Integrating Mining & Closure – Does Language Matter?
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Topic Presenter: Mike O'Kane, President, Okane Consultants
Date: 10 November 2021
Time: 9:00 am to 10:00 am (Australian Western Standard Time)
Presenter Profile: Mike O’Kane founded Okane Consultants (Okane) in 1996 after completing his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Saskatchewan. Okane provides integrated mine planning and mine closure solutions to the mining industry internationally with offices in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the USA. Mike received the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Achievement Award in 2014 for “Global Development of his Business and Corporation, and Philanthropy”.
Mike continues to work with Okane as a senior technical advisor, using his wide-ranging technical expertise and knowledge on risk management best practices as tools for development and communication of project objectives and designs. He utilises a life of asset value framework that incorporates evaluation for optimising the “best” next land use with an acceptable level of residual risk while maximizing incremental net present value and achieving progressive ESG outcomes.
Mike provides independent peer review to mine operators and owners, as well as State, Territorial, Provincial, and Federal government agencies, and is a member of a number of closure planning and / or technical advisory panels. Mike is the lead author on numerous documents pertaining to cover system and landform design, implementation and performance monitoring. He also provides landform and cover system design workshops / short courses at leading mine waste management conferences around the world.
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