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 a Governing Council representing the multiple stakeholders and supporting associations
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.
Andrew is currently the Senior Director, Digital Mining, 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)
Gary Westerdale is the current Vice-President of Maintenance and Operations Support for AngloGold Ashanti, working within the chief operating officer’s team. His work reaches regions in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, Tanzania and South Africa, and has resulted in a reduction of All-In-Sustaining-Cost, a metric created by the World Gold Council, from US$1,312 per ounce during 2013 to US$860 per ounce as of 4th quarter 2015.
Gary has previous experience as an Operational Excellence Manager at AECOM, with a commodity focus including: Mexico (gold), Bolivia (silver), Jamaica (bauxite) and Germany (lignite coal). Prior to that, Gary worked on a rotational assignment management program as a supervisor, superintendent and then as a principal advisor at Rio Tinto PLC, with a commodity focus on Italy (alumina), Africa (copper), Canada (diamonds), and Australia (iron ore).
Gary began his career as a hydraulics engineer in the railway industry after completing summer internships employed as a machinist (lathe and boring mill) while earning a degree in Mathematics. Typical assignments included pouring concrete, surveying, product testing and equipment commissioning. Gary then focused on the materials handling industry, working for an equipment manufacturer as a design engineer.
Gary learned computer aided design utilizing a mainframe CAD workstation, with duties including 200 field trips to conduct equipment commissioning to meet contractual responsibilities. After assisting in the startup of two Westinghouse Electric facilities, Gary went to work for Westinghouse as the plant engineer at a chemical process facility in the Great Salt Lake Desert. Gary was responsible for the engineering management of plant processing machinery in which production unit costs were decreased from US$0.43per pound to US$0.28 per pound by implementing process improvements.
Vice-Chair International Standards
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.
Mark W. Bartlett
Mark W. Bartlett, Ph.D., is the President of Desert Falcon Consulting. He is a certified professional and registered member with the Society of Mining Engineers and a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Society of Economic Geologists, with over 35 years of mine operating experience.
From 2003 to 2008, he built a highly successful mine automation team that produced a fully automated CAT 777 haul truck, D10T stockpile ripping dozer, autonomous drill (Flanders), and manned supported equipment (994 wheel loader) that actually moved material in a mine. This team was so successful, that Caterpillar invited them to work together with BHP in Peoria, Illinois on the CAT autonomous haulage system.
In addition to his work on automation, he established programs to evaluate and implement shovel tooth detection (Toothmetrics), mine operator training (Immersive Technologies), slope stability monitoring (Ground Probe), UAV or drone surveying (Trimble Gatewing X100 and UX5), machine health monitoring (MEMs), mine wireless communications (Cisco, 3DP and Rajant), GPS augmentation, tire monitoring, and high density polyethylene plastic recycling. He participated on the Board and Technical Committees at CRC Mining in Brisbane, Australia from 2004 through 2011 for Phelps Dodge, Freeport, and Newmont.
Mark received his B.S. degree in Geology and his Ph.D. in Economic Geology from Oregon State University; he was one of the youngest Ph.D. graduates ever from the Geosciences school. While attending the university, he worked in mining exploration, petroleum exploration, aerial photo interpretation, and started his own petrographic consulting business.
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.
Vivien is a Sr Engineer on the Mining Information Technology team with Barrick Gold. Previously, having graduated with a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from the University of British Colombia, she has worked underground at Henderson Mine and open pit at Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mine.
Vivien focuses on applying paper designs, calculations, and book principles to mine operations and maintenance and solving challenges associated with implementing engineered ideas. She successfully leverages the integration of technology, mobile equipment, operations and people to increase productivity and safety for mine sites.
