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Day One Agenda - 23 March 2020


Attendee registration and refreshments


WELCOME and Chair's opening remarks

Michelle Ash CEO, GEOVIA Division, Dassault Systemes

Michelle Ash Dassault


Keynote presentation: A roadmap to underground electrification

  • Utilisation electrification to provide economics and strengthen licence to operate
  • Understanding what it takes to move from electrification to renewable power to meet demands for carbon reduction in mines
  • Creating a safer working environment 


Keynote Panel: Changing perception through disruptive technology

A panel of mining and non-mining industry leaders talks about the importance of mining industry, and company, brands, and what they represent

  • Shaping the future of mining through disruptive technology
  • How has traditional branding changed and what new values to today's brands need to encapsulate?
  • Collaboration and consolidation are keys to solving some of mining’s major technical challenges. But how do companies build sustainable competitive advantage and how are their big points of difference projected to product consumers, investors and future employees?
  • How can miners better project and protect their image, and meet the changing buy-in standards of the world’s biggest brands?

Moderator: Ashutosh Agarwal, Director Portfolio and Industry Strategy - Manufacturing and Mining,  Uptake

Kalev Ruberg, VP Future and Chief Innovation Officer, Teck Resources

Kalev Ruberg Teck Resources  Ashutosh Agarwal Uptake


Presentation: The HEADSUPS initiative - Future of Work

  • Leveraging technology to establish better connection with your workforce
  • Assessing the way leader engage with their workforce to determine the right processes and tools to increase profitabilit
  • Understanding the importance of investing in your workforce to maximise quality, safety, motivation and customer services in the business?

Jon Wylie, President Global Natural Resources, Proudfoot

 Jon Wylie Proudfoot    new-proudfoot-logo


Presentation: Automation and robotics deployment in mines
• Understanding the role of automation and robotics in mining
• Addressing challenges with cultural acceptance of technologies 
• Fostering skills in the operation and maintenance of autonomous and robotic equipment
Lee Hillyer, Managing Director, MMD      

Lee Hillyer MMDMMD



Break and refreshments

Insight Stage

11:05 – 11:15 – Delivered by Honeywell
11:15 – 11:25 – Delivered by VEGA
11:25 – 11:35 – Delivered by Uptake
11:35 – 11:45 - Delivered by iVolve
11:45 – 11:55 - Delivered by Schaeffler Australia 
11:55 – 12:05 - Delivered by Proudfoot







A New Way of Thinking: AI in Mine Development

  • Effective implementation of AI related applications to reduce errors and waste, and boost efficiency
  • Acquiring valuable data in real time to support better decision making

Lee Hillyer, Managing Director, MMD

Lee Hillyer MMDMMD

Case study: The use of machine learning to avoid common failures
  • Avoiding catastrophic equipment failures by catching accessory system anomalies
  • Detecting critical failures in slurry pumps 
  • Monitoring equipment with limited instrumentation – conveyor belt systems


Achieving operational excellence with artificial intelligence

  • Exploring the use of Machine learning and Deep learning in mine development
  • Examining data assert for better decision making
  • Understanding the appropriate storage solutions available

Michael Zolotov, Co-Founder and CTO, Razor Labs

Michael Zolotov Razor Labs

 Case study: creative thinking in innovation; process rather than product

  • The importance of innovating
  • What was the thought process we employed?
  • What problem were we trying to solve?
  • What were / are the barriers?

Ben Smith, Business Development Director,  Conveyor Manufacturers Australia

Ben Smith Conveyor Manufacturers Australia

Conveyor Manufacturers Australia




Knowledge Exchanges - Tailored discussion with Business France 








A new mineral exploration landscape

  • Surveys, initiatives and technologies changing Australia’s exploration prospects
  • Data and what it says about discovery rates
  • Can Big Data change tomorrow’s exploration success rates

Dr Sophie Hancock, Senior Exploration Geochemist & Data Scientist, Geo-Logic Resources Consulting, Director, Australian Institute of Geoscientists

Sophie Hancock Geologic Resources Consulting

Case study: Lifecycle services and advanced software that to create productive and stable operations






Coalbed methane development, mine ventilation and ground control

  • Creating safe working conditions in           underground mines
  • Reducing methane-related accidents         with effective gas management
  • Assessing the efficiency of your mine        ventilation systems ‘s capacity and          methane drainage system

    Dr. Shimin Liu, Associate Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering, Penn State University

    Shimin Liu Penn University

    A low energy, water and emissions driven future

    • A step change across the value chain in mining, processing and waste disposal
    • How do we reduce energy and water with today’s technology?
    • New technologies: a transformational change to mining value

    Dr Ben Adair, CEO, CRC ORE

    Ben Adair CRC ORE




    Break and refreshments

    Insight Stage

    15:15 – 15:25 – Delivered by Motion Metrics
    15:25 – 15:35– Delivered by AspenTech
    • Adopting digital strategies that transform data into how to create the mine of the future with AspenTech Mtell Machine Learning?
    • Why Mtell?
    • What are the differences with other offerings? 
    15:35 – 15:45 – Delivered by LASE 
    Laser measurement technology to improve mining operations
    • Where are the main application areas for stationary or moving equipment/machines?
    • What types of laser technology systems are available? 2D, 3D, Multi-Layer
    • Which kind of application cases can be provided and how can I benefit from implementing and using those systems?
    15:45 – 15:55 - Delivered by MST Global
    MST Global
    15:55 – 16:05 - Delivered by VULKAN Drive Tech
    VULKAN Drive Tech
    16:05 – 16:15



    Presentation: Volatility drivers on the metal market and exposure of producing countries
    • Identifying sustainable multi-sector development strategies in mining regions to boost shared benefits, equitable economic diversification, and local employment
    • Strengthening and Social and Environmental Sustainability
    • Understanding government capacity to apply good practices

    Sven Ulrich Renner, EGPS Program Manager, World Bank

    Sven Renner World Bank


    Fire side chat: How to create sustainable value into the future in a changing world full of risks and uncertainties

    • The impact of regulation on mining footprints, project delivery timelines, and market responses
    • The changing global trade climate and landscape, and future trade divisions
    • Boom-bust cycles and how the industry can improve the predictability and value of its investments, and returns
    • The 10-15-year horizon for mining and miners – what is visible, and what might emerge to change the view completely?
    Moderator: Nneoma Nwogu, Senior Counsel, The World Bank Group
    Matthew Johnson, Partner, Global Head of Mining, Hogan Lovells
    Benjamin Little, SVP Corporate Affairs, HSS & People, IAMGOLD
    Nneoma Nwogu World Bank      Matthew Johnson Hogan Lovells  Benjamin Little IamGold


    Presentation: Tech Startup Competition
    This competition will be offering innovative start-ups an opportunity to share their products before both the audience and an expert panel of industry figures. The panel will then decide upon the winning start-up


    Chair's closing remarks and end of day one

    Michelle Ash, CEO, GEOVIA Division, Dassault Systemes

    Michelle Ash Dassault


    Networking drinks reception



    Day Two Agenda - 24 March 2020


    Attendee registration and refreshments


    Chair's opening remarks 

     Jim Orchard, Principal , Journey to Zero Carbon

    Jim Orchard Cloudpeak


    Opening keynote address

    Tania Constable, Chief Investment Officer, Minerals Council Australia

    Tania Constable Minerals Council Australia


    Keynote presentation: The impact of technology and safety in the mining industry


    Keynote Panel: Tackling risks to health and safety for miners

    • Eliminating fatalities and reducing mining injury rates through effective safety and health management systems
    • Assessing the availability of technology solutions, education and training for mine workers and operators
    • Creating a culture of safety in the organisation to accelerate the pace of mine safety improvement 

    Moderated by senior representative from Honeywell  


    On-stage interview: Empowering women in mining

    As the industry strives to improve its performance and place in society, maximising gender and cultural diversity has been found at the forefront of most business objectives. Achieving the right mix of skills, ethnicity, gender and generations will offer a plethora of benefits to help deal with the rapidly evolving challenges facing the industry. Hear more on:

    • How mining boards and managerial structures are changing
    • What initiatives and messages are resonating with a younger generation of women (and what’s not)
    • How mining’s digital and technology-driven future can speed change in its gender and cultural composition
    • How effective change management can improve workforce retention

    Interviewer: Jim Orchard, Principal, Jouney to Zero Carbon
    Interviewees: Alexandra (Alex) Atkins, Non-Executive Director, Perenti; Director – Perth, Australia, International Women in Mining
    Dr Heidi Pass, Chief Geochemist, Gold Fields Ltd
    Jim Orchard Cloudpeak    Alex Atkins Perenti and International Women in Mining     Heidi Pass Goldfields




    Insight Stage

    11:20 – 11:30 – Delivered by PETRA
    Crossing the chasm - How can engineers and geologists learn to trust machine learning and AI? 
    • Whilst the mining industry is very good at innovating and achieving early adoption, like all industries, we also struggle to ‘cross the chasm’ to the ‘majority’.
    • How does the industry ‘cross the chasm’ to achieve sustained value creation from scalable machine learning and AI technologies? Adoption is key, and as those who have read “Crossing the chasm” will know, just because a pilot is successful, it doesn’t mean the ‘majority’ will embrace it?
    • This session will share wat we have learnt about engaging the ‘majority’ from our work deploying machine learning and AI technology into over 20 mining operations across six countries. 
    Dr Penny Stewart, Mining Engineer and Founder, PETRA
    PETRAPenny Stewart PETRA
    11:30 – 11:40 – Delivered by iVolve
    11:40 – 11:50 – Delivered by MMD
    MMD’s New Fully Mobile Surge Loader (FMSL) Brings Massive Cost Saving Opportunities 
    • +30% production increase
    • Fully Autonomous 
    • Removes Truck Reversing
    Lee Hillyer, Managing Director, MMD
    MMD  Lee Hillyer MMD

