Organising Committee


Davide Elmo

University of British Columbia

Dr. Elmo is an Associate Professor (Rock Mechanics) with the NBK Institute of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia. His teaching topics focus on different aspects of rock mechanics and rock engineering design. His research topics include advanced numerical modelling of block cave mining and discrete fracture networks, interaction between surface and underground mining, numerical simulations of the mechanical behaviour of hard rock pillars, slope stability analysis, applications of synthetic rock mass modelling and discrete fracture network modelling.  Dr. Elmo has worked in Canada with Golder Associates Ltd (Vancouver). He was awarded the 2009 Golder Associates President’s Award for innovation and technical excellence and the 2010 Victor Milligan Award for the best paper on Ground Engineering published by Golder Associates. Since 2012, Dr. Elmo role has collaborated with various engineering companies in Vancouver as external consultant, supporting also research and development initiatives. Dr. Elmo is a licensed Professional Engineer with APEGBC (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia).


Jarek Jakubec – Symposium Chair

Corporate Consultant, SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc.

Jarek has over 30 years of operating and consulting experience in the mining industry. He specialises in mass mining, rock mechanics, diamond mining and technical auditing. As a cave mining expert, Jarek has worked on most of the world’s caving and sublevel caving projects. He has participated in several international research projects, developed a rock mass classification system for caving mines, developed a planning tool for sublevel caving mines and has lectured on cave mining on five continents.


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.


Dr Doug Stead

Simon Fraser University

Dr. Doug Stead is currently Chair in Resource Geotechnics at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He has over 30 years’ experience in Rock Mechanics and Engineering Geology since graduating with an MSc (with Distinction) in Engineering Geology and Geotechnics from the University of Leeds in 1976 and a PhD in Rock Mechanics from the University of Nottingham, UK in 1984. Dr. Stead has worked in industry and academia in Zambia, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Canada and the UK. He was a Professor in Geological Engineering specialising in Rock Mechanics at the University of Saskatchewan from 1986-96 and Chair in Geomechanics at Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, UK from 1996-2000, at which time he took up his current position at SFU. Dr. Stead was awarded the Canadian Geotechnical Society John Franklin Award for Rock Mechanics in 2010 and the CGS Thomas Roy Award for Engineering Geology in 2009. Dr. Stead acts in a senior review capacity for geotechnical consultants and mining companies both in Canada and internationally. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada.