Thurs, Nov 23 2023

Digging Deeper: Innovations in Mining Technology

As the planet works to transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, the demand for minerals and metals required for wind, solar, geothermal power, and electrification technologies increases significantly. This translates into a $12 Trillion shortfall in critical minerals needed to power a sustainable future by 2050.

This Vancouver Hardware Meetup will dig deep into the intersection of economic growth, resource depletion, and the latest breakthroughs in mining technology. Join us for a panel discussion with local leaders who will unearth the solutions that are helping minimize environmental impact, improving worker safety, and driving the mining industry towards more ethical, efficient, and environmentally responsible missions.


Manning Elliott LLP
1030 West Georgia St. #1700

Doors open at 5:30pm
Panel Discussion starts at 6:30pm
Networking from 8pm until close


Register on Eventbrite to attend.

Early Bird Pricing (Until Nov 1): $20
General Admission: $30


Taylor Cooper
Chief Executive Officer, MistyWest

Taylor has over 15 years of experience working in hardware product development and is a founding employee at MistyWest. His background in engineering physics and Steve-wrangling skills make him a cornerstone Westie. He loves the smell of hard problems in the morning, in addition to coffee, and when he’s not at the office you can find him repeatedly answering the question ‘why’ from his toddler, while cooking dinner with a baby strapped to his chest.

Tracy Lydiatt
Mining Innovation Project Manager at Foresight Canada

Tracy holds a Masters of Science in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability (also known as The Natural Step) from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden. During which, she completed her thesis project focused on mining, Sustainable Mining? Applying the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development to Mining Projects. She also holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of British Columbia in Geology and worked as a geologist in the gold/silver exploration sector in both remote locations and in corporate settings within Canada and Argentina.

She has over a decade of experience with business and project development, team management, corporate training, and media in a variety of industries including mining, engineering, food, and textiles. She is passionate about building strong relationships for collaboration and innovation and one of her unique skills is the ability to bridge complex sustainability concepts and translate these for successful project management and execution. 

John Thompson
Director of MineSense Technologies

John partners in a consulting business in Vancouver, BC, focused on exploration, mining, innovation and sustainability. He combines academic experience – Honorary Professor of Sustainable Resources, University of Bristol and prior positions at Cornell University and the University of British Columbia, with industry experience – 35 years in mining and exploration. John has held diverse leadership roles in many organizations – Teck Resources, MDRU-UBC, Genome BC, World Economic Forum, Society of Economic Geologists, Geoscience BC and Canada Mining Innovation Council. He is a director of KoBold Metals and MineSense, a co-founder of Regeneration Enterprises, and has roles in other exploration, technology, venture capital and research organizations.

Eli Alston
General Manager of Safety Solutions for Wenco

As the General Manager of Safety Solutions for the Vancouver based mining technology company Wenco, Eli’s role has him overseeing all business and technical aspects related to the building, selling, and supporting of Wenco’s safety technologies, such as SmartCap – the world’s only wearable EEG device for measuring driver fatigue.

Prior to Wenco, Eli worked as a technology executive in a growing retail organization, startup entrepreneur in the meetings and events industry, and various Product Management leadership roles in everything from Marine to IT infrastructure.

Doug Schouten
CTO & Co-Founder, Ideon Technologies

Doug is a global leader in muon tomography and one of the few people in the world with the expertise to turn muon research into industrial problems solved.

Doug holds a BSc. (Hons) in  physics and computer science from UBC, and a PhD in subatomic physics from SFU. Doug also has extensive expertise in computer simulation, data analysis and statistical inference – including machine learning methods and detector physics.

Kari LaMotte
Chief Executive Officer, Kite Company Creator (Moderator)

Kari is the CEO of Kite Company Creator, building innovative companies focused on a sustainable energy transition, resulting in cleaner, safer and less wasteful operations for mining/metals, heavy industry, and natural resources. She is an accomplished CEO and growth leader with a proven track record of building and managing highly successful teams. With an unwavering passion for operational and strategic excellence, she has earned a reputation for transforming chaos and ambiguity into thriving organizations.

Prior to her current role at Kite, Kari served as the Managing Director at entrepreneurship@UBC, University of British Columbia. In this capacity, she led the incubator/accelerator for UBC innovation, cultivating new ventures from the ideation stage to Series A financing. Over the past 10 years, e@UBC ventures have secured over $1.8 billion in capital, generated $739+ million in revenue, and created more than 1800 new jobs in British Columbia.




We extend our massive thanks to Manning Elliott for offering their space as the venue for this hardware meetup, and to Hawk Ridge Systems and McAuley Private Wealth for their partnerships that enable us to offer bigger and better events for our community.

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