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2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo

Booth Number: 1500

Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis MN

Nalco Water’s Christophe Beck will be one of the keynote speakers at the 2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo and 91st Annual Meeting of the SME-MN Section. This is the only conference dedicated to all disciplines of mining engineering. Featuring a wide variety of technical sessions and speakers, combined with an expansive exhibit hall, this will be a professional event you will truly enjoy and remember.

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This is a four-day interdisciplinary educational experience including a three-day technical session program that attracts thousands of mining professionals from around the world. The SME Annual Conferences are widely recognized as the most distinguished forum for the publication of multidisciplinary mining research. In addition to the leading-edge technical program, the conference's expansive exhibit hall provides close-up views of the latest in mining technology and innovations, allowing our attendees to have hands-on opportunities for creative collaboration with leading industry vendors.

The future of mining resides in the next generation of engineering and mining professionals with an integrated student-focused program, allowing students from around the world to interact with the world's most innovative technology and accomplished mining professionals. The conference hosts several student specific activities, functions, and socials to encourage personal and professional growth.

Christophe Beck, executive vice president and president, Nalco Water, an Ecolab Company, will be presenting one of the keynote addresses February 26th at 8:30 am, regarding the Industrial Innovation and Mining. 


Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Most conference functions will take place in the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Downtown Minneapolis is compact and easy to navigate. The airport is a mere 15-minute cab ride away. From our expansive public transportation system to our unique skyway system, you'll find Minneapolis a joy to get around. One of Minneapolis' most unique assets is the skyway system. Linking most of downtown with above-ground climate-controlled walkways, the system will get you from the Minneapolis Convention Center to most spots in downtown Minneapolis without ever stepping outside.

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Keynote Presenter Bio

Christophe Beck
Executive Vice President & President, Nalco Water

Christophe Beck is executive vice president and president, Nalco Water for Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. With 2016 sales of $13 billion and 48,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world.

Beck leads Ecolab’s $2.9 billion Global Nalco Water, an Ecolab company, the global leader in industrial water treatment. Under his leadership, the business provides water and process technologies and services that help companies across a broad spectrum of industries re-use and recycle water to operate more efficiently, increase productivity and minimize water use. Customers range from industrial operations such as paper, mining, manufacturing, food processing and power generation to facilities including hotels, restaurants and hospitals. In 2016, Ecolab helped conserve more than 161 billion gallons of water at customer locations throughout the world, the equivalent of the annual drinking water needs of 558 million people.