Over the past decade, I’ve been actively speaking within the mining, construction and project management sectors, ranging from large audiences at national conferences, to smaller university sessions and other functions for team learning or professional associations. I speak frequently on the topics of mining waste management, sustainability and integration of sustainability into projects and processes, but also on Lean, leading through change, collaboration and engagement.
I focus primarily on the integration of various improvement principles and methods into projects, improving team collaboration, and engaging and empowering personnel to facilitate successful change initiatives.
If you are interested in bringing some focus to these areas to your next event, we can tailor or presentations to the theme of the event, the desired message, and the audience to be engaged.
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Shifting Sands: From Wastes to Valued Resources, Rocks & Stocks 2019, Mining’s Pressing Issues: Mine Tailings and M&A, hosted by CIM MES & Toronto Branch, October 22, 2019
Design Thinking - Training Insights Podcast Interview
Tune in to hear how Design Thinking can not only help stimulate the development of new and better products and projects, but also stimulate engagement and create more collaborative teams.
Making Your Organization Soar - Training Insights Podcast Interview
The three keys to making your organization soar—not just perform—are good economic returns; environmental performance; and the social aspect, particularly employee engagement and collaboration.
Leading organizations have been found to demonstrate key characteristics and capabilities adopted and embraced by every employee.
Listen in to hear how these living team practices are much more than just utilizing a set of tools and analysis methods to monitor performance and correct issues.
Every person, team and discipline in an organization can play a role in the facilitation of initiatives aimed at improving stakeholder support and improvements in environmental performance.
These personnel need only the connection and alignment of their own roles to the proposed targets, and the opportunities to present and implement solutions and strategies within their scope. With small contributions from all team players, success can be had through alignment.
The work of each engineering discipline plays a significant role in enabling risk avoidance and improvement in design, as well as addressing external stakeholder concerns and requirements.
Achieving success in multi-phase, extended duration projects requires distinct collaboration, coordination, and communication elements.
Key strategies and tools are introduced to improve the success rates of projects that involve multiple stakeholders, and potential environmental and societal impacts.
Past Speaking Engagements
On leading change and performance in mining:
Culture Shifts Required for Success: Breaking Silos, Building Inclusivity & Collaboration, CIM Convention 2019
Reducing Project Risks: Sustainability & Systems Integration, University of Saskatchewan Civil, Geological & Environment Engineering 2019
Strategic Collaboration: Reducing Project & Lifecycle Risks, CIM Conference 2018
Maximizing Value-Add of Mining Developments, CIM Environmental & Social Responsibility Society 2018
Using Innovation for More Effective Tailings Management, CIM Canadian Mineral Processors MB/SK Regional Conference 2017
Evaluating the Impact of Technology for Tailings Disposal, Panel Moderator, Mines & Technology Conference Toronto 2017
Extracting Value from Sunk & Presumed Costs, CIM Conference 2017
Sustainable Extraction: Environmental Initiatives for Canada’s Resource Industries, Conference Board of Canada
Demonstration of a Framework for Mine Closure and Relinquishment, CIM Conference 2016
Leaning the Mining Lifecycle, University of Saskatchewan Civil, Geological & Environment Engineering 2016
Leaning into Environmental Assessment Approvals, PMI South Saskatchewan Chapter 2015
A Leaner Lifecycle, Canadian Mineral Processors SK/MB Regional Conference 2015
Integrating Sustainability into Projects Design, University of Saskatchewan Civil, Geological & Environment Engineering 2015, 2014
On leadership, organizational change and project management:
The Lean Project Advantage, Saskatoon Engineering Society Lunch & Learn 2019
Pulling Together, Toronto Change Days 2018: Agility : Boundaries : Curiosity 2018
Success in Change...Set it up Right!, Innovation Place Sustainability Series 2018
The Lean Project Advantage, Saskatoon Construction Association Lunch & Learn 2018
Improving Projects & Team Dynamics, IEEE SK Women in Engineering Lunch & Learn 2018
A Taste of Target Value Design, Interior Designers of Saskatchewan Luncheon 2018
Design to Engage & Align, Spark the Change India Conference 2018
The Necessary Culture for Soaring Performance, PMI Global Conference 2017
Ask the Expert Series, PMI Global Conference 2017
Engaging Your Team Through Change, WIMWiN-SK Mine Your Potential Conference 2017
The Necessary Culture for Soaring Performance, PMI North Saskatchewan Chapter Luncheon 2017
Ask the Expert Series, PMI Global Congress 2016
5 Strategies to Improve Your Project Outcomes, APEGS, Annual General Meeting 2016
Improving Project Outcomes through Sustainability Integration, PMI North Saskatchewan Chapter 2015
5 Strategies to Improve Your Project Outcomes, Women In Mining / Women In Nuclear, SK 2015