FEM 2023 speakers

Steffen Hagemann, Professor for Economic Geology, Director, Centre for Exploration Targeting, University of Western Australia

STEFFEN HAGEMANN

Professor for Economic Geology, Director, Centre for Exploration Targeting, University of Western Australia, Director of Geology, Latitude 66 Cobalt Oy

Keynote: The Golden Mile: evolution of giant Au-Te-S ore system

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Steffen is a Professor for Economic Geology and Director of the Centre for Exploration Targeting at the University of Western Australia. He has 35 years’ experience in economic geology specialising in mineral system analyses of orogenic Au, BIF-hosted Fe ore, porphyry Cu-Au, epithermal Au-Ag, VHMS Cu-Zn mineralization and Li-Cs pegmatite. Most of his present research projects are in the Yilgarn craton of Western Australia and in South America with projects in the eastern Andes of Peru, NW Argentina and the Precambrian shields of Brazil and Guyana. Steffen is also a Technical Director at Latitude Cobalt 66 Ltd and Nero Resource Fund.

Jessica Stromberg, PhD, Research Scientist, CSIRO

JESSICA STROMBERG

PhD, Research Scientist, CSIRO, Australia

Pre-conference short course: The hyperspectral mineralogy and applications across the value chain

Keynote: The hyperspectral mineralogy and applications across the value chain

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Dr Jess Stromberg is a Senior Research Scientist and Team Leader of the Mineral Footprints team. She is a geoscientist with a background in ore deposit geochemistry, spectral techniques, and in the minerals industry. In the spectral sensing space, Jess works largely at the drill core scale with spectral mineralogy data from HyLogger and field-based spectrometers, and in knowledge transfer through delivery of workshops on the applications of hyperspectral mineralogy as a part of the AuScope NVCL.  Jess works across a range of applied research and technology development projects and is broadly interested in improving the workflows in which we collect and integrate spectral datasets from the X-ray to far-infrared.

Francisco Javier Gonzalez, PhD, Head of Marine Geology Resources and Extreme Environments research group at the Geological Survey of Spain (IGME-CSIC)

HETA LAMPINEN

PhD, Research Scientist, CSIRO, Australia

Pre-conference short course: The hyperspectral mineralogy and applications across the value chain

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Dr Heta Lampinen is a Research Scientist with a versatile geology background including economic geology, nuclear waste geological disposal and geotechnical structural geology. Heta works with a wide range of hyperspectral, geological, geochemical and geophysical survey data to facilitate mineral mapping across multiple scales on the surface and subsurface. Heta’s technical skills include operating hyperspectral core and field sensors, hyperspectral data processing and integration with complimentary geoscience data, and use of various microscopy techniques (optical, SEM, XRF, XRD) for linking broader alteration haloes to metal deposits. Heta is also skilled in processing hyperspectral airborne and satellite images (e.g. HyMap and PRISMA) and translating their content to mineral systems footprint targeting tools.

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Rich Goldfarb, FireFox Gold Corp.

RICH GOLDFARB

Research professor, Colorado School of Mines, FireFox Gold Corp., USA

Pre-conference short course: The orogenic gold model (including commonalities and contrasts with occurrences in the Central Lapland Greenstone Belt)

Keynote: The orogenic gold model

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Richard J. Goldfarb received his BSc in geology from Bucknell U., MSc in hydrogeology at University of Nevada-MacKay School of Mines, and his PhD in geology at the University of Colorado.  He was a research geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey for 36 years where his studies focused on global metallogeny, geology of ore deposits in the North American Cordillera with emphasis on orogenic gold, lode gold deposits in China, and geochemical applications to the understanding of ore genesis.  He is a past-president of the SEG and past chief editor of Mineralium Deposita.  He was awarded the Silver Medal by SEG in 2011 and the SEG Penrose Gold Medal in 2023, Kutina-Smirnov Medal by IAGOD in 2014, and the Gold Medal by SGA in 2022 for his various contributions to economic geology.  Presently, Rich is a research professor at Colorado School of Mines, serves as a technical advisor to Firefox Gold Corp., and is an independent consultant to the exploration and mining industry.

Alan R Butcher, Professor of Geomaterials & Applied Mineralogy, Geological Survey of Finland

ALAN R BUTCHER

Professor of Geomaterials & Applied Mineralogy, Geological Survey of Finland

Pre-conference short course: Analytical methods in geology

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Alan has over 40 years’ experience in the use and development of geoanalytical technologies. His specialism is in the development of workflows that allow geologists to image and analyse minerals, ores and rock textures at variable scales, with different modalities, and in different dimensions (2D, 3D and 4D). This novel approach allows all of the key materials at our disposal (drill cores, drill chips, thick & thin sections, polished blocks) to be evaluated for ore characterisation, mineral liberation and elemental deportment, all of which reduce risk and increase the likelihood of success in exploration & mining.

