Montreal: The Mining Industry: so We’ve Survived… What Now?

October 11, 2018 all-day
McGill University
Room 105
FDA Building, 3450 University Street, Montréal
H3A 0E8


En français


McGill COSMO, CIM Montréal, in collaboration with CIM MES Montréal, are pleased to present:

Cameron Harris, Ph.D.

President, Director, Technical Expert
Canadian Engineering Associates Ltd.


who will deliver a presentation on:

The Mining Industry: so We’ve Survived… What Now?


Abstract: The extended downturn in metals prices has presented great challenges to the mining industry, but has delivered positive outcomes, from the necessary trimming of cost to ensure survival, in the form of significantly increased productivity, and improved focus on core business. However, less apparent negative outcomes are beginning to surface that are likely to threaten recovery as the tough times depart us.

Opinions about the manner in which the industry comes out of the trough and the actions needed to be taken to best profit from the recovery will be offered. Topics such as the impact of advanced technology, efficiency vs redundancy, optimization vs complexity, loss of skills, and short-term market expectations vs growth will be addressed.


BIO: Dr. Cameron Harris has 30 years of experience in metallurgical plant design, construction, commissioning, and company management. He is experienced in all aspects of project technical and financial feasibility determinations from process conceptualization to fundamental research and development (R&D) through detailed process design to detailed engineering, construction and start-up of small to major installations. Cameron’s area of particular expertise include base metal production; pyrometallurgy; process development and design; smelter operations, design, construction and start-up; environmental compliance; fundamental research; company management; business development and technology marketing. He is also knowledgeable about cutting edge information technology such as IT/OT integration and IoT.

CIM Distinguished Lecturers are chosen on the basis of their accomplishments in scientific, technical, management or educational activities related to the minerals industry, and speak at CIM Branch and Student Chapter meetings across the country. Dr. Harris is one of five Distinguished Lecturers for the year 2017 – 2018. The Distinguished Lecturer Program is supported by the CIM Foundation.


Thursday, October 11, 2018
12:15pm – 1:45pm

Refreshments will be served



Registration: 12h15PM
Presentation: 12h30PM
Closing Remarks: 1h40PM


McGill University

Room 105, FDA Building, 3450 University Street, Montréal


Adams 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 Monday, October 8, 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), for providing the space. A special thank you also to the CIM Foundation for financial sponsoring this upcoming Distinguished Lecturer series. The CIM Foundation has been doing so since 1972.


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