Keynote Speaker
Dan Wood

Adjunct Professor, The University of Queensland

Dan Wood is an exploration geologist and BSc (Hons), MSc graduate from the University of Queensland who retired from corporate mineral exploration in late 2008, after 24 years with BHP and almost 18 years with Newcrest Mining Limited. From the mid 1990s, he led Newcrest’s worldwide search for gold and gold-copper ore bodies as Executive General Manager Exploration and was a senior member of the Company’s executive management group. Newcrest was judged by Metals Economics Group of Canada as the world’s most successful gold explorer, 1992-2005.
Recently, Dan was Director of the W H Bryan Mining and Geology Research Centre at the University of Queensland and is a Member of the Centre’s Advisory Board. He is a non-executive director of the Highlands Pacific Group, a Resource Industry Ambassador for the State of Queensland, Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) and a Member of the Geological Society of Australia. 
He was the SEG’s Distinguished Lecturer for 2012 and joint-recipient of its Joe Harms Medal for discovering the Cadia gold-copper deposits. In 2013 he was awarded the international Thayer Lindsley award in recognition of his inspiring leadership, geologic insight, commercial acumen and mineral exploration that led to several significant and world-class discoveries.

Dietmar Muller 

Professor, The University of Sydney
Presentation Title:
Emerging machine learning approaches for mineral prospectivity mapping
Dietmar Müller received his undergraduate degree from the Univ. of Kiel, Germany, and his PhD in Earth Science from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla/California. After joining the University of Sydney he built the EarthByte Research Group, pursuing the collaborative development of open-source software, open-access data sets and virtual globes. His innovations have led to a Laureate Fellowship and a succession of industry partnerships. Dietmar is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and the American Geophysical Union, and was awarded the NSW Premier’s Prize for Excellence in Mathematics, Earth Sciences, Chemistry or Physics in 2018.

June Hill

Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO
Presentation Title:
New methods for automating the geological interpretation of drill hole data
Dr June Hill has diverse a background with both science and engineering degrees covering structural and metamorphic geology, plate tectonics, mathematics and statistics, machine learning and signal
June’s geological career is grounded in many years of field-based research in a wide range of geological environments. June uses her unique combination of geological expertise and mathematical and statistical knowledge to solve challenging geological problems for the minerals
exploration and mining industries. She has particular expertise in the automation of geological analysis of drill hole data. June is currently working with CSIRO Minerals Resources and the MinEx Co-operative Research Centre.


Ian Chalmers

Technical and Managing Director, Alkane Resources

Ian Chalmers graduated as a geologist from Curtin University in Western Australia and also has a Master of Science degree from Leicester University in the UK. He has been working in the mining industry for over 45 years and has been involved with the
discovery and development of several deposits.
As Technical and Managing Director of Alkane Resources, Ian led the successful team that discovered significant gold deposits at Tomingley and McPhillamys in the Central West of NSW. He managed the subsequent Tomingley construction and production, and managed the development program for the world class Dubbo Project.



Luke Cox

Geology & Mining Manager, Clean TeQ

Luke has worked in the mining industry for over 20 years. His experience covers exploration, mining and mining finance across a range of commodities including nickel, cobalt, lithium, gold, iron ore and diamonds. He has been involved in all stages of mine development from exploration to project feasibility, financing, mine development and operations. 

Luke has worked on the development of several mineral deposits – Murrin Murrin, Mlibizi, Mali Green, Binduli, Davyhurst, Francis Creek, Edna May, Greenfinch, Carina, Wodgina, and most recently Clean TeQ Sunrise after joining Clean TeQ in 2018 as Geology & Mining Manager.

Russell Meares 

Consultant – Peel Mining

Russell’s career as an Exploration Manager and a Company Director has spanned over 40 years, dedicated to exploring for precious and base metal deposits in Australia, Asia and the South West Pacific. After a very rewarding career, Russell has a passion to “give back” in his “Claytons
retirement”. To this end, he was the inaugural Chairman of the NSW Minerals Council’s Exploration Committee from 2011 to 2017, and he continues to represent NSW explorers on the Council’s Executive Committee. His main goal in these roles has been to influence government policy to make NSW once again an attractive exploration destination.

David Cohen

Associate Professor David Ronald Cohen, UNSW Research

David Cohen is a geochemist with over 30 years’ experience in exploration and environmental geochemistry research in Australia, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America. He is a Past-President and recipient of the Silver Medal of the Association of Applied Geochemists, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Geosciences and the Royal Society of New South Wales. He was the 2013 Australasian Institute for Mining and Metallurgy visiting lecturer to New Zealand. He was head of the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences from 2009 to 2016 and is now President of the UNSW Academic Board. He is President-elect of the Australian Geoscience Council. Current research projects include regional geochemical baseline surveys, data mining, and development of exploration methods for regions under cover.

Richard Rienstra

Senior Land Administrator, Forestry Corporation of NSW  

Richard Rienstra is a professional forester and Bachelor of Science (For) graduate from the Australian National University who was first employed as a Trainee Forester with the then Forestry Commission of NSW in 1977.  He graduated in 1980 and has continued with the various iterations of the now Forestry Corporation of NSW for over 42 years.
Richard has worked in a wide range of forest management roles and activities at Deniliquin, Bombala, Inverell (District Forester), and at Wauchope.  Richard’s current role as Senior Land Administrator has responsibility for managing all of Forestry Corporations’ “non-timber” commercial business on the east coast and tablelands of NSW, excluding recreation.  Key areas of business are extractive industries, apiary and grazing permits, acquisition and revocation of State forests, land title issues, and management of mining exploration and leases on State forest.

Tony Linnane

Regulatory Services Director,  Resources Regulator  

Tony has spent almost 15 years working with the NSW Government in regulation, service delivery, industry engagement, policy and legislation development. He has played a key role in leading various significant projects and reforms including the implementation of the Mine Safety Incident Prevention Strategy and the development of the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) legislation. He holds a Master of Business Administration, Diploma in Law and has qualifications in risk management. Before entering the public service, Tony had a career spanning 17 years in the media as a newspaper editor and journalist.

Mark Arundell

Principal Consultant,  IMEx Consulting  

Mark worked for RGC for ten years as a Mine Geologist in NT and Tasmania and as an Exploration Geologist in WA and East Australia.  He then worked for North for five years at Northparkes and Lake Cowal then Yakabindie Ni in WA & IOCG projects in SA.  This was followed by nine years with Rio Tinto working on Cu, iron ore, uranium, Ni, IOCG, potash, talc, and trona.  Then followed a couple of years working in the Junior sector floating two companies Oakland Resources & Highfield Resources and now he’s consulting as a geologist / geochemist.  Currently, most of his work involves applying geochemistry in the search for porphyry Cu-Au mineralisation.

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