We will address jurisdictional and governance changes and showcase the new developments affecting the mining industry in 2 days of independent, curated content with the world’s leading experts and the most influential key-note speakers, guaranteed to bring fresh new perspectives and to challenge conventional thinking.

Future of Mining Conference


Engagement and discussion are key to ensuring our audience can truly explore the content and opinions on stage at the event. By breaking down the wider topics into areas of speciality, and utilising new technology throughout the workstreams, we allow our delegates to pose questions, take polls, vote and debate with the ease of their smartphone to ensure real time engagement and information sharing.


While presentations and panels are the key to a broader understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the industry, true value comes from enabling in-depth, open discussion with peers. We will curate and run small group knowledge exchanges on key issues to encourage collaborative problem solving and growth, which will then form the basis of our ongoing coverage throughout the year. These groups will be a true mix of profiles, including mining companies and METS providers, advisers and industry associations.


Throughout the conference, we will be presenting the most innovative, trend setting developments in the METS world, with established companies giving demos alongside start-ups with new ideas across the industry, to provide a 360 view of products and services on the market both today and in the future.


Day 1 Programme - 14 May 2018





Keynote – Cycle time: Are miners better equipped for the future?

  • Miners are leaner and meaner, with balance sheets cleaner, but are they more agile and ready to deliver better capital returns over the next decade?
  • How do miners meet, and beat the, key stakeholder expectations?
  • What are the critical areas of operational excellence, and what does excellence look like?
  • With the technological revolution taking hold, what are the new benchmark levels of mobile and fixed plant utilisation and performance companies are aiming for, and how will they impact bottom line?

Stephen McIntosh, Group Executive, Growth and Innovation, Rio Tinto


Panel – Living in a material world

  • How will new metal uses, and markets, transform the mining industry in the next decade?
  • What impact will material sourcing trends have on mining in the years ahead?
  • Is Blockchain disruptive for mining and metals, or are there holes in the theory?
  • How will 3D printing, nanotechnology and other innovations change the mining supply landscape?

Andrew Scott, Senior Director - Innovation, Barrick Gold
FLSmidth Representative


Fireside Chat – One Belt, One Road – China builds for the future

  • What impact will the new Asian mega-infrastructure project have on metals demand?
  • What are the implications for one of the region’s biggest and most diverse raw material quarries, Australia?
  • How do companies, large and small, showcase their capabilities?
  • What are the opportunities along the new Silk Road?

Jean Dong, CEO, Australia – China Belt and Road Initiative




Insight Stages








Out with the old, in with the new – drilling optimisation takes an interesting turn

  • How effective is fast data management and real-time analysis being used to better direct the drill bit?
  • How will information and connectivity change the way we drill in the future?
  • Will technology-led exploration success creates new supply and service companies?

John Emerson, Consultant Mineral Exploration Operations (Drilling), Emerson Consultancy
Soren Soe, Program Leader – Drilling, Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC)

3D mine mapping

  • How has 3D mine mapping changed the way we model and optimise the mines of the future?
  • What are the new directions for 3D mine design and scheduling, and what are the drivers?
  • How can more data be turned into dollars?

Dr Charlotte Sennersten, Technology Leader, Mining3

Insitu mining

  • What are the most important benefits of insitu mining (ISM) and can technology help make the process sustainable for the future?
  • Will new technologies and their successful application speed adoption rates?
  • Can negative public perceptions be overturned and what impact might that have on permitting efficiency?
Dr Ben Adair, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, CRC ORE
Dr Dave Robinson, Research Leader Base and Precious Metals Hydrometallurgy, CSIRO


Down-hole  survey technologies

  • What has worked, and what hasn’t? Where is the most value being delivered today?
  • How is technology improving the efficiency and effectiveness of down-hole radar?
  • How robust and durable are modern systems?
  • What new down-hole survey technologies are emerging and how will they increase returns from core drilling?

