Shaft design and construction 2019

4th International Conference on Shaft Design and Construction

November 18-20, 2019
Marriott Downtown, Toronto



4th International Conference on Shaft Design and Construction

This global shaft conference is being held for only the fourth time since its inception in 1959, and for the first time in North America. It is a conference for shaft designers, constructors, equipment suppliers, and mine owners carrying out or contemplating shaft projects. SDC2019 provides a unique opportunity for delegates and presenters to share knowledge, best practices, lessons learned, and to exchange ideas and network.

This conference will showcase the latest technology in shaft design and construction techniques and give us a window into the future of the mine development industry.



1959 – Shaft Sinking and Tunnelling, London, UK

1989 – Shaft Engineering, Harrogate, UK

2012 – Shaft Design and Construction, London, UK


Shaft Sinking Then and Now


Start planning your participation!

Our technical program online schedule is now available:
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Monday November 18

08:45 - 09:00 Introduction & Welcome
09:00 - 09:30 Keynote speaker: Bill Shaver - Shaft Sinking: The Next 50 Years
09:30 - 10:30 Session 1
10:30 - 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 - 12:15 Session 2
12:15 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 14:45 Session 3
14:45 - 15:00 Coffee break
15:00 - 16:30 Session 4
16:30 - 16:45 Closing remarks

Tuesday November 19

08:30 - 08:40 Welcome
08:40 - 09:20 Keynote Speaker: Richard (Dick) McIvor - Mine Hoist Plant Design Fundamentals for Permanent Operation for Shaft Sinking
09:20 - 10:20 Session 5
09:20 - 10:20 Stream 2 / Session 1
10:20 - 10:35 Coffee break
10:35 - 12:05 Session 6
10:35 - 12:05 Stream 2 / Session 2
12:05 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:30 Session 7
13:00 - 14:30 Stream 2 / Session 3
14:30 - 14:45 Coffee break
14:45 - 16:45 Session 8
16:45 - 17:00 Closing remaks
18:30 - 22:30 Social activity

Wednesday November 20

08:30 - 08:40 Welcome
08:40 - 10:10 Session 9
10:10 - 10:25 Coffee break
10:25 - 11:55 Session 10
11:55 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:30 Session 11
14:30-14:45 Coffee break
14:45 - 16:15 Session 12
16:15 - 16:30 Conference summary & conclusion


The SDC 2019 official conference program is now available online. Take a look and start planning your participation at the conference!

Download the Official Program


The SDC 2019 planning committee consists of:

Conference co-chairs 

Roy Slack Cementation Canada
Alan Auld Golder Associates UK

Committee members 

Kevin Irving Xstract Mining Consultants Australia
Slawomir Switon KGHM Cuprum Poland
Jochen Greinacher Deilmann Haniel Germany
Christine Blackwell IOM3 UK
Kevin Melong The Redpath Group Canada
Alun Price Jones Cementation Canada / UK
George Sturgis Consultant USA
Joe Sopko Moretrench USA
Xiaomin Zhou Universisty of Science and Technology Beijing China
Gert Judeel GeoSindile South Africa
Guylaine Richard CIM Canada


Onaping Depth Project at Craig Mine (TWO DAYS)

Wednesday, November 20
18:00 Depart from the Marriott
22:30 Arrive at Sudbury hotel
Thursday November 21st
  Group 1 Group 2
06:00 Breakfast Breakfast
06:30 Depart Sudbury hotel Depart Sudbury hotel
07:00 Orientation - Surface Orientation - Surface
08:00 UG visit Project presentation and discussion
11:00 Project presentation and discussion UG Visit
13:00 Lunch & Brainstorming Surface Lunch & Brainstorming Surface
15:00 Departure Departure

Glencore INO and Cementation have graciously offered a site visit to the Onaping Depth project for a limited number of SDC2019 delegates. Located near Sudbury, Ontario, Onaping Depth is an internal shaft project (winze) that has just commenced sinking. The shaft is accessed via the Craig Mine shaft and the shaft collar is located approximately 1230m below surface. It is a 7.2m diameter concrete lined shaft that will provide access and ventilation to the orebody located approximately 2500m below surface. The site visit will include a safety orientation, an overview of the shaft design and sinking methodology and a trip underground to see the underground hoisting and headframe arrangement, and the shaft sinking setup and equipment.

Note: Visitors must report to security prior to entering and exiting the property. All visitors are required to wear steel-toed footwear, hard hats, reflective vests and clear safety glasses (with advanced notice, these can be issued to visitors, to be returned at the conclusion of the tour). Contact lenses are not permitted; prescription eyeglasses, if necessary, must be worn.

Cost: $300 - includes bus transportation, hotel in Sudbury, breakfast and lunch | Minimum 10 participants |Maximum 40 participants

SDC Banquet

The SDC 2019 Reception & Banquet is a social and networking event not to be missed! Enjoy a special evening of cocktails and savour a local dinner in the much-acclaimed 1871 Berkeley Church, one of Toronto’s most unique event venues. The Shaft bottom boys group will provide fun entertainment for an unforgettable soirée.

