• February 18, 2021

Join CSA Global at PDAC 2021 Virtual Convention

Published on February 18th, 2021

Join CSA Global, an ERM Group Company, together with our parent company and Critical Resource as we look forward to discussing the trends in mining with peers and colleagues at the PDAC 2021 Virtual Conference.

CSA Global will host two exclusive workshops to be held during the convention. To learn more read about our hosted sessions throughout the week.

Drop in to ERM’s booth on the virtual tradeshow platform throughout the event. Our global teams from around the world will be available to connect with you 24/7.

A Pathway to Navigating Geological Data, hosted by CSA Global
Monday March 8, 2021 – 2.00pm to 3.30 pm EST (US and Canada)

This workshop is designed for geologists, GIS specialists, junior database administrators, and other professionals interested in learning geological data management and data best practices. At the end of the presentation, participants should have an overview of geological data management and enough knowledge to ask the right data management questions in their companies.

CSA Global will present an introduction to effective geological data management, highlighting industry best practices with practical examples on how to extract the maximum information and value from the data.

The workshop content will include:

  • Data management principles and their relevance to international reporting codes.
  • An introduction to relational databases with practical concepts and examples.
  • Managing project data – from start to finish.
  • Real time data for real time decision making.
  • The 4th industrial revolution – what could the future hold for geological data management.

About our Presenters:

Maeve Murphy, CSA Global Principal Data Analyst/Operations Coordinator
Maeve Murphy
Principal Data Specialist

Maeve Murphy is a seasoned Geoscientific Data Manager and has more than 25 years’ experience in geological computing and is an accredited acQuire practitioner. She has worked on various systems in both mining and exploration across the globe and has been involved at all stages of the mining cycle with the collection, management and reporting of detailed data.

David Muir
Principal Data Geologist

David Muir is an experienced data geologist who has worked in the mining and exploration industry for the previous thirteen years. He is a Qualified Person (QP), as defined in the CIM code as well as a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists. His expertise includes data and content management across the mine value chain, SQL databases, QA/QC procedures and analysis, sampling, laboratory auditing, technical reporting, project evaluations, training and GIS.


Structural Geology: Easy Wins and Deadly Sins, hosted by CSA Global
Tuesday March 9, 2021 – 3.30 pm to 5:00 pm EST (US and Canada)

This workshop is designed for geologists, exploration managers or other professionals who would like to utilize structural data in their exploration and mining projects and who would like to ensure that they are collecting and using structural geological data optimally.

We will present an overview of structural geology and structural data collection in mineral exploration and mining and highlight some common pitfalls and easy to implement solutions and tips for integrating structural geology into your project.

The workshop will benefit mining and exploration professionals who would like to make better use of structural geology across their projects and will include:

  • Basic principles of structural geology and their application to mineral exploration.
  • How to collect and organise structural geology data.
  • Deadly sins: common structural geology mistakes and how to avoid them.
  • Easy wins: tips for integrating structural geology into your project.

About our Presenter:

Luke Longridge
Luke Longridge
Senior Structural Geologist

Luke Longridge is a structural and economic geologist with advanced structural geology, 3D modelling and GIS capabilities. His expertise spans across several deposit styles including mafic complexes, structurally controlled gold and base metal deposits, placer gold deposits, and granite/pegmatite-hosted deposits. He possesses technical and management experience in both exploration and mining, and has delivered a plethora of targeting, project development, scoping and feasibility studies, and due diligence reviews.


Mining for Diversity, Presented by Women In Mining Canada
Wednesday March 10, 11:30 am to 12.30 pm EST

ERM is proud of its multi-year sponsorship with WIM’s Mining for Diversity Program. Join us to celebrate the Trailblazer Award winners and participate in three panel talks on the importance of diversity in mining. Louise Pearce, ERM’s Global Mining Lead, will host a panel on promoting culture and building partnerships with marginalized groups. She will be joined by WIMC Indigenous Trailblazer award winner Leona Aglukkaq, Director of TMAC Resources and Politician & Government Administrator, Nunavut alongside WIMC Indigenous Student Trailblazer award winner Taryn Cutler, Community Liaison, Seabridge Gold Inc.

About our Presenter:

Louise Pearce, ERM, Global Mining Lead
Louise Pearce
Global Managing Partner, Mining Sector, ERM

Louise Pearce leads ERM’s global materials, metals and mining advisory team, which operates in every mining region around the world. Having spent the early years of her career testing and logging soil and rock core, Louise now has over 25 years of international experience in sustainability consulting. She concentrates on developing corporate strategy and risk management programs, with particular expertise in managing complex global due diligence and post-merger integrations. Louise has a deep understanding of the global Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) challenges and opportunities facing the sector. She works collaboratively with major, mid-tier and junior mining companies to integrate the management of ESG risks into strategic business and life-of-mine plans to create and protect value.

