The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) in cooperation with North Bay Mining Week, MIRARCO Mining Innovation, KWG Resources Inc., and Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) North Bay Chapter presents:

Spark the Fire – Realizing the Untapped Potential of Ontario’s North

Ontario’s Ring of Fire represents a $60-billion multi-generational economic opportunity, arguably the world’s most promising mineral development project in more than a century. However, this potential is shrouded by both technical and societal challenges, multi-level political decision-making, dynamic risks, and palpable uncertainty.

The scale and complexity of these challenges makes the Ring of Fire a mega-project. As born problem solvers, it is time that Ontario’s engineers ask themselves:

How can engineers spark the fire and help realize the untapped potential of Ontario’s north?

Join engineering, industry, government, academic, and First Nations leaders for an important discussion on the future of Ontario’s north. On innovation, energy, infrastructure, environmental stewardship, and relations with First Nations Communities—our broad spectrum of presenters will be answering tough questions and charting the future development of Ontario’s north.

Don’t miss out on the northern development thought-leadership event of 2017! Register now!

May 11 – VIP Cocktail Reception: $25

  • Includes drinks, appetizers, and hors d’oeuvres

May 12 – Spark the Fire All-Day Event: $50 for OSPE Members and Mining Week Attendees, $75 Non-Members

  • Includes premium buffet lunch, beverages, coffee/tea, snacks, refreshments
  • OSPE Members receive preferred seating

Best Western – 700 Lakeshore Drive, North Bay, ON

Friday, May 12, 2017

Limited Seating


The Honourable
Bob Rae
Former Interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, 
21st Premier of Ontario

Elected Officials

Anthony Rota,
MP (Nipissing – Timiskaming)
Vic Fedeli,
MPP (Nipissing)
Chief Isadore Day,
Ontario Region, Chiefs of Ontario
Al McDonald,
Mayor of North Bay


Alan Coutts,
President & CEO, Noront Resources Limited
Alan-Coutts-rev David de Launay,
Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM)
Roy Slack, P.Eng. 
President, Cementation Canada Inc.
Alan-Coutts-rev Alan-Coutts-rev Christina Visser, P.Eng. 
General Manager, Black Rock Engineering
Joe Gaboury,
Director – Aboriginal Affairs, Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO)
Melanie Paradis,
Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group; Board of Directors, the Centre of Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI)
Vic Pakalnis, P. Eng., MBA, M.Eng.
Associate Vice-President,
Laurentian Mining Innovation and Technology, Laurentian University
Sandro Perruzza,
Moe Lavigne, P.Geo.,
Vice-President, Exploration and Development
KWG Resources Inc.
Moe   Doug Morrison,
President & CEO, Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI)