Meet Our Expert Speakers

At the 2019 SME Annual Conference & Expo and CMA 121st National Western Mining Conference we bring together some of the brightest minds in the industry.

The 2019 SME Annual Conference & Expo features more than 700 speakers from over 25 countries recognized as experts in coal and energy, industrial minerals and aggregates, geology, mining, metallurgy, environmental practices and health and safety for the mining and mineral industry.

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Monday, February 25, 2019 | 8:30 am

Keynote session | Gender + Generations

Hannah Ubl

Women are entering the workforce in record numbers and are bringing a new style of communication, management and leadership. On top of this, we're in a time when four generations are working together shoulder to shoulder, each with a unique set of attitudes, values and work styles. As roles are all over the board and rules are being rewritten, communication and collaboration are more of a challenge than ever before.

Gender + Generations examines the unique differences between men and women of each generation, and provides solutions for improved communication, collaboration, and engagement. As each generation and gender brings their own distinct lens and experiences, it's important that companies are able to highlight and harness the strengths every person brings to the table. Gender + Generations will give you the tools you need to discover how to convert these forms of diversity from obstacles into opportunities.

About Hannah Ubl
As a researcher, speaker, generational expert, and co-author of Managing Millennials For Dummies, Hannah thrives on studying what motivates, forms, and challenges every generation.

She has delivered her dynamic presentations in companies such as Cisco Systems, Adidas, Ralph Lauren, UnitedHealth? Group, and Deloitte.

An exceptionally curious person with an insatiable thirst to learn anything and everything, Hannah heads up BridgeWorks’ research initiatives, including delving into the latest trends on Generation Edge, the generation after Millennials. She is passionate about BridgeWorks’ gender, healthcare, and sustainability initiatives. Her research has unearthed valuable tips and actionable solutions for multi-generational workplaces and key strategies for marketing and reaching more generationally diverse client bases.

Hannah graduated from Boston University where she studied advertising and environmental science. A weird combination? Absolutely. Fitting for such an avid learner? Totally. In her spare time, she can be found playing with her two cats, reading in her favorite haunt or persuading her friends to join her at the adult night at the Science Museum. Yes, she is a nerd.

Digitization and Generations

Mikael Lindholm

Mikael Lindholm is the Chief Digital Officer of FLSmidth. He has vast experience developing and implementing industrial digital solutions and is now bringing the benefits of digitalization to the mining and cement industries.





Robert E. Murray Innovation Award Lecture: Innovating for Miner Health and Safety
Jessica Kogel
Associate Director for Mining, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

As the federal agency charged with developing new knowledge in occupational safety and health and then transferring that into practice, NIOSH is in a unique position to serve our Nation’s mine workers. To reduce miners’ risk of occupational illnesses, traumatic injuries, and fatalities, NIOSH develops innovative solutions using novel monitoring methods, engineering controls, and training approaches. Both the Continuous Personal Dust Monitor (CPDM) and the HelmetCam empower the mine worker to take actions to protect their health and safety as well as those around them.

Jessica Kogel is the Associate Directory for Mining, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. She has 25 years of experience and has held a number of senior positions in the mining industry. Prior to joining NIOSH, she was the Senior Manager for Mining and Geology at Imerys S.A., a French multinational company which specializes in the production and processing of industrial minerals. In addition to serving on the NORA Mining Sector Council, Dr. Kogel serves on the editorial board of the Mineral and Metallurgical Processing Journal. She is the author of numerous articles in minerals research. She holds four patents in the field of minerals geology.


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Young Leaders Mentoring Luncheon Speaker*

Digital and Automation – The Step Change in Safety and Productivity for Mining

Michael C. Murphy
Chief Engineer, Surface Mining & Technology, Caterpillar Inc.

The mining industry has significant business pressures ranging from declining ore grades, increased strip ratios, deeper pits requiring increased material movement, operations moving into more remote locations, low utilization of physical assets plus long term shortage of skilled personnel.  As well, the mining industry is a cyclic with significant swings in commodity demand, price, profitability and hence shareholder returns. At the same time, new digital technologies such as Analytics and Artificial Intelligence along with Automation are beginning to disrupt many industries.

Mining companies are now adopting Digital and Automation technology to help solve these business problems and improve their financial returns. The safety and productivity benefits of these technologies are now gaining strong interest throughout the mining industry. This presentation will use data and experience from early adopters in Western Australia to show the significant step change which is occurring in mining.

About Michael C. Murphy
Michael Murphy is the Chief Engineer, Surface and Mining Technology, Caterpillar Inc. based in Peoria, Illinois with responsibility for Caterpillar’s surface and underground mining technology strategy.

Michael has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne Australia and has 39 years of experience with Caterpillar Inc.

Since moving to the United States in 1996, Michael has been heavily engaged in development and implementation of Caterpillar’s Mining Technology Strategy including the early adoption of high precision GPS in mining applications. He has been a key leader in developing Caterpillar’s automation strategy for surface and underground mines. From 2007, he has been involved in the development of Caterpillar’s second generation of autonomous hauling which has moved over a billion tonnes of material with zero lost time injuries.

Michael sits on many external organizations including the Global Mining Standards Group leadership team and is a Co- Chair of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) – Innovation for safer cleaner vehicles.


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2019 | 7:30 AM

Health & Safety Division Breakfast*

Stacy Kramer
Vice President, Global Health & Safety, Freeport-McMoRan

Stacy Kramer is the Vice President of Global Health and Safety for Freeport-McMoRan. She began her career with Phelps Dodge (which later became Freeport-McMoRan) in 1996 where she worked in various positions with increasing levels of responsibility in Health and Safety.  In 2006 she became the Health and Safety Manager for the Safford, Arizona mine during design, construction, commissioning and then operation. In 2008 she became Manager of the Hydrometallurgical Division in Safford.   In 2013 she became the Director of Risk Management at the corporate office, responsible for Global Fatality Prevention and FMA Health and Safety. 

She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Safety and Health from Montana School of Mineral Science and Technology and a Masters of Public Health in Health and Safety Management from Tulane University, School of Public Health.  She is a Certified Safety Professional since 2000 and has a Six Sigma Blackbelt from Motorola University.




TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2019 | 8:30 AM

The US SEC’s Rule S-K 1300 for Mining Property Disclosure Overview

Panel led by David Abbott, Brian Groff, Stella Searston, Lee Terry, and Ian Douglas

In December 2018, the SEC published Rule S-K 1300 which replaces Industry Guide 7, that had been used since 1981. The SME and the National Mining Association had been advocating modernization of disclosure standards for over 30 years. The new rule brings the SEC’s disclosure standard in alignment with 13 reporting guides, standards and codes that are now used in 13 countries and regions that are members of the Committee for Mineral Reserves International Reporting Standards (CRIRSCO).


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2019 | 3:00 PM

Barrick Operators Session

Sponsored by: Barrick

Leading Through Challenging Times
David Rabiner, Leadership and Work/Life Balance Expert


Ultimately, leadership is all about helping people and organizations develop and reach their potential. This powerful program explores the principles of achievement and the leadership practices critical to achieving organizational results and a resilient, spirited workforce especially during challenges times.





CMA Reclamation and Safety Awards Luncheon: Meet Your Colorado State Government Officials

Dan Gibbs, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Natural Resources

As Executive Director, Dan Gibbs leads the development and execution of the Department’s initiatives for the balanced management of the state’s natural resources. Dan works on an array of issues pertaining to all of Colorado’s natural resources, including water, wildlife, state lands, oil and gas and mining.

Dan is a respected collaborator and a strong proponent of building partnerships across agencies, nonprofits and private-sector organizations to improve the productivity and success of government operations and services.

Prior to joining the Department of Natural Resources, Dan served as a Summit County Commissioner from 2010-2018. As county commissioner, Dan successfully pushed for wildfire preparedness, affordable workforce housing, lower health insurance costs and protection and improvements to transportation infrastructure.

Dan is a certified wildland firefighter and is affiliated with the ROSS system, through which he is on call to fight wildfires throughout the United States. He chaired the statewide Wildland Fire and Prescribed Fire Matters Advisory Committee, and represented county governments on the Forest Health Advisory Committee. Dan has served on a wide variety of boards and commissions including: Colorado Search and Rescue Advisory, Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, Colorado Tourism Office, Colorado Youth Corps Association, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, the Keystone Science School, Colorado Counties Inc, and Habitat for Humanity Colorado.


*Event requires additional ticket for entry. Multiple tickets for each event may be purchased.