National Western Region Mine Rescue Summit

September 6, 2018 to September 7, 2018

The National Western Region Mine Rescue Competition (NWRMRC) - Thirteenth Biennial was held in Fernie, British Columbia on September 8 and 9, 2017.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to making it a great success!

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Bringing you the latest research and new practical tools to enhance your mine rescue and safety programs

Building Collaboration - Saving Lives Together will enable attendees to strengthen professional networks while sharing their knowledge through presentations and discussions with esteemed speakers and each other. This interactive two days will exhibit best practices to improve capacity and ability with an ultimate goal of safety and synergy among all.


Featured Presenters

Greg Bartlett, BSc
Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization

Na-Tech disasters: a burning risk in mining

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction is increasingly focused on international research, prevention and preparedness for Na-Tech Accidents, defined as technological disasters triggered by natural hazards.

Greg will identify and discuss examples of risk taxonomy of Na-tech disasters specific to the mining industry while highlighting experiences dealing with such conflicts in western Canada. The presentation will provide deeper understanding on how comprehensive Emergency Management can assist rural and remote industries by using well-established wildland urban interface wildfire mitigation techniques.

Don Nisbet
Co-Chair, Northern Manitoba Mining Academy

After-effects of serious incidents

Over the last 20 years, Don has led many critical incident debriefing sessions related to fatalities in the mining sector. During this presentation, the audience will learn the Why to debriefing critical incidents by understanding, what is a critical incident, when to debrief, steps in the debriefing process, implications of ignoring the debriefing step, and post traumatic stress disorders.

Corrie Pitzer
CEO SAFEmap International Pty Ltd.

Corrie completed the Bachelor and Honours of Art degrees in Industrial Psychology, B. Honours Business (Cum Laude), an MBA and a Post Graduate in Education.

He worked in the resources industry for 10 years as the Group Risk Manager for Billiton and then founded SAFEmap International in 1994 in Australia. He became one of the leading consultants internationally on 'new thinking in safety'.

He moved to Canada in 2004 and continued to consult to major companies globally including Boeing Defence, SouthernCo, Goldcorp, Edison Southern California, Intergen, Rio Tinto, BHPBilliton, Umicore (Belgium), International Paper and many more.

In 2013 the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) selected him as Mine Safety Professional of the Year.

Alistair Ross
Director, Mines (North Atlantic Base Metals)

Mine Rescue Dinner Keynote Speaker
* Tickets available for purchase to dinner only. See registration details below.

Alistair Ross, Director of Mines for Vale's North Atlantic Base Metals, is a seasoned and accomplished leader in the mining industry, known for his passion for mentorship in order to develop true leadership potential within individuals and organizations. Before joining Vale in 2017 as Director of Mining for the Ontario Operations, he ran his own consultancy business in Sudbury, providing leadership advice and coaching to businesses experiencing rapid growth. His style encompasses breakthrough thinking to achieve new levels of performance previously not considered, which has contributed to his track record of immediate and sustained improvements in safety within teams he has led over the years.

Alistair's career in mining has spanned six countries across the globe. He has served as President of Lonmin's South Africa Operations, the world's third largest platinum producer. Before joining Lonmin, Alistair spent many years at the former Inco's Canadian operations as General Manager of areas including Mining, Milling, Smelting and Copper Refining.

Alistair has also served as President of Phelps Dodge's Hidalgo Operations (USA), and as a Business Team Leader at Magma Copper's San Manuel site. His early career was spent in Africa, where he worked as a Production Superintendent at BCL's smelter in Botswana, and as an Area Metallurgist for Rio Tinto Zimbabwe.

Alistair is a graduate of the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London, England, where he obtained his MSc in Minerals Process Design in 1983, and his BSc in Metallurgical Engineering in 1978.


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General Registration - $300.00 CDN.

Summit Registration includes the following:

  • Access to all Summit events; Plenary, Breakouts, Banquet,
  • Daily catered meals: breakfast, lunch, health breaks
  • Banquet ticket for September 6, 2018

Individual tickets for the Mine Rescue banquet dinner are available to purchase for $75.00. Please follow the link before to purchase yours today.

Registration fees are refundable, less a 25% processing fee, up until August 15, 2018. No refund will be issued for cancellations starting August 15, 2018.

All cancellations must be sent in writing via e-mail to the conference registrar at or by phoning 204 391 4419. Please e-mail cancellations, if possible, and expect confirmation within two business days.

Check payments must be received by August 25, 2018. If payment has not been received by this date, the registration will be cancelled.

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Accommodations have been reserved with a group rate, at the host venue:

Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
1808 Welington Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3H 0G3
204 786 4801

To ensure availability, all bookings must be done by August 15, 2018. After this date, the rate will still be available to guests, but the room availability will be on a first come, first serve basis.

To reserve rooms, please call 204 786 4801 and reference National Western Region Mine Rescue Summit.


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