings for Remote Mining Operations


Case Study: Diavik’s Remote Wind Hybrid: How is it Performing?

Liezl van Wyk , Manager, Mine Technical Services & SCAP , Diavik Diamond Mines, Rio Tinto

Three years’ ago Rio Tinto’s Diavik mine installed four 2.3 MW wind turbines to help power its remote operation in Canada’s North West Territories.

  • How is the project performing over time –reliability, diesel savings and carbon mitigation?
  • What would the mine do differently and what potential is there to expand at this site?
  • How is Diavik’s hybrid informing renewables plans for the North West Territories?

Case Study: Implementing Operational Savings for Remote Mines

Rob Lydan , Global Director Solar & Wind , Hatch

Drawing from new projects for remote mining operations, this presentation will highlight the business case, practicalities, and operational realities of integrating renewable energy to drive operational savings for mines.


Networking Break


Interactive Panel: Addressing the Remote Power Challenge

Chair: Robert Simpson , President , PR Associates

Liezl van Wyk , Manager, Mine Technical Services & SCAP , Diavik Diamond Mines

Sean O’Day , Director of Future Solutions , Sonnedix - Solar Power Producer

Bill Mercer , Vice President of Exploration , Avalon Rare Metals

  • What are the current goals and thinking behind diesel-abatement for remote sites?
  • How does lower oil influence diesel reduction strategies for isolated sites?
  • What are the common barriers to implementing microgrid solutions for these operations?
  • Has the intermittency question been adequately addressed by hybrid solution providers?
  • What would assist mines in structuring the financing for hybrid solutions – i.e. ideal timelines for project implementation and payback?
  • How do mines see the energy profile of remote operations changing in the near-term?



Session 3: Energy Storage for Mining Microgrids

The mining sector is eager to understand the economics and applicability of energy storage technologies as this will eventually eliminate the need for diesel backup of microgrid solutions.  This session will offer an update from the first mining hybrid project to test storage technologies and insight from storage experts on the latest developments and practicalities of storage for mines.


Case Study: Testing Storage: An Update on Raglan’s Innovative Wind-Storage Hybrid

Jean-Francois Verret , Director Capital Projects and Exploration , Glencore

Nicolas Seguin , Business Development , TUGLIQ Energy


Panel Discussion: Energy Storage for Mining Microgrids

Chair Michel Carreau , Director, Energy and Associate , Hatch

Andy Kruse , Vice President for Business Development , HOMER Energy

Nicolas Seguin , Business Development , TUGLIQ Energy

Ramkumar Krishnan , Chief Technology Officer , Fluidic Energy

Alexandra Goodson , Sales Manager, Energy Storage Systems , Saft

Herb Crowther , President , MegaJoule Storage

  • What are the latest advances in storage technologies that meet mining’s energy profile?
  • Details on the current economics of various storage applications for off-grid mines
  • What are the common roadblocks with integrating renewables hybrid for remote sites?
  • What can mines expect in terms of increase renewables penetration levels with storage?
  • What can be learned from other projects for large industrial users?
  • When will the advancement of storage change the game for renewables for remote mines?



Session 4: Energy Solutions for New Mining Operations

Choosing the energy supply for a new mine involves a much broader array of fuel choices and technologies today since the price of renewables is now competitive with diesel and grid electricity, in some markets. This session will examine the new energy economics of early-stage mines and the process for analysing a wider array of power options to ensure best pricing, reliability and timely execution.


Case Study: Powering New Operations with an Innovative Off-Grid Biomass Solution

Jared Lazerson , Chief Executive Officer , MGX Minerals

MGX Minerals is integrating a unique, off-grid biomass solution to power its Driftwood Creek magnesium property in East Kootenay, BC which is currently in the development stage.

  • Highlights from this innovative biomass gasification power solution
  • Details on the cost savings from choosing biomass for Driftwood Creek
  • Benefits and challenges of integrating alternative energy at the development stage

Case study: Analyzing Power Options for New Remote Operations

Richard Spencer , CEO , U3O8 Corp.

U3O8 Corp. is currently exploring power options for its Laguna Salada site which is a uranium-vanadium deposit in Patagonia, Argentina. It is expected that a full feasibility study will be completed in about two years.  This presentation will detail the process for analyzing power options including transmission connection, gas and wind.

