Mining Dams Committee

The Mining Dams Committee is the forum within CDA for the interests of owners, consultants, regulators and suppliers involved with the design, construction, operation and closure of mining dams. The term “mining dams” is used to represent the wide variety of dams that are found at mine sites, such as tailings dams, contaminated water dams, freshwater supply dams, seepage collection pond dams and sludge storage dams.

The committee focuses on promoting awareness of the technical and risk management practices for dams used in the mining industry. Specifically, it identifies technical issues that reflect the unique characteristics of mining dams, and lead in the production of technical guidance following the principles of and supporting the CDA Dam Safety Guidelines.

To read the committee's Terms of Reference, you can download it below. 

Terms of Reference


Scott Martens, Chair CNRL AB
Fiona Esford, Vice-Chair Golder Associations BC
Morgan Lypka, Recorder Teck Resources        BC
Mohammad (Mamun) Al-Mamun Tetra Tech AB
Chris Anderson  Teck Resources BC
Michael Cyr Klohn Crippen Berger     NB
Ivette De Jesus BGC Dom. Rep.
Félix-Antoine Desrochers  SNC-Lavalin QC
Imran Gillani  Rio Tinto QC
Alistair James Hatch AB
Michel Julien, Board Liaison Agnico-Eagle Mines QC
Dean Korri USSD Liaison USA
Isabelle Lévesque  Rio Tinto QC
Chad LePoudre  BHP AB
Manuel Monroy Hatch BC
Tim Moulding Ministry of Environment SK
Heather Narynski BC Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation BC
Ali Nasseri-Moghaddam Geosyntec ON
Greg Noack  Klohn Crippen Berger  ON
Chaitan S. Sandhu Tetratech  MB
Robert Schryburt Ministry of Energy, Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry ON
Michael Shelbourn  Newmont Mining CO
Andy Small  Klohn Crippen Berger NB
Junwen Yang  Alberta Energy Regulator AB
Yi Zhu USSD Liaison USA

Working Groups

Working Group Lead Employer Province
Engineer of Record Andy Small Klohn Crippen Berger NB
Slope Stability/Factor of Safety Andy Small Klohn Crippen Berger NB
Mine Waste Facilities Andy Small Klohn Crippen Berger NB
Tailings Dam Breach Mamun Al-Mamun Tetra Tech AB
Environmental Consequences Classification Lee Nikl Golder Associates BC
Risk-Informed Design Alistair James, Lead / Chaitan Sandhu, Vice Lead Hatch / Tetratech AB / MB

CDA Staff Support

Allan Kirkham, Coordinator