2-Day Program

Mining Basics

The Basics of Geology, Mining, and Processing for the Investment Community

About the program

Queen's Mining Basics Program is the only complete geology, mining, and mineral processing short course taught by professionals in each field.

The objective of this course is to provide participants with an understanding of the technical terms, methods, processes, the linkages between them, and the ability to better assess the technical risks of mining.

Aspects of geology, mining and mineral processing are addressed in the context of the discovery, development and production of mineral deposits.

Who should attend

This course is intended for people who are interested in a broad overview of how the mining business works from a technical perspective.

For people with no technical background in geology or mining, the course provides a basic introduction of the critical technical factors impacting on the success of mining companies.

For those with some technical expertise, the course will serve as a refresher and as a way to integrate their specific knowledge into the broader technical aspects of the mining sector.

This program is IIRoC certified for 12.5 hours of CE.

Companies participating include:

  • Banks
  • Capital investment firms
  • Mining companies
  • Accounting firms
  • Government agencies
  • Human resources firms
  • Insurance companies
  • Law firms
  • Media
  • Services
  • Universities

Typical participant titles include:

  • Analysts
  • Company directors
  • Accountants
  • Auditors
  • Human resources specialists
  • Insurance brokers
  • Lawyers
  • Journalists

Personal benefits

  • Learn the meaning of the specialized technical terminology (arcane jargon) of the mineral industry
  • Better comprehend the context of news releases and technical reports from mining companies, and of industry statistics from governments
  • Understand and communicate better with the technical personnel in the industry
  • Develop the ability to detect 'missing' information, and thus become more capable of asking the right questions
  • Opportunities to connect with the session leaders, post-program, to help sustain the learning

The Program covers the following curriculum:

Day One:

  • Introduction & Overview
  • Introduction to Geology
  • Deposit Types: Gold Deposits
  • Deposit Types: Base Metals (Ni, Cu, Zn)
  • Deposit Types: Coal, Iron, Ore
  • Resource Estimation Methods
  • Resource Reporting, Qualified Person, 43-101
  • Open Pit and Underground Mining

Day Two:

  • Underground Mining
  • Economics of Mining, Costs and Productivity
  • Mineral Processing
  • Pyrometallurgy, Hydrometallurgy, Alternatives
  • Mineral Processing
  • Due Diligence
  • Case Study: Bisha Mine
  • Summary and Wrap-Up

Session leaders include senior professors from Smith School of Business and knowledgeable experts from industry. These outstanding teachers are constantly in touch with today's business world through real-world business experience, Board memberships and their own consulting practices.

Boyd Davis has worked as a consultant since 1997 in computational thermochemistry and process development and is president of Kingston Process Metallurgy Inc. (www.kpm.ca). The company, with about 20 employees, focuses on lab scale and pilot chemical process development for the metallurgical industry for all metals and inorganic chemicals; and owns a 12,000 ft2 main laboratory and a 10,000 ft2 pilot plant in Kingston, Ontario.

Aside from his company projects, Boyd volunteers his time at Queen’s University. Boyd maintains an active academic research program, and currently supervises two students.

He has authored over 20 technical papers and has 8 patents and active patent applications. Boyd is active with TMS-AIME, was the president of the Metallurgical Society of CIM in 2014 and was awarded the Past Presidents' Memorial Medal in 2001 for service to CIM. He was also the initiator and co-chair of Extraction 2018, held in August 2018 in Ottawa.

Dr. Love is an Adjunct Professor at Queen's University where he taught in both the Department of Mining Engineering and the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering.

He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Waterloo, and Ph.D. from Queen's University, where he examined the Mount Skukum Epithermal Gold Deposit and its Geological Setting, Yukon, Canada. He completed two industrial post-doctoral fellowships at Queen's: one examining the geology of the giant Antamina Cu-Zn skarn ore deposit, Peru; and the second comparing the geotechnical, geological and ore-grade characteristics of porphyry copper ore deposits.

David's area of expertise is economic geology with emphasis on mineral exploration and the geological and mineralogical aspects of ore deposits. Throughout his 36-year career, he has carried out a wide range of geological consulting activities in the mineral exploration industry in Canada and abroad.

He also consults on geology and soil geochemistry and the application of statistics to it in environmental clean-up operations.

George is the principal at Geology & Mining Evaluation Consulting. He has a Mining Engineering degree from McGill University in Montreal, a Masters in Mining Engineering from the same university, and a Ph.D. in Mining Engineering from Queen's University in Kingston. He has thirty-five years’ experience in consulting, operations, teaching, and research.

George is an authority on hard-rock underground mining, specializing in vein deposits with complex geometries, and he also has relevant experience in other types of deposits and in open pits. He works primarily in gold and copper but has relevant experience in other precious and base metals, iron ore, lithium, and rare earths.

He worked as an engineer for several mining companies across Canada and Chile in the first twenty years of his career. His last position was that of Superintendent of Engineering at Barrick’s El Indio Mine in Chile, responsible for the design, planning, services, and special projects for three underground mines, and for the development of the closure plan for the site.

George is a registered professional engineer in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. He is a Qualified Person under the concept of the National Instrument 43-101, and a Qualified Valuator under the concept of CIMVal (mineral properties valuation standards of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy).

He was an Adjunct Professor in the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining at Queen's University. He taught underground mining between 2002 and 2006, and he now offers professional training in design and valuation to financial analysts, engineers, and geologists.

He is a Director, Secretary and Treasurer of the Chilean charitable organisation Fundacion Mineros Contra El Cancer (Foundation of Miners Against Cancer), dedicated to helping families affected by cancer.

George works across South America, North America, and in Africa. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

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