    11:50 – 12:00






    Presentation: Supporting leaders to stay ahead of the competition

    • Supporting leaders to develop effect skills to achieve sustainability in the business
    • The value of communication and allocating time to aid profitability 
    • Understanding what the future work environment will look like to stay ahead of the competition

    Helder Santos, Managing Director Natural Resources EMEAA, Proudfoot


    Insight versus instinct: Don’t fall victim to the data trap

    • Why sites that embrace technology are so far ahead. An exploration of the changing landscape of a smart mine
    • Your competitive edge must be built on the wisdom of your decisions
    • Innovation starts with data and ends in knowledge.  Kim shares her experience on the journey in-between

    Kim Parascos, Founder and CEO, iVolve

    Kim Parascos iVolve





    Case study: Deep Sea Mining and metals 

    • State-of-the-art deep sea harvesters, with maximum respect to our ocean’s health
    • Suppling the metals for our future
    • Why is a multi-disciplinary approach better than one standalone method?

    Gerard Barron, CEO & Chairman, DeepGreen Metals Inc

    Gerard Barron DeepGreen Metals

    Transitioning to intelligent mines

    • Integration and optimisation of all technologies across the mining value chain
    • Adapting governance models to support agile principles
    • Lessons learnt from the transformation journey

    Senior Representative, Motion Metrics





    Knowledge Exchanges - Tailored discussion with Proudfoot







    Water quality & management

    • Better tool, better model, better stewardship
    • Decreasing liability and risk
    • Increasing sustainability in the industry

    Professor Lesley A. Warren, Claudette Mackay-Lassonde Chair in Mineral Engineering, Director, Lassonde Institute of Mining, University of Toronto

    Lesley Warren Lassonde

    Case study: Transforming Underground mining in the Philippines

    • Building the capability within the company to modernise
    • Leveraging technology to improve safety in mine
    • Effective change management technique for your workforce

    James Allnutt, Project Manager, OceanaGold

    James Allnutt Oceana Gold





    Case study: Maximising connectivity in underground mining 

    • Examining the impact of 5G network development, and new short/long-range control possibilities, on tomorrow’s underground and surface mines
    • A deep dive on 5G and the ‘intelligent mines’ of the future
    • The impact of 5G on control and autonomous systems

    Senior Representative, Telstra Mining Services


    Fireside Chat: Striking the right balance between ESG and profits

    Large traditional investors in mining say there’s an unequivocal correlation between strong company culture and profits, which is a big departure from past thinking on this increasingly vital topic. Here a high-level executive panel offers fresh insights into mining’s ESG challenges, the clear and present threats posed by social licence approval trends, and the rise and rise of ESG investors. Hear more about:

    • How companies are turning insight into actions and demonstrable improvements in community connections
    • What it takes for companies to translate high level frameworks and principles into constructive on-ground actions 

    Kieren Moffatt, CEO and Co-Founder, Voconiq

    Emile Mortensen, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Standard Australia

    Kieren Moffatt VoconiqEmilie Mortensen Standards Australia  




    Insight Stage

    15:10 – 15:20
    15:20 – 15:30
    15:30 – 15:40
    15:40 – 15:50
    15:50 – 16:00



    On-Stage Interview:  Investing in gold miners and the outlook for the industry

    • Understand global gold market structure
    • Responsible sourcing of gold
    • What the future will look like

    Jake Klein, Executive Chairman, Evolution Mining

    Jake Klein Evolution Mining


    Dassault Systemes: Measuring sustainability in mining

    • Maximising technology capabilities to innovate
    • Streamlining processes to save cost 
    • Implementing effective change management techniques in the organisation



    Keynote Panel: Defining the mining industry’s approach to managing climate impact and risk

    As concerns around environmental issues rise, so has the desire to minimise negative environmental impact. This panel will explore how the industry is:

    • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by using more energy-efficient technology and improving waste management 
    • Becoming a bigger part of solutions rather than being a perceived problem
    • Becoming more unified in the way it confronts hostile detractors, and builds more constructive community engagement mechanisms
    Thomas Schröder, PhD, Head of Climate Action, South Pole
    Elizabeth Steyn, Cassels Brock Fellow in Mining & Finance Law. Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Western University
    Dr Suzie Wood, Principal Climate Change Sustainability and Public Policy, BHP
    Dominic McGann, Partner, McCullogh Robertson
    Thomas Schroder South Pole   Elizabeth Steyn Western University Suzie Wood BHP Dominic McGann McCullough Robertson


     Closing remarks and end of conference

    Jim Orchard, Principal, Journey to Zero Carbon

    Jim Orchard Cloudpeak