CIM Toronto Branch

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What will disrupt the mining industry? 



CIM Toronto Branch Luncheon

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

                                   ​​Thursday, May 18, 2017
                                            12:00 noon  -   Registration and Networking Reception

                                             12:30 p.m.   -   Lunch
                                               1:15 p.m.   -   Presentation
                                               1:45 p.m.   -   Networking Reception

                                                              The National  Club, 303 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5H 2R1

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

Registration on the day, May 18:    $65.00 Members       $80.00 Non-Members       $35.00 Students  

​     Note:  You must be a current 2017 CIM Toronto Branch Member to receive membership pricing which is separate from CIM National.  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. 


What will disrupt the mining industry?
We are currently living in a period that has the fastest rate of change in living memory, the only times that have changed as rapidly was when the 0 was invented in mathematics and the Renaissance. This rate of change is affecting all of our daily lives and creating expectations that are both positive and negative. There are a number of technologies that are converging blockchain, communications, robotics, AI, automation, nanotechnology, 3D printing, solar energy, gene slicing to name but a few; and there are some social forces that are impacting the mining industry such as environmental concerns, lack of water, too much water, community and employee expectation, de-globalization, change in dynamics of the major economies…..The convergence of the technology changes, the societal expectation changes and the social forces are set to create a perfect storm for the mining industry and will change it forever in very fundamental ways….our role of leaders is to understand it, embrace it and prepare our teams and businesses to be successful in this new world.​

Michelle Ash, Barrick Gold Corp.'s Chief Innovation Officer
Michelle Ash is Chief Innovation Officer at Barrick. In her role, Ash oversees the company's Innovation program looking both at how innovation can drive productivity in the existing business as well as how it can be harnessed to deliver alternative business models. Ash joined Barrick in January 2016 and brings with her more than 20 years of experience in the mining and manufacturing sectors with a focus on business improvement and change management. She began her career as a blasting engineer with Rio Tinto. 
Most recently, Ash worked for Acacia Mining in Tanzania as Chief Operating Officer, having served earlier as Executive General Manager, Business Improvement and Planning. In these roles, Ash drove shareholder value by spearheading business improvement programs that resulted in operational improvements and cost-savings. Prior to this, she served as the Head of Alliance Planning and Co-ordination at the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance where she was accountable for the leadership of strategic projects. Ash has held similar business improvement and strategic roles at other companies including the Minerals and Metals Group and Australian Vinyls. 
Last year, Ash was named to the 2016 list of "100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining" by Women in Mining UK. 
Ash holds a degree in Civil Engineering and an Executive MBA from the Melbourne Business School; she also holds degree in psychology from Deakin University.

​​​The next CIM Toronto Branch events are:

  • Micro Business – An important Component of a Strong Corporate Social Responsibility Program” by  René Marion,  René Marion, Mining Executive on Thursday June 15, 2017 – 
  • 17th Annual CIM Toronto / CMP Frank Grieco Memorial Golf Tournament on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Glen Abbey Golf Club 
  • Networking Luncheon with a guest speaker on Thursday, September 21, 2017 
  • 4th Annual Rocks & Stocks Professional Development Series – come join us on Thursday, October 19 for a full day of learning, interaction and networking on Shaking Up Our Industry: Being Smart This Time. This will be followed by the 11th Annual Grubstake Networking Event. 
  • Networking Luncheon with a guest speaker on Thursday, November 16, 2017 
  • Networking Luncheon with a guest speaker on Thursday, December 14, 2017



Barrick Gold Corp.'s

Chief Innovation Officer

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