Montreal: Tailings Dam Management for the Twenty-First Century

September 9, 2019 all-day
McGill University
Room 105
FDA Building, 3450 University Street, Montréal
H3A 0E8

En français


CIM Montréal, in collaboration with CIM MES Montréal and McGill University’s COSMO, are pleased to present:

Franco Oboni, Ph.D

Oboni Riskope Associates Inc.


who will deliver a presentation on:

Tailings Dam Management for the Twenty-First Century: What Mining Companies Need to Know and Do to Thrive in Our Complex World


Abstract: The talk presents a comprehensive approach to address the need to improve the design of tailings dams, their management and the regulation of tailings management facilities to reduce, and eventually eliminate, the risk of such facilities failing (book available at The scope of the challenge is well documented in the report by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and GRID Arendal entitled “Mine Tailings Storage: Safety Is No Accident,” which was released in October 2017 and identifies several areas where further improvements are required. In this context, the application of cutting-edge risk-assessment methodologies and risk-management practices can contribute to a significant reduction and eventual elimination of dam failures through Risk Informed Decision Making. The discussion focuses on identifying and describing the risk-assessment approaches and risk-management practices to be implemented in order to develop a way forward to achieve socially acceptable levels of tailings dams’ risks.


BIO: Dr. Franco (Linkedin profile: is a consultant at Riskope Associates Inc., author of over fifty papers and co-author of four books including the 2019 Tailings Dam Management for the Twenty-First Century, discussing what Mining Companies Need to Know and Do to Thrive in Our Complex World. He regularly teaches MBA risk management modules and clients include Global 1000 companies, mining, insurances, railroads. His studies support arduous decisions shading light and conveying pertinent information to decision-makers.


Monday, September 9, 2019
12:00pm – 1:15pm

Refreshments will be served



Registration: 12h00PM
Presentation: 12h15PM
Closing Remarks: 1h15PM


McGill University

Room 105, FDA (Frank Dawson Adams) Building, 3450 University Street, Montréal


Room 105, FDA Building, 3450 University Street (third building on the left as you head North on University Street, between Milton and Sherbrooke), Montréal, Québec H3A 0E8


The seminar is complimentary and seats are limited. Register by Thursday, September 5, at 12noon to secure your place. Please RSVP to Lise Chartrand, Secretary, CIM Montreal Branch at or Tel. (514) 425-5553 if you are interested in attending. This is an excellent networking opportunity and there is no charge to attend. So we can best service all who are interested and able to join us at this upcoming event please register for it if you are confident that you are indeed able to attend it. Thank you for your interest and understanding.



Thank you to our sponsor, McGill University’s COSMO (Stochastic Mine Planning Laboratory).


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