Navigate the Mine Life Cycle with Environmental Intelligence - Short Course

Sun Apr 28, 2019, Montréal, QC

Environmental protection and management at all stages of the mine cycle benefit from a strategic and proactive approach. There is a set of behaviours - that we call Environmental Intelligence – that set mining executives and environmental managers up for success in meeting their environmental goals, and is the focus of this course. Environmental Intelligence is made of four key elements:

• Thought process
• Application
• Solutions; and
• Communication

The goal of the course is for each participant to:

• gain an understanding of where you and your organization are in formulating your environmental goals; and
• recognize and plan around you and your organization’s strengths and weaknesses in implement actions towards those goals.

To achieve this, participants are asked to complete an “Environmental Intelligence Scorecard” before attending the course. The scorecard is here:

The scorecard is a tool that will be used by the course leaders to tailor the material to the participants’ needs. The results will also be used for each participant to develop and action plan to be implemented immediately to meet their goals.

The course leaders are all expert environmental practitioners. We will teach the course dynamically using case studies, simulations, and break-out sessions to share the tenets of Environmental Intelligence.

Sarah J. Barabash, PhD.
Director of Mining Services
Senior Environmental Scientist

Dr. Sarah Barabash is a Senior Environmental Scientist with EcoMetrix with over 14 years of combined experience in research and consulting related to geochemistry, hydrogeology, mine waste management, water quality and environmental assessments. Since completing her Ph.D., she has worked as a consultant and research scientist and has been a principal investigator for a wide variety of environmental investigations, including mine waste and water quality assessments for proposed mine projects, detailed studies at operating and closed mines and modelling of contaminant migration in surface and groundwaters.

Sarah’s particular expertise is the planning and implementation of waste management programs, geochemical assessment and environmental monitoring studies. Sarah also works extensively with the mining sector on environmental assessment and permitting, as well as in the development and implementation of mine closure plans, remediation and rehabilitation strategies.

Sarah is currently involved in the development of innovative tools and methodologies for the mining industry that include her participation in a special study for the Mine Effluent Neutral Drainage (MEND) program and the development of software platforms specifically to aid in the prediction of the mobility, transport and fate of constituents associated with mine wastes (MineModTM).

Elizabeth Haack, PhD., PChem.
Director of Assessment
Senior Environmental Scientist

Dr. Elizabeth Haack’s expertise is in geochemistry and environmental risk assessment. She has over 12 years experience as a consultant. Dr. Haack has developed programs to assess and/or provide technical review of the potential for long-term deleterious environmental effects related to storage and/or re-use of waste materials (rock, soil, tailings, slag) produced by mining and energy sectors. She is an expert resource with respect to prediction of water chemistry using geochemical software and has provided geochemical studies for a number of water vulnerability, compatibility and re-injection studies. Dr. Haack is also an expert human and ecological risk assessor. She has led several innovative remediation/risk management projects that require an understanding both of contaminant chemistry and environmental risk assessment, significant regulatory liaison and collaboration with government and academic research teams.

Dr. Haack has designed and delivered a number of presentations that address complex geochemical topics for wide audiences. She developed a presentation, delivered at the North American Metals Council Selenium Working Group, that evaluated the long-term stability of selenium in water treatment waste residuals. She brought together research and industry findings to make recommendations on analytical assessment of the wastes and to highlight important data gaps by industrial sector. She also developed a very well-attended presentation that addressed risks from metals in groundwater to human and ecological receptors. In that presentation, she used case studies to highlight how the way in which we quantify metals (i.e. operational size fractions, speciation) has implications for fate and transport and for metal toxicity to humans and ecological receptors. Following the presentation, she was contacted by regulatory authorities in Alberta to provide comment on guidance being developed pertaining to metal assessments.

R. Brent Murphy, M.Sc., P.GEO., FGC
Seabridge Gold

R. Brent Murphy is Vice President, Environmental Affairs for Seabridge Gold. For the past nine years, Brent has led the environmental permitting strategy for the company's key projects, including the KSM Project located in north western British Columbia. He was instrumental in leading the technical and social teams that obtained the federal and provincial environmental assessment approvals for KSM in 2014.

Brent is a former exploration geologist who holds a M.Sc. in Geology (Geochemistry) from Acadia University. Prior to joining Seabridge Gold, he was the chief environmental officer for the EKATI Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories of Canada and has held roles as permitting advisor to the Federal and Territorial governments. Over the past 30 years, Brent has developed extensive experience in indigenous public and government engagement in support of the social acceptance of resource extraction projects and has successfully participated in the permitting of several North American-based mining projects.

Brent is a sound strategic and progressive thinker and is experienced and skilled in dealing with a variety of stakeholders including Aboriginal peoples and non-Aboriginal community members in Canada and Alaska and politicians, and regulators. His strong technical background has allowed him to successfully apply leadership within the environmental, operational, permitting and safety aspects of mining projects.

Professor Lesley A. Warren
Claudette Mackay-Lassonde Chair in Mineral Engineering | Director, Lassonde Institute of Mining

Dr. Warren, PL, is the Claudette Mackay-Lassonde Chair in Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto. She has extensive experience working on large projects with the extractive resources sector. Dr. Warren is an aqueous and microbial geochemist, who has pioneered the development of integrated approaches to address key questions linked to the roles microorganisms play in geochemical cycling, with a significant focus on water quality management in mining contexts. Her group fuses molecular microbiology with field and experimental biogeochemistry and high-resolution imaging techniques to develop novel mechanistic understanding of the key processes driving unexpected environmental and water quality outcomes for her partners. Her industrial partnerships span energy sector (oil sands, Syncrude Canada) as well as base metal mining (Glencore, Vale, International Alumina Association). She serves on the Canadian Mining Industry Research Organization (CAMIRO) Expert Geochemistry panel and Syncrude Canada’s Reclamation and End Pit Lake Science Advisory Boards.

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Contact Name: Kamran Shaikh
Phone: 7788465406
E-mail: kshaikh (at)


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