Leena Rajavuori, Manager, Growth and Innovation, Agnico Eagle Finland Oy

LEENA RAJAVUORI

Manager, Growth and Innovation, Agnico Eagle Finland Oy

Keynote: Combining Artificial Intelligence and core scanning technology – opportunities and risks

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Leena Rajavuori is a geologist and is currently Manager, Growth and Innovation at Agnico Eagle Finland.  She has 20 years of experience in exploration and mining industry, and has diverse experience in project management, operational excellence, and business development.

Leena holds a MSc in Geology and Mineralogy from University of Turku and an eMBA from Quantic School of Business and Technology. She holds EurGeol title and is member of EFG’s Panel of Experts on Minerals and their sustainable use. She is currently a board member in Finnish Association of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers.

Erika Ingvald, Head of Division, Geological Survey of Sweden

ERIKA INGVALD

Head of Division, Geological Survey of Sweden

Keynote: Current development in the Nordic Countries

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Erika is Head of Division, Mineral Information & Mining Industry at SGU since 2015. Her division runs the Mineral information office in Malå, statistics on mining, exploration, raw materials, government commissions, and also runs international capacity building projects. Among other things, Erika is part of the team that negotiated the CRMA during the Swedish EU Presidency, and one of the experts contributing to the Swedish government FIMM inquiry on securing innovation critical raw materials.

Raymond Goldie, President of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada - PDAC

RAYMOND GOLDIE

PhD, President of the PDAC, Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada

Keynote: Shifting Sands Across the Mineral Industry

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Dr. Raymond Goldie is the current President of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC). He has also served on six PDAC committees. Born and raised in New Zealand, Raymond received his PhD from Queen’s University, Canada, with a thesis on the geology of Archean rocks in Noranda, Quebec.

Raymond has held positions as a field geologist, and has worked in Toronto, Canada as a mineral economist and financial analyst with investment dealers; for a law firm as Expert Witness in a Voisey’s Bay lawsuit; and as a director of junior mineral exploration companies. His published work includes the book Inco Comes to Labrador (Flanker Press, 2005); trademarking of the mineral economics term “pinch-pointTM”; and many technical papers, most recently Grade Control and Deleterious Materials in Polymetallic Deposits (AusIMM, 2022).

Jeanette Stovel, Ambassador to Finland, Embassy of Canada

JEANETTE STOVEL

Ambassador to Finland, Embassy of Canada

Ambassador’s address: Canada, combatting climate change through sustainable mining

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Jeanette Stovel (BA Hons [East Asian Studies], McGill University, 1986; Executive MBA, Warsaw School of Economics and University of Calgary, 2001) worked for 15 years in multilateral and non-governmental organizations in Canada and Poland and throughout the former Yugoslavia before joining Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada in 2006.

During her time at Headquarters, she has served as deputy director of peace operations policy for the Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (2008 to 2009) and deputy director for the Middle East in the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (2016 to 2019).

Her positions overseas have included political counsellor in Poland, where she was concurrently the most senior Canadian diplomat accredited to Belarus; chargé d’affaires en pied in Lithuania, with responsibility for Latvia and Estonia; and, most recently, high commissioner in Brunei (2019 to 2022).

Francisco Javier Gonzalez, PhD, Head of Marine Geology Resources and Extreme Environments research group at the Geological Survey of Spain (IGME-CSIC)

FRANCISCO JAVIER GONZÁLEZ SANZ

PhD, Head of Marine Geology Resources and Extreme Environments research group at the Geological Survey of Spain (IGME-CSIC)

Keynote: Exploring seabed minerals and their associated critical raw materials in pan-European seas

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Javier Gonzalez has 20 years´ experience from the Geological Survey of Spain (IGME-CSIC). PhD in geology, mineralogy and geochemistry of seabed ferromanganese deposits. He has been coordinator of the H2020 GeoERA-MINDeSEA project, mapping the metallogeny and critical raw materials potential of seabed minerals in pan-European seas. Since 2004, he collaborates with a number of research institutions on several projects in the Iberian continental margins, Canary Islands, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Baltic Sea, South China Sea, Cocos-Nazca Ridge and South Shetland Islands and Scotia Sea (Antarctica). Oriented to national and international career with responsibility for marine minerals mapping and research in the framework of Europe, Iberoamerican countries and the International Seabed Authority. His main research interests include marine mineral deposits, critical raw materials, sustainability and energy transition.