Michelle Carey,Global Manager, Intergrated Solutions, IMDEX
Dave Lawie,Global Manager, Geochemistry, IMDEX

Designing a mine to deliver end-to-end efficiency

  • How can software connectivity help create an end-to-end solution for the digital mine?
  • Why is integrated automation, not just automation, the real future of mining, and how can it be achieved?
  • How does a fully integrated mining, landform, infrastructure, water and closure planning system beneficially feed into both short and long-term decision making?
  • How is dynamic scheduling and advanced visualisation transforming management of mining’s value chain?

Advances in Pre-Concentration Technologies

  • How has pre-concentration reduced surface material handling and backfill unit costs?
  • Is Pre-concentration a viable option for certain geographies?
  • What pre-concentration technologies have been most successful and how will these make pre-concentration more sustainable for the future?
  • How can miners overcome space constraints which present challenging conditions for pre-concentration to take place?




Insight Stages




Panel - Navigating a social mine field

  • How can miners sell the benefits of technology that means they employ fewer people?
  • What does automation and more ‘remote-control mining’ mean for the industry’s social licence to operate? 
  • Does the ‘employment’ clause in social licences mean no autonomous mines in certain geographies? 
  • How can miners work with governments and communities to speed delivery of safer, more environmentally friendly mines?

Dave Clark, Market Development Leader, Advisory, GHD
Paul Hodgson, General Manager, Innovation and Stakeholder Engagement (East Coast), NERA - National Energy Resources Australia


Presentation – The path through Mining Digital transformation: The Huawei Vision

Michael Cox, Principal ICT Architect, Huawei Australia


Panel – The death of the manual mine: Ready or not

  • What does a fully automated mine of the future look like next to today’s manned version?
  • What are the pros and cons for each with regards to capex, opex ROI, safety and reclamation comparables?
  • How far away is the autonomous mine and is the industry ready for the shift?

Carl Hendricks, Mining Automation & Solutions Regional Manager, Caterpillar
Jason Wienert, Principal Solution Architect, Huawei Technologies
Paul Lucey, Chief Executive Officer, Project 412
Theophile Yameogo, Vice President, Digital Innovation, Dundee Precious Metals




Insight Stages







Blockchain - New ways to track and trace commodities

  • How might Blockchain provide a more robust, transparent, end-to-end view of the custody of goods?
  • How can Blockchain change the way ores are traded? Has it already become its own competing currency to commodities?
  • How can miners take advantage of Blockchain today and where should they invest?

Powering the future – storage solutions

  • What are the five most significant renewable energy storage projects in mining?
  • Where are they most useful and why?
  • How are they paving the way towards a new remote power generation course?
  • How will this impact the functionality of mines in years to come?

Collaborate to compete: The value of cross collaboration for improved support, growth and development

  • How can mining companies work together to support the overall growth and development of the mining industry?
  • Can cross collaboration enable mine owners to work together to solve the same issues/challenges?
  • How can a united approach improve polices and processes, relationships with governments, communities and the protection of jobs?


Knowledge sourced, knowledge gained, knowledge shared – understanding the value of data capture, interpretation and communication for swift decision making

  • Where is high-powered business analytics having a material impact on mining?
  • How do you build a digital innovation culture?
  • What are the key benefits of being able to create, acquire, and transfer knowledge quickly, and properly harness ‘real-time intelligence’ in and across the business?
  • How can the virtual, or digital twin mine help you manage and mitigate risk?

Craig Stewart, Managing Director, TSG Consulting

The real world value of micro-grid technology in today’s volatile energy environment

  • What are the advantages of micro-grids for mining?
  • Who is pursuing them?
  • What are the primary economic drivers?

Adrian Constable, Asia Pacific Microgrid Manager, Caterpillar

Reporting, Transparency and Accountability – the importance of connectivity

  • How connected are company headquarters with the factory floor?
  • Does open and transparent communication allow asset owners to deploy capital more effectively and reap higher returns?
  • Can data and cloud based sharing enable better communication and decision making?
  • Are employees responding well to individual monitoring and is this allowing better information to management?

