Mining and the Environment in the 21st Century

Wednesday April 18th, 2018 - 7:30 PM


Location: Courtyard by Marriott- 65 Minthorn Blvd., Thornhill, Ontario



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As humans solve the problems of disease and illness, hunger and poverty, we increase the number of humans living on Earth with expendable income. Consequently, humans as a whole are consuming more materials and energy. From cell phones to communicate; airplanes, cars and roads to travel; and fertilizer and farm equipment for food, all the physical things we spend our money on are either grown or mined.

The energy we consumed in the past came from wood, coal or oil. Today it can also be nuclear, hydro, wind, solar, wind, geothermal, and natural gas to name the main sources. Solar and wind power are especially popular as green energies and have subsequently boosted the mining of graphite, cobalt and nickel for example.

How can the demand for mining products be reconciled with our desire for sustainable development and equitable treatment of persons who use the lands above the mineral resources? Especially when we as consumers vote against the things we want with our pocket books? We don’t have all the answers but there are some interesting ideas out there.

This presentation will touch on mining, environmental regulations concerning mining, the role of the mining engineer on the mine site, and ideas for mining less and in a more sustainable manner in spite of increased demand.

nigel fung


Nigel Fung graduated with a BSc in Botany from University of Toronto (UofT) in 1993 after which he worked for a short time as a lab technician at UofT before becoming a bicycle messenger in downtown Toronto, where he discovered the mining industry through the clients for whom he delivered packages.

In 1996 he returned to University to study Mining at McGill, and graduated in 2001. Since graduation, he has worked for mining equipment suppliers throughout Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia , and as a mining engineer in Canada, Mexico and Suriname. Nigel currently works as the Director of Mine Planning at McEwen Mining in Toronto and Timmins.


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