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MMSA Denver Section 2000-2018


The Denver Section of MMSA meets at the University Club, 1673 Sherman, Denver, Colorado, on Fridays, Registration and Networking at 11:30 AM, Lunch starts at noon,Presentation at 12:30 PM

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April, 2018

April 4, 2018, Lachlan Broadfoot, CEO, Behre Dolbear Group Inc.

February, 2018

February 9, 2018, "Geoscience Ethics: Public Protection Versus Confidentiality," David M Abbott, Jr. Consulting Geologist,

January, 2018

January 12, 2018, "Panel Discussion on MMSA and Senior QP Proposal," Michael Blois, MMSA President, Betty Gibbs, MMSA Executive Director

December, 2017

December 8, 2017, "National and State Politics," Dick Wadhams

November, 2017

November 10, 2017," Energy Fuels Resources and the Canyon Uranium/Copper Mine, AZ" Daniel Kapostasy, Senior Geologist, Energy Fuels Resources (USA) Inc.

October, 2017

October 13, 2017, "Risks and Challenges Facing the Mining Industry in 2017-2018," Alva Kuestermeyer, Senior Process Metallurgist, Golder Associates

September, 2017

September 8 , 2017, Ben Stein, Chief of Staff for Representative Mike Coffman, Colorado 6th District

May, 2017

May 12, 2017, "CMA Update and Legislative Wrap-up," Stan Dempsey, Jr., President Colorado Mining Association

April, 2017

April 14, 2017, "Fondo Santa Barbara: Embracing Artisanal Mining A Pathway to Achieve," Leigh Freeman, Chairman Fondo Santa Barbara

March, 2017

March 10, 2017, "Royalties & Streams No Longer 'Alternative'," Doug Ward, VP Business Development, Maverix Metals Inc.

January, 2017

January 13, 2017, "Move Mining- Change the World's Perception," Mindy Watson-Ward, SME

December, 2016

December 9, 2016, "Responsible Mining & Mine Closure Activities at the Colorado School of Mines," Jessica M. Smith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Colorado School of Mines

November, 2016

November 11, 2016, "MMSA's Recent Comments on the SEC's Proposed Rule Changes for Reporting of Mineral Resources and Reserves," Robert Cameron, Ph.D

October, 2016

October 14, 2016, "The Whys and Wherefores for Project Delays in the Mining Industry," Al Kuestermeyer; Golder Associates Inc., Lakewood, CO

September, 2016

September 16, 2016, "Lucky Friday, 75 Years Old and Never Looked So Good," Phillips S. Baker, Jr.,Chief Executive Officer, Hecla Mining Company

May, 2016

May 13, 2016, "MMSA's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program," David M Abbott, Jr. Consulting Geologist LLC

April, 2016

April 8, 2016, "History of Mining & the Railroads in Colorado," Paul C. Jones, Sovereign Management Group Ltd., Golden, CO

March, 2016

March 23, 2016, 7:00 AM, Colorado Convention Center,CMA/MMSA breakfast, "Assessing the Market Outlook for Metals and Mining," MMSA President, Bernard Guarnera

February, 2016

February 12, 2016,"Capital Cost Overruns in the Mining Industry; Mistakes, Misjudgements or ?," Al Kuestermeyer; Golder Associates Inc., Lakewood,CO

January, 2016

January 8, 2016," Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves - Thoughts and Observations," Robert Cameron, Ph.D.

December, 2015

December 11, 2015,"Critical Minerals," Bernard J Guarnera, President, Broadlands Mineral Advisory Services Ltd.

