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posted on July 30, 2018

MDRU SC103: Deep Copper Exploration, Discovery & Mining Short Course (Nov 5, 2018)


Registration is now closed as the course is full.  Email mdruevents@eoas.ubc.ca if you wish to be put on the waitlist; we will inform you by morning break on Monday, Nov 5 2018.  Thanks again for considering our short course.


The economic drivers for the long-term prosperity of the copper commodity market are very encouraging, as society transitions to electric vehicles and new battery technologies. Recognizing this, MDRU is presenting a short course that focuses on “Deep Copper – Exploration, Discovery and Mining” to inform (or re-inform) the exploration and mining community about the importance of underground copper deposits and mineral systems.   The presentations will be on November 5 in downtown Vancouver at UBC Robson Campus.

There will be a mix of speakers espousing the exploration and discovery of porphyry and sediment-hosted copper deposits, as well as mining engineers presenting new technology in caving and underground ore-sorting, and industry geologists presenting case studies.   Copper mining is evolving and has a different future. This MDRU short course will provide participants with new knowledge and awareness of some world-class discoveries, exploration strategies, and active underground development projects.

Check out the technical program.  Lunch, coffee/tea and refreshments will be provided.

Note:  This course qualifies for a credit of 7 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH) under The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of BC (Engineers and Geoscientists BC).



November 5, 2018
8:30 am - 5:30 pm


MDRU Corporate Members:
150 + GST
290 + GST
50 + GST
MDRU Internal (RA/PDF/Faculty):
50 + GST


Jeanne Liu, MDRU Events


C680 – HSBC Hall, UBC Robson Square
800 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC Vancouver Canada
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Additional Information

More Info:
Course Includes

Daily lunches, coffee/tea & refreshments.

 Reception Sponsor


Thomas Bissig
Goldcorp Geochemist
Geologic Controls on Cu vs. Au in porphyry systems: learnings from the Andes

Undergraduate Diploma ETH 1997; PhD Queen’s University 2001, Work on the El Indio belt on landscape evolution and epithermal mineralization processes, 2002-2004 Post-doc at UBC (Peruvian Carbonate hosted deposits and Cuale VMS, Mexico); 2004-2007: Professor at Universidad Catolica del Norte, Antofagasta, Chile; 2008-2017: MDRU RA; since March 2017 Director Geochemistry Goldcorp Inc.
List of publications can be seen:

Craig Hart
MDRU Director
Vertical component of the MDRU Porphyry Footprint exploration model

Craig directs the operations and research activities at MDRU. He contribute to the organization’s international prominence, recognition and reputation for research excellence, student education and professional development. He designs, facilitates and implements a wide range of research projects that provide an applied outcome that impact improved exploration decision-making by industry. He has raised more than $20M in research funding since coming to MDRU. He is passionate about field skills and critical thought, and has contributed to the training of >40 graduate students and >25 Post-Docs and Research Associates. He provides additional training through short courses and workshops.
His technical expertise includes exploration targeting through the integration of large regional datasets, the identification of regional metallogeny controls, the development of exploration methods and strategies, and the evaluation of intrusion-related ore systems. Craig is keen to help develop resource-based economies in developing countries, and has worked or presented in 25 countries.
Craig sits on numerous boards and committees dedicated to providing and improving public geoscience. He was previously awarded Society of Economic Geologists Distinguished Lecturer, the GAC’s Boldy Award, and was a top five finalist and Audience Choice winner of the Integra Gold Rush Challenge in 2016.

Brock Riedell
Deep porphyry Cu-(Au-Mo) discoveries in the Americas: A historical survey – 1965-2018

Brock Riedell grew up in the Boston area, and received a B.A. in geology from Williams College in 1976 and his M.S. at the University of Washington in 1979. His early career was spent mostly in western U.S. exploration roles with Exxon Minerals and Newmont. He followed this with fourteen years with BHP and BHP Billiton, working in copper exploration in the western U.S., Chile, Argentina, Peru, and Mongolia, and serving as Chief Geologist between 2002 and 2005. Since 2009 he has been a consulting geologist focused on porphyry Cu/Au/Mo exploration in western North America, Argentina, and Chile. He mixes consulting with volunteer work for the Society of Economic Geologists Student Field Trip program, with which he has attended two student trips as a professional mentor.

