36th International Conference of 
Safety in Mines Research Institutes

October 25 - 27, 2015
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Plenary Session

Distinguished members of the mining community, many with ties to Sudbury will be taking part in the conference. See below for our list of confirmed panelists and moderator.

Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive, Anglo American 

A mining engineer, Mark has worked across six continents, 25 countries and more than 20 commodities. He has built a reputation based on his broad industry, technical and commercial knowledge, and is recognised as an industry innovator with a track record of building high performance teams and delivering improvements across all facets of business performance. In his previous role as CEO of AngloGold Ashanti, Mark led the revitalisation and restructuring of its global mining business, delivering significant business improvements, ranging from safety, operations, capital discipline and project delivery, exploration and financial restructuring. Mark has also held the positions of COO for Inco and Vale’s global nickel business, as well senior executive positions with the Normandy Group, Sons of Gwalia, Western Mining Corporation, Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines and CRA (Rio Tinto). With a leadership style that puts its focus on people development, accountability and the delivery of sustainable value, Mark has placed an emphasis on developing strong investor, labour, industrial, government and community relationships.


Leo W. Gerard, International President, United Steel Workers

The son of a union miner Leo W. Gerard started working at Inco's nickel smelter in Sudbury, Canada at age 18. Inspired by a lifelong commitment to economic and social justice, he rose through the ranks of the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) to be appointed the Union's seventh international president on February 28, 2001. He was elected by acclamation in union-wide elections in November 2001. The second Canadian to occupy the union's highest office, Gerard assumed the presidency in the midst of a global crisis which had devastated the North American steel industry with mass layoffs, plant shutdowns, bankruptcies and liquidations. Prior to his election as President, Gerard served two terms as International Secretary-Treasurer, having been elected to that position in November 1993 and again in November 1997. Before assuming his international office, he served as National Director for Canada, a post to which the International Executive Board appointed him in August 1991. Gerard was instrumental in the formation of the Industrial Union Council of the AFL-CIO, and in February 2003, was appointed to serve on the AFL-CIO's Executive Committee, as well as serving on its Executive Council. He was also named Chair of the AFL-CIO’s Public Policy Committee in March 2005.


Jim Joy, President, Jim Joy & Assoc. Pty.

After a long career, Jim Joy is currently working for himself - Jim Joy & Assoc. Pty. From 2011 to late 2013 Jim was with JKTech Pty, the technology transfer company for the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) at the University of Queensland. Previous to January 2011, he was Professor and Director of the Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre (MISHC) which is also part of the SMI at the University of Queensland. Known as MISHC, the centre was established in 1998 with the support of seven Australian mining companies. Currently MISHC is active in undergraduate and postgraduate education, applied research, consulting and cross-industry projects. Jim has developed mining risk concepts, tools and management systems models based on System Safety technology. He has also written and presented many papers, seminars and courses on risk management and human factors engineering. Jim is also the Anglo American Chair of SHE Risk Management (2007-2011) and facilitator of an international multi-company working group, the Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table (EMESRT). Company members are Anglo American, Barrick Gold, BHP Billiton, Newmont, Newcrest, Rio Tinto, Vale, Xstrata, Centennial and Collahausi. Throughout his career, Jim has served on numerous boards and committees. The recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, including the 2003 AusIMM Health and Safety Award, the 2009 UK Chemical Engineering Institute Award for the global executive and management education programme he designed for Anglo American, and most recently, in 2014, he was inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame.


Joe Main, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health (MSHA)

Joseph A. (Joe) Main is Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health (MSHA). He was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate on October 21, 2009. An internationally-recognized expert in mine health and safety issues, for over 40 years, he has worked to improve every aspect of miner health and safety, both in the United States and internationally. Born in Waynesburg Pa. Mr. Main is a native of Greene County, Pa. He began working at coal mines in 1967 and quickly became an advocate for miner's safety and health. Hired by the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) in 1974 to be an Assistant to the International President, by 1976, he joined the Safety Division of the UMWA, serving as Safety Inspector, Administrative Assistant and Deputy Director. In 1982 he was appointed Administrator of the UMWA Occupational Health and Safety Department, a position he held for 22 years. In that position, Mr. Main managed the international health and safety program of the UMWA. He has served on a number of federal advisory committees, joint labor / management committees, mining industry partnerships and international tripartite committees relating to mine safety. Mr. Main has extensive hands-on experience inspecting and evaluating mining conditions, plans and systems and has been involved in a number of mine emergencies and accident investigations. Before he accepted President Obama's nomination, Mr. Main worked as a mine safety consultant. His recent work focused on research and analysis on prevention of mine accidents and disasters, development of training programs and facilities to prepare miners, rescue teams and emergency responders for mine emergencies, and international mine safety issues.


Moderator: Fergus P. Kerr, VP of Operations, Global Atomic Fuels Corporation

Mr. Fergus P. Kerr, P.Eng serves as Vice President of Operations for Global Atomic Fuels Corporation. Mr. Kerr has responsibility to oversee and direct the consulting team and move the project through feasibility, construction and commissioning at Global Atomic Fuels Corporation. Mr. Kerr served as Vice President, Uranium Operations of Pele Mountain Resources Inc. from November 2007 to July 2011. He leads the licensing, permitting, feasibility studies, environmental process, engineering, procurement, and other matters pertaining to the development of Pele's Elliot Lake Uranium Project in Northern Ontario. He has more than 35 years of mining industry experience, including 14 years in Elliot Lake as General Manager, Manager of Mining, and Mine Superintendent for Denison Mines. Following the closure of Denison's mine at Elliot Lake, Mr. Kerr served as Mine Manager of Inco's Sudbury operations for seven years. Mr. Kerr served as a Sector Director of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario and serves as an Adjunct Professor at Laurentian University, lecturing on occupational health engineering. Mr. Kerr has assisted Pele as a consultant during the past year, overseeing efforts to complete the recently-announced positive Scoping Study. He has been Member of Rare Metals Advisory Board at Pele Mountain Resources Inc. since October 21, 2010.