Conference Program

RTS Conference Host
Aaron Heslehurst

BBC World News Lead Anchor & Presenter

“I am very excited and honoured to host this incredible event in what is the wonderful economic powerhouse of Perth, Western Australia. I get to talk a lot about the global resources industry and technology on my show – and so I cannot wait to hear from some of the world’s leading technology and innovation experts about the breakthroughs that have made Australia’s resources industry the most innovative and competitive in the world.

– Aaron Heslehurst

27 November 2019 


The Hon. Mark McGowan MLA
Premier of Western Australia
Positioning Perth as a centre of excellence

Mike Henry
President Operations, Minerals Australia, BHP
BHP’s technology future

Zoe Yujnovich
Country Chair and Executive Vice President, Shell Australia
Harnessing the power of technology

Elizabeth Gaines
Chief Executive, Fortescue Metals Group
Innovation driving growth and development at Fortescue

Shaun Gregory
Executive Vice President Exploration and Chief Technology Officer, Woodside Energy
Inside Woodside’s robotics program and the NASA collaboration

Fay Cranmer
Chief Information Officer, Rio Tinto
Getting the foundations right: preparing for the rise of robots and remote operations


Securing the LNG Legacy

Lessons learnt and what is needed for WA to remain competitive on the world stage

Decarbonising technologiesPanellists:
The Hon. Mark McGowan MLA Premier of Western Australia
Rebecca Brown Director General WA Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
Zoe Yujnovich Country Chair and Executive Vice President Shell Australia
Al Williams Managing Director Chevron Australia
Peter Coleman Chief Executive and Managing Director Woodside Energy
Hitoshi Okawa INPEX President Director, Australia

Andrew McConville Chief Executive APPEA

The hydrogen horizon

The role that Australia’s resources industry can play in the new energy world

The Hon. Alannah MacTiernan MLC WA Minister for Regional Development
Jason Crusan Vice President Technology Woodside Energy
Kirsten Rose Manager Innovation Sustainable Operation BHP
Michel Gantois Hydrogen GM Fortescue Metals Group
David Grabau Senior Investment Specialist, Resources and Energy Austrade

James Arnott Energy & Natural Resources Partner KPMG

Decarbonising technologies

Reducing the footprint

The Hon. Bill Johnston MLA WA Mines and Petroleum Minister
Professor Kingsley Dixon ARC CoE for Mine Site restoration
Gavin Price Head of Environment BHP
Bethwyn Cowcher Manager Energy & Power Strategy & Legal Fortescue Metals Group
Ivan Vella Vice President Port, Rail and Core Services Rio Tinto
Debbie Morrow Vice President HSEQ Woodside Energy

Peter Klinken Chief Scientist of Western Australia

Artificial intelligence and resources

Scaling out of the lab and into production

Chen Zeng Chairman and Chief Executive CITIC Pacific Mining
Michael Zolotov Chief Technology Officer Razorlabs
Dr JT Kostman Former Samsung Electronics Chief Data Scientist
Yanni Kotsos Head of Improvement Minerals Australia BHP
Shelley Kalms Chief Digital Officer Woodside Energy
Chris Moran Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Curtin University

Rob McCargow Director of AI PwC

28 November 2019 


Jean Savage
Vice President, Surface Mining and Technologies
Innovation out of Illinois: Caterpillar’s next-generation tech

Greg Lilleyman
Chief Operating Officer, Fortescue Metals Group
Building world-class mines — an integrated approach to marketing, operations and infrastructure

Hitoshi Okawa
President, Director Australia, INPEX
Ingenuity driving Ichthys, one of the world’s largest and most complex LNG developments 

Ivan Vella
Managing Director, Port, Rail & Core Services – Iron Ore, Rio Tinto
The Digital Pilbara: Leveraging technology in Rio Tinto Iron Ore

Jonathan Price
Chief Transformation Officer, BHP
BHP’s mines of the future

Tim Beresford
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Resources and Technology: Driving international competitiveness


Skilling up for the future

Preparing the workforce of tomorrow and maximising Indigenous participation

The Hon. Mark McGowan MLA Premier of Western Australia
Michael Zolotov Chief Technology Officer Razorlabs
Rebecca Brown Director General WA Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
Linda O’Farrell GM Fortescue People Fortescue Metals Group
Manuel Sessink INPEX Vice President, Drilling
Meg O’Neill Chief Operations Officer Woodside Energy
Jarvas Croome Chief Executive, WesTrac
Edgar Basto Asset President Western Australia Iron Ore, BHP

Stephen Durkin Chief Executive AusIMM

Robotics and remote operations centres

Latency and the Internet of Things; Underground mining automation: the final frontier

Russell Potapinski Intelligent Assets Program Manager Woodside Energy
Marie Bourgoin General Manager Newman Operations BHP
Mark Thomas GM Technology & Autonomy Fortescue Metals Group
The Hon. Bill Johnston MLA WA Mines and Petroleum Minister
Raleigh Finlayson Managing Director Saracen Minerals
Jean Savage, Vice President, Surface Mining and Technologies Caterpillar

Sabina Shugg WA School of Mines Director

Expanding local supply

Reforming mine site procurement, Indigenous participation, opportunities from LNG co-ordinated shutdowns, standardising qualifications

Senior representatives from Chevron, BHP, Rio Tinto, Woodside, CITIC Pacific, Fortescue Metals Group

Paul Everingham Chief Executive CME WA

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