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Copper Strategy Success Seminar: The Future of Work


Copper Strategy Success Seminar: The Future of Work

30 September 2016

RESA was proud to coordinate this event on behalf of the Department of State Development, as part of the Copper Strategy Success Seminar program. The Future of Work Seminar informed industry to consider the workforce challenges and opportunities that may arise as South Australia progresses towards our goal of One Million tonnes per annum of copper produced.

South Australia’s Copper Strategy sets a bold target to triple existing copper production over the next 15 years to drive economic growth and increase investment and sustainable job opportunities for South Australians. The Strategy was launched by the Premier of South Australia, Hon Jay Weatherill, and the Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy, Hon Tom Koutsantonis, on 23 February 2016.

The Strategy outlines the challenges and opportunities to achieve this target. It includes an initial set of two-year actions developed with the public to kick-start the strategy based around three Action Themes:

  • Action Theme 1. Accelerate exploration discovery and information
  • Action Theme 2. Develop innovative infrastructure, services and research
  • Action Theme 3. Build industry and community capacity. 

The Future of Work Seminar was part of the Copper Strategy Success Seminar series, an initiative under Action Theme 3 to share knowledge and experiences with copper industry stakeholders. 

Growing South Australia's copper industry

Charles Moore

Director, Resources and Strategy, Olympic Dam Task Force, Department of State Development


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 Supply Chains in a Digital Age

Paul Goiak

DSD - Director, Industry Development

Mr. Paul Goiak currently is the Director, Industry Participation with the Department of State Development (DSD). Paul commenced his working career with General Motors Holden in 1983, moving from the automotive sector to ophthalmic lens manufacturing in 2008, where he worked as Operations Director for Carl Zeiss Vision.

In late 2009 Paul transitioned to the resource sector where he held the role of Wellfield Manager for Uranium 1. Paul moved into a more corporate style role, joining Hills Holdings as General Manger Mining Services in 2012. Paul commenced his current role with the DSD in January 2013.

He received his Honours Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Australia in 1998 and his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Adelaide in 2004.


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Autonomous Vehicles – When will they get here?

Mark Borlace

RAA - Senior Manager Mobility & Automotive Policy

Mark has worked in various areas of the RAA’s Automotive, Engineering and Policy areas for over 30 years. As the Senior Manager Mobility and Automotive Policy, he has responsibility for overall policy on mobility and automotive issues. He is leading the Australian motoring organisation’s interest in the autonomous vehicle area. Some of the other areas of responsibility are the effect of vehicles on the environment and vehicle emission testing, electric vehicles and battery technology and the future mobility needs all people.


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IPACS Remote Operation Centre

Dr Vinay Sriram

IPACS Power – General Manager

Dr. Vinay Sriram joined IPACS in 2010 and is currently the General Manager of Engineering. He is responsible for leading the acceleration of growth in the company’s Industrial business. Dr. Sriram started his career with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO). He later worked as a post doctoral fellow at Imperial College London and as a research fellow at Harvard University. He was previously the associate editor of the IEEE Systems Journal. Dr. Sriram completed his Bachelor of Engineering on a BAE Systems scholarship and PhD on an Australian Postgraduate Award Industry.


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The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), the “next technology” for Mining & Resources

Philip Link

Honeywell – Business Manager

Philip has over 25 years of experience in the Automation and IT industries in a range of roles that has included technical, operational and business development primarily working with mid to large tier organisations across Australia and within teams on Global projects. He joined Honeywell in 2012 as the South Australian Business Manager, responsible for all aspects of project delivery, customer management and business development for the HPS group.

Philip has held senior sales and management roles with leading global and local technology companies. He has studied in various disciplines that include Engineering, Marketing and Business. Philip is passionate about SA and the opportunities that present to lead the world in best practice and technology in our mining and resources sectors.


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The social side of the future workforce

Christine Charles

Design4Growth – Managing Director

Christine is a senior business leader who has held a variety of positions in the private sector, public sector and academia. She works independently, as a Board Director, also chairs a number of government and industry bodies, and provides strategic advice to companies in the mining and oil and gas sectors. Christine is an Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining in the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland.

She has deep knowledge of the mining and energy sectors based on several years in a global Group Executive role with Newmont Mining, followed by a year as a Special Advisor to the CEO of the Minerals Council of Australia.


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The Tonsley Innovation Precinct

Terry Burgess

SACOME - President

Terry Burgess commenced as President of SACOME in March 2015 after several years on the SACOME council. He also serves on the South Australian Economic Development Board, SAMPEG and is Chair of the Tonsley Project Steering Committee.

Terry has over 25 years’ senior experience in the mining industry internationally, including as CEO and Managing Director of OZ Minerals (2009 to 2014); Head of Business Development for Anglo American Base Metals Division; Global Head of Metals and Mining for investment bank ABN AMRO; Managing Director and CEO of AurionGold Ltd, Managing Director and CEO of Delta Gold Ltd. Terry is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgy and is a qualified Management Accountant.


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The Future of Work Seminar - Question Time