August 18-21, 2019 | Vancouver Convention Center
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August 18-21, 2019 | Vancouver Convention Center
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List of our plenary speakers for Copper 2019:

  • Steve Amos, Head of Projects, DRC Projects at Ivanhoe Mines
  • Steven Higgins, Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, FCX;
    President, Freeport-McMoRan Sales Company Inc.
  • Dale E. Andres, Senior Vice President, Base Metals, Teck Resources Limited
  • Li Bing, China ENFI Engineering Corporation
  • Patricia Mohr Vice-President, Economics & Commodity Market Specialist, The Scotiabank Group
  • Carlos R. Risopatron, Director of Economics and Environment, International Copper Study Group
  • Thomas Bünger, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Board, Aurubis AG
  • Elizabeth Bryce, Regional Medical Director for Infection Control, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
  • Christian Dümmer, Deputy Director to the CEO, Codelco

Stephen Amos

Vice-President, DRC Projects Ivanhoe Mines

Steve holds a BSc (Hons) degree and an MSc Degree in Metallurgy from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has over 25 years of experience in the mining and metallurgical industry in the areas of metallurgy and project management.  He worked for the Anglo American group for 16 years in the areas of precious metals refining, base metals refining and smelting in the platinum industry in South Africa as well as copper minerals processing and hydrometallurgy in Zambia. He spent 6 years at AMEC Minproc where he fulfilled the role of Technical Manager responsible for process engineering and feasibility studies. His current employer is Ivanhoe Mines where he has worked for 6 years, initially in the position of VP Metallurgy and for the last 3 years as Head of Projects for the DRC which includes the Kamoa-Kakula and Kipushi Projects.

Stephen T. Higgins

Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, FCX

President, Freeport-McMoRan Sales Company Inc.

Steve’s metal career has spanned more than three decades to his present role with Freeport-McMoRan. As SVP and CAO of Freeport-McMoRan Steve holds responsibility for the Environmental & Sustainability group, as well as Global Supply, Health & Safety and Human Resources. In addition as President of Freeport-McMoRan Sales Company, Steve is responsible for leading the global sales and marketing of refined copper, and as President of Freeport Cobalt leads the world’s premier Cobalt chemical refinery located in Kokkola, Finland.
In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Steve serves in a number of industry leadership roles including International Copper Association Board, The Copper Club Board, and as past Chairman of the Copper Development Association. He is also a member of the London Metal Exchange Copper Committee and holds a board position with the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo. In 2016, Steve was honored to receive the prestigious Copper Club Ankh award for his work in the worldwide support and defense of Copper.

FCX is a leading international mining company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona.
FCX operates large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold and molybdenum. FCX has a dynamic portfolio of operating, expansion and growth projects in the copper industry and is the world’s largest producer of molybdenum.

Dale E. Andres

Senior Vice President, Teck Resources Limited

Dale Andres was appointed Senior Vice President, Base Metals in May 2016, responsible for both the copper and zinc business units at Teck, as well as global supply management. Prior to his current role, Mr. Andres served as Senior Vice President, Copper between 2013 and 2016. 

Mr. Andres has 28 years of mining industry experience at numerous copper, zinc, nickel and gold operations and projects in both North and South America, and Australia. He joined Teck in 1995 and has held a number of senior positions in the company, including Vice President, Copper Strategy and North American Operations responsible for developing the initial growth strategy for Teck’s copper business unit.

Mr. Andres holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. He is currently a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia and the Canadian Institute of Mining.

Li Bing

China ENFI Engineering Corporation

Li Bing holds a Doctor degree in Metallurgy from the Northeastern University of China, and now is the secretary general of Heavy metal academic committee in China. He has over 10 years of experience in the copper metallurgical industry in the areas of metallurgy and project management. He worked for China ENFI for 10 years in the areas of Copper Metallurgy, and has made a lot of contributions in development of Bottom blowing Copper Metallurgy technology, including SKS smelting technology and BCC continuous converting technology, and has finished more than 5 projects which adopt Bottom blowing Copper Metallurgy technology as project design manager.

