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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
  • Time: 9.15 am
  • Presentation: Keynote address - Copper future demand and supply

Jorge Cantallopts

Jorge CantalloptsDirector of 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
  • Time: 9.35 am
  • Presentation: Keynote address - Chilean copper industry: insights and challenges
  • Session 2 Panel discussion: Maximising our international relationships
  • Time: 12.10 pm

Joaquin Gana

Joaquin GanaSenior Economist, Chilean Productivity Commission

Joaquin is an Economist at the University of Chile and has been a member of the executive secretary of the Chilean Productivity Commission since 2015. He led the team that developed the Mining Productivity study.

Previously Joaquin worked as a research assistant at the Corporation for Latin American Economic and Social Studies (Cieplan) for two years.

He has authored academic articles on mining, suppliers and innovation.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 1:  International perspectives
  • Time: 9.55 am
  • Presentation: Copper industry productivity in Chile

Paul Heithersay

Paul HeithersayDeputy Chief Executive, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Government of South Australia

As Deputy Chief Executive, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Dr Heithersay leads a group of divisions which are responsible for managing 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.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 1:  International perspectives
  • Time: 10.15 am
  • Presentation: South Australia on the world stage

Peter Clarke

Peter ClarkeGeneral Manager Industry Engagement, METS Ignited

Peter Clarke has a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Western Australia (1974) and a Master of Science from the University of Surrey (1978). He has spent most of his career in technology development and commercialisation in a range of industries including mining, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and agriculture. He has been a co-founder of four companies involved with robotics and engineering, computer vision, refrigeration product design, and METS.

He was the founding CEO of Scanalyse Pty Ltd, a spin out METS company from Curtin University, joining the company on its formation in 2006. Technology was exported to all major mining regions in the world with offices in Australia, Chile, Brazil, USA and Canada, and operations in Africa and Europe. In early 2013 Scanalyse was successfully sold to the major Finnish mining technology and services company Outotec. Peter has recently joined METS Ignited to help drive growth in the Australian METS sector.

Peter was the Western Australia Innovator of the Year in 2007, was made a University of Sydney Innovation Hero in 2011 and accepted the Australian Museum Eureka Commercialisation prize for Scanalyse in 2013.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 2:  Australian perspectives
  • Time: 12.00 noon
  • Presentation: Growing an internationally competitive METS sector

Rebecca Knol

Rebecca KnolChief Executive, South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME)

Rebecca has a background in the mining and oil and gas sectors having worked nationally and internationally for consultancy groups, and for mining and gas energy companies. With qualifications in Landscape Architecture, Environmental Science and Business, Rebecca was awarded a Churchill Fellowship researching international trends and practices in mine closure, which led to the development of State and National Guidelines for mine closure planning in Australia.

Her experience in mining operations in Africa and gas energy projects in the  Australia Pacific region has given Rebecca the opportunity to manage HSE, External Relations and Community Relations teams. In Adelaide Rebecca was National Manager for Major Projects with Origin Energy and was responsible for the regulatory approvals of renewables and gas projects in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to taking on the role of CE with SACOME Rebecca was managing an educational company which she founded.

SACOME is the peak industry body representing companies with interests in the South Australian minerals, energy, extractive, and oil and gas sectors, including those who provide services to these companies.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 2:  Australian perspectives (Chair)
  • Time: 11.00 am to 12.30 pm
  • Session 2 Panel discussion: Maximising our international relationships (Chair)
  • Time: 12.10 pm

Charles Moore

Charles Moore, DPCDirector, Resources and Strategy, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Government of South Australia

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 a Director within the Resources, Infrastructure and Investment Task Force group 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, Charles worked in a number of executive corporate strategy and change management roles with the South Australian Government.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 1:  International perspectives (Chair)
  • Time: 9.15 am to 10.30 am
  • Summary of conference
  • Time:  4.50 pm

Jonathan Law

Jonathon LawDirector of Mineral Resources, CSIRO

Jonathan Law currently leads CSIRO’s mineral exploration, mining, processing and sustainability research as Director of Mineral Resources.

