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SME Presents Industry’s Best During Annual Conference

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SME Presents Industry’s Best During Annual Conference

The MINEXCHANGE 2021 SME Annual Conference & Expo and CMA 123rd National Western Mining Conference kicks off virtually March 1-5, 2021. The flagship event for the Society of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) features the most prestigious thought leaders in the mining and minerals industry. With the theme “Social License: Mining for the Future” the conference hosts a vibrant exchange of information, ideas and products. Attendees will collaborate with colleagues from across the industry and get the insights, information and tools they need to excel in an era of innovation and economic change.

“As the largest professional society in the mining industry, SME is pleased to provide a forum for industry experts to share their experiences and knowledge of the intricacies associated with today’s global mining community,” said SME Executive Director and CEO David L. Kanagy. “This opportunity to share global state-of-the-art technology through a virtual environment is unprecedented.”

The 2021 SME Annual Conference will be a dynamic blend of live and on-demand presentations. This timely program features critical subject matter from around the globe and industry in mining and mineral innovation. Over the course of the week attendees can participate in seven live keynotes, more than 70 programs with live Q&As and 130 on-demand sessions.

Leading the lineup of expert speakers and must-see programs are:

Looking Past the Pandemic and into the Future: Long-term Impacts on Business and Life
Keynote Session
Douglas Silver, Balfour Holdings Inc.

Mining Innovation – A Perspective
M&E Daniel C. Jacking Lecture
Mark Baker, Checkmark Consulting, Inc.

Discussing Race in the Mining Industry
Diversity & Inclusion Panel Discussion
Moderators: Resa Furey, Stantec, and Beatrice Opoku-Asare, Newmont

Why are Dissolution and Leaching Reactions so Difficult
MPD Plenary-Wadsworth Lecture
Frank Crundwell, CM Solutions, Crundwell Metallurgy

High Efficiency Processing – Pushing the Limits of Flotation
MPD Plenary- Richards Lecture
Mike Mankosa, Eriez Magnetics

Loading the Bases with Students – Hitting Grand Slams with Industry
MPD Plenary-Gaudin Lecture
Dr. Courtney Young, Montana Tech

Successes, Failures and Mentors Along the Way: Four Decades of Worldwide Exploration
Dreyer Lecture
William H. Wilkinson, Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

COVID-19 and Mining: Best Practices in Recognition, Response, Recovery
Health & Safety Signature Lecture
Eric Lutz, Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources

For more information on MINEXCHANGE 2021 SME Annual Conference & Expo, visit

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) brings together the mining and mineral industry’s brightest and most dedicated professionals. Over 13,000 global members advance their careers with the world-class technical resources, educational programs, networking opportunities and professional development tools from SME. Our members are focused on sharing best practices for safety, environmental stewardship and moving mining forward.

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