  • Insight from the initial capex and opex of different power options considered
  • Key criteria in analyzing these options: life of mine, power needs and local electricity pricing
  • Drivers behind investigating wind options as part of the site’s energy mix and next steps

Panel Discussion: Energy Solutions for New Mining Operations

Chair: Jean Paquin , Director of Business Development, Chile , Northland Power

Tony Makuch , President and CEO , Lake Shore Gold

Richard Spencer , CEO , U3O8 Corp

Jared Lazerson , Chief Executive Officer , MGX Minerals

Catharine Farrow , CEO and Director , TMAC Resources Inc.

  • What is current best practice for estimating the energy cost of mines at the feasibility stage?
  • How do energy cost assumptions impact the investment profile of new sites?
  • Insight on how conventional and renewable energy options are analyzed for new operations
  • What information would assist mines when weighing a wider variety of power options?
  • Why do renewables win or lose against diesel for remote operations?

The Cocktail Party Welcome

Colin Edwards , Vice President of Business Development (Canada) , Pattern Development


The Cocktail Party






Chair’s Remarks

Adrienne Baker , Director , Energy and Mines


Keynote Presentation: Boosting Mining’s Social License to Operate by Electrifying Communities

Isadore Day , Ontario Regional Chief



Session 5: Building Bridges between Mining and Renewables

Chair: Chris Benedetti , Principal , Sussex Strategy Group

Benoit La Salle , President and CEO , Windiga Energy

Michael Winship , President Elect and Director , Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, Rubicon Metals

Right now there is a global opportunity for the mining and renewable energy sectors to work together to drive affordable, sustainable and reliable power solutions for the mining industry but it requires better collaboration and understanding between the two industries. This session will bring together seminal leaders from mining and renewables to discuss how to build bridges between the sectors to accelerate the uptake of new power options for mines.

  • How do renewables fit with the evolving energy demands of the global mining sector?
  • What are the cultural barriers between mining and renewables and how can they be bridged?
  • What does the renewables sector need to better understand about mining’s energy priorities?
  • Ideas on how to build financial models to facilitate the uptake of mining-renewables projects
  • How can mining and renewables work together to accelerate power innovation?



Session 6: De-Risking Renewables Investments for Mines and IPPs

Despite growing interest from the mining sector in integrating new energy solutions including solar, wind, bioenergy, hydro and storage into their power supply, project investment remains a challenge. To ensure that a project is bankable, the risks for the mine and the independent power producer have to be shared and mitigated as much as possible. This session will explore the latest thinking behind delivering bankable mining-renewables projects to investors.


Developing Commodity-Price Indexed PPAs

Manuel Cabrerizo , Partner , Voltiq

Voltiq, a financial advisory firm specializing in renewable energy and transmission, is developing an innovative financial instrument for renewables for mines that offers price flexibility for mine offtakers while delivering price certainty for IPPs. Beginning with copper pricing and focusing on the Chilean mining sector, this innovative approach addresses key investment concerns for mines and IPPs.

  • Linking power price to copper pricing over a 10 to 20-year term
  • Key parameters of individual mines taken into consideration including head grades and energy profile
  • Benefits for mine offtakers including operational savings, lower risk profiles and margin stability

Networking Break


Panel Discussion: Financing Renewable Energy Projects for Mines

Chair: Sean Whittaker , Senior Renewable Industry Specialist , International Finance Corporation

Andrew Lin , Managing Director, Project Finance , DBRS

Jack Bittan , Senior Vice President, Business Development , Capstone Infrastructure

Richard Reeves , Managing Director, Project Finance Americas – Mining and Minerals , MUFG Union Bank

Thomas Paschall , General Counsel and Managing Director President , Coronal Group

  • What do lower commodity prices mean for energy investments and innovations for mines?
  • How would investors assess risk for these deals and what are the main finance barriers?
  • Critical insight from mining leaders on the challenges of long-term power contracts
  • On-balance sheet finance – pros and cons for mines and IPPs
  • What solutions are emerging to address the life-of-mine and project payback challenge?
  • Building flexibility into the PPA terms – what’s possible and how does this add to pricing?
  • Feedback on the idea of providing energy pricing flexibility to mines and certainty for IPPs
  • What is the current thinking behind resale and long-term ownership of these assets?

