5 - 6 June 2019, Crown Perth Western Australia
The AMEC Convention 2019 focused on “Next Generation Mining” covering innovation that will impact the way we work; education of our future workforce and engagement with the wider community.
This year’s Sir Arvi Parbo Oration was particularly important given the recent passing of the mining industry icon. Dr Vanessa Guthrie delivered the Oration. She discussed the future of work in the mining industry and how critical it is to invest in education.
The opening session was followed by a number of talks about Education including a presentations by the Centre of Resources Excellence (CoRE) on STEM Learning for Resourcing the Future. This featured Year 8, 9 & 10 students from Kent Street Senior High School showcasing the projects they have been developing during semester one.
Day One concluded with a conversation about Shifting the Exploration Paradigm. Dr Jon Hronsky OAM, Director at Western Mining Services, proposed a vision for future exploration that integrates the way we finance the exploration process, the strategic and tactical framework for exploration management and the way we train explorers.
Dr Hronksy’s thought-provoking comments were discussed with a panel of industry experts Steve Beresford, Chief Geologist at Independence Group; Mike Young, Managing Director at VIMY Resources and Mike Christie. Director Exploration at First Quantum Minerals.
Day Two opened with a presentation from Dr Raymond Goldie, independent analyst and director on Canadian and Australian perspectives on mineral markets and some of the investment challenges facing exploration companies around the world.
The second day featured investor updates from small caps like Australian Vanadium (ASX:AVL), Barra Resources (ASX:BAR), Bryah Resources (ASX:BYH), Element 25 (ASX:E25), Encounter Resources (ASX:ENR) and Image Resources (ASX:IMA).
Legendary former-AFL coach Kevin Sheedy closed the two day Convention with an encouraging talk about never giving up on what you believe in.