Fabian Baker, Managing Director, Kingsrose Mining Ltd, Jersey

FABIAN BAKER

Managing Director, Kingsrose Mining Ltd, Jersey

Conference presentation: Responsible Exploration – Kingsrose’s Approach

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Mr Fabian Baker is a geologist with more than 12 years of experience in the mineral exploration industry. Fabian was the founder and CEO of Tethyan Resource Corp (“Tethyan”), a TSX Venture Exchange listed company. Fabian led Tethyan’s entry into Serbia and neighbouring Balkan countries, identifying and negotiating the acquisition of a number of significant gold, copper and base metal advanced exploration assets. In 2020 Tethyan was successfully acquired by Adriatic Metals Plc, a company listed on the ASX and LSE.

Fabian’s positions prior to Tethyan include that of Chief Geologist at Lydian International, where he was an integral part of the team which proved up the + 4-million-ounce gold resource and completed the feasibility study on the major Amulsar gold deposit in Armenia. He was also Exploration Manager for Royal Road Minerals in Turkey. He has a Bachelor of Science in Applied Geology from the Camborne School of Mines.

Mikael Staffas, President & CEO, Boliden, Sweden

MIKAEL STAFFAS

President & CEO, Boliden, Sweden

Conference presentation: A responsible climate transition in Europe

Panel session: Challenges in permitting process in Nordic countries

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Mikael Staffas is the President and CEO of Boliden since 2018. He has been a member of the top management group at Boliden since 2011, first as CFO and then as Head of Business Area Mines. Mikael is the Chairman of the board of GAF and Vice-Chairman of Eurometaux (an umbrella association representing the interests of the combined non-ferrous metals industry in Europe), Industriarbetsgivarna and SveMin (industry association for mines, mineral and metal producers in Sweden). He is a member of the Board of International Zinc Association, International Copper Association, ICMM as well as member of the Executive Board and Board of Svenskt Näringsliv (the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise).

Before joining Boliden, Mikael was the CFO of the Swedish forest products group Södra and before that he was a Partner at McKinsey & Co in Stockholm and in Moscow. Between 2013 and 2018 Mikael also served as a non-executive director of SJ (Swedish State Railways). Mikael holds a MSc in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleu, France.

Laura Tusa, Geologist, GermanyHelmholtz Institute Freiberg - TheiaX GmbH – Germany

LAURA TUSA

Geologist, Germany Helmholtz Institute FreibergTheiaX GmbH

Conference presentation: Applications of hyperspectral drill-core scanning in geometallurgy

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Laura is a geologist with particular interest in geological applications of hyperspectral imaging. Laura did her PhD at the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) and the Technical University Freiberg, where her research was mainly focused on the use of hyperspectral drill-core scanning for geometallurgical applications for various ore types. Following her PhD she joined TheiaX, a spin-off from HIF. Within TheiaX she focuses on project design and implementation in order to find solutions to various geological and mining-related problems using hyperspectral imaging at various scales – ranging from hand specimens and drill-cores to outcrops, mine faces and regional exploration.

Ian Cope, PhD, Vice President Exploration, LKAB

IAN COPE

PhD, Vice President Exploration, LKAB, Sweden

Conference presentation: LKAB – Mineral Resources and Exploration

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Ian is a geologist graduated from Oxford Brookes University (BSc) and Imperial College (PhD). He has specialized in iron ore exploration for over 20 years and has been based with LKAB in Norrbotten since November 2021. Ian and the exploration team are responsible for the supply of all Mineral Resources to LKAB’s businesses.

Trond Watne, chief geologist, Rare Earths Norway AS, Norway

TROND WATNE

Chief geologist, PhD, Rare Earths Norway AS

Conference presentation: The Fen Carbonatite complex in Telemark, Norway. A potential European source of rare earth elements.

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Trond Watne holds a PhD in mining engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and has 28 years of experience working as a geologist and mining engineer in the Hustadlitt Group.  The group is involved in mining raw materials for ground calcium carbonate (Brønnøy Kalk AS) and mining and processing of high purity quartz (The Quartz Corp AS), and is currently doing exploration work at the Fen Carbonatite Complex (Rare Earths Norway AS).

Pasi Heino, Project Director, Sokli Oy, Finland

PASI HEINO

Project Director, Sokli Oy, Finland

Conference presentation: Sokli – Enabling Future

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Pasi Heino works as the Project Director for the Sokli project, bringing over fifteen years of experience in geology and management roles related to precious metals, base metals, and industrial minerals. His robust background in large-scale open pit mining was primarily developed during his tenure as Chief Mine Geologist at the Siilinjärvi mine. Alongside his industry experience, Mr. Heino also has a background in research. He holds an M.Sc. in Geology and Mineralogy from the University of Helsinki, Finland, and is a member of AusIMM.

Mona Schanche, COO, Kuniko Norge AS, Norway

MONA SCHANCHE

COO, Kuniko Norge AS, Norway

Conference presentation: Kuniko’s exploration for critical battery metals

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Mona Schanche has 17 years of experience working in the Norwegian mining industry with various exploration and mine development projects. Prior to joining Kuniko as COO, she was part of the management team in Nordic Mining ASA with positions as VP Exploration and VP Resource and Sustainability. Schanche holds a Master of Science in Resource Geology from the University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim.

