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Join AME as we explore topics from our popular Exploration Safety Workshop.

2020-06-03 to 2020-06-04
When: Wednesday, June 3 & Thursday, June 4
10:00 AM PST
Where: Zoom
Contact: Savannah Nadeau

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Join members of AME’s Health & Safety Committee for our new online Health & Safety Workshop series – exploring topics from our popular Exploration Safety Workshop.

Wednesday, June 3 
Operational Risk Management
Contractor Management

Helicopter Passenger Operations

Thursday, June 4 
Drilling for Geologists


This 2-day Workshop is free for members. A $50 fee will apply for non-members. 


A link to this Zoom meeting will be sent out 24 hours before the event starts. 



Wednesday, June 3, 2020


10:00 AM 

Welcome, Introductions and Safety Orientation with Jonathan Buchanan, AME, and Kim Bilquist, Teck Resources Limited

10:10 AM

Operational Risk Management with Kim Bilquist

10:35 AM 

Q&A and Discussion

10:45 AM

Group Exercise – Assessing the Risks

Identifying the controls on different scenarios

11:20 AM


11:30 AM


11:45 AM 

Contractor Management with Maria Gabriel, Anglo American

12:15 PM 

Q&A and Discussion

12:30 PM

Helicopter Passenger Operations with Jonas Schuett, Anglo American

1:00 PM

Q&A and Discussion


Thursday, June 4, 2020



10:00 AM 


Welcome, Introductions and Safety Orientation with Jonathan Buchanan, AME

10:05 AM

Drilling Safety for Geologists with Kory Hnidan, Team Drilling



  Note:Times are in PST. 


About the presenters


Kim Bilquist
Program Leader, Health & Safety
Project Development Group
Teck Resources Limited 
Chair, AME Health & Safety Committee

Kim works with the Project Development Group at Teck Resources Ltd and celebrates 10 years in Health and Safety at Teck, and is currently a Program Leader, Health and Safety. Leading the team to develop a strong safety culture within the organization and industry as a whole has been his focus.

Kim’s background as a geophysical technician working in many regions including North and South America and Europe over the previous 20 years has provided a solid foundation for developing and leading a strong safety system at Teck. Kim has worked in most operational aspects of the exploration business unit. He completed the Diploma Program at the Haileybury School of Mines (Northern College) and that, along with extensive practical experience have led him to a rewarding Health and Safety career within Teck. 

As a member of the AME Health & Safety Committee, this opportunity has allowed Kim to assist in development and implementation of safety programs and processes to further the safety journey within the industry.


Kory Hnidan, CRSP

Safety Supervisor


Kory has worked for Team Drilling since 2012, as a field safety supervisor and know as the Health and Safety Manager. Kory currently sits on the AME Environment, Health & Safety Committee and was the past Chair of the CDDA Western Safety Group and other sub committees. From 2004 to 2012, Kory worked for Boart Longyear Rotary/ Sonic in both safety, HR, and Training. Kory received his CRSP designation in 2015, A CRSP® is an individual who has met the requirements for registration established by the Governing Board. A CRSP® applies broad based safety knowledge to analyze and develop systems that will achieve optimum control over hazards and exposures detrimental to people, equipment, material and the environment. A CRSP® is dedicated to the principles of loss control, incident prevention and environmental protection as demonstrated by their daily activities.


Maria Gabriel
Safety, Health, Environment, Community Specialist North America, Anglo American Exploration
Member of the AME Health & Safety Committee
Vice-Chair, AME Health & Safety Committee.

Maria has been a Safety, Health, Environment and Community (SHEC) Specialist for North America working for Anglo American Exploration Canada since 2009.  She is responsible for providing group exploration employees and contractors, a practicable and comprehensive system which is dedicated towards safe work practices within the mineral exploration industry and in accordance with Anglo American policies and legal compliance.

She has been active as a geologist since 1985 for various Canadian advanced projects involving both management and technical participation in commodities such as Au-Ag, Ni-Cu-PGE and Base Metals and was Senior Geologist-Eastern Canada for Anglo American from 2004 to 2009.

Maria was recipient of the Anglo American Applaud Safety Award in 2008 for the overall safety of a 50 man exploration camp and semi-finalist for the Applaud Award in 2014 for the completion of a helicopter slinging training program for exploration. 

She is a native Portuguese speaker with full proficiency in English and French, and intermediate-level Spanish.


Jonas Schuett
SHEC (Safety, Health, Environment, Community) Operations Specialist, Anglo American

Vice-Chair, AME Health & Safety Committee
Jonas entered mining in 2011, where he was driven to learn the industry from the (under)ground up. He began as an underground diamond driller assistant for Boart Longyear (Red Lake, Ontario), where he soon became a driller and then Safety and Health generalist. While working in the field of safety Jonas quickly developed a passion for Safety, Health and Environment. This inspired him to pursue a College Diploma in OHS. Driven to learn more about mining and related risks, Jonas secured a role with De Beers Canada – Exploration where, for 5 years, he was responsible for managing Safety, Health, Environment, and Community risks. Over the course of his employment with De Beers Jonas became proficient at systematic Operational Risk Management, driving a proactive safety culture through building trust and visible felt leadership, managing their OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 Management Systems, and championing continual improvement efforts through technology. In 2019, Jonas accepted a role as Safety, Health and Risk Advisor for SSR Mining here in Vancouver. His responsibilities included supporting the VP of Safety & Risk to develop and implementation of the Safety, Health, Security, and Risk Management strategic plan, and support three sites across the Americas it’s rollout. He also sourced, tested, scoped and began the rollout of a software solution to help the organization better track and manage their risks and incidents. Recently, Jonas has joined Anglo American, acting as a SHEC Operations Specialist for global Discovery team.

Prior to his entry in mining he worked as a curriculum developer and teacher in Chile, where he learned to speak Spanish fluently. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts with a Specialist in Bioethics and Philosophy from the University of Toronto, and a Diploma in OHS from Conestoga College. He is also a certified Divemaster.

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