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News and Events – Johnson named Quenon Associate Professor of Mining Engineering at Missouri S&T

News and Events  – 2022 – April – 08

Dr. Catherine Johnson, associate professor of mining and explosives engineering at Missouri S&T, has been named the Robert H. Quenon Associate Professor of Mining Engineering. She will begin serving in this role Thursday, Sept. 1.

“I am honored to receive this title and to be recognized for my work in the field of mining engineering” says Johnson. “Being a leader in the field has always been my goal. The Quenon award enables me to continue this path while working in new research directions.”

Johnson says the award will fund new students and assist them in reaching their academic and professional goals. The award is named for the late Robert H. Quenon, who was president and board chair of Peabody Holding Co. of St. Louis. It was established to attract experienced mining engineers to Missouri S&T.

Johnson joined the Missouri S&T faculty in 2015. Her research focuses on the advancement of blasting practices and technologies, coal-dust explosion suppression, shock physics and blast-induced traumatic brain injury. The University of Missouri System named her a Presidential Engagement Fellow in 2019, and she received an Outstanding Faculty Research Award from Missouri S&T in 2021. Johnson also received a Dean’s Scholar Award from Missouri S&T’s College of Engineering and Computing in 2021.

Johnson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mining engineering from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, and a Ph.D. in mining engineering from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. She is a member of the International Society of Explosives Engineers; the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration; and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

About Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of approximately 7,000 students. Part of the four-campus University of Missouri System and located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 101 degrees in 40 areas of study and is among the nation’s top 10 universities for return on investment, according to Business Insider. S&T also is home to the Kummer Institute, made possible by a $300 million gift from Fred and June Kummer. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit

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Managing multiple mining crisis events simultaneously

Managing multiple mining crisis events simultaneously

In fast-moving mining operations, multiple events may need managing across several locations globally. Yet using the traditional business resilience model limits the ability to gain and maintain situational awareness, manage resource allocation and fatigue, as well as lacking the necessary flexibility in the response.

The only way to manage multiple events simultaneously is through a tech-driven operational resilience program. This provides the capability to maintain control of several events at once across different points of time and geographies. Business as usual (BAU) must continue as best as possible in the circumstances, while ensuring that an event is managed to completion and opportunities for improvement are not missed.

Despite Covid-19 challenging operations during the past two years and presenting new levels of complexity for business leaders, traditional threats to businesses remain. For example, threats such as reputational, whistle-blower, natural perils, and cybersecurity have continued throughout the pandemic, which can all significantly impact operational continuity. And with resources diverted towards the pandemic response, this has increased the potential for vulnerability in other areas.

Dynamiq’s business resilience platform, EMQnet enables reporting, tracking and monitoring progress over time. And data captured through the platform allows for trend analysis, helping build an understanding of where ongoing issues are occurring and any identifying areas that require focus. The platform also has a map feature that displays incidents around the world, allowing a snapshot of the various event types across the Globe. All these features offer increased accessibility of vital information.

“Having multiple events within EMQnet will allow people to understand what their focus is at that particular point in time. The paper-based or traditional method of crisis management or business resilience is difficult to follow if there is a need to manage multiple events. And it’s difficult to maintain situational awareness to get back into that focused mindset when you are changing between events. Whereas EMQnet allows you to refresh yourself through reading the status board and confirming the status of tasks and management of stakeholders,” explains Lucas Saunders, Head of Advisory at Dynamiq.

Managing resources during multiple events

A key consideration in managing multiple events is allocation of resources, especially when different event types may be at varying stages. Some areas may require more attention than others and need prioritising, yet full oversight is necessary across all events should any escalations occur.

In a crisis response, leaders get to see their team perform under pressure, which helps identify talent with the ability to handle stressful environments. While at the other end, any members of staff that may be challenged in particular situations can either receive extra training to address deficiencies or be redeployed to other operations where they are less exposed.

Leaders must also recognise opportunities for continuous improvement through lessons learned, and ensure these learnings are shared up, across and down through the organisation to build capability. However, opportunities can sometimes be missed when responding to multiple events at once.

“You’ve got to be able to manage the event cycle,” says Saunders. “The instinct is that once an event is dealt with to return to BAU and continue on, not taking the time to pause and reflect.

“If you’re not doing those after-action reviews, and you’re looking for opportunities to improve, you’re just going to continue to go from event to event. The entire purpose of conducting after action reviews is to enhance the organisational business resilience capability.”

When responding to multiple events, it is often necessary to involve other teams. EMQnet can add multiple teams, both internal and external experts, to an event to enable collaboration between several parties and strengthen the response. 

“Take a cyclone or severe weather event as an example. You potentially have a regional corporate office and multiple mine sites within the cyclone-prone area. The organisation can start an event in EMQnet and invite multiple teams,” explains Saunders. “Some clients did this during cyclone Debbie [in Australia] and it’s similar to the approach taken with Covid. They can have the one event and develop those plans across as many sites or locations as they need.”

Challenges with multiple events management

Fatigue is a key consideration in the effective and efficient management of multiple events affecting an organisation, particularly in heavy industries. Response fatigue must be managed to avoid workers experiencing burnout, especially when trying to perform under duress or dealing with stress in a crisis. Working across multiple events simultaneously can significantly intensify the strain on all personnel.

“Fatigue is a real issue. It impacts their decision-making process. It impacts their ability to do business as usual. It also impacts their families and their loved ones,” says Saunders.

And post-pandemic, leaders also need to be aware of the potential for both skill fade and a loss of mental stamina after workers have been absent from the workplace for extended periods in the past two years.

“Then there’s safety. Because people with fatigue will make poor decisions. Identifying and managing that fatigue through relieving people in place or putting alternate people in various roles can help mitigate that,” adds Saunders. 

EMQnet platform records who is working on any particular event, indicating who may need a break and when. The platform builds a common operating picture across multiple events at once to enable operations continuity and establish a cohesive response for as long as an event lasts and however many incidents there may be, and at all times monitoring personnel participation and involvement in the event management.

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‘The Big Event’ Mining Expo expected to be bigger than ever

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Being held at the McIntyre Community Building complex June 8 and 9

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The Canadian Mining Expo is back in Timmins in just a few weeks’ time, and this year the event looks to be bigger than ever.

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Due to the COVID pandemic, it was last held in 2019, but the event has become well known as Canada’s largest gold mining show.

It will take over pretty much the entire McIntyre Community Complex area in Schumacher on Wednesday, June 8, and Thursday, June 9, with happenings such as exhibits, displays, forums, socials, demonstrations, seminars, and more taking place on the arena floor, in the curling club, the auditorium and ballroom indoors, as well as plenty of activities outdoors.

“We’re excited, and the industry is excited,” said Glenn Dredhart, president of Canadian Trade-Ex, the hosts and lead organizers of the event.

The last two years saw the group utilize their Virtex online platform to host conferences, meetings, and trade shows where companies, suppliers, and other mining industry stakeholders could gather for a smaller scale version of the expo, but to be back in-person will be a major boost for the industry, but also the local economy.

“It has been overwhelming actually, the response that we’ve had. Our Timmins event is sold out. We’ve managed to get 400 displays, and over 320 companies,” said Dredhart.

“We’re still going to stream some activities, so that we can give somewhat of a global twist to the event, and provide access for some of the global players who are interested in the mining camp of Northern Ontario.”

Dredhart said most activities are “booked solid” including the sold-out gala dinner, but that doesn’t mean the public can’t take in plenty of the expo.

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In fact, the event will be a tremendous opportunity for job seekers as the Expo will feature a career fair, and entry will be free for those who show up with their resumes.

“They’ll get a free pass as a job seeker, and there will be over 50 companies who are accepting resumes, right from their booths or displays. There will also be a big job board as soon as you walk in, so they’ll be able to see which companies are there, and where their booth location is,” said Dredhart.

There will be a $25 entry fee for non-job seekers to attend the indoor events.

One of the most famous events at the Canadian Mining Expo is the jackleg competitions, where people compete to show off their expertise in the usage of a handheld percussion rock drill.

“It’s always a well-attended event.”

The jackleg competitions will take place just outside of the McIntyre Curling Club on Wednesday, June 8, beginning at 11:30 a.m. with the “Dignitary Challenge.”

“Right after the grand opening ceremonies, our dignitaries that are coming in and welcoming people to the Canadian Mining Expo, will head over and take part in the competition,” said Dredhart.

He said the Canadian Mining Expo has been taking place since the late 1990s. Initially it wasn’t an annually held event.

“It grew to an annual event when Timmins was celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2009,” Dredhart explained.

The companies attending the Expo will be from near and far, including many international firms.

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“They come from everywhere.”

At the 2019 event, there were more than 5,300 visitors during the two-day period. Nearly every hotel room from Timmins to Kirkland Lake was booked, and organizers are hoping to see more than that at this year’s edition.

“Economically, this event is good for Timmins. Really, really good for Timmins,” said Dredhart.

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Dredhart said networking is a major component of the Canadian Mining Expo, and  the setting, with the historic McIntyre headframe, and the current Newmont open pit within view, could not be any more atmospheric, which he said is lacking in other major mining trade shows in cities like Toronto and Las Vegas, which he has attended many times.

“It’s been a long haul, not just for us, but for almost everyone. The mining operations are supporting the event because they like to know what is out there, what is available to their key staff members, and how they can increase their production within their operation.

“At the same time, there is a definite craving for electric mine vehicles and green energy, so there will be a lot of talk about critical minerals and other technologies available to serve these mining operations moving forward.”

Dredhart said he and his team are also very appreciative of the assistance they have received from the City of Timmins in helping make the event possible, and that he has already started taking bookings for the 2023 event.

The 2022 Canadian Mining Expo will be a big opportunity to see the latest in mining technology developments.

“There is a lot to talk about. Every year we add something new and exciting. There is absolutely nothing else like it out there.”

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Canada’s biggest mining conference pushed back to June for in-person event | CBC News

Canada's biggest mining conference pushed back to June for in-person event | CBC News

Canada’s biggest mining conference and trade show usually takes place in March, but has been moved to June this year so it can be held in person.

The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference in Toronto will be June 13 to 15 and have an additional online component from June 28 to 29.

“I can tell you that the demand is there, that the response to our shift in dates has been really positive,” said Lisa McDonald, the event’s executive director. 

“We know there is that pent-up demand from folks wanting to be there.”

The conference was last held in person in 2020, just at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada.

But now that many COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in Ontario, McDonald said more than 800 exhibiting companies have already signed up for the event.

McDonald added the 2022 edition of PDAC will be pared down.

“Back in 2020, when we were last in person, we were in both the north and south building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre,” she said. “So this year we’re keeping everything contained to the south building.”

McDonald said critical minerals used in electric vehicle batteries, such as nickel, cobalt and lithium, should be a hot topic at this year’s conference.

“We know that Ontario and Canada as a whole, we have the minerals and metals needed for this and we have a real opportunity in front of us to become that trusted supplier of those critical minerals and metals.”

Last Thursday, Premier Doug Ford unveiled Ontario’s new five-year critical minerals strategy.

“Global businesses are searching for the materials, expertise and human power needed to build technologies of the future. And I’m here to say once again, look no further,” Ford told reporters at the announcement. 

“This strategy details how we will strengthen our supply chains, how we will attract new investments to our province, and how we will ensure that the economic benefits are fairly shared with our Indigenous partners.”