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Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP

Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan MPMinister for Energy and Mining

Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP is South Australian Minister for Energy and Mining.

Minister van Holst Pellekaan was elected to Parliament as the Member for Stuart in 2010. He was promoted to the Shadow Cabinet in 2011 and has held the Energy and Mining portfolios since June 2014.

After his re-election at the 2018 State Election, he was sworn in as Minister for Energy and Mining in the Marshall Liberal Government.

Minister van Holst Pellekaan started his working life as a labourer before playing four seasons in the National Basketball League and at the same time gaining a Bachelor of Economics.  He then spent ten years with BP Australia before entering the small business sector as a shareholder and operator of Outback roadhouses for seven years.  This was followed by three years developing cycle tourism in the Southern Flinders Ranges immediately before entering Parliament.

Minister van Holst Pellekaan’s electorate extends from Kapunda at its southern end, all the way up to the NT border. It heads east to the NSW border. It includes the Mid North agricultural region, all of the Flinders Ranges and the vast north-east pastoral region surrounded by the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales. The regional city of Port Augusta is its main population centre.

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Vanessa Davidson

Vanessa DavidsonDirector, Copper Strategy and Research, CRU

Vanessa Davidson joined CRU in 1988 and has had extensive experience of analysing metal markets across the range of ferrous and non-ferrous industries. After managing CRU’s Special Steel & Alloys Team for 15 years, Vanessa became Director of the company’s Copper Team in 2012.

In addition to the many market studies and cost reports undertaken, Vanessa has been heavily involved in project feasibility studies and strategy assignments.

She graduated with a degree in Economics in 1985.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 1: International perspectives on copper
  • Time: 9.10 am
  • Presentation: Keynote address - Outlook for the copper market

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Patricio Hidalgo

Patricio HildalgoGeneral Manager Marketing, BHP

Patricio is currently the General Manager Sales- Metals in BHP Marketing, based in Singapore. Patricio joined BHP in 2006 as a Mining Engineer at Escondida Mining Operations, having previously worked at Dyno Nobel as a Drill and Blast Engineer. Patricio has worked in a variety of roles from operational roles in open pit and underground assets in Chile and Australia, Major Capital Projects in Australia and commercial roles in Chile and Singapore.

Patricio received his Mining Engineering Degree from Universidad de Santiago de Chile in 2006, and a MBA from Curtin University in Australia.

He is an active Board Member of Women in Mining and Resources (WIMAR)

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 1: International perspectives on copper
  • Time: 9.30 am
  • Presentation: International copper market trends

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Jorge Cantallopts

Jorge CantalloptsDirector, Research and Public Policies, Chilean Copper Commission (COCHILCO)

Jorge has a Master in Financial Economics and Economist from the University of Santiago de Chile and has 22 years of experience as an economist, of which over 17 have been dedicated to the analysis of the mining sector.
He served as Cochilco's Coordinator of Public Policies between 2007 and 2011, prior to his appointment as the Director of Research and Public Policies in May 2014.

Previously Jorge served as Executive Director of MBChile and was a consultant and advisor of the Mining Council. He has worked in areas of study and statistics in the Internal Revenue Service and the Central Bank of Chile among other institutions.

He has authored several articles on economics and mining policies, and has been Professor of assessment projects, economic theory and market analysis of minerals in different universities in Chile.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 1: International perspectives on copper
  • Time: 9.50 am
  • Presentation: Green copper - emerging trends

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Alex Blood

Executive Director, Mineral Resources Division, Government of South Australia

Alex Blood brings more than 20 years diverse industry experience to the role of Executive Director Mineral Resources within the South Australian Government, joining the division in 2017.

Alex’s professional experience spans roles at the state, national and global levels for a wide variety of mining, oil and gas, infrastructure and industrial projects across Australia, Papua New Guinea, Asia- Pacific and Africa. She sits on the National Board for environmental professional certification and has held past global and national corporate sustainability, business planning and technical advisory roles.

In varied leadership roles, Alex has overseen the approvals and assessment processes of significant mining and other projects both in Australia and abroad, corporate strategy and policy, industry committees, environmental and social assessments, and community consultation. Along with her ability to conceptualise the 'big picture' and apply managerial and technical skills with precision, communication is one of Alex’s core strengths – and she is highly regarded for consulting and engaging meaningfully with stakeholders from all viewpoints within many cultural settings. Alex holds a Masters of Environmental Science from the University of Adelaide.

