May 17, 2020

Viva Las Vegas: Six speakers at Minexpo 2016

MINExpo 2016
mining industry leaders
Denise C. Johnson
Dale Benton
4 min
Viva Las Vegas: MINExpo 2016 - the place to be
MINExpo INTERNATIONAL 2016, sponsored by the National Mining Association, is the largest show of its kind in the world – a two-day expo that showc...

MINExpo INTERNATIONAL 2016, sponsored by the National Mining Association, is the largest show of its kind in the world – a two-day expo that showcases innovative technology and the expertise of mining leaders.  From September 26-28 this year, hundreds of mining industry professionals and sector leaders from over 1800 companies will be in Las Vegas connecting with fellow professionals to try and solve some of the biggest challenges the industry is facing, before looking closely at the road ahead.

There will be an Opening Session, bringing together mining industry leaders to discuss the impacts of recent market conditions and the industry’s significant role in global development, prosperity and sustainability

In addition to the opening session, 20 education sessions will be taking place tackling the difficult and pressing issues that plague the current mining industry, led by some the most renown names across the sector.

Here are six of the big names speaking at this year’s event:

Phillips S. Baker, Jr., president and ceo, Hecla Mining Co.

The CEO and President of Hecla Mining Co., the largest primary silver producer in the U.S.  Mr Baker is an Attorney, Certified Public Accountant and Certified Cash Manager. He holds a Master of Business Administration and JD degrees from the University of Houston.

Harry M. “Red” Conger, president and COO – Americas and Africa Mining, Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

President and Chief Operating Officer for Americas and Africa Mining, Freeport-McMoRan Inc. one of the top 10 producers of coppers in the world, accounting for approximately eight percent of total worldwide copper production. Conger is a registered Professional Engineer in both Arizona and Colorado.

Kevin S. Crutchfield, CEO, Contura Energy, Inc.

CEO of Contura Energy, created to acquire and operate Alpha Natural Resources' core operations in Northern Appalachia, the Powder River Basin and Central Appalachia. He is currently the chairman of the National Mining Association and previously served as chair of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.

Ted Doheny, president and CEO, Joy Global Inc.

Ted Doheny is CEO and President of Joy Global Inc., a mining machinery and services company serving surface, underground and hard rock customers worldwide. Since taking the reins at Joy Global in 2013, Doheny introduced Joy Operational Excellence processes, driving innovations to move the needle across the organization and for Joy Global’s customers. Innovations include the company’s JoySmart Solutions, industry-leading, fully integrated services to take mining customers to higher levels of safety and performance. Doheny is a member of Joy Global’s board of directors. He also is a member of the board of directors of John Bean Technologies Corporation (NYSE:JBT). He serves as a United States representative to the International Energy Agency’s Coal Industry Advisory Board and is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Coal Council Advisory Committee.

Gary Goldberg, president and CEO, Newmont Mining Corp.

President and CEO of the Board of Directors of Newmont Mining Corp, one of the world’s largest gold producers. Prior to joining Newmont, Mr. Goldberg was President and Chief Executive Officer of Rio Tinto Minerals, and served as Chairman of the National Mining Association in the United States from 2008 to 2010.

Denise C. Johnson, group president for resource industries, Caterpillar Inc., and Chair, MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® 2016

Group president for Resouorce industries at Caterpillar Inc and Chair of MINExpo International 2016. A member of numerous outside boards, including Gearbox Group, Inc., The Center for Prevention of Abuse and OSF Saint Francis Hospital. Also serves as the Executive Sponsor of the Caterpillar Armed Forces Network Resource Group.

The education sessions will cover a wide range of topics related to the current mining industry climate. The sessions are designed to try and answer the questions that the mine industry is asking and being asked, is coal preparation still relevant? What will the journey to automation look like? How will the industrial internet drive and increasingly efficient mining operation? The sessions will also cover latest trends in mine safety, exploration, underground and surface mining techniques and ambitions as well as looking at the big question surrounding deep sea mining.

The confirmed industry leaders hosting these sessions will share case studies, successfully anecdotes and cautionary tales, product profiles, breaking down and looking at new applications that can take the industry forward – all with the goal of attendees and mining professionals to network and be inspired by their peers.

For a full breakdown of who will be where and when at the MINExpo International 2016, visit

Read the August issue of Mining Global Magazine!

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Jun 29, 2021

Vale invests $150mn to extend life of Manitoba operations

battery metals
2 min
Vale’s $150mn investment in operations at Thompson, Manitoba will extend mine life by 10 years

Vale has announced a $150mn CAD investment to extend current mining activities in Thompson, Manitoba by 10 years while aggressive exploration drilling of known orebodies holds the promise of mining well past 2040.

Global energy transition is boosting the market for nickel

The Thompson Mine Expansion is a two-phase project. The announcement represents Phase 1 and includes critical infrastructure such as new ventilation raises and fans, increased backfill capacity and additional power distribution. The changes are forecast to improve current production by 30%.

“This is the largest single investment we have made in our Thompson operations in the past two decades,” said Mark Travers, Executive Vice-President for Base Metals with Vale. “It is significant news for our employees, for the Thompson community and for the Province of Manitoba.

“The global movement to electric vehicles, renewable energies and carbon reduction has shone a welcome spotlight on nickel – positioning the metal we mine as a key contributor to a greener future and boosting world demand. We are proud that Thompson can be part of that future and part of the low carbon solution.”

Vale continues drilling program at Manitoba

Coupled with today’s announcement, Vale is continuing an extensive drilling program to further define known orebodies and search for new mineralization.

“This $150mn investment is just one part of our ambitious Thompson turnaround story. It is an indicator of our confidence in a long future for the Thompson operations,” added Dino Otranto, Chief Operating Officer for Vale’s North Atlantic Base Metals operations.

“Active collaboration between our design team, technical services, USW Local 6166, and our entire Thompson workforce has delivered a safe, efficient and fit-for-purpose plan that will enable us to extract the Thompson nickel resources for many years to come.”

The Thompson orebody was first discovered in 1956 by Vale (then known as Inco) following the adoption of new exploration technology and the largest exploration program to-date in the company’s history.  Mining of the Thompson orebody began in 1961.

“We see the lighting of a path forward to a sustainable and prosperous future for Vale Base Metals in Manitoba,” said Gary Annett, General Manager of Vale’s Manitoba Operations.

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