About the Symposium

The ACG is delighted to host the Ninth International Symposium on Ground Support in Mining and Underground Construction in October 2019, in Sudbury, Canada.


Symposium Themes

• Rock mass classification
• Modelling and field verification
• In situ and laboratory testing
• Ground support for seismic conditions and dynamic testing
• Rockfalls and failure mechanisms
• Support design methods (mining and civil engineering)
• Risk and performance assessment
• Surface support
• Ground support corrosion
• Ground support in caving
• Analytical (non-empirical) principles and methods for shotcrete support design
• Ground support monitoring
• Ground support quality control


Symposium Co-Chairs


Professor John Hadjigeorgiou

Pierre Lassonde Chair in Mining Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada

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.


Dr Marty Hudyma

Associate Professor, Laurentian University, Canada

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.



Keynote Speakers


Dr Mark Board

Vice President – Technical Services, Hecla Limited, USA

Abstract title: Ground Support from a Corporate Perspective

Mark was appointed Vice President – Technical Services in the Idaho corporate office in October 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Board was Vice President – Technology & Innovation from June 2014 to September 2016 and Corporate Director, Geotechnical Engineering from June 2012 to May 2014. Prior to his employment with Hecla, he worked at Itasca Consulting Group for 25 years as a mining and rock mechanics consultant to mining companies worldwide. Mr. Board is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and has over 35 years of geotechnical engineering experience.


Frédéric Mercier-Langevin

General Manager Goldex Complex, Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd., Canada

Abstract title: Ground Support – A Mine Manager’s Perspective




Mike Rispin

Senior VP – Market Operations, Normet, USA

Abstract title: Safety, Productivity, Durability: Sourcing for a Leading Ground Support Operation

Mike is a Canadian Mining Engineer who has worked with the Mining and Tunnelling industries since 1982.  He has been intimately involved with the global underground ground support industry since 1996 and has participated in the authoring of many technical papers associated with the topic of shotcrete, particularly with respect to application and use of the technology.  He was responsible for the inauguration of the rock reinforcement business line in Normet, with an emphasis on dynamic support technology.  Mike was inducted into the International Mining Hall of Fame in 2015 for contributions to the development of Shotcrete in Mining.  He has vast global experience in all corners of the underground mining world.  From mid-2018, he leads the sales and marketing effort in North America for his company.


Event Contacts

Josephine Ruddle 
Event Manager, Australian Centre for Geomechanics



Candice McLennan
Event Coordinator, Australian Centre for Geomechanics