Chris Hopkins To Speak at NWMA Annual Meeting, Dec 2-6

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Chris-Hopkins2Christopher Hopkins, senior vice president for mining and aggregates for The Saint Consulting Group, will speak on a panel at this NWM2012Corporate-Logoyear’s 119th annual meeting of the Northwest Mining Association, December 2-6, in Sparks, NV.

Chris will speak on a panel chaired by Eric Williams of Gallitan, and his topic is: Running out of fingers – Ways to make sure you count your supporters and spur them to take action.

This year’s NWMA conference will be held at the John Ascuagas Nugget Casino in Sparks. The theme will be: Digging, Dating and Data. Mining is an industry of highly technical people who rely on data to do their jobs – metallurgists, geologists, engineers, hydrologists, etc. At the same time, many think the government affairs and public relations practitioners seldom use the left side of their brains – and pretty much just wing it.

In this session, professionals will demonstrate that many of them can not only add and subtract, but actually use immense amounts of data and complex formulas to successfully engage with soccer moms and other members of the public to garner support for projects, policies and legislation.

The NWMA Annual Meeting and Exposition, held the first week of December, is a preeminent and the second largest annual mining convention in the U.S. The convention consists of short courses, technical, legislative and policy sessions, and a 250-booth trade exposition. The sessions emphasize mineral deposits, exploration and development, operations, business and finance, environmental technology, regulation and policy and legislative affairs. The meeting has been held every year since 1895, and attracts more than 2,500 attendees from all over the world.

Chris Hopkins oversees all of Saint Consulting’s work in the quarry and mining industries in the US, United Kingdom and Canada. He is a regular speaker on overcoming the difficulties of permitting aggregate quarries and mineral mines before such organizations as the National Sand, Stone and Gravel Association, the Ontario Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, the Northwest Mining Association, American Coal Council and the Quarry Mineral Association in the United Kingdom.

Chris is also an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona, where he teaches a course about how to overcome community opposition and political hurdles when permitting a mineral mine. He has been a frequent guest lecturer at graduate programs in mining at several other prestigious universities as well, including the University of Utah, the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and the University of Illinois. His articles are routinely published in industry trade journals.

For details on the NWMA conference, please click here.

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