Keynote Speakers

In addition to our technical program, we are thrilled to welcome the following tailings and mine waste experts as Keynote Speakers at the 2020 Conference:

Dr. Norbert Morgenstern, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta

Dr. Morgenstern, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta, is an international authority on geotechnical engineering and a highly sought-after consultant. As an educator, researcher and practitioner, the international scope of his experience spans over 40 countries on 6 continents. Among his recognitions, he is an elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is also a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Engineering, a Foreign Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) and a Foreign Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering of India. He has been inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence and the Order of Canada for his outstanding achievements in and life-long contributions to geotechnical engineering. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Toronto, Queen’s University and the University of Alberta. Moreover, he is an Honorary Professor at Zhejiang University, PRC.

Dr. Norbert Morgenstern, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta
Dr. David Williams, Director of the Geotechnical Engineering Centre, The University of Queensland

Professor David John Williams is the Director of the Geotechnical Engineering Centre within the School of Civil Engineering at The University of Queensland, an industry-funded centre that has attracted AUD10 million in funding over the last 15 years. He also manages industry-sponsored Large Open Pit Project, involving 10 global mining company sponsors, with current funding of USD1 million per year. He has over 40 years of teaching, research and consulting experience, and is internationally recognised for his expertise and experience in mine waste management and mine closure, pertaining to tailings dams in particular. He was a member of Expert Panel investigating technical causes of Brumadinho tailings dam failure and is on a number of Tailings Independent Technical Review Boards, including for Escondida. He authored in 2009 and 2016 Tailings Management Handbook, as part of the Commonwealth Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program for the Mining Industry. He is on Working Party for the Australian National Committee for Large Dams Guidelines on Tailings Dams – Planning, Design, Construction, Operation and Closure, published in 2012, with an Addendum in 2019.

Dr. David Williams, Director of the Geotechnical Engineering Centre, The University of Queensland

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