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.

“Optimize Group consistently delivers work which exceeds my expectations. It is refreshing to work with a consulting company which truly applies their collective minds to a task and delivers value in unexpected ways.”

Barry Murphy, Vice President, EngineeringTorex Gold Resources Inc.

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.

GABRIEL FREIRE

DIRECTOR, GEOTECHNICAL SERVICES

Gabriel is a geologist with vast geotechnical experience serving large and mid-tier mining houses in project development, operations, and consulting.

As the geotechnical service leader, he has an exceptional team of senior professionals with expertise that crosses many commodities and mine methods.

As such, he brings:

Significant experience in numerical modeling and stability analysis. He and his team work with the latest technology, thriving on finding solutions to various challenges through carefully listening to the client and applying strong technical knowledge.

He is passionate about delivering the highest quality solution on time and on budget, as he understands client demands well.

When he is not emersed in geotechnical analysis, he loves to cook, play various musical instruments, and travel.

RICHARD JUNDIS

DIRECTOR, MINING ENGINEERING

Richard is a mining consultant and Qualified Person (NI43-101) with over 20 years of experience in operations, technical services, and project management.

He values people and understands the unique needs of open pit and underground mining projects and operations.

He is passionate about helping clients to realize the full potential of their mineral assets.

As such he brings:

A commitment to delivering high-quality work, on time with no empty promises.

Innovative solutions to complex problems, with a practical approach and safety as the highest priority.

A holistic understanding of the value chain in mining, to identify opportunities to grow the business in a safe and reliable way.

Richard also holds a 1st-degree black belt in Judo and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is a former Junior Canadian champion and world masters medalist… Watch out!

ANTONIO CAIRES

DIRECTOR, MINING TECHNICAL SERVICES

Antonio has 17 years of experience in mining several commodities in both open pit and underground mines. He is a competent person in Iron Ore and base metals.

A leader who is passionate about Innovation and creating a strong team with a meaningful goal.

Member of AusIMM and CBRR; competent person as per the JORC code.

As such he brings:

Consolidated technical mining expertise. Antonio has worked with Portfolio Optimization processes from the geology to the market with good NPV outcomes.

Extensive experience in the strategic mine planning field and is aware that almost any mine has hidden value that can be unlocked using the right plans.

Antonio is the founder and coordinator of t2i – Think to innovate group. A team of geologists and engineers that identify, develop and implement innovation in the mining industry.

Antonio is also passionate about travelling and wines!

HEBERT OLIVEIRA

MANAGER, GEOLOGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES

Hebert is a geology and mineral resource leader with strong expertise from exploration to mineral resources, ore control, and geo-metallurgical services

As such he brings:

Striving for excellence and providing strategic solutions for exploration to mill projects.

Recognized for contributing to an innovative, and productive work environment, while supporting the company's mission for a more sustainable and profitable business.

Hebert enjoys playing the guitar, reading and spending time with his family and friends.

OUR CULTURE IS BASED ON TRUST.

We bring out the best in everyone.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

GEOLOGY

GEOLOGY

From exploration to mineral resources, ore control, and geo-metallurgical services, our team has you covered. With experienced experts powered by the latest tools, we provide solutions that you trust.

GEOTECHNICAL

GEOTECHNICAL

Our geotechnical team consists of experienced professionals with a dynamic background in projects, operations and consulting. We provide stability analysis, modelling, project design criteria, risk analysis and ground control for underground mining, open pit and infrastructure.

MINING

& MINING

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

MINERAL PROCESSING 

& INFRASTRUCTURE

Our team holds decades of experience engineering and commissioning well-designed, fit for purpose mineral processing plants and mine site infrastructure. Our practical and innovative designs can include dry processing methodologies, water reduction, and efficiency enhancement.

GEOLOGY

GEOLOGY

From exploration to mineral resources, ore control, and geo-metallurgical services, our team has you covered. With experienced experts powered by the latest tools, we provide solutions that you trust.

GEOTECHNICAL

GEOTECHNICAL

Our geotechnical team consists of experienced professionals with a dynamic background in projects, operations and consulting. We provide stability analysis, modelling, project design criteria, risk analysis and ground control for underground mining, open pit and infrastructure.

MINING

& MINING

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

MINERAL PROCESSING 

& INFRASTRUCTURE

Our team holds decades of experience engineering and commissioning well-designed, fit for purpose mineral processing plants and mine site infrastructure. Our practical and innovative designs can include dry processing methodologies, water reduction, and efficiency enhancement.

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

126 Margaret Street, Level 7, Suite 3, 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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