Canada is a world-leader in the minerals and metals industry. Thanks to its rich geology, Canada ranks in the top five countries in the global production of aluminum, uranium, potash, cobalt, nickel, diamonds, and platinum group metals. In 2012, the mining industry contributed over $52 billion to Canada’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In addition, approximately 400,000 people are working in the mining industry across Canada. Besides its direct contribution to the economy, the industry supplies feedstock to many other industries such as machinery, manufacturing and transportation. Our province, Ontario, is the leading province in Canada in mineral production. More than 22% of Canadian nonfuel minerals are produced in Ontario. The industry is Ontario’s economic engine and a major employer.
In the last two decades, mining industry has experienced significant changes by adopting advanced technologies and introducing more automation into mining operations. These changes has allowed a relatively higher productivity and a better visibility into certain parts of mining value chain. Despite these improvements, the mining industry is still facing many challenges which effective addressing of them will require development of interdisciplinary approaches that allow maximizing the economic return of mining projects under evolving and uncertain market conditions of today.
This presentation will focus on the current state of the Canadian mining industry. The mining methods being used in Canada are introduced and the major challenges and emerging concerns within the mining industry are discussed. Recent advances in technology that have created opportunities to develop innovative and cost-effective solutions for mining projects are also presented.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Kamran Esmaeili is an assistant professor in the Lassonde Institute of Mining- Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. He has several years of industrial work experience and academic research and has contributed to several important fields such as: surface and underground mine design and optimization; numerical modeling in geomechanics; and feasibility assessments of mining projects.
Dr. Esmaeili’s work experience includes several years of engineering and working as a consultant in various companies involved in the mining industry. Between 2010 to 2012 he worked as a consultant for Golder Associates in Montreal, where he was involved in a variety of mine design and feasibility projects in Canada and overseas such as: Wana mine for Semafo Inc.; Westwood and Niobec mines for Iamgold; Raglan and Brunswick mines for Glencor-Xstrata, etc.
Since his academic career commenced in 2012, he has been striving to develop projects and build relationships with industry and academics. In the last ten years, he has published more than 25 refereed journal and conference papers in internationally renowned journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings. He has given numerous reports and oral presentations to industry and academia on mine feasibility study, mining geomechanics, and mine modeling related issues.