Declan Vogt has degrees in electrical engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a PhD in electronics from the University of York in the UK. He started his career at what became the CSIR mining research division, developing geophysical tools for in-mine use. He was responsible for the development of a borehole radar system that is still in routine use in Bushveld platinum mines. From 2005, Declan managed mining research at the CSIR where he drove the creation of the Centre for Mining Innovation and managed it until its closure in 2014. Declan is now the director of the Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Leader, Integrated Operations Working Group
Laura Mottola is the President and CEO of Flow Partners Inc., a Canadian consulting company operating in Chile, and Director of Great Lakes Graphite Inc., a company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. She is recognized globally as a leader in Lean Mining, mining automation, and technology and innovation in the natural resources sector. Laura is a mining engineer with a Masters of Engineering in Mining Automation from McGill University.
A seasoned professional and business leader with more than 20 years of global experience in mining, Laura was named one of 100 most inspirational women in mining by Women in Mining UK. She developed and implemented a “Zero Harm Operational Excellence” program and an integrated mine-to-market Technology Strategy for the Sierra Gorda project in Chile.
Laura is dedicated to innovation and development, integration of concepts from other industries, and a multidisciplinary approach. She is passionate about increasing productivity and teamwork in mining, and brings the leadership and vision needed to generate new opportunities.
Laura has personally worked with clients such as Goldcorp, KGHM International, Sierra Gorda S.C.M., KMC Mining, Rio Tinto Technology & Innovation, IAMGold, Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold, Alcoa, Syncrude, Suncor, Cambior, Inco, and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum.
Leader, Situation Awareness Working Group
Mark Baker is Founder and Principal of Check Mark Consulting as well as a Senior Partner with Flow Partners. .He has obtained four U.S. and one international (WIPO) patents related to mining technology. In addition to having served 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.
Mark is a current board member of MineWare, who provides shovel, excavator and dragline optimizing systems which include bucket weighing, production compliance and machine health analysis. He is also a Principal Advisor to Blue Planet Strategies, who employs novel electro-chemical technologies that extract primary and secondary metals from mine generated fluid streams which can also be used to neutralize acidic water sources without sludge generating additives.
He obtained his BSEE from the University of Arizona in 1978. He worked for several semiconductor companies 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. Mark was instrumental in the acquisition of Modular by Komatsu Ltd. in 1996 where he remained as its managing director. Mark 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. Mark is a founding principal of Phoenix Drill Control, who provides an automation platform and corresponding technologies for blast hole drills compatible with existing OEM controls.
Leader, Common Reference Framework Working Group
Mike started his mining career as a student, turning 19 on a nickel mine in Australia. Further exposure to coal, copper and iron ore was followed by emigration to South Africa where he spent 25 years on production and projects mining gold, uranium and platinum.
Mine Planning was always a passion, along with keeping pace with the IT tools of the day so in 1998 he moved into mining IT with Graphic Mining Solutions International (GMSI) serving in Account Management, Business Development and various consulting and strategic roles with local and international clients.
His current role as Mining Enterprise Executive in the recently renamed MineRP concentrates on 3rd party relationships, client IT strategies and further development and implementation of MineRP business strategy. With a focus on the world of 3D graphics, he spends much of his time helping miners and IT personnel alike to understand and visualise the realities of mining.
With formal qualifications including B Eng (Min), MBA and MSc (Eng) he continues to network with colleagues in both academia and industry institutions and forums. Specifically in the context of the GMSG he is involved in the Common Reference Framework Group, focused on adoption of the Open Group’s Exploration, Mining, Metals and Minerals reference models.
Riaan Van Wyt
Leader, Underground Mining Working Group
Leader, Underground Mining Working Group, Technology and Connectivity Working Group
Paul Raj is the co-founder and principal consultant at Olio Technology Solutions. The company provides technology solutions consulting, support services and products to the mining, quarry and construction industries in Western Canada.
A graduate of the mining engineering program at the University of Alberta, Paul worked at Syncrude in its long planning department where he helped design the closure of its base mine. He then later moved into a short-range planning role where he managed the overburden removal and dyke construction on the east side of the base mine.
For 17 years, Paul worked at Finning (Canada) in various management roles with key focus around mining technology. Paul was instrumental in growing and managing the mining technology business at Finning before his departure in 2015.
