The Organizing committee of the upcoming 17th North American Mine Ventilation Symposium (NAMVS 2019) in collaboration with The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) is pleased to announce the NAMVS 2019 symposium, which will be held at the Montréal, Canada Palais des Congrès from April 28 to May 1, 2019.

The North American Mine Ventilation Symposium is organized and led by a coalition of 3 leading Canadian universities and CIM. Since the first Symposium in 1982, the UVC has sought to provide mine ventilation engineers and technicians in the underground coal, metal, and industrial mineral mining industry with the latest information and operating practices from the field and promote the exchange of ideas and research in a variety of related areas to include the monitoring of air contaminants, determining fresh air requirements, and producing power efficient ventilation and cooling systems and energy-related topics.

The NAMVS 2019 is a peer-reviewed symposium scheduled to run for 3 days. It will be made up of full-day parallel technical streams, include 6 workshops, 12 exhibit booths, 2 field trips and attract a total of approximately 300 delegates.

Parallel to the NAMVS 2019 will be the CIM Annual Convention with over 400 booths. Registration options to have access to both events will be made available.

Symposium Highlights

Technical program: 3 days and 2 parallel streams of up to 100 peer-reviewed papers will be presented during the symposium. Presentations will not exceed 20 minutes each.

Workshops: will precede the conference and will vary in length - from ½ day to 2 full days. Pricing will reflect the costs involved and length of each. Potential workshop topics are outlined further.

Trade Show: 12 exhibits regrouping Ventilation sector suppliers of equipment, services and technologies will make up the place of meeting, networking and business throughout the event.

Field trips: two well-planned field trips will be planned, to take place immediately following the conference. A member of the planning team will accompany each group. Potential field trips are outlined further.

Banquet: A formal evening of great entertainment, food, fun and company will allow delegates to networks and celebrate. 


The following are possible topics of workshops/short courses for which organizations and presenters will be solicited. A call for short courses will follow.

  • Diesel emission control and health aspects

    Description coming soon.

  • Planning ventilation and refrigeration for deep level mines

    Description coming soon.

  • Mobile equipment power source – Impact on ventilation design

    Description coming soon.

  • Ventilation network /fire modeling – error and misconceptions

    Description coming soon.

  • Heat Stress and cooling

    Description coming soon.

  • Primary ventilation fans and associated systems

    Description coming soon.


The Symposium parallel rooms will take place at the versatile and ultramodern Palais des congrès de Montréal. An ideal venue for meetings, trade shows or special events, this state-of-the-art facility is strategically located between Old Montréal and downtown, just north of Autoroute Ville-Marie. The turnkey packages in audio-visual, technical, presentation technologies and food and beverage mean that everything runs like clockwork.

The Palais’ main entrance is marked by the multicolored façade and borders the Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, which features La Joute, a remarkable sculpture by the world-renowned Québec artist. It’s an ideal location for a breath of fresh air between meetings. 


The CIM has already contracted room blocks during that period for the CIM convention which would be running concurrently and can guarantee the following rates in Canadian dollars at these hotels for single or double occupancy, including high-speed internet access. Each of these hotels has direct indoor access to the Palais des congrès and are situated within walking distance.

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  • Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
  • InterContinental
  • Hilton Montréal
  • Hyatt Regency Montréal
  • Marriott Château Champlain
  • Le St-James
  • Le Westin Montréal
  • W Montréal