PDAC 2020

RPA is pleased to sponsor all PM Sessions of the PDAC Technical Program

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Short Course: Will this exploration project become a mine?

Will this exploration project become a mine?

Friday, February 28, 2020 & Saturday, February 29, 2020


This course is designed to give insight into early stage projects from a mining engineer’s perspective.  We will look at all the key aspects required for determining early stage cost estimates including: mining method selection, processing methods, infrastructure requirements, environmental management, and social licence.  We will also review key inputs to revenue including: metal prices, metallurgical recoveries, payable metal, transport costs, treatment and refining charges, and royalties.   

Ultimately, we will be able to use this information to develop an early stage cash flow that will give us an indication of a project likelihood of success. 


Top Take-Aways:

  • Develop an understanding of the various mining methods and associated costs.
  • Develop an understanding of the various inputs for revenue including metal prices, royalties, TC/RCs, transportation costs, and payable terms.
  • Create a simple high-level cash flow model for a mining project.
  • Identify project risks as they relate to infrastructure, environment, and social licence to operate

Level of Comprehension: All Levels

This course is primiarly designed for geologist, executives and investors. Participants are requested to bring their own laptop. 




Jason Cox, RPA
Ian Weir, RPA
David Robson, RPA
Lance Engelbrecht, RPA
David Ritchie, SLR
Dr. Elise Ho-Foong, SLR
Early Rate
Member $699.99 Non-Member $799.99
Regular Rate:
Member $899.99 Non-Member $999.99 Student $349.99
Short Course: Fundamentals of Mineral Resource Estimation (in Spanish)

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Fundamentals of Mineral Resource Estimation (In Spanish)


Saturday, February 29 & Sunday March 1, 2020


This short course, prepared and delivered by RPA, focuses on the practical aspects of resource estimation and includes easy to follow guidelines for how to navigate the principal decision points in a resource estimation workflow. 

It is designed to be useful for field geologists looking to learn more about the mineral resource estimation process and the downstream use of their collected field data and geological interpretation, as well as active practitioners. It is ideal for newcomers to resource estimation or for someone wanting a refresher.  Attendees should be familiar with exploration drilling methods and results, and the general geology of some mineral deposits.


Top Take-Aways:

· Understand the steps involved to estimate Mineral Resources
· Build a basic tool kit to estimate Mineral Resources
· Identify, navigate, and mediate common risks and gaps in the estimation process
· Learn how to apply practical considerations of resource estimation and mining to field data collection and collation

Topics Covered:

· The Resource Database
· Geological and resource domain modelling
· Exploratory data analysis
· Compositing and outlier restriction tools (including capping)
· Trend analysis
· Incorporation of conceptual mining inputs (minimum thickness, cut-off grade, etc.)
· Interpolation design (search ellipse size and orientation, sample restrictions, etc.)
· Classification considerations
· Validation routines

Fundamentos de estimación de recursos minerales

Este curso, presentado por un equipo de expertos profesionales de RPA, introduce los fundamentos de estimación de recursos minerales. El contenido se ha preparado para una audiencia de geólogos de exploración y mina ya que estos son los principales responsables en el descubrimiento, definición y producción de depósitos minerales. El propósito de este curso es delinear los componentes clave y las consideraciones de importancia en la estimación de recursos minerales para que la audiencia puede incorporar lo aprendido a su trabajo.

El curso comienza con bases de datos de perforación y avanza cubriendo dominios de recursos, análisis de tendencias, análisis exploratorio de datos, técnicas de estimación, cálculo de leyes de corte y criterios de clasificación. Se explorarán consideraciones específicas para el modelo de recursos minerales, incluyendo aspectos prácticos como el método de minado propuesto y el equipo, así como aspectos geoestadísticos tales como criterios en la selección adecuada de dominios. RPA explicará los fundamentos y la importancia de cada paso, y mencionará riesgos y errores comunes.

