WayPoinT

Water Power Transportation

About WayPoinT

Waypoint Infrastructure Inc.’s goal is to assist mining and other companies to define, plan and develop non-core infrastructure assets more effectively. Our team’s expertise in water, power, and transportation will assist your Owner’s Team to create robust, cost-effective, and strategic delivery of these assets. From greenfield to brownfield expansions to closure, let our experts support your infrastructure planning, life cycle asset management or repurposing efforts.

Our Team

Rosemary Niechcial, P.Eng. – Managing Director

Rosemary is a specialist in water treatment and infrastructure who integrates the technical requirements of a project with the contractual model that most cost-effectively delivers. Her global roles have focused on developing critical infrastructure under a variety of contractual models, such as EPC/M, DBFO (Design/Build/Finance/Operate), BOT, and establishing key partnerships to create Special Purpose Companies to successfully execute. Her experience extends from mining and energy to the public sector working on P3's (Public Private Partnerships) in Canada, Australian Alliance models in Australia, and IWPP's in the Middle East. Her specific technical expertise includes desalination and mine water treatment, with particular knowledge of water issues in the Americas. She has worked on numerous desalination projects in Chile for mining clients.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Applied Science, Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo. Strategic Marketing, Harvard Business School. Business and Financial Modelling, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

Scott Fraser, P.Eng. – Chief Technical Officer

Scott has four decades of experience in power generation, energy transportation and conversion systems including operations, project engineering, project management, EPC contracting, power plant economics, transmission systems and business development for utilities, Independent Power Producers, industrial and mining companies; much of which has recently focused on renewable energy solutions for mining.

Mining related projects include coal extraction, potash processing, bauxite refining and gold/copper mining/processing projects in Chile, Argentina, Zambia, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, India, Alaska, and Russia. These roles roles have included Facility Energy Assessment, Negotiations/Bidding of Third Party Energy Supply Agreements, Technology Selection and Managing detailed engineering.

Scott has been a frequent presenter and panelist at the Renewable Energy in Mining Forums.

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration (Finance and Capital Budgeting), Dalhousie University, Halifax Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Queen’s University, Kingston

OUR NETWORK OF EXPERTS

Lawrence Devon Smith, P.Eng.

Larry Smith is a consultant and educator in Mineral Project Evaluations. He teaches courses in Mineral Economics for in-house training as well as seminars through EduMine. He offers workshops and training for operators, evaluation professionals, management, finance personnel, lawyers, and for First Nations organizations. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto and at the Schulich Mining MBA program at York University. He is a popular speaker at mining conferences.

As a mining engineer with over 35 years of experience in economic evaluations and project engineering, Larry's experience includes scoping studies, optimization studies, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, risk assessment, and due diligence work for banks and mining companies. He has published a number of papers on these topics.

He has held senior positions in mineral project evaluations with Barrick Gold, Vale, Inco, BHP-Billiton, and Rio Algom as well as SNC-Lavalin.

Larry is the recipient of the 2003 CIM MES Robert Elver Award for Mineral Economics, on the executive of the CIM Management and Economics Society (MES), past Chair of the CIM Toronto Branch, a CIM Distinguished Lecturer, and a CIM Fellow.

Dina Aloi, M.A.

Dina Aloi, formerly Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility for Goldcorp Inc., has lead international development projects in Latin America, the Caribbean, and parts of Africa. She has focused on identifying and leveraging the potential for positive socio-economic impacts of the mining industry in the developing world. Prior to Goldcorp, Dina created Social Impact Management practice with at Hatch, a major engineering consulting firm. Prior to entering the extractives industry, Dina worked for fifteen years as a senior manager and consultant with various NGO's focused on development, war zones, displaced populations and child soldiers. Dina has developed and implemented corporate CSR and Human Rights policies, KPIs and training programs and been a leader in Business and Human Rights. Dina holds a B.A. in Rural Sociology from Cornell University and an M.A. in Social Anthropology and a Graduate Diploma in Refugee and Migration Studies from York University. She is fluent in English and Spanish with a working knowledge of French and Portuguese.

E. Terry Jensen, M.S. Geology

Terry Jensen is a professional geologist with over 40 years encompassing diverse technical, regulatory and project management experience in geology, hydrogeology, geophysics, geochemistry, environmental compliance for mining, oil/gas industries, industrial projects and USMC in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Asia and Europe. He provides senior input and review for complex, multi-disciplinary, multi-media geoscience and environmental projects. He specializes in the integration of applicable technology to project, site or regional geo-characteristics that enable application of scientific methods for problem solving and efficient methods to conduct and maintain business or to create new business depending on the nature of the assignment. His depth of experience and knowledge of technical and regulatory issues ensures that his clients receive innovative and cost effective solutions for their projects.

