Alex was appointed as a non-executive director on July 14, 2018. Alex has over 25 years experience in the mining industry, including as a Geologist for Australian Consolidated Minerals, Mining Engineer for Mt Isa Mines Ltd, Underground/Airleg Miner for Plutonic Resources, Geotechnical Engineer for Placer Dome, Mining Engineer for Murchison United, Construction Project Engineer at Cairns Regional Council, Senior Mining Engineer for AMC Consultants, a District Inspector of Mines for the WA Department of Mines & Petroleum, Principal Mining Consultant for Optiro, Chief Advisor at Sustainability and Chief Operating Officer at PETRA Data Science. Alex is the founder of her own consultancy firm, Alex Atkins & Associates, which is focused on conformance (board assurance of technical and operational risk, mine approvals and compliance) and performance (digital transformation of mining).
Alex holds two Bachelor of Engineering Degrees, from the University of Queensland and WA School of Mines, qualifying her as a Mining Engineer, Geotechnical Engineer and Geologist. She holds First Class Mine Manager’s Certificates for Western Australia and Queensland, has an MBA (Finance) from the Australian Institute of Business, is a graduate of the AICD and Chartered Professional Fellow of The AusIMM. Alex was one of 2018’s 100 Global Influential Women In Mining (WIMUK) and was inducted into the Western Australia Women’s Hall of Fame in 2019.
Anshul is currently the CTO of Content Security and has been serving Content Security for over 12 years. Anshul is a true cyber security advisor/evangelist with over a decade of experience in delivering business outcomes for Content Security and its clients by helping them design and implement a robust information security strategy. Anshul also drives innovation within our business and is responsible for designing leading edge solutions and services that can help our clients secure their environment to prevent a data breach. His experience and knowledge has helped shape Content Security into the IT Security leader it is today.
Ash leads the Mining industry strategy at Uptake, a leading industrial-AI and enterprise software company. At Uptake, his team develops and executes the Digital Transformation roadmap for the mining companies across their value chain including mineral processing plants and underground and open-pit mining equipment. Over the past several years, Ash has advised dozens of Mining and Manufacturing CIOs and CTOs on the best practices in the Digital Transformation of their organizations, thanks to his extensive experience in process plants operations, strategy, start-ups, and Digital technologies. Some of the example of Prior to Uptake, Ash was the co-founder and CEO of an AI start-up that leveraged data to improve productivity and reliability of operations. He has served the mining industry for more than 15 years in multiple ways including as an operator and an OEM supplier. Ash holds a master’s degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he mentored several start-ups on business planning, product-market fit, and public speaking. Ash can be found talking to C execs of mining and tech companies on his Podcast-Core Insights.
Ben is a career Mining Engineer and Mine Manager of coal mines. Starting in South Africa, Ben has spent twenty years leading and consulting with companies in Australia, Canada, India, Turkey, Poland, China, New Zealand and the United States. Several years ago, Ben, with fellow founder and Director Vince Martin, started CMA to commercialise several areas of innovative conveyor technology. Ben's personal pursuits include flying and photography, and is the proud father of three children and husband to wife Katherine.
Benjamin Little is Senior Vice President at IAMGOLD Corporation, a leading international gold producer. He heads the Corporate Affairs, HSS, Security and People functions, is a member of the Executive Leadership Team, and is Chair of the corporate crisis committee. From 2013 to 2019, Ben also served as CEO of Euro Resources, a French publicly traded royalty company. Prior to joining IAMGOLD, Ben was Director of Government and International Affairs at Barrick Gold Corporation. He is a corporate lawyer, having practised at a leading business law firm in Toronto. He has also served as Senior Policy Adviser to Canada's federal Minister of Industry. Mr. Little studied at Queen's University (gold medallist), Oxford University (master's degree in international relations, Commonwealth Scholar) and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Bar Association, and has served or continues to serve on the boards of directors of many organizations, including SEMOS (Mali), the World Gold Council (Alternate), Euro Resources S.A. (France), the Canada-Chile Business Council, Minalliance (Quebec), the Mining Association of Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Canada-Peru Chamber of Commerce and the Canada-Pakistan Business Council. He is also a member of the Presidential Investment Council for Burkina Faso.
Over 25 years of professional experience in sales, developing accounts and territories, and leading multicultural groups of people pursuing businesses in Global market, including Africa, Australia, North and South America, and Europe.
Extended experience in corporate management, being responsible for P&Ls, leading multi-functional groups of people in successfully selling, planning, and delivering, automation & Optimization Software/Analytic in Mining & Metals, Pulp & Paper, Energy, and Infrastructure verticals.
Daniel Nimmo has over 25 years of experience in Energy and Management Information Systems and Management Practices throughout Asia Pacific. Daniel has led management change through innovative thinking and creative use of information technology linked to sound business principles and practices.
Helping leaders to harness the power of global external capabilities to drive their innovation agenda. Supporting startups and innovators to deliver impact in the resources sector.
Delanie joined the MCi team in 2014 and was named Vice President of Consulting services in 2018. While managing and leading coworkers in her field, she excels in the utilization of her skills by overcoming obstacles and tight deadlines delivering on projects around the world. Delanie started working as a Project Manager nearly five years ago, and has worked her way up through multiple positions, all after working with Flextronics and Continental Alloys & Services. Delanie earned her bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M University, and her master’s degree at St. Edwards’ University.
Dominic is a resources expert with more than 30 years of experience as a general commercial lawyer. An element of his practice is native title and cultural heritage matters, on which Dominic is an acknowledged authority. He joined McCullough Robertson in 1996 after holding prominent positions with the Queensland Government for seven years and is one of a few lawyers in Queensland with a combination of significant senior government as well as private practice experience. His positions with the Queensland Government included Program Director of the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Land Interests Program with the then Department of Lands.
When it comes to native title and cultural heritage, he is across all aspects of this area of law. As well as advising resource and infrastructure companies, he advises local Aboriginal Shire Councils, particularly around social infrastructure issues in the communities, which are generally in remote parts of Australia. He participates in the Yarning Up initiative, which is helping to close the gap for the remote Indigenous community of Lockhart River by identifying a number of potential business opportunities designed to generate jobs and income.
Dr Ben Adair is Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE). Originally from Ireland, Dr Adair has over 28 years’ experience in the Minerals Industry. He has worked for approximately half his time in applied Research and Development for the sector and the rest in a variety of company roles, most notably with Rio Tinto (in Australia and the United States) as well as in the South African Platinum Industry. Prior to joining CRC ORE in 2015, he worked at the University of Queensland both as Director of the JKMRC and then running an Industry funded Ore Sorting Centre. His primary interests are in step change technology to improve the Energy, Production and Water signatures of operating sites in the Minerals Sector.
Steyn obtained her Doctorate in Law (LL.D.) at the Université de Montréal, where her research focussed on addressing conflicts that arise at the intersection of Indigenous sacred sites and natural resource development projects in Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand (2018: Dean’s Honour List and Mention of Excellence). Her research is a synthesis of comparative law, legal anthropology, Indigenous theory, and international law. Fluent in five languages, she is the author/co-author of 12 articles/book chapters in peer-reviewed publications.
In 2016, Steyn spent four months as a Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Department of Law and Anthropology in Halle (Saale), Germany, at the invitation of its Director, Professor Marie-Claire Foblets. She returned there for conference participation purposes in 2017, as well as in 2018. At present she is collaborating with Professor Foblets on two forthcoming books, one of which is the Oxford Handbook on Law and Anthropology.
Originally from South Africa, she received her LL.M. cum laude (Council’s Award) from the University of South Africa, and graduated with a BA/LL.B. cum laude from the University of Johannesburg, where she served on the Faculty of Law from 1994 to 2003.
Steyn was admitted as an Advocate to the High Court of South Africa in 1994 and practiced in the natural resources and energy law, corporate law, corporate governance law, commercial law, and international trade law fields.
Emilie is the Stakeholder Engagement Manager for the mining sector at Standards Australia. In this role, she is responsible for engaging and managing relations with government, regulators, industry groups and other key stakeholders to support the development of relevant Australian Standards within the mining sector. She holds a Master of Science degree in Economic and Business Administration. Her professional background is focused on consultancy and international relations. She has previously worked for The Danish Foreign Ministry and The United Kingdom Government Department for International Trade.