Vern Langdale, Country Manager, Nordic Nickel Ltd, Finland

VERN LANGDALE

Country Manager, Nordic Nickel Ltd, Finland

Conference presentation: The district-scale Pulju Nickel Sulphide Project, Finland

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Vern Langdale is the Country Manager for Nordic Nickel Ltd. He is a mining veteran with 38 years of experience across a wide variety of roles in mining projects and mines from many countries. He studied mining engineering at the Camborne School of Mines in Cornwall, England and started his career working in gold mines in the Goldfields of Australia. 

Over the last 17 years he has been involved with building and commissioning mines often in challenging and remote locations in China, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. In 2018 he moved to Finland with Nordic Gold. 

Prior to joining Nordic Nickel, Vern worked as Director, Operations for Endomines AB at its US and Finnish Operations. He was the Mine Manager at Nordic Gold in Finland and was the Project Manager for Jac Rijk Al Rushaid in Saudi Arabia, at its largest gold mining project for the Ma’aden Gold Group.

Hanna Junttila, Chair of the Board, Women in Mining Finland Association

HANNA JUNTTILA

Chair of the Board, Women in Mining Finland Association

Session Chair: Thursday 2 November

Conference presentation: How diversity and inclusion have improved in the mining industry – and why it matters to you

WiM Finland gives the equality prize called Louhi

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Hanna Junttila is one of the founder members and the Chair of the Board of WiM Finland. Hanna is a geologist (MSc) by training and she has been working as a researcher at the University of Oulu in the department of Geology and in Oulu Mining School. After the research career she has been working in sales and marketing in manufacturing and services industries. Currently she is working as a Business Development Manager at EIT Raw Materials. When not doing volunteering she is running on the trails and dreaming about finishing a 100k ultra-run.

Oystein Rushfeld, CEO, Nussir ASA, Norway

ØYSTEIN RUSHFELDT

CEO, Nussir ASA, Norway

Conference presentation: Nussir – never ending story

Panel session: Challenges in permitting process in Nordic countries

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Øystein Rushfeld is mining engineer with 35 years of experience from Norwegian and international mining companies. Former employers include Rana Gruber AS, Sydvaranger AS, Hustadmarmor AS, Titania AS and Eramet Norge AS.

Antti Peronius, Geologists, Head of Legal Support at the Lapland Gold Prospectors' Association

ANTTI PERONIUS

Geologists, Head of Legal Support, the Lapland Gold Prospectors’ Association, Finland

Conference presentation: Placer mining economy – how to produce gold in a high cost country with 0.03 g/t cut off

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Antti Peronius, geologist (M.Sc) is a III-generation gold digger, placer gold expert, Head of Legal Support at the Lapland Gold Prospectors’ Association.

Work experience: 40 years in Lapland, Siberia, Canada, East-Africa.

Special skills: gold exploration, placer gold inventory and production planning, project management.

Leanne Smar, Exploration Manager, B2Gold, Finland

LEANNE SMAR

Exploration Manager, B2Gold, Finland

Conference presentation: Geology of the Helmi gold prospect, and B2Gold’s ongoing exploration activities in the CLGB

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Leanne Smar is a Canadian geologist (MSc) with 11 years of greenfields and brownfields exploration experience in gold deposits in the Central Lapland Greenstone Belt, Canada’s Yukon Tombstone gold belt, and the West African craton. Throughout her geological career, Leanne has also participated in multiple exploration campaigns for porphyry copper-gold and epithermal deposits in the West Tethyan Belt of Eastern Europe and in the Southwest United States. Leanne holds a Master of Science degree from the University of British Columbia, Canada in structural and metamorphic geology focused on the deformation history of supracrustal rocks of the Wopmay Orogen, Northwest Territories. Her passion for geology lies in unraveling structurally complex deformation in Paleoproterozoic and Archean terranes at the micro and macro scale.

Marcello Imaña, Chief geologist, Copperstone Viscaria AB

MARCELLO IMAÑA

Chief geologist, Copperstone Viscaria AB

Conference presentation: Viscaria, the rediscovery of a copper play in the world class Kiruna -Gallivare mining province, Sweden

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Marcello Imaña is an economic geologist with a broad interest in the development of exploration methods aimed at enhancing polymetallic and gold discoveries in volcanic arcs and sedimentary basins in Northern Europe and Latin America. His experience in mining comes from actively participating, supervising and mentoring successful multidisciplinary exploration teams in companies such as Lundin Mining, Agnico Eagle, First Quantum, and Inmet Mining. These activities have led him to work in mineralized systems with varied and unusual preservation and deformation schemes in volcanic domains across the world.

