To kick-off the show, join us for a wide-ranging discussion with industry leaders who will share their perspectives on lessons learned from the pandemic, the current state of the industry, short- and long-term challenges, and what the future holds.

Monday, September 13 | 2 – 3:15 p.m. | South Bldg., Room 219

ESG in Mining

Start Where You Are – Coeur Mining’s ESG Evolution

Casey Nault, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Coeur Mining, Inc.

Leveraging Innovation to Promote a Sustainable Future for Coal

Jacquie Fidler, Vice President, Environmental & Sustainability, CONSOL Energy Inc.

Rethink the Machine, Not the Mine

Brian Huff, Vice President of Technology, Sandvik BHEV Business Unit

Moderator: Veronika Kohler Shime, Vice President, International Trade, National Mining Association

Tuesday, September 14 | 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. | South Bldg., Room 219


Improving Safety by Utilizing Predictive Analytics to Manage the Human Factors Component

Marcus Wichmann, Vice President of Technical Services, Predictive Safety

Today’s Generational Workforce – How it is Changing Safety in the Mining Industry

Walter Simpson, Manager – Safety, Training & Professional Development, NACCO Natural Resources

What a New Silica Standard in the U.S. May Look Like

Michael Wegleitner, Corporate Director, Safety and Health, Hecla Mining Co.

Moderator: Kimberly Walster, Behavior Based Safety and Training Specialist, Prairie State Generating Company

Tuesday, September 14 | 2 – 3:15 p.m. | South Bldg., Room 219

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Changing Faces of Mining: Diversity is Key, But Inclusion Makes the Real Difference

Kathryn Jacobs, Managing Director, North America Mining Lead, Accenture

Power of Everyone

Karl Weiss, Vice President, Integrated Components and Solutions Division and Chief Technology Officer, Caterpillar Inc.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Mining: We Need to Do Better

LaTisha Gietzen, Director of Public and Community Relations, PolyMet Mining Corp.

Moderator: Resa Furey, Director of Marketing & Communications, Stantec

Wednesday, September 15 | 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. | South Bldg., Room 219

Environmental Challenges

Understanding Key Air Quality Aspects and Strategies for a New Mine Development

David Strohm II, Managing Consultant, Trinity Consultants, Inc.

Implementation of the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management: An Operator’s Perspective

Kim Morrison, Sr. Director Global Tailings Management, Newmont

Water Management in Nevada as Part of our Commitment to Sustainability

Patrick Malone, Vice President, Barrick Gold Corp.

Moderator: Tawny Bridgeford, Deputy General Counsel, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, National Mining Association

Wednesday, September 15 | 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. | South Bldg., Room 219

Artificial Intelligence Session

Applied R&D in Mining Robotics at the National Robotics Engineering Center: Systems, Lessons, and Perspectives

Dimitrios (Dimi) Apostolopoulos, Ph.D., Senior Systems Scientist, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, and Program Director, National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC)

The Next Phase of Data Analytics for Mining

Stephen Redford, President, Matrix Analytics Group

Empowering Frontline Crews with Data to Eliminate Live Work – A Partnership Story

Simon Van Wegen, Director of Mining Solutions, Komatsu

Alex Bertram, Manager Digital Operations BHP/Industry Secandee, Microsoft

Moderator: Kray Luxbacher, PE, Ph.D., Charles T. Holland Professor and Department Head Mining and Minerals Engineering, Virginia Tech