I manage the people-side of change, ensuring the realisation of benefits which hinge on people doing things differently. How? By implementing change with minimal disruption, capable of setting the strategy and executing to high standards. This translates into record levels of time to productivity, passionate engagement and widespread buy-in. I save a fortune by proactively pre-empting resistance and ambivalence, avoiding rework, duplication and missed milestones. Resourceful and focused, I have an infectious energy and zest for life which builds rapport with even the most challenging stakeholder.
George Hemingway serves as Partner and head of the Innovation Practice at Stratalis, a
global growth and innovation consultancy. His focus is on helping organization to
outperform in uncertain markets by moving to a future-focus. Through his work as an advisor to leading global mining and industrial companies, he has pioneered the usage of non-traditional, consumer-facing strategy and innovation techniques to help companies to better understand the future, and how to prepare and profit from it.
He is considered one of the leading futurists in the mining industry and is a sought after speaker and a published monthly columnist on the future of the industry and how mining organizations can prepare for disruption and grow in uncertain times. He is a member of several corporate and philanthropic boards, including Budapest Honvéd FC, Riemann A/S
and the Chamber Orchestra of New York and is the Advisor on Growth and Innovation to the Lassonde Institute at the University of Toronto. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS from the Stern School of Business at NYU.
Gerard Barron is an entrepreneur and CEO who has a record of building globally focused companies in technology, media and future-oriented resource development. His passion is building companies that will help us build a truly sustainable future. He has been involved in the early strategic development and financing of DeepGreen since its formation in 2011. In 2001, he made his mark in advertising and media by founding Adstream, and remained CEO of the business until December 2013. During that time Adstream grew from a single office in Sydney to over 40 offices in 30 countries around the world. Mr. Barron has also been a first money investor in industry-leading companies, including Nautilus Minerals and Sirtex Medical. He is focusing on DeepGreen because he believes the company will help supply the world with the essential metals to build the technologies needed for a sustainable future, while avoiding the impacts of terrestrial mining, such as deforestation, tailings and child labour.
Haydn is the CEO of MST Global. Haydn commenced his career in underground gold mines in South Africa before joining Rio Tinto with roles in manufacturing, smelting and mining in the UK and USA. He has held senior leadership roles with Groundprobe and Komatsu Modular Mining Systems based in the US and Australia. Prior to MST Global, Haydn was the CEO of Leica Mining and COO of Hexagon Mining. He has extensive experience in executive management, mining technology and best practice. Haydn has a Mining Engineering degree from Cardiff University, Wales and a Master’s Degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.
Helder is a respected expert in natural resources, leading Proudfoot’s partnerships and delivery for the sector across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Prior to entering consulting, Helder held different management roles, gaining international experience in a diverse range of areas such as Operations, Production, Supply Chain, Logistics, Procurement, Quality, Customer Service, Continuous Improvement and Sales. At Proudfoot, Helder has worked with over 100 client companies across several geographic regions. This has equipped him to drive improvement opportunities for major organizations, designing solutions for significant financial and operational transformations. He works with clients to develop safe, predictable operations, increase throughput, and enhance maintenance effectiveness. Helder focuses on continuously improving supply-chain management and developing organizational change capabilities for clients’ teams. Helder holds a degree in chemical industrial engineering and an MBA in Management. He speaks fluent English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.
A recognised global subject matter expert in the field of private LTE and its applications within industrial enterprises, Ian Ross works within Telstra Mining Services as its Digital Transformation Manager. In this capacity, he is responsible for Telstra’s Private LTE strategies into the Mining and Oil & Gas verticals, both domestically and internationally; consulting with clients on the evolution of their production communications into platforms for digital transformation.
Born and educated and based in Sydney, Australia he has Arts and Laws degrees from the University of Sydney and practised as a commercial and corporate lawyer in Sydney in law firms and mining companies for more than 35 years until June 2015 acquiring considerable international experience. He continues to consult in mining and resources in Australia (and southern Africa) and to serve as a non-executive director or chairman of public companies.
He was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and Victoria in 1974 and 1981.
Since 1977 his executive career has specialised in corporate/commercial work with an emphasis on mining in large law firms - Lovells in London (1975-76); Allens (1977-1978) & Minters (1983-86) in Sydney), the former London merchant bank Morgan Grenfell in Sydney(1978-80); in significant mining companies – mostly in gold and copper (ASX listed Western Mining Corporation (1980-83 in Melbourne & significantly Delta Gold Ltd (1989-2001) in Sydney); and in entrepreneurial exploration & mining companies - Hunter Resources Ltd (1986-89) & Delta Gold in Sydney.
