CDL-Vancouver presents the Innovation in Mining & Minerals Conference

October 25, 2023 // Vancouver Convention Centre

Get your tickets today: Registration closes October 18th

What is the Innovation in Mining and Minerals Conference about? 

In honor of the new Minerals stream launch, CDL-Vancouver is kicking off the year with an Innovation in Mining and Minerals Conference

This conference will bring together industry leaders, deep technology ventures (including CDL-Alumni), academics, and investors to discuss the future of the mineral exploration and mining industry. The latest in innovation will be showcased through keynotes, showcases, and panel discussions. 

This will be a unique opportunity to connect the BC, Canadian and Global communities to share insights into innovation in mineral exploration and mining to enable a more efficient and sustainable future for the industry.

In Partnership With

Platinum Conference Sponsors
Wheaton Precious Metals logo

CDL-Minerals Stream Partners / Conference Gold Sponsors

Silver Conference Sponsors

Bronze Conference Sponsors

Conference Schedule

October 25, 2023 | 9 AM – 6 PM

Download the schedule here

8:30 AMRegistration Opens
Breakfast served in Ocean Foyer (Level 2)
9:30 AMInnovation in BC and Beyond
Gerri Sinclair
9:35 AMConference Welcome & Opening Remarks
Darrell Kopke
9:45 AMDisrupting the Industry – Why Now
John Thompson
10:00 AMThe BHP Xplor Story: Charlee Johnson Keynote
10:15 AMVenture Showcase & Panel: Future of Mineral Exploration
Gary Agnew, Charlee Johnson, Anjum Mullick, Kody Penner & Grant Sanden
11:00 AMBreak
Summit Foyer (Level 3)
11:15 AMPanel: Enabling Sustainable Impact
Chih-Ting Lo, Lorelei Ratushniak, Chamirai (Charles) Nyabeze & Doris Hiam-Galvez
12:00 PMMotion Metrics: From Idea to Acquisition
Shahram Tafazoli
12:15 PMLunch Break
Networking & Exhibition Hall in Ocean Foyer (Level 2)
1:15 PMKeynote: Future of Mineral Extraction & Processing
Saad Dara
1:30 PMCDL Alumni Venture Showcase: Novel Technologies to Secure Future Metal Supply
Saad Dara, Greg Hanna, Mohammad Doostmohammadi & Alexander Allen
2:15 PMKeynote: Microbes May Save Us All
Aria Hahn
2:30 PMThe Innovation Journey: Industry Challenges
John Steen, Aria Hahn, Adam MacMillan & Shahrooz Nabavi
3:15 PMBreak
Summit Foyer (Level 3)
3:45 PMKeynote: New Frontiers
Mark Russell
4:00 PMPanel & Venture Showcase: From Terrestrial to Space
Mark Russell, David Hayes, Courtney Cowan & Lee Steinke
4:45 PMDiscontinuous Improvement
Kalev Ruberg
5:15 PMCDL Closing Remarks
Darrell Kopke
5:30 PMTransition
Ocean Foyer (Level 2)
6:00 PMReception
Ocean Foyer (Level 2)

Conference Speakers

Saad Dara 

Mangrove Lithium

John Thompson 

PetraScience Consultant Inc

Greg Hanna 

Destiny Copper

Mohammad Doostmohammadi

ph7 Technologies

Chih Ting Lo

EELO Solutions

Mark Russell 


Gary Agnew

Ideon Technologies

Chamirai Charles Nyabeze


Shahram Tafazoli

Weir Motion Metrics

Doris Hiam Galvez


David Hayes

AVO – Autonomous Vehicle Organization

Aria Hahn


Gerri Sinclair

BC Government – Innovation

Darrell Kopke

Site Lead, CDL-Vancouver

Anjum Mullick

Common Good Mining

Charlee Johnson


Kody Penner


Grant Sanden


Lorelei Ratushniak

EOD Consulting

Alexander Allen

Nth Cycle

John Steen


Shahrooz Nabavi


Adam MacMillan


Lee Steinke

CisLunar Industries

Courtney Cowan

Lunar Outpost

Kalev Ruberg

Karu Advisory

Creative Destruction Lab – Vancouver

CDL-Vancouver is based at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business and focuses on 6 Streams: Advanced Therapies, Biomedical Engineering, Cancer, Compute, Climate, and, new this fall – Minerals. The new stream reflects the increased activity in BC, Canadian, and the Global innovation ecosystem in delivering innovation in mineral exploration and mining to develop a more efficient and sustainable future for the industry.

CDL is an objectives-based program where founders work with and learn from experienced entrepreneurs, as well as world-class scientists, economists and business students with deep subject matter expertise. Companies enter the program through a competitive application process and, if accepted, participate in a nine-month program designed to build massively scalable technology startups.

Creative Destruction Lab is a non-profit organization with a mission to enhance the commercialization of science for the betterment of humankind. There are no fees for participation and CDL does not take any equity. Learn more about the CDL program.


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Innovation in Mining & Minerals Conference