November, 2015

November 13, 2015,"Phosphate Mining in Morocco, The OCP Story," William R Wilson, Mineral Industry Consultant and Adjunct Faculty, Colorado School of Mines Mining Engineering Department

October, 2015

October 9, 2015,"Resource Development Issues in Colorado," John Swartout - Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Governor and
"Mile High Opportunities and Challenges," Stuart Sanderson - President, Colorado Mining Association
Denver Athletic Club,1325 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO 80204

September, 2015

September 11, 2015,"Is It Still Possible To Permit A Major New Mining Project In The United States?" Don Ewigleben, Attorney, Holland & Hart LLP

June, 2015

June 5, 2015, "Coal Export Markets: Opportunities and Challenges," Jim Orchard, SVP Marketing & Government Affairs, Cloud Peak Energy,

April, 2015

April 10, 2015, "Mexican Mining Taxes," Mark Shonnard, Hard Rock Consulting, LLC

March, 2015

March 6, 2015, "ALLABOUTMINING," The Colorado Mining Association Education Foundation, Inc

February, 2015

February 6, 2015, "Lessons Learned," Mr. Ken Brunk, Mr. Bill Crowl and Dr. Roger Newell

January, 2015

January 9, 2015, "What You Need to Know About the Clean Power Plan," Adam DeVoe, Special Counsel Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP

December, 2014

December 5, 2014. "The Minerals Education Coalition: Recent Work and Future Plans," AnnMarie Kochevar, Foundation Manager, SME Foundation  

November, 2014

November 7, 2014, " Findings from the 2014 Mining Investment Survey," Mr. Karr McCurdy and Ms. Katherine Garramone of Behre Dolbear

October, 2014

October  3, 2014,"Mid-term Election Preview," Richard Wadhams, Independent Political Consultant and "What it Means for Colorado," Stuart Sanderson, President, Colorado Mining Association , The Brown Palace  321 17th St Denver

September, 2014

September 12, 2014,  "Pilot Mountain Nevada Tungsten Project," Jim Guilinger, President, World Industrial Minerals  

May, 2014

May 2, 2014, "Golden Queen Mining’s Soledad Mountain Project: A Gold-Silver Heap Leach Mine in Construction in California," Thomas Clay, Chairman of Golden Queen Mining

April, 2014

April 4, 2014,  "Forecast for Mining Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines:  Who is Priscilla, and what is her Forecast for Mining Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines (stormy at the start, but sunny skies on the horizon),"   Dr. Priscilla P. Nelson, Chair and Professor Department of Mining Engineering Colorado School of Mines

February, 2014

February 7, 2014, "The Steenskampkral Project - Mine to Metal Alloy," Marc LeVier President and Chief Executive Officer, Great Western Minerals Group Ltd

January, 2014

January 3, 2014, "IFC's Role in Mining, " Keith A. Laskowski Mining Division Global Infrastructure & Natural Resources, International Finance Corporation

December, 2013

December 6, 2013, "Afghan Mineral Tenders, A Post-Mortem," William J Crowl VP, Mining Sector Gustavson Associates

November, 2013

November 1, 2013, "Halloween's Over: What Tricks and Treats Lie Ahead for Mining?" Stuart Sanderson, President, Colorado Mining Association       

October, 2013

October 4, 2013, "Mining & Financing - Now What?" Ian R. Harris Vice President of Business Development Runge Pincock Minarco

September, 2013

September 6, 2013, "Critical and Strategic Metals; Challenges and Opportunities," Dr. Corby G. Anderson Harrison Western Professor Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy Colorado School of Mines

May, 2013

  May 3, 2013, "Long Canyon: Birth of a District," John Cole Study Director – Long Canyon Newmont Mining Corp.

April, 2013

April 5, 2013, "Mt Todd Gold Project: The Re-Emergence of a World-class Gold Project," John W. Rozelle Senior Vice President Vista Gold Corp.

February, 2013

  February 1, 2013, "Minerals Education Coalition," Sharon Schonhaut, Manager, Minerals Education Coalition Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration

January, 2013

January 4, 2013, "Three Unappreciated Commodities and Other Ramblings!" Bernard J. Guarnera Chairman of the Board of Directors Behre Dolbear Group Inc.  

