Governing Council

GMSG is built on the philosophy of inclusivity.

While our mandate arises from on-going efforts by SMART members, the advancement and development of standards and guidelines, and the adoption of such guidelines, is only feasible with the inclusion of all stakeholders.

GMSG runs under the direction of an Executive Council representing the multiple stakeholders and supporting associations (see below).

Membership in GMSG is currently open to anyone with interests in standards and guidelines for mining.

Click here for the current org chart.

Co-Leader, Situation Awareness Working Groupbaker

Mark Baker obtained his BSEE from the University of Arizona in 1978. He worked for several semiconductor companies both prior to and post graduation including Fairchild Semiconductor, National Semiconductor and Intel until he became a founding director of Modular Mining Systems, Inc. in 1979.

At Modular, he was responsible for the development, implementation and exploitation of what has become the world’s leading mine operations management and control system. Mr. Baker was instrumental in the acquisition of Modular by Komatsu Ltd. in 1996 where he remained as its managing director. In addition to his responsibilities at Modular, Mark directed the development and deployment of Komatsu’s Autonomous Haulage System, the world’s first commercial driverless haul truck system. Mr. Baker was appointed to board of directors for Komatsu Mining Systems, Inc. in 2000.

Mark retired in 2004 from Komatsu and Modular to start CheckMark Consulting, Inc., his current consulting practice. CheckMark is focused at helping mining companies and suppliers find the best solutions for their technology based issues. While at CheckMark, Mr. Baker continued to work on several autonomous mining programs. Currently, he is assisting Caterpillar with their various mining technologies and autonomous ventures.

Mark has obtained four U.S. and one international (WIPO) patents related to mining technology. In addition to serving as President of the Mining Foundation of the Southwest, he is a current member of the MGE Industrial Leadership board at the U of A. He was a past Chair for the Arizona Conference of the SME and has served as a director of the NanoSteel Company.

SME Representative

Mark is the President of Desert Falcon Consulting, a firm focused on providing consultation and assistance to the mining industry for strategy, evaluation, application, and management of systems, technology, automation, integration, and innovation.

Prior to his current position, he was the Director of Open Pit Mining Innovation for Newmont Mining Corporation, a large multi-national gold and copper company. Mark and his team were responsible for identifying new or existing technologies that can improve safety, reduce cost, increase productivity or otherwise add value to Newmont’s operations and planned projects.

Before Newmont, Mark spent 23 years with Freeport McMoRan (ex Phelps Dodge) where he helped establish and manage the Mine Technology Group (MTG). The MTG was formed to find, develop, and implement technology that improved safety, increase efficiency, and reduce variance in their operating mines in Indonesia, Chile, Peru, and the US. Some of his projects focused on the development of autonomy technology for drills, track-type dozers, and haulage trucks and included planning for implementation with a strong focus on the change management process. His team worked closely with Caterpillar in the development of CAT’s Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) product.


Peter is an information systems and technology consultant with over 25 years’ experience in both surface and underground mining specializing in strategic planning, technology architecture, solution selection, project management covering the mine, plant, logistics and administration.

Peter has held the most senior information systems and technology positions with and consulted to iron ore, coal, copper, gold, zinc and silver mining companies in Canada, Australia, USA, Mexico and Chile.


Bruce Bernard is General Manager, KMC Mining –Syncrude Operations. He has held various roles in the mining industry, ranging from supplier sales and service to work with a mining contractor. Active in CIM since 1996, Bruce won the CIM Fellowship in 2008.

James is an engineering consultant with 15 years’ experience in the mining and minerals processing industry.  He is Senior Manager, Metallurgy and Process Development, with Barrick’s corporate Technical Services team. In this role, James participates in the development of a long-term strategic plan for Metallurgy, with a particular focus on Ore Characterization (Geometallurgy), Budgeting, Physicals Reporting and Optimisation initiatives.

Previously, James was business manager of a minerals processing consulting company and has experience in both operations and process design.

James’ operations and project experience includes work on base metals concentrators, precious metals concentrators, and base metal refineries within Southern Africa.  His design experience stems from work at an engineering company where he participated in both sulphuric acid plant and minerals processing plant design.

Skills and special area of expertise include:

  • Ore Characterisation and Ore Control (Geometallurgy)
  • Comminution Circuit Design and Optimisation
  • Flotation Circuit Design and Optimisation
  • Advanced Process Control
  • Empirical Process Model Development 

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town.

Leader, Operational Safety and Risk Management Working Group

Recently retired as a Vice President for Syncrude Canada Ltd., Gord joined the University of Alberta in 2010 as Chair and Industrial Professor for the Safety and Risk Management Program in the Faculty of Engineering.

Gord has worked extensively in the oil sands industry. He joined the Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil organization in mid 2007 as a Vice President on Loan from Syncrude Canada Ltd. to advance the Kearl Oil Sands Project. Gord was Vice President, Aurora Bitumen Production at Syncrude Canada Ltd. for five years, served as General Manager of Extraction also for five years, was Manager of Extraction Operations, and formerly Manager of Mine Maintenance/Operations again with Syncrude.

His work to improve workplace safety led to a CIM Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2002. His work to advance the Surface Mining Industry through sharing knowledge, technology, best practices and innovation has led to a second Distinguished Lecturer Award from the Canadian Institute of Mining in 2008.

Gord currently serves on the Alberta Health Services Board where he chairs the Board Quality and Safety Committee. Gord is supporting mining research and technology development in Canada as a board member for the Canadian Mining Innovation Council. He additionally chairs the Surface Mining Association for Research and Technology (SMART). He has also accepted board positions on Careers, The Next Generation Foundation, the Canadian Oil Sands Network for Research and Development(CONRAD) and chairs the J.T. Ryan Safety Committee for the Canadian Institute of Mining.

In 2011, Gord joined the University of Alberta Board of Governors Safety, Health and Environment Committee, and participates on the Leadership Table for a National Injury Reduction Initiative Summit. Gord also works to provide support in safety, risk management and organization effectiveness to firms across Canada.

Leader, Onboard Technology and Connectivity Working Group

Peter is a mining technology professional, having spent over 15 years working with leading global mining companies on their fleet management systems and mining technology strategies. Having spent most of those 15 years working for mining technology vendors, Peter is now applying his “view from the other side of the fence” at Teck Resources. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Peter now resides in British Columbia, Canada where he and his family are wholeheartedly embracing the mountain lifestyle.

Past Chair

Tim is President of his own consulting practice, SMART Systems Group. He has over 30 years of experience in mining and processing with Cominco, Elk Valley Coal, its predecessor Fording Coal, NYCO Minerals, and his own consulting business which focuses on systems and automation in mining. The majority of his experience is in surface mining and processing developing and implementing information systems and technology, systems integration, and real time control systems.

In early 2007, Tim retired from his CIO position as General Manager, Information Systems for Elk Valley Coal. He had been the senior management leader for Elk Valley Coal and its predecessor Fording Coal for about 20 years, responsible for all corporate system management functions from geological exploration to the consolidated corporate financial statement.


Andrew is currently the Senior Director, Mining Information Technology, for Barrick with the scope of providing technical information systems and support for the entire Mining Process which includes everything from exploration, feasibility, construction, production, reconciliation, through mine closure.

Understanding that a technical information system is critical to core mining business functions, enabling the management and/or collection of observations and measurements, Andrew and his team focus on:

• optimizing data collection, management, and use
• data interchange standardization
• foundation technology selection and implementation
• automation opportunities and autonomous technologies
• technical training and skills development
• support (application, vendor relationship management, stakeholder management)

headshot - Jason Wood (2)A globally experienced professional with an extensive background in the areas of Operations, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, and Technology. Jason has held various senior leadership roles ranging from delivering daily operational excellence to developing and executing strategies that drive top line growth and deliver strong operational & profitability improvements.  Jason is currently employed by Shell Energy located in the Alberta Oil Sands and has worked at Talisman Energy, Irving, Nortel Networks, and Cisco Systems.

Co-Leader, Situation Awareness Working Group

Andrew works for Peck Tech  Consulting as Technical Manager, Mining Solutions.

In 2007, Andy obtained his undergraduate degree in Mining Engineering from McGill University before joining Barrick Gold Inc. as a junior engineer at the Goldstrike Underground Mine (Meikle) in Elko, NV. In 2010, Andy left Barrick to complete a Masters of Applied Science in Mining Engineering at Queen's University.  Upon completion in 2012, Andy rejoined Barrick, this time at their corporate office in Toronto. Here, in his role as Production Systems Engineer within the Mining Information Technology team, he managed mining-specific software and technical system implementations at Barrick's mines worldwide. His responsibilities here included system selection and optimization, multinational project management and managing of enterprise-level agreements with Barrick's largest software/technical system vendors.

Andy accepted the role of Technical Manager, Mining Solutions with Peck Tech Consulting Ltd. in April 2014. His initial focus has been product management for a new & exciting mobile 3D mapping technology. He also sits on the Governing Council for the Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GMSG) and leads the Situation Awareness Working Group therein.

Leader, Underground Mining Working Group

Samantha is currently the General Manager at Vale’s Base Metals Operations and is responsible for the Mines and Mills Technology group for the North Atlantic region.

She has an extensive team of engineers, geologists, technologists and administration staff, providing technical expertise at the operating mines and mills in Sudbury, Ontario, in Thompson, Manitoba and in Voisey’s Bay, Newfoundland. The team contributes to zero harm, reliable production, and improved productivity to achieve long-term sustainable business goals.

Samantha has more than 20 years of experience in underground hard rock mining with a range of companies; Denison, Dome, Falconbridge, Noranda, Inco and Vale.

She has held roles in the technical, operations and management domains on the mining and mineral processing side of the business.

Co-Leader, Onboard Data and Access Working Group

Sean is a registered professional engineer and has worked in the mining industry for 20 years in many roles. He has been involved with maintenance, reliability, technical services (mine planning), engineering, plant operations, and as corporate office staff.

He is currently the Manager of Mine Site Equipment Technology with Sherritt Coal operating out of Edmonton.



Helius started his professional career in 1987 in a start-up company as a technical lead supporting sales and implementation of an in-house developed Computer Aided Design software for engineering and mining companies as well as utilities, state and federal government. He designed, developed and implemented a system for accounting and asset management in several small, middle and large size organizations. After graduating as a geologist in 1990 and completing a master degree in geosciences, Helius supported the implementation of a new GIS and Remote Sensing laboratory for COMIG - a public organization which promotes mining activities in the Minas Gerais State in Brazil.

In 1994 he joined De Beers and developed database and GIS capabilities to support easy access to data for De Beers exploration activities in South America. Later his focused on designing and implementing strategies to manage IT, Information Centre, GIS and Drawing departments. One of the strategies involved the digitalization of historic data and information workflows enabling cost effective decision making processes to support diamond exploration projects. In 2001 Helius moved to De Beers Corporate Headquarters in Johannesburg to manage global programs and projects in all countries De Beers Group Exploration operated delivering standardized processes and systems as well as supported the establishment of a global collaborative culture.

During this time he forged strategic relationships with 3rd party vendors for long term value add to support the solutions implemented. In 2003 he completed his MBA and from 2005 developed strategies, architecture, policies and implemented solutions to support De Beers Group Exploration decision making process in targeting, project reviews and balancing supply & demand at laboratories spread in different geographical areas.  Helius was certified as a Project Management Professional in 2005 and in early 2007 joined Rio Tinto in London to direct the Rio Tinto Exploration Information System & Technology function and the management of its data and information. He led a team, which delivered secure and fit-for-purpose tools and services to facilitate the acquisition, process and interpretation of exploration results.

In his current role Helius is responsible for developing strategies and roadmaps for Rio Tinto Information System & Technology through the translation of Rio Tinto’s business objectives into effective IT solutions and standards. Helius is currently promoting innovation and application of emerging technologies to support Rio Tinto’s strategic objectives.  He is the founder Chairman of Rio Tinto’s Enterprise Architecture Council. Helius is a founding member of The Open Group – Exploration, Mining, Metals and Minerals Vertical which focus on establishing Enterprise Architecture standards and reference models for the industry.

External Organizations

Vivien is the Canadian Sales Manager for 3D-P with accounts also in Columbia and Madagascar. Previously, having graduated with a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from the University of British Colombia, she worked underground as Mobile Equipment Engineer at Henderson Mine in Colorado, then as Senior Operations Engineer at Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mine, before becoming the Global Program Manager for Mining Information Systems (MIS) for AngloGold.

Vivien’s niche is in applying paper designs, calculations, and book principles to mine operations and maintenance and solving challenges associated with implementing engineered ideas. Her passion is the integration of technology, mobile equipment, operations and people to increase productivity and safety.

CIM Representative and Leader, Asset Management Working Group

Zoli is the Director of Reliability at KMC Mining, responsible for developing and implementing a maintenance planning and reliability strategy for a mining fleet of over 200 units. In previous positions Zoli was Director of Maintenance Planning and Technology as well as Operations Manager for another large contracting organization, and Manager, Mining Services and Managing Consultant, Global Maintenance Practice, at leading mining consulting firms.

His experience is based on a strong operational background gained over 20 years with leading mine operations, involved in short range planning, cost management, marketing and logistics support and maintenance planning at one of the world's most productive metallurgical coal mines and in management positions in mine planning and maintenance services at a major oil sands operation. During this time he also developed interest in performance management practices, process improvement, systems design and technology strategy development and implementation.

Zoli is a strong advocate of knowledge and best practices exchanges through involvement in CIM and SMART.

Leader, Standard for Industrial Comminution Efficiencymcivor

Rob is founder and Chief Metallurgist – Grinding Systems, Metcom Technologies, Inc., based Marquette, MI, USA. He has devoted his career to the design and optimization of grinding circuits. He earned a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters in Mineral Economics from McGill University before going to work for Allis-Chalmers. There he worked in slurry pump and grinding mill application engineering, the latter as understudy of F.C. Bond and C.A. Rowland, Jr. He moved to Dominion Engineering to head mill application design, and then to Linatex Canada to manage pump and cyclone equipment process design.

Having discovered “The Functional Performance Equation for Closed Circuit Grinding”, he returned to McGill to earn his Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering by developing methodology for industrial plant grinding process improvement. Moving into private practice, he developed a comprehensive system and training program for plant grinding process management. He then worked for Cleveland-Cliffs in grinding process improvement and managed research and development before founding Metcom Technologies, Inc., in 2003. Through Metcom he has been providing consulting and delivering training to scores of companies worldwide. In 2010 the Canadian Mineral Processors awarded him the “Art MacPherson Medal for Significant Contributions to Comminution Technology”.

Since his time at Allis-Chalmers, Rob has followed and continued the work of C.A. Rowland, Jr., in expanding the use of the Bond method for circuit design and energy efficiency measurement, applying it in numerous plants with all types of grinding equipment.

SAIMM RepresentativeJim Porter

Jim has had a tremendous impact on the mining industry, serving in corporate, academic, and consulting organizations, and as a dedicated volunteer. Currently an Adjunct Professor and Director of the Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems at the University of the Witwatersrand, he is also Chairman, Tarrill Trading Private Limited (Zimbabwe), and as a consultant, is specialized in corporate strategy, marketing and contract negotiations, and investment and financial management.

Previously, Jim has excelled at a variety of organizations, including serving as Head of Geology and Mining Engineering, TWP Projects (Pty) Ltd; Executive Director, Graphic Mining Solutions International (Pty) Ltd; Executive Manager, GijimaAst (formally AST Group); and Mine Manager and Production Manager at Anglo American Corporation. He is a Member of the Association of Mining Analysts, Project Management Institute, Association of Mine Managers South Africa, and President Elect of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM).



Co-Leader, Data Usage and Access Working Group

paulroosPaul is a registered Professional Geoscientist of Ontario and has been working for over 20 years in the underground base metal sector.  He has been involved with exploration, feasibility and geological evaluation for the development of new mines as well as operational performance within operating mining and milling plants.  In Paul’s current role as a Process Superintendent he draws from his background in Six Sigma continuous improvement and A3 problem solving approaches to improve processes and add value to Vale’s mining operations.

jamierossJR4Jamie Ross is a mining engineer with a career spanning more than a fifteen years in the Australian and international mining industry.  Jamie has worked in senior operational, technical and management functions, with particular expertise in operations, safety and risk management.  He holds an MBA and Second Class Mine Manager’s Certificate, along with numerous industry competencies and skills.

Jamie is currently Head of Safety, Risk and Security for Newcrest Mining, based in Melbourne, Australia.

Jamie has a passion for improving safety and leadership performance in the mining industry, and goes about achieving this through his popular blog at