Executive Director and CEO
Canada Mining Innovation Council
Carl Weatherell joined the Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) on March 1,
Carl has been described by others as a rebel and a heretic. He is a change agent
known for challenging the status quo, discovering new ways of doing things and
taking ideas to execution. He is a natural connector often bringing together
disparate and seemingly unrelated people, groups and organizations to create new
He has over 27 years’ experience working at the interface of business, government
and postsecondary institutions nationally and internationally. Carl has helped
position organizations for success and has established, managed or facilitated the
development of strategies with a number of organizations and over 15 different
consortia comprised of 200 businesses, 30 government organizations and 180
different academic institutions. He was a key member of the teams creating 3
national laboratories in photonics, fire research and astro-particle physics.
He has won awards for breakthrough leadership, technology transfer and was
nominated for an award related to the development of strategic relationships
between academia, industry and government.
Carl obtained graduate and undergraduate degrees in chemistry from Carleton
University and the University of Waterloo respectively. He holds one patent and has
publications in five different technical domains: hydrometallurgical engineering,
organometallic chemistry, analytical chemistry, environmental engineering and
Carlo Cristofari is the Managing Director of Digital Solutions. In addition to having overall responsibility for Hatch’s Information Technology organization, Carlo is responsible for the strategy, development and operation of Hatch’s digital solutions businesses around the world in the mining, energy, and infrastructure sectors. Carlo leads the business unit in developing business driven outcomes for our clients by drawing on Hatch’s diverse and differentiated skills and technologies.
Before joining Hatch, Carlo spent fifteen years in various roles within the technology industry, most recently as the Vice President and Canadian leader for the Innovative Solutions Group with SAP.
Carlo began his career in manufacturing with Ford Motor Company and holds a BESc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario.
Daniel Finfer leads the process metering business group at Silixa Limited, where he has developed industrial sensing applications for fibre optics since 2009. Dr Finfer studied mechanical engineering at Purdue University, ocean acoustics at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, and carried out postdoctoral work on acoustical imaging at Imperial College London. Daniel is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), and author or co-author of around 60 publications on acoustics and sensing. See Silixa’s Product Page
Declan recently joined the Camborne School of Mines as a lecturer in mining automation, after working in mining research in South Africa.
Declan was responsible for introducing borehole radar to South Africa and designed the Aardwolf borehole radar system, still in use on South African platinum mines. He later became the manager responsible for mining research within the quasi-governmental CSIR research laboratories. More recently, he was director of the Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems at Wits, where he became a strong advocate both of the role of technology in mining, and of the importance of human factors and change management for modern mining operations.
Declan has degrees in electrical engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and a PhD in electronics from the University of York.
Edine Bakker is a geologist with a passion for mineral resources. Currently, she works as a team leader at the La Palma Research Centre – a geosciences think-tank endeavoring the development of innovative and sustainable futures. In addition, she is actively involved in the EU-funded ¡VAMOS! – Viable Alternative Mine Operating System – project, leading tasks on innovation targets and stakeholder engagement.
Previously, Edine worked on a range of projects in the mining and mineral exploration industry, most recently in Sweden and earlier in Central and Southeastern Europe. Edine holds a Master’s degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich, where she executed high-level research on the gold deposits in Nevada, USA.
Glen Jones is Managing Director of Mining Intelligence, a mining data solution that specifically allows research to be richer, investing more precise and mining suppliers be more effective. Glen’s role is to lead the business and its aggressive global expansion plans.
From 2003 to 2014 he was an Executive Director at IntierraRMG where he managed most of the Western Hemisphere group and collaborated building content and functionality to build the largest global mineral resource intelligence data base.
From 2014 to 2016, Glen became Director of Mining and Metals Data Bases at SNL Metals and Mining when it purchased IntierraRMG. At SNL he concentrated on working with the team to integrate the staff and the IntierraRMG data.
Early in his career, he founded Mineral Information Maps, a company which monitored global exploration activity, compiled data bases and produced global activity maps. In 1992, he developed the “Hot Play” map concept and began publishing maps that showed rapidly developing area plays around the world. This went on to become a global standard that is still published today by Mining Intelligence.
With over 35 years’ experience and his detailed knowledge of the mining industry and activity globally, Glen is warmly received to share his insights at events around the world.
Over the past 15 years, Greg has been leading high profile complex integrated IT Infrastructure projects covering Banking, Insurance, Transportation, Energy and Mining. In his most recent engagement at DeBeers Canada, Greg was responsible for the end to end project management and delivery of all technical systems at the newly commissioned Gahcho Kué diamond mine in the Canadian Northwest Territories. Describing himself best as a “technology diplomat” with a background in computer engineering at UofT and an MBA from Queen’s University, Greg’s specialty is in bridging the gap between IT and various other lines of business to drive innovation at every stage of the project lifecycle from developing the necessary business case to kick-starting projects through to implementation and support.