Luncheon Welcome

A Representative , Tugliq


Networking Lunch Sponsored by: Tugliq

Luncheon sponsored by:





Session 7: Carbon Mitigation for Mine Operators

Global mining operators are currently reviewing their carbon footprints and reduction strategies as part of a move towards more sustainable energy and to prepare for anticipated carbon pricing. This session will explore best practices in carbon calculation and reduction for mine operators and the role of renewables in mitigating mining’s GHG footprint.


Case Study: Implementing Energy and GHG Emissions Improvements

Dean Millar , Director of Energy, Renewables and Carbon Management , MIRARCO

This sector-wide initiative aims at reducing primary energy consumption by 40% for all fuels for mining resulting in cost and GHG emissions savings. This presentation will detail case studies on energy reduction with Glencore and Vale


Panel Discussion: Developing Mining’s Carbon Strategy

Chair: Dean Millar , Director of Energy, Renewables and Carbon Management , MIRARCO

Chris Adachi , Leader, Energy and Carbon Management , Teck Resources

Luke Westfall , Professional Engineer, Environmental Services Consultant , Hatch

Christina Copeland, , Manager, Disclosure Services , Carbon Disclosure Project

Dennis Wilson , Director Environmental & Social Responsibility , New Gold

  • Updates on carbon pricing in key mining centers: how are mines planning for these policies?
  • Mining leaders’ experiences in developing corporate and operational carbon strategies
  • Examples of carbon mitigation projects and results for mining operations
  • What lessons can be drawn from other industry sectors on the impacts of carbon pricing?
  • Ideas on calculating the potential financial impacts of carbon pricing for mining operations
  • How can mines set realistic carbon reduction goals in the near-term?
  • How will renewables play a key role in reducing carbon risk for mines?

Networking Break


Building Mine Collaboration on Energy for Underground Operations

Damien Duff , Vice-President – Geoscience & Geotechnical R&D , Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation

This presentation will offer highlights from a strategic collaboration between mining operators and industry partners to improve the energy consumption profile of deep mines



Session 8: Exploring the Additional Benefits of Mine-Renewables Partnerships

Along with reducing operating costs, renewables can add additional value for mine closure and community engagement initiatives. Renewables can assist mines in gaining social license to operate with surrounding communities that lack power infrastructure in the development phase and similarly, leave a legacy asset for the community when the mine closes. This session will explore social license to operate benefits of mine-renewables partnerships.


Renewable Energy on Former Mine Lands – Working with Communities and Mine Stakeholders

Shahid Mahmud , Team Leader, EPA National Mining Team , US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has put a priority on showcasing and supporting the development of renewable energy projects for communities across the country on former mine lands. Working with local communities and mine site stakeholders to innovate reuse of former mine sites.

  • Examples of site reuse activities involving alternative energy
  • Renewable energy feasibility assessments at mine sites

Panel Discussion: Boosting Social License with Energy Partnerships

Chair: Ben Weir , Director of Policy & Regulatory Affairs , Canadian Solar Industries Association

Dave Porter , CEO , BC First Nations Energy and Mining Council

Derek Satnik , Managing Director and Chief Innovation Officer, Mindscape Innovations and Board Member , Ontario Sustainable Energy Association

Shahid Mahmud , Team Leader, EPA National Mining Team , US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Isadore Day , Ontario Regional Chief

  • Insight from experts on the role of energy in building social license to operate
  • What role do communities see for partnerships with mining companies on energy infrastructure?
  • What are the preferred energy choices for communities – grid power, renewable microgrids, hydro etc.?
  • Current examples of mining-community partnerships that have reduced diesel dependence
  • Insight on the availability of finance and government support for remote power solutions that benefit communities
  • Next steps in furthering the potential collaboration between mining and remote communities on energy infrastructure



Chair: Emily Thorn Corthay , North American Energy Optimization & Management Lead , Hatch



Technology Spotlight: Bioenergy Applications for Mines

The combination of bioenergy’s ability to deliver baseload power, offer waste management capabilities and the potential community benefits make it an attractive solution for mining companies. This session will examine the challenges and opportunities that biodiesel offers underground mining operations. 


