Short Courses

Highly specialized short courses are offered by top experts in their fields, immediately preceding the conference. These in-depth courses are essential for professionals who want to stay abreast of the most recent developments and techniques in their areas of expertise. The short courses are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The organizer reserves the right to cancel a short course if the number of participants does not meet the minimum number required.

Half day short course: Price includes one coffee break .
Regular registration: $195
Student registration: $75

Full day short course: Price includes two coffee breaks and lunch.
Regular registration: $395
Student registration: $125

 Registration for the conference is NOT required for these Short courses.

A certificate of participation with PD hours will be granted following the completion of the courses. 

HALF DAY – Sunday, September 17, 13:00 to 17:00

Strengthening your Management Operating System: The Key to Resolving Daily Tonnage Shortages, Equipment Availability Issues, and Other Operational Challenges

Instructor: David Truchot, President, Veltiosis Consulting LLC

Management Operating Systems (or MOS) are not well understood, and this course aims to share our expertise and some of the key tools to start identifying gaps and missing links that slow your organization’ successes and launch sustainable correction action plans.  We will review with you best practices that are in use in the pits or in maintenance workshops and share some of this insider knowledge so you can start optimizing your operations.

Some of the key tools we will review are: Leader Standard Work, Short Interval Controls, DWOR (Daily Weekly Operating Reports), Skills Flex Matrices, Variance Reports, Robust Action Logs, and Root Cause Corrective Action tools & processes (RCCA).

We will provide you with a critical approach and a proven suite of tools that are used underground, in daily production meetings, at dispatch, or in maintenance workshops, day in / day out.  We will also share with you some of the pitfalls and strategies to ensure your changes are sustainable.

The course materials are based on years of analysis, design and sustainable implementation of robust Management Operating Systems at various production facilities or maintenance organizations in many industries across the world (Mining, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Pulp & Paper and Aerospace).

Short course objectives:

  • Learn what are the key components of a Management Operating System
  • Use tools right away to identify key gaps in your organization
  • Review 7 practical tools that are used in operations / maintenance
  • Identify the limits of IT Systems over behaviors
  • Understand the 3 components of change (process/system/behavior)
  • Learn how to make change sustainable (understand why change fails)
  • Prevent Recurring Issues & Control Costs

Target audience:
Mine Managers, Plant Managers, Operations Managers, Supervisors, Continuous Improvement Managers, Maintenance Managers, Maintenance Superintendents, Drilling Contractors, Mining Contractors, Ramping Up Mine Managers, Open Pit / Underground Mining Operations & Maintenance Management

About the Instructor:
David Truchot has been in consulting for more than 20 years; he has delivered sustainable management operating systems at more than 30 mines and manufacturing plants worldwide. His specialty is in designing sustainable tools and implementing change that are simple but that yield sustainable operational results, in the field, with your teams. He holds a Six Sigma Green Belt and speaks French, English and Spanish.

Adoption Strategies and the Challenges for BEVs in Mines

Instructors: Alexa Marko, Operations Manager & Edward Fagan, Mechanical Systems Analyst, Zero Nexus

Introducing battery electric vehicle (BEV) technology to an organization is challenging due to the existing negative perceptions of high-voltage battery systems among various stakeholders. This knowledge gap must be addressed, to prioritize safety, productivity, and practical applications of BEVs as we move closer to Carbon Neutrality mandates. Successful implementation requires a change management process that educates and trains stakeholders on battery and safety systems. This course offers an overview of BEV safety systems and current technology status, as well as an interactive workshop to identify the challenges within organizations and supply chains. It concludes with a guide on change management for approaching the complexities of adopting BEV technology in your operations

Short Course Objectives:
Identify the negative perceptions with BEVs (current or upcoming ones) with the stakeholders in attendance Plant the seed in attendees for how to address safety issues and change management.

Target Audience:
Underground mine operators Surface mine operators, Human resources professionals Stakeholders in environment, sustainability and community relations

About the instructors:
Alexa Marko is the Operations Manager at Zero Nexus. With her undergraduate Environmental degree, alongside her PMP (Project Management Professional) she is passionate about educating and supporting others to achieve sustainable project and organizational objectives. When she is not managing 6Synct’s battery integration projects, she’s supporting her students as a College Professor. She is passionate about continuous learning and looks forward to presenting at CIM on the importance of change management in new battery technology implementation.