Apart from working closely with geologists and mining engineers and metallurgists over the years, he has acquired considerable experience in technical areas – minerals processing technologies, uranium conversion and enrichment and in medical science licensing.
Acquiring a global outlook, he became extensively involved with southern Africa in 1989 when he started travelling frequently to Zimbabwe and South Africa with Delta Gold on platinum and gold mining projects.
He was a key member of senior management in forming a joint venture with BHP Utah, later BHP Minerals, in 1990 and in negotiating and finalising a special mining investment fiscal and tax regime for the major Hartley Platinum Project (1992-1994), and in forming ASX-listed Zimplats in 1998 in Guernsey and investigating a London listing.
After leaving Delta Gold in 2001, he established his own legal practice in mining and resources in Sydney and has been involved in the promotion of (and corporate and project financing activities for) many entrepreneurial junior mining and exploration companies.
Relevantly, he consulted to Neptune Resources Plc (underwater minerals explorer) in connection with its London AIM listing in 2005 and has been associated with several other London AIM listings.
He was a member of Rotary International for 15 years (1988-2003); a foundation member of the NSW Corporate Lawyers Association (now called the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association) in 1978; a member of the International Bar Association for many years; and was a member of the Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association for many years from 1981.
He was a member of Law Council of Australia’s Business Law Section Resources Energy and Environmental Law Committee from 2002 to 2015 and has been a member of the Australia-Africa Minerals & Energy Group (AAMEG), which encourages corporate social responsibility in Australian exploration and mining companies active in Africa for several years since 2012.
He was a member of the Australia-Southern Africa Business Council (now called Australia-Africa Business Council) 1995-2005, including serving as NSW President 1999-2002 and as National Chairman 2002-2005.
He serves as the inaugural Honorary Consul for the Republic of Botswana in NSW (May 2007 to date).
He has substantial non-executive directorship and chairmanship experience with several ASX listed junior mining companies and with an unlisted company International Base Metals Ltd with copper projects in Namibia.
He has served on many ASX listed company boards as a non-executive director - as chairman of Copper Range Ltd, ElDore Mining Corporation Ltd (now called Ardiden Ltd), ActivEX Ltd (2006-2013) and as a non-executive director of Hill End Gold Ltd (2008-2014). He has also served as a director of the unlisted International Base Metals Ltd (2002 -08) and was a founding shareholder and chairman (2012-16) of Jimpec Resources Pty Ltd (iron and manganese in the Northern Territory).
Currently, he is a non-executive director of 4 unlisted companies – Rift Energy Metals Ltd incorporated in Mauritius and holding the Lubalisi Project in Tanzania (palladium, nickel, copper and cobat); chairman of Achatayhua Metals Peru s.a.c. holding interests in magnetite, copper and gold projects in Peru; chairman of a Canadian company Wild Dog Resources Inc. (porphyry copper/gold in PNG); and Empire Exploration Pty Ltd, an exploration incubator company.
He has a wealth of legal/commercial experience, a solid grounding in corporate governance and ethics, the highest integrity and reputation and extensive networks of contacts in the mining industry, the diplomatic community and in the professions.
He is commercially minded and pragmatic in negotiations and in board deliberations and well respected and widely known. He has extensive experience chairing board and shareholder meetings and is very familiar with the laws of meetings and procedures.
Currently, Ian is the non-executive chairman of New Energy Minerals Ltd listed on ASX (NXE) with vanadium and graphite projects in northern Mozambique in the process of being sold, having been a director since July 2014.
Based in Sydney, Ivan has two decades of experience in tracking market and technology trends across diverse fields including mining operations & maintenance, mining automation solutions, mine equipment condition monitoring, mining pumps, mining gears, mining chemicals, operator training and simulation, autonomous vehicles, contractor services, etc.
His consulting experience has included market opportunity assessments, end-user analysis, technical and management due diligence, competitive analysis and thought leadership support.
Clients he has worked for include Austmine, BHP Billiton, Downer, UGL, CIMIC, Broadspectrum, Monadelphous, Telstra, Vodafone, Hitachi, Sumitomo, Mitsui, ABB, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Eaton, Grundfos, NOV Mono, Rockwell, Yokogawa, Cummins, Wartsila, Deutz, Toshiba, Rexnord, Vodafone, Bosch, Momentive, ACCC, Austrade, CSIRO, etc.
