Pitch the next big idea to revolutionize mining
March 3, 2019
REBEL Entertainment Complex
More details to come September 2018
#DisruptMining accelerates mining innovation by bringing diverse, brilliant minds together to provide the raw materials that propel modern society.
Founded in 2017 by Goldcorp and Integra Gold, #DisruptMining is a catalyst to accelerate innovation – to encourage new ideas, generate new opportunities and tackle problems more efficiently, and to bridge the gap between mining and technology. It’s a platform for entrepreneurs working with disruptive and exponential technologies to highlight their application across the entire sector. From exploration and mine closure to financing and sustainability, #DisruptMining engages people with exponential technologies and rogue ideas, and provides a CAD$1 million capital opportunity to bring their disruption to mining.
Finalists will pitch competing innovations to a “shark-tank” style panel of industry titans. More than 1,000 mining executives, investors and financiers will be in attendance, each looking for that one revolutionary idea. #DisruptMining is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to produce real and powerful change.
Proceeds from the #DisruptMining event will support the future of the mining industry through innovation-focused scholarships.
Acoustic Zoom aims to unlock the potential of Canada’s mineral exploration sector with high-frequency 3D imaging to help map complex geological formations deep within the earth’s micro-structure. After earning a spot as a semi-finalist in #DisruptMining 2017, Acoustic Zoom is back. A breakthrough in its ultra-high-frequency 3D Borehole Seismic imaging method provides an unprecedented resolution of subsurface geological structures, while reducing 3D survey costs by up to 90 percent. Acoustic Zoom’s method is intended to help exploration teams drill smarter, guide planning and achieve investment value quicker with more actionable and accurate information.
EnviroLeach has developed the world’s only safe, stable, sustainable, eco-friendly and economical alternative to cyanide. A unique, cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to the current methods used in the hydrometallurgical extraction of precious metals, including the prolific use of cyanide, strong acids, mercury and smelting processes. The EnviroLeach process, a patented chemistry based on five FDA-approved ingredients, results in a product that is non-toxic, safe to use and provides similar or superior leach kinetics and recoveries to that of cyanide. It’s the first economically and technically viable alternative to the use of cyanide since its introduction in the 1870s. Adoption and application of the EnviroLeach method is expected to help to reduce the environmental impact of mining, streamline permitting processes, improve occupational safety and enhance operational efficiencies.
LlamaZOO Interactive has created MineLife VR, a software platform which enables companies to represent a mine plan from exploration to reclamation in an interactive 1:1 scale using virtual reality, creating efficiencies and value across investor, government, and community relations; resource management; mine planning and reclamation; and business development. Founded by former game designers and developers from Electronic Arts and Microsoft, LlamaZOO’s technology empowers mining companies to tell a better story with their data – making it more accessible and actionable for technical and non-technical stakeholders alike. MineLife VR represents the first time that spatial data of such a large and complex nature has been successfully synthesized into a life-sized, interactive, virtual reality experience. If a picture tells a thousand words, then MineLife’s VR lets you experience a million.
Open Mineral, founded by former Glencore executives, is digitizing the relic practices of physical commodity trading that has operated the same way for decades. By expanding the number of suitable metal concentrate counterparties available worldwide, the Open Mineral Exchange is transforming the way physical commodity trading is conducted. With streamlined contract negotiations and execution to increase efficiency and profitability for the participants, Open Mineral is a ‘one-stop shop’ for trade execution with sights on implementing blockchain solutions to further reduce processing time and costs while improving cash-flow in concentrate trade transactions.
Using a bio-intelligent, augmenting consortium of organisms designed specifically for “targeted” metal recovery and remediation, this game-changing environmental technology is programmable to specific mineralogy in many different environmental conditions. Discovered by Dr. Vasu Appanna, a Professor and former Dean of Science and Engineering at Laurentian University, and also led by company co-founder Kurtis Van Wallegham, Bio-Mine Ltd. is set to drive the mining recovery and remediation sector towards the elusive and ultimate “zero footprint” goal.
