Kirk got his start in the mining industry in 1993 as a field technician for Falconbridge Exploration. In 1996 he founded ERE Services which provided exploration services and was at the forefront of technology bringing GPS surveying to Northern Ontario. In 1999, he completed his MBA cum laude at Laurentian University. In 2001, he began building a network within the Sudbury basin by providing technical services for the mining supply and service sector. In 2008, he co-founded Symboticware and cultivated an idea of creating an Open wireless platform to facilitate connectivity to mobile assets, enable real-time data flow and the reporting of safety, production and maintenance information for better decision making. Symboticware innovations have been commercialized in Canada, USA and LATAM directly and through a growing ecosystem of high profile global partners.Kirk was also a founding contributor, past Director, Treasurer and President of the Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Association. Kirk is also is a contributing member of the Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group and actively contributes and speaks at community based events that foster technology innovation and entrepreneurship.Kirk also a member of the Board of Regents for the University of Sudbury.
Robert is the managing partner of Robert H. Lane and Associates Inc., a business advisor organization headquartered in Toronto, Canada. Prior to starting his consulting business he served in senior management roles with a number of companies including: International Paper, GE Canada, Nortel and Commodore Business Machines. Bob serves as a Board Member or Advisor to various companies in the U.S. and Canada including Energy Advantage Inc, Fontur International, Invest Toronto, GridPlex, Predictive Success, Signum Wireless Corporation and TechConnex. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto (Trinity College), and a Master of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business–University of Western Ontario (Gold Medalist).
Mr. DeStefano has extensive experience in the field of economic development in the Regional Municipality of Sudbury and beyond. He has served in a leadership role in high profile community initiatives including The Next Ten Years Economic Diversification Conference.He has also been involved in important projects at the provincial level as a member of the Ministry of Culture and Communications Advisory Committee on Telecommunications, a Member of the Premier’s Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and was a member of the Advisory Board of Directors of Rogers Broadcasting Inc. Cable 4 OMNI 1 & OMNI 2.Mr. DeStefano is also a member of the first Editorial Board of the Global Mining Supply & Service Magazine, Sudbury Mining Solutions Journal and writes commentaries for a number of publications.
A Senior Executive Leader, with 25+ years of expertise in domestic and international market places for some of the world’s leading organizations: Volvo Financial Service, Volvo Construction Equipment-NA, Strongco Equipment, and Ritchie Bros. A near 30-year career and the first female executive to pave the road through an adventurous journey in the heavy equipment industry. Her leadership created a following for many employees that admire and respect her passion and commitment, along with being an exemplary role model to champion diversity in the heavy equipment industry. Most recently, Anna played a pivotal role in the Strategic Alliance between Caterpillar and Ritchie Bros., securing partnership agreements with 98% of the North American Caterpillar dealer network. Anna also led Canada East and Northeast US divisions. Cohesive teams that lead by example, while piloting initiatives the became global best practices. Prior to joining Ritchie Bros., Anna led the strategic long-term direction and turnaround at Strongco Equipment which subsequently positioned the company as Volvo’s best performing dealer in NA. Before joining Strongco, Anna led Canada for Volvo Construction North America. At the heart of the team’s success was superior customer service at all levels. A spokesperson for the Canadian Construction Association, the Canadian Dealer Conference, and a keynote speaker for ‘Women in Leadership’, at Guelph University. Anna also led the RBA Student Apprenticeship program for various Ontario technical colleges. A board member for the Canadian Association of Equipment Distributors (CAED), Ontario Road Builder’s Association (ORBA) and Holy Trinity School (HTS). Prestigious Stevie Award winner 2018, Female Executive of the Year.
Peter Bryant is a recognized thought leader on innovation in mining and energy, digital transformation, energy transition and ESG.He is widely published on these themes and sits on the Board of Advisors for two leading VC Funds, Chrysalix and Foundamental, that have a focus on multiple heavy industries including mining, and several emerging tech companies including Lilac Solutions and Safe.AI. In addition he has served on the Innovation Councils for multiple resource and energy companies.He is an active speaker, including speaking on Digital Transformation at the Baker Hughes 2020 Annual Energy Forward Meeting in Italy with 1750 global O&G leaders. Peter has advised many leading companies including JCI, BP, GE, Baker Hughes, Castrol, Edison, Rio Tinto, BHP, Goldcorp, Teck Resources and Anglo American. Peter is Co-Founder and Board Chair of the Development Partner Institute, a nonprofit focused on improved social, economic and environmental outcomes for communities from resource development projects.Mr. Bryant holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. He holds a CA from the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a co-founder of The World Innovation Network (formerly The Kellogg Innovation Network) www.twinglobal.org.
John Carpenter is a turnaround leader and builder of successful business entities, with a 33-year global track record in delivering new and sustainable revenue and business models at Caterpillar. John joined Caterpillar in 1984 and over his career held a variety of executive positions within the company including international postings in Chile and Singapore. His last position was Director of Digital & Technology where he successfully lead Caterpillar’s global construction industry digital transformation. In August of 2017, John retired from Caterpillar but through consulting and board advisory positions continues his passion for helping businesses with their digital transformation.
John graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984 and completed the Northwestern University-Kellogg Advanced Executive Program in 2000. He currently holds an advisory board position with Tada Cognitive Solutions and Freshwater Advisors. John also holds charitable board positions with the Kiawah Seabrook Exchange Club and Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation of South Carolina.
Matthew Pickard is a Professional Geoscientist with over 20 years of experience in Environmental & Social Governance within the Canadian mining industry. Matthew holds an Honours Bachelor of Science and Masters of Business Administration, both from Laurentian University. He also retains the designations of certified Environmental Practitioner, Canadian Registered Safety Professional, and Professional Geoscientist. During his career Matthew has spent time advancing safety, environment and indigenous relations within Falconbridge, De Beers Canada, Baffinland Iron Mines and now Sabina Gold and Silver. Matthew is currently the Vice President, Environment & Sustainability for Sabina and is directing ESG for a future mining development in Nunavut. He also sits on the board of the Northwest Territories & Nunavut Chamber of Mines, and is a previous board member of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada.