Plenary & Keynotes

The 4-day scientific program will feature a Monday plenary session, and themed keynote sessions on all days of the technical program. See below for our confirmed distinguished speakers.

The conference will feature a range of innovative and provocative special sessions and events including panels, debates, thematic keynotes, public lectures and events for Early Career professionals. These sessions are specially designed to engage participants, provoke new ideas and conversations and further our understanding of the nexus between minerals, energy, water and how human society can sustain itself on Earth well into the future. The aim is to connect the big thinkers with practical matters and real-world situations. Roundtable events during the conference will provide further opportunities for interaction on a range of topics.

Panels: Resource availability | Innovation forum | Changing world
Debates: Future of energy | Resource ownership
Thematic Keynotes: Earth through time | Energy nexus | Water constraints | The Arctic | Frontiers for resources
Lunch/Evening Lectures: Our amazing planet | Mineral supply | Water - availability
Youth – Early Career: Pitch-session | Speed mentoring | Open career x 2


Allyson K. Anderson Book

Allyson K. Anderson Book is Executive Director of the American Geosciences Institute, an organization which serves the needs of the U.S. geosciences community, while also connecting society to the geosciences globally. Previously she was in the Department of the Interior, serving as the Associate Director of Strategic Engagement of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). As a Congressional Science Fellow in 2006-2007 she worked on the staff of the Senate Energy Committee, where she was involved in many energy and resource related issues from fossil fuels to critical minerals and materials for clean technology. Prior to her career in public policy and geoscience Anderson Book was a petrophysicist/senior geoscientist at ExxonMobil Exploration Company in Houston, Texas. She is a former President of the Association for Women Geoscientists.

Ross Beaty

Ross Beaty is a geologist and resource entrepreneur with over 45 years of experience in the international minerals and renewable energy industries. Mr. Beaty is an internationally recognized leader in both non-renewable and renewable resource development. He has founded and divested a number of companies and remains founder and Chairman of Pan American Silver Corp. and Alterra Power Corp., a mid-sized renewable energy company. Mr. Beaty is also a well-known environmental philanthropist, primarily through The Sitka Foundation. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Nature Trust of BC, is a Director of The Pacific Salmon Foundation, a Director of Panthera, and is patron of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC.

Richard Blewett

Dr Richard Blewett is the General Manager of the Minerals Systems Branch at Geoscience Australia. He graduated 1st class Hons in Geology from Swansea University (Wales), completed a PhD in structural geology from Leicester University in the UK and has an MBA in Technology Management from Deakin University. Richard joined Geoscience Australia in 1990 as a research scientist and for the past twenty seven years has worked in a number of minerals-related mapping projects across many of Australia’s mineral provinces. He is currently leading a project of institutional strengthening in India and has been involved in the development of the UNCOVER initiative of the Australian Academy of Science. Since 2012 he has been the leader of the Mineral Systems Branch in the Resources Division at Geoscience Australia, which has carriage of the minerals component of the new Exploring for the Future programme.

Richard Ernst

Richard Ernst is Scientist in Residence at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada and is also a guest professor at Tomsk State University (TSU), Siberia, Russia. At TSU he is leading a nearly $2 million grant for establishing a LA-ICPMS facility. He is author on more than 150 refereed scientific publications mostly focused on all aspects of Large Igneous Provinces (LIPs) including their dramatic flood basalts, plumbing systems of giant dyke swarms, sill provinces and layered mafic-ultramafic intrusions, associated kimberlites, carbonatites and felsic provinces, and links with mineral, metal and hydrocarbon resource exploration, supercontinent breakup, catastrophic environmental/climate change including mass extinction events, and planetary analogues. His comprehensive book on LIPs was published by Cambridge University Press in fall 2014. He has been co-leader (2003-2013), and leader (since 2013) of the LIPs Commission of IAVCEI. He has been co-leader (2010-2015) and leader (since 2015) of global research teams funded by Industry and associated government grants totalling more than $2.5 million that have led to a dramatic expansion of the LIP record particularly for Precambrian time and a growing targeting role for LIPs in Resource Exploration for a wide range of commodity types. Another current passion is integration with the sedimentary record to characterize the potentially catastrophic environmental effects of LIPs with implications for understanding controls and feedbacks related to climate change.

Jay Famiglietti

Jay Famiglietti is the Senior Water Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. Before moving to JPL, Famiglietti was a professor of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine, and of Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2013, Famiglietti was appointed to California’s State Water Boards by Governor Jerry Brown. Famiglietti is a hydrologist who uses satellites and develops advanced computer models to track how freshwater availability is changing globally. He has published nearly 150 peer-reviewed research papers as well as numerous reports. His team’s pioneering work on remote sensing of groundwater depletion has influenced water management decisions from California to India. A fellow of the American Geophysical Union and of the Geological Society of America, he is a frequent speaker, an avid writer, and he is committed to science communication. Famiglietti is a regular advisor to the U. S. Congress and the California Governor’s Office on water availability and water security issues. He has testified before the U. S. Congress, and he has participated in numerous White House, U. S. State Department, Congressional, Pentagon and California State Legislature briefings.