Using a combination of existing and proven crushing, pumping and slurry technologies, Cementation has developed a proof of concept model for process injection hoisting that would eliminate the need for mine shaft production hoisting or trucking, transporting ore to the surface using a pump-driven pipeline loop. The technology is adaptable to all mining methods and would substantially reduce energy consumption and ventilation requirements. The team at Cementation “builds mines” from design through to construction, and this invention has the potential to revolutionize underground mine development to the benefit of the entire industry.
Goldspot Discoveries developed a machine-learning algorithm capable of significantly improving mineral exploration on both a regional and local scale. Goldspot Discoveries is revolutionizing the investment decision model by using the Goldspot Algorithm to stake acreage, acquire projects and royalties, and invest in public vehicles to create a portfolio of assets with the greatest reward-to-risk ratio. Managed by seasoned industry experts from both financial and technical backgrounds, the team is armed with a unique technological edge designed by the Data Miners, the next generation of mining genius and second place runners up in the 2016 Integra Gold Rush Challenge.
The true power of machine learning and artificial intelligence can only be unleashed with robust, high-quality data inputs. KORE plans to install instruments onto the drill rig that can provide real-time, automated data-accelerating timelines for multiple mining stages and decision-making intelligence. The KORE team – Vince Gerrie, Aaron Maher, Sebastian D. Goodfellow, Chris Drielsma, Patrick Hooker and Chris Lane – bring together years of expertise in geology, geophysics, software engineering, and technology development.
Tradewind Markets is a new electronic trading, settlement and custody platform for physical gold bullion. Tradewind Markets is using a combination of distributed ledger technology (blockchain) and exchange technology to unlock functionality in fully secure gold bullion, vaulted with the Royal Canadian Mint. The business is a partnership between IEX, the Investor’s Exchange, a provider of fair, simple and transparent stock exchange technology, and Sprott Asset Management, a globally recognized leader in precious metals investment.
Veronica Knott is a current student at the University of British Columbia pursuing a degree in Mining and Mineral Processing from the Faculty of Applied Science. Throughout her time at UBC, Veronica has held various leadership roles that have given her a unique and fresh perspective on the future of the mining industry.
Veronica served as one of three student members of the UBC Board of Governors from 2014–2016, overseeing the non-academic governance of the $2.2 billion organization. She served two terms, which included many committee and working group positions. Notably, Veronica served as Vice Chair of the Land Use Committee.
Before this role, Veronica was President of the UBC Engineering Undergraduate Society (EUS). She oversaw the EUS Inclusion Project, which resulted in a governance overhaul, and the creation of the Iron Pin Ceremony, a new event incorporating ethics and professionalism into the first-year curriculum. Veronica chaired the National Conference on Women in Engineering in 2013, which brought together over 150 delegates from engineering societies across Canada to discuss and inspire the recruitment and retention of women in engineering.
Veronica held the role of captain of the UBC Mining Games Team for the 2017 Canadian Mining Games. Along with her co-captain, Veronica oversaw the organization of the team through 23 technical competitions. The UBC team has successfully achieved two back-to-back championships, while Veronica personally placed first in various competitions including Mine to Mill Innovation and Crisis Management. She also placed third at the World Mining Competition in 2016. These achievements have resulted in various recognitions and awards. Most recently, Veronica was named the 2017 Engineers Canada Gold Medal Student for making an impact on the engineering profession. She was also named a Vancouver Board of Trade Woman to Watch for her impact in the Vancouver community.
Veronica has shown a passionate commitment to student leadership, aiming to make her surrounding community more welcoming and inclusive, and a dedication to success in mining academics.
Rob McEwen is the Chairman and Chief Owner of McEwen Mining Inc. He is the founder and former Chairman and CEO of Goldcorp Inc., which is one of the largest gold producers in the world. In 1990, Rob jumped from the investment industry into the mining industry. By 1993, he had begun a consolidation of five companies that would take eight years to complete. The resultant company was Goldcorp Inc., which has become a gold mining powerhouse. During the last 13 years of Rob’s time as Goldcorp’s CEO, the company’s market capitalization grew from $50 million to over $8 billion, and its share price grew at a compound annual rate of 31%. Rob and his wife, Cheryl, have donated in excess of $50 million to encourage excellence and innovation in healthcare and education. Their donations have led to the establishment of the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine at Toronto General Hospital, the McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University, the McEwen Leadership Program at St. Andrew’s College and, most recently, the Graduate Study and Research Building at the Schulich School of Business at York University. Rob was awarded the Order of Canada in 2007 and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award in 2013. He holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws and an MBA from York University and a BA from the University of Western Ontario. He also received the 2001 PDAC Developer of the Year Award and was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in 2017.