Nelson Bodnarchuk, Director, Operational Systems, Torex Gold Resources


Presentation TBC


Keynote - Fight or Flight – improving performance

  • What are the most valuable performance indicators and metrics and why do we use them?
  • How can metrics encourage increased responsibility and accountability?
  • Why must a culture of ‘quick wins’ be changed to a more future thinking approach?

Christian “Boo” Boucousis, Entrepreneur I Author I Higher Performance Coach , Afterburner
Afterburner helps individuals, teams and organisations to grow faster by using techniques developed by elite military teams to drive accountability, increase agility and accelerate performance. Led by Christian “Boo” Boucousis, a high performance expert, executive leadership coach and former Royal Australian Airforce pilot, this session will provide real world  examples of how fighter pilots use the skills developed during their military careers to succeed in business.


Closing remarks


End of Day 1



Day 2 Programme - 15 May 2018





Keynote Panel: Start-ups – a new wave of innovation and collaboration

  • How is the new start-up culture changing the way mining companies interact with their supply ecosystem?
  • How are smaller, agile suppliers influencing the way mining companies see and use technology?
  • Can non-mining suppliers have a bigger impact on supply chains, and mining outcomes?

Charles Gillies, Chief Investment Officer, Jolimont Global Mining Systems
Ric Gros, Chief Executive Officer, METS Ignited
Justin Strharsky, Director, Unearthed


Panel: Change Management – Driving growth with acceptable rates of return

  • How are miners adapting to an era of rapid technological, social and geopolitical change?
  • Do new infrastructure needs, and social demands, create delays and extra costs that threaten the viability of more projects?
  • What are the top five sustainability challenges for the industry today?
  • What are the main elements of a successful modern mining culture and workplace?

Chaired by: Douglas Morrison, President and Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI)
Joe Carr, Director - Mining Enterprise, Inmarsat
Natalie Bussau, Principal, Innovation, Sandpit Innovation


Presentation: Water Management

Manfred Schaffer, Group Executive Vice President, FLSmidth




Insight Stages







Reaching new depths – evaluating the business case for deep and undercover exploration

  • What new technologies promise greater deep and blind exploration success?
  • Will deep earth imaging and advances in geophysics techniques, coupled with at-rig analytical breakthroughs, change the course of greenfields and brownfields exploration?

Professor Richard Hillis, Chief Executive Officer, Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC)

Anglo American Case Study – Data Flow

Craig Manz, General Manager & SSE at Moranbah North Mine, Anglo American

It’s been a blast

  • What are the new forms of blasting technology and how will they help provide better blasting solutions for different conditions/objectives?
  • When and where can they be applied to achieve the best results?
  • Can combination blasting increase production and reduce spillage?
  • What prediction and data tools can provide better throughput/revenue?

Dr Penny Stewart, Managing Director, PETRA Data Science


 Multi-element mapping and analysis

  • What are the most significant developments/Big Breakthroughs?
  • How is this helping the discovery of new precious and base metals?
  • Why is a multi-disciplinary approach better than one standalone method?
  • How can real time data analysis allow geologists to understand rock formation better and enable quicker decision making?
Louis Gauthier, Exploration Manager, AngloGold Ashanti

AI in mine development

  • How will artificial intelligence, big data and crowdsourcing change the way mines are planned and developed?
  • What role is AI playing in automated ore fragmentation assessment, and how might it improve the efficiency and effectiveness of geotechnical inspections?
  • How might AI have a bigger impact on mine fleet maintenance optimisation in the automation age?
Gustavo Vieira, Chief Information Officer, Vale

 Fine and ultra-fine grinding

  • What new technology is helping miners optimise returns from fine and ultra-fine ore grinding?
  • How can plant operators improve ore processing rates without impacting recoveries?




