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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: 9.10 am – Keynote address: Copper future demand and supply

Joaquin Gana

Joaquin GanaMember, Productivity Commission, Chile

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: 9.30 am
  • Presentation: Keynote address: Findings of research on copper industry productivity
  • Session 2 Panel discussion: Maximising our international relationships
  • Time: 12.00 noon

Jorge Cantallopts

Director 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: 9.50 am
  • Presentation: Chilean copper industry - insights and challenges

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: 10.00 am
  • Presentation: South Australia's copper industry on the world stage
  • Session 4 Panel discussion
  • Time: 4.30 pm

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
  • Time: 11.00 am to 12.30 pm
  • Presentation: Chair of session 2

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
  • Time: 9.10 am to 10.30 am – Chair of Session 1
  • Conference summary
  • Time:  4.50 pm

Jonathon 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: 12.00 noon

David Grabau

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

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 2:  International perspectives
  • Time: 11.45 am
  • Presentation: Australia's minerals trade and investment trends
  • Session 2 Panel discussion: Maximising our international relationships
  • Time: 12.00 noon

Bernd Portugall

Board Member, German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 2 Panel discussion: Maximising our international relationships
  • Time: 12.00 noon

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

Stephen Grano

Stephen GranoExecutive Director,  Institute for Minerals 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

Kieron 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

Chris Larkin

Chairperson, Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 3:  Bringing it together: Innovation, research and the community
  • Time: 2.30 pm
  • Presentation: Engagement with Aboriginal communities

Steve McClare

Chief Executive, Hillgrove Resources

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

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

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

Managing Director, MinExConsulting

Copper to the World Conference
  • Session 4:  Discovering the next resource
  • Time: 3.15 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: Chair
  • Time:  4.30 pm

Andrew Heap

Geoscience Australia (GA)

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

Exploration Manager, Pepinnini Minerals

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