In 2012 Alex became the first woman to be named Environmental Practitioner of the Year by the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

Stepping into the public sector (2017), Alex leads the Mineral Resources team in its commitment to oversee responsible development of South Australia’s mineral resources, including both the mining and quarrying sectors, the state Geological Survey and environmental and social regulators. The challenge is balancing sector growth whilst ensuring the exploration and production of minerals is carried out in a manner that prevents undue harm to the environment and stewards community benefits. As well as innovative policy, case management and regulatory functions, the division delivers high quality geoscientific data, information and advice which is globally recognised for its leading technical excellence.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Chair, Session 1: International perspectives on copper
  • Time: 9.30 – 10.30 am

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Paul Heithersay

Deputy Chief Executive, Department of the Premier and CabinetPaul Heithersay

As Deputy Chief Executive, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Dr Heithersay leads the Minerals, Resources and Energy divisions. These divisions manage the State's mineral, gas, petroleum, energy, and investment sectors on behalf of the people of South Australia.

Paul also heads the Resources Infrastructure and Investment Task Force, a specialist team that works to secure investment in state significant projects involving mineral resources and downstream processing. The Task Force emerged from the Olympic Dam Task Force, which was originally established to facilitate the proposed open-pit expansion of BHP Billiton’s underground copper-gold-uranium mine near Roxby Downs. Its team members and partners have since been responsible for delivering innovative solutions to major project challenges through the work of the Port Pirie Transformation Task Force and the Steel Task Force. The team has also overseen the development of South Australia’s Copper and Magnetite strategies.

Before joining the Public Service in 2002, Dr Heithersay spent more than 20 years in the mining industry in Australia and Southeast Asia and China for North Ltd and its predecessor Geopeko.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 2: Australian perspectives - new technologies in copper mining
  • Time: 11.00 am
  • Presentation: South Australian perspectives

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Claire Halsey

Claire HalseyGeneral Manager Integrated Operations, Olympic Dam - BHP

Claire is responsible for integrated planning, governance and technical standards, remediation, modification and small projects, services (such as water, training, camps and transport) and the Integrated Remote Operating Centre study for the multigenerational Olympic Dam asset.

Claire joined BHP in December 2017 from Santos Limited, where she worked for nearly ten years in numerous roles including as Project Director responsible for the safe delivery of the GLNG project’s upstream field activities in Queensland, and more recently as Chief Transformation Officer responsible for driving change to deliver enterprise-wide cost efficiencies and improved business outcomes. Prior to that, Claire worked as a solicitor, company secretary and general counsel.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 2: Australian perspectives - new technologies in copper mining
  • Time: 11.10 am
  • Presentation: Technology and innovation at Olympic Dam

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Andrew Mooney

Principal Advisor, Mining, OZ Minerals  Andrew Mooney

As Principal Advisor – Mining, Andrew is responsible for major projects and operational support across OZ Minerals.

With over 15 years' local and international experience, Andrew specialises in the leadership of both surface and underground operations, major project delivery and the optimisation of operations through innovation, business improvement and cultural engagement.

Andrew is a member of The Minerals Institute (AusIMM) and will be providing an Australian perspective on new technologies in copper mining in context of OZ Minerals' Carrapateena project

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 2: Australian perspectives - new technologies in copper mining
  • Time: 11.25 am
  • Presentation: Innovation - from tech buzzword to intrinsic culture

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Gavin Wood

Gavin WoodChief Information and Digital Officer, Newcrest Mining

Gavin has held senior positions at Aurizon, Coles Myer and David Jones with responsibilities in IT strategy, IT procurement, project delivery and line management.

He is an advocate for the innovative use of mobility, advanced analytics, cloud based services, and managed services, and has had great success in delivering business outcomes to Newcrest Mining in these areas.

Gavin is a strong believer in empowered, values driven teams working together towards shared goals and is very proud to lead a high performing team at Newcrest.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 2: Australian perspectives - new technologies in copper mining
  • Time: 11.40 am
  • Presentation: Using digital technology to drive value

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Hal Stillman

Hal StillmanDirector, Technology Development and Transfer, International Copper Association

Hal Stillman is responsible for leading industry-funded R&D focused on developing ways to improve the use of copper in existing applications and create new applications for copper. He works with universities, companies and research institutes covering a broad variety of industries including heat exchange, wire and cable, and aquaculture.