Marcello’s academic background includes geological engineering programs at UNMSM (Peru), as well as technological input acquired with several projects with mining companies in Europe and Latin America through graduate studies at the University of Turku, Finland and Department of Economic Geology and Applied Geophysics in Luleå University in Sweden.

Since 2020 Marcello is overseeing the technical direction for geological activities in Copperstone pre-production stage Viscaria Cu and advance exploration Arvidsjaur polymetallic project in the Kiruna and Skelleftee districts respectively.

Ivar S. Fossum, CEO, Nordic Mining ASA, Norway

IVAR S. FOSSUM

CEO, Nordic Mining ASA, Norway

Conference presentation: Engebø Rutile and Garnet, climate friendly minerals under way

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Ivar S. Fossum holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. He has previously held various managerial and commercial positions in Hydro, within the oil and gas and the fertilizer industry, and in FMC Technologies. Fossum has been general manager of Norsk Hydro East Africa Ltd in Nairobi, Kenya.  Mr. Fossum has served as CEO for Nordic Mining ASA since founding in 2006.

Diogo Rosa, Senior Researcher, Economic Geologist, at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Denmark

DIOGO ROSA

Senior Researcher (Economic Geologist), Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Denmark

Conference presentation: Review of critical raw material resource potential in Greenland

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Diogo Rosa is Senior Researcher at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland since 2012, participating in the survey’s geological mapping program and contributing to regional mineral resource evaluation, with a focus on the study of carbonate-hosted zinc-lead occurrences in Greenland. Prior to that Diogo was, for a period of 10 years, a Researcher at the Geological Survey of Portugal, working on criteria for exploration for VMS deposits of the Iberian Pyrite Belt, geothermal energy, CCS and mapping. He has also served as an exploration geologist in exploration projects in Portugal (gold and rare earths) and as a part-time lecturer at the University of Lisbon. He holds a BSc from the University of Lisbon and a PhD from the Colorado School of Mines and carried out a postdoc at the universities of St Andrews and Oslo.

Kalle-Pekka Kotiaho, Exploration Manager, Rupert Resources ltd

KALLE-PEKKA KOTIAHO

Kalle-Pekka Kotiaho, Exploration Manager, Rupert Resources ltd., Finland

Conference presentation: The Rupert Lapland Project and the Ikkari Deposit

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Kalle-Pekka Kotiaho joined Rupert Resources in 2018 and was a key member of the Ikkari Discovery team from pre-drilling grassroots exploration in Area 1 to publication of its multi-million maiden resource in 2021. Kalle’s current focus is on developing understanding of Ikkari and potential satellite orebodies through the feasibility and engineering stages whilst progressing Rupert’s disciplined and systematic regional exploration campaign in parallel. Kalle is a geologist with an MSc in Geology from Åbo Akademi University from Turku, Finland.

Christin Jonasson, Environmental Engineer, Talga Group, Sweden

CHRISTIN JONASSON

Environmental Engineer, Talga Group, Sweden

Conference presentation: Sustainable natural graphite anode from mine to battery

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Christin has a background in permitting and Environmental Impact Assessments and has been working on Talga’s projects for almost a decade. She is working with permitting and sustainability on Talga Group’s flagship Vittangi Graphite Project which aims to become Europe´s leading supplier of green graphite anode.

Elina Rantanen, Senior Project Manager, Business Sweden

ELINA RANTANEN

Elina Rantanen, Senior Project Manager, Business Sweden

Conference presentation: The challenges faced by the mining industry create an opportunity for strategic collaboration and contribute to capacity building initiatives

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Project management for industry platform for internationalisation of the Swedish mining and minerals industry, an assignment as part of the Swedish Mineral Strategy. Member of New Materials Industry Network at Business Sweden, contributing to Sustainable Mining program development. Combining trade and investment focus with special interest for the Nordic perspective within mining and minerals, battery segment and semiconductor industry. Regional experience from Northern parts of Sweden including several industry projects including focus on Arctic and maritime opportunities. Has worked with both SMEs and large companies and also contributed to market and country specific initiatives.

Jørgen M. Stenvold, Project Director, Norge Mineraler, Norway

JØRGEN M. STENVOLD

Project Director, Norge Mineraler, Norway

Conference presentation: Developing Norway´s new phosphate mine

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Jørgen Stenvold is an economic geologist with more than 20 years’ experience from developing mining projects in Spitsbergen, Greenland, Ethiopia, Finland, Canada, USA and Brazil. He started his career as mining geologist in Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani before he developed a portfolio of exploration projects for the company, later as Managing Director for Store Norske Gull. In 2010 he joined Yara to identify mining investments opportunities and later became VP Mining overseeing mining operations and projects globally. He was part of establishing Arctic Graphite before becoming Project Director for Norge Mineraler earlier this year.