Patricia Mohr

Economist & Commodity Market Specialist

Patricia Mohr is the former Vice-President, Economics and Commodity Market Specialist at Scotiabank’s Executive Office in Toronto. Ms. Mohr worked closely with Corporate & Investment Banking – including the Mining team – and with Global Risk Management, preparing the commodity price forecasts for credit adjudication across the Bank. Scotiabank is one of the world’s great mining banks, with significant presence in Latin America and Asia. Pat was a frequent speaker at mining conferences such as PDAC in Toronto, ‘China Mining’ in Beijing and Tianjin and the ‘Gold and Silver Symposium’ in Lima, Peru and particularly enjoyed presenting to clients in Chile, Peru and Mexico.

Ms. Mohr developed the ‘Scotiabank Commodity Price Index’ – the first index designed to measure price trends for Canadian commodities in export markets. Pat wrote a widely read commodity report for many years and was honoured to receive the Metal Bulletin Apex Awards in London for the most accurate gold and precious metal price forecasts of 2012.

Prior to joining Scotiabank, Pat spent a number of years with Alberta Energy Company Ltd. – now EnCana Corp. in Calgary – and with Canadian Pacific in Montreal and London, England as Corporate Economist in the ocean shipping division. Pat began her career with Natural Resources Canada in Ottawa as a mineral economist.

Ms. Mohr holds an Honours B.A. Degree and a Masters Degree in Economics from UBC’s ‘Vancouver School of Economics’ and is currently a Director of Alumni UBC. Pat also serves on the Board of Directors of the ‘Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’ and ‘Emissions Reduction Alberta’.


Carlos R. Risopatron

Director of Economics and Environment, International Copper Study Group

Carlos Risopatron is the Director of Economics and Environment at the International Copper Study Group ( in Lisbon, Portugal since 2007. He is an economist with 34 years of professional experience as advisor of governments, international organizations, public and private corporations in the areas of governance, mineral policy, energy, economic development and environmental issues. He worked as a consultant for the United Nation in 1984-1989. Then he worked for the Ministries of Mines and Planning in Chile during 1990-1995. Between 1996 and 2006 he was staff at the United Nations and consultant of UN agencies and the Inter-American Development Bank in many countries. The International Copper Study Group (ICSG) is an intergovernmental organization that serves to increase copper market transparency and promote international discussions and cooperation on issues related to copper.

Thomas Bünger

Chief Operating Officer, Executive Board, Aurubis AG

Dr. Bünger studied non-ferrous metallurgy in Freiberg (Germany) and at the Mining Institute in St. Petersburg (Russia). After graduating in 1994, he initially worked as a research fellow at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg and, starting in 1996, as an R&D engineer at Freiberger Compound Materials GmbH.
In 2005 he switched to Norddeutsche Affinerie (Aurubis since 2009), where he has served as production engineer in the secondary smelter, production manager in the primary smelter, Senior Vice President Technical Primary Copper, and, most recently, Senior Vice President Operations.  Dr. Bünger was appointed to the Aurubis AG Executive Board as Chief Operating Officer effective October 1, 2018.

Elizabeth Bryce

Professor, Infection Control Officer, Vancouver Coastal Acute

Dr. Bryce is a UBC Clinical Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and the Infection Control Officer for Vancouver Coastal Acute. She is dually qualified in Internal Medicine and Medical Microbiology and holds an Honorary PhD in Biology. She has been a primary applicant or co-applicant on 27 competitive grants including 4 Canadian Institutes of Health Research grants. Elizabeth recently completed a Genome BC grant pilot project on re-engineered rooms for bone marrow transplantation and is currently working with partners in UBC Materials Engineering to investigate the antimicrobial efficacy and durability of different copper alloy surfaces in the healthcare environment. Elizabeth has a keen interest in environmental infection control, and has published 136 peer-reviewed articles including ones on system redesign and assessment of new technologies.

Christian Dümmer

Deputy Director to the CEO, Codelco

Christian Dümmer holds a BSc in business administration from Universidad de Chile and a MSc in financial management from Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (Chile), with a professional career of over 20 years, mainly in the copper mining industry and capital markets.
Since 2018 he holds the position of Deputy Director reporting to the Chief Executive Officer at Codelco (National Copper Corporation of Chile), where he arrived in 2016. Between 2008 and 2016 he performed diverse roles in corporate finance within the Antofagasta Minerals group. Prior to that, he worked for 6 years at the Santiago Stock Exchange.

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Important Dates

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Call for Abstracts Deadline November 30, 2018
Author Paper due for review March 1, 2019
Registration and Housing opens April 15, 2019
Author Registration Deadline May 15, 2019