Edward Fagan is a Mechanical Systems Analyst at Zero Nexus. Edward supports clients to develop sustainable technologies through project management, technical training and business strategy activities. Edward has supported the development of renewable energy devices in both academia and industry as a research fellow and adjunct lecturer. His core focus is on the challenges of energy management in mining equipment and the adoption of new technologies in the shift to electrification.

Full DAY – Sunday, September 17, 9:00 to 16:00

Determining Underground Airflow Requirements and Selecting Main and Auxiliary Fans

Instructors: Tim Paquin, L.E.L., Senior Ventilation Consultant, Mining, BBA Inc & Marc Seewald, P.Eng
Lead Engineer, Zitron Canada

Determining airflow requirements and fan selection form an integral component in the design of any mine ventilation system. Whether its an auxiliary or main ventilation system or if the mine is operating with conventional diesel equipment mine or a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) equipment getting the airflow requirements correct are paramount. This allows the underground workers to continue to work in a safe and healthy environment, by diluting or eliminating dangerous gases and to ensure the air has been cleared for the next shift. Correctly calculating the airflow requirements mean the difference of being compliant or noncompliant with provincial mining regulations and risking a potential fine or area shutdown.

Once your airflow requirements are finalized the next step is to determine how to efficiently move that quantity of air. Whether it’s an auxiliary system, a booster system, or a main fan system, the selection of a properly sized fan and correct type of fan for optimum system performance can have major implications in operating costs, capital costs and maintenance requirements.

In this workshop the participants will have the opportunity to interact with the instructors as well as the other participants by going through an actual system design including:

  • How to determine mine airflow requirements?
  • Does your mine use diesel or BEV equipment? Or is it a hybrid.
  • How to arrive at a fan duty point?
  • Primary fan selection
  • How to write a fan specification for a vendor?
  • What information does the fan vendor require?
  • Should my ventilation design be a push or pull system… and why?
  • How to optimize the primary fan installation location (surface or underground)
  • Fans laws and their importance in system design?
  • Definitions
  • What are system losses?
  • What are system effects?
  • How to read a fan curve?
  • Why a basic understanding of the fan laws is important?
  • The role of OPEX vs CAPEX in fan selection
  • Fan stall – the danger of a bad selection
  • Testing Tolerances- Site vs Factory Testing
  • Auxiliary Fan Selection
  • Auxiliary Duct Selection
  • What are the usual formulae and their applications?
  • Not all fans are created equally, “I have lots of auxiliary fans at my mine site, aren’t all 50 hp fans the same”.

Short Course Objectives:
In this workshop participants will learn and will have the opportunity to discuss interactively how to determine airflow requirements and fan sizing whether at their mine site or for mining study purposes. The workshop will use a systematic step-by-step approach which will allow participants to start from A and work their way through to Z. The workshop will touch on several ventilation aspects which will ultimately enable the participant to select a primary or auxiliary fan system.

Participants will leave this workshop with more applicable tools and best-practice information on mine ventilation and fan selection making themselves more confident when encountering these questions in their jobs.

Target Audience:
The target audience for this short course will be any ventilation personnel, from technicians to engineers, whether located in operations, consultancies, or academia.

About the Instructors:
Tim Paquin, L.E.L., C.E.T., is a Senior Ventilation Consultant, who has been working in mine ventilation for over 35 years. Of that time nearly 30 years has been in consulting and 8 years in mine operational experience prior to that. Tim brings a, hands-on, knowledge based, practical approach to mine ventilation design and planning. His experience spans designing, evaluating, and advising on new and existing systems worldwide.

Marc Seewald, P. Eng. is a Senior Mechanical Engineer, who has been working in fan and ventilation plant design/analysis for 13 years. Marcs experience includes leading the conception, analysis, testing, and completion of new/retrofit ventilation plant projects for a variety of mining customers in North America.

If you have any questions, please email Guylaine Richard, Professional Development Officer: