BRIMM Webinar Series: THE FUTURE OF BIOTECHNOLOGY IN MINING 

Mining Microbiome,

BRIMM is excited to partner with the MICA network (Mining Innovation Commercialization Accelerator) to deliver a 2-day webinar series:  The Future of Biotechnology in Mining

This webinar series brings a cross-Canada snapshot about what is happening on the biotechnology front in mining. It also highlights the growing potential for research-industry partnerships to tackle more complex challenges, as people, organizations, and society navigate towards shared sustainability goals.

Each day will feature presenters with diverse perspectives across a spectrum from research to applied solutions. The focus will be on biotechnology research trajectories, cutting-edge business and technology services, and new applications of research and technology in mining. An interactive discussion about the future of biotechnology in mining and the value of partnering as shared solution providers will follow.

On each day, the 90 minute webinars will start with a brief introduction by our hosts BRIMM Director, John Steen (Tuesday) and Charles Nyabeze CEMI MICA VP Business Development and Commercialization (Wednesday). A series of 15 minute presentations will be followed by a discussion about future possibilities in mining.

These webinars will be held on May 17th, 2022 and May 18th, 2022 at 10:00 am PDT (1:00 pm EST) 
Simultaneous translation into French will be provided.

Register  here  or at the bottom of the page. Thank you for joining us. We look forward to showcasing Canada’s growing capacity for industry-research collaborations in biotechnology.  


DAY 1  – Tuesday, May 17

Introduction:  Dr. John Steen, BRIMM Director, EY Scholar of Global Mining Futures  

Presentations:

Presentation 1 – MMAP: genomics & data analytics (so much more than a database), Aria Hahn

Aria Hahn, CEO of Koonkie Inc., a bioinformatics service company and contributing partner with the Digital Technology Supercluster Mining Microbiome Analysis Platform project. 

Presentation 2 – Use Cases that Emerge from Exploring the Mining Microbiome, Susan Baldwin

Susan Baldwin, Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at the University of British Columbia. Research lead of the Digital Technology Supercluster Mining Microbiome Analysis Platform project, as BRIMM’s Mining Microbiome theme leader.   

Presentation 3Biotechnology Opportunities in Tailings and Mine Waste Management, Bill Burton

Bill Burton, Principal Geotechnical/Geological Engineer and Horizon 3 R&D Lead, with BGC Engineering, a contributing partner with the Digital Technology Supercluster Mining Microbiome Analysis Platform project. 

Presentation 4 – Future Possibilities in Mining, Bryne Gramlich

Bryne Gramlich, Vice President Business Development for Allonnia, a contributing partner with the Digital Technology Supercluster Mining Microbiome Analysis Platform project.  

Discussion:  Moderated by John Steen


DAY 2  – Wednesday May 18

Introduction:  Charles Nyabeze, CEMI-MICA Vice President Business Development and Commercialization  
Presentations: 

Presentation 5 – Advancing New Biotechnologies in Mining: the role of applied research and SMEs,  Nadia Mykytczuk

Nadia Mykytczuk, Interim President and CEO of MIRARCO Mining Innovation and Executive Director of the Goodman School of Mines at Laurentian University. 

Presentation 6 – Genomics: powering sustainable mining water futures, Lesley Warren

Lesley Warren, Director, Lassonde Institute of Mining and Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Chair in Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto.

Presentation 7 – Microbiome Analysis Using Taxonomic and Functional Signatures, Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch, Director of Bioinformatics for Metagenom Bio Inc., a bioinformatics company providing services to the mining industry.    

Presentation 8 – Mining and Microbes: Translating Research into Practice, Kelly Whaley Martin & Varun Gupta

Kelly Whaley Martin, PhD. Senior Consultant, Geochemist for ERM Environmental Resources Management, providing services to the mining industry.  

Varun Gupta, PhD. Consultant, Scientist for ERM Environmental Resources Management, providing services to the mining industry.  

Discussion:  Moderated by Charles Nyabeze



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