Hal is a member of the investment committee of the $50 million Aurus III venture fund in Chile which is focused on technology and services for the copper mining industry. He is an advisor to the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Lab on technology development and commercialisation. Previously Hal was Senior Vice President, Technology, Innovation, and New Ventures at ABB.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 2: Australian perspectives - new technologies in copper mining
  • Time: 11.55 am
  • Presentation: New technologies emerging in copper mining

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John Fennell

John FennellChief Executive Officer, International Copper Association (Australia)

John Fennell is the CEO of the International Copper Association (ICA) Australia Ltd.  ICA is the pre-eminent marketing and technology development body for the copper industry in Oceania and is closely aligned with the global International Copper Association (ICA) and the Copper Alliance.

ICA’s members  represent a majority of global copper production and many of the largest copper and copper alloy fabricators

ICA Australia's status as a not-for-profit trade association provides its members with a credible independent advocate to address challenges faced by the collective industry

Prior to his role with the ICAA, John owned and operated a  mid-size manufacturing company in the automotive industry having previously worked with Price Waterhouse in the accounting and management consulting fields.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Chair, Session 2: Australian perspectives - new technologies in copper mining
  • Time: 11.00 am – 12.30 pm
  • Presentation: Introduction to the session and panel discussion

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Andrés Pesce Aron

Andres Pesce AronVice President, Sustainability and New Business, Fundacion Chile

Andrés Pesce Aron qualified as a Civil Industrial Engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica and holds a Master in Business Administration from Bocconi in Milan.

Prior to working with Fundacion Chile (FCh) Andrés had experience in consulting, asset management and business development in companies such as Mckinsey, Moneda, Compass and Finmeccanica (Quadrics) in Chile, Italy and England.

In his 9 years in FCh, Andrés has overseen the management of the organisation’s portfolio companies, leading the implementation of more than 20 deals, including the creation and exit of companies such as Solar Chile, Axon Axis and mRisk. He has served as chairman of several startups such as Solar Chile, mRisk, and GCL, and as board member of many others. He managed Fundación Chile’s Investment Fund that returned 3X to its investors. Andrés founded and is now a board member of EmprendeFCh, an entrepreneurship platform which has supported over 80 start-ups with seed capital in the last 5 years. He is also member of the investment committee of the early stage investment fund CLIN.

Andrés has recently been appointed as Vice President of Sustainability and New Business in FCh and currently oversees the Open Innovation Platform in Mining–Expande, the National Tailings Monitoring System Initiative, the Mining Interoperability Platform and the 2030 Water Scenarios Initiative among others.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 3: Innovation and engagement
  • Time: 1.30 pm
  • Presentation: Keynote address - Collaborating - mining - METS - Chilean insights

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Kim Ferguson

Kim FergusonChair, International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) Closure Working Group

Kim has 20 years’ experience in resources, having worked nationally and internationally for consultancy groups and mining companies. Her background in environmental permitting, including impact assessment and management plans, has incorporated closure considerations from the beginning as an integral part of the work.

Kim has been influential in developing and implementing the global closure strategy within AngloGold Ashanti (AGA). Kim's current role has allowed her the opportunity to explore what drives ‘mine closure’ means in a variety of cultural, socio-economic, environmental, regulatory and business contexts. This experience is enhanced by her role as Chair of the ICMM Closure Working Group in 2017 and 2018, cementing her global perspective of the industry’s closure advances and opportunities.

ICMM is an international organisation dedicated to a safe, fair and sustainable mining industry. Consisting of 25 mining and metals companies and over 30 regional and commodities associations, the Council strives to serve as a catalyst for change, enhancing mining’s contribution to society through strengthened environmental and social industry performance.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 3: Innovation and Engagement
  • Time: 1.50 pm
  • Presentation: Opening the door on closure

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Jeanne Els

Regional Director - Digital, Hatch  Jeanne Els

As the Regional Director of Digital at Hatch, Jeanne is leading a paradigm shift in the mining sector. With over 25 years' experience in the metals and mining industry, she has come to understand how data and analytics can be used to drive greater innovation and efficiencies in mining. Jeanne is responsible for the development of a centre of excellence for industrial data science at Hatch to support mining clients globally.

