Past Conferences

Risk and Resilience Mining Solutions 2016

Risk and Resilience Mining Solutions 2016

November 14-16, 2016 | Vancouver, Canada

Join Conference Chair Harvey McLeod of Klohn Crippen Berger and Keynote Speaker Larry Moore of FM Global at the upcoming Risk and Resilience Mining Solutions 2016 conference.

This conference will provide an opportunity for mining professionals to explore risk, tolerance, mitigation approaches, and the robustness and resilience of practices and procedures, designs, operational methods, and mine closure measures and plans.

The conference will examine these basic issues of risk in mining:

  • What are the hazards?
  • What is the probability of hazards becoming reality?
  • What are the consequences of things going wrong?
  • How can you mitigate the chances and consequences of risks?
  • What risks can you tolerate as a mine owner, engineer, regulator or member of the public?
  • What regulations, corporate governance, funding and insurance are required to mitigate risk?


  • Risk identification, mitigation and management
  • Communication, governance and psychology of risk
  • Risk assessment and tolerance evaluation
  • Decision-making under uncertainty,
    strategic risk and resilience
  • Financial risk assessment and analysis
Heap Leach Mining Solutions 2016

Heap Leach Solutions 2016

October 18-20, 2016 | Lima, Peru

Heap Leach Solutions 2016 is the fourth in this conference series created in 2013 in Vancouver by InfoMine and the University of British Columbia (UBC). The series has quickly become a highly acclaimed forum in the field of heap leaching, as demonstrated by the very successful conferences held in 2013 in Vancouver, Canada, in 2014 in Lima, Peru and in 2015 in Reno, Nevada, USA. With this conference series we seek to share knowledge and facilitate interaction between heap leach practitioners and researchers from a wide range of disciplines. Theory and practice are very well balanced in the conference programs, which discuss various aspects of the activities during the life cycle of a heap leach project, from ore testing to development and operations, and, finally, closure.

This conference is relevant to everyone engaged in the development, design, construction, and closure of heap leach projects. Academics, regulators, and personnel from mining, consulting, engineering, and financial companies will find this conference of great interest. You will have the opportunity to network with hydrologists, geochemists, biogeochemists, water treatment and reclamation specialists, and many other experts from South America and around the world.


  • Regional seismicity
  • Impact of heap leaching in comparison with tailings
  • State-of-the-art of geotechnical engineering in heap leach design
  • Reduction in construction and operational costs
  • Heap leach closure
  • Water balance and consumption optimization
  • Trends in 3D stability analysis
  • Geotechnical monitoring
  • Metallurgical ore testing
  • Metal recovery in copper and precious metal heap leach projects
  • Case studies
  • Developing and permitting new mines
  • Environmental considerations for heap leach facilities
  • Geosynthetics and heap leaching
Mining and Communities Solutions 2016

Mining and Communities Solutions 2016

June 6-7, 2016 | Vancouver, Canada

Join Conference Chair Jerry Danni of Goldcorp and opening Keynote Speaker Jim Cooney of the University of British Columbia at the Mining and Communities Solutions 2016 conference, the first in a series of conferences dedicated to the topic of community engagement. At this conference we will explore the relationships between mining operations and communities, as well as the approaches that companies take to develop effective engagement with communities and host governments.


  • UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • CSR standards and governance
  • Social license to operate
  • Social chain of custody
  • Shared value approach
  • Operationalizing human rights
  • Agreement vs. consultation
  • Artisanal and small-scale mining
  • Conflict prevention
  • Case studies
Heap Leach Solutions 2015

Heap Leach Solutions 2015

September 14-16, 2015 | Reno, USA

Over 260 delegates from 20 countries attended Heap Leach Solutions 2015!

We wish to thank attendees for their enthusiastic engagement and participation during the Heap Leach Solutions 2015 Conference. The conference, held in the great State of Nevada and beautiful city of Reno, provided for a great networking event, including substantive learning about the latest in heap leaching technologies. In addition, the dynamic format of the various sessions and panel discussions supported the forging of new relationships and business partnerships.

