Chris Novak began his career over 35 years ago in exploration and surveying in Northern Ontario. He has since worked at mine sites around the world in a variety of roles. After being challenged countless times to complete what should have been simple tasks around data management, he began developing new solutions to make his job more efficient. He taught himself how to develop software and created custom solutions for the mining companies he worked for, with a focus on enterprise data management and metals reconciliation.
Chris was one of the early trailblazers of the ‘digital mine’ movement, with an intense entrepreneurial and innovative spirit. Although his concepts were not always accepted due to their disruptive nature, he persevered and eventually began his own consultancy in the late 90’s. After a few years of solving similar challenges for his clients, he worked with his own team to develop a commercialized software technology, which would empower miners globally to improve their operations. This digital solution later became Centric Mining System which has now been operation for over 20 years.