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One-day symposium on battery electric vehicle safety in mines

Assessing risks and managing hazards of newer technology
An Epiroc battery electric mining vehicle is pictured at the 2023 BEV In Depth conference in Sudbury.

SUDBURY — Feb. 6, 2024: On Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, Workplace Safety North (WSN) and Cambrian College are pleased to invite mining industry professionals to a one-day symposium focusing on battery electric vehicle (BEV) safety in mines. The in-person event is sold out, but virtual attendance is available through video livestream.

“The use of battery-operated mobile equipment is anticipated to increase significantly in Ontario mines, and raises several safety concerns, including the risk of fire,” says Mike Parent, WSN CEO. “Industry experts and stakeholders join together to discuss the risks associated with battery-powered equipment in mining operations and explore effective ways to manage these hazards.”

Event speakers include:

  • George Pirie, Ontario Minister of Mines, will discuss the mining industry’s importance as part of the electric vehicle supply chain;
  • Norm Ladouceur, corporate manager of health and safety at Agnico Eagle Mines, will share best practices on how to handle electric vehicle and battery fires;
  • David Lyon, president of Zero Nexus, will review the latest research on training opportunities to create a skilled workforce that will boost the uptake of heavy-duty BEVs in Canada and beyond;
  • Anthony Griffiths, manager of business development at MacLean Engineering, will present a study comparing how diesel and electric vehicles affect the environment in terms of noise and air quality.

There will also be a presentation by Gertjan Bekkers, vice-president of mines technical services at Torex Gold, and Mike Mayhew, founder of Mayhew Performance. The symposium runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time, and concludes with a tour of the Cambrian College Electric Vehicle Research Lab.

“For the fourth year in a row, this one-day event features an informative agenda, including presentations from notable speakers, case studies, networking opportunities. Due to its popularity, we have moved the symposium to a larger location, so an on-site tour of the Cambrian College Electric Vehicle Lab is also available,” notes Parent.

“We are definitely seeing an increase in EV use in the mining sector, and that has led to an increase in both EV maintenance training and EV research here at Cambrian R&D,” says Mike Commito, director of Cambrian R&D, the applied research division of Cambrian College. “We are working with industry partners, particularly in mining, to advance the adoption, use and safety of EV technology in mining, and this symposium is a great way to share some knowledge and best practices.”

The event is intended to enhance knowledge and contribute to the advancement of electric vehicle safety in mining operations. Virtual attendance is available through a video livestream.

Registration is now open:

About Workplace Safety North: An independent not-for-profit, Workplace Safety North (WSN) is one of four health and safety associations in Ontario. WSN provides province-wide government-approved workplace health and safety services for mining and forest products sectors. With health and safety specialists located across the province, WSN and its legacy organizations have been helping make Ontario workplaces safer for more than 100 years. Businesses and communities call upon WSN for expert advice. For more information, visit

About Cambrian College: Cambrian College is northern Ontario’s largest college, with more than 90 programs. Cambrian’s main campus is in Greater Sudbury, with satellite centres in Espanola and Little Current. Cambrian R&D, through its Centre for Smart Mining, is a national leader in applied research for the mining sector. For more information, visit