Montreal: CIM Dinner Conference featuring Janice Zinck

January 17, 2019 all-day
McGill University - McGill Faculty Club
33450 McTavish St
Quebec H3A 1X9


En français


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

Janice Zinck

Director, Green Mining Innovation, Natural Resources Canada
President, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum


who will deliver a presentation on:

Transforming Risk into Opportunity


Abstract: The mining industry is fraught with many and varied risks covering the entire spectrum:

• business risks, including pressure to increase a cost benefit ratio with declining ore grade;
• resource replacement in a resource stressed world;
• environmental, social issues that continue to evolve;
• capital cost overruns that appear to be inevitable;
• aging management talent with limited experience personnel to replace them; and
• access to capital in a risk adverse world.

On top of these traditional concerns are:

• the recent threats surrounding cybersecurity and digitization; and
• the astonishing possibilities from innovation in an industry where status quo is the norm.

Can we transform how we manage risk and more importantly can we turn these risks into opportunity?

For a sector that is frequently labelled as “traditional” and risk-adverse this transformation will require a strategic paradigm shift to re-examine risk approaches. How can this, ultimately, lead to increased productivity, lower costs , and stronger community confidence?

The presentation will explore the potential for transformation and examine opportunities for strategic change.


BIO: Janice Zinck is a Director of Green Mining Innovation at CanmetMINING, a research, development and innovation arm of Natural Resources Canada. Ms. Zinck has over twenty-five years’ experience in the leadership of multidisciplinary programs to address mineral resource development-related to environmental and processing challenges. She has been involved in many national and international multi-stakeholder initiatives where she has developed strategic priorities, partnerships and collaborations. She was instrumental in the creation of Canada’s Green Mining Initiative and more recently the national program on rare earth elements and chromite development in Canada, and the new Mining Value from Waste initiative.

She is presently the President of the Canadian Institute of Mining Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and has served on the board of the Canadian Mineral Processors, the Metallurgical Society and CIM’s Environmental and Social Responsibility Society. She is currently is a board director for MIRARCO (Mining Innovation Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation). She a CIM Fellow and a past CIM Distinguished Lecturer. She was profiled as one of eighteen ‘Women of Impact in Canada’s Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Industry’ and more recently by the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology as a “Superhero of Industry – Lady Chromite”.

Ms. Zinck has undergraduate degrees in geology and chemistry, and master’s degree in metallurgical engineering. She holds two patents, has published extensively and presented widely on aspects relating to mineral/metallurgical processing and environmental management.


Thursday, January 17, 2019
6:00pm – 9:00pm



Cocktail: 6:00 to 7:00pm
Dinner: 7:00 to 9:00pm


McGill University

McGill Faculty Club and Conference Centre
3450 McTavish St, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1X9

Venue & Location


COST (taxes are included)

Fee: $50
Life Members/Retired: $40
Students: $10

Debit or credit cards are not accepted.


Seats are limited so please register by Friday, January 11, 2019 at 4:00pm. To RSVP, please contact Lise Chartrand, Secretary, CIM Montréal Branch, at: or tel.: 514 425-5553, to secure your place if you are interested in attending. This is an excellent networking opportunity.




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