Emma Härdmark, Director of Communications, Svemin / Women in Mining Sweden

EMMA HÄRDMARK

Director of Communications, Svemin / Women in Mining Sweden

Conference presentation: How diversity and inclusion have improved in the mining industry – and why it matters to you

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Emma is Director Communications at Svemin, the Association for mines, mineral-, and metals producers in Sweden. She has 20+ years of experience from communications and media, with a background as a journalist. But just like the green transition, she started in the mine; Emma has a MSc in bedrock geology from Uppsala University. She is chair of Women in Mining Sweden.

Peter W. Brandt, Geotechnical Engineer

PETER W. BRANDT

Peter W. Brandt, Geotechnical Engineer

Conference presentation: Main reasons for leaking mining waste areas in Finland and improvement recommendations

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Peter W. Brandt. Geotechnical engineer and Entrepreneur with 40+ years’ experience in landfill and industrial liner systems and steel bridges. Many executive positions within Viacon Group domestic and internationally. Former VP in IGS Finland (landfills and soil reinforcement).

Retired 2020 after exiting ViaCon. Today pro bono environmental protection advisor with no commitment to the industry.

Maria Sunér, CEO, Svemin

MARIA SUNÉR

CEO, Svemin

Panel session: Challenges in permitting process in Nordic countries

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Ms. Maria Sunér is since 2019 the CEO of Svemin, the Swedish Association for Mines, Mineral and Metal Producers. Ms Sunér has a profound background from the business and energy sectors, and has held several positions at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, as well as for the Swedish Association of Energy producers. She has also worked for the Worldbank and the energy company Eon. Ms Sunér holds a M.Sc. in Chemical engineering, is a honorary member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering, vice chair of EIT Raw materials as well as member of the Executive Committee of Euromines.

Quentin Dehaine, PhD, Senior Researcher, Geological Survey of Finland

QUENTIN DEHAINE

PhD, Senior Researcher, Geological Survey of Finland

Pre-conference short course: Analytical methods in geology

 

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Quentin is a senior researcher at the Geological Survey of Finland where he has been leading several national and EU research and innovation projects on ore geology, mineral processing, traceability and geometallurgy of battery minerals (Cobalt, Lithium) and critical raw materials (CRMs) such as Rare Earths Elements (REEs). After completing his Ph.D. at the University of Lorraine (Nancy, France), he worked as a postdoc researcher at the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter (UK) working on the geometallurgy of cobalt from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In 2019, Quentin joined the GTK with the objective of developing innovative integrated approaches to support mine value chain optimisation, responsible sourcing, reducing technical risk, maximising resource efficiency and minimising environmental impacts. Quentin is also the officer for Scandinavia within the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS)   Initiative on Forensic Geology (IFG).

Jani Lösönen, Managing Director, Agnico Eagle Finland Oy

JANI LÖSÖNEN

Managing Director, Agnico Eagle Finland Oy, FinnMin

Session Chair: Tuesday 31 October 2023

Conference presentation: Main sponsor’s address

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Mr. Jani Lösönen is the Vice President, Europe, Agnico Eagle Mines LTD, and Managing Director of Agnico Eagle Finland Oy since 2017. Mr. Lösönen holds several board member positions in various companies and organizations. He is the Chair of the board of the Finnish Mining Association (FinnMin) and he is also a member of Euromines Executive Committee and board member in Lapland Chamber of Commerce.

He has nearly 25 years of professional experience in the industry. Prior joining Agnico Eagle, Mr. Lösönen has held various production and business executive positions in Kemira and Ekokem. He holds Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Lappeenranta University of Technology.

Mika Riipi, County Governor of Lapland, Regional Council of Lapland

MIKA RIIPI

County Governor of Lapland, Regional Council of Lapland

Session Co-chair: Tuesday 31 October 2023

Conference presentation: Welcoming words

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Mika Riipi is the County Governor of the Regional Council of Lapland. He started in this position on March 1, 2013. Previously he has been the Municipality Director in Posio (2006-2013), town secretary in Haapavesi (2004-2006), and senior adviser in the Municipality department at the Ministry of the Interior (2002-2004).

Mr. Riipi holds a Master´s degree in Administrative Sciences, majoring in municipality jurisdiction. He graduated from the University of Tampere in 2002. Mr. Riipi is the Chair of the FEM Steering Committee.

Casper Herler, Partner, Borenius Attorneys Ltd, Finland

CASPER HERLER

Partner, Borenius Attorneys Ltd, Finland

Panel session moderator: Challenges in permitting process in Nordic countries

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Casper is a strategic adviser to the management of large industrial, natural resources and energy corporations. He provides holistic advise to large strategic projects and industrial investments by combining leading legal expertise with sector knowledge and understanding of stakeholder communications, governmental relations and corporate responsibility. Casper has experience of advising some 10 out of the 50 largest mining majors in the world. In 2021-23 he led the AmCham Finland working group which drafted a model for reforming the permit system in Finland.

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MARTYN CHURCHOUSE

Managing Director, Kendrick Resources PLC, United Kingdom

Conference presentation: Kendrick Resources PLC – Fennoscandian New Age Metals exploration and development

 

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Martyn Churchouse is a geologist with 40 years’ experience working in the mining industry. He has worked for both the Majors including Anglo American and Gold Fields and has had experience as a board director and founder of a number of AIM listed mining and resource companies. More recently he has worked for Lundin Mining New Business Development and has been working with the Colin Bird group of companies in both Fennoscandia and southern Africa for the past few years.

Tero Niiranen, PhD, Research Professor, Geological Survey of Finland

TERO NIIRANEN

PhD, Research Professor, Geological Survey of Finland

Conference presentation: Closing remarks

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Tero Niiranen is Research Professor at Geological Survey of Finland. His research includes ore formation of hydrothermal deposits, mineral systems, tectonic evolution of mineralized belts, 3D modeling applied to mineral deposits and mineralized belts, and GIS based prospectivity modeling.

He received a M.Sc. degree in geology in University of Turku in 2000 and a Ph.D. degree in economic geology in University of Helsinki in 2005. He has over 20 years’ experience in research and exploration of mineral deposits working with academia, research organizations and industry.

Pertti Sarala, PhD, Research Professor, Geological Survey of Finland GTK - Oulu Mining School

PERTTI SARALA

PhD, Professor, Oulu Mining School, University of Oulu, Finland

Session Co-chair: Wednesday 1 November

Conference presentation: Closing remarks

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Pertti Sarala is a geologist and geochemist who is working as a Professor in Applied Geochemistry in the Oulu Mining School of the University of Oulu. Fields of interest include applied geochemistry, till and weathered bedrock geochemistry and mineral exploration as well as Quaternary and glacial geology, geomorphology and chronology. He is experienced in glacial processes, mineral exploration (project leading, field studies, concepts, training), development of surface geochemical exploration methods (in EU funded projects) and teaching and supervision of the thesis projects. He has twenty years’ experience of mineral exploration and methodological development in the Geological Survey of Finland. He is a member of the Association of the Applied Geochemistry (AAG), the INQUA Peribaltic working group, NORDQUA, European Geosciences Union (EGU), steering committee of the PalaeoArc working group, and unofficial Finnish geochemical working group Geokemian Rengas. Furthermore, he is member of the editorial boards of several scientific journals.

Jani Kiuru, SVP, Raw Materials, Finnish Minerals Group

JANI KIURU

SVP, Raw Materials, Finnish Minerals Group

Panel session: Challenges in permitting process in Nordic countries

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Jani Kiuru, Dr. Sci. (Tech.) SVP, Raw Materials. I´m leading the Raw Materials business unit at Finnish Minerals Group (FMG). FMG´s main assets are subsidiaries Terrafame and Sokli; as well as an associate company Keliber. As a holding and development company, FMG is also actively assessing new raw material opportunities.

My background is Chemical Technology, Lappeenranta University of Technology (M.Sc. degree) and Forest Products Chemistry, Aalto University, Helsinki (doctoral degree). I have more than 20 years career in water intensive industries including positions in production, R&D, as well as in HQ operations.

Laura S. Lauri, PhD, Section Manager Field Exploration, LKAB, Sweden

LAURA LAURI

Section Manager, LKAB, Sweden

Session Chair: Wednesday 1 November

 

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Laura is a geologist with 20+ years’ experience working in academia, government and industry. An igneous petrologist with a M.Sc. degree in 1999 and a Ph.D. degree in 2004 from the University of Helsinki, Finland, she has worked with various subjects including crustal evolution of Fennoscandia, uranium geology, mining regional collaboration and, since 2018, iron oxide-apatite ores. She currently works as a section manager in the Exploration department of LKAB in Kiruna, Sweden.

Tobias Bauer, PhD, Associate Professor, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

TOBIAS BAUER

PhD, Associate Professor, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

Session Co-chair: Wednesday 1 November

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Tobias is Associate Professor in Ore Geology at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. His research includes structural controls on ore deposits and the regional structural and tectonic evolution of mineralized belts. In addition, he is active in the field of 3-D and 4-D modeling applied to mineral belts, mineral deposits, and related structures. He received a M.Sc. degree in geology from Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, in 2008 and a Ph.D. degree in ore geology from Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, in 2013.

Maria Lohela, Country Manager – Finland, Rio Tinto Exploration

MARIA LOHELA

Country Manager – Finland, Rio Tinto Exploration

Session Chair: Wednesday 1 November

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Maria Lohela is Country Manager for Rio Tinto Exploration Finland Oy. Maria joined Rio Tinto in 2021.

