10th International Conference on Mine Closure

June 1-3, 2015 | Vancouver, Canada



Mine Closure has become an internationally recognized conference series since it was established in 2006. The 10th International Conference on Mine Closure offered a multidisciplinary global forum for exchanging views and developing capacity, to ensure that new mines are designed with closure in mind, and old sites are closed economically, while minimizing environmental and societal impacts.

This was the second time Mine Closure returned to Canada, after a very successful conference in 2011 at Lake Louise that attracted almost 600 delegates. Following on that success, the conference organizers have again partnered with the British Columbia Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation (BC TRCR). Mine Closure 2015 was held in conjunction with TRCR’s 39th Annual BC Mine Reclamation Symposium. The joint event offered delegates a stellar technical program featuring over 100 presentations on the latest scientific developments, as well as insightful discussions on the most pressing issues.

The following themes were discussed:

  • Evolution of mine closure: changing expectations
  • Closure – past, present and future
  • Mine closure and communities
  • Landform design
  • Ecosystem reconstruction
  • Cover systems
  • Mine closure in cold regions
  • Mine closure in high rainfall and/or remote locations
  • Financing closure
  • Climate adaptation
  • Mining legacies
  • First Nations and mine closure.


Organizing Committee

Les Sawatsky

Principal and Director of Engineering, Golder Associates, Canada

Michael Davies

Vice President, Environment, Teck Resources Limited, Canada

Michael Nahir

Director of Engineering, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Dirk van Zyl

Professor, The University of British Columbia, Canada

Technical Advisor
Andy Robertson

President, InfoMine and Robertson GeoConsultants, Canada

Member, BC TRCR Representative
Jonathan Buchanan
Director, Communication and Public Affairs, AMEBC, Canada

Member, BC TRCR Representative
Nicole Pesonen
Environmental Manager, Nyrstar, Canada

Conference Manager
Olga Cherepanova

InfoMine, Canada

Technical Publisher
Joe Goodwill

InfoMine, Canada

Marketing and Sales Manager
Marcia Mendonca

InfoMine, Canada

Editorial Committee

Anil Beersing, Golder Associates, Canada

Bill Biggs, Biggs and Associates, Australia

Ken Bocking, Golder Associates, Canada

Jack Caldwell, Robertson GeoConsultants, Canada

Deborah Chan-Yan, Golder Associates, Canada

Sonia Finucane, Bioscope Environmental, Australia

Andy Fourie, The University of Western Australia, Australia

Mark Freberg, Teck Resources, Canada

David Jasper, MWH Global, Australia

Walter Kuit, Independent Mining and Metals Professional (retired), Canada

Harley Lacy, MWH Global, Australia

Gordon McPhail, SLR Consulting, Australia

Ken Mercer, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Australia

Claudia Ortiz, University of Santiago, Chile

Mark Phillip, O’Kane Consultants, USA

Caius Priscu, Anglo American, Chile

Thierry Regnier, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

J. Ashley Scott, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and Laurentian University, Canada

Alister Spain, School of Earth and Environment, The University of Western Australia, Australia

Mark Tibbett, University of Reading, UK

David Tongway, Retired (formerly with CSIRO), Australia

Brian Ulrich, Knight Piésold, USA

Angela Waterman, Mining Association of British Columbia, Canada

Björn Weeks, Golder Associates S.A., Chile

Barbara Wernick, Golder Associates, Canada

Andre Xavier, The University of British Columbia, Canada

Advisory Committee

Bruce Anderson, Suncor, Canada

Jim Cassie, BGC Engineering, Canada

Ben Chalmers, Mining Association of Canada, Canada

Caroline Digby, Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Steven Hilts, Director, Environmental Legacies, Teck Resources Limited, Canada

Randy Knapp, SENES Consultants, Canada

Darrell Martindale, Portfolio Manager Environmental Performance Improvement for Heavy Oil, Shell, Canada

Mike O’Kane, O’Kane Consultants, Canada

Jeff Parshley, SRK Consulting, USA

Caius Priscu, Anglo American, Chile

Doug Ramsey, Copper North Mining Corp., Canada

Adam Whitman, Yamana Gold, Canada

Dennis Wilson, Newgold, Canada


Australian Centre for Geomechanics

The Australian Centre for Geomechanics (ACG) was established in 1992 to promote research and education in the field of geomechanics for Australia’s extractive resource industries. The aim is to ensure safer working environments for all resources (human and capital) and to add value to this most important of Australian industries.

The ultimate goal of the ACG is the effective application in industry of the principles and practices of geomechanics by personnel with a commensurate level of training. This is achieved via research, education and training.

Quality research and the subsequent transfer of developed technology will ensure that industry is aware of the latest developments in geomechanics.


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British Columbia Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation (TRCR)

The British Columbia Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation (TRCR) originated in the early 1970’s, in response to a demonstrated need in the province BC for greater government-industry communications in the area of environmental protection and reclamation associated with mining.

Membership is drawn from the corporate sector (several of the operating mines are represented); the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM); the Ministry of Environment (MOE); CanmetMINING; the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC), the Mining Association of Canada, the Association of Mineral Exploration BC and British Columbia universities and colleges such as UBC and TRU. The Committee meets monthly to discuss matters of joint concern and interest, exchange experience, plan Symposium activities and prioritize research needs.

Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering

UBC’s Department of Mining Engineering is known for being a small, close-knit family.
The department is exemplified by the dedication of the faculty and staff who provide a dynamic, hands-on learning experience for both undergraduate and graduate students.

In addition to teaching, the faculty work with graduate students and staff to undertake research in all aspects of mining in order to study and improve the industry for future generations. Gifts from alumni, corporations, foundations, students, parents and other friends assist the Keevil Institute in conducting leading edge research, providing outstanding education and contributing to social and economic development.

University of Reading
The University of Reading is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world. It is a global university that enjoys a world-class reputation for teaching, research and enterprise. The University was established in 1892, received its Royal Charter in 1926, and has developed into a leading force in British and international higher education. The University delivers a world-class student experience, research-led teaching and the graduate employability record is excellent. The numbers of students going on to higher level study is well above the national average.

The University continues to evolve, reflecting an ever-changing world, which drives the development of the areas of research excellence and strength. They are leading the way in multidisciplinary work in biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, housed in a new £17 million centre, for example.

The University is committed to maintaining a supportive, challenging and high-quality experience for students and staff alike and to preserving the heritage and beauty of some of the most beautiful university campuses in the UK.