Mar 12 2020


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

CIM National Distinguished Lecturer – Nathan Stubina

Nathan Stubina: “At the Intersection of Technology, Innovation and Diversity in Mining”

The CIM Saskatoon Student Chapter is proud to present CIM National Distinguished Lecturer, Nathan Stubina. This semi-formal event will be hosted in Marquis Hall and will cover the topic of “At the Intersection of Technology, Innovation and Diversity in Mining”. This is the CIM Student Chapters final event of the year and will provide great student-industry networking opportunities. With the purchase of a ticket, a gourmet meal will be served by Marquis Hall. Please see the following additional details about the event.

• Cocktails: 6:00-7:00 pm

• Supper: 7:00-8:00 pm

• Presentation: 8:00-9:00 pm

Abstract: Come prepared to argue both sides of the following: Is Mining Innovation an Oxymoron?

It is well known that the mining sector is facing many difficult challenges: lower grade ores, smaller deposits, increasing costs, tighter margins, faltering capital markets, political risks, increased social/environmental demands, etc. If you ask senior mining executives, they generally agree that innovation is essential to the current and future survival of their companies, however, the decisions and actions of upper management do not often reflect this imperative. This presentation examines some of the barriers to innovation and what we all can do to move our industry forward. Together, we will examine recent trends in technology and innovation, both from within and outside the mining industry.


In November 2018, Dr. Stubina took on the position of Vice President of Technologies for Sherritt International. Before joining Sherritt International, Dr. Stubina worked at McEwen Mining as the managing director of Innovation. Dr. Stubina has 30 years of international industrial experience and with companies including Barrick Gold Corp., Noranda Inc., and Falconbridge Limited.

Nathan Stubina graduated from McGill University with a B.Eng. in mining and metallurgical engineering. He later earned his Ph.D. in metallurgy and material from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Stubina has been impressively involved with CIM and previously held the role of vice president of the International District of CIM and president of Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM.