• Audience Level: Professional Tool Tip
  • Dates: Unscheduled Tool Tip
  • Early Bird: Tool Tip
  • Enrollment: Included Tool Tip
  • Registration Fee: Tool Tip
  • Location: Live Webcast Tool Tip
  • Duration: 3 sessions of 3 hours each
  • CEUs: 0.8 (8 PDHs) Tool Tip

Course Summary


Effective risk management is integral to the success of any mine, plant, or corporate function. This course combines practical risk management tools and techniques, with case studies of where they have been made to work and added value to an organisation.

Risk management is about predicting where things might go wrong and stopping them before they spiral out of control. It is also about identifying opportunities and taking steps to ensure you make use of them.

Risk management allows us to put a framework around how we identify, understand, and control risks, allowing us to manage them as a team, be that as a shift, or as an entire organisation.

The cost-benefit analysis required to ensure that your mine is resilient both technically and financially can be incredibly complex. Rarely are there enough financial or human resources available to manage all of the risks you face. Specific risk management tools and techniques can help you to prioritise where resources should be utilised, and to proactively manage uncertainty. This helps to ensure that your mine makes best use of both the opportunities and threats it faces, and is ultimately: resilient.

Course Objectives

Course participants will learn how effective risk management is designed and implemented both at a mine site, and in the corporate office. These tools can then be tailored to your own requirements and implemented directly in your organisation.

This course will give you best practice Enterprise Risk Management techniques to identify, understand, and manage risk. These tools have been proven to work in mining, together with other sectors such as oil & gas, aviation, healthcare, utilities, nutrition, and finance.

By exploring specialist case studies (including tailings facility, mine security, water balance and engineering risk management), you will learn how to manage your risks more effectively, contributing to the success of your mining organisation through the mitigation of threats and uptake of opportunities.

This course will meet your objectives if you are:

  • A shift supervisor looking for a fresh approach to risk assessments that will engage your team, and encourage them to use the tools.
  • The risk manager looking for tools and techniques to help pull different risk assessments together into a cohesive whole.
  • The general manager searching for methods through which to improve the resilience of your operation.
  • The health and safety manager interested in how to utilise risk management to help build a safer culture.
  • The finance manager looking for a translation tool through which team objectives can be understood and managed across the organisation.
  • Anyone searching for examples of best practice in risk management across a mining or other organisation.
  • Anyone new to risk management who wants to know what it is all about.

Course Outcomes

Participants will learn about risk management tools and techniques utilised by a range of disciplines and industries. Using case histories, they will be able to compare the pros and cons of these techniques, evaluating each for its viability in their own organisation.

Where appropriate, participants will be encouraged to explore the flexibility of standard risk management tools, tailoring them so that they become more useful and deeply embedded in their own organisation.

Tools and methodologies explored in the course include:

  • ISO 31000 and other international standards: how to make them useful for you.
  • Understanding the context and scope of your risk assessments – the Extended Enterprise.
  • Risk identification techniques such as PESTLE, the Risk Wheel, Risk Surveys, and making risk brainstorming fun!
  • Risk analysis and evaluation techniques such as the 10 minute risk bow-tie, risk impact and likelihood matrices, Root Cause Analysis, and Failure Mode Events Analysis (and various iterations).
  • Risk owners versus control owners – how do we really manage our risks?
  • Monitoring the status of our risks: Key Risk Indicators and Leading Indicators.
  • Communication and consultation – interfacing with the decision makers.

Pre-Course e-Learning

Prior to the course, registered delegates have access to the online e-learning material consisting of an introductory course titled Risk and Decision Making.

Certificate in Mining Studies

This course qualifies for one day of short course credit for the Certificate in Mining Studies (CMS), a continuing education program of accredited short courses, webcasts and online courses for lifelong learning in mining, supported by University of British Columbia, University of Arizona and University of Concepción. more details »

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Registered participants who attend the entire webcast and complete an evaluation at the end of the course will receive a Certificate of Attendance, confirming the Professional Development Hours (PDH)/Continuing Education Units (CEU) earned. Please confirm with your employer and/or professional association that this course qualifies for CPD.

Who Should Attend?

The ability to manage risks is a critical component in all roles and responsibilities in a mining organisation. Simple risk management should be in place across all levels of a mining company. Therefore, whether you are a frontline supervisor, a mine manager or working in a corporate function, such as risk, insurance, finance, HS&E, audit, or compliance, this course is for you.

Even if you are a seasoned risk management professional, while this course assumes no prior knowledge of formal risk management, you will still be provided with the most up to date view of how to manage risks, as taken from across a multitude of sectors.

No matter what your level of risk management expertise, you will learn something new from this course!