Jeanne has held numerous roles across the organisation including Managing Director responsible for Operational Performance, and Project Sponsor for various large metallurgical studies.

In her presentation to the Copper to the World Conference Jeanne will draw from her participation in the Hatch Smelter 4.0 initiative. Smelter 4.0 combines the latest technological advances to unlock greater productivity and longer, safer furnace operating campaigns. Jeanne's background in smelters combined with her knowledge in the application of digital perfectly combines in the presentation.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 3: Innovation and engagement
  • Time: 2.05 pm
  • Presentation: Smelter 4.0 - the future of smelting

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Keith McLean

Keith McLeanDirector, CSIRO Manufacturing

In his role at CSIRO Keith leads more than 400 scientists and engineers working with industry and academic collaborators to deliver impact in the areas of chemical, biomedical, metal and advanced manufacturing.

Keith McLean has a BSc (Hons) and PhD from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Following work in industry he undertook research in Scotland and New Zealand before joining CSIRO in 1989. Keith sits on several boards and represents CSIRO on the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council. He is an Adjunct Professor at Monash University.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 3: Innovation and engagement
  • Time: 2.20 pm
  • Presentation: Collaboration and innovation in value added metal manufacturing

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Eddie Fry

Eddie FryChair, Indigenous Business Australia

Eddie Fry is a Dagoman-Wardaman man from the Katherine region in the Northern Territory. He Chairs Indigenous Business Australia and the Indigenous Land Corporation.

With extensive experience within the resource sector and a specialist in Indigenous and Native Title issues, Eddie Chairs the Indigenous Advisory Board at BroadSpectrum, is Deputy Chair of the Aboriginal Foundation of South Australia, Executive Director of Gimbulki Ltd, a native title land access company he established in 2002 and as Senior Executive Normandy Mining Ltd he established the Traditional Owner policy.

Based in Adelaide, Eddie holds a Diploma in Business Management from University SA, and is a graduate of the International Lead and Zinc Study Group, Belgium. He Chairs Todd River Resources Ltd, is a  member of the development team TNG Ltd ferro/vanadium Mount Peake project NT- a resource company in exploration, evaluation and development of a multi commodity resource portfolio in the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 3: Innovation and engagement
  • Time: 2.35 pm
  • Presentation: Intersection - resources sector and Indigenous interests

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Terry Burgess

Terry Burgess

Copper to the World Conference
  • Chair, Session 3: Innovation and engagement
  • Time: 1.30 – 3.05 pm

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Mark Carroll

Mark CarrollFirst Assistant Secretary, Department of Defence

Mark Carroll was seconded to the Department of Defence from the Department of Home Affairs in March this year to head the team supporting the 2018 Woomera Prohibited Area Review. Prior to joining the review, Mark was First Assistant Secretary of the Home Affairs Strategic Policy and Capability Division.

Mark has had a diverse career spanning both the public and private sectors, and in Australia and overseas. He has held several senior executive positions in the national security community, in roles ranging from the head of policy and executive functions, to leading a large team of ‘big data’ and machine learning technical specialists.

While with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mark served for three years as a diplomat in Australia’s High Commission to Singapore. He has also served in the Department of the Prime Minister Cabinet; and the Australian Government’s peak intelligence assessment agency, the Office of National Assessments.

While accompanying his wife on a posting to Thailand, Mark was Executive Director of the Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce based in Bangkok. In that role he worked closely with the Australian business community in Thailand to help advance their commercial interests, shape the Thai Government’s commercial-related policies, and promote Thailand as a destination for Australian companies seeking to expand into Asian growth markets.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 4: Discovering the next resource
  • Time: 3.30 pm
  • Presentation: Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) Review

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Dr Phil McFadden

Dr Phil McFadden, National UNCOVER InitiativeDr Phil McFadden

Phil McFadden was Chief Scientist at Geoscience Australia. Following the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami he was responsible for the organisation’s response to that disaster; he then led the team that obtained funding ($80 million) from the Australian Government to build the Australian Tsunami Warning System in Geoscience Australia and had oversight responsibility for the team that designed the system. This is recognised as one of the best tsunami-warning systems in the world.

