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Keynote Speakers

Ryan Campbell
Chief Geomechanical Specialist
Freeport-McMoRan Inc., USA

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Ryan has 20 years of geomechanics experience specialising in mass mining project development, strategic planning and operational support. After being stationed at the Grasberg operation, Ryan returned to work within PT Freeport Indonesia’s corporate geotechnical group. Prior to Freeport, he worked with SRK Consulting where experience was gained in open pit and underground mass mining operations in Canada and abroad. Recent areas of focus at Freeport include optimisation of cave and development sequencing, rock mass characterisation, excavation design, ground control, open pit/underground interaction, fragmentation forecasting and risk management.

Simon Hanrahan
Corporate Consultant (Mining)
SRK Consulting

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Simon has over 35 years’ international experience including the development and operation of block cave mines and operating open pit mines above caving zones. Simon has led projects across the whole resources value chain: all study phases, project implementation, construction and commissioning, and mine operations. Mine management and construction experience was gained in South Africa, Australia, and the USA in gold, coal, base metals, copper, platinum, industrial minerals, and diamonds. Since joining SRK in 2010, Simon has worked globally in project management, due diligence, and technical reviews for surface and underground mining projects, and lender construction oversight for development projects. His commodity experience also includes iron ore, lithium, graphite, nickel, bauxite, manganese, niobium, tungsten, potash brines, and mineral sands projects.

Katie Hulmes
General Manager, Transformation and Readiness
OZ Minerals

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Katie proudly represents a more than 20-year engineering and mining career with diverse roles as a field engineer, environmental scientist, exploration hydrogeologist, approvals manager, scoping study manager, group environmental lead, project engineer, head of technical services and her current role as head of transformation and the Think & Act Differently incubator.

Katie’s technical skills were gained as a graduate of the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Geophysics and a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Environmental) and her passion and drive stems from a curiosity and deep belief that the industry can create multi-generational change with a positive impact on regional communities and the environment.

She was awarded South Australia’s inaugural 40 Under 40 Young Entrepreneurs Award for her contribution to the minerals sector and continues to charter new paths for the industry and her peers. She has shown that through partnerships and transparency, you find opportunity. Katie can proudly point to initiatives that have emerged under her leadership with value created in community groups, with traditional owners, conservation organisations, research bodies, technology companies, and start-ups. Importantly, she takes time and commitment to continually develop both herself and her team, fostering a belonging culture where people are self-empowered to thrive and grow through their work.

Katie continues to advocate for shared value and for cross sector collaboration and is currently fulfilling voluntary positions at the South Australian Government Minerals and Energy Advisory Council, the Smart Satellite CRC Mining and Energy Advisory Board and, most recently, the South Australian Government Space Council and AROSE Advisor Board.

Pedro Landeros Córdova
Director of Geotechnical Engineering, El Teniente Portfolio of Projects
CODELCO, Chile

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Pedro has over 15 years’ experience in underground geotechnical and geomechanical engineering. From 2008 to 2016, he worked as a geomechanical engineer at the El Teniente mine for the Esmeralda and Reservas Norte operating sectors and then for Dacita and Recursos Norte Projects.

Since 2016, Pedro has led teams of geologists and geomechanics for El Teniente future expansion projects. He is currently the director of geotechnical engineering of the El Teniente Portfolio of Projects, leading geotechnical ground control of Andes Norte, Andesita and Diamante projects.

His main experience and expertise relate to caving geomechanics and underground geomechanical risk management, mine-induced seismicity, rockbursts, hydraulic fracturing, and excavation design in high-stress environments with complex geomechanical conditions.

Conference Chair

Professor Yves Potvin
Professor Mining Geomechanics
Australian Centre for Geomechanics

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Yves joined the Australian Centre for Geomechanics at The University of Western Australia in 1998 and was Centre Director, 2000–2019. Professor Potvin has published more than 100 articles and is the editor/co-editor of 14 conference proceedings and books. He has 40 years of experience in rock mechanics and mine design and has previously held managerial positions at Mount Isa Mines, the Noranda Technology Centre and worked as a mining engineer at Noranda Mines, Gaspe Division. Yves undertakes numerous collaborative industry-focussed research projects and is presently involved with the ACG’s Ground Support Systems Optimisation Project, and the Stope Reconciliation and Optimisation Project. He currently participates in several geotechnical review boards.