ABOUT US

OUR VALUE PROPOSITION.

We actually care. That’s our real difference. Optimize Group was formed by a team of people that are passionate about developing mining and mineral processing projects successfully. Since the biggest impact on the success of a project is determined by the decisions of the Owners’ team, this became our focus. Put simply, it is our vision to set the standard for unparalleled long-term value creation for mining projects.

WHY MINING? BECAUSE MINING MATTERS.

Mining is essential to maintaining and improving the lives of everyone on the planet. That’s also essential to our culture. It is not a question of whether we mine, it is a question of how.

WE’RE HERE TO
CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO.

Forging a new path is not easy. Mining owners continue to face the pressures of dwindling reserves, water, and energy resources. Volatile commodity markets, increased geopolitical risks, increasing skill shortages, and the absolute imperative that companies must add value to communities and to the environment means that we must challenge the status quo. And we’re up for the challenge.

THE OPTIMIZE ADVANTAGE

ALIGNED WITH OWNERS,

AS TRUSTED PARTNERS.

The need for efficient execution as well as cost and schedule predictability are unprecedented in the current market. The Optimize Group solution is to provide strong expertise and collaboration to support owner’s team and bridge these gaps in a commercial model that incentivizes aligned objectives for all project stakeholders. This model ensures optimized decisions that result in “best-for-project” solutions. We establish long-term relationships with our clients to add mutual value beyond project development, while also considering ongoing operational and community impacts. In other words, we’re here to make your life easier.

WE ARE HERE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Our passion for people and the planet runs deep, and that means we’re here to make a difference by delivering long-term value. We provide the technical and execution mining solutions you need, customized for each project. We deliver our projects on-time, on budget, and to the highest possible benefit of your shareholders and community. And we do it with honesty, integrity, and through clear and timely communication. (It’s just good business.)

We’re here to make a difference that lasts. Delivering long-term value also means taking an active role in co-creating a better community by supporting programs founded on the principles of giving a hand up to people and communities we work with.

CONSISTENTLY PROVIDING
THE A-TEAM.

Choosing Optimize Group to act as your partner guarantees you access to a full suite of project specialists, engineers and financial advisors. We foster a people-focused culture, dedicated to training and mentorship. This allows us to continue to attract, retain, and inspire top talented people in order to build a team specifically tailored to the needs of your project. Think of it as striking gold.

ALWAYS LOOKING TO
DO IT BETTER.

Delivering projects is our bread and butter.  Because this is our core competency, we are able to develop and keep abreast of industry trends and establish best practices. We integrate both waterfall and agile project management methodologies to deliver optimized customer focused value. We are committed to continuous improvement and look to implement the latest technologies while minimizing risk so you achieve maximum value. We ensure transparency, collaboration, and integrity throughout the entire process, so that you can gain a competitive advantage. We mine so you can shine.

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

OUR TEAM GETS AROUND.

We have global execution experience (aka serious travel reward miles).

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!

WE LIKE PEOPLE AND WE LOVE TRAVEL.

(And that’s why we have offices in Canada, Brazil and Australia).

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Project
Management

Engineering &
Design

Mining

Innovation

OUR SANDBOX

We play in a few different areas. Our unique “Owners’ Team in a Box” can be selected from any or all of the following services:

STUDY DEVELOPMENT

  • Preliminary Economic Assessments
  • Pre-Feasibility Studies and Trade-Off Study development
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Detailed Design & Engineering
  • Value Seeking Engineering
  • LOM Plans for operations
  • Mineral Reserves Estimates
  • National Instrument 43-101 compliant Technical Reports
  • Acting as Qualified Persons for the purposes of NI 43-101

SUSTAINING CAPITAL PROJECTS

  • Site assessments
  • Engage key Operations personnel to ensure site accountability & buy-in
  • Pre-Feasibility Level evaluations & Trade-Off Studies
  • Testwork program definition & management
  • Detailed Design & Engineering
  • Ensure a “Fit for intended use” design
  • Site Construction Management
  • Support 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 REVIEWS

  • 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 engineering/construction/ operational workforce requirements
  • Mine Engineering Review and Execution
  • Operational Readiness
  • Site assessments

STUDY DEVELOPMENT

  • Preliminary Economic Assessments
  • Pre-Feasibility Studies and Trade-Off Study development
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Detailed Design & Engineering
  • Value Seeking Engineering
  • LOM Plans for operations
  • Mineral Reserves Estimates
  • National Instrument 43-101 compliant Technical Reports
  • Acting as Qualified Persons for the purposes of NI 43-101

SUSTAINING CAPITAL PROJECTS

  • Site assessments
  • Engage key Operations personnel to ensure site accountability & buy-in
  • Pre-Feasibility Level evaluations & Trade-Off Studies
  • Testwork program definition & management
  • Detailed Design & Engineering
  • Ensure a “Fit for intended use” design
  • Site Construction Management
  • Support 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 REVIEWS

  • 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 engineering/construction/ operational workforce requirements
  • Mine Engineering Review and Execution
  • Operational Readiness
  • Site assessments

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…

Explore Current Opportunities

CALL US TO OPTIMIZE YOUR DAY.

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

324 Queen Street , Level 23, 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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