CIM Representative & Leader, Reliability 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, Industrial Comminution Efficiency Working Group
Aidan Giblett is Senior Technical Advisor – Mineral Processing at Newmont Mining Corporation. His key responsibilities include providing technical support to global operations, development projects and research programs. Aidan has over 20 years’ experience in gold & base metals extractive metallurgy including project development, commissioning, operations and research program management, with a primary field of focus in comminution.
He graduated from the Western Australian School of Mines in 1994, with an honours degree in Minerals Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy. Aidan is also chair of the AusIMM Metallurgical Society
Heather Ednie is an influential mining professional who has over 18 years’ experience in the sector, developing and spearheading vital business solutions through communications and association management. As Director, Media and Communications for the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), from 2004, Heather successfully reinvented the CIM communications and editorial department as the relevant source of information for the industry. Heather left CIM in 2009 to lead a young communications consulting firm, Modica Communications, focused on serving the Canadian mining sector with the aim of advancement of a safe, responsible and respected industry, prior to joining GMSG as Managing Director in 2012.
Heather is currently Vice Chair of Women in Mining Canada and a founding member of the Women in Mining Montreal Branch organizing committee. In 2013 Heather was awarded with the CIM Distinguished Lecturer Award and was recognized in WIM UK’s 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.
Working Groups and Membership
Jennifer ensures the effective functioning of Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GMSG) Working Groups and enables working group members and contractors to deliver on projects according to GMSG principles and priorities. Additionally, she is responsible for execution of the GMSG Member Program, as well as the maintenance of the GMSG website, membership database, and Basecamp online collaboration sites.
Jennifer has 20 years of experience in project management and office administration in various industries. Previous roles include project management and peer review coordination for the CIM Journal, managing domestic and foreign purchasing for a cigar import company, as well as being a paralegal in a US law firm. She obtained her diploma in Web Technology in 2012 and worked until the end of 2013 as a consultant in web development and optimization prior to joining GMSG.
Heather brings a wide range of experience to the team. As a stay-at-home mother for a number of years, Heather was a highly involved community leader, as a volunteer at the local school and on other committees in the municipality. She also worked in various support staff positions at the school, most recently as the school secretary. Prior to that, Heather was the administrative assistant to the Executive Director of the Trans Canada Trail Foundation in Montreal, where she gained an understanding and appreciation of the importance of volunteers and the need to work together. Heather is impressed by the work carried out by dedicated GMSG volunteers from around the world, and all levels of the industry, who share a vision of cleaner, safer, more efficient mining.
Heather has a background in land management and currently serves as president of a local non-profit organization. She looks forward to broadening her exposure to the mining industry and helping groups collaborate toward this new future.
Social Media Coordinator
A marketer by trade, Andrea Green is a fresh face to the mining industry. Since April 2017, she has adapted to learning the many aspects of the industry by working with clients such as PEO and CIM/ICM.
Andrea currently serves as the Social Media Coordinator for GMSG. Her focus is in marketing and social media strategy, with a mandate to create conversations, strengthen GMSG’s online presence and ultimately grow GMSG into a multifaceted source of information for the mining industry.
Alexander joined GMSG in November of 2017, as Communications Coordinator. He graduated Wilfrid Laurier University with a B.A. (Hons) specializing in Communications. Alexander is joining GMSG after leaving the public sector where he worked at a variety of different ministries. He has worked with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, and Health Force Ontario. He will bring a new outlook and an in-depth background of government experience.
In his role as Communications Coordinator, Alexander will write both strategic and promotional content, manage a variety of communication channels, contribute to strategic planning and recommend communications activities.
Melissa also joins the GMSG team as Communications Coordinator. For more than a decade, she worked as a communications professional for several non-profit organizations. Melissa enjoyed working as an editor for two of the organizations’ magazines, coordinating stories and writing features for publication. Prior to that, she worked for two Canadian news media outlets as an online editor and morning video production coordinator, which involved waking up way too early. Melissa is grateful for her work experiences and the camaraderie among all of the teams which were sometimes spread around the world.
Melissa is a journalism graduate and seasoned writer who enjoys learning from people and hearing their stories. She looks forward to sharing news about GMSG and collaborations that are shaping the future of the mining industry.