Given Nevada’s long history as a leading mineral producing state, it comes as no surprise that the conference, with the opening short courses and technical sessions, including consideration of the ‘full life cycle’ of a heap leach project (design, permitting, construction, operation, reclamation, and closure) was a tremendous success. For well over 150 years through today, mining remains a foundational component of Nevada’s economy; providing a wide variety of minerals to the world.

Along with our industry partners (Cyanco, Barrick Gold Corp, and Newmont Mining Corp) and all the sponsors, keynote speakers, panel participants, conference presenters, planning committees, the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, the City of Reno and the Great State of Nevada, we thank you for your attendance and we look forward to future gatherings of the mining community.

Visit the Heap Leach Mining Solutions main website to learn more about the upcoming conference.

Mine Closure 2015

Mine Closure 2015

June 1-3, 2015 | Vancouver, Canada

Mine Closure has become an internationally recognized conference series since it was established in 2006. The 10th International Conference on Mine Closure offered a multidisciplinary global forum for exchanging views and developing capacity, to ensure that new mines are designed with closure in mind, and old sites are closed economically, while minimizing environmental and societal impacts.

This was the second time Mine Closure returned to Canada, after a very successful conference in 2011 at Lake Louise that attracted almost 600 delegates. Following on that success, the conference organizers again partnered with the British Columbia Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation (BC TRCR). Mine Closure 2015 was held in conjunction with TRCR’s 39th Annual BC Mine Reclamation Symposium. The joint event offered delegates a stellar technical program featuring over 100 presentations on the latest scientific developments, as well as insightful discussions on the most pressing issues.

Visit the Mine Closure 2017 website to learn more about the upcoming conference.

Mine Water Solutions 2015

Mine Water Solutions in Extreme Environments 2015

April 12-15, 2015 | Vancouver, Canada

Over 275 delegates from 12 countries attended Mine Water Solutions 2015!

The Mine Water Solutions in Extreme Environments conference series grew from a recognition of the importance of water for society and for the extractive industry – a major stakeholder in the water issue.

The greatest challenges in managing mine waters arise at mines in extreme environments. Mines in extremely arid environments may require expensive systems to desalinate sea water and transport the water great distances to the mine. Mines in extremely wet settings may need expensive systems to treat excess process and contact water before discharging to sensitive receivers. Mines in extremely cold climates may face frozen conditions and the challenge of operating facilities where most of the water is ice for a good part of the year. Complex hydrogeological and geochemical issues are also common to the extremely wet, dry and cold climate settings.

Mine Water Solutions in Extreme Environments 2015 was the second conference in the series focusing on extremes. Conference program included over 60 presentations that discussed solutions to mine water issues in very challenging environments.

Themes included:

  • Water management in extremely wet areas
  • Water management in extremely dry areas
  • Water management in extremely cold areas (glacial, periglacial and permafrost)
  • Water management and climate change
  • Challenging geochemical conditions over time
  • Surface water over time
  • Groundwater over time
  • Regulatory and social challenges
  • Hydrogeology in deep mining environments
  • Physical control of contaminants
  • Water treatment
Heap Leach Solutions 2014

Heap Leach Solutions 2014

November 10-13, 2014 │ Lima, Peru

Heap leaching is a complex process that requires the integration of many aspects to establish an economically viable and technically sound project, both during operation and closure. Many other conferences focus on specific scientific and engineering aspects of heap leaching or have heap leaching as a subtopic. This conference brings it all together so that a wide range of professionals can share their expertise and experience in the development, operation and closure of heap leach projects.

Geosynthetics Mining Solutions 2014

Geosynthetics Mining Solutions 2014

September 8-11, 2014 │ Vancouver, Canada

This conference is the first to focus on geosynthetics in mining—This will be the best opportunity for geosynthetics manufacturers, suppliers, installers, and designers to mingle with people that use and will continue to use large quantities of geosynthetics in bigger and bigger mining projects in the mining industry. This will be a unique opportunity for mining and civil engineers responsible for tailings, heap leach, waste rock facilities, civil works at mines and underground mine backfilling to learn more about existing and new geosynthetics products and uses. This will be an event at which the professions can examine the challenges unique to geosynthetics in mining; namely the harsh environment of mines and the need to construct facilities that will endure for the ages.

