AmCham Industry Series: Mining
Mining - supporting innovation, attracting new investment and promoting marketing opportunities.
Friday 5 July
Global demand for our resources has broadened in recent years to include minerals used in a range of emerging high-tech applications across a variety of sectors such as renewable energy, aerospace, defence, automotive (particularly electric vehicles), telecommunications and agri-tech. Known as critical minerals, they are considered essential for the economic and industrial development of major and emerging economies.
This presents an opportunity for Australia to develop its commercially viable and world leading reserves of many of these critical minerals, attract investment from new markets, diversify our resources industry and capitalise on the strengths of our world leading resources sector.
Our panel will discuss how they are promoting this demand and what new technologies are emerging in the Mining Industry to enable them to tap into new reserves (including the potential to mine in space) with focus on the areas of Critical Minerals, Investment and Trade with the US.
Dan Van Holst Pellekaan MP, Minister 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.
Andrew Cole, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, OZ Minerals
Andrew has over 25 years’ experience in exploration and operations in the resources industry. 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.
Andrew was the site lead for an underground feasibility study and exploratory decline development at Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine in Western Australia. In London, Andrew led Rio Tinto’s Diamond Product Group’s strategy and business development function. From 2007, Andrew was General Manager Operations of the Clermont Region Operations, including the Blair Athol Mine and Clermont Mine, based in Clermont, Queensland. Andrew spent two years in Beijing establishing and managing CRTX, a Chinalco and Rio Tinto joint venture copper development company based in mainland China. Andrew was Chief Operating Officer of Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium in 2013, responsible for the leadership of more than 5,000 employees across four operating sites based out of Montreal.
Andrew is particularly passionate about leading and developing people, creating safe workplaces and driving continuous improvement. He was appointed to Managing Director and CEO of OZ Minerals in 2014.
Andrew is a Councilor of SACOME (South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy) and Co-Chair of the Energy and Resources Advisory Board.
David Grabau, Senior Investment Specialist, Resources and Energy, Austrade
David Grabau has strong technical proficiency and experience in the resources and energy sectors, with a valuable combination of experience in both government and ASX top 20 corporates. Since joining Austrade as Senior Investment Specialist for resources and energy in April 2017, David has helped a number of major international companies identify and secure investment opportunities in the Australian market. More recently, he has led Austrade’s whole-of-government critical minerals work across both policy inputs and commercial opportunities. David’s previous senior commercial roles include advising major resources and energy companies across strategy, risk, and project management. David spent several years working with BHP across its minerals and petroleum businesses, including management roles in Group Risk and Corporate Development.
Jacqui McGill, C-Suite Executive and Non-Executive Director, Jacqui McGill Leadership Consulting
Jacqui has 30 years operational leadership experience in the mining and resource sectors. She knows the importance of the Mining sector to the State’s economy and the opportunities presented in this field.
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