AMC at PDAC 2020

AMC’s growing team in Toronto returns to PDAC 2020 Conference  with another installment of the MineSmarter series. This time it includes a global webinar and AMC’s sponsorship of the PDAC Mining4Beer event. Francis McCann (Technical Manager, Toronto) will be joined by Patrick Smith (Managing Director), and other experts from our offices in Toronto, Vancouver, and the UK at this important conference. They look forward to welcoming delegates at booth #448.

As usual, PDAC will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada on 1- 4 March 2020 and will see more than 1,100 exhibitors, 2,500 investors and 25,800 attendees from 132 countries gather under one roof.

Geology 4.0: The last bow?

On February 19, Mark Burnett presented a webinar about some of the emerging technologies that will impact on how geologists operate and the skills that they will have to acquire in order to survive and thrive in the scenarios outlined by the World Economic Forum’s scenario studies “Mining & Metals in a Sustainable World 2050” and “The Future Availability of Natural Resources: A New Paradigm for Global Resource Availability”.


Mark Burnett

Principal Geologist

Mark is a geologist with more than 26 years of experience in the mining industry. He has had extensive exposure to the mining value chain, including early-stage exploration projects, shaft sinking, operational mines, mergers, acquisitions, and asset disposals. Mark will also attend PDAC and will be available at AMC’s booth.

Mining4Beer PDAC 2020 event

In what has now become a tradition, AMC is pleased to return as a sponsor of the PDAC Mining4Beer event. This is a much-anticipated event that last year gathered more than 400 attendees. Mining4Beer is a non-sanctioned industry-related social event for those of us in the mining industry to meet over a drink, relax, and catch up. Mining4Beer has had meetings in Australia, Canada, the US, South Africa and if we dig hard enough we may be able to open “meetings” in other countries.

When: Sunday 1 March 2020 | 5.30 PM – 10.00 PM
Where: Bottom Line Sports Bar, 22 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J 1C4, Canada (a short walk from the Convention Centre).
Cost: Complimentary

Meet the team at PDAC 2020

Francis (Frank) McCann

Frank is Principal Mining Engineer and General Manager of AMC’s office in Toronto. He has more than 25 years of industry experience and 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.

Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith is the 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. Prior to his current role, Patrick served as General Manger of the Brisbane office, then CEO of AMC. He has worked on mining studies, technical reviews and valuations for projects in five continents. Patrick holds a degree in mining engineering and is a chartered professional of The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.


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.

Andrew Hall

Andrew Hall is a Director of AMC Consultants and the General Manager of AMC’s Melbourne office. With more than 26 years of experience in the mining industry, Andrew’s primary expertise is in managing feasibility studies, technical due diligence and business improvement projects for metalliferous open-pit and underground mines world-wide. He has been responsible for a large number of feasibility studies, technical audits, due diligence, independent public reports, and business improvement studies for mining projects located in Australasia, Africa, Asia (including India), Russia, North America, and Latin America.

Bryan Pullman

Bryan, Principal Mining Engineer and the General Manager of AMC’s office in the UK, has acquired more than 18 years of experience in many facets of underground and open-pit mining operations and projects. His mine engineering proficiency is in mining methods, equipment and systems productivity, mine design, scheduling, and mining geotechnical. Bryan has extensive experience with strategic planning, risk assessment, and financial analyses. He is experienced at determining production rates, cut-off grades, and Net Smelter Return calculations. Bryan is also well-practised at estimating capital and operating costs, generating project cashflow models, and identifying the key variables for sensitivity analyses for many commodities.


Mo Molavi

Mo is a Director and 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 Senior Mining Consultant with 12 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.

Bert Smith

Bert is  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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