Vancouver: Where Are We Going in This Handbasket?

June 20, 2017 all-day
Segal Graduate School of Business - Simon Fraser University
Room 4800 - 500 Granville Street

CIM MES Vancouver is pleased to present:

Lawrence Devon Smith

Principal Consultant, LDSA


who will deliver a presentation on:

Where Are We Going in This Handbasket?


The presentation examines things that can go wrong with mining projects from the study phase to full operation and looks at why projects fail. Issues relating to studies, evaluations, capital cost estimates, scheduling, execution and ramp-up are examined. The impacts of corporate strategies and market pressures on project decisions are discussed. Many of these factors have pressured the industry to act too quickly and often result in projects that are less than economic. The presentation discusses how present decisions and pressures will shape mining going forward.



Lawrence Devon Smith (Larry) is Principal Consultant at LDSA and has been Director of Project Evaluations for Barrick Gold, Vale-Inco, and Rio Algom as well as SNC-Lavalin/Kilborn.

Larry is a mining engineer with over 40 years’ experience in project economic evaluations including scoping and optimization studies, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, risk assessment, and due diligence. He has published a number of papers on these topics.

Larry teaches Mineral Economics as an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso in Chile, and Schulich Business School Mining MBA at York University. He has lectured at a number of universities and has given numerous in-house courses and workshops for lawyers, explorationists, financial and accounting professionals, and for First Nations groups.

Larry is on the executive of MES and CIM Toronto, has received the Robert Elver Award for Mineral Economics, is a CIM Distinguished Lecturer, and is a Fellow of CIM.


Tuesday, 20 June 2017
4:15 – 6:00pm



4:15 pm – Registration
4:30 pm – Presentation and Q&A
5:55 pm – Closing Remarks


Segal Graduate School of Business – Simon Fraser University

500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
Room 4800 (Ross McLeod Policy Room; situated on the 4th floor)

Venue & Location


Seminar is complimentary and seats are limited. Register by Monday, June 19, to secure your place. Please RSVP by replying to if you are interested in attending. This is an excellent networking opportunity and there is no charge to attend.

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Thank you to our sponsor, Simon Fraser University’s Segal Graduate School of Business, for providing the space!


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