September 28, 2021, 1:00 P.M. EDT

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The field of geometallurgy and applied tools and methodologies has grown significantly over the last decades, leaving some mixed up as to what geometallurgy really is with its basic components.

Kevan Ford, interim manager of SGS Geometallurgy and Process Solutions (GaPS), will present a focused review of the basics of geometallurgy, with examples to illustrate its application and real value.

Some current advances will also be highlighted, along with challenges and opportunities for the mining community, to learn further and embrace geometallurgy effectively and realize greater value from ore deposits.

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Kevan Ford 
Interim manager of Geometallurgy and Process Solutions

Kevan is a principal metallurgical engineer with over 35 years of experience in operations, engineering and consulting in the fields of mineral processing, hydro and pyro-metallurgy. He graduated in South Africa with a BSc. Engineering degree (Mineral Processing and Metallurgy) from the University of Witwatersrand and with a MSC. Eng degree (Chem Eng) from Natal University. In South Africa, Kevan worked for Anglovaal, AVMIN and Richards Bay Minerals with both plant operations and corporate technical consulting experience.

His plant operations exposure included plants in the metal sectors of gold, titanium, ferro-alloys and alumina, and covered metallurgical unit processes of crushing, milling, gravity separation, flotation, roasting, leaching, smelting and pyro-metallurgical refining. His corporate technical leadership included corporate head office leadership with operations and project engineering in gold, ferro-alloy project evaluations, feasibility studies, techno-economic studies and technology assessments, with 4 years of gold refinery board representation.

In Canada, since 2001, Kevan worked for Hatch, Kinross Gold Corp and SNC Lavalin, followed by 6 years of metallurgical consulting as an independent consultant. Kevan has a broad global exposure with multiple visits to mine and plant sites, covering projects in multi-commodities such as precious metals, base metals, ferroalloys and industrial minerals.
He also has mentored and lectured engineering students in mineral processing and given several technical presentations at conferences and has widely published.