He has managed and executed diverse studies across Frost & Sullivan’s global offices, authored numerous reports and articles for www.frost.com and has been quoted frequently in leading international business magazines and industry journals.
Jake Klein is the Executive Chairman of Evolution Mining. The company was formed in November 2011 and has a reputation for reliability and consistency. This has allowed Evolution to pursue a counter-cyclical M&A growth strategy to upgrade the quality of its asset portfolio and become Australia’s second largest ASX listed gold miner and one of the lowest cost gold producers in the world. Evolution currently operates five 100% owned assets and has an economic interest in the Ernest Henry copper-gold mine in Queensland. All assets are located in Australia.
Jake was previously the President and CEO of Sino Gold Mining Limited where he managed the development of that company into the largest foreign participant in the Chinese gold industry. Sino Gold was purchased by Eldorado Gold in late 2009.
Jake has previously held positions of non-executive director on the boards of Lynas Corporation and Oceana Gold. He is also a former President of the NSW Branch of the Australia China Business Council.
Jeff manages the consulting group at BMT, leveraging his talented team of professionals across the globe, to build customer relationships and continually increase value to their operations. Joining BMT in 2013, Jeff has worked closely with BMT customers across 6 continents having consulted at nearly 50 mines worldwide. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in Engineering, and has had an interest in the explosive industry from a very young age.
Senior level executive in mining and metals with a unique blend of international and domestic experience across different commodities and business cultures. Very broad cross discipline expertise in Government Affairs, Sales and Marketing, Operations, Logistics, Safety and R&D. Strong grasp of public board processes including IPO transition to a public company. Very familiar with all aspects of the energy/climate policy debate.
Joe has over ten years of mining industry experience. He graduated from Camborne School of Mines with an MEng in Mining Engineering, where he was awarded the Rio Tinto Mining Engineer Scholarship. His first permanent role led him to Finland, where he worked on a greenfield gold development in the Arctic Circle for Agnico-Eagle. After this he worked as a mining engineer in Saudi Arabia, on another greenfield construction project: the Jabal Sayid Copper Mine. After the project closed he moved to London, spending the past four-and-a-half years consulting to the mining industry in a technical, due diligence and business improvement capacity. Consultancy has led Joe to work for numerous mining companies including Rio Tinto at Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia and Pueblo Viejo for Barrick. Joe joined Inmarsat to lead its mining sector development, partnering with innovative mining business to help utilise Inmarsat’s industry leading satellite communications services.
Over 40 years in mining including 27 years leading mining operations, project developments and mining services businesses in the sand, coal, copper, iron ore and gold industries throughout Australia including 8 years in remote communities in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.
Now leading a Northern Territory based greenfields industrial abrasives (Garnet and Hornblende) mining, processing and sales business, Australian Industrial Minerals, through VA. An Engineering and Cost Study is underway to scope the redesign of the processing plant, operations and logistics chain which will be used to recapitalise and complete the commercialisation of the business.
Recently led the trading turnaround and successful sale (out of VA and Receivership) of the SubZero Group to MRS and stayed on to lead MRS Plc through a restructure, refinance and capital raise to achieve financial stability for the group.
Completed successful debt and equity fund raises for MRS (in UK and Australia) and AIM (in Australia).
Jon is a renowned international mining and operational excellence leader, respected for his deep resources know-how and expertise, as well as his passion for positive change in the industry.
Jon has led Proudfoot’s Global Natural Resources practice for the past three decades. Like all Proudfoot senior executives, he is hands-on and client-facing. From Canada, Chile, Mongolia and Kazakhstan to Australia, Jon works with our clients’ teams in Mining and Metals, Building and Construction Materials, Energy, and Oil and Gas. In all corners of the world, Jon helps companies to develop and deliver value across the price and lifecycle of their commodities and assets.
Jon is a thought leader and sought-after speaker in operational excellence, productivity and change management, as well as a subject matter expert in the global resources industry.
