Nefer A. Valenzuela Parraguez

Principal PMO Group Processing Latam & Australia

Como principal PMO (Project Management Office) del grupo Processing estoy encargado de definir y mantener los estándares para desarrollar en forma correcta los proyectos del grupo de procesos, asegurando ademas la integración de las diferentes areas de T&S (Technical and Sustainability) y BU (Business Unit).

Maury Simoneau

Manager Project Delivery

BHP (Potash)

Maury Simoneau is employed by BHP within their Potash business, and has spent the last 8 years of his career working on the Jansen Potash Project in Saskatchewan Canada.  Starting as a Site Superintendent and progressing to Manager Project Delivery, Maury is committed to continually improving project culture through demonstrating felt leadership with sharp focus on strong work planning practices that promote the safe execution of work.  

Michael Meighen

Director, Corporate Health and Safety

Kinross Gold

Mr. Meighen is a global mining executive with experience leading both domestic and international teams.  Michael grew his career in operations management for both underground and surface sites from the front line supervisor level to Vice President of Operations.  He is currently the Director, Corporate Health and Safety for Kinross Gold. 

Dale Ekmark


Iron Range Engineering School

Dale Ekmark has over 23 years of domestic and international experience in the mining and other heavy industry. He has spent over two-thirds of his career working in large open pit operations, in both operational and corporate leadership capacities. He is a highly successful leader with a combination of strong technical expertise, focus on employee-centric mine safety/risk management and operational optimization.  A common theme throughout his career has been the strong and lasting culture transition to a highly engaged workforce resulting in top-tier safety and operational results.  

Wim Dobbelaere


Opeccelente S.R.L.

After a 30 year career in Engineering and Operations Management at the complex Smelter inUmicore Precious Metal Refining, Wim founded his own company in Operational Excellence ( located in the South of Italy ), from where he now advises other metal recycling operations spread over the whole world. His experience and vision about how to run pyrometallurgical operations is recognized in many other parts of the non-ferrous business.

Cory Bodyfelt

Director of Health and Safety for North and South America

Kinross Gold Corporation

Mr. Bodyfelt is the Kinross Gold Corporation Director of Health and Safety for North and South America. Cory has over 23 years’ experience in the mining industry, 16 of which were in Mine Operations. He has lead safety throughout all levels of the Kinross organization, from Front Line Supervisor to Director.

Benoit Chassagne

Center Of Excellence, Global Supply Chain, Project Delivery Lead

International Paper

Benoit Chassagne began his career at International Paper in 2014 as supply chain operations manager for their paper division in EMEA. Prior to that, Benoit held various leadership positions in the field of international distribution, global logistics, warehousing, manufacturing and sales & customer service. Benoit worked in many different countries throughout his career including Ireland (Dublin), Canada (Quebec City), Holland (Rotterdam), Belgium (Brussels) and he is currently working in the United-States (Memphis). 

Robin Hurst

Vice President of Projects – Technical and Project Solutions

Southern Company

Robin Hurst is the vice president of Projects for Southern Company’s Technical and Project Solutions organization (T&PS). He leads a team of approximately 250 project managers, construction managers, and field coordinators in planning and implementation of major capital projects and O&M retrofit projects across the generation fleet in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi.

John Sims

Senior Vice President & President, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia

International Paper

John Sims, after serving seven years in the U. S. Navy’s Submarine Force and reaching the rank of LCDR, began his career with International Paper in 1994 in the Liquid Packaging Business. John has held various positions in International Paper including technical services manager, sheet plant manager, director of supply chain, and director of sales & business management.

Tim Baker

Chairman of the Board

Gold Star Resources

Tim Baker, formerly COO of Kinross, is Chairman of the Board at Gold Star Resources. Tim is a director of Antofagasta PLC and Sherritt International and is a registered member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Tim is a geologist with over 30 years of global project development and operational experience including in Chile and Tanzania where he was Executive General Manager for Placer Dome.

Jennifer Bailey

Director of Safety

Xcel Energy

Jennifer Bailey is director of safety and health for Alabama Power Company. In this role, she oversees the creation and implementation of an action-oriented safety and health strategy for the organization, which includes Generation, Power Delivery and Corporate. She ensures the safety and health policies meet all federal, state and local regulations while providing risk assessments, training oversight and data- driven safety performance analysis and trend reporting. She is a certified industrial hygienist and a certified hazardous materials manager.

Lea Ann Hjetland

Organizational Performance Manager, SCS Operations

Southern Company

Lea Ann Hjetland is responsible for Human and Organizational Performance within Southern Company. In this role, Lea Ann is responsible for supporting SCS Operations, Alabama Power and Southern Gas. Formerly, she was the Safety and Health Manager for SCS Operations. She began her career as a Safety Coordinator working for an automobile manufacturing company in Hopkinsville, KY in 2003.

Kim Greene

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Southern Gas Company

Kim Greene is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Southern Company Gas, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). In this role, she ensures the delivery of natural gas to more than 4.2 million utility customers in Georgia, Illinois, Tennessee and Virginia. In addition, she oversees the non-utility businesses that deliver value through energy-related products and services, wholesale gas services and gas midstream operations, including gas pipeline investments and storage and fuels.

Lauren Roberts

Hecla Mining

Mr. Roberts is a versatile mining executive with over 20 years of diverse operating experience. Lauren is a Professional Engineer in the states of Washington, Nevada, and Alaska.  He has surface and underground mining experience that spans mine operations and maintenance, project construction and commissioning, technical services, environmental, and reclamation activities.  Lauren is a proven mine operator with an unwavering commitment to safety, the environment, and operational excellence.

George Burns

President and Chief Executive Officer

Eldorado Gold

George Burns joined Eldorado on February 1, 2017 and assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer on April 28, 2017. Prior to joining Eldorado, George was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Goldcorp. Prior to that he held the positions of Senior Vice President, Mexican Operations and Vice President, Canada and United States respectively. Mr. Burns has over 30 years of experience in the mineral sector including executive, operations, development and engineering leadership roles in gold, copper and coal operations.

Jeff Billingsley

Manager, Transmission and Distribution

Southern California Edison

I have been with Southern California Edison for over 33 safe years in the Transmission and Distribution department serving in the craft, design, and leadership disciplines.  I began my career in 1980 as a Groundman, and progressed through the craft ranks to Construction Foreman.  I performed safely for 16 years in the field, and had no recordable injuries personally or on the crews that I led.

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