In addition to his technical expertise, Mr. Jensen has opened and operated underground and open pit mines. He further has managed and directed consulting practices both for established corporate entities as well as for his own business. Most recently, he is the Principal Geologist for mining and environmental firm, Gauvreau Geoenvironmental Group, Inc. and is responsible for the management of technical staff, the content and quality of their work and their professional development. In addition he has been elected to the board of Laurion Mineral Exploration, Inc. (LME.V) to provide geologic, geophysical and environmental guidance for future projects. He also is on the technical board for GeoCosmo, Inc., which is a company that provides early warning earthquake forecasting where he provides project management and geophysical guidance.

Robert Brljak, CCP, CCA

Robert has over 15 years of experience in mining capital cost estimating with a focus on indirect, owners’ and contractors’ estimate development as they relate to execution planning and scheduling. He has experience working as a mining client as well as a consultant project controls manager for industry leading gold and nickel producers. This has given Robert an intuitive view of estimates as they pertain to the constructability of projects and the associated development of capital costs through all phases of the project life cycle.

Robert has worked with some of the major gold and base metal companies such as Barrick Gold and Vale Inco. Being inserted on the client’s management team on projects globally has given Robert a unique view of the relationship between capital cost development and project execution.

He was a key member of the owner’s internal feasibility studies teams and participated in the development and review of a large number of phased screening, scoping, feasibility and investment budget estimates for greenfield, brownfield, and acquisition projects. These projects included extensive surface processing facilities and infrastructure requirements including electrical supply, civil development, buildings, roads, and staff amenities.

Over the past decade he produced capital cost estimates in the gold and base metals industries for projects in the United States, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Zambia, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia.

Paul Fuller

Paul Fuller is a seasoned construction manager and project management professional with over 40 years experience. He has worked in Project Management Office roles responsible for managing, and in some cases rescuing, Projects for Barrick and Bechtel. He has participated in peer reviews, due diligence studies, and provided Corporate Oversight for several World Class Projects. He has developed and is adept at using procedures and governance processes to help establish and sustain strong project performance.

Paul brings practical experience of how projects are planned and executed and his experience spans the mining, process, manufacturing, telecommunication and energy industries.

Bernard Aubé, P.Eng., M.A.Sc.

Bernie has 25 years of experience in mining environment, specialising in water management and treatment for mining and smelting operations worldwide. He has developed customised wastewater treatment solutions, from testwork and pilot studies through to detailed design, start-up and optimisation. The treatment systems include in-pond treatment, pit treatment, and active treatment plants with an emphasis on high-density sludge (HDS) systems. Parameters treated include acid mine drainage, heavy metals, metalloids, total suspended solids, and total dissolved solids including sulphate. Projects completed all over Canada and USA, as well as Chile, Peru, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Brazil, Liberia, Norway, UK, and Portugal have brought experience with all climates from northern tundra to desert conditions where the priority is for water recycling. He is the founder of Envirobay www.envirobay.com

Our Approach

Our multidisciplinary team will integrate with your team, collaborating to determine the range of solutions for your infrastructure. Early on, we work with you to minimize technical risk, closure bonds, closure obligations, insurance premiums and political risk while optimizing capital and life-cycle costs, social license to operate, access to and cost of infrastructure capital, schedule, access to expertise, and technology selection.

Greenfield Infrastructure

Initially our approach is to work in conjunction your Owner’s Project Development Team as it proceeds through an orderly phased development process. At each stage of this we will assist your team to finalize your infrastructure functional requirements including commercial alternatives as well as definition of the physical scope requirements. Our goals including developing integrated life of mine infrastructure solutions which are effectively shovel ready at the Final Investment Decision. As the development moves into execution, we will work with your commercial, legal, and technical teams to finalize contracts including third party outsourcing for power, water, pipelines, and other specialized infrastructure to support your development.

Brownfield Infrastructure

While infrastructure optimizations may have more constrained alternatives for existing operations due to pre-invested capital and reduced project life considerations, our approach is similar to greenfield projects. Initially our team will perform an assessment of the existing arrangements including infrastructure conditions, current functional requirements, and a wide scan of the alternate uses and approaches to be considered. Then a short list of options can be explored to meet these requirements including applications of more current technologies or alternative commercial arrangements.

Acquisition Due Diligence

Our experienced team is available to mobilize quickly to support your commercial team’s evaluation of existing assets and contractual arrangements for water, energy, and transportation. While our team has exceptional technical depth in these area, our depth of experiences assessing assets globally provides Potential Buyers a commercially sound approach to quickly assessing the opportunities and risks associated with purchase acquisitions.

News

May 9, 2018 Waypoint Infrastructure presented at the CIM 2018 Management & Finance Day in Vancouver.
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October 25, 2017 Waypoint Infrastructure presented at the CIM MES Toronto Branch on Innovative Financing Concepts for Mine Infrastructure.
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