December, 2012

November 30, 2012, "Economic Perspectives on a Century of Metal Prices,"   Dr. Roderick G. Eggert Professor and Director of the Division of Economics and Business, Colorado School of Mines

November, 2012

November 2, 2012, "The War on Coal: Battles and Skirmishes," Dianna Orf Orf & Orf, P.C.  

October, 2012

October 5, 2012, "Mine Closure Planning – Employing a Risk-Based Approach, " Robert Reisinger, PE Senior Project Manager CH2M HILL

September, 2012

September 7, 2012,  "Intrepid Potash – Capital Investments Support Future Opportunities," Kevin Ryan Director of Technical Services Intrepid Potash, Inc.

June, 2012

June 1, 2012, "The Climax Mine Restart," Mike McDonald, General Manager, Climax Mine, with CMA at the ONYX Room, Brown Palace, 321 17th Street, Denver, CO

May, 2012

May 4, 2012, "Behre Dolbear’s Current Assessment of the Mining Industry," Karr McCurdy, President and CEO, Behre Dolbear Group

April, 2012

April 6, 2012, "Global Scramble for Natural Resources and the Impact on Colorado," Vince Matthews, Director, Colorado Geological Survey, Colorado Department of Natural Resources  

March, 2012

March 2, 2012, "Emerging Workforce Trends in the U.S. Mining Industry," Dave Kanagy Executive Director SME

January, 2012

January 6, 2012, “Successful Mineral Tenders in Afghanistan,” William J Crowl VP, Mining Sector Gustavson Associates

December, 2011

  December 2, 2011, “Evolution of a Water Balance through the Stages of a Mine Development,”   David Hoekstra, PE Senior Engineer Schlumberger Water Services

November, 2011

November 4, 2011, “Rare Earths: History, Methods, Markets, Myths and Perceptions,”   Dr. Corby G. Anderson Harrison Western Professor Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy Colorado School of Mines

October, 2011

October 7, 2011, “Colorado’s Water / Allocating and Using What We Have,” Mike Applegate, P.E., C.C.E. President and CEO of Applegate Group, Inc.  

September, 2011

September 2, 2011, “Recent Changes to NI 43-101,”   David M Abbott, Jr., CPG Senior Associate & Principal Behre Dolbear & Company (USA), Inc.

May, 2011

May 13, 2011, “Investing in Mining – A Private Equity Perspective,” Ross R. Bhappu, Partner, Resource Capital Funds

April 2011

April 8, 2011,  “Mt Hope Moly Project Update,” Bruce Hansen, President  & CEO General Moly, Inc.

February 2011

February 1, 2011, “The Tarheel Mica Company: A Living “Museum””    David Abbott, Consulting Geologist LLC

January 2011

January 7, 2011 “Where are we in 2011?,” Bernard Guarnera, President, CEO, COO, COB, Behre Dolbear & Company, Inc.

November, 2010

November 5, 2010, “Colorado Clean Air Clean Jobs – The Great Natural Gas Giveaway of 2010, ” Stuart Sanderson, President Colorado Mining Association  

October, 2010

October 1, 2010, “Autonomous Vehicle Technology in Mining: How It Works, How It’s Applied, & When It’s Coming,” Chris Brown, VP Business Development Autonomous Solutions, Inc.

May, 2010

May 7, 2010, “The New Normal: A look at how the world of mining is changing since the Credit Crisis began,” Doug Silver, President Balfour Holdings, Inc.

April,  2010

April 9, 2010, "Global Status of Rare Earths, ” Jim Sims, Director of Communications Molycorp Minerals

February, 2010

Feb 12, 2010,  “Tailings Storage and Heap Leaching in a Combined Facility – A First for the Mining Industry”    Thomas Kerr, President Knight Piésold and Co. 

December, 2009

December 11, 2009, "“Environmental Challenges for Mining in Developing Countries!”    Patricia Acker, Lynn Environmental Manager Goldcorp, Inc.                        

