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Aspermont Dual-Focus Conference Agenda to Interrogate the Future of Mining


Global mining and energy sectors media group Aspermont has unveiled plans for complementary conferences for mid-September in Perth, Australia. These planned conferences will set both the operations and investment agendas for the mining industry.

The Future of Mining event series has updated its focus and will carry a solutions-first agenda leaning heavily toward the requirements for sustainable best practices and operational efficiency

Helping Miners Address Relevant Challenges

The two-day event will be held on 18–19 September 2023 at Pan Pacific Perth, to inform the decision-making of operators who are dealing with the pressure to deliver more minerals for the energy transition, while at the same time making step-change improvements to ESG performance, largely through new technology applications. It will also showcase panels on key issues, including one on the importance of attracting Gen Z to the industry.

“The Future of Mining will help people learn, challenge, and debate with the region’s pioneering innovators to address new solutions and forge bullet-proof strategies that meet and exceed operational goals,” Aspermont Managing Director Alex Kent said.

“Attendees will get to exchange experiences with peers, decision-makers, solution providers, mining industry executives, and other stakeholders,” he added. “They’ll learn about new products, swap knowledge and come away confident they have a good understanding of what’s around the corner.

“At a time when there is so much changing in what is being mined, how it is being mined, and how we run companies to be more resource-friendly and respectful of the planet, that’s priceless,” Kent furher stated.

Continuing a Long, Proud Tradition

The event also won the support of The Hon. Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Western Australia Government who said:

“Mining has a long and proud history in Western Australia. The State’s miners continue that tradition by applying innovative and technological solutions to ensure the safe and efficient extraction of our metals and minerals. There is no secret that battery and critical minerals will play an important part in the global clean energy transition and I welcome the opportunity to discuss Western Australia’s important role in this.”

Aspermont has assembled a rich roster of experts to speak. They include:

  • Andrew Whibley, Vice President, Technology and Innovation, at Gold Fields, one of the world’s largest unhedged gold producers
  • Dino Otranto, Chief Operating Officer at Fortescue, a leader in iron ore production that is currently transitioning into a green energy and metals company
  • The Hon. Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Western Australia Government, a leader in cutting red tape in the mining sector and in revolutionising WA’s energy production
  • Michelle Ash, VP Growth at BHP, currently driving the development of a copper province in South Australia
  • Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Mettam, Leader, WA Liberal Party, Parliament of Western Australia and a noted pioneer in driving ethical behaviour in mining operations
  • Dennis Brunings, a Principal Project Safety expert who identifies and controls risks for Anglo American, the UK-headquartered multinational miner that is the world’s largest platinum producer
  • Tony Ottaviano, MD and CEO at Liontown Resources

Introducing the Inaugural MiningNews Select Conference

The Future of Mining will be accompanied by a partner event, the inaugural MiningNews Select (MNS) conference over the same date and location. The finance event brings together numerous ‘under-the-radar’ resources companies in Western Australia, one of the great mining centres of the world.

It is intended as a meeting point for investors keen to spend time with entrepreneurs at emerging companies and calibrate their chances of leveraging the next ‘bull run’ in the sector. MNS will also launch an awards event highlighting leading CEOs, explorers, deals and emerging leaders.

Keynote speakers at this event include:

  • Liam Twigger, Deputy Chairman and Executive Director at Argonaut
  • John Forwood, Chief Investment Officer at Lowell Resources Funds Management
  • Peter Albert, CEO and Managing Director at 29Metals
  • Nicholas Boyd-Mathews, Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer at Eden Asset Management
  • Frank van Rooyen, Senior Director, Resources and WA, at Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility
  • Sophie Webb, Director and Principal ESG Consultant at Executive ESG

“We’ve launched this event because, while an area such as the technology sector has ample opportunities for networking, mining needs a new forum for start-ups and scale-ups that require funding, and for investors keen to get a foothold in the resources-equity space before the wider market identifies the undeniable opportunity presented by mining right now,” Kent said.

Learning Sessions on Innovation

As Future of Mining and MiningNews Select conferences continue over the next two days, delegates can look forward to more learning sessions across dedicated tracks—Digitalization, Technology, ESG, and Net Zero.

Future of Mining and MiningNews Select conferences runs for two days at Pan Pacific Perth. Opening times for delegates are 18 September (Mon): 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and 19 September (Tue): 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Delegates may register their attendance at the conference at and