Kalev Ruberg has been active in the information systems arena for more than 40 years. As a BSc and Masters graduate from MIT, he studied at the Architecture Machine Lab (now the Media Lab). He continued his digital simulation research; first at the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) in Washington DC and University of California Berkeley Labs, then at Georgia Tech as an assistant professor. In 1982 he joined Canada’s National Research Council in Ottawa as a Senior Research Scientist where he developed a number of machine learning algorithms in the artificial intelligence field. Joining IBM Global Services, he designed large machine learning and control systems for IBM Manufacturing and for clients worldwide. In 1998 he was appointed the CIO and Deputy Minister to the Finance Minister at the Government of Manitoba where he was responsible for the government’s Information Services. Subsequently, he led development at a B2B e-commerce company. and then as a VP at TELUS, he was responsible for Application Development and Business Development and for developing the IT strategy and offerings for TELUS’ Healthcare vertical.
As the CIO and Executive General Manager for Information Services at Placer Dome, formerly the largest gold mining enterprise in the world, he led the restructuring of technology services worldwide.
Kalev joined Teck in 2006 as Chief Information Officer and was appointed Vice President, Teck Digital Systems (TDS) in 2017. Kalev has been integral to the success of numerous important initiatives, including the consolidation of all digital systems into a single One Teck environment; the integration of information systems and operations technology; the introduction a new company-wide information systems and technology governance structure; and the operational deployment of machine learning and analytics. Most recently, he has been appointed Vice President, Future, and Chief Innovation Officer where he is responsible for building an innovation pipeline, leading Ideas at Work and continuing to manage important technology partnerships. Kalev has published more than 30 papers in proceedings and journals.
Kieren is CEO of VoconiQ, a start-up helping companies and communities build trust. Spun out from CSIRO in mid-2019, VoconiQ has seen massive growth of its customer base while bootstrapping its way to value. It has the mission to foster understanding through clear and transparent communication.
Kim Parascos is the CEO of iVolve Pty Ltd, a software development company, specialising in systems integration and mobile solutions for industrial and enterprise applications.
Over the past five years, in her role as CEO, Kim had been responsible for the successful commercialisation of new products for iVolve. This resulted in iVolve securing partnerships with international organisations resulting in iVolve’s product being installed internationally in over fifty sites and for such companies including Rio Tinto, Xstrata, Anglo Coal and BHP. During that time she successfully applied for a number of government grants for iVolve and is responsible for its successful fund-raising activities.
Lee is a dedicated, hardworking, conscientious individual with a proven ability to develop business opportunities, increase sales revenue and project manage high value mining projects.
Mark Majzner is General Manager of Razor Labs‘ Australian business leading the company’s rapid growth in the expanding market for AI and deep learning solutions in the Mining, Oil & Gas and other sectors. Mark has over 30 year’s international business experience in Australia, Asia and Europe leading public and private companies through periods of expansion.
Senior Executive specializing in strategy development and implementation with key skills in technology transformation, innovation, leadership and cultural change for turnarounds, acquisitions and mergers. She values building relationships with all stakeholders to enable people to achieve outstanding results.
Specialties: Innovation strategy and development, technology and digital transformation, mining and manufacturing with experience in iron ore, base metals, coal and gold mining, paper manufacturing and conversion, PVC manufacturing and conversion plus insights into FMCG and logistics.
Strategy, Operations, Organisational Change, Leadership, Engineering, Asset Management, Project Development, Management and Delivery, Employee Relations, Stakeholder Relationship Development.
Dr Penny Stewart is a mining engineer (BE Mining, PhD, RPEQ, AusIMM CP) and founder of mining AI software company PETRA. Penny worked on mine sites for five years before obtaining her Queensland 1st Class Mine Managers’ Certificate of Competency. In 2000, she commenced PhD studies at UQ’s Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre, where she received the Ian Morley prize for Best Minerals Engineering Postgraduate student. In 2009, she instigated the application of self-organising maps (neural networks) for the study of SLC recovery analysis. In June 2015, Penny founded PETRA to extract value from mining data. PETRA is a world leading provider of machine learning and optimisation solutions to the global mining industry, including their flagship MAXTATM digital twin value chain optimisation suite. In 2016, PETRA collaborated with Newcrest Mining to develop and deploy some of the mining industry's first machine learning algorithms.
Experienced Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the mining & metals industry. Skilled in Predictive Maintenance, Asset Management, Data Analysis, Engineering, Maintenance Management, and Project Engineering.
