OUR THREE SIMPLE RULES FOR GREAT MINES

OPTIMIZED MINE PLANS.

Our mining engineers have a proven record of delivering exceptional open pit and underground life-of-mine (LoM) plans for projects with varying levels of maturity and commodities worldwide. We combine operational experience and state of the art integrated strategic planning techniques to maximize net asset value (NAV).

JUST RIGHT PLANTS.

Neither over-designed, nor under-designed, we build plants that are just right. Our technical team builds fit for purpose plants, from concept to commissioning. We have seen what works and what doesn’t based on extensive commissioning and operational experience. Our team has created significant value for due diligence projects including excess reduction, fatal flaws analysis, and provided investment recommendations.

INTEGRATED AT THE CORE.

We leverage the power of true integration across our core disciplines of mining/geology and mineral processing or infrastructure to tackle any technical challenge. Our collaborative structure and streamlined communication encourage teamwork and cross-functional problem solving. The result is accelerated delivery and optimized value. We can critically assess what the value drivers are across the project, from the ore deposits to the finished product. 

THE OPTIMIZE ADVANTAGE

GET THE A-TEAM.

Our leadership team has a reputation for building high-performing teams and consistently delivering project value from scoping studies to commissioning. We provide bespoke training, and true mentorship. The foundation of our culture is based on trust and is co-created to bring out the best in everyone.

NO EMPTY PROMISES.

We do what is right, not what is easy. We don’t make excuses and our word is our commitment. We provide high quality work, delivered efficiently. We are passionate and driven. And you can count on us to work with transparency and honesty. Good or bad, we will tell you. Your challenges matter to us.

WE TURN CHALLENGES
INTO INNOVATION.

We are always looking to do things better, add more value, solve real problems, and leverage innovation to keep you ahead of the game. We are committed to continuous improvement and advancing the mining industry through collaboration with our various partners.

HERE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Mining is essential to maintain and improve the lives of everyone on the planet. It is not a question of whether we mine, it is a question of how. We support project development and continuous improvement initiatives that consider environmental and social factors. We are in business for the long term and strive for sustaining value through the actions we take and the relationships we create. 

LEADERSHIP TEAM TESTIMONIALS

TARA GILFILLAN, PRESIDENT

“I have known and worked with Tara for 15 years. She is one of the most tenacious and hard working professionals I have had the pleasure of being associated with. She has the drive to get the right people on the job at hand, and has the ability to put together very strong teams.”

Peter MacPhail, COOAlamos Gold

IAN MCKENZIE, VICE-PRESIDENT, ENGINEERING

"Working with Ian is an eye opener to simplification for both construction and operations of plants. His natural talents as an engineer transform the concepts oftentimes complex to simple practical designs. I would recommend Ian on any project as principal or reviewer to unlock opportunities to reduce capital cost and improve reliability."

Philippe Gaultier, Vice PresidentIAMGOLD Corp.

RODRIGO NUNES, VICE-PRESIDENT, MINING

“Rodrigo is an outstanding mining leader with a holistic understanding of the mining business. He is highly motivated to improve value of the development projects and operations he is entrusted with. His acumen of project management, open pit and underground mining planning allows him to focus on the real issues without getting distracted by irrelevant details, which I believe makes his management skills go beyond mining engineering.”

Jean François St-Onge, Director Technical ServicesLundin Mining

WE SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE.

We have offices in three continents: Toronto (Canada), Brisbane (Australia), and Belo Horizonte (Brazil), with projects around the globe.
Our team can support you in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
Toronto, Canada

133 Richmond Street West, Suite 602, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5H 2L3

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

1.465 Paraiba Street, Suite 1001, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, CEP 30.130.148

Brisbane, Australia

324 Queen Street , Level 23, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 4000

LEADERSHIP TEAM

TARA GILFILLAN

PRESIDENT

Tara is a passionate entrepreneur with experience in human resources, operations, marketing, business development, and strategic planning, having held various senior executive roles in the mining sector.

She understands the value of excellent communication, good people, and impeccable customer service.

As such she brings:

A commitment to bringing lasting value to customers, employees, and the community.
Critical expertise in finance and accounting, including a practical understanding of project financial constraints, and the need to maximize shareholder value.

An ability to see the big picture and articulate what is good for her customers' business.

Tara also brings a love and appreciation for coffee. It’s infectious.

IAN MCKENZIE

VICE-PRESIDENT, ENGINEERING

Ian is an exceptional and innovative leader in process plant design complete from run-of-mine feed material to valued end products.

As such he brings:

Extensive international exposure allowing for multiple perspectives for process plant and system designs.

Implementation of detailed engineering deliverables through a team-based culture to deliver the most cost-effective and efficient system.

An innovative approach to new technologies and implementation to new process circuits with a thorough review and end-user interaction to ensure positive and everlasting client satisfaction.