George Salamis, with over 25 years of experience in the mining industry, is a champion for innovation and disruptive thinking. At Integra Gold’s 2016 Gold Rush Challenge – the industry’s largest ever crowdsourcing campaign – George called upon the industry to “get off the sidelines and into the innovation game”. Building on the success of this challenge, which saw new technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence and virtual reality being applied to mineral exploration, George is a frequent speaker on new technologies being applied to all stages of mining. In July 2017, George was Executive Chairman of Integra Gold and led the successful sale of Integra Gold to Eldorado Gold for CAD$590 million, proving that collaborative efforts, creative outside-the-box thinking and company culture driven by innovation and disruption can deliver value to shareholders and stakeholders. In August 2017, George and his team launched Integra Resources with the plan to once again deliver upside exploration potential in a world-class mining jurisdiction. George is also currently a Director of Contact Gold. Previously, George was involved in $1.4 billion of M&A transactions, either through asset sales or junior mining companies he helped build. George holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology degree from the University of Montréal – École Polytechnique.
Blanca Treviño is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Softtek, S.A. de C.V. (Softtek). Under her leadership, Softtek has become a leading information technology services company in Latin America. As President, Blanca has positioned Softtek as a key part of the Mexican economy, opening its doors to the United States as a provider of IT services. This has shaped what is known today as Nearshore, Softtek’s trademarked delivery model, and a term widely used in the industry to define outsourcing services provided by countries within close proximity.
Throughout her 25-year career, Blanca has gained international recognition as a promoter of the IT services industry in and from emerging countries. To help increase the participation of Latin America in the IT field, she has collaborated with various governments in the early stages of development. Blanca has been on the Board of Directors for Wal-Mart de México, S.A.B. de C.V. since 2006, and has been a board member for several universities and non-profit organizations. She has also been a frequent presenter in national and international forums related to entrepreneurialism, information technology and the role of women in business. She has participated in forums at the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Kellogg School of Management, Harvard Business School and London Business School.
Beyond the IT industry, she is identified by several media publications as one of the most influential executives in Mexico and Latin America. Blanca was the first woman to be inducted into the prestigious IAOP (International Association of Outsourcing Providers) Outsourcing Hall of Fame and has been named one of the Top 25 Businesswomen by the Latin Business Chronicle, and a Rising Star on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women, among other accolades. In 2014, Blanca was named Mexico’s Woman of the Year by the National Women of the Year Foundation.
Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, Blanca studied Computer Science at the Instituto Technológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM). Her significant experience in the IT industry, coupled with her experience as an entrepreneur, brings important insight to both the Board and management. Blanca is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Wal van Lierop is an energy technology veteran with unique industry insight gained through deep operational experience as a venture capitalist, corporate executive, top international consultant and university professor. Since co-founding Chrysalix in 2001, Wal has sourced, invested in and advised numerous start-ups building innovative solutions for the new world economy – often while working hand-in-hand with large multinational companies on their innovation strategies. Wal is a specialist in maximizing returns from bringing innovative solutions to large industries that are in transition.
Prior to founding Chrysalix, Wal spent six years as the Vice President of Strategic Planning at Westcoast Energy (at the time, one of the largest Canadian energy companies) with a strong focus on innovation and venturing. He also advised energy, chemicals and financial services blue chip companies on innovation and change management while working for more than seven years with McKinsey & Company.
With a long-standing passion for industrial innovation and sustainability, Wal has founded or co-founded several new ventures and clean energy organizations, including New Ventures BC and SET Ventures in the Netherlands, as part of the Chrysalix Global Network, which he assisted GRC from China in joining as well. Wal holds a PhD in Economics from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and has completed executive training in Change Management from MIT.