Invited keynote speakers will open both conference days, Monday and Tuesday morning, before the technical program presentations.
Monday, October 21
Invited Keynote: Andrew Cooper, Energy Specialist, New Gold New Afton Mine
Andrew Cooper is currently the Energy Specialist at New Gold’s New Afton mine in BC, Canada where energy management practices have resulted in operational improvements and energy savings equivalent to more than 10% of the annual energy use. New Afton has received numerous industry awards in recognition of its energy management practices, including an Award of Excellence from the Clean Energy Ministerial. A past International Energy Manager of the Year, with the Association of Energy Engineers, Andrew's passion for innovation, minimizing waste and maximizing efficiency has been the driving force behind these successes. His strong technical and business background, people skills and project management experience have provided the strategic direction required. Andrew is an energetic, entertaining and thought-provoking speaker, who has received many positive reviews. He has been invited to be a Keynote Speaker and Presenter at numerous conferences throughout North America. James Finch, Emeritus Professor in Mining and Metallurgical Engineering at McGill University, and IMPC 2016 Conference Chair, wrote “I would like to thank Andrew, once more, for the terrific plenary presentation. I was told he was an entertaining as well as informative speaker, and that certainly proved the case.” Andrew is a Professional Engineer, a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP). He also has a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with specialization in Finance & Business Management.
Tuesday, October 22
Invited Keynote: Greg Brouwer, Vice President, Technology & Innovation, Teck Resources Limited
Greg Brouwer is Vice President of Technology & Innovation at Teck Resources Limited. Greg and his team are responsible for driving Teck’s culture of innovation, defining Teck’s innovation strategy, and supporting the execution of innovation programs and initiatives across the company. This includes responsibility for strategic partnerships and emerging technologies.
Mr. Brouwer has been with Teck Resources for over 20 years, primarily in senior operational roles at several of Teck’s underground and open pit mines, including most recently as the General Manager of Highland Valley Copper. In addition to his operational roles, Greg was also instrumental in the co-development and cross-company facilitation of Teck’s culture-changing Courageous Safety Leadership program. And as the Director of the International Zinc Association’s Zinc Nutrient Initiative from 2009 to 2011, Greg led a global program promoting the use of zinc micronutrient fertilizers to address zinc deficiency in people, which claims the lives of approximately 450,000 children annually around the world.
Mr. Brouwer is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia, holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Mining & Mineral Process Engineering from the University of British Columbia, a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University (British Columbia), MBA degrees from Cornell University and Queen’s University and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program. Greg is a member of the Thompson Rivers University Foundation Board and a prior Board Member of the Thompson Nicola United Way.