Ian also brings a love for well-oiled machines. Nothing excites him more than a well designed, smoothly operated mineral process plant.

RODRIGO NUNES

VICE-PRESIDENT, MINING

Rodrigo is a mining leader with international exposure to underground and open-pit mining operations, technical services and project management.

As such he brings:

Innovative thinking and strives to provide solutions to complex problems as well as a profound believer in mine to mill strategic planning and integrated NAV optimization process.

Multilingual Technical Specialist, who supports transparency in communication between the various engineering discipline groups of different nationalities, resulting in better synergy and integration in projects.

Profit awareness, with a keen eye for recognizing and responding to financial opportunities and seeks to contribute to the growth of the business

Rodrigo also brings a passion for soccer, good and sunny weather; like any Brazilian!

OUR CULTURE IS BASED ON TRUST.

We bring out the best in everyone.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

MINING

Our mining experts bring diverse and extensive operational and consulting experience in mine planning, backfill, ground control, surface geotechnical engineering, study management, and cost estimation in both open pit and underground mining.

MINERAL PROCESSING

We provide mine-to-mill strategic planning, optimization support and assessment services for mineral processing technologies. Our innovative designs can include enhanced processing methodologies, water and power reduction, and efficiency enhancements.

INFRASTRUCTURE

We focus on design for operability, safety and cost reduction. Our engineering team can work from conceptual studies through to detailed engineering, considering environmental and social compliance and permitting constraints.

INNOVATION

Our team supports the development, assessment and implementation of innovation projects and new technology. We take a practical approach, including minimum viable product development with planned testing before roll-out.

MINING

Our mining experts bring diverse and extensive operational and consulting experience in mine planning, backfill, ground control, surface geotechnical engineering, study management, and cost estimation in both open pit and underground mining.

MINERAL PROCESSING

We provide mine-to-mill strategic planning, optimization support and assessment services for mineral processing technologies. Our innovative designs can include enhanced processing methodologies, water and power reduction, and efficiency enhancements.

INFRASTRUCTURE

We focus on design for operability, safety and cost reduction. Our engineering team can work from conceptual studies through to detailed engineering, considering environmental and social compliance and permitting constraints.

INNOVATION

Our team supports the development, assessment and implementation of innovation projects and new technology. We take a practical approach, including minimum viable product development with planned testing before roll-out.

OUR SERVICES

STUDY DEVELOPMENT

  • Preliminary Economic Assessments
  • Pre-Feasibility and Trade-Off Studies
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Value Seeking Engineering
  • LOM Plans for Operations
  • Mineral Reserves Estimates
  • NI 43-101 Compliant Technical Reports
  • Qualified Persons for
    NI 43-101

CAPITAL PROJECTS

  • Detailed Design & Engineering
  • Capital Expansion Projects
  • Sustaining Capital Projects
  • Debottlenecking/ Plant Optimizations
  • Pre-Feasibility Evaluations & Trade-Offs
  • Testwork Program Definition & Management
  • “Fit for Intended Use” Design
  • Site Assessments
  • Site Construction Management
  • Ramp Up, Operating & Revenue Objectives

EXECUTION OVERSIGHT

  • Strategic Project Oversight & Governance
  • Study Management & Stage-Gating
  • Risk Assessment & Management
  • Project Controls
  • Procurement, Contracting & Logistics
  • Training & Change Management
  • Construction Management Services
  • Operational Readiness Support

DUE DILIGENCE REVIEW

  • CAPEX / OPEX Reviews
  • Remediation Costs for “Ready to Operate”
  • Closure Plan / Closure Cost Reviews
  • Identify “Big Issue Items” or Fatal Flaws
  • Implementation Strategies and Schedules
  • Review of Workforce Requirements
  • Mine Engineering Review and Execution
  • Operational Readiness
  • Site assessments

SUSTAINABILITY

A WAY OF LIFE.

CULTIVATING A CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE, CONSCIOUSNESS, AND ACCOUNTABILITY.

We are committed to maximizing positive impacts of mining projects on local communities, in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, our internal sustainability policies and client Environmental Social Governance (ESG) objectives.
We leverage innovative technologies, develop monitoring strategies, and utilize continuous improvement to roadmap sustainability performance.
To create a lasting difference, we are committed to social investment and environmental sustainability by supporting initiatives that give a “hand-up” rather than a “hand-out”.

JOIN US IF YOU:

1. Like working with a clever, diverse group of people.
2. Thrive on solving challenges that seem impossible.
3. Are passionate about constantly learning.
4. Enjoy having fun in all aspects of your work.
5. Love to laugh.
6. Have the vision to make a real difference in the world.
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CALL US TO OPTIMIZE YOUR DAY.

133 Richmond Street West, Suite 602, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5H2L3

324 Queen Street , Level 23A, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 4000

1.465 Paraiba Street, Suite 1001, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, CEP 30.130.148 

Tel: (647) 621-5683 Email: info@optimizegroup.com

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