Schulich Executive Learning Centre

Data Analytics for Mining Industry Business Case Development

Available dates

Mar 4—6, 2020
3 days
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
CAD 2950 ≈USD 2228
CAD 983 per day

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About the course

In today’s dynamic business environment, mining leaders must quickly analyze and interpret information to make sound decisions that support strategy execution. These decisions must be supported by a strong business case and reliable data.

Developed in collaboration with mining industry and data analytics experts as well as business academics, the program offers practical insights into the business of mining supported by current research. Participants will practise creating and supporting a business case using data analytics in order to refine the skills taught in the program and enhance their ability to make decisions upon return to the office.

Focused on insights rather than technical know-how, this program introduces data analytics as a tool for business case development and teaches participants the tools and skills to interpret, use and communicate data. They will leave fully equipped to use analytics in their roles in the global mining industry with a view to increasing productivity and efficiency, improving safety and enhancing environmental monitoring.

Heading to PDAC or Mines and Technology?

This program has been scheduled to be of special interest to those attending the annual conferences held by the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) and Mines and Technology Americas. The program immediately follows these important Spring and Fall gatherings of mining industry professionals.

Top Take-Aways

  • Comprehension of basic analytical tools and their application in the mining industry
  • Acumen required to interpret the results of data analytics to support decision making
  • Ability to communicate the results of data analytics and their meaning to others
  • A thorough understanding of the elements of a sound business case focused on business improvement
  • Experience creating a business case based on data analytics and interpretation of the results

Course content

Introduction to data analytics in mining

  • Understand the key concepts and tools that drive data analytics
  • Appreciate limitations of statistical data analysis
  • Explore how data analytics can be applied in exploration, extraction, processing, logistics and sustainability

Interpreting data for decision making

  • Understand how data analytics can help your organization
  • Explore how you can leverage your business expertise paired with data analytics to maximise your impact
  • Learn to understand the key message of the data
  • Learn to use data to create information, insights and business intelligence

Communicating data to support a business case

  • Understand the premise behind a business case
  • Explore the key elements of a compelling business case
  • Appreciate what executives and other decision makers are really looking for
  • Learn to use data analytics to support your business case

Team Work: Learn to apply data analytics insights to a real-life mining case study

Who should attend

Developed specifically for both mining industry executives and professionals, this program will be of interest to senior engineers, geologists, mill/mine managers and technical supervisors/superintendents as well as those in corporate roles such as human resource managers, financial managers, accountants, lawyers and sustainability professionals. Consultants and associates from EPC and EPCM firms and from non-technical consulting firms; environmental and sustainability consultants will also benefit, as will managers at non-profit organizations working with the mining sector.

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Murat Kristal

Murat Kristal, PhD, is an associate professor of operations management at Schulich School of Business at York University. He teaches in the areas of business operations strategy, channel management and customer modeling. Dr. Kristal received his PhD from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at Unive...

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Sanjay J. Dhebar

Biography Sanjay has a diverse background that includes various commercial management roles for both start-ups and established health-care companies. Prior to that he worked at a Toronto-based advertising agency. Over the last six years he has been a facilitator at the Schulich School of Busines...

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