Welcome to FEM 2019

The biannual FEM, founded in 1998, brings together over thousand exploration and mining industry leaders, experts and researchers from almost 30 countries.

Top reasons to attend

Outstanding networking opportunities – meet the key actors and influencers face-to-face
• Mix and mingle with your colleagues, business partners, form new relationships, and strengthen existing ones. Learn more about the exploration and mining, economic geology, research, environmental and social aspects, permitting and investments in Fennoscandia.

High-level speakers, engaging presentations, short courses and mine excursions.
• Opportunities and challenges in the mineral sector are increasing – there is much to talk about and discuss. When you are active in your industry, you can develop a reputation as an expert to your peers and your clients.

Be inspired, learn and share your vision.
• Our goal is to advance and develop business by sharing ideas and insights. We aim to help building connections globally and promoting mineral industry.

Widen your network, do business, bring fresh ideas back to your company – and have fun!

– FEM 2019 Organizers

Anne-Sylvie Andre-Mayer, Professor, Université de Lorraine ENSG-GeoResources, France


Professor, Université de Lorraine ENSG-GeoResources, France

Keynote: MSc education for the European exploration and mining industry, an Université de Lorraine and EuroCore project perspective

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Anne-Sylvie Andre-Mayer is a full professor in economic geology at the Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France. Deputy director of the GeoRessources laboratory, her research deals with the connection between metal endowment (Au, U, Rare metals,…) and the formation and reworking of the continental crust, focusing on Proterozoic times.

She is involved in international projects dealing with mineral exploration (WAXI, SAXI, NEXT). Her teaching at the ENSG (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie) is dedicated to mineral systems and exploration tools. She is the leader of the EUROCORE KIC Raw materials project that focuses on expertise and skill transfer to field geologists regarding spectroscopic devices handling and large geochemical and structural dataset management, especially using drill cores.

Felix Lee, President, Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)


President, Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)

Keynote: The state of the global mineral industry – an overview

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Felix Lee is a Director and Principal Consultant of CSA Global, an international mining and geological consultancy. Before joining CSA, Felix worked for ACA Howe International Limited in Toronto from 1992-2016, where he became President and co-owner in 2003. Over the course of a distinguished career in the exploration business, he has worked on grass-roots to advanced-stage exploration projects covering a wide variety of commodity and deposit types in Canada, Africa, Asia and South America.

Felix is a registered member of both the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario and the Society of Economic Geologists. He graduated with a B.Sc. in geology in 1986 from McMaster University and obtained an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 2005. Felix joined the PDAC Board of Directors in 2007. In March 2019, he is slated to become 37th President of the PDAC.

Nick Oliver, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Economic Geology, James Cook University, Director, HCOVGlobal consultants


PhD, Adjunct Professor of Economic Geology, James Cook University, Director HCO Associate’s consultants

Pre-conference short course: Drill core-based appraisal of complex Precambrian mineral systems

Keynote: Metal reworking versus multiple metal sources in the Fennoscandian and global context, with exploration implications

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Nick Oliver has a broad academic and consulting experience that have had very positive cultural and geological associations with Nordic Countries, particularly Finland, since 1995.

Nick Oliver ran several collaborative research, training, and graduate student programs with the GTK in the 1998-2005 period, when he was Director of the Economic Geology Research Unit at James Cook University, Queensland, Australia. Since then, Nick Oliver has been consulting and training around the world in structure + geochemistry + geophysics projects, including Nordic consultancies (2013-2018) and delivery of two very successful short courses in Helsinki and Luleå in 2017.

Evi Petavratzi, PhD, Senior Mineral Commodity Geologist, British Geological Survey


PhD, Senior Mineral Commodity Geologist, British Geological Survey

Keynote: Battery raw materials. A global and European perspective.

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Dr Evi Petavratzi is a Senior Mineral Commodity Geologist at the British Geological Survey (BGS), with over 13 years of working experience in industry, academia and the public sector. At BGS, her research is in the field of security of supply and the circular economy, with a focus on decarbonisation and resource management. She has been involved in several multidisciplinary projects in the areas of critical raw materials, material flow analysis and the enhancement of the European knowledge base for raw materials.

She holds a PhD in Mining Engineering and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management and a member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). In the past, she has worked in the areas of resource efficiency, sustainability and industrial ecology.

André van Wageningen, Engineering Manager - Shaft Project, Agnico Eagle Finland Oy


Engineering Manager, Agnico Eagle Finland Oy

Keynote: Building future mines through collaboration

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André van Wageningen is currently the Engineering Manager of the 1040m deep shaft Project in Kittilä. The shaft project will help the mine to increase production by 25%. He has 17 years of international experience living and working in Canada, Sweden and now Finland. Throughout his career he has had a focus on technology and a keen interest for optimization.

Besides his role in the shaft project he is actively involved in automation and technology projects in Kittilä. André has an MSc in Mining Engineering from Delft University of Technology and an MBA from Edinburgh Business School. When not working he can be found enjoying the outdoor activities Lapland has to offer.

Jason Tolland, Ambassador to Finland, Embassy of Canada


Ambassador to Finland, Embassy of Canada

Ambassador’s address: Innovating toward sustainable mining

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Jason Tolland (BA Hons [Economics], Queen’s University, (1990); LLB, University of British Columbia, 1995) was called to the bar of British Columbia in 1996. He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1998 following work as a management consultant in the United Kingdom and as a labour and employment lawyer in British Columbia.

In Ottawa, he has worked principally in trade and economic law and policy. He has served as policy officer for culture and intellectual property trade policy and in the Government of Canada’s Trade Law Bureau as counsel, deputy director and, most recently, as executive director.

Overseas, he has served in Buenos Aires (second secretary, economic affairs), Washington, D.C., (counsellor, energy, environment and fisheries) and Berlin (minister-counsellor, commercial-economic).

News 8 November 2019

We have a great pleasure to thank our sponsors, media partners, short course lecturers, speakers and excursion hosts! We had 1215 participants from 32 countries. Presentations are now available in PDF form at https://femconference.fi/fem2019-technical-programme/. We...

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News 23 October 2019

PRESS RELEASE: 12th Fennoscandian Exploration and Mining Conference (FEM 2019) Wednesday 23 October 2019 Opportunities and challenges in the mineral sector are increasing! The Fennoscandian Exploration and Mining Conference (FEM) is one of the largest and most...

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News 3 October 2019

SOLD OUT - FEM 2019 Post-conference excursion: #Boliden #Kevitsa Mine https://femconference.fi/fem2019-excursions/ #FEM2019Levi

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News 1 October 2019

We have now reached 1000 participants! FEM 2019 programme with speakers is available at https://femconference.fi/fem2019-technical-programme/. #FEM2019Levi

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News 27 September 2019

The number of participants is already over 900  We have published 50 speakers and session co-chairs. There are a few more to come soon! #FEM2019Levi

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News 25 September 2019

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