Davies Michael Brief

Davies Michael Brief

Michael P. Davies

Senior Advisor Tailings & Mine Waste Teck Resources Ltd.


Dr. Michael Davies is currently a senior advisor for Teck Resources, Canada’s largest diversified mining company. Michael joined Teck in early 2012 as their Vice-President, Environment and in late 2017 transitioned as part of a phased retirement to a senior advisory role. His current role involves assisting in Teck’s technical pursuits, providing internal review and leading Teck’s tailings governance program, guiding specific input on mine waste research and development, and in developing talent. In addition to his corporate mining experience, prior to joining Teck Michael had over 25 years of consulting experience. Over that combined career, he has worked on all stages of mining projects from advanced exploration through decommissioning and reclamation. He has worked on more than 100 tailings facilities and has contributed to and/or facilitated more than 30 multidisciplinary risk assessments for mining and other projects. In addition to tailings projects, he is experienced in mine waste management, soil mechanics, geomechanics, environmental permitting and management, mine water management and engineering geology. He has also served on several review boards.

In addition to his professional industry activities, Michael has always had a passion for talent development and education. Starting with teaching assistant assignments in the 1980s, he has provided lectures at universities around the world (including many at UBC starting in 1992), been invited speaker at many student nights in many of those same countries and has been a review member for several masters and doctoral thesis candidates in North America, Australia and in Chile.


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia, 1999
  • M.A.Sc., Civil Engineering (Geotechnical), University of British Columbia, 1988
  • B.A.Sc., Gold Medal, Geological Engineering, University of British Columbia, 1985
  • Geological Sciences in Exploration, University of British Columbia, 1979-1982

Professional Employment History

  • Teck Resources Ltd., Vice-President Environment 2012-2017, Senior Advisor, Tailings & Mine Waste 2017 – present
  • AGRA (then AMEC, now WOOD), Principal Engineer, 1998-2012, Vice-President Mining, 2006-2012
  • Klohn Leonoff / Klohn Crippen Consultants, Project Engineer to Manager Mining, 1988-1998
  • GeoPacific/ConeTec Investigations, Engineer, 1985-1988
  • NSERC, Graduate Research Engineer, 1985-1986
  • GoldPac Investments, Project Trainee Geologist, 1983-1984

Technical Review Boards

  • Nueva Unión Project, Chile, Teck/Goldcorp Joint Venture, 2017-present
  • Toromocho Project, Peru, Chinalco, 2008-2012
  • Highland Valley Copper, Canada, Teck Resources, 2009-2012
  • Porgera Mine Waste Management, Papua New Guinea, Placer Dome/Barrick, 2004-2010
  • Freeport McMoran – Global Facilities (North and South America), 2011-2012
  • Kinross – Global Tailings Facilities (North and South America), 2008-2011

Current professional association activity (as of 2020)

  • Chair, Mining Association of Canada Tailings Working Group
  • Chair, International Council on Mining & Metals Tailings Working Group
  • Board Chair, International Network for Acid Prevention
  • Appointed Member, Mining Association of Canada Tailings Task Force
  • Appointed Advisor, UN, ICMM, PRI Global Tailings Standard
  • Appointed Member, Engineers & Geoscientists of British Columbia, Professional Practice Review Task Force

Publications & Presentations

  • Author or co-author of more than 60 journal papers, book chapters and/or conference papers on mine waste geotechnics, risk management, tailings management, foundation design, environmental management and related topics
  • Author of the original publication on the Potential Problem Analyses qualitative risk assessment procedure (1999)
  • Author of the British Columbia Mines Ministry’s “Tailings Dam Inspection Manual” (2002)