Jan 16 2020


6:15 pm - 10:15 pm

CIM Saskatoon – Environment and Safety Night

CIM Saskatoon Presents Environment and Safety Night

Those planning to attend the CIM Saskatoon’s technical nights are asked to renew their membership here. Then you can register for the technical evening via the Registration button below.

Annual membership dues are $30. Student rate is $10

General Agenda

Doors Open: 6:15 pm

CIM Saskatoon Network & Cocktail Reception: 6:15 to 7:00 pm

Announcements: 7:00 pm

Supper: 7:05 pm

Presentation: 8:00 pm

Q & A: following presentation

Please feel free to stay after the presentation for networking

Presentation Information

Topic: BIOSALIX Program

The BIOSALIX program is an innovative mine reclamation and wood biomass production process that is being undertaken at Westmoreland Mining Holdings’s Paintearth Mine near Forestburg, Alberta. In Operation since 1956, the Paintearth Mine has been through a variety of reclamation standards throughout the decades while supplying the Battle River Generating Station with coal. In the 1990’s it was recognized that the mine is facing a shortfall of soil required to fully reclaim the mine, many different avenues were attempted but the soil deficiency remained. BIOSALIX is a 500 hectare project that is aimed at eliminating the soil deficiency at the mine by utilizing municipal waste from Edmonton and short-rotation coppice willows. The BIOSALIX project sets out to address two unique challenges in Alberta: the accelerated closure of prairie coal mines with its associated environmental and economic challenges, and an increased demand for management of organic residuals.

Speaker : Mark Matthews

Mark is an Environmental Project Manager with Westmoreland Mining, he joined the company in 2017 as the Environmental Planner for the Sheerness and Paintearth Mines in Alberta. Mark graduated from the University of Regina with a B.Sc. majoring in Geology. He has experience in environmental compliance as an Environmental Protection Officer in the Government of Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment and he has also worked in uranium exploration in Nunavut, as well as geological mapping projects throughout Northern Saskatchewan.