Follow updates on this pages. FEM invites speakers from exploration and mining companies, research institutes, academia, authorities and geological surveys. All presentations are by invitation only (no open call for abstracts). We continue the invitation process in April-May 2019.

Anne-Sylvie Andre-Mayer, Professor in Economic Geology, Université de Lorraine, France


Professor in Economic Geology, Université de Lorraine, 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 HCO Associate’s consultants


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

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.

FEM2019_keynote_Andre van Wageningen


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: Exploration and mining business development

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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).

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