Sarah Gordon

Dr. Sarah Gordon has a BSc (hons) in Earth Sciences from the University of Glasgow, UK, and a PhD from Imperial College London, UK. She also has numerous qualifications in risk management and health and safety. Having been lucky enough to have worked in a number of roles within the mining sector, from exploration geologist, through to Head of Assurance for Africa (Safety & Sustainable Development), she founded the risk management company, Satarla, in 2014. Satarla allows risk management tools to be shared and tested across sectors, building a portfolio of best practice and expertise.

Dr. Gordon is an honorary visiting lecturer at Imperial College London (the Royal School of Mines), a Trustee of the Geological Society London, and an accredited trainer with the Institute of Risk Management. Sarah was also voted as being one of the 100 most inspirational women in mining in 2016.

Ollie de Boer

Ollie de Boer has a MSc in the Sociology of Crime Control and Globalisation from the London School of Economics, UK, and a BSc (hons) in Social Science from the University of Bath, UK. He has professional practitioner level qualifications from the Institute of Risk Management and in the PRINCE2 project management methodology. Ollie is now located in the Vancouver/Canada area, working as a Satarla Associate, for mining and agriculture clients across North America, helping to improve their risk management frameworks, processes and supporting systems.

Prior to this he worked at the global headquarters of G4S, the world’s largest security services provider, where he was the Group Risk Manager. In his time there, he supported the design and roll-out of an enterprise-wide risk management framework, project managed the implementation of a global GRC platform, and created and led on delivering risk management training to all levels of the organisation. Ollie understands the challenges of operating in high-risk environments and demonstrating the value against cost constraints.

Jack Caldwell

Jack Caldwell, P.Eng, has a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, an M.Sc. (Eng.) in Geotechnical Engineering and a post-graduate law degree. He has over 35 years engineering experience on mining, civil, geotechnical and site remediation projects. He has worked on numerous projects throughout southern Africa, Europe, Latin America, Canada, and the United States. His project experience includes:

- mines and waste disposal facilities - design, construction supervision and reclamation of tailings impoundments, mine rock dumps, heap leach pads, landfills and radioactive waste disposal units;

- hazardous and radioactive waste site remediation - senior management and technical consultant

- landfills - design, construction, operation and closure with special focus on liners, covers, and soil reinforcement.

In addition, Mr. Caldwell has been the lead specialist for various geotechnical and civil engineering projects in Southern California. Mr. Caldwell has written many engineering reports, proposals, and technical papers. He is the lead author of the book, Principles and Practice of Waste Encapsulation, on the design of waste disposal facilities for radioactive and hazardous wastes.

Craig Rice

Craig Rice is a doctoral candidate at the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia. His doctoral research is focused on developing methods of adaptive risk management for mining capital projects. Craig is also the owner and principal consultant of Redteam Projects Inc, a consulting firm that offers services in the areas of project controls, risk management, and project analysis in the mining industry.

Provisional Schedule

This webcast is scheduled to be held from 8:00am to 11:00am PDT/Vancouver, Canada time.

Check the exact time and date in your city.

This webcast is divided into three sessions with the following topics:

Session 1: 9 May 2017, from 8:00am to 11:00am Pacific Daylight Time

  • Introduction
  • What is risk management and why do we use it in the mining sector?
  • How do we manage risks?
  • Case Histories: Risk Management in Exploration
  • Risk maturity assessment—how good are our teams?
  • Roles and responsibilities—who manages risks?
  • Case Histories: Mine Geowaste Facility Risk Management
Session 2: 10 May 2017, from 8:00am to 11:00am Pacific Daylight Time

  • Risk management toolbox: Practical tools and techniques that can be used in your risk management
  • How to establish the context of your risk management: The extended enterprise and stakeholders
  • Case Histories: Mine Security Risk Management
  • How to articulate a risk so that everyone understands it (and can do something about it!)
  • Identifying risks—key techniques
  • How to run a risk workshop
  • Case Histories: Risk Assessment for an Arctic Mine
  • Case Histories: Mine Water, Constituent, and Energy Risk Management
Session 3: 11 May 2017, from 8:00am to 11:00am Pacific Daylight Time

  • Recap and how we manage risks effectively
  • Risk prioritisation (impact, likelihood, and risk appetite)
  • Case Histories: Project Risk Management in the Mining Sector
  • Risk bowties—understanding and managing your risks
  • Control identification and management/inspection
  • Leading indicators and key risk indicators (KRIs)
  • Adaptive risk management
  • Risk communication, consultation, and decision making
  • Future challenges and opportunities

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Registration Deadline

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The fee covers the lecture, access to electronic course notes, Pre-Course e-Learning and a certificate of attendance.

Early Bird: there is a 10% discount if you register at least 30 days prior to the course start date. A 10% discount is offered for groups of 3 or more OR if you provide your Annual EduMine subscription User ID at time of registration. The maximum discount that can be applied is 20%.

This webcast is designed for both individual and group participation and would make an excellent company-sponsored in-house training event. If you have a group of ten or more who would like to attend this course from one location, please contact us at +1 604 683 2037 for special pricing.

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