Case Study: Powering Underground Equipment with Biodiesel

Mike Shuman , Manager of Maintenance , Kirkland Lake Gold

Kirkland Lake Gold is an operating and exploration gold Company in Kirkland Lake, Ontario which is located in the Lower Abitibi Greenstone belt in northeastern Ontario.

  • What were the benefits of switching to a biofuel blend for underground equipment?
  • Specifics on the cost savings and emissions reductions from biofuels
  • Understanding the additional benefits that battery technology can deliver for underground mobile equipment 

Interactive Discussion: Biodiesel for Mines - Benefits, Challenges and Applications

Chair: David Timm, , Vice President , Sussex Strategy Group

Tom O'Neill , Energy Specialist , Canada Clean Fuels

Mike Shuman , Manager of Maintenance , Kirkland Lake Gold

Joe Hatfield , Director of Purchasing , Mississippi Lime

  • What were the main reasons behind your decision to integrate biodiesel blends for your underground mining operations?
  • Did your conversion to biodiesel meet expectations in terms of diesel savings and air quality?
  • Has there been any impacts on your equipment or production since you made the switch?
  • What are some of the lessons learned from switching fuel sources?
  • What needs to happen for more mining operators to integrate biodiesel into their power supply?
  • What are some of the key considerations when looking at different biodiesel blends?
  • Are there additional benefits beyond air quality and energy savings for mines moving to biodiesel?
  • What would you advise mining energy leader who is currently assessing biodiesel options for an underground mine?



Solutions Spotlight: Setting and Achieving Energy Efficiency Targets

The first step for mines in addressing energy challenges is identifying operational efficiency and energy savings opportunities. This session will explore the latest solutions and results mines can achieve through energy efficiency initiatives for remote and grid-connected operations.


Case Study: Maximizing Energy Efficiencies for Global Operations

Pedro Marujo de Almeida , Manager, Global Energy Efficiency Program , Kinross Gold Corporation

  • Overall Kinross approach to Energy Efficiency
  • Identifying efficiency priorities and new opportunities for savings
  • Tracking site by site performance and communicating efficiency plans internally
  • Examples of projects Kinross has implemented and future opportunities for efficiencies

Networking Break


Case Study: Ensuring the Best ROI from Energy Savings

Chih-Ting Lo , Energy Manager , Barrick-Hemlo

Barrick Gold’s only Canadian operation, Hemlo mines, is in northern Ontario and is a 10,000 tonnes throughput underground and open pit mine.

  • Lessons learned in designing and executing an energy management plan at Hemlo
  • Ensuring the best return on investment for energy efficiency initiatives
  • Next steps for energy management and savings
  • Incentivizing behavioural change for employees



Technology Spotlight: When does gas make Sense?

The pressure to reduce costs and greenhouse gas emissions coupled with the apparent abundance of gas supply is encouraging mines to look at this alternative fuel source to power operations and equipment. This session will feature mines that have recently invested in gas and explore the benefits and challenges of this cleaner fuel source.


Case Study: Reducing Diesel Dependence with LNG

Ghislain Poirier , Vice President of Public Affairs , Stornoway Diamond

Stornoway Diamond is implementing an LNG power plant for its Renard Diamond Project in the James Bay region of north-central Quebec. The mine explored various options to reduce diesel dependence for the operation.

  • Details on the mine’s LNG power plant to provide 9.5M of power
  • What are the operational cost savings and carbon emissions reductions expectations?
  • Lessons learned from implementing the project and next steps

Panel Discussion: Reducing Operating Costs with Natural Gas

Chair: Thomas Aubee , Principal , TACOM

Bob Dodds , CEO , Augustine Ventures

Michel Carreau , Director, Energy and Associate , Hatch

Erik Langeteig , Key Account Manager , Chart

  • How does the cost and payback of new LNG facilities or generators compare to diesel?
  • What are mines expecting in terms of carbon emissions reduction by choosing gas?
  • What back-up systems are needed with gas to ensure stable, consistent power?
  • What are the practicalities and potential drawbacks of this alternative fuel source?
  • What is required in terms of maintenance of gas power plants or generators?



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