International Energy, Mining, and Environmental Consultants

Norwest is an internationally-recognized leader in providing consulting expertise to the energy, mining, and natural resources industries. For over 30 years we have offered a wide range of services to energy and mining companies, electric power producers, financial institutions, governments, legal firms, and regulatory agencies. Norwest’s professional staff of engineers, hydrologists, geologists, environmental specialists and management consultants bring extensive industry experience to our consulting projects. Accordingly, we understand the opportunities, pressures, and constraints facing the industries we serve. Our innovative, experienced-based approach is focused on assisting our clients achieve world-class performance standards.

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Posted 11/10/2014

Norwest’s involvement in support of development and operations in oil sands is well known. The challenges facing the industry related to managing tailings are also very familiar, and Norwest has been working with clients and stakeholders to manage these issues. On December 7-10, 2014, our expertise will be shared at the International Oil Sands Tailings Conference. Mr. Richard Dawson, PhD., from Norwest’s Vancouver office, is one of the presenters at a pre-conference short course entitled “Hot Topics in Oil Sands Tailings Management”. The short course includes other presenters representing over 100 years of oil sands experience. It will cover such topics as tailings management practices, fine tailings dewatering and its economics, performance management tools, water management, and reclamation and closure of tailings facilities. This course is an excellent opportunity to gain insights into the current state of the oil sands industry and where it is headed. Further information on the course and the conference can be found at:

Posted 11/10/2014

Norwest professionals provided industry expertise at the 2014 Tailings and Mine Waste Conference (TMWC) hosted by Colorado State University. Nearly 300 tailings and mine waste engineers gathered at the event held October 5-8, 2014, at the Keystone Resort and Conference Center, in Keystone, Colorado.

The TMWC is the premier international venue for advancing state-of-the-art technical challenges facing the mining industry related to the engineering and management of tailings and mine waste. The annual event provides a forum for members of the mining and environmental community to exchange information regarding case histories, design, operation, and disposal for mine waste management.

Posted 09/23/2014

Norwest Corporation is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Mr. Dennis Wilson to the position of Vice President, Construction. In this role, Mr. Wilson will assist in delivering and expanding Norwest's offerings and provide oversight for the Construction areas for Norwest's corporate operations.

Mr. Wilson has over 20 years of local and international experience in mining, oil and gas, petrochemical, project management, engineering management, and construction. His experience and roles have included acting as executive manager, project director, engineering manager, project manager, or construction manager for project work. He has extensive experience in developing standards and project procedures for EPC projects; establishing and monitoring engineering and construction work schedules and budgets; evaluating and recommending appropriate building and construction methods and materials; conferring with clients and other members of a team to determine project requirements; and ensuring project risks are identified, monitored, reported, and managed in accordance with risk management policies. Most recently, Mr. Wilson served as the Regional Construction Director for Mining and Metals in Vancouver. During this tenure, he was responsible for the operational management, construction solutions and execution strategies for a portfolio of local and international mining and metals projects. Mr. Wilson is a graduate of the University of Alberta, and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering.