AMC at PDAC 2019

Following on from the success of the launch of our new brand at last year’s PDAC, AMC returns with another installment of the MineSmarter series, this time with a focus on our Improve offering. Francis McCann (Technical Manager, Toronto) will be joined by Patrick Smith (Managing Director) and six other experts from our offices in Toronto, Vancouver and the UK at this important conference. They look forward to welcoming delegates at booth #448, and welcoming you to our two breakfast sessions and presentation at PDAC.

The PDAC 2019 Conference will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada on 3 – 6 March 2019 and will see more than 1,000 exhibitors, 3,500 investors and 25,600 attendees from 135 countries in attendance.

MineSmarter Series PDAC 2019: Techfast Breakfasts

Smart Data: How to get the best out of your mine data

AMC’s Managing Director and CEO, Patrick Smith, will discuss how to get the best out of your mine data.  AMC’s Smart Data System™ is the world’s most comprehensive site-level validated data. It is filled with mining cost and productivity data across mining methods, commodity types, geographies, and more — collected and validated at site level to ensure accuracy.

Date and time: 8.30 AM – 9.30 AM, Monday 4 March 2019

Cost: $15 and includes continental breakfast.

Location: Marché Restaurant Brookfield Place, Grotto Room

Patrick Smith is Managing Director and CEO at AMC Consultants, a global consultancy firm dedicated to helping miners find smarter ways to unearth hidden business value. AMC works with mining leaders to evaluate opportunities, solve hidden productivity challenges, and improve performance across the mining cycle.

A mining engineer by training, Patrick has more than 30 years of consultancy and operational experience across five continents. His expertise spans open-pit and underground mine design, scheduling and budgeting, equipment selection and specification, ore reserve estimation, technical studies, and operations management. He has broad expertise in gold, nickel, and mineral sands operations.


Mining trends in Eurasia

Are you working or looking to explore or operate in the Eurasian region? Do you have a general interest in global mining trends? Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from an expert with extensive experience in the region.

Date and time: 8.30 AM – 9.30 AM, Tuesday 5 March 2019

Cost: $15 and includes continental breakfast.

Location: Marché Restaurant Brookfield Place, Grotto Room

In this breakfast seminar, UK-based Principal Geologist, Nick Szebor will provide a snapshot of the current mining trends in Eurasia.

The presentation will cover:

  • Current exploration trends.
  • The impact of technology-driven metal demand.
  • Some of the advantages and disadvantages of operating in Eurasia.
  • Some of the key reporting and policy changes in the region that could have bearing on those operating or looking to invest in Eurasia.

Nick’s expert knowledge is backed by AMC’s unique perspective on exploration and operational projects around the world accumulated over more than 35 years working in more than 110 countries.

Nick Szeborn is a Principal geologist at our office in the UK with more than 12 years of experience within the mineral industry working in roles including consultancy and production. Nick’s main areas of expertise is in ore deposit geology, resource estimation, grade control, and exploration. Nick has worked on a range of commodities and deposit types including gold, base and ferrous metals, rare earths, and uranium.

His experience covers a range of commodities, geological settings, exploration and production environments, including underground and open-pit operations. This experience has been obtained across the mining life-cycle from early-stage exploration to production and mine closure. Nick has carried out mineral resource estimates to international reporting codes including JORC, CIM (NI 43-101), and SAMREC.

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Expert presentation at PDAC

Mine start-up: Lessons learned from the last ten years

AMC’s Managing Director and CEO, Patrick Smith, will open the Building the mine we want to see: Advancing feasibility to construction Session at the PDAC Conference with a presentation jam-packed with wisdom for new mines. Patrick will use AMC’s Smart Data System™ and more than 10 years of data analysis and understanding to explore the topic of start-up mine performance. AMC’s Smart Data System™ is the world’s most comprehensive site-level validated data. It is filled with mining cost and productivity data across mining methods, commodity types, geographies, and more — collected and validated at site level to ensure accuracy.

Date and time: 9.10 AM – 9.35 AM | Wednesday 6 March 2019
Place: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Room 717, 222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON Canada


Meet the team at PDAC 2019

Our TechFast Breakfast presenters, Patrick Smith and Nick Szebor, will also be available at our booth. Here is the rest of our PDAC 2019 team:

Francis (Frank) McCann

Frank is the Technical Manager of AMC’s office in Toronto and has more than 25 years of industry experience. He possesses extensive international experience across the Americas in open pit strategic mine planning development and execution. Frank has strong technical and analytical abilities combined with a solid business acumen. In his current capacity as Technical Manager, he is involved in open pit and underground projects and studies, in project management, writing NI 43-101 technical reports, due diligence activities and Pre-Feasibility and Feasibility studies.

Mort Shannon

Mort is General Manager and Principal Geologist at AMC’s office in Vancouver. He brings to AMC more than 40 years of diverse geological experience in a variety of mining situations and geological environments. On the exploration side, Mort has managed and contributed to grassroots and brownfields exploration around producing mines, as well as mine exploration replenishing Mineral Resources. He has worked on open pit and underground mine production geology and evaluation work, including Mineral Resource estimation and reporting.

Mo Molavi

Mo is the Mining Services Manager at AMC’s office in Vancouver. He is an underground mining specialist with extensive experience in soft-rock mechanized mining. Mo has more than 30 years of experience in the mining industry, including 25 years in Canadian potash mining. He joined AMC’s Vancouver office in 2010 as principal mining engineer. His technical expertise include underground mine design and planning, mechanical excavation and haulage systems, shaft and hoisting systems, rock mechanics and ground control in soft-rock mining, and mine ventilation. He has managed large feasibility studies, de-bottlenecking and expansion projects.

Aneta Niewiadomska

Aneta is a Senior Mining Consultant with eleven years’ experience as a mine planner, working at mining operations and as a consultant in Canada and Australia. Her expertise is in underground and open-pit mine planning. She is skilled at pit optimization, pit design, underground stope optimization, development layouts, and scheduling. Aneta has advanced skills in Datamine, including Mineable Shape Optimizer module, and Whittle Four-X.

Mary Alejo

Mary is a Senior Mining Engineer with more than ten years of experience in open-pit and underground mining operations, most of which has been in mine planning and rock mechanics. Her extensive experience includes open-pit mine planning in Peru, design of drilling layouts, design of mine polygons, and short-term planning. She also possesses site experience in underground rock mechanics and mining engineering in Canada, Zambia, and Australia.

Bert Smith

Bert is a Senior Principal Mining Engineer with more than 40 years of experience. His primary expertise is in mine design and planning, mining economic and viability assessments, reserve estimation, due diligence, feasibility studies and mechanical excavation of hard rock. His broad mining career in hard and soft rock has also included work in geomechanics, fill system design, project management and ventilation.

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