Jeremy is currently Chief Technologist for Robotics & Automation at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry, England.
He has been working in the field of automation for manufacturing since leaving University initially with ABB Robotics and then Vanderlande Industries. Having joined the MTC at its inception in 2010, he was responsible for the creation of the Intelligent Automation research theme. As the MTC has grown, his role has evolved to become Chief Technologist (Robotics & Automation) for the MTC Group which includes the Lloyds Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre and MTC Business Launch Centre.
Jeremy has been working with manufacturing industries for over twenty years to develop, improve and implement innovative manufacturing systems often through the use of advanced automation. The focus of this has been the development of industrial platforms that transfer human skill into automated manufacturing through. He has worked with many of the world’s leading manufacturing and automation companies such as Tesco, ABB, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, General Motors, BMW, Siemens and Amazon. He has significant experience in collaborative projects in the UK, Europe and globally.
Currently, Jeremy chairs the Automation Forum of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and is working with the seven centres within the HVM Catapult to develop a transformative change in the use of automation within UK manufacturing. He is also a member of the National Advisory Board of the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Special Interest Group and a council member of the British Automation and Robotics Association.
Jeremy chairs the Institution of Engineering Technology’s Design and Production Sector Executive Committee and has previously held a position on the Institution’s Manufacturing TPN Executive Committee. He is a fellow of the Institution and has been a member since 1992.
Emeritus Professor John Monhemius is a non-executive director of Anglo Asian Mining plc. Professor Monhemius held the Roy Wright Chair in Mineral and Environmental Engineering at the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London until 2004, when he retired from full-time academic work. From 2000 to 2004, he was Dean of the Royal School of Mines. He has more than 50 years’ experience of academic and industrial research and development in hydrometallurgy and environmental control in mining and metallurgical processes. In retirement, he joined the board of Anglo Asian Mining, a junior gold mining company with assets in Azerbaijan, where he has helped the company develop from a simple, small, open pit-heap leach, gold operation into a multi-mine company, producing copper concentrates, as well as 70koz of gold per year.
In 2009 graduated from The Bauman Moscow State Technical University, faculty of Radio-electronics and Laser Technologies. Got a diploma of a specialist in radio-electronic systems. In 2006, after three years of studying, became a certified assistant translator specializing in radio-electronic systems.
In 2008 studied under the program “Basics of Entrepreneurial Activity” in the International Institute of Management LINK.
CV from today to the beginning
In 2014 became a project director in the JSC VIST Group and VIST Mining Technology (resident of Skolkovo Innovation Center). Responsible for the complex implementation of systems, withdrawal of products to the international market, sales, implementation and maintenance of dispatching systems and robotic mining equipment.
a long-term contract between VIST Group and OCP Group (Morocco) – one of the world’s leading phosphate producers,
network of partners, including ones in Chile, South Africa, USA, Sweden. Demonstration systems in South Africa, Indonesia, Vietnam.
From 2010 worked as a project manager and gained an experience in maintaining of implementation projects and R&D projects. Managed the entire process of pre-sales and sales: preparation of contracts, implementation and support, control over teams of engineers and other specialists as well. Managing the projects of development of the remote-controlled and autonomous equipment: Belaz and KAMAZ. Setting tasks for developers for the comprehensive solutions for open and underground mining on iron mines, including the high-precision management of drilling rigs.
Since 2005 worked as an engineer, specializing mostly in development and modernization of the navigation and data transmission devices, selection of the necessary antenna-feeder equipment. Developed and improved technical documentation and instructions.
– Mr. Ilpo Auranen, M.Sc. (Mining & Metallurgy), Chairman of Ima Engineering which is a Finland based company focused on ore sampling and on-line analysis technology.
– Ilpo has made an extensive career in the international mining and construction technology industry. In addition to his current roles as chairman in IMA and being the CEO in Mine On-Line Service his previous assignments e.g. Vice President, Customer Service, Technology & Business Development in Metso Minerals, have given him a good understanding on the target industry’s service and technology needs. Ilpo’s main interest is how to produce the key data and solutions that deal with ore quality and location for the Big Data in Mining.
– Please visit Mining Finland stand to hear more about the Finnish digital technology cluster and IMA Engineering’s on-line ore analysis solutions. www.ima.fi
Nick has over 30 years’ experience in the global minerals industry, graduating from the Camborne School of Mines with a BSc in Mineral Processing and an MSc in Mineral Processing from Queens University, Canada. Nick’s professional career spans all areas of industrial & metalliferous minerals processing and oil field related minerals and applications. His experience ranges from R&D, product development, production and product marketing through to plant specification design & commissioning. Nick is a member of IOM3 and an Advocate of CEEC he also provides advice on market analysis and mining investment.