Los ejercicios que complementan el contenido del curso pueden incluir: interpretación geológica, verificación de base de datos, tratamiento de valores extremos, cálculo de leyes de corte, análisis exploratorio de datos, estimación de ley de bloques, estrategias para elipses de búsqueda, clasificación y verificación de modelos de bloques.

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Sean HoranP.Geo.,Technical Director of Resource Estimation, Principal Geologist/ Geostatistician
José Texidor Carlsson   P.Geo, Senior Geologist
Rosmery Cardenas, MAusIMM CP(Geo), P.Eng., Principal Geologist
Ian Weir, P.Eng.  Senior Mining Engineer
Early Rate
Member $699.99  Non-Member $799.99
Regular Rate 
Member $899.99 Non-Member $999.99 Student $399.99
Short Course: Public reporting , professional practice and industry guidance: Meeting expectations of securities regulators

Public reporting, professional practice, and industry guidance: meeting expectations of securities regulators

Sunday, March 1, 2019 (AM)

Organizer: Ontario Securities Commission 


While NI 43-101 is the “public face” of mining disclosure in Canada, there are several key organizations that play a significant role in the overall stability of the mining disclosure rule. This course will discuss the interdependence of securities regulators, professional geoscience regulators, and technical societies in maintaining the confidence in public reporting.


NI 43-101 sets minimum standards for disclosure—it does not prescribe how exploration programs are designed and executed or how mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates are prepared. This means the qualified person, with the required technical competence, relevant experience, and professional ethics plays a critical role in upholding the success, or failure, of the disclosure regime. Presenters from Professional Geoscientists Ontario will cover the ethical obligations of professional geoscientists, including procedures when practitioners fail in their duty to uphold or protect the public interest. Members from the CIM Best Practice Committee will discuss recent updates to the best practice guidance documents for mineral exploration and estimation of mineral resources and mineral reserves. Securities regulators will present findings from recent compliance reviews, particularly disclosure of mineral resource estimates in technical reports.


Level of Comprehension: All Levels

Participants should have a basic understanding of NI 43-101. 




Craig Waldie, Ontario Securities Commission 

James Whyte, Ontario Securities Comission

Reno Pressacco, RPA 

John Ryder, Chair, Professional Geoscientist Ontario 


Regualr Rate

Member $199.99 Non-Member $239.99 Student $129.99



Technical Program: New Exploration Technologies

New Exploration technologies - Tuesday, March 3, 2020 (PM) - Room 713 

Chair:  Antoine Caté, SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc. & Reno Pressacco RPA



Rejean Girard, IOS Service Geoscientifiques -  Automated indicator mineral identification: A new paradigm in drift exploration

Glen Kuntz, Nordmin Group of Companies -Characterization of ore material using synchrotron technology 

Andy Wurst- Barrick Gold Corporation - Coil tubing drilling in exploration

Kevin Heather - Regulus Resources Inc. - A case study of core hyperspectral data at the AntaKori project

Edmond van Hees, Ontario Geological Survey -  Utilizing stable isotopes to find gold mining camps and locate the deposits within them

Jason Dunning, Adventus Mining Corporation - Not all AI is machine learning: Getting the most from a drilling budget



Technical Program: Mining investment: How to navigate the changing landscape

Mining investment: How to navigate the changing landscape - Sunday, March 1, 2020 (PM) - Room 715

Chair: Valerie Wilson, RPA & Susan Muir, Mkango Resources Ltd., Toronto, Canada


Hear from a cross section of investors active in mine finance on what metrics they use to evaluate companies and projects, and from senior miners and marketing experts on how to attract capital. 



