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Accelerated Commercialisation

Discover how others have built their METS business based on new approaches to collaboration and business growth.

Date: Monday 29 October 2018

Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm

Location: Melbourne Convention Centre

Learn about new or alternative avenues to grow your business using the following:

  • METS Ignited Collaborative Project Funds
  • the Advanced METS Doctoral Training Centre at the Newcastle Institute of Energy and Resources (NEIR)
  • accelerators and hackathons

Hear from METs companies who have:

  • successfully leveraged funding grants
  • participated in research and export markets
  • redefined their strategy to win new contracts
  • applied their core expertise to meet the needs of the mining sector

METS Ignited Collaborative Project Funds

Find out how METS companies are collaborating with mining companies to address mining challenges. Consortia across Australia are using the funding to develop collaborative, industry-led projects with clear commercialisation applications. The METS Ignited Project Fund is a $15.6m, four-year initiative to support, encourage and fund sector-wide collaboration. A panel of industry members will share their experiences. Contributors will describe the matched funding model; key attributes for successful collaboration.

Advanced METS Doctoral Training Centre

Find out how the recently established Advanced METS Doctoral Training Centre (METS DTC) at the Newcastle Institute of Energy and resources can transform your company into a global leader. In conjunction with industry, DTC aims to expand fundamental knowledge around mining challenges, develop industry engaged research leaders and support industry partners to identify the emerging opportunities in this globally focused sector encompassing mineral exploration, extraction and mining supply chain.

This session will include highlight details of the tailings conversion processes being developed through the METS doctoral Training Centre and other initiatives.

Accelerators and Hackathons

Hear from a panel of industry members who will share their experiences; the unexpected outcomes and reasons to get involved. Start-ups and Scale-ups have both benefited from these processes; find out how you also can get involved.


Miranda Werstiuk Senior Vice President, IBK Capital Corp.

Miranda is a driven and focused corporate finance and investment banking professional with 25 years global experience in the resource finance sector. She has been with IBK Capital, a private Toronto-based, resource-focused investment bank since 1994. She has taken an active role in financial advisory assignments and private placement financings for clients working over a broad range of commodities. Recent highlights include working with Cobalt Blockchain, a junior company focused on building a metals trading business in the DRC to source conflict-free cobalt, copper, tin, tantalum & tungsten (3Ts) using their proprietary blockchain-based traceability platform, MinTrax(TM); North American Nickel; a junior resource company focused on a new district scale, high-grade nickel-copper-PGE project in Greenland and GBM Resources; a near-term gold producer in Queensland, Australia. She has also undertaken advisory work for clients in the renewable energy/fuel, biotechnology and software sectors.

As a member of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum and Vice-Chair of Women in Mining – Toronto, Miranda’s wealth and diversity of experience has given her the opportunity to be involved in volunteering, networking and mentoring across many facets of the mining business. She has also been an active volunteer and Peer Group Leader for the Canadian Diabetes Association for over 15 years. Since 2006, she has been a judge at the IBK Capital-Ivey Business Plan Competition, Canada’s premiere student business plan competition.

Miranda is a graduate of Queen’s University (BScH – Biology (1989) and of McMaster University (BAH – Social & Physical Anthropology (1992), as well as having competed a range of business courses at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Toronto. She also completed the Queen’s University E-Business Program in April 2000.

John Kirkman Managing Director, Manufacturing Intelligence

John is a co-founder of Manufacturing Intelligence (MI) which was established in 2016 to build software to vastly improve the visibility of entire state mining operation (both subterranean and above ground) in real-time. MI is currently working with FMG, South32, Mining3/CSIRO and Amazon Web Services to accelerate the development and operational trials of the technology which will enable vastly improved optimisation capabilities. John, will provide a brief overview of how this technology is the cornerstone of any technology architecture to realise the vision and benefits associated with the "digital mine" and how miners can ready themselves for implementing such technology.

Alex Moss CEO and Head Designer, Canaria Technologies

CEO & Head Designer, and Board member of Canaria Technologies, Alex is a passionate role-model for women in technology; regularly mentoring and running events to promote female leadership in STEAM fields. Last year BBC noted Alex as ‘the model changing the future of space medicine’. This year she has won the title of Women in Technology’s ‘Startup Entrepreneur of the Year’, as well as being a finalist for the Brisbane Lord Mayor Young Business Person of the Year Award.

Alex has extensive experience in business management and design. She has been a creative director for global ad campaigns (Phillip Treacy, Le Roni, Doc Martens) and was the founding CEO of art dealership The Court, as well as M2 Magazine prior to her move into technology.

Alex has a background in Design Psychology from the Courtauld Institute and is a guest lecturer at Hult Business School, as well as a regular panel critic for the Bartlett School of Architecture’s Computational Architecture Department.

Alex has also won numerous awards for her ground-breaking work in predictive biometric medical devices including: Global Winner Best Use of Hardware 2016 NASA International Space Apps, Sir Richard Branson’s Worldwide Top 10 Tech Start-ups Extreme Tech Challenge 2017, Global Aerospace Summit 2018 Young Space Leaderand Komatsu Top 4 Tech Innovators to Watch Out For in 2018.

Kim Eales Co-founder, Resolution Systems

Kim's operational mining back ground initiated the idea of where the building out Mine 2 Mill , fostering and guiding the development of the concept to enable the Resolution team to create a much view of the project that sat within the teams sweet spot of "Turning Technology Into Tonnes".

Dave Lawrie PhD Chief Geoscientist, IMDEX

Dave Lawie has held global positions in Exploration Geochemistry and R&D with both Pasminco and Anglo American before joining ioGlobal as Managing Director in 2004. ioGlobal provided geochemistry and geometallurgical consulting services, cloud based data management and the ioGAS desktop analytics.In late 2012 ioGlobal was sold to IMDEX.Now as Chief Geoscientist for IMDEX and Chief Technologist for IMDEX Mining Solutions, Dave’s role involves moving IMDEX into real-time, at rig sensing technology, from exploration through to production.Dave will provide a brief insight into how IMDEX’s latest initiative, partnering with Orica and supported by METS Ignited, aims to deliver real time material characterisation for optimised blasting outcomes.

Ken Williams Associate Professor

Ken is the Academic Convener of the Advanced METS Doctoral Training Centre, Associate Professor within the Centre for Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies, Chief Investigator within the ARC Research Hub for Advanced Technologies for Australian Iron Ore, and a researcher at the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Ken is engaged in numerous industry-centric research projects through each of these groupings, with expertise in the area of mining and mineral processing. Ken has established significant international collaborations and supervises a number of postgraduate students in Mechanical Engineering.

Dr Tim Hopper Chief Technology Officer, Qteq

Dr Tim Hopper earned his PhD in Magnetic Resonance Imaging prior to moving into the oil and gas industry where he worked for Schlumberger for 10 years. His career with Schlumberger involved stints as wireline field engineer, senior research scientist, project manager (LWD NMR) and petro-physicist. Prior to starting NMR Services Australia, Tim worked for an African explorer as its principal petro-physicist.

From 2013 until its sale, Tim successfully steered NMR Services Australia (now Qteq) to more than 70% revenue growth year-on-year. That company designed, manufactured and supported wireline BMR tools across five continents, spanning all minerals and water markets. Tim was a Fulbright Scholar during his PhD and has earned several accolades over the years. He has 19 patents to his name and has published more than a dozen technical papers.

Tim’s passion is identifying new technologies and applying them outside of their normal realms. His wide experience enables him to quickly identify technological and engineering opportunities.

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