Pre-Registration Online:    $50.00 Members       $65.00 Non-Members       $20.00 Students

Registration on the day, February 16:    $65.00 Members       $80.00 Non-Members       $35.00 Students  

​     Note:  You must be a current 2017 Toronto Branch Member to receive membership pricing.  Details on how to register are at the bottom of this page. 

Pre-registration is strongly advised.  The National Club will exert its best efforts to accommodate walk-in registrations. Cancellations must be emailed 48 hours prior to event.  however


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The presentation examines things that can go wrong with mining projects from the study phase to full operation and looks at why projects fail. Issues relating to studies, evaluations, capital cost estimates, scheduling, execution and ramp-up are examined. The impacts of corporate strategies and market pressures on project decisions are discussed. Many of these factors have pressured the industry to act too quickly and often result in projects that are less than economic. The presentation discusses how present decisions and pressures will shape mining going forward.

Lawrence Devon Smith, - Principal Consultant, Lawrence, Devon and Smith Associates
Lawrence Devon Smith (Larry) is Principal Consultant at LDSA and has been Director of Project Evaluations for Barrick Gold, Vale-Inco, and Rio Algom as well as SNC-Lavalin/Kilborn. 
Larry is a mining engineer with over 40 years’ experience in project economic evaluations including scoping and optimization studies, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, risk assessment, and due diligence.  He has published a number of papers on these topics.  
Larry teaches Mineral Economics as an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso in Chile, and Schulich Business School Mining MBA at York University. He has lectured at a number of universities and has given numerous in-house courses and workshops for lawyers, explorationists, financial and accounting professionals, and for First Nations groups.
Larry is on the executive of MES and CIM Toronto, has received the Robert Elver Award for Mineral Economics, is a CIM Distinguished Lecturer, and is a Fellow of CIM. 

​​The next Toronto Branch events are on:

  • Thursday, March 23, 2017 - CIM Toronto Branch Networking Luncheon - details will be released soon.
  • Thursday, April 20, 2017 - CIM Toronto Branch Networking Luncheon - details will be released soon.
  • Thursday, May 18, 2017 - CIM Toronto Branch Networking Luncheon - details will be released soon.
  • Thursday,  June 15, 2017 - CIM Toronto Branch Networking Luncheon - details will be released soon.



Principal Consultant,

Lawrence, Devon and Smith Associates

Thursday, February 16, 2017

                          12:00 noon  -   Networking

                          12:30 p.m.   -   Lunch

                            1:15 p.m.   -   Presentation and Q&A

                            1:45 p.m.   -   Networking

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For more information on CIM Toronto Branch, please contact

Irene Gosende Seeney, Membership Committee Chair, at

Hecla Mining Company's Managment


CIM Toronto Branch and

Management & Economics Society Joint Luncheon

Networking, Learning, Brainstorming and, of course, Lunch!


CIM GTA West's Annual Membership Drive & Cocktail Reception

 is on Wednesday, February 8, 2016  at their new venue, Oakville Golf Club, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., presenting guest speakers from MacLean Engineering on Update on Goldcorp Borden Lake Electricification Project

For more information and registration, click here.



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