Insight Stages



Panel: From foes to friends – re-thinking your relationship with governments and communities for competitive advantage

  • How can you leverage your relationships with governments and communities to a) reduce risk b) improve current and future outcomes c) drive business d) and increase respect/community support?
  • How do you build and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders through the life of an operation?
  • What impact will stricter regulations have on your relationships with governing bodies and how will compliance change as a result?
  • How do you deal with a catastrophic breakdown in key stakeholder relationships?

Evan Elstein, VP Information Technology and Community Relations, Evolution Mining


Panel: Skills & Knowledge Attraction and Retention – building our future

  • How are we re-training our current workforce to deal with the future mine?  
  • Are we investing in different forms of training for the millennial generation? And if so what?
  • How are we recruiting new talent?
  • How do we compete in the labour market for digital skills?
  • How can we ensure we attract and retain the right people for the job?

Gavin Lind, Director, Workforce and HSEC, Minerals Council of Australia
Professor Sam Spearing, Director, Western Australian School of Mines Kalgoorlie, Curtin University


Debate: Are miners winning over sceptics who question their environment management credentials?

    • Has the industry’s social licence to operate been enhanced or diminished in the past decade?
    • How are successful renewable energy projects influencing planning for the mines of the future?
    • Is better cradle-to-grave mine planning significantly improving project closure outcomes, and reducing the regulatory odds around new projects?
    • Will a multi-lateral ban on tailings storage facilities be a project killer?

Professor Glen Corder, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The Univiersity of Queensland
Richard Denniss, Chief Economist, The Australia Institute




Insight Stages







Outsourcing Logistics – New leasing on life?

  • What are the current drivers for mining service provider/capital outsourcing decision making?
  • How will these drivers affect the current service provider value proposition in the future?
  • Has the industry changed its perspective on how and what they outsource?
  • How are service providers adapting their solutions for different types of miners?
David Noort, WA Operations and Business Development Manager, Pybar Mining

Waste Management

  • What are the key mine waste management practices being changed by good science, and those being impacted by regulatory and economic forces?
  •  Where is technology having the biggest impact on waste management in mining and mineral processing?
  • How will mine tailings management change in the next decade?
  • Which recycling trends will have the biggest effect on mines, and why?

 Fireside Chat: Baby Boomers vs Millennials – optimising the transition

  • What do Millennials think about mining and what changes can they bring to the industry?
  • Does mining in mature jurisdictions face its most critical skills shortage in the next decade, o r is there a silver lining in today’s education and training clouds?
  • Does technology have a positive or negative role to play in wooing Millennials?
  • How is the industry taking a different approach to attracting and retaining tomorrow’s best and brightest?


Fleet Management: Utilising digital enablement for increased productivity

  • How will IoT applications redefine real-time mobile fleet management (including operations and maintenance)?
  • What are the benefits for enterprise level control and reporting over the next 5 years?

Paul Higgins, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Dingo

Your network is your net worth – investing in connectivity and communications

  • How are Remote IoT Networks and Communication improving current mine connections?
  • Are we there yet? Does Network Capability/reliability stack up against our intention to pursue a completely autonomous mine?

Dr Douglas Carter, Engineering Manager, Nautitech

Brand Risk – The importance of Public Opinion

  • We cannot overlook the importance of public opinion. How are miners creating a new positive image and brand, free of past industry stigmas? How does transparency become an image-builder, rather than destroyer? What messaging and channels promote the most effective communication with stakeholders, and why?

Joe Rogers, Chief Executive Officer, The Contenders


Keynote: Prioritising the future – where do we stand?

  • How can asset investment returns and enterprise dividends be maximised today without harming future prospects?
  • How do you future-proof your business in a time of unprecedented uncertainty and rapid change?
  • What are the key behaviour traits of ‘smart’ and successful miners, and do they equate to a brand with a premium value?
  • How does the current view of the future shape organic and corporate strategic growth planning?


 Closing Remarks



Networking Drinks Reception


Platinum Partners


Gold Partners


Silver Partners