Jeffrey Christian, CPM Group - The effect of institutional investors' structural transformation on mining finance

Chad Williams, Red Cloud - Top 10 ways for mining companies to attract money from investors

Nawojka Wachowiak, 1832 Asset Management L.P. -  How to communicate your story: An investor's perspective

Rob Krcmarov, Barrick Gold Corp. -  Investing in growth: Barrick’s key project parameters

Remco van der Water, ING Group - Mining investment: What catches the banker’s eye

Cathy Hume, CHF Capital Markets - Tried and true strategies to effectively brand and market your story



Technical Program: Recent advances in Archean geology

Recent advances in Archean geology - Sunday, March 1, 2020 (PM) - Room 713

Chair:  Neil Gow, Independent, & David Ross, RPA 




Al Workman, Watts, Griffis and McOuat Ltd. - Mining and mineral exploration potential in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Sandra Occhipinti, CSIRO - Mineral systems of  craton margins: Examples from Western Australia

Klaus Gessner, Geological Survey of Western Australia - Scale integrated approach to understanding architecture and fertility in Archean cratons: Examples from western Australia

David Mole, Harquail School of Earth Sciences, Laurentian Universtiy - Isotopic mapping of the continental crust: A new area selection tool

Lucie Mathieu, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) - Metal earth in Chibougamau: Stratigraphy and magmatic-hydrothermal Cu-Au mineralization

Katarina Bjorkman, Bjorkman Prospecting - In-situ growth of the Superior Craton from isotopes in zircons: Implications for Archean geodynamics, granite-greenstone petrogenesis and magmatic Cu-Ni-PGE-Au systems



Technical Program: Metallurgy and processing revenue components of geometallurgy

Metallurgy and processing revenue components of geometallurgy - Monday, March 2, 2020 (PM) - Room 715

Chair: Valerie Wilson, RPA & Shuda Zhou, Orix Geoscience Inc., Toronto, Canada 


Geometallurgy is used in the mining industry to integrate data and decision making at each step of the project lifecycle. It allows for better decision making, risk reduction, and more effective impacts for all stakeholders as projects develop. However, the definition, approach, application, and conculsions drawn from geometallurgy vary widely. This technical session looks at understanding the nuances of geometallurgy, provides direction on practical approaches and best practice guidelines, and shares the impact of geometallurgy through case studies. The session is designed to be relevant to both investor and practitioner audiences. 



Kathy Altman, RPA -  The importance of considering capital and operating costs when conducting metallurgical tests

Stuart Saich, Promet101 - Practical Geometallurgy for investors

Lucy Hollis Bryan Rairdan, Teck Resources Limited -  Improving geomet understanding in a mature operating paradigm

Matti Talikka, Outotec -  Optimization of ore to metal value chain via geometallurgical modeling

Karin Olson Hoal, Cornell Univeristy -  Geometallurgy as a platform for technical de-risking



SEC disclosure modernization: Impacts on resource reporting
Technical Program: Gold deposits of west Africa: Recent discoveries and developments

Gold deposits of west Africa: Recent discoveries and developments - Tuesday, March, 3, 2020 (AM) - Room 716

Chairs: Reno Pressacco, RPA & Patti Nakai-Lajoie, Teranga Gold Corp, Toronto, Canada
John Miller, BHP - Gold deposits of West Africa: Various styles of mineralization, controls on their location and discovery history
Andrew Brown, B2Gold Corp. -  The Fekola mine, Mali: An update on brownfield and regional exploration programs
Craig MacDougall, IAMGOLD Corp. -  The Boto deposit, Senegal: A discovery by persistence and not a day at the beach
Kevin Tomlinson, Cardinal Resources Limited -  The Namdini deposit: The largest significant west African gold discovery in a decade
Richard Adofo, Kinross Gold Corporation - Defining a world class gold deposit in the Sahara Desert at Tasiast gold mine, Mauritania
Simon Bottoms, Barrick Gold Corp. -  The Loulo-Gounkoto district and evaluation
Convention Planning Committee
Dave Ross, Director of Geology Services, Principal Geologist - Technical Program (outside contributor)
Reno Pressacco, Principal Geologist - Technical Program 
Valerie Wilson, Senior Geologist - Technical Program, Short Course