Doina Priscu is a Civil and Mining Engineer with over 25 years of experience in the mining industry in the operational, consulting, engineering, and regulatory aspects of the mining industry in several countries (Canada, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, and Romania). She gained her experience in areas related to design and expansion of mining projects, environmental impact assessments (EIA), permit submissions and regulatory approvals, mining operational due diligence and mine closure, technical and general assurance processes, health and safety, and other integral aspects of mining sustainability.
Doina provided strategic engineering planning, project management support, and reviews in a variety of mineral resource developments, from grassroots exploration to mine development and closure stages. She successfully led and coordinated multidisciplinary specialist teams for efficient worldwide project management, as technical lead, team manager, and consultant.
She managed implementation of rehabilitation activities and mine closure projects for numerous active, inactive, orphaned, and abandoned mine sites and delivered numerous Closure Plans at the conceptual to a detailed level. She drafted and contributed to the development and implementation of corporate and international standards focused on closure activities for mining and energy production companies, as well as health and safety aspects.
For several years, Doina has been part of the NOAMI – Canada (National Orphaned/Abandoned Mines Initiative) and MEND – Canada (Mine Effluent Neutral Drainage) program, as Steering Committee member and Provincial representative. In 2019, she represented Teck Resources on the ICMM Mine Closure Working Group.
Doina has organized workshops and conferences on Responsible Mining.
While living in Santiago, she had the opportunity to enrich her experience by collaborating with Gecamin ( website https://gecamin.com/english), Chile to organize and participate in various Technical Committees to organize Technical Conferences and seminars.she was Co-Chair of the Planning for Closure Conference 2016, Technical Chair of EnviroMine Conference 2017; Technical Chair and Editor of the Planning for Closure International Conference 2018 and Co-editor of the Planning for Closure 2020.
Mrs Priscu taught courses in Mining Sustainability and Mine Closure at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso and Centro de la Minería, Chile ( 2016-2019).
Doina is a registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng) in the Province of British Columbia and is a Fellow of Engineers Canada (FEC).
Dr. Caius Priscu is Co-Founder and Principal Geotechnical Engineer with Priscu and Associates Consulting Engineers Inc., based in West Vancouver, BC, Canada. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering related to the mining and water resources industries across the world. He was involved in projects located in Canada, US, Australia, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Slovenia, Spain, Mongolia, Philippines, and Romania.
Dr. Priscu’s background is in both Civil and Mining Engineering, working over the years with a general contractor team, in consulting engineering, and as an owner/operator of tailings and water retaining dams. During his career, he has participated in projects related to the planning, design, construction, operation and closure of tailings storage facilities and water retaining dams for the mining and water resources industries. Over the last two decades, his career focus has been on dam safety and risk management, and the development of Corporate standards and guidance for safe design and operation of mine waste management facilities. He has published and presented over 50 conference papers on these subjects.
Dr. Priscu has been a tireless volunteer and true supporter of many technical not-for-profit organizations, including the Canadian Dam Association (CDA) – currently the Honours and Awards Committee Chair, The Mining Association of Canada (MAC), the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (CIM), the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS), The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME), the Chilean National Committee on Large Dams (ICOLD Chile), member of the ICOLD Committee H on Dam Safety, and the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and its working subcommittees on tailings dams.
Dr. Priscu is also an Adjunct Professor with the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia, where, since January 2021, he enjoys mentoring students, sharing knowledge, and teaching Mine Waste Management courses.