Ground Support 2019 Advisory Committee

Professor Ming Cai

Geomechanics Research Chair, Laurentian University, Canada

Dr. Cai is a Professor at Laurentian University’s Bharti School of Engineering and holds a position as Geomechanics Research Chair. Dr. Cai holds Bachelor and Master degrees from Tsinghua University in China and a Ph.D degree from the University of Tokyo in Japan. Prior to joining Laurentian, he worked for Mansour Group Inc., MIRARCO, Tokyo Electric Power Services Ltd., and Tsinghua University and had over 30 years’ research, education, and industry experience. He has a wide variety of interests in rock mechanics and rock engineering, and has made exceptional technical and scientific contributions to many topics including constitutive modeling of rock masses, rock mass characterization, rock support in burst-prone ground, interpretation of AE and microseismic monitoring data, and rock failure process simulation, etc. Dr. Cai is the author/co-author of more than 170 scientific publications. He was awarded the Canadian Geotechnical Society John A. Franklin Award in 2017.

Profesor John Hadjigeorgiou

Pierre Lassonde Chair in Mining Engineering, University of Toronto

Professor Hadjigeorgiou holds the Pierre Lassonde Chair in Mining Engineering at the University of Toronto. John previously served as head of the Department of Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at Université Laval in Quebec City.
Dr Hadjigeorgiou is a PEng with over 25 years of international experience in mining engineering. John is a past recipient of the John Franklin Award from the Canadian Geotechnical Society and the Rock Mechanics Award from the Canadian Institute of Mining. John is a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Professor Bruce Hebblewhite

Professor of Mining Engineering, UNSW Sydney

Professor Bruce Hebblewhite is the Professor of Mining Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia. He has over 40 years of international mining experience; having spent 17 years in a full-time consulting role in the Australian mining industry (at ACIRL Ltd), and over 23 years of academia at UNSW, including 12 years as Head of the School of Mining Engineering (2003 – 2014). Bruce retired from this role in 2014 but continues at UNSW in a part-time capacity.

Professor Hebblewhite is also currently the Secretary-General of the international Society of Mining Professors (SOMP), a role he has held since 2012.

Dr Marty Hudyma

Associate Professor, Laurentian University

Marty Hudyma is an Associate Professor at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. In the past, Marty has worked for Noranda Minerals, Brunswick Mining, Mount Isa Mines, the Australian Centre for Geomechanics and Itasca Consulting Canada Inc. Marty’s research interests include: mine design, rock mechanics, deep mining, and seismicity and rockbursting in mines.

Professor Yves Potvin

Director, Australian Centre for Geomechanics

Yves joined the Australian Centre for Geomechanics at The University of Western Australia in 1998 and was appointed Centre Director in 2000. Professor Potvin has published more than 100 articles and is the editor/co-editor of 16 conference proceedings/books. He has over 35 years’ experience in rock mechanics and mine design and has previously held managerial positions at Mount Isa Mines, the Noranda Technology Centre and worked as a mining engineer at Noranda Mines, Gaspe Division.

Pekka Särkkä

 Emeritus Professor of Rock Engineering, Helsinki University of Technology

Professor Pekka Särkkä is Emeritus Professor of Rock Engineering at the  Helsinki University of Technology (HUT, currently Aalto University) in  Finland. He has more than 47 years of mining and rock engineering  experience; having spent over 20 years in mining, oil and gas, and  consulting industries in Scandinavia (Outokumpu, Neste Gas i.e.), and 27  years of academia, including 11 years as Head of Rock Engineering at HUT (1997 – 2007). Pekka retired from HUT in 2009, and has since then  continued at Helsinki Metro Western Extensions. Professor Särkkä has been the ISRM Vice President for Europe in 1999 – 2003 and the ITA Executive Committee Member in 2008 – 2011.

Brad Simser

Principal Ground Control Engineer, Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations

Brad Simser has worked in ground control/rock mechanics for hard rock mines since 1990: Anglo American from 1990-95 (Witwatersrand basin – Welkom Gold fields); Norandas’ Brunswick Mine lead-zinc-silver 1995-2001; Noranda Technology Centre (2001-03); and in the Sudbury basin for Glencore from 2003 to present.

Dr Jonny Sjoberg

General Manager, Itasca Consultants AB; Adjunct Professor Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden

Jonny is a principal engineer, and manager of Itasca’s Swedish office. Throughout his career he has worked for several mining and consulting companies in Sweden and the USA on projects dealing with underground and surface mining rock mechanics, civil engineering tunnelling and rock stress measurements. He is also adjunct professor, rock mechanics and rock engineering at Luleå University of Technology.
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Dr Mike Yao

Principal Geotechnical Engineer – Mining, Vale Canada Ltd., Canada

Mike is a principal ground control engineer with Vale’s Ontario Operations, Sudbury. He holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. in mining engineering and rock mechanics respectively from the University of Nottingham, UK. Mike has more than 20 years of experience in underground hard rock mining and has worked for Black Hawk Mining Inc, Hudbay Minerals, Xstrata and Vale, holding positions of increasing responsibilities, including mine planning engineer, senior ground control engineer, chief mine engineer and principal ground control engineer. In his current role, he oversees ground control programs for six underground operations at Sudbury employing mining methods of sub-level caving, open stoping, cut-and-fill, post pillar cut and fill and overhand/underhand drift-and-fill at depth.