Alistair has 33 years of experience, including several on-site roles with operating mining companies in Canada and Indonesia, including 2 years with PT Inco and 3 years with PT Kaltim Prima Coal, working on both geotechnical and environmental aspects.
For some 12 years he developed geotechnical expertise in the design of very high waste rock piles in difficult terrain, applying risk-based approaches. He has broadened his skills to managing multi-disciplinary projects: Newmont's large open-pit gold-copper mine, Batu Hijau, BHP's lateritic nickel project on Gag Island, both in Indonesia, and Phelps Dodge's Ambatovy nickel project in Madagascar. These were each in areas subject to high rainfall and seismicity.
In 2001/2002 he directed the water and tailings management planning for the recently opened Snap Lake diamond project in NWT, and also coordinated these aspects for Cumberland's Meadowbank Project feasibility in Nunavut. In 2004/2006 he managed geotechnical, water and waste elements for the High Lake project, also in Nunavut, and performed the role of engineering integration ensuring that all project planning changes were incorporated into the EIS. In 2006 he joined Longview Capital Partners and managed the technical services division, a network of some 40 geologists and engineers. In 2007/2008 he took senior roles in managing the environmental, social and geotechnical aspects of the group's investments in South Korea, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania, Sardinia and Slovakia.
Through his involvement with the Canadian Institute of Mining since 1997, he has been actively involved in the implementation of sustainable development practices and the integration of multi-disciplinary teams to promote socially responsible mining. He served a two year term as CIM's District 6 Vice President, co-chairing the 2006 Annual Conference "Creating Value with Values", and associated with Digmedia in pioneering a web-portal forum on CSR in mining called "Responsible Miner". In March 2008 Alistair was appointed Chief Sustainability Advisor for Longview Capital Partners. In December 2008, he joined Aecom as a senior engineer and worked on several mine reclamation projects in Canada. In February 2010 he moved to Indonesia to work as a consultant on geotechnical and environmental aspects of a wide variety of mining projects in that country. He is now the Manager of Technical Services with Selwyn Chihong Mining, preparing their environmental submission for a major zinc project in the Yukon.
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