The conference will include keynote talks by leaders of the industry, case studies of the use of geosynthetics at mines, and technical papers and discussions on the theory and practice of designing and constructing safe and cost-effective mine facilities that incorporate geosynthetics.

Paste 2014

Paste 2014

June 8-12, 2014 │ Vancouver, Canada

The Paste and Thickened Tailings Seminar, organized every year since 1999, is the leading forum for practitioners in field to meet, deliberate, and exchange knowledge and information.

The Paste 2014 seminar will take place in Vancouver, Canada, a major hub for mining in North America and a home to many mining companies committed to developing sustainable tailings management practices. Vancouver also hosts a large number of consulting companies that develop designs and implement plans for global tailings management projects.

A record number (131) of abstracts has been received which promises a truly extraordinary technical program. Paste 2014 will be a truly international examination of tailings practices, with an emphasis on stacking with paste or filtered tailings.

Mine Closure Solutions 2014

Mine Closure Solutions 2014

April 26–30, 2014 | Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Mine Closure Solutions 2014 brings together the mutual interests of those needing and supplying mine closure technology and support with those providing governance for mine closure and review of closure application. The conference will provide an invaluable opportunity for specialists and students to share their knowledge and discuss relevant topics, including technology, regulatory issues, transfer of care and custody, closure risks and liability, financing, insurance, social responsibility, community engagement and sustainable development.

Cold Covers Practice 2014

Cold Covers Practice 2014

April 7-9, 2014 | Whistler, Canada

Closure of mine waste disposal facilities in cold climates such as those of Northern Canada and Alaska pose special challenges. Covers for mine waste disposal facilities demand special attention and engineering techniques. And if the waste is potentially acid generating, the closure and cover requirements are even more stringent.

The Seminar will draw on the MEND documents, specifically the Technical Guidance Document, as well as other experiences in practicing mine closure in cold regions. The seminar is organized around eight sessions (four sessions per day) during which the session topic will be introduced and presented by up to three speakers followed by an open discussion period. The focus of the seminar is to encourage open discussions and sharing of information among practitioners of cold climate mine closures.

Mine Water Solutions 2013

Heap Leach Solutions 2013

September 22-25, 2013 │ Vancouver, Canada

The Heap Leach Solutions 2013 was the first conference in a new series that provided a forum for scientists and engineers to share technologies, practices and advances for establishing successful heap leach projects for a range of minerals in a variety of different climates. Papers and presentations addressed heap leaching of gold, copper, uranium and nickel in the full range of climatic conditions from dry to wet, warm to cold. The conference also set out to encourage interaction between heap leach practitioners, researchers and governments from a wide range of disciplines. There was positive energy throughout and a lot of discussion among delegates.

Paste 2013

Paste 2013

June 17-20, 2013 │ Belo Horizonte, Brazil

The Paste and Thickened Tailings Seminar, organized every year since 1999, is the leading forum for practitioners in field to meet, deliberate, and exchange knowledge and information. For the first time in the seminar history it was organized in Brazil in 2013.

Brazilian mining has unique challenges; the quality of the tailings to be managed, the lush climate, and the particulars of the ore processed. The scope of the seminar, attended by 384 delegates from 22 countries, was expanded to include filter pressed, dry stack tailings disposal – this was in recognition of the growing role that filter pressed, dry stack tailings disposal facilities are playing in responsible mine waste management.

Mine Water Solutions 2013

Mine Water Solutions

April 15-17, 2013 │ Lima, Peru

Mine Water Solutions 2013 was the first in an innovative new conference series that aims to examine and share successes in mine water management in challenging environments. The thematic areas included extremely dry settings; extremely wet settings; extremely cold settings; extremely complex hydrogeological conditions (e.g. karst); and extremely challenging geochemistry.

The conference provided a forum for presentation and discussion about successful practices that enable responsible mining to be undertaken in challenging environments, while minimizing water use and/or preserving water resources. The conference was attended by 352 delegates from 25 countries.

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