The QME RCOE Companion Program Breakfast Sessions

Greater Whitsunday METS Innovation Lounge Collaboration will provide FREE breakfast sessions at the Resources Centre of Excellence during the QME that will cover futurist resource opportunities in critical minerals, mine site rehabilitation, and benefits of a circular economy.

When:
19-21 July 2022, 7:00-9:30am

Where:
Resources Centre of Excellence
65 Crichtons Rd, Paget QLD 4740


Breakfast Session 1: Mining is the way to a cleaner greener future

Tuesday, 19th July 2022 | 7:00am-9:30am

Critical minerals are vital to the economic improvement of the industrialised world. These minerals play a significant role in developing strategic and financial functions across varied sectors including renewable energy, aerospace, defence technologies, hybrid and electric-powered technologies.

Hear from Mike Kaiser, Director General of Department of Resources at Queensland Government and a panel of experts discussing the opportunities that come from critical minerals. Networking opportunities with the panel and like-minded industry representatives and tours of the state-of-the-art underground mine facility at RCOE are available.

A shuttle transfer will be running across the morning between the QME and RCOE facility. A light breakfast will be served prior to the panel discussion. 

Mike Kaiser, Director General of Department of Resources, Queensland Government

Mike Kaiser commenced as the Acting Director-General of the newly formed Department of Resources in January 2021.  Mike was appointment to the position on 18 June 2021. He brings more than 30 years’ experience to the role, having built a successful career in private and public sector leadership and consultancy.

Prior to his appointment, Mike was a partner at KPMG and contributed to the Queensland Covid Taskforce Economic Recovery Plan in that capacity. Other public sector experiences include working as chief of staff to premiers in both Queensland and New South Wales.

Known as a strategic thinker and inclusive leader, Mike demonstrated strong customer focus throughout his time at NBN Co, where he led the business change and improvement function and introduced processes to measure and enhance customer satisfaction.

Mike completed his academic qualifications at the University of Queensland, earning bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and economics as well as a Graduate Certificate in Management.


Breakfast Session 2: ESG in action - Rehabilitation Case Studies

Wednesday 20th July 2022 | 7:00-9:30am

Mine site rehabilitation is integral to environmental performance and overall operations. Case study discussions focusing on innovative technologies, sustainable development, and investment opportunities, when rehabilitation is successfully planned and executed.

Hear from Kylie Porter, CEO of Greater Whitsunday Alliance and a panel of experts discussing opportunities around correctly executing rehabilitation practices from a social, environmental, and economic perspective. Networking opportunities with the panel and like-minded industry representatives and tours of the state-of-the-art underground mine facility at RCOE are available.

A bus transfer will be running across the morning between the QME Event and RCOE facility. A light breakfast will be served prior to the panel discussion.

Kylie Porter, CEO, Greater Whitsunday Alliance

Kylie Porter is the Chief Executive Officer of Greater Whitsunday Alliance (GW3). GW3 is the peak independent, economic development organisation for the Mackay, Isaac, Whitsunday region. The organisation is a strategic and coordinated point of contact for local, national and international networks and advocates for, and promotes prosperity across the Greater Whitsunday region.

GW3’s focus is not centred on one specific industry and has a remit to deliver across all key driving industries in the region including mining and METS, agriculture, tourism, bio-futures and others. Kylie more than 25 years professional corporate communications and executive experience, and is well versed on all the big issues the Greater Whitsunday region is facing today – including economic transition.

She also is a Director of C-Res, one of Australia’s largest social enterprise organisations which delivers the Local Buying Program across Australia in partnership with BHP.


Breakfast Session 3: Opportunities in a Sustainable Future

Thursday 21st July 2022 | 7:00-9:30am

Recognising importance of a circular economy will assist in improving resilience within the resources sector, the economic development, employment, as well as environmental, social and community initiatives.

Hear from Deb Allan, Manager of the Mackay Manufacturing Hub and a panel of experts discussing the opportunities that come from striving for a sustainable future. Networking opportunities with the panel and like-minded industry representatives and tours of the state-of-the-art underground mine facility at RCOE are available.

A bus transfer will be running across the morning between the QME Event and RCOE facility. A light breakfast will be served prior to the panel discussion.