Pre-Banquet Reception: 18:00-19:00 | Dinner: 19:00-21:00 | Location: Berkeley Church

Included with registration. Additional tickets $120



Registration to CPS 2021 includes:

 - Full access to technical presentations

 - (2) Drink tickets at the welcome reception (Sunday night)

 - (2) Luncheons & Coffee breaks

 - Banquet on Monday

 - White paper


Delegate type Before October 18th On October 18th and after  
Delegate – Member  $        695.00  $          795.00  
Presenter – Member  $        595.00  $          695.00  
Student - Member  $        295.00  $          395.00  
Delegate - Non-Member  $        795.00  $          895.00 Includes a 6-month membership to CIM
Presenter - Non-Member  $        695.00  $          795.00 Includes a 6-month membership to CIM
Student  $        395.00  $          495.00 Includes a 6-month membership to CIM


  • All rates ($) are in Canadian funds (Taxes are extra).
  • A processing fee of $150 will be applied to all cancelled registrations.
  • After November 1, 2021, no refund will be issued for registration fees and social tickets.
  • Substitutions must be submitted in writing by the original registrant by November 1, 2021.
  • CIM is not responsible for airfare, housing, or other costs incurred by participants in the event of program or registration cancellation.
  • Changes and cancellations must be requested in writing by email before October 28, 2019 to:

Special Broadcast

On November 19th at 1:00PM EST the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) is hosting a special live streaming event in conjunction with the 4th International Shaft Design & Construction Conference. The presentation will be approximately 45 minutes followed by a 30 minute question and answer period.

“Shaft Design & Construction: A Case for Disruptive Innovation” will be presented by George Sturgis. George is well qualified to present on this topic, having been involved in 27 shaft projects in his career. Most recently as Vice President of Hecla he had executive responsibility for Lucky Friday #4 shaft, the deepest shaft in the USA.

The presentation provides a history of shaft sinking including what is happening today in the industry and identifies the need for new approaches and innovative thinking to take us forward.

We would encourage schools to setup a class to view and participate in this session. This is the first of what we hope will be an ongoing interactive process from CIM conferences to provide sessions to the schools presented by industry experts.

Online Instructions

Venue & Hotel

SDC 2019 will be held at the Marriott Downtown hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Book your room at the conference group rate here BEFORE November 4! Prices will go up after the deadline.

Toronto's attractions

Eaton center

The Toronto Eaton Centre is a shopping mall in Downtown Toronto. It attracts the most visitors of any of Toronto's tourist attractions, and is North America's busiest mall.

Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum is a museum of art, world culture and natural history. It is one of the largest museums in North America and the largest in Canada. 

Art Gallery of Ontario

The Art Gallery of Ontario is an art museum. Its collection includes close to 95,000 works spanning the first century to the present day. The gallery has 45,000 square metres of physical space, making it one of the largest galleries in North America. 

Hockey Hall of Fame

The Hockey Hall of Fame is dedicated to the history of ice hockey, and is a museum and a hall of fame. It holds exhibits about players, teams, National Hockey League records, memorabilia and NHL trophies, including the Stanley Cup.

St-Lawrence Market

St. Lawrence Market is a major public market in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located at Front St. East and Jarvis St in the Old Town district of Toronto. A public market had been held on the north building site since 1803.

CN Tower

The CN Tower (French: Tour CN) is a 553.3 m-high (1,815.3 ft) concrete communications and observation tower. Its name "CN" originally referred to Canadian National, the railway company that built the tower. The CN Tower held the record for the world's tallest free-standing structure for 32 years until 2007. In 1995, the CN Tower was declared one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Ripley’s Aquarium

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is one of three aquariums owned and operated by Ripley Entertainment. It is located in downtown Toronto, just southeast of the CN Tower. The aquarium has 5.7 million litres (1.25 million gallons) of marine and freshwater habitats from across the world. The exhibits hold more than 16,000 exotic sea and freshwater specimens from more than 450 species.

Toronto Harbour

Toronto Harbour or Toronto Bay is a bay on the north shore of Lake Ontario, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is a natural harbour, protected from Lake Ontario waves by the Toronto Islands. Today, the harbour is used primarily for recreational boating, including personal vessels and pleasure boats providing scenic or party cruises.

Source: Wikipedia


Table tops featuring Shaft sector suppliers of equipment, services and technologies will be strategically located in meeting and networking areas throughout the event.

Confirmed exhibits

Exhibit number Company
1 Nordmin
2 University of Science and Technology Beijing
3 Hepburn Engineering Inc.
4 Stantec
6 Cementation
7 Herrenknecht
8 Mine Hoists International Limited
9 Technica Mining
10 Golder
11 Huron Mining
Exhibit number Company
12 DMT GmbH & Co. KG
13 FLSmidth
14 Timberland Equipment Limited
15 DMC Mining Services
16 Komatsu Mining Corp. Group
17 FKC-Lake Shore
18 Multicrete Systems Inc.
19 Nordic Minesteel Technologies
20 Keller Foundations, LLC
21 Mine Vision Systems

Our corporate exhibit spaces are now sold out. 

Price per corporate exhibit space: $1,200. Includes: one table, two chairs. This does not include registration(s) for the conference.

Contact Guylaine Richard at to be put on the waitlist!


We believe in building long-term relationships with our partners that foster value, visibility, and innovative brand amplification.

Partnering with the CIM in supporting the Shaft Design & Construction Conference positions your organization as a leader in this critical area of underground mine development.

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The CIM would also like to recognize and thank The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) for their support in bringing this conference to North America.

CIM Contacts

Conference chairpersons

  • Roy Slack

    Conference Co-chair

  • Alan Auld

    Conference Co-chair

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