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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

  • Ground support monitoring
  • Ground support in challenging conditions
  • Dynamic testing of ground support
  • Case studies and mechanised installation
  • Numerical modelling
  • Ground support corrosion
  • Ground support design considerations
  • New ground support products
  • Quality control and management plan


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



Peter Andrews

Vice President and Group Head of Geotechnical Gold Fields Limited, Australia

Abstract title: Ground Support Selection Rationale: A Gold Fields Perspective

Peter has over 20 years of experience in the mining industry in both operating and consulting capacities. He has a broad range of experience with specific expertise in underground rock mechanics in the geotechnical engineering field.  Over this period, he has obtained international industry experience, having worked on a number of large underground operations in Australia, New Guinea, South Africa, and South America. He specialises in underground stability analysis, extraction sequencing and ground support.

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 Meliadine mine, Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd., Canada

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

Frederic Langevin graduated in Mining Engineering at Laval University in 2002. He also completed a Master’s Degree in Rock Mechanics in 2004, after which he joined Agnico Eagle Mines. Over the last 14 years, he has occupied various roles for the company in the Abitibi region of Northwestern Quebec at LaRonde, Lapa and Goldex. He recently accepted a new challenge as General Manager of the newly opened Meliadine mine in Nunavut Territory, northern Canada, Agnico Eagle’s second mine in Canada’s Low Arctic.




Event Contacts


Josephine Ruddle 
Event Manager, Australian Centre for Geomechanics



Candice McLennan
Event Coordinator, Australian Centre for Geomechanics