He is a past Chairman of the Academy of Science’s National Committee for Earth Sciences and in that role developed the first national decadal plan for Australian geoscience. As part of the implementation of that plan he oversaw the process in which Australia won the right to host the 2012 International Geological Congress. Implementation of the plan brought in approximately $500 million of extra money to the Australian Earth Sciences through funding to Geoscience Australia and improved success rates for research applications to the ARC.

Phil is currently involved in developing the next national decadal plan for Australian geoscience.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 4: Discovering the next resource
  • Time: 3.40 pm
  • Presentation: National UNCOVER initiative

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Joe Cucuzza

Joe CucuzzaManaging Director, AMIRA International

Joe Cucuzza graduated with a BSc (Hons) in geophysics from Melbourne University in 1975 and joined Anglo American. After several years, he joined Comalco Aluminium Limited where he was involved in exploration for many different commodities across Australia.

In 1988 he was appointed to the position of Research Coordinator with AMIRA International where he was responsible for initiating, and managing multi-company collaborative projects in both the minerals and petroleum sectors. He was subsequently promoted to the positions of Business Unit Leader (Geoscience), Global Manager-Business Development and Research Director-Exploration, Mining and Sustainability. Joe was appointed Managing Director of AMIRA International in July 2012.

He also holds an MSc(Geology) from the ANU and Master of Business in Enterprise Innovation at Swinburne University. Joe is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 4: Discovering the next resource
  • Time: 4.00 pm
  • Presentation: Exploration in Australia - Quo Vadis?

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Peter Rolley

Peter RolleyExploration Manager and Chief Geologist, Hillgrove Resources

Peter Rolley has over 35 years experience with a variety of companies both large and small in regional and brownfields exploration, mine geology, resource estimation, and managing up and down.

Peter has worked with Hillgrove in south-east South Australia for the past 2½ years and has put together the growth strategy for Hillgrove Resources.

Peter will present the results of these brownfields and regional exploration activities at the 2018 Copper to the World conference.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 4: Discovering the next resource
  • Time: 4.15 pm
  • Presentation: Hillgrove - uncovering a new copper-gold province

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Chris Giles

Chris Giles

Technical Director, Havilah Resouces

Dr Chris Giles is an experienced exploration geologist, having worked on exploration teams that have been directly responsible for the discovery of several operating goldmines in various parts of the world, including Indonesia, East Africa and Australia.

He was jointly responsible for the formation of Havilah and the development and execution of the Company's exploration and corporate strategy in his capacity as Technical Director.

Dr Giles is a resident of Adelaide and a Member of the Australian Institute of Goescientists.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 4: Discovering the next resource
  • Time: 4.25 pm
  • Presentation: The Curnamona Copper Belt: a new world class copper-cobalt province in north-eastern South Australia

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Nicole Galloway Warland

Nicole Galloway WarlandProject Manager, Burra Area SA - Ausmex Mining Group Limited

Nicole is a geologist with over 25 years experience in the mining and exploration industry in Australia, Eastern Europe and South America. Her experience spans from exploration through project evaluation to open cut and underground mining, with a commodity focus in gold, copper-gold, base metals and uranium.

Nicole has worked in several prominent copper-rich provinces throughout the world. She started her geology career in the late 80's with MIM, exploring for copper–gold mineralisation in the Mt Isa Inlier. She then worked in the Carpathians, Eastern Europe and the Andes, Central America. Over the last 10 years she has been based in South Australia, exploring in the Gawler Craton, Adelaide Geosyncline and Musgrave Province.

She has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and is a member of the AIG, and Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Australia.

Nicole is a Councillor of the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) and was chair of its Exploration Committee from 2013 to 2017.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Chair, Session 4: Discovering the next resource
  • Time: 3.30 – 5.00 pm

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Charles Moore

Charles MooreDirector, Resource Information, Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Charles is leading the development and implementation of South Australia’s Copper Strategy, working with industry, research and government agencies to deliver the benefits and outcomes for South Australia.

He is the Director, Resource Information in the Mineral Resources Division within the South Australian Government focused on working with industry and the community to deliver innovative and transformative solutions to complex resource and investment projects.

Prior to this role, he worked in a number of executive corporate strategy and change management roles within the South Australian Government.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Opening address
  • Time: 8.45 am