Thomas Graedel

Thomas Graedel is Clifton R. Musser Professor of Industrial Ecology, Emeritus, in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University. His research is centered on developing and enhancing industrial ecology, the organizing framework for the quantification and transformation of the material resource aspects of the Anthropocene. His textbook, Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Engineering, coauthored with B. R. Allenby, was the first book in the field and is now in its third edition. His current interests include studies of the flows of materials within the industrial ecosystem, and of evaluating the criticality of metals. Graedel's books (17) and papers (~380) have been cited by colleagues more than 24,000 times, putting his citation record in the upper ¼ of 1% of all active scientists. He was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2002 for "outstanding contributions to the theory and practice of industrial ecology", and is a member of the UNEP International Resource Panel.

Christian Hagelüken

Christian Hagelüken is Director of EU Government Affairs at Umicore. From 2003-2011 he was head of Business Development in Umicore’s Precious Metals Refining business unit. Before, he held various management positions in the precious metals department of Degussa AG. Christian has contributed to numerous books, scientific journals and conferences with a focus on (precious) metals recycling, sustainable metals management and circular economy. He represents Umicore in policy initiatives, associations, expert groups and scientific panels, among others the UNEP Resource Panel, the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials, the German Acatech working group on resources for energy applications, and the German National Platform for Electromobility. Christian holds university degrees in mining engineering and industrial engineering from RWTH Aachen, Germany, where he also received his Ph.D. in 1991.

Michel Jebrak

Michel Jebrak is the UQAT-UQAM Chair in Mining Entrepreneurship at the University Quebec at Montreal, where he has been professor of economic geology and mineral resources for over 30 years. In his current position he works to develop innovation in the management of natural resources covering all aspects of exploration and development seeking sustainable models of exploitation. His research has included extensive work on hydrothermal systems and ore deposits including base and precious metals, and uranium deposits. Previous to taking up the position at UQAM, he worked in global exploration projects for the BRGM (Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières). Jebrak is co-author of the comprehensive text book, Geology of Mineral Resources.

Simon Jowitt

Simon Jowitt is an assistant professor in Economic Geology at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. He was educated in the UK, acquiring a BSc (Hons) at the University of Edinburgh, an MSc at the Camborne School of Mines and a PhD at the University of Leicester. Prior to taking up his current position he spent several years at Monash University in Australia working on various aspects of economic geology and igneous petrology, including the supply of critical metals. Simon's current research focuses on the use of geochemistry to unravel geological processes in a variety of settings with direct application to mineralising systems, igneous petrology, mineral exploration, global tectonics and the links between magmatism and metallogeny. He has extensive expertise in mineral economics, and the "economic" side of economic geology, and has several recent publications on global Cu, Ni, Co, Pb-Zn, rare earth element and indium resources. He was awarded of the Society of Economic Geologists Lindgren Award in 2014 and IoM3 Mann Redmayne Medals in 2013 and 2016.

Ramanie Kunanayagam

Ramanie Kunanayagam is a social anthropologist with over 25 years experience managing a wide portfolio of complex and sensitive issues associated with investment projects on behalf of global corporations & financial institutions mainly in the extractive sector. Her career has spanned long periods of field and operational work managing social and environmental issues as well as leadership positions in the area of sustainability, social performance and human rights for two FTSE 10 companies in Mining (Rio Tinto) and Oil & Gas (BG Group). She also worked as a Senior Mining Social Specialist for the Oil, Gas and Mining Department of the World Bank Group. Most recently she held the position as Group Head, Social Performance and Human Rights for BG Group, a position she held for close to ten years. She currently serves on the Boards for two international non-profit organisations, RESOLVE and Youth Business International and is a Senior Industry Fellow at the Centre for Socially Responsible Mining, University of Queensland, Australia.

John Ludden

John became Executive Director at the British Geological Survey (BGS) in 2006. BGS is a £60 million organisation that is part of the Natural Environment Sciences Research Council, UK, and responsible for scientific information on management of the UK subsurface, in addition to operating globally as a world-leading geological survey. BGS has recently undertaken a joint-venture with Heriot-Watt University in creating the Lyell Centre for marine and geoscience research. Prior to his current role he was Director of the Earth Sciences Division at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). He has a broad understanding of Earth and environmental sciences with specialist knowledge in geochemistry and energy-related science. He has extensive experience in developing the research agendas of universities and the public sector along with experience in translation of research to innovation. He worked as a professor and research scientist at the University of Montreal, Lamont Doherty Earth Institute of Columbia University, with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the USA and the French National School for Geology and holds a doctorate from the University of Manchester, UK and a BA from Lancaster University, UK. He has visiting and honorary professor status at several universities and is a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and past president of the European Geosciences Union and also EuroGeosurveys.

Nalaine Morin

Nalaine Morin works to bridge First Nations traditional knowledge with western science in development projects. Educated at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), and certified by the Canadian Environmental Certification Approvals Board, Morin is currently the principal at ArrowBlade Consulting Services where she provides services in technical review, regulatory support, negotiations, community consultation, and environmental resource management. She works with First Nations across Canada on projects as varied as mining, pipelines and highway infrastructure, and in 2006, helped establish the Tahltan Heritage Resources Environmental Assessment Team on behalf of the Tahltan Nation, of which she is a member.

