The Electric Mine conference

April 4-5, 2019, Radisson Admiral, Toronto Harbourfront, Canada

Delegate registration:  US $1,300 / GB £1,000 Register Now button (Discounts are available for company delegations – see below)

Mine electrification, in open pits and underground, is inevitable. Whether the rationale is tied to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving employee health, cutting ventilation costs or increasing productivity, future operations will all be using a form of electricity to power machinery.

While much of the technology to go all-electric remains in its infancy, a number of mines are already using or factoring in the use of electric equipment for the reasons above.

To meet this demand, OEMs are stepping up to the plate, with the help of much more powerful and efficient battery technology that has taken this market from trials and prototypes into a new mainstream.

This is a trend IM and its events division, IM Events, has been watching closely, resulting in the launch of the first major conference with a global focus on this topic.


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08:45 – 09:15 Ali G Madiseh, Canada Research Chair in Advanced Mine Energy Systems, Norman B Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, University of British Columbia
The Electric Mine; a new norm in mine energy systems

09:15 – 09:45 Erik Isokangas, Program Director, Mining3
Autonomous electric haulage – the value proposition

09:45 – 10:15 Doug Morrison, President and CEO, Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI)
Electrification to maximise productive capacity

10:15 – 10:45 David Sanguinetti, Program Manager, Global Mining Guidelines Group
The second edition of the Battery Electric Vehicle guideline – a collaborative effort to advance the technology

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break


11:00 – 11:30 Samantha Espley, Director of the Technology & Innovation Centre for Mining and Mineral Processing, Vale Base Metals Operations

Vale’s roadmap to underground electrification

11:30 – 12:00 Andrew Schinkel, Senior Electrical Engineer, Macassa Mine Complex, Kirkland Lake Gold
Powering up Macassa: operating a major battery-electric fleet at a deep underground mine

12:00 – 12:30 Maarten van Koppen, Senior Project Engineer, Strategic Development, Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines, Jeff Anderson, Senior Mechanical Designer, MacLean Engineering, Dale Rakochy, Business Line Manager – Load/Haul, Sandvik Mining & Rock Technology
The Borden Gold Project – lessons learned from the ‘mine of the future’ and the crucial role of partnerships in building an all-electric underground mine

12:30 – 13:00 Karl Trudeau, Chief Operating Officer, Nouveau Monde Graphite; Michel Serres, VP Mining Solutions North America, ABB Canada and David Lyon, Business Development Manager, MEDATECH
The NMG journey to the all electric open pit mine: innovation from collaboration

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 – 14:30 Brian Huff, Chief Technology Officer, Artisan Vehicles
Practical BEV solutions for new and existing mines

14:30 – 15:00 Casper Swart, Global Product Line Manager, Underground Rock Excavation, Epiroc
A power change that changes everything

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break


15:30 – 16:00 Rikard Mäki, R&D Coordinator, Business Development, Boliden

Electrifying Aitik: Bringing trolley assist to Europe’s largest open-pit copper mine

16:00 – 16:30 David Nus, Director Customer Solutions, Global Key Accounts Management, Volvo Construction Equipment
The Electric Site project: towards a carbon neutral quarry operation

16:30 – 17:00 Christian Dirscherl, Vice President for Mining, Excavation & Transportation, Siemens, and Norbert Becker, CEO Mobile Mining, Siemens
The highs and lows of extreme electrification: an exploration from underground to high altitude



08:30 – 09:00 Marcus Thomson, Partner Development, NORCAT
The NORCAT Underground Centre – the world’s one-stop shop for the future of mining technology

09:00 – 09:30 Mathieu Bouffard, Project Manager, Adria Manufacture
Battery charging and power management of BEV in mining applications

09:30 – 10:00 Jay Armburger, Product Manager, Underground Technology Solutions, Caterpillar
Battery vs diesel underground LHDs: direct comparison of heat generation

10:00 – 10:30 Morgan Rody, Senior Project Manager: Sustainable Intelligent Mining Systems (SIMS), Global Strategic Projects and Alliances, Epiroc
SIMS: World Class Mining Demonstrations

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break


11:00 – 11:30 Paul Summers, Lead Developer, Electric Drive Systems, Miller Technology
The STEV: paving the way for electric utility fleets underground

11:30 – 12:00 Dr Bappa Banerjee, General Manager, Mining Equipment, GE Transportation, a Wabtec company
An electric future for load and haul

12:00 – 12:30 Justin Bain, Chief Executive Officer, 3ME Technology
The death of diesel Down Under: an Australian story

12:30 – 13:00 Geoffrey Ejzenberg, Chief Client Officer, ETF Mining
Ridding haulage of diesel: why only modular will deliver

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch


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The Electric Mine conference, to be held in the Radisson Admiral hotel on the Toronto Harbourfront in Canada on April 4-5, 2019, will feature high quality presentations from miners, OEMs, engineering companies and think-tank institutions, highlighting technology advances, new designs and case studies from real mine trials or applications.

It will cover the electrification of mines both underground and on surface, including the rise of battery-powered solutions for loading and haulage, and the application of more efficient power infrastructure designs in mines.

The Electric Mine conference builds on IM Events’ success in holding focused technology meetings over the years. This includes five global In-Pit Crushing and Conveying (IPCC) conferences between 2011 and 2018, two Rapid Development events in 2013 and 2014, and two Mining Myanmar symposiums in 2014 and 2016.

If you’d like to hear more about The Electric Mine conference – including presenting and sponsorship opportunities – please feel free to get in contact with Editorial Director Paul Moore ([email protected]) or Editor Dan Gleeson ([email protected]).

Please also contact Paul, Daniel or Lynne Lane ([email protected]) for further details on company discounts.