Dave Broughton
Ivanhoe Group
The Kamoa-Kakula ore system, Central African Copperbelt: Exploration, geology, resource definition, and global context

Mineral exploration geologist, +30 years primarily in Canada (orogenic Au, sediment-hosted Cu, Zn), the Central African (Zambia-DRCongo) Copperbelt (sediment-hosted Cu, Co, Zn), and South Africa (Bushveld PGE-Ni-Cu). VPX Ivanplats (now Ivanhoe Mines) 2008-2016, major discoveries at Kamoa and Platreef. MSc: Waterloo, Canada; PhD: CSM, USA. Currently director and consulting advisor to several companies, adjunct professor at Laurentian University. Strong believer in field geology, creativity, working with students and young professionals, responsible mining and exploration practice.

Nimmi Dhadwal
Mining Geologist, New Gold
Geology, Mineralization and Mining Methods at New Afton Mine

Nimmi Dhadwal is a mine geologist at New Afton Mine (New Gold Inc). She joined New Gold as an exploration geologist in 2011 working at their Blackwater project, then transferred to New Afton Mine in 2012 to help start up the exploration program. She transitioned into the role of New Afton mine geologist in 2013. Previous to New Gold Inc, Nimmi worked in exploration geology for Anglo American and Richfield ventures Inc. She holds a BSc. from the University of British Columbia and also sits on the Board of Directors for the Kamloops Exploration Group, a nonprofit organization.

Ally Brown
MDRU MSc Candidate
Geochemical Strategies for Discovering Buried Copper Deposits in Tectonically Active Terrains

Ally graduated from Queen's University in 2013 with a Bachelor Degree of Geological Sciences (Honors). Ally joined the MDRU Atacama Gravels Project as part of the Exploration Geochemistry Initiative in September 2015 as an MSc student. Her project was funded by AngloAmerican, QPX and First Quantum to develop practical and effective geochemical sampling methodologies for discovery of copper deposits buried under the transported gravels in the Atacama Desert. She was rewarded the Society of Economic Geologists Graduate Student Fellowship Award during her studies. She recently successfully defended her thesis entitled "Geochemical Sampling Strategies for Discovering Buried Copper Deposits, Atacama Desert, Chile' and has two papers in review as a result of this work. Ally is an advisor to the PDAC Diversity and Inclusion Working Group and a member of the Association of Applied Geochemists.

Stefan Nadolski
PhD Candidate at the University of British Columbia and Principal of Minpraxis Solutions
Cave-to-mill at New Afton, rock characterization

Stefan is a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia and a founder of Minpraxis, a start-up focusing on services and products relating to mine and mill integration. Working closely with the New Afton mine, his research focuses on developing integrated mine and mill approaches for block caving operations. Stefan has 12 years of professional experience in the mining industry. Past projects include energy efficiency studies, mine-to-mill, sensor-based sorting evaluations and technology development.

Prof. Bern Klein
NBK Mining Engineering
Ore-sorting and grade enhancement in underground copper mines

Prof Klein has more than 23 years of
experience including designing processes for over
300 metallurgical studies. He currently focuses on
technology and innovation for improved energy efficiency
in comminution, Mine-to-Mill integration, sensor-based
sorting and reduced environmental footprint.