CSIRO Mineral Resources works with industry across the value chain to grow Australia’s resource base, increase productivity and drive environmental performance. It also provides critical scientific analysis, underpinning a growing national dialogue on how resources impact society and the environment.

Jonathan and his leadership team bring together research with global partners in academia, government and industry to tackle short and longer term challenges to the sustainability of the Australian minerals industry.

Jonathan is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a geologist by training and has worked across the value chain of the mineral resources industry and in many countries around the world. A major focus of his working career has been managing the interface between research and practical applications in industry.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 2:  Australian perspectives
  • Time: 11.00 am
  • Presentation: Copper: Australia's role in global innovation

Troy Wilson

Troy WilsonGeneral Manager Mine, Olympic Dam, BHP

Troy Wilson is the General Manager Mine at BHP’s Olympic Dam. Troy previously held the role of General Manager Cannington in Queensland from January 2011 to June 2014.

Prior to joining Olympic Dam, Troy has held senior management roles in the mining services industry and with Glencore where he led a suite of underground mines and processing facility in Tennessee, United States of America. He has accumulated 20 years of minerals industry experience including experience in business analysis and business development with Xstrata Copper.

Troy holds a Bachelor in Engineering (Mining) and a Masters in Business Administration (Executive).

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 2:  Australian perspectives
  • Time: 11.15 am
  • Presentation: Australia's position in the copper market

Andrew Cole

Andrew Cole, Managing Director and Chief Executive, OZ MineralsManaging Director and Chief Executive Officer, OZ Minerals

Andrew Cole has more than 20 years’ experience in exploration and operations in the resources industry in Australia and internationally. Following exploration geoscientist roles in Australia, Canada, USA and Mexico with Rio Tinto Exploration (CRA and Kennecott), Andrew spent 10 years in mine development and mine operations with Rio Tinto in Australia, China, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Prior to joining OZ Minerals in 2014, Andrew was Chief Operating Officer, Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium based in Montreal, responsible for leadership of 5,000 employees across four operating sites.

Andrew is passionate about leading and developing people, creating safe workplaces and driving innovation.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 2:  Australian perspectives
  • Time: 11.30 am
  • Presentation: Opportunities for South Australia's copper sector
  • Session 2 Panel discussion: Maximising our international relationships
  • Time: 12.10 pm

David Grabau

David GrabauSenior Investment Specialist, Resources and Energy, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)

David Grabau has strong technical proficiency and experience in the Resources and Energy sectors, and brings to Austrade a valuable combination of experience in both government and ASX top 20 corporates.

David's senior commercial roles include advising major Resources and Energy companies across strategy, risk and project management.

He was most recently the Global resilience Program Manager for IAG, and previously head of Government Relations at both IAG and CGU Insurance.

David spent several years working with BHP Billiton across its minerals and petroleum businesses, including appointments as Manager Group Risk and Senior Advisor Corporate Development.

He brings with his commercial expertise over a decade of experience in government, including work with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra and Thailand, and work with the Office of National Assessments.

David has a Masters in Internal Relations, a Graduate Diploma in Trade, Economics and International Law and a Degree in Politics.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 2:  Australian perspectives
  • Time: 11.45 am
  • Presentation: Australia's minerals trade and investment trends
  • Session 2 Panel discussion: Maximising our international relationships
  • Time: 12.10 pm

Bernd Portugall

Bernd PortugallBoard Member, German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Bernd commenced his association with the Steel and Mining Industry in 1986 when he joined Mannesmann Demag in Johannesburg, South Africa as their Group Commercial Manager Sales.

He founded SMS Demag South Africa in 2000 and SMS Holdings in 2002, sitting on the board of both companies. Within the six years he was instrumental in making SMS Demag one of the leading metallurgical suppliers in Southern Africa. During this time he became involved in commercial/financial matters of the mining company of the SMS group, i.e. SIEMAG TECBERG in South Africa.

After emigrating to Australia in 2007 Bernd became the Group Commercial Manager for the Nepean Group overseeing the commercial functions for 30 companies.

In 2011 Bernd founded SIEMAG TECBERG Australia, which in 2014 was renamed to Winder Controls Australia. Winder Controls Australia is a system integrator which engineers, manufactures and supplies winders or turnkey systems, materials handling and underground cooling solutions for the mining industry in Australia and the Asia Pacific.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 2 Panel discussion: Maximising our international relationships
  • Time: 12.10 pm

David Giles

David GilesStrand Leader, Minerals and Resources Engineering, Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia

Professor David Giles is Strand Leader and John Ralston Chair of Minerals and Resources Engineering at the Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia.  He has over 20 years’ experience in minerals exploration spanning the boundaries of industry and academia.

Previously Professor Giles was the inaugural State of South Australia Chair of Mineral Exploration and Director of the Centre for Mineral Exploration Under Cover at the University of Adelaide.

He is Leader of Program 3 (Targeting) within the Deep Exploration Technologies CRC where he manages a portfolio of projects in collaboration with resource companies, METS companies, government organisations and research providers.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 3:  Bringing it together: Innovation, research and the community
  • Time: 1.30 pm to 3.15 pm
  • Presentation: Chair of Session 3

Susan Lasecki

Susan LaseckiManager Cluster, BHP Americas

Susan Lasecki-Coiro is an experienced executive, entrepreneur, visionary leader and change management expert, who is passionate about empowering people and sustainability. She has global experience managing teams, driving change and delivering value to the bottom line. During her career, she has managed teams on every continent and lived in four.

Susan is committed to empowering companies through development of strategies and capabilities to deliver excellence and extraordinary results. She fosters collaboration across diverse stakeholders, resulting in innovation, break-through thinking and delivery in action.

She recently joined BHP and moved to Santiago, Chile with her husband and two children. Her role at BHP is to take the Cluster program to the next level of value deliver for the company and country.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 3:  Bringing it together: Innovation, research and the community
  • Time: 1.30 pm
  • Presentation: Keynote address - Supply innovation: sparking innovation and creating value for all

Stephen Grano

Stephen GranoExecutive Director,  Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources (IMER)

Stephen is a stakeholder-focused, research leader who enjoys connecting high level research capability to address critically important global sustainability challenges, but which have local, operational impact. Particular areas of focus are mineral exploration under deep cover, deep mining, complex processing, unconventional hydrocarbon resources, and aspects of energy technology.

Stephen’s main roles, as the Executive Director of IMER, are to build inter-disciplinary project teams, make strategic investments into capability, and to engage with industry and government stakeholders.

Stephen is a Metallurgical Engineer by training with about 30 years of postgraduate experience and has worked in the minerals industry for Mount Isa Mines.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 3:  Bringing it together: Innovation, research and the community
  • Time: 1.45 pm
  • Presentation: Research and innovation in the copper sector

Terry Burgess

Terry BurgessPresident, South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME)

Terry has over 40 years international experience in the mining industry, mainly in copper and gold. He was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of OZ Minerals, and prior to that Head of Business Development for Anglo American Base Metals (London), Managing Director and Head of Metals and Mining for ABN AMRO Bank (Sydney and Amsterdam) and Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Delta Gold and its successor AurionGold (Sydney).

Terry is current President of  SACOME, Chair of the Tonsley Project Steering Committee and member of the South Australian Economic Development Board.

He is a metallurgist, qualified management accountant, graduate member AICD and Fellow of AusIMM and IOM3.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 3:  Bringing it together: Innovation, research and the community
  • Time: 2.00 pm
  • Presentation: International Copper Technology and Research Hub

Kieren Moffat

Kieren MoffatSenior Research Scientist, CSIRO

Kieren is a Senior Research Scientist with CSIRO Mineral Resources Flagship and Founder of Reflexivity, a social performance data provision service. Over the last 9 years in CSIRO, Kieren has been at the forefront of social licence to operate research and practice. Leading national and community-level projects in nine countries, his work has directly engaged over 18,000 citizens to understand what it is that drives social acceptance of the extractive industries across scales and over time.

He is widely published and has worked extensively with mining companies and governments to translate community voice into more reflexive relationships.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 3:  Bringing it together: Innovation, research and the community
  • Time: 1.45 pm to 3.15 pm
  • Presentation: Pathways to social acceptance of mining

Khatija Thomas

Treasurer, Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation

Khatija has held the position of Treasurer for Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation since 2015.

Khatija completed a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice in 2000 and was admitted to practise in South Australia in 2001. She has worked as a Research Associate for the Federal Court of Australia. Khatija worked for the South Australian Native Title Services, before take a role as a legal advisor in Cambodia. Her work was primarily in indigenous land titling.  She has also worked as a Solicitor focused on advocacy for Aboriginal women regarding domestic violence related areas of the law.

In 2011 she was appointed as South Australia’s Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement. Khatija spent four years raising the profile of Aboriginal people and issues in South Australia, and improving connections between Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal people before stepping down in 2015.

She has now returned to her hometown of Port Augusta where she is the manager of the local Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement office.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 3:  Bringing it together: Innovation, research and the community
  • Time: 2.30 pm
  • Presentation: The new normal - Nganampa Palyanku Kanyintjaku Partnering Agreement

Steve McClare

Steve McClareChief Executive Officer and Manager, Hillgrove Resources

Steve joined Hillgrove Resources in September 2012 to oversee operations at the Kanmantoo Copper Mine.

Previously the Deputy General Manager, then Head of Mining Operations for Newcrest Mining's Cadia Valley Operations, Steve has spent a significant portion of his career constructing, ramping up and optimising mining operations, including Telfer, Cadia Hill, Ridgeway Deeps and Cadia East for Newcrest, and Callie for Newmont. With a background that includes management of Normandy's White Devil Mine, various roles within Mount Isa mines and a work/study Mining Engineering Cadetship with Western Collieries when he joined the industry in 1989, Steve boasts significant experience within the industry ranging from underground operation of 150 ktpa to 26 mtpa, to open pit operations of 2 mtpa to 17 mtpa, and copper concentrators of 2.4 mtpa to 24 mtpa.

Steve was appointed CEO and Managing Director of Hillgrove Resources in May 2015.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 3:  Bringing it together: Innovation, research and the community
  • Time: 2.45 pm
  • Presentation: Local engagement - Hillgrove experiences

Christine Charles

Christine Charles, Design4GrowthManaging Director, Design4Growth

Christine is passionate about growing business and achieving results, and is an experienced Executive and Board Director, in the commercial, government and not for profit sectors. She has extensive experience in a number of sectors having worked at senior levels in government, the corporate sector, for NGOs and as an academic.

She chairs the Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance (RESA) Board, is a member of the CSIRO Resources Advisory Council, a member of the Sustainable Mining Institute Board (University of Queensland), Chair of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (University of Queensland), where she is an Adjunct Professor.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 3:  Bringing it together: Innovation, research and the community
  • Time: 3.00 pm
  • Presentation: Future workforces for the mining sector

Pru Freeman

Pru FreemanActing Executive Director, Mineral  Resources Division, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Government of South Australia

Pru Freeman brings more than 25 years’ diverse experience to the Mineral Resources leadership team within the South Australian Government.

The portfolio is committed to the responsible development of South Australia’s mineral resources sector by operating in an internationally respected regulatory framework while also providing highly regarded geoscience initiatives.

For the past 15 years Pru has diligently led teams responsible for legislation, policy, management and administration of various mining acts including the tenements granted under them, assessment, compliance, and royalty-related functions. This body of work has played an essential part in delivering the economic and social dividends from mining while balancing the need to minimise environmental impacts from mining, embracing stakeholder engagement, and respecting the heritage values of the land.

Previously Pru has led several successful exploration initiatives for government and held roles within the Geological Survey of South Australia, co-publishing mapping before specialising in remote sensing and image processing work.

Pru became familiar with the needs of mineral explorers early in her career, having gained field experience as a graduate geologist exploring gold tenements before joining the state government.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 4:  Discovering the next resource
  • Time: 3.45 pm to 5.00 pm
  • Presentation: Chair of Session 4

Richard Schodde

Richard SchoddeManaging Director, MinExConsulting
Adjunct Professor, Centre of Exploration Targeting, University of Western Australia

Richard has over 30 years’ experience in a wide variety of project analysis, business development and strategic planning roles within the international resources industry – including 15 years at WMC and, more recently, 4 years at BHP Billiton.

In 2008 Richard founded MinEx Consulting to provide strategic and economic advice to industry and government. His main focus is on the economics of mineral exploration and building the business case for how exploration adds-value to a company.

Richard has published several dozen papers on exploration performance and is internationally recognised by his peers as a world leader in mineral economics.

In recognition of this, for the last two years running, the Mining Journal nominated him as one of the top 20 power people in world mining, due to his influence on strategy and policy in the exploration sector.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 4:  Discovering the next resource
  • Time: 3.45 pm
  • Presentation: Keynote address: National state of exploration
  • Session 4 Panel discussion
  • Time: 4.30 pm

Steve Hill

Dr Steve HillChief Government Geologist and Director of the Geological Survey of South Australia (GSSA)

Dr Steve Hill was appointed as Chief Government Geologist and Director of the Geological Survey of South Australia in January 2013. Dr Hill’s role at the Geological Survey is to oversee and coordinate the Geological Survey’s research and generation of pre-competitive geoscience data. This includes studies of South Australia’s mineral systems, geological mapping and regional geology, geophysics, databases and resource prospectivity.

Before joining the Public Service in 2013, Dr Hill spent more than 20 years in academia at the University of Adelaide, University of Canberra and Australian National University, where he has worked closely with State Geological Surveys and over 50 different companies in the minerals exploration industry.

Steve has also been on the executive of the Cooperative Research Centre for Landscape Environments and Mineral Exploration (CRC LEME) and the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC).

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 4:  Discovering the next resource
  • Time: 4.00 pm
  • Presentation: PACE Copper - early results
  • Session 4 Panel discussion
  • Time:  4.30 pm

Andrew Heap

Andrew HeapActing Chief, Resources Division, Geoscience Australia (GA)

Dr Andrew Heap is the Acting Chief of the Resources Division at Geoscience Australia.

He has over 17 years of professional experience in leading pre-competitive geoscience research within the Australian Government. This includes more than 15 years as a senior leader in Geoscience Australia, with responsibility for energy and mineral resources, carbon capture and storage, and marine geoscience programs.

Dr Heap has responsibility for building a national prospectus of energy and mineral opportunities across Australia through regional geological framework studies, and delivery of pre-competitive scientific data and information. A key outcome of this program is to stimulate new exploration investment in frontier areas through an improved understanding of under-explored regions.

Dr Heap has published over 100 scientific and technical papers and is a member of 12 professional organisations.

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 4:  Discovering the next resource
  • Time: 4.15 pm
  • Presentation: Building Australia's resource wealth
  • Session 4 Panel discussion
  • Time:  4.30 pm

Nicole Galloway-Warland

Nicole Galloway-WarlandExploration Manager, Pepinnini Minerals

Nicole Galloway is currently Exploration Manager for PepinNini Minerals 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 back in the late 1980s with MIM exploring for copper mineralisation in the Mt Isa Inlier; from there she 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 also Chairperson – Exploration Committee, South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME).

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 4 Panel discussion
  • Time:  4.30 pm