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2019 Annual Idaho Mining Conference

Idaho Mining Association

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 7:45 AM to 6:30 PM (MDT)

2019 Annual Idaho Mining Conference

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Mark Compton
Executive Director
American Exploration & Mining Association

With a quarter-century of experience working in government affairs, Compton possesses considerable experience advocating for natural resource industries. Mark’s knowledge of the West’s natural resources extends beyond the minerals industry. He has served as a member of Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter’s gubernatorial and congressional staffs, where he handled issues focusing on natural resources and economic development. Mark made his debut into government affairs by representing the timber industry after working as a forester in the Inland Northwest. Throughout his career he has demonstrated a palpable passion for natural resource industries in the West.


Mark has a profound appreciation for the importance of responsible resource development to our economy and our way of life. He believes that by working together, AEMA and its members can ensure the U.S. mining industry remains strong and is able to produce the raw materials on which our modern society depends.


A graduate of the University of Montana, Mark lives with his wife Kelley on the outskirts of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.



Ned Mamula

Geologist and Author of Groundbreaking! America's New Quest for Mineral Independence
Formerly with U.S. Geological Survey


Geologist Ned Mamula is the author of the 2018 best-selling natural resources book titled Groundbreaking! America’s New Quest for Mineral Independence. Dr. Mamula has over 30 years of experience in energy and critical mineral resource policy with U.S. Geological Survey, other federal agencies, and the private sector. He served on the Trump Transition Team as advisor on energy and mineral leasing on federal lands for the Department of the Interior.


Dr. Mamula formerly worked as Adjunct Scholar in Geosciences at the Cato Institute, educating the media, Congress, government decision makers, academia, and the private sector, on the need for strong, science-based policy positions that acknowledge our society’s growing energy and mineral resource needs. His writings on mining and critical mineral policy issues have appeared in Forbes, American Spectator, Real Clear Policy, U.S. News, Washington Examiner, National Review, Washington Times, Townhall, and The Hill. His presentation on "America’s Need for Critical Minerals" was broadcast live on C-SPAN.

Dr. Mamula received a BS in geology from Slippery Rock University, an MS in geosciences from Penn State University, a PhD in petroleum geology and geophysics from Texas A&M University, and an MA in Strategic Studies/Resource Policy, from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies.





Aspen Room

Juniper Room

7:45 AM – 8:30 AM

Sponsored by GeoEngineers, Revival Gold Inc., Ames Construction, Golder Associates, Idaho Power, Americas Gold and Silver, Brewer Exploration

8:45 AM – 9:05 AM

Sponsored by Western States Equipment Company
Mark Compton, Executive Director
American Exploration & Mining Association
A National Perspective


Sponsored by AECOM
Moderated by Doug Stiles, General Manager, Hecla Mining Company

Sponsored by First Cobalt Corp.
Moderated by Chris Dail, CPG, Exploration Manager, Midas Gold Idaho

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM

Embracing Mining in a Changing World

  • Mark Compton, Executive Director, American Exploration & Mining Association
  • Katie Sweeney, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, National Mining Association
  • Kathleen Benedetto, Senior Advisor, Bureau of Land Management

Frank Santaguida, PhD, PG, Vice President, Exploration
First Cobalt Corp.
Iron Creek Cobalt-Copper Project: Increasing Resources for the U.S. Critical Mineral Demand

9:45 AM – 10:15 AM

Curtis Johnson, Exploration Geologist
Bronco Creek Exploration 
The Relationship Between Eocene Magmatism and Gold Mineralization: Applying New Findings and Exploration Models from the Great Basin to Idaho

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

Sponsored by Stantec


Sponsored by AECOM
Moderated by Kevin Beaton, Partner, Stoel Rives

Sponsored by First Cobalt Corp.
Moderated by Chris Dail, CPG, Exploration Manager, Midas Gold Idaho

10:30 AM – 10:55 AM

Kristi Schaff, Project Manager
Modified Approach to Expedite NEPA EIS Projects

Will Lepore, PG, Senior Project Geologist
Liberty Gold 
The Black Pine Gold Oxide Project, Southeastern Idaho: A New Look at a Historic Mining District

10:55 AM – 11:20 AM

Bob Maynard, Partner
Perkins Coie 
So You Want to Mine in a National Forest? Regulatory Update

Steven Priesmeyer, Vice President Exploration
Revival Gold Inc. 
A New Look: Geology of the Beartrack-Arnett Project in Lemhi County, Idaho

11:20 AM – 11:45 AM

Simon Clarke, Executive General Manager – Corporate Affairs
Jervois Mining Limited
An Update on the Idaho Cobalt Project

Timothy Arnold, PE, Vice President Project Development
Integra Resources
An Update on Integra’s DeLamar and Florida Mountain Project

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Sponsored by Midas Gold Idaho
Introduction by Mckinsey Lyon, Vice President External Affairs, Midas Gold Idaho
Ned Mamula, Geologist, formerly with U.S. Geological Survey
Author of Groundbreaking! America’s New Quest for Mineral Independence
Critical Minerals are America’s “New Oil”

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Sponsored by Ida-Ore


Sponsored by Brown and Caldwell
Moderated by Todd Glindeman, Mining Market Sector Director, Brown and Caldwell

Sponsored by JR Simplot Company
Moderated by Jon Goode, Manager, Special Projects, Itafos

1:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Austin Zinsser, PG, Senior Resource Geologist
Midas Gold Idaho
Stibnite Gold Project Geochemical Characterization in the Context of Geology, Mine Sequencing, and Closure Strategies

Mitch Cowart, Account Manager
Caterpillar Mining Solutions, Caterpillar Inc.
Just a Little Drunk: Five Essential Questions for Operator Attention, Vigilance, and Situational Awareness

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM

Randy Mandel, Principal, Ecology Practice
White River National Forest Site-Specific Abandoned Mine Land Restoration

Rich Hall, Partner
Stoel Rives LLP
Mining Royalty Primer

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Sponsored by SME Boise Section


Sponsored by Brown and Caldwell
Moderated by Todd Glindeman, Mining Market Sector Director, Brown and Caldwell

Sponsored by JR Simplot Company
Moderated by Jon Goode, Manager, Special Projects, Itafos

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Renee Walmsley, PMP, GISP, Remote Sensing Director
Tetra Tech
Integrated Mapping Solutions for Surface Mining Applications

Dale Hessing, Vice President & Chief Technical Officer
PRECO Electronics
Advancement of Safety Technology Drives Innovation and Cost Savings for the Mining Industry

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Aylin Lewallen, Senior Principal, Water Resources
Brown and Caldwell
Navigating the Endangered Species Act–What Recent Rule Changes Mean for the Future of Idaho Mining

Steve Petroni, CPG, General Manager
Hecla Silver Valley, Inc.
Geology and Developments of the World-Famous Coeur D’Alene Mining District

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Sponsored by Wood

3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Sponsored by Tetra Tech
Moderated by Alan Prouty, Vice President, Environmental & Regulatory Affairs, JR Simplot Company

  • Jeff Cundick, Mineral Branch Chief, Pocatello Field Office, Bureau of Land Management
  • Randy Vranes, PE, Business Unit Lead, Mineral Activities, Bayer Corporation
  • Bruce Olenick, Regional Director, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
  • John Robison, Public Lands Director, Idaho Conservation League

4:45 PM – 6:30 PM

Sponsored by Hecla Mining Company, Itafos, Stoel Rives, Haley & Aldrich, Inc., Cascade, ACF West, Inc., Arcadis, Boart Longyear, Energy Laboratories, Formation Environmental, Integra Resources, NewFields, PRECO Electronics, SVL, Perkins Coie, Jervois Mining, Stantec


8:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Kara Haas, Managing Consultant, Ramboll
John Mayfield, Regional Director, Desalitech
Gary Mladjan, Vice President Engineering and Technology, Merger Mines Corporation

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The Riverside Hotel
2900 West Chinden Boulevard
Boise, ID 83714

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 7:45 AM to 6:30 PM (MDT)

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Founded in 1903, the Idaho Mining Association (IMA), supports the interests of the state’s mining and mineral production industry.

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