Erik Eberhardt
Geological Engineering
Transitioning from Open Pit to Underground Mass Mining: Meeting the Challenges of Going Deeper and Bigger in Block Caving

Erik Eberhardt is a Professor of Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, and the Director of the Geological Engineering program at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Most recently, Erik served as the Associate Director of the Rio Tinto Centre for Underground Mine Construction (RTC-UMC). This 5-year, $10 million, state-of-the-art research centre was tasked with developing and implementing innovative step-change technology designed to improve mine safety and create value by mitigating geo-risk. Erik is a registered professional engineer and consults on international projects in North and South America, Europe and Asia. He has published over 200 technical papers, and was the 2013 recipient of the John A. Franklin Award for outstanding technical contributions to rock mechanics and rock engineering, and 2017 recipient of the Thomas Roy Award for outstanding contributions to the field of Engineering Geology in Canada.

Mark Gibson
HPX Exploration
Technology Driven Exploration

Mark Gibson is the Chief Operating Officer of HPX. He has a similar role with two HPX-associated companies — Kaizen Discovery (TSX-V: KZD) and Cordoba Minerals (TSX-V: CDB). Mr. Gibson joined HPX in 2011 as the company’s founding Chief Executive Officer. He was instrumental in the formation of Kaizen Discovery in 2013, and HPX’s strategic partnership with Cordoba Minerals. Before joining HPX, Mr. Gibson worked with Anglo American, and was the founder of a geophysical service company focused on managing seismic surveys for the mining industry. He has more than 27 years of wide-ranging experience as a geoscientist and manager in the natural resources sector. He holds an Honours degree in Geology from Southampton University, and a Master’s Degree in Geophysics from Leeds University.

David Moore, Co-Presenter
Serengeti Resources
The Kwanika Porphyry Copper Deposit and Regional Targets

Mr. Moore joined Serengeti in 2004 and since that time, has lead a team that has raised over $35 million in exploration funds and discovered two significant mineral deposits. This success was recognized by AMEBC co-awarding him the prestigious 2010 Prospector of the Year, for the Kwanika discovery. Prior to joining Serengeti, Mr. Moore had a 30-year career with Teck Ltd., a major mining company, where he participated in the discovery and delineation of mineral deposits in several countries. He brings experience and expertise ranging from grassroots prospecting to international exploration, business management and development, as well as a proven ability to recognize exploration targets of high potential and transform them into successful projects.

Quinn Harper, Co-Presenter
Serengeti Resources
The Kwanika Porphyry Copper Deposit and Regional Targets

Quinn Harper has been involved with exploration for various deposit types throughout BC, the Yukon, Ontario and Alaska over his 10-year career. Mr. Harper joined Serengeti as Chief Geologist in 2017, tasked with managing Serengeti’s exploration portfolio as well as the advancement of the Kwanika project through the completion of a Pre-Feasibility Study. Prior to joining Serengeti, Mr. Harper was Senior Geologist with AuRico Gold and AuRico Metals through the discovery and subsequent delineation of the Kemess East deposit. In early 2016, Mr. Harper accepted a position with Kiska Metals charged with managing programs in BC and Alaska, as well as completing a detailed study of the Chuchi alkalic porphyry project in north-central BC. Mr. Harper was born and raised in northern British Columbia and continues to draw heavily on his rural ancestry to advance mineral projects in the north.

Alan Wainwright
MDRU Research Associate
Stratigraphy and preservation of deep, high-grade porphyry Cu-Au mineralization at Oyu Tolgoi, Mongolia

Dr. Wainwright is an economic geologist with mineral exploration and research experience in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, focused on base metals and gold. Alan completed his PhD in 2008 (MDRU; Ivanhoe Mines) on the super-giant porphyry Cu-Au deposits at Oyu Tolgoi (Mongolia), and was was a recipient of the H.H. "Spud" Huestis Award (AME BC; 2013) for his role in the Coffee gold discovery in Yukon Territory (Kaminak; 5 Moz Au).

Currently, Alan is the research lead for the Western Tethyan Metallogeny Project (Phase 2) at MDRU, building a foundational magmatic architecture for the Balkans, Turkey and Caucasus, in a mineral exploration context.