Olli Riekkinen is the CEO and founding partner of Millisecond Digital, a Finland based company specialized in agile big data and analytics solutions. Olli is passionate about driving the openness to share data also in mining industry. Connecting people, machines and surroundings in multi brand environment does not have to be expensive and complex any more. Millisecond provides lean innovative solutions and data integration services for mining to increase daily operational efficiency and safety. Please visit Mining Finland stand to hear more about the Finnish digital technology cluster and Millisecond CAN/VAS for mining solutions www.millisecond.fi
Industrial Civil Engineer and Master in Mining, University of Chile. Master in Finance, London Business School. He has worked in Chile, England, Kazakhstan and Pakistan in leadership roles in Capital Projects, Business Development, Environment & Corporate Affairs, and in the last 2 years has be leading the Innovation Group in Codelco, first as Corporate Innovation Director, then as the founder and CEO of Codelco Tech (Codelco’ s technology subsidiary)and now has Corporate Head of the Innovation Group, leading the departments of Digital Transformation, Incremental Innovation and Disruptive Innovation.
Since 1 May ‘09 I have been employed by Eramet Research where I was employed as head of the department analysis, numeric modelling and characterization. Subsequently I was appointed as head of the department mineralogy, mineral beneficiation and material sciences. Currently I hold the position as Expert Scientist. My current activity focusses on the microtextural analyses of varies ores and applying automated mineralogy to simulate and model ore processing in order to improve yields and grades ahead of pyro and hydrometallurgical processing.
My activities involved the identification, classification and characterization of various minerals and their mode of occurrences in specific deposits. A close collaboration with the metallurgy section resulted in the identification and maximization of extraction and separation methods that could be applied in the pilot plant/laboratory scale test work. For this purpose, I was involved in the design, staffing, administering and managing a state of the art mineralogical research facility at ERAMET Research. My activities also comprise management, applied research, marketing, inter-company and interdisciplinary liaison and project coordination.
Previously ( March 2006 – May 2009) I worked first mineralogical consultant and as senior mineralogist for the former Kumba Resources, now EXXARO Resources (Pretoria, Rep. of South Africa), on various aspects concerning economic exploitation, beneficiation and quality improvement in the field of heavy minerals (ilmenite, zircon and monazite), lead-zinc, iron ore, coal, slag and sinters. My activities involved the identification, classification and characterization of various minerals and their mode of occurrences in specific deposits. A close collaboration with the metallurgy section resulted in the identification and maximization of extraction and separation methods that could be applied in the pilot plant/laboratory scale test work. For this purpose, I was involved in the design, staffing, administering and managing a state of the art mineralogical research facility at EXXARO’s Research and Development Department. My activities also comprise marketing, inter-company and interdisciplinary liaison and coordination. On the technical side, I am acquainted with and specialized amongst others in the fields of optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and Qemscan microtextural analyses and process modeling.
My professional academic background comprises 8 years of lecturing numerous topics in the field of mineralogy and geology at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and the University of Pretoria. During this time I created a vast network of tertiary and academic institutions, as well as other R&D departments that are hosted in other companies. Results of my research were presented and published in numerous national and international conferences and in peer reviewed publications.
My 35 years of experience in the fields of mineralogy, geology, economic geology, combined with project and research management, have provided me with the required insight to resolve mineralogical and metallurgical challenges in the fields of ore dressing and product quality improvement.
I carry an MSc degree in Mineralogy (University of Mainz, Germany) and a Doctor of Science degree (University of Pretoria, Rep. of South Africa) in Geology.
The recently defined field of “Geometallurgy” is of special interest to me as it combines in an economically and scientifically integrated manner the various fields of geosciences and metallurgy in order to improve the understanding and economical potential of ore resources from brown fields’ exploration to the sale of the final product.
Chairman Mineral Processing Extractive Metallurgy Division Board
Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
Tony Francis is a Chartered metallurgical engineer with more than thirty years working in the minerals processing industries world-wide. He is an independent consultant and owner/director of Francis Minerals Consulting Ltd. Tony’s experience includes plant operations, capital projects, managing test work investigations from laboratory to industrial scale and due diligence studies. Tony is presently serving on the Council of the UK Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining in his capacity as Chairman of the Minerals Processing and Extractive Metallurgy Board.
Tony is a member of the Group Management Committee (GMC) and a member of the Sustainability and Investment Committees. He joined Anglo American in September 2013 as a Group director for technical and sustainability, being appointed to the Board as technical director in July 2015, with responsibility for the Technical and Sustainability function. He is also a non-executive director of Anglo American Platinum and De Beers.
Tony joined AngloGold Ashanti in July 2008 as executive vice president – Business and Technical Development and served as joint acting CEO until July 2013.
His 35-year career in the mining industry has spanned iron ore, copper, nickel and gold and includes his roles as operations executive at Newcrest Mining and as the head of the gold business at Western Mining Corporation.
Tony is a mining engineer with an MBA from the University of Melbourne.