Susan Morrice

Susan Morrice is the founder of Belize Natural Energy LTD and International Natural Energy LLC. She is a native of Belfast, Ireland, and studied at Trinity College in Dublin where she earned both her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Geology. Her entrepreneurial spirit then brought her to Colorado and from there to extraordinary success in Natural Energy exploration globally. Today Susan travels the world as a speaker, global visionary and pioneer in her field. Susan’s greatest passion revolves around empowering people and uncovering their innate entrepreneurial spirit. As a champion for the Educo Holistic Business Model Susan encourages a holistic approach to success, as it is in this way that BNE found oil in Belize, when it was widely believed there was none. Susan is continually recognized for her contributions in Natural Energy, and has received countless prestigious awards over the years in acknowledgment of her contributions. Among her peers she is considered a gifted explorer and innovator, and BNE has become the global beacon for the movement towards a holistic approach to Natural Energy Exploration. Most recently, Susan and the BNE team were awarded the highly competitive and prestigious 2017 Global “GetEnergy” Educational Award for the educational model that is at the core of the company. It is with great pride that Susan and the BNE team received this award, as this holistic educational system is the keystone of the company’s success.

Gavin Mudd

Gavin Mudd is an associate professor of Environmental Engineering at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia. Gavin holds a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Victoria University (2001) and is a renowned global expert on the environmental impacts of and the sustainability of mining. Specialties include groundwater and surface water management in mining and industrial ecology. His work encompasses a wide range of commodities including uranium, copper, coal, nickel, gold, platinum group metals, lithium, lead, zinc, silver, bauxite- alumina-aluminium and indium, including recent research on global mineral resources of numerous metals and especially new methods to assess critical metals. Gavin is the Chair of the Mineral Policy Institute (MPI), an international civil society organisation with an international volunteer board, based in Australia. MPI focuses on assisting communities affected by specific mining projects and on achieving industry reform through improvements to policy, law and practice.

Sven Petersen

Sven Petersen received his PhD from Freiberg Technical University in 2000 after spending a number of years in Germany and at the Geological Survey of Canada working on seafloor hydrothermal systems. He remained in Freiberg until 2004 when he joined GEOMAR, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel in Germany. His research focuses on understanding the processes that form and change seafloor hydrothermal systems with time. He has participated in 37 research cruises with the aim to understand the mineralogical and geochemical variability as well as the resource potential of submarine massive sulfide occurrences. He uses mobile drilling techniques, geophysical methods, and autonomous underwater vehicles for their exploration and assessment.

Jasmin Raymond

Dr. Raymond is a hydrogeologist and he teaches geothermal energy basics at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique in Quebec City. He obtained his Ph.D. at Laval University and a B.Sc. at McGill University. During his young career, he has received numerous awards such as a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship. He currently holds a research chair from the Institut Nordique du Québec to investigate the geothermal potential of northern communities and mines in addition to be co-leader of an international research group on geothermal energy supported by UNESCO. Highly involved in the scientific community, he participates in a task group of the Canadian Standard Association on geothermal heat pumps and the geothermal advisory committee of Geoscience BC. He has coauthored a report from the Geological Survey of Canada on the geothermal potential of the country and has been awarded the Canadian Geotechnical Society Colloquium to complete a Canadian lecture tour during 2016-2017.

Iain Stewart

Iain Stewart is Professor of Geoscience Communication and the Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute at Plymouth University. What that really means is that he is a geologist that spends much of his time writing and talking about our planet – how it works, its volatile history and what all that means for those living on it. As an academic Earth scientist Iain specializes in recent geological change. As a talented communicator he has presented major BBC film series on the nature, history and state of the planet. Stewart was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2013 and awarded the European Federation of Geologists Medal of Merit 2016 for his outstanding contribution in elevating the profile of geology around the world.

Scott Tinker

Dr. Scott Tinker was the 2013 AGI Awardee for Outstanding Contributions to the Understanding for Geoscience, namely for his work on the documentary Switch, co-produced with Harry Lynch as part of the Switch Energy Project. Tinker is actively engaged in building bridges between academia, industry, and government. In 2000, after 17 years in the oil and gas industry, Tinker joined the University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences. He has given more than 500 invited and keynote lectures and visited nearly 50 countries. Dr. Tinker is the Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology and the State Geologist of Texas, and a past President of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Association of American State Geologists.

Dominique Weis

Dominique Weis is the Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in the Geochemistry of the Earth's Mantle at the University of British Columbia. Dominique has held this prestigious position since 2002, when she moved to Canada from Belgium. Her research on the chemistry and isotopic signature of Earth's mantle has helped shape our understanding of the world's large igneous provinces, mantle plumes, and volcanic arcs. Her work has revealed connections between terrestrial magmatism and mantle processes across many depths and scales. Dominique's often interdisciplinary work has also pioneered the use of isotopes to trace the origin and fate of metals in the environment. Dominique was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2016.