AMPL consists of independent professional engineers and geologists with the "Qualified Person" designation needed to undertake project evaluations and file documents with regulatory agencies. Each Principal has at least 25 years of professional experience in engineering and geology with an emphasis on operational expertise and practical experience.
Our professionals are Project Engineers, not merely designers. They much prefer to see their projects through to successful operation and fit a design-build model very well.
Additionally, A-Z Mining Professionals collaborates with select, small-to-medium scale specialists to deliver the best expertise to their clients managed by a small, trusted team of AMPL managers.
Mr. Brian LeBlanc, P. Eng., President and Principal â€“ Mine Operations, Engineering & Design
Brian is a highly respected Professional Engineer with over 40 years of industry experience across Canada and internationally. He has an exceptional track record in all aspects of mining including management, mine operations, mine engineering and project management. With constant change ongoing in today's mining industry, Brian believes in thinking outside the box and is an innovative thinker and problem solver.
Brian has worked in senior operational roles at the Williams Mine in Hemlo, Ontario; Kubaka Mine in Far East Russia and Grasberg in Indonesia. He has also managed engineering departments, led underground development projects, managed feasibility studies and was employed by mine contractors before starting an engineering consultancy in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He strongly believes in training and developing people to form a strong, cohesive team. His commodity experience includes iron ore, base metals and precious metals (gold and PGMs) utilizing open pit, narrow vein and bulk underground mining methods.
He is an Honours graduate in both Mining Technology from the Haileybury School of Mines (1981) and in Mine Engineering from Michigan Technological University (1986). He is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario and is a designated Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101 guidelines.
Mr. Malcolm Buck, P. Eng., Principal - Mine Evaluations
Malcolm is a professional mining engineer with over 30 years of diverse engineering and operations experience, in Canada and around the world, gaining corporate engineering and mine development experience with Falconbridge, Noranda, Placer Dome and major consulting companies.
Malcolm is a registered P. Eng. In Ontario and is a QP as defined by NI 43-101 Guidelines. He has extensive expertise in feasibility studies preparation and mine projects engineering/management in addition to expertise in performing company and mineral project valuations, technical due diligences and strategic planning activities. He has worked on base metal, gold, platinum group metals, iron ore, molybdenum, uranium and other mineral projects. Malcolm was a senior member of the team which prepared the Goldcorp Red Lake Feasibility Study and served as the engineering and construction manager on the re-start mine construction team which completed the project on time and on budget.
Malcolm also specializes in the design and implementation of mine operations control systems and Management Information Systems for underground mining.He obtained a Bachelor of Mining Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now Dalhousie University) in 1983 and a Master's of Engineering - Mineral Economics from McGill University in 1986.
Mr. Darryl Boyd, H.BSc., Principal: Manager Environmental and Regulatory Affairs
Darryl Boyd has been employed in the mining sector for over 20 years as an operator and as a consultant. Darryl has scoped and managed assignments by multi‐disciplinary teams that have included air/acoustic specialists, chemists, geochemists, hydrologists, hydro-geologists, engineers, biologists, archaeologists and lawyers. Darryl has a thorough knowledge of all environmental regulations at the federal, provincial and municipal levels and is an expert in environmental permitting. As an operatior, Darryl has completed the permitting for several project start‐ups and assisted with project execution. As a consultant, Darryl has initiated the permitting for several (15 to date) project start‐ups and facilitated handovers to project proponents to finish using in‐house staff. Darryl is also experienced at liaising with regulatory officials, local interest groups and first nations groups and ensures that the best interests of the client are always at the forefront.
Eric Hinton, P. Eng., Principal, Vice President Corporate Development
Eric is a professional mining engineer with over 30 years of underground and open pit mining experience. He is a technically-minded, internationally respected, challenge-driven senior professional with an exemplary record of staying on the leading edge of mining techniques. Eric is committed to excellence in all facets of the mining business and delivers outstanding results in an environment of on-going change and diversity. He is capable of efficiently and effectively prioritizing a broad range of responsibilities to consistently meet tight deadlines and mandates.
Eric has worked in both technical services and operations for companies such as Vale, Goldcorp and Rubicon and as a consulting engineer with firms such as Golder Associates and Boge and Boge. Eric has diplomas from the Haileybury School of Mines, Queen's University (B.Sc.) and Laurentian University (M.A.Sc.). He is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of Manitoba and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and is a designated Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101 guidelines.