In 2016, Louise was recognized as one of the Top-100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining by the non-profit organization, Women in Mining. She has presented on building sustainable practices into mining, and chaired sessions with senior executives, investors and other key stakeholders in Toronto, London, New York, Cape Town, Melbourne, Lima and Santiago.


Water: A Critical Resources & Human Right – Mitigating Water Risks in Mining
Thursday March 11, 12:00 pm to 1.30 pm EST

ERM Partner, Caroline Vail, will participate as a panelist in this session hosted by Fasken Martineau. It  will explore water as a shared resource, and address issues arising from its increased scarcity. With social and environmental dimensions of water having a significant impact on all stages of the mine life cycle – whether closure and rehabilitation, the development of new projects or expansion of existing ones, the mitigation of water-related ESG risks is critical for the mining industry and the environments within which it operates.

About our Presenter:

Caroline Vail
Partner – ERM

Caroline has worked in the mining sector for the last 12 years, both in-house for Rio Tinto and since 2011 as an ERM consultant for various mid-tier and major mining clients. Caroline works with mining companies to understand their critical sustainability risks and opportunities, supporting them to design and implement fit-for-purpose solutions which will work ‘on the ground’ in local cultures and languages, with contractors and the supply chain. Caroline specializes in improving performance through fit-for-purpose and holistic HSEC management systems, as well as topic-specific social risk and opportunity management including strategic community investment.

She has also worked with clients to diagnose actual and potential human rights issues. This includes issues around complicity, human rights management and implementation, and the implementation of the voluntary principles on security and human rights.


Joan Bath and Peter Howe Bursary for Advancement in the Mineral Industry
Thursday March 11, 2:00 pm EST

CSA Global and PDAC have collaborated for the third year to deliver the Joan Bath and Peter Howe student bursary program. It’s comprised of two $3,000 bursaries with the aim to assist geoscientists and engineers in a field related to mining, with their further education in Canada. Join hosts CSA Global for a 45-minute video lounge session to celebrate this and past years’ winners.


SHORT COURSE: Geochemical Modelling for Ore Body Knowledge and Exploration Targeting
Friday March 12, 11:00 am to 12.:30 pm

On-demand content available as of Friday, March 5, Live Panel discussion and Q&A: Friday, March 12, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST

CSA Global Principal Geoscientist, Pim van Geffen, will be hosted by Kinross Gold Corp. and joined by other experts in this workshop which provides participants with the fundamentals of ore body and exploration geochemistry, and illustrates the role of geochemical data analysis in the economic evaluation of mineral resources thorough their life cycle; from exploration to mine closure. Learn more

Key take-aways include:
• Methods of geochemical determinations
• Machine learning applications to geochemical data
• Mapping orebody domains using geochemistry
• Mineral deposit exploration models from geochemical data


$450 member
$550 non member
$150 student

Juan Carlos Ordóñez-Calderón, Kinross Gold Corp.
Lynda Bloom, Analytical Solutions Ltd.
Pim van Geffen, CSA Global
Fred Blaine, IMDEX Ltd.
Sasha Pontual, IMDEX Ltd.
Tom Meuzelaar, Life Cycle Geo
Britt Bluemel, GoldSpot Discoveries Corp.
Stéphane Perrouty, Laurentian University

About our Presenter:

Dr Pim van Geffen
Principal Geoscientist

Pim is a professional geoscientist with more than 15 years’ experience in mineral exploration and mining across the globe. He is a leader in the fields of geochemistry and geometallurgy in the Americas and is passionate about innovation and improved business practice in the sector. Across exploration to operations, closure and remediation, Pim focuses on rock-property data integration and process optimization throughout the mining value chain. He sees tremendous potential value in unlocking hidden information through geoscientific data gathered and not used to its full potential to characterize ore and waste, minimize operational risk, and maximize return. Pim has been a significant contributor across the industry; having delivered a plethora of public short courses and conference talks on geochemical data analysis and its geomet applications. He has provided in-house training to mining companies and academic institutions on ioGAS software, portable X-ray fluorescence analysis and infrared reflectance spectroscopy, and has served as a guest lecturer at the University of British Columbia and Queen’s University.


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Please contact Magda Fimmano, Marketing Communications Manager (CSA Global) for more information or further questions.

To connect with any one of our presenters, please send us an email at info@csaglobal.com for further assistance.


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