November, 2009

November 6, 2009, “Building a Stronger Industry, Building a Better Career, Building a Secure Future!” Dave Kanagy, Executive Director and COO The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc.

October, 2009

October 9, 2009, “An Economist’s Perspective on Critical Minerals and Materials,” Rod Eggert, Professor and Director of the Division of Economics and Business, Colorado School of Mines                                                                        

September, 2009

September 18, 2009,   “Cap & Trade: Impact on Mining,” Stuart A. Sanderson President, Dianna Orf Lobbyist, Colorado Mining Association

May, 2009

May 8, 2009,  “The Changing Landscape for Mining under the New Administration,”   Jim Sims, President & CEO, Western Business Roundtable  

January, 2009

January, 9, 2009, “What is MMSA's Role in Supporting the Mining Industry Under the New Administration?” Jim Metsa, Vice-President – MMSA 

November, 2008

November 7, 2008, “Opining the 2008 National and State Elections,” Stuart Sanderson, President, Colorado Mining Association and Dianna Orf, Lobbyist for the Colorado Mining Association - Orf & Orf

October, 2008

October 3, 2008, “Repackaging the Guinea Alumina Project Social and Environmental Assessment: Sorting Out the Monkey Business,” Barbara A. Filas, P.E., President – Knight Piesold and Co.

September, 2008

September 5, 2008, “Gold Mill Start-up at Yanacocha,” Ronel Kappes, Senior Metallurgist and Mark Jorgensen, Senior Metallurgical Consultant, Newmont Mining Corporation

May, 2008

May 2, 2008, “An Update on Apex Silver’s San Cristobal Mine,” Jeffery Clevenger, President and CEO, Apex Silver Mines

April, 2008

April 4, 2008, “Greenfield Exploration:  Integrating Science, Human Resources and Business Principals – the Newmont Story,”  Steve Enders, Senior Vice President Worldwide Exploration, Newmont Mining Corporation

January, 2008

January 11, 2008, “Western Business Roundtable and Mining Law Reform,” Jim Sims, President and CEO, Western Business Roundtable

December, 2007

December 7, 2007, “What Sustainability Means to you in the Mining Industry,” Han Ilhan, Director of Global Mining Business, U.R.S. Corporation

November, 2007

November 2, 2007, “Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2007,” Laura Skaer, Northwest Mining Association

October, 2007

October 12, 2007,  “Achieving Social License for Mineral Development in Ecuador,” John R. Haigh, Director of Investor Relations, Ascedeta Copper

September, 2007

September 7, 2007, “Closure and Sustainability at the Idarado in Telluride, Colorado,” Bill Lyle, Director of Reclamation and Closure, Newmont Mining Corporation

May, 2007

May 18, 2007, “Idaho General Mines - An Emerging Moly Producer,” Bruce Hansen, CEO, Idaho General Mines

April, 2007

April 6, 2007, “Mining Equipment Lead Times And Market Factors,” Jim Spenceley, Director Supply Chain Management, Newmont Mining Corporation

February, 2007

February 2, 2007, “The New Colorado Legislature and Governance and the Colorado Mining Industry,” Dianna Orf, Lobbyist, Colorado Mining Association

January, 2007

January 12, 2007, “Colorado School of Mines: A Proud Past and Exciting Future,” Dr. M. W. Scoggins, President, Colorado School of Mines 

December, 2006

December 1, 2006, “Update on the Henderson Operations and The Climax Mine Restart,” Jim Arnold, General Manager, Henderson Operation, Climax Molybdenum, A Phelps Dodge Company

November, 2006

November 17, 2006, “The New Face of SME,” Dave Kanegy, Executive Director Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration Inc.

October, 2006

October 13, 2006, “Re-opening of the Borealis Gold Mine,” Allen Gordon President and COO, Gryphon Gold Corporation

September, 2006

September 15, 2006, “The Future for Royal Gold,” Stanley Dempsey, Executive Chairman, Royal Gold, Inc.

