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Gala Dinner

Date: Tuesday September 11th Cocktails 6:00, Dinner served at 7:00

Location: Radisson Hotel, Conference Room, 85 Ste Anne Road, Sudbury, ON P3E4S4 

Organized in partnership with MMTS Modern Mining Technology Sudbury

Speaker: Helen Francis, Manager of Digital Transformation at VALE (More details below)

Speaker: Mr. Harry Barr, Chairman & CEO of New Age Metals (More details below)

Speaker: Kristie Tarr, Director of Transformative Technologies and Specialized Services at CanmetMINING (Natural Resources Canada) (More details below)


This year’s NAME Gala Dinner event will be a fundraising event for Modern Mining & Technology Sudbury. The theme of the evening will be “Sustainable Mining Practices”.


There will be plenty of time for socializing and networking before and after dinner. Cocktails and networking start at 6pm when the room opens up. Dinner is served at 7pm.



Speaker: Helen Francis, Manager of Digital Transformation at VALE
Topic: Vale is in the midst of a major business transformation, leveraging digital and other technology to design work better, solve problems faster and exeecute with precision. From digitally enabled hub network to the role of battery electric vehicles, Helen will describe the vision for the future and the results achieved to date.
Helen has worked at Vale (previously Inco) for over 18 years. Educated as Mining Geologists  and Mine Engineer, her career has crossed into many different functional areas within the Mining Company. Currently taking on Digital Global Change Management across Vale – where the company seeks to develop digital as a mindset across the entire employee base to ultimately improve safety, efficiency and productivity. The work focuses currently on digital transformation in the Iron Ore and Pelletizing as well as Base Metals business. Prior roles have included Program Lead for Digital Transformation Ontario, leading the Enterprise Resource Management System Design and Implementation across Base Metals, General Manager Production Support North Atlantic, Manager Health And Safety, Superintendent Occupational Health and Medicine, Underground Supervisor at Creighton – just to name a few.

Aside from her work at Vale, Helen is actively involved in the community – currently both Vice Chair for YMCA Canada, and past Chair for the YMCA of North Eastern Ontario, and an avid Ultrarunner.
 Speaker:  Mr. Harry Barr, Chairman & CEO of NEW AGE METALS                                                 
Topic: Moving the River Valley project forward
"Mr. Harry Barr, Chairman & CEO of New Age Metals, will present a corporate overview and go forward plan for the River Valley platinum group metal deposit."

Mr. Barr has over 30 years of experience in the Mining Industry, founding Freegold Ventures Limited (retired Oct 2007),  Canalaska Uranium Ltd. (retired June 2007), New Age Metals Inc. (currently President and CEO), and Fire River Gold Corp. (retired March 2011). Over the last 15 years, Mr. Barr has acted in various management  capacities for El Nino Ventures Inc. (currently Chairman and CEO). Former president /CEO of Next Gen Metals, which merged with Namaste Technologies in February 2016.

Mr. Barr is on the Board of Directors of New Age Metals Inc. and El Nino Ventures Inc. Mr. Barr has created shareholder  value by building teams to assist him in corporate  finance, project acquisition, and exploration and development of mineral projects in 9 countries and 3 continents. As a CEO, he has guided his management  teams to complete over 43 option joint venture agreements with major mining companies,  and over 300 with mid-tier and junior mining  companies. Mr. Barr and his team have raised approximately  $300 million  in non-broker  private  placements, other equity arrangements  and option joint venture agreements.
Speaker: Kristie Tarr, Director of Transformative Technologies and Specialized Services at CanmetMINING (Natural Resources Canada)
Kristie has worked at the Sudbury laboratory of CanmetMINING for nearly 20 years.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil  Engineering from TUNS (Technical University of Nova Scotia, now Daltech) and a master’s degree in Mineral Resources Engineering from Laurentian University in Sudbury.  In her new role as Director of Transformative Technologies and Specialized Services, she leads a team of talented scientists, engineers and technologists focused on applying Data-Driven Technologies and Transformative Equipment/Techniques to mining challenges.  Prior roles at CanmetMINING have included Director of the Extraction Division, Ground Control Program Manager, and Mine Backfill Research Lead.  
Since 1999, Kristie has also been a proud member of the Sudbury Chapter of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), helping her fellow WISE women to encourage youth to consider a career in science, engineering, math and technology.

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