Future of Mining Perth 2024 Programme

8:35 AM - 8:50 AM
Golden Ballroom North & Centre
8:50 AM - 9:00 AM
Golden Ballroom North & Centre
Pamela Hackett
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Golden Ballroom North & Centre
  • Redefining industry practices - exploring innovative approaches to decarbonize mining operations and minimise environmental impact.
  • Prioritising workforce well-being - understanding the implications of decarbonisation efforts on the workforce and implementing strategies to support and empower employees.
  • Fostering sustainable growth - leveraging decarbonisation initiatives as an opportunity to drive inclusive and sustainable growth within the mining industry while benefiting our communities.
Shelley Robertson
9:30 AM - 10:10 AM
Golden Ballroom North & Centre
• How are we looking against stated targets?
• What will it take to get there?
• How are we tracking against other industries?
• What lessons do miners need to learn from other industries before they attempt to assume leadership?
• What’s working and not working (strategy and technology)?
Rebecca Tomkinson Shelley Robertson Chris Jordaan Dr. Colin Nexhip
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hamersley South
  • Driving data centricity to allow real-time information to flow within and between sites - driving seamless data, connected strategy for future mines.
  • Unlock productivity, safety & sustainability through technological change - integration with internal & external ecosystem.
  • Incorporating cyber security resilience from the ground up .
Graham Allan Jamie Pryer
10:10 AM - 10:40 AM
Golden Ballroom North & Centre
  • What win-win breakthrough performance looks like and why the mining industry needs it.
  • What it takes to create breakthrough performance - and how to achieve this.
  • How can your organisation achieve better performance faster than before?
  • What difference will this make to the industry and the world? Why we do what we do. 
Zoe Williams Arjen de Bruin
10:40 AM - 11:20 AM
11:10 AM - 12:10 PM
Hamersley South

Alternative approaches to the handling and reprocessing of mine tailings and waste from a circular economy perspective are gaining significant traction in modern mine management thinking. While offering potential pathways to reducing environmental impact and increasing revenue streams, this concept requires reimagining important aspects of how we plan, operate, and regulate the mining process. The workshop will take you through an exploration of current and evolving thought on circular economy approaches to tailings and waste in the WA mining sector.

Workshop topics will include:

  • Pain points and perceived opportunity in alternative approaches to mine waste.
  • Alignment of participant thinking against wider industry, government and research community viewpoints unearthed in a recent MRIWA stakeholder engagement exercise.
  • Mapping of a research framework and future capability landscape to enable and support circular economy thinking in mine waste management.
Geoffrey Batt Bonnie Morley
11:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Golden Ballroom North & Centre
  • Safety - Level 9 – Vehicle Intervention Control, Speed Limiting.
  • Productivity - Utilisation, Production Cycle Reporting, Movement Tracking.
  • Critical Insights - Machine Health (Monitoring and Protection).
Tiaan Tromp
Golden Ballroom South
  • Learn how Bergen Engines, Marelli Motori, and Piller Power Systems collaborate to deliver scalable 10MW “plug-and-play” modules that integrate seamlessly with renewable energy sources to form advanced hybrid microgrids.
  • Discover the significant benefits for remote mining operations, including enhanced reliability, sustainability, and scalability.
  • We'll speak about Bergen Engines’ ongoing research to develop 100% hydrogen-operated engines, set for launch in 2024, and Piller Power Systems' advanced technology for stable voltage regulation.
  • Gain key insights into achieving uninterrupted, efficient power supply in even the most challenging environments.


Sachin Prasad
11:55 AM - 12:25 PM
Golden Ballroom South
  • The top mining companies in the world have consistently declared their commitment to sustainable development goals. Of these goals, emissions reduction is becoming one of the most talked about. 
  • Roland identifies 7 technology use cases that provide an emissions reduction opportunity. In reality, most mining companies do each of these to some extent, so the focus quickly shifts to identifying new incremental opportunities in each mining operation.


Roland Plett
Golden Ballroom North & Centre
• How can the industry do a better use of the data collected to drive decisions and get enough variable into the system for the analysis to be valid?
• Foresee potential danger and take preemptive action through predictive analytics, which anticipates equipment failures and dangerous conditions.
• Experiencing the positive results of predictive analytics leading to significant reductions in workplace accidents and unexpected operational disruptions.
• Exploring how predictive analytics can avoid negative impact on the environment and communities.
Anousha Hashemi Rob Bryant Manny Khurana
12:20 PM - 1:20 PM
Hamersley South
  • Persistent virtual worlds can help conceptualize and manage the entire mining cycle, from exploration to closure. Each domain within the mining cycle presents significant challenges that can be addressed with virtual tools. Metaverse technologies can create an 'always on' Mining Metaverse, accessible to many users simultaneously and based on International Standards. It is complex, requiring effective management of various components and domains.
  • This masterclass introduces the concept and taxonomy of the Mining Metaverse, aiming to help the mining industry understand and embrace this emerging technology.
Phillip Stothard
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Golden Ballroom South

Australia’s mining sector is our economy’s powerhouse, our secret weapon in the fight for global competitiveness and economic relevance. But in that value lies our greatest vulnerability – that demand for our resources is innately exposed to ever expanding regulation, shifting stakeholder sentiment and the whims of the global market. Join climate expert Thomas Hodgson and ESG specialist Brian Kraft to discuss: 

  • Mining sector's role in the global energy transition and value of decarbonisation. 
  • Balancing competing ESG priorities - crucial for maintaining social license to operate.
  • Emerging AI technologies and trends through a sustainability lens.
Thomas Hodgson Brian Kraft
Golden Ballroom North & Centre
  • What is the Future of Mining? The most common themes that come to mind are decarbonised, autonomous and digitalised. However, the productive deployment of technologies in the mining industry has been a slow journey to date.
  • In trying to take people out of the equation, we fail to embrace an approach that sees us provide mining people with the right insights at the right time for them to make improved decisions.
  • Hitachi’s Solution Linkage IoT products together with its Technology Centre of Excellence provide insights into the hands of operators to make their job easier. In order to solve problems, key to Hitachi is the adoption of “open innovation” which integrates expert technologies together with business partners.
  • The future of mining will only be realised through a solutions-based approach which is at the heart of Hitachi where we partner with customers to deliver through technology, process and people.
Mustapha Naciri
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Hamersley South
  • Which are the common mistakes in valuing mineral assets and costs? 
  • Why do they cause problems, and why should people care about doing it right?
  • A close look at DCF NPV.
  • Calculating an appropriate discount rate.
  • Approaches (Cost, Market and Income) and methodologies (numerous) that can be considered when valuing mineral properties.
  • An introduction to Levelised Costs.
Eric Lilford
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Golden Ballroom South
Exploring the key pillars of the project.
Emphasising responsible resource usage, allowing mining operations to selectively target high-grade ore and leave behind low-grade and waste materials.
Exploring a short haul option by strategically placing construction facilities near mining pits, reducing transportation time and enhancing truck productivity.
Implementing agile protocols for integrating additional ore into the mine plan, ensuring seamless adaptation to dynamic mining processes.
Luis Talavera
Golden Ballroom North & Centre
  • AI/GenAI's applications to optimise ore processing workflows, enhancing efficiency and reducing costs.
  • AI/GenAI technology to enable real-time monitoring of mining operations, identifying potential safety hazards and minimizing risks
  • What challenges and opportunities exist in scaling up these advanced extraction technologies?
  • AI/GenAI algorithms to analyse equipment data to predict maintenance needs, reducing downtime and increasing productivity.
Chad Burrows Andrew Johnstone
2:35 PM - 3:05 PM
Golden Ballroom South
• How do we build smarter, safer, and more productive connected mine?
• Exploring best practices and digital solutions for securing the data and communication networks within mining operations.
• Discover how advanced technologies improve equipment performance, asset tracking, and predictive maintenance.
• How do we bring our employees on this journey?
Luis Talavera Ed Lewis
Golden Ballroom North & Centre
  • Challenges of managing permitting for mining organizations.
  • How to improve permitting with a digital permit solution.
  • What to consider when evaluating transitioning to digital permitting.
  • Benefits of utilizing a digital permitting and safety solution in mining.
Harry Williams
3:05 PM - 3:35 PM
3:35 PM - 4:05 PM
Golden Ballroom North & Centre
  • Australia is in the enviable position of leading critical minerals reserves globally. Successful execution of critical minerals projects still presents big challenges for the industry.
  • Many factors at play - cost, power and water infrastructure, offtake agreements, refining expertise - are all working against Australian projects.
  • How can delivery of clean and cheap (er) critical minerals projects be possible? Understand how Schneider Electric with AVEVA and ETAP can reduce the capital costs and operating costs, and embed sustainability, efficiency and a step change in decision making that will accelerate time to value and mitigate (some of) the key risks critical minerals projects in Australia face.
Emilie Ditton
3:40 PM - 4:40 PM
Hamersley South

Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) is garnering attention for its game changing potential in lithium mining, yet uncertainties persist regarding its market disruption. Reports suggest that adopting DLE technologies could notably enhance lithium supply from brine projects, resulting in increased production, improved project returns, and added ESG and sustainability benefits. This workshop aims to:

  • Impartially explore DLE.
  • Exploring its innovations, environmental footprints, OPEX and CAPEX.
  • Challenges, and opportunities within the lithium sector.
Amir Razmjou
4:05 PM - 4:35 PM
Golden Ballroom North & Centre
  • Why investing in resilience is so important and how the risk landscape is changing.   
  • Disruption in mining – Loss history data uncovered, what are the trends and underlying causes
  • Future of risk management best practice and predictive analytics.
Michael Beaumont
4:35 PM - 5:20 PM
Golden Ballroom North & Centre
  • Why now?  What does scaling (TRL & across industry) mean in mining? What's the opportunity for collaborative innovation in mining?
  • What are some good examples or initiatives in this space? (JV,...)
  • Does innovation infrastructure have a role to play?  Where/Why?
  • What's the key challenges/blockers in most organizations? (ie culture, novelty,...)
  • What's the call to action for other operators? mid-tier, juniors/small operators.  How can they get involved? What's their role?
  • What's the call to action for innovations/suppliers?

In partnership with Unearthed 

Ed Lewis Henning Prommer Chris McFarlane Mariel Renteria
5:20 PM - 5:30 PM
Golden Ballroom North & Centre
Pamela Hackett
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
8:30 AM - 8:35 AM
Golden Ballroom North & Centre
Pamela Hackett
8:35 AM - 9:15 AM
Golden Ballroom North & Centre
  • How can the mining industry face the energy supply crisis? How quickly can supply react?
  • In the long-term what is an energy mix that will provide a secure supply of energy globally?
  • How can organizations face significant capital expenditures, large infrastructure improvements and technology challenges to meet the renewable energy demand?
  • How is market balance achieved?
  • How will the high demands affect ESG? 
Nigar Sultana Jairo Bernal Todd Ross Adrienne LaBombard
9:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Golden Ballroom North & Centre
  • Western Australia’s net zero ambition.
  • A future made in WA.
  • A reliable and ethical exporter of minerals and energy with advanced processing capabilities.
  • Delivering shared benefits.
Hon David Michael
9:30 AM - 9:50 AM
Golden Ballroom North & Centre
  • Understanding the policy framework.
  • Australia’s mineral resources and their global importance.
  • How does government geoscience support industry to make new discoveries and add value downstream?
  • The impact of government geoscience and what comes next.
Allison Britt
9:50 AM - 10:10 AM
Golden Ballroom North & Centre
  • Strong bilateral relationship Chile-Australia. 
  • ProChile - focusing in mining suppliers.
  • Why Chile? Opportunities for Australian companies. 
Juan Pablo Julio
10:10 AM - 10:50 AM
10:50 AM - 11:20 AM
Golden Ballroom South
• How can widespread electrification reshape the mining industry, enhancing both operational efficiency and reducing environmental impact?
• What innovative technologies and infrastructure are required to facilitate the electrification of mining operations, and how can these be effectively integrated into existing mining sites?
• In what ways can the electrification of mining contribute to global efforts in achieving sustainable development goals and promoting a greener energy future?
 Thinking outside the box - how can organisations implement electrification with limited budget?
Andrew O’Brien Hirad Assimi Fergus Kiley Kathryn Horlin Samantha Langley
Golden Ballroom North & Centre
  • How can you better access & leverage your data to take advantage of the improvements this enables for your organisation? 
  • Glen Tommy, Telstra’s Group Owner of Mining, Energy and Construction chats to Richard Simons at NRW Holdings about how data driven decision making improves worker safety and productivity.
  • Dino Georgiou from Telstra InfraCo outlines the investments being made to build the backbone for Australia’s future digital economy.
Glenn Tommy Dino Georgiou Richard Simons
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Hamersley South
  • Emerging trends and skills needs shaping the future workforce.
  • How the education system (VET and Higher Education) are meeting current needs (or what gaps there are) and what will be needed to meet future skills needs.
  • Current workforce attraction and retention challenges.
  • How is the industry tackling these workforce attraction and retention challenges (what’s working well?).
Jan-Henrik Norberger
11:25 AM - 11:55 AM
Golden Ballroom North & Centre
• How is innovation changing safety?
• Why is the mining industry still lagging in its safety performance?
• When will the technology be ready? Should miners be looking more to other sectors for game-changing technologies?
• Which are the best practices and regulatory compliance to ensure mining safety?
• How can managers balance the need to make big changes for operational transformation, while keeping safety as their first priority?
• Which technologies are ready today that could deliver transformational results, and what is holding back ubiquitous adoption?
Callum Moore Cornelius Itotoh Chris Vellnagel Maddison Costello Cameron Stevens
Golden Ballroom South
  • The energy transition is creating opportunities and conflicts for the future of mining.
  • Competition for accessing land of mines wrapping up.
  • Opportunities exist in mining estates for working with renewables and transition projects.
  • Interplay between stakeholders and economic development opportunities.
Guy Boggs Catherine Garlick Rebecca Getty Andrew Bailey
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Golden Ballroom North & Centre
  • Investigating the economic opportunity presented by a growing global appetite for uranium, given Australia’s significant uranium deposits.
  • Examining how restrictive government policies in Western Australia, rooted in outdated misconceptions, are obstructing uranium extraction and the potential economic impact for the nation.
  • Discussing the reasons why this unique opportunity should be fully seized.
Aaron Morey
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
  • The Mental Awareness Respect and Safety (MARS) Program of the West Australian Government seeks to broaden traditional safety measures to include mental health awareness and the fostering of respectful workplace relationships, adopting a more comprehensive view of worker well-being.
  • This effort towards systemic change involves research, training, education and campaigns aimed at promoting a culture of inclusivity and well-being. Recent initiatives include the pivotal Landmark Study of the mining industry conducted by Curtin University and the establishment of the Professorial Chair in Mining Work Health and Safety at Edith Cowan University.
  • These initiatives and approach signify a substantial advancement in industry practices, underscoring the critical role of a supportive and safe working environment for the sector's sustainability and efficiency.
  • The role of the MARS Program is instrumental in guiding the industry towards these goals, facilitating collaboration between government bodies, industry leaders, and workers to implement practices that address both the physical and psychological safety of mining personnel.
Ivor Roberts
2:00 PM - 2:40 PM
Golden Ballroom North & Centre
• Implement mentorship and support programs tailored to women, fostering a conducive work environment and aiding in career advancement.
• Introduce family-friendly policies such as flexible schedules or childcare assistance to alleviate work-life balance challenges.
• Create a culture of inclusivity through diversity training and initiatives, ensuring equal opportunities for career progression irrespective of gender.
Asmita Mahanta Valentina Ruta Kelsie Clarke Shaheen Hughes
2:40 PM - 3:00 PM
Golden Ballroom North & Centre
• Redefining purpose - advocating the necessity for a robust propaganda campaign to reposition the industry's value, reassert its importance in the market and relevance in everyday life.
• How can companies help to improve mining's public image and reputation to attract the new generation of talent?
• Introducing hybrid or permanent virtual/remote work arrangements to create better work-life balance.
• Devolving into strategic workforce planning to assess and review the required skills for different roles; what skills will be needed in the mining of the future?
• Addressing training deficiencies and the necessity to implement up-to-date programs to upskill the current workforce to effectively embrace advancements and innovative operations.
Dr. Gavin Lind
3:00 PM - 3:40 PM
Golden Ballroom North & Centre
• Policies and land access legislations; what do they mean for mining and how would they affect the different areas of the industry? 
• Is it possible to accelerate permitting that to go from exploration to development?
• How can organisations boost their partnership with traditional landowners and show the genuine value of mining in their territories?
• Which initiatives should organisations build to enhance the economic well-being of the communities and contribute to the long-term vitality of the regions they operate in?
Matt Denyer John Welborn Kate Dickson Todd Ross
3:40 PM - 3:45 PM
Golden Ballroom North & Centre
Pamela Hackett