May, 2006

May, 5, 2006, “New Frontiers for US Gold,” Ann S. Carpenter President & CEO US Gold

March, 2006

March 10, 2006, "The 14-Year Effort to Bring Lisbon Valley Copper SX-EW Mine into Production:  1992-2006,” Gregory A. Hahn, President & CEO, Constellation Copper Company

February, 2006

February 9, 2006, CMA/MMSA/DGG Breakfast, 7:15 A.M. – 8:30 A.M., Mount Sopris Room, Grand Hyatt Denver, 1750 Welton Street, "Mining, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development," Wayne Murdy, Chairman and CEO, Newmont Mining Corporation

January, 2006

January 20, 2006,“US Oil Shale: Technology to Secure our Domestic Energy Future,” Terry O’Connor, Vice President, External and Regulatory Affairs, Shell Exploration & Production Company

December, 2005

December 2, 2005, “Report on Qualified Person Status,”  Robert Schafer President - MMSA

November, 2005

November 4, 2005, “Resource and Reserve Reporting Codes under Former Soviet and  Chinese Systems,” Qingping Deng PhD. CPG President – Behre Dolbear Asia, Inc.

October, 2005

October 7, 2005, “San Cristobal – Sustainable Development and Community Affairs,”      Jerry Danni, Senior V.P. Corporate Affairs – Apex Silver
September 2005

September 9, 2005, “An Update on Uranium and Nuclear Power,” Tom Pool, Chairman – International Nuclear Inc.

May 2005

May 6, 2005, “MMSA + SME = MMSMEA????,” Robert Schafer President - MMSA

April 2005

April 8, 2005,  “Public Disclosure of Mineral Reserves: A Progress Report,” Jean-Michel (J.M.) Rendu, Mining Engineering Consultant

February 2005

February 3, 2005, 7:30 AM, Hyatt Regency Denver, 1750 Welton Street, Denver, "Current Outlook for Gold,"  Pierre Lassonde,  President Newmont Mining Corporation

January 2005

January 14, 2005, “International Cyanide Code – Its Affect on Industry,” Ken Ramsey, Manager, Environmental Affairs, Newmont Mining Corporation

December 2004

December 3, 2004, “Ahafo Project” Cindy Williams – Senior Geologist and Mark Jorgensen – Process Manager, Newmont Mining Corporation,  “Requests for Funding” Taste of Colorado, Western Museum of Mining and Industry, and Colorado Mining Association Education Foundation

November 2004

November 12, 2004, “NAFTA Chapter 11 – Potential Relief for Mining Investors,”  Richard J. Angell Partner - Parsons Behle & Latimer

October 2004

October 8, 2004, "Geovic's Major Cobalt Development in Cameroon - The Equator Principles in Action,"  David C. Beling, Geovic Ltd.

September 2004

September 10, 2004, "So What the Heck are Equator Principles and What do They Mean to Me," Barbara A. Filas,  President Knight Piesold & Co.

May 2004

May 7, 2004, “Precious Metals Mine Development in Mexico, ” Steve Stine, Consultant

April 2004

April 9, 2004, “The Feds and Mining – Problems and More Problems,” Barney Guarnera, President, CEO and COO, Behre Dolbear & Company, Inc.

February 2004

February 13, 2004, "Mine Closure: Reaching the End by Design," Scott H. Miller, P.G., Senior Consultant, Golder Associates, Inc.