Dr. Shahram Tafazoli is the CEO of Motion Metrics International Corp., a private Canadian corporation dedicated to improving mine safety and efficiency using artificial intelligence, computer vision, and cloud computing. Dr. Tafazoli conducted his thesis in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia, where he is now an adjunct professor. Dr. Tafazoli is also an avid inventor holding several patents, an angel investor in several promising Canadian tech start-ups, and an associate member of the Creative Destruction Lab at the University of Toronto.
Shane Booker is the APAC Growth Leader for Remote Operations, helping clients realise their digital transformation strategies using Honeywell’s expansive portfolio of automation products and the new enablers of cloud technologies and the industrial Internet of things (IIoT) to create remote operating environments that improve business agility and cost competitiveness.
In previous roles as the directory of innovation and strategy Asia and as the Global Lead for Virtualization, Shane has helped first adaptor clients rapidly deploy innovative technologies, allowing them to drive operational efficiencies, and ultimately new sources of revenue. Shane has 20 years of industry knowledge and a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Technology, Sydney.
I love creating learning and skills growth opportunities for self-improvement and to enable others as a committed, practice-led professional. As Isaac Asimov said "“If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them” and “The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but 'That's funny...”
My top strength, a love of learning pushes me to keep questioning how to create elite, effective, and evidence-based programs, to reduce the distance between the learning environment and the workplace. To lead through results in today's data driven minerals and energy exploration industry, we need to develop and access the best possible “how” through applied data science and neurodiversity approaches.
Innovation often occurs around the edges and at boundaries. Some of my favourites are: research-implementation, mature business-startups, and geoscience-non technical including governance. Engage with me at Geo-Logic Consulting, and with Edin and I at Action Twelve.
Recent programs delivered data science capability and created a future of learning pathway to enable organisational implementation for the changing future of work. Education is not something one can ever consider to be finished. Achievements include:
- Developing innovative approaches for both business model and learning products
- 95% Professional program participants agreed program delivered Learning Outcomes
- 100% Executive program participants agreed program delivered Learning Outcomes
- Delivered a learning model and flagship program as product innovator
- Co-creation partnerships with Industry and Education (CSIRO, UWA and Curtin University, ATCO Australia, Alcoa of Australia, Rio Tinto, and Roy Hill)
- Real, lasting, and tangible value return for you and your organisation
I continually seek for ways to engage and give back, in my workplace, on campus, and through learned societies. I welcome your connection to my network.
Over 20 years experience and a track record of superior accomplishment in local and international business development have proven my ability to optimise financial performance in challenging environments, establish the right platform for business growth, penetrate new markets and for leading companies successfully through organisational re-structures and cultural change.
Tania Constable PSM, joined the Minerals Council of Australia in July 2018 where she is proud to promote and advocate for a strong, vibrant and innovative minerals industry in Australia.
Prior to this, Tania was Chief Executive Officer of the CO2CRC (Collaborative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies) a leading global research organisation testing carbon capture and storage low emission technologies in Australia.
Tania previously worked as chief adviser in the Personal and Retirement Income Division of Treasury, working on tax-related matters and has had a long association with resources and energy, holding various senior executive roles in the Australian Government. Tania had responsibility for policy advice to the Minister for Industry on oil and gas regulation, exploration and development, and sustainable mining activities.
During this time Ms Constable also had the privilege of being the Australian Joint Commissioner and Sunrise Commissioner for Australia and Timor Leste leading joint activities on the development of the Joint Petroleum Development Area and Greater Sunrise Project.
She was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2014 for outstanding public service in the development of Australia’s liquefied natural gas and other resource and energy industries.
Tom is South Pole's Director Marketing and Communications. His focus is on corporate branding and positioning, lead generation, communications and events, as well as project storytelling to highlight the environmental and community impacts of sustainable development. Together with his team, he provides comprehensive marketing support, empowering many of the world's leading brands on their sustainability journeys. Prior to his role at South Pole, Tom established m-way and sharoo, two start-ups in the areas of electric mobility and peer-to-peer car sharing, acting as intrapreneur for Migros, Switzerland's biggest retailer. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Tony has been working in instrumentation, control and automation field sales roles for over 25 years. The last 15 of those years with VEGA Australia, the last 7 as their NSW Business Development Manager. Most recently he was appointed their national sales lead for Inventory, Logistics and Supply Chain management and, Industrial IOT’