PDAC eLearning Series — Exclusive for PDAC Members

Exploration to mining: Now that you found it, can you mine it? 

DATE:  Wednesday, November 11, 2020
TIME:  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
(11:00 AM CST | 10:00 AM MST | 9:00 AM PST) 
COST:  Free for Members


Having an interesting deposit does not necessarily mean it will ever be brought into production. In fact, the rate of successfully developing a new discovery into an operating mine is roughly 1 in 3,000. It is critical that we decide as early as possible whether or not we should continue spending our time, efforts, and money advancing a low potential property.

In this presentation, attendees will be provided with an overview of the project development stages from discovery, through to development, construction, operation and closure. The challenges, pitfalls, and best practices encountered at each stage will be discussed with an aim to raise the capacity of the attendees to fairly and critically evaluate the potential that their deposit could become one of the rare few that ultimately become an operating mine.


Brian Buss, P.Eng.

BWB Consulting Services Inc.

Brian is a Professional Mining Engineer and Project Manager with over 30 years of progressive experience on three continents. Upon graduation from Queen’s University in Kingston, Brian gained operational experience as a miner and shift boss in the Witwatersrand gold mining district of South Africa. He developed a technical specialization in rock mechanics and further advanced this skill set on his return to Canada to work with Inco Ltd (now Vale). During some 20 years with Vale he continued to expand his technical experiences into mine engineering and planning.  He ultimately moved into the field of project management holding ever-increasing levels of responsibility. Prior to leaving Vale he held the position of General Manage – Mining Projects with accountability for advancing and constructing all underground mining projects in Vale-Canada’s portfolio.

Brian then took on an executive role in the junior gold mining sector as Vice President – Project Development with Lake Shore Gold in the historic Timmins Gold Camp. Brian is currently President of BWB Consulting Services Inc. where he provides strategic guidance to mining companies on operational efficiency, mineral deposit economics, and project evaluation. He provides expert advice and due diligence reviews in support of M&A activities. 

Brian actively volunteers with industry and professional organizations as well as community based volunteer organizations.  He is a member of PEO, CIM, PDAC, PMI, CARMA. He is current Chair of the Network Advisory Committee for the Ultra-Deep Mining Network.