January 2004

January 9, 2004, "Financial Instruments for Environmental Bonding in the Mining Industry" Michael Herrmann, IMA Environmental

December 2003

December 5, 2003, "Phoenix Project," James Orlich, Process Manager, Newmont Mining Corporation

November 2003

November 14, 2003, "Sustainable Development and Its Business Case," Leigh Freeman, General Manager and Principal, Downing Teal

October 2003

October 3, 2003,  "The Current Status of Mining Related Disciplines in US Universities -  An Academic's Perspective," Dr. Patrick Taylor, Professor of Chemical Metallurgy, Colorado School of Mines


September 2003

September 12, 2003, "    Summary of Recent Anti-Mining Measures in California and Montana,"       Dr. Richard H. De Voto, President, Chairman & CEO., Canyon Resources

May 2003

 May 2, 2003, “Overcoming the Permitting Challenges at the Buckhorn Mountain Gold Deposit, Washington State,”  Christopher E. Herald, President, CEO and Director of Crown Resources Corporation

April 2003

April 4, 2003, “Award Winning Environmental Practices at the Trapper Coal Mine,”  Forrest Luke, Manager, Environmental Affairs

February 2003

February 7, 2003, "The Uranium Industry -2003," Fletcher Newton, President, Power Resources

January 2003

January 10, 2003, “Towards a Sustainable Mining Research and Education Infrastructure – Myths and Realities,” Dr. Michael Karmis,  President - 2002, Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Inc.

December 2002

December 11, 2002, “When Things Go Wrong as They Often Will….. ,” Rex Bull, Professor Emeritus – Colorado School of Mines

November 2002

November 1, 2002,: “Building Broad-Based Coalitions In The West To Push  Back On Eastern Environmental Extremists," Jim Sims, Executive Director , Western Business Roundtable

 October 2002

October 11, 2002,: "Political Economy Research Center (PERC)," Richard Stroup, Professor of Economics, Montana State University

May 2002

May 20, 2002, : "Towards Change - The Work and Results of Mining Minerals and Sustainable Development (MMSD) North America," Dirk van Zyl, Director Mining Life-Cycle Center, Mackay School of Mines, University of Nevada, Reno

April 2002

April 5, 2002, “Beyond Partnering – Alliance Contracting,” Robert Stanlake, Vice President, AMEC

 February 2002

February 8, 2002: "Mining Law 2002: Potential Opportunities, Road Blocks, and a Role for MMSA,” Debbie Struhsacker, Environmental & Government Relations Consultant

 January 2002

January 11, 2002; “The Industry Challenge to the Anti-Mining Initiative, I215,” Robert Micsak, Executive Officer , AngloGold Ltd.

 December 2001

December 14, 2001, “ La Quinua Expansion at Minera Yanacocha,” Mark K. Jorgensen, Project Engineer, Bechtel Corporation, and D. Scott Barr, Chief Technical Officer, Newmont Mining Corporation

November 2001

November 2, 2001, "World Standards for Reporting Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves," 
J. M. Rendu

October 2001

October 5, 2001, "Earth Science and Engineering Education for the 21st Century," Dr. John Trefney, President, Colorado School of Mines

May 2001

May 4, 2001: “Mining the Internet – from B to BS” : Ronald J. (Jock) McGregor ,  President and CEO , Vista Gold Corp

April 2001

April 6, 2001:“Is There Mining Law Reform in Our Future”: Donald C. Ewigleben, Vice President and General Counsel. AngloGold North America Inc.

 February 2001

February 9, 2001: “E-Technology Revolutionizes Environmental and Engineering Services for the Owner”: Allen H. Gipson, Jr.  P.E., P.G. Principal Knight Piesold and Co.

January 2001

 January 12, 2001: “New Voices, Changing Values: The Challenge for Mining Industry Government Relations” : Diana Orf Attorney with Orf & Orf, P.C. Lobbyist for the Colorado Mining Association

December 2000

December 1, 2000: “Gold – A Currency or a Commodity”: Bruce Hansen Senior Vice President, CFO, Newmont Mining Corporation

November 2000

November 3, 2000; “Managing Business in Indonesia’s Changing Times” : Graham Karklin, Chief Metallurgist, Newmont Mining Corporation

October 2000

October 6, 2000; "A Few Thoughts on Copper Prices, Mine Productivity, and the Future of the Industry:  Does A Falling Tide Strand All Boats?": David R. Hammond, Mineral Economist

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