2013 BC TRCR Symposium


Speaker schedules are subject to change without notice

Monday September 16

Afternoon Half-Day Workshop - Towards Sustainable Mining & Biodiversity

Presented by Ben Chalmers, Vice President, Sustainable Development, Mining Association of Canada.

With guest presenter Don McLennan, Head – Monitoring Science, Canadian High Arctic Research Station Project and formerly with Parks Canada.

Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) was developed by The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) to improve the industry’s performance by aligning its actions with the priorities and values of Canadians. The TSM initiative is a way for the industry to find common ground with its communities of interest—the groups and individuals involved in and affected by mining—in order to build a better industry, today and in the future.

The TSM initiative is built around a series of performance indicators in the areas of tailings management, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions management, Aboriginal and community outreach, tailings management, biodiversity conservation management, and safety and health. These indicators give the public an overview of the industry’s performance by measuring the quality and comprehensiveness of companies’ management systems.

Biodiversity conservation management is one of the newest TSM protocols with public reporting of performance set to begin this year.  The conservation of biodiversity is a commitment in MAC’s Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Guiding Principles. MAC members recognize that access to land and a company’s social license depend upon responsible social, environmental and economic practices and that there is a strong business case for supporting biodiversity conservation. MAC members believe that mining, conducted in consultation with communities of interest, can co-exist with biodiversity conservation. MAC members accept that a corporate commitment to biodiversity conservation is essential and the biodiversity conservation management protocol offers an important tool to improve performance and demonstrate to communities-of-interest that action is being taken. 

This workshop will provide a general overview of the TSM program and provide focused training on application of the biodiversity conservation management protocol. 

At the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the TSM program, including its objectives, history, accomplishments and future priorities,
  • Understand how to apply the biodiversity conservation management protocol,
  • Understand the external verification process.

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Welcome Reception

 Tuesday September 17

Lehigh Mine Tour in Sechelt

Full day tour of the Lehigh Mine in Sechelt.
Tour departs at 7:15AM from the North Tower Lobby
Returning to the hotel at 10:30PM
Lunch and dinner will be provided, cash bar available during dinner.

*PPE Required: Safety glasses (sunglasses and prescription glasses are not sufficient), Hard Hat, High visibility vests, Steel toed boots 

Come and tour the Sechelt Mine, the winner of the 2009 BC Jake McDonald Mine Reclamation Award and the 2012 Mining and Sustainability Award!  The Sechelt Mine, located on BC’s beautiful Sunshine Coast, is operated by Lehigh Hanson Materials and is one of the largest sand and gravel mines operating in Canada.  The fieldtrip will focus on the innovative reclamation approaches in place at the site including proactive mine planning to address community concerns, wetland establishment and development, creation of wildlife corridors, progressive reclamation using biosolids and the creation of a poplar tree plantation on a former sedimentation pond.  The strong partnerships developed with the Sechelt Indian Band and the local community will also be highlighted.  The day will be capped by a cultural performance by the Sechelt First Nation in their beautiful Long House and a buffet dinner in the Sechelt Indian Band Hall. 

Sechelt Mine 2009 BC Jake McDonald Mine Reclamation Award Information:



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Exhibitor set up

Wednesday, September 18

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Day 1 Technical Session


Opening Remarks

8:00 am
Considerations in mine reclamation costing
M.J. Brodie 

Above the coal mines: The evolution of mine reclamation in the United States
Mike Harding

Decommissioning and remediation of the Pinchi Lake mine
B. Donald, M. Unger, Rob Marsland

9:30am – 10:00am

Use of ecological risk assessment to guide remediation at the Teck PinchiLlake mercury mine
P. Allard, R. Baker,  C. Mackintosh

Pinchi Lake mine closure – demolition debris disposal
R. Marsland, M. Unger, B. Donald

Long term post-reclamation management of the Pinchi Lake mine
M. Unger, B. Donald, Rob Marsland

Lunch is provided for all attendees 

Processes and functions: A new approach for mine reclamation
David Polster

Site groundwater management strategies: groundwater metal remediation using permeable reactive barriers
M. Choi, B. Lin, R. Hamm, G. Viehweger, H. Tolera, T. Kolb

Using the BC Guidance for assessing the design, size and operation of sedimentation ponds used in miningto comply with federal/provincial sediment control legislation
J. C. Clark, H.A. Hemachandra Jayasena

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Abandoned underground mine remedy evaluation and remedial design Captain Jack Mill Superfund Site
Colorado, A.S. Bazin

Intensively monitoring cover system thermal properties with distributed temperature sensing    
L.K. Tallon, M.A. O’Kane  

Bighorn sheep and Elk Valley coal mines; ecology and winter range assessment    
Kim G. Poole, C. R. Smyth, I. Teske, K. Podrasky, R. Serrouya, G. Sword, L. Amos  

Reclamation Awards Banquet
Evening of great food, camaraderie and reclamation recognition.

Thursday September 19

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Day 2 Technical Session


“Moving mountains and goalposts – how do you know when you’ve reached the goal?” - Regulatory perspectives of mine reclamation success    
Anne Moody, Jennifer McConnachie 

From exploration to post-closurethe benefits of using terrain stability assessments in mine life planning    
V. Stevens, N. Tashe    

9:30 – 10:00 am     


Dominion (Gurney) minesite rehabilitation
F. A. Baker, M. Bertram, B. Humbert, B. Boyd

Planning for closure – Porcupine Gold Mines’ mine closure program
C.J. Stevens, T. Sulatycky, C.A. Small, L. Götz, R.T. Taillefer,, L.E. Burke

Stakeholder engagement and additional remediation of the decommissioned Beaverlodge uranium mine site    
M. Webster, D. Hockley 

11:30am – 1:00pm
Lunch is not provided, at leisure  

Twin Sisters native plant nursery: integrating research, training, and outreach for the propagation of native and culturally significant plant species in Northeastern British Columbia    
M.E. Keefer, N. Owens, C. Marshall, C.R. Mellott

Discussion of regulatory compliance strategies to achieve receiving water quality standards using selenium reduction/removal options    
D. J. Adams, J. P. Clark, A. Opara, and M. J. Peoples


In-Situ immobilization of selenium within the saturated zones of backfilled pits at coal-mine operations
M. Bianchin, A. Martin, J. Adams

2:30pm – 3:00pm

3:00 pm
Low-cost self-cladding of coal dumps. The Fungcoal process
M.P. Horan, P.D. Rose 

3:30 pm

Species richness at a small metals mine near an abundant source of native propagules
K.L. Garrah, J. Straker

4:00 pm
Reclamation of a limestone quarry to a natural plant community in the Rocky Mountains of Southern Alberta    
A.C. Cohen-Fernández, M.A. Naeth


Supplier and Consultants Displays September 18 & 19