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BHP's planned Olympic Dam expansion to increase output of copper ¦ Amendments to exclusion periods for WPA access zones, issued February 2019 ¦ Mineral Resources Division is now based at level 4, 11 Waymouth Street, Adelaide 5000


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.

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  • Welcome address

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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 Northern Territory border. It heads east to the New South Wales border. The electorate 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.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Opening address

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Erik Heimlich

Erik HeimlichPrincipal Analyst Copper, CRU

Erik Heimlich joined CRU in September 2012 and has extensive experience of analysing commodity markets. Before joining CRU, Erik worked at the Chilean Copper Commission as senior economist and as coordinator of economic studies. Erik was also chairman of the International Copper Study Group.

His work at CRU focuses on the copper market, with particular emphasis on South American mine supply and the global copper concentrates market. Erik holds a MSc in economics and econometrics from Essex University.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 1: International perspectives
  • Presentation: Outlook for the copper market

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Dr Paul Heithersay

Paul HeithersayChief Executive, Department for Energy and Mining

Dr Paul Heithersay leads the South Australian Government’s Department for Energy and Mining. The Department brings together the resources, energy and renewables divisions responsible for managing and regulating the State's mineral, gas, petroleum and energy sectors on behalf of the people of South Australia.

The Chief Executive role also encompasses leading 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 with recent examples being the Port Pirie’s Smelter Transformation and the Steel Task Force for Whyalla.

Previously, Dr Heithersay was deputy chief executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet where he was responsible for the Minerals, Resources, Energy and Economic Development divisions. He joined the South Australian public service in 2002, initially as executive director of the Geological Survey of South Australia within the Department of Primary Industries and Resources SA (PIRSA).

In June 2012, Dr Heithersay was awarded a Public Service Medal for his outstanding public service to the growth and development of the mineral resources sector in South Australia and in November 2012, elected to the Fellowship of the Fellows of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences (ATSE). In October 2013, Dr Heithersay was awarded the prestigious Legend in Mining award for his role in guiding South Australia’s transformation into a major destination for investment in mineral resources and energy.

In 2014 the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) appointed Dr Heithersay as the 2014 International Exchange Lecturer. This is the Society’s lectureship that is intended to bring leading economic geologists to lecture venues worldwide, to interact with economic geology professionals and students, and act as an ambassador for the profession and SEG.

Before joining the Public Service, 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.

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  • Session 1: International perspectives
  • Presentation: South Australia on the world stage

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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.

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  • Chair, Session 2: The value add
  • Presentation: Introduction to the session and panel discussion

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Gavin Wood

Gavin Wood

Chief Information and Digital Officer, Newcrest Mining

Gavin leads a top-performing team of world-class IT and digital experts who have achieved significant safety, productivity and financial outcomes at Newcrest Mining.

He is an advocate for the innovative use of mobility, advanced analytics, cloud-based services and managed services. Gavin is a strong believer in empowered, values driven teams working together towards shared goals.

Session 2 - Panel discussion: The value add

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Chris Barnesby

Chris Barnesby

General Manager Surface, Olympic Dam, BHP

Chris Barnesby leads Olympic Dam’s surface processing team, responsible for the safe operation of the asset’s surface facilities producing copper, uranium, gold and silver for delivery to Australian and international customers.

Chris has been with BHP for 23 years. She started as a graduate at the then BHP-owned Whyalla Steelworks, and has held roles across the organisation in project management, operational leadership and HSE in Australia, the US and Trinidad and Tobago.

Chris joined Olympic Dam in August 2017, returning to Australia from her role as a general manager in BHP’s petroleum business based in Houston. Prior to that, Chris deployed her diverse technical expertise and passionate approach to safety leadership in heading BHP’s global health, safety, environment and community function from the Company’s Melbourne head office.

Chris has Bachelor degrees in nursing and mechanical engineering (Honours), a master’s degree in civil engineering, an MBA in international corporate strategy and a diploma in frontline management.

Session 2 - Panel discussion: The value add

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Katie Hulmes

Katie Hulmes

General Manager Transformation and Readiness, OZ Minerals

With over 15 years’ experience in the civil construction and mining industries, Katie is a passionate advocate for promoting investment and support of regional communities. Throughout her career, Katie has held a range of roles across civil works, hydrogeology, engineering and environmental science.

In her role as General Manager Transformation and Readiness, Katie leads future activity to manage technical and non-technical business transformation to challenge ways of working for OZ Minerals. Katie has an intimate understanding of the importance of environmental investment, social performance and the significance these activities play in any exploration, mining or engineering development of the future.

Katie holds a B Eng (Civil and Environmental) and a BSc (Geology and Geophysics)

Session 2 - Panel discussion: The value add

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Terry Burgess

Independent Mining Expert

Terry has over 40 years' experience in the mining industry both internationally and in  Australia. He has been MD and CEO of OZ Minerals, Head of Business Development Copper Division for Anglo Aerican plc in London, Managing Director and Head of Metals and Mining for ABN AMRO Bank in Sydney and Amsterdam, and MD and CEO of Delta Gold and its successor AurionGold in Sydney.

Terry has been active with the Tonsley Innovation District since late 2014 and is Chair of the Tonsley Steering Committee. Through Tonsley, and other roles, he is currently involved in the hydrogen economy, advanced manufacturing, autonomous vehicles and assessing the potential of 5G in industrial applications.

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Ian Dover

Ian Dover

Acting Chief Executive Officer, METS Ignited

Ian Dover spent his early career as a process metallurgist in international copper mining and integrated aluminium corporations. He transitioned into manufacturing and ICT after completing his PhD in metallurgical process improvement using mathematical modelling and expert systems in a medium-size Australian steel production plant. He joined a business advisory firm specialising in integrated strategy and operations improvement for technology-intensive clients.

With 12 years of business turnaround and value chain improvement experience, he moved to CSIRO as the director for business development and commercialisation in the minerals research flagship before helping to establish METS Ignited.

He is an experienced operations executive, director, chairman and has invested successfully in a portfolio of start-ups.

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  • Session 3 - Panel discussion: Innovation and engagement

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Ray Shaw

Ray ShawCSIRO Smelting Technology Expert

Ray Shaw has over 40 years experience in pigment production, mineral processing, pyrometallurgy and hydrometallurgy through his work with Rio Tinto and subsequently as a private consultant.

He is an inventor on over 30 patents including in the fields of alumina refining and aluminium smelting, copper hydrometallury, potash processing, oil shale processing, microwave based sorting, ZnO production and coarse particle flotation. His experience extends to managing the development and construction of a copper leach–SX–EW plant, troubleshooting on operating plants including copper smelters, and managing the global external R&D program for Rio Tinto.

Ray has also worked extensively in the field of energy demand within mining and mineral processing. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and of the AusIMM, and is also a CSIRO Fellow, with an industry advisory role for CSIRO Mineral Resources.

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  • Session 3 - Panel discussion: Innovation and engagement

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Jacqui McGill

Jacqui McGillIndependent Mining Expert

Jacqui is a highly regarded resource leader with more than 30 years of operational leadership experience in the mining and resource sector. She is a Metallurgist by profession who has worked across a broad range of commodities including copper, gold, uranium, iron ore and coal. Her technical metallurgy expertise encompasses all facets of minerals processing and metal recovery unit operations. This deep technical expertise is further enhanced by her extensive experience in leadership of complex mining operations within a Global Mining company. Her executive career culminated with the leadership of Olympic Dam for BHP, until she retired from the executive world in 2018 to pursue her Non-Executive Director portfolio career.

She is now Chair of TAFE SA, a member of the SA Premier’s Economic Advisory Council, the Mineral Economic Advisory Council and Non-Executive Director for the South Australian Art Gallery.

She holds a Bachelor degree in Science and an MBA from La Trobe University and is a graduate of the Australian Company Directors program.

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  • Session 3 - Panel discussion: Innovation and engagement

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Holly Bridgwater

Holly BridgewaterIndustry Lead, Unearthed

A transformational leader in the resources sector Holly works with senior stakeholders leading the digital transformation of mining. She enables their success by providing them with a business wide platform to source innovative solutions from a global ecosystem. She ensures businesses are culturally ready to engage with this ecosystem, accelerating their ability to implement novel solutions quickly. With a background in geology and a passion for disruption and empowering entrepreneurship Holly loves nothing more than being able to share the amazing success stories of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs working together to solving mining’s biggest challenges.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 4: Discover the future
  • Presentation: New frontiers - mining the data for our next copper discovery

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Andrew Bailey

Andrew BaileyChief Executive Officer, MinEx CRC

Andrew Bailey is Chief Executive Officer of the newly constituted MinEx Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), which is undertaking research into various aspects of mineral exploration.

Andrew is a geologist with experience across exploration, mining and research coordination, both in Australia and abroad. He has explored successfully for numerous commodities, including gold, diamonds, nickel and iron ore.

Andrew holds a Masters Degree in Geology and an MBA from Deakin University.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 4: Discover the future
  • Presentation: Australian directions in exploration and discovery

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Charles Moore

Charles MooreDirector, Resource Information, Department for Energy and Mining

Charles is leading the development and implementation of South Australia’s Copper to the World Program, 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 Department for Energy and Mining, South Australian Government, providing customised information and services to industry and the community to support the responsible unlocking of the value and opportunities offered by South Australia's mineral and energy resources.

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

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  • Closing remarks

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