Prior to that, Maria worked in Finnish politics, and in the private sector in localisation and communication.

Kaj Lax, PhD, Head of Department, Mineral Resources, Geological Survey of Sweden

KAJ LAX

PhD, Head of Department, Mineral Resources, Geological Survey of Sweden

Session Co-chair: Wednesday 1 November

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Kaj is Head of the Mineral Resources Department at the Geological Survey of Sweden, SGU, Uppsala. He has a background in geochemistry, and as Head of the Mineral Information Office in Malå.

Matti Talikka CEO Director Aurion Resources Ltd

MATTI TALIKKA

CEO, Aurion Resources Ltd, Finland

Session Chair: Wednesday 1 November

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Matti is a geologist with vast experience in the mineral resource industry and has held senior technical and management positions in exploration, mining and minerals processing technology companies. Matti is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and Chartered Professional under the discipline of Geology.

Sabina Strmic Palinkas, PhD, Professor, UiT the Arctic University of Norway

SABINA STRMIC PALINKAS

PhD, Professor, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Session Co-chair: Wednesday 1 November

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Sabina received her PhD (2009) degrees from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. In 2013, she moved to the University of Auckland, New Zealand, for a two-year research fellowship, studying ore-forming processes in low-sulfidation epithermal gold systems. Since 2015, she has been affiliated with UiT The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø as an associate professor in ore deposit geology and geochemistry. In 2019, she joined K.G. Jebsen Centre for Deep Sea Research at University of Bergen, Norway, where she holds an adjunct position in ore geology.

 

Her principal area of research is geochemistry of hydrothermal ore deposits, including mineral chemistry, fluid inclusion studies, stable isotope geochemistry, and thermodynamic modelling. During the past 20 years, she has been involved in studies of a wide spectrum of ore deposits, including epithermal, Carlin-type, hydrothermal-metasomatic, skarn, SEDEX, MVT and pegmatite deposits, as well as in several environmental studies. Recently she is mostly working on submarine hydrothermal systems along the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridges and volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) deposits, orogenic gold deposits and sediment hosted Cu deposits in Norway.

Harry Guest, Exploration Geologist, Kuniko Norge AS

HARRY GUEST

Exploration Geologist, Kuniko Norge AS

Session Chair: Wednesday 1 November

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Harry is an Exploration Geologist, working for Kuniko on their portfolio of Norwegian battery metals projects. He has previously worked with vein-hosted Gold systems in North Wales, and holds a BSc in Geology and MSc in Exploration Geology from the Camborne School of Mines. Following on from work completed during his MSc, Harry has focussed on developing and implementing an exploration strategy for finding new opportunities in the Volcanogenic Massive Sulphide belts of Central Norway.

Linda Smids, Advisor, Sustainability and Communications, Finnish Mining Association, FinnMin

LINDA SMIDS

Advisor, Sustainability and Communications, Finnish Mining Association, FinnMin

Session Chair: Thursday 2 November

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Linda was appointed as Sustainability and Communications Advisor for the Finnish Mining Association FinnMin in May 2023. Based in Helsinki, FinnMin is the national organisation for the Finnish mining cluster. Its members are engaged in mineral exploration, mining, mining equipment and technology. Previously she worked with similar responsibilities in the Finnish Commerce Federation. She has also gathered experience from an NGO, sustainability consulting and the European Parliament. She holds a master’s degree in social sciences and has finished a corporate responsibility study module at Hanken School of Economics.

Juhani Ojala, PhD, Chief Geoscientist, GeoPool and Aurion Resources Ltd.

JUHANI OJALA

PhD, Chief Geoscientist, GeoPool and Aurion Resources Ltd., FinnMin

Session Co-chair: Thursday 2 November

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Juhani is the Chief Geoscientist in the GeoPool and Aurion Resources Ltd. exploration team. Before the current position he worked at GTK as a Senior Scientist. His work experience at GTK includes Head of Unit, Division Manager, Research Professor and Senior Scientist. He has also worked as a Senior Geologist for the Store Norske Spitsbergen Grubekompani. Juhani has gained his PhD from the University of Western Australia on the structural and depositional controls of gold. After PhD and Post-Doctoral studies he worked as an independent consultant and a Principal Geoscientist for the Georeality Group in Australia.

Jan Sverre Sandstad, Senior Geologist, Section for Mineral Resources, Geological Survey of Norway

JAN SVERRE SANDSTAD

Senior Geologist, Section for Mineral Resources, Geological Survey of Norway

Session Co-chair: Thursday 2 November

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Jan Sverre is Senior Geologist in the Section for Mineral Resources at the Geological Survey of Norway. He received his M.Sc. in ore geology from the Norwegian Technical University (NTH), now NTNU, in 1981. His main scientific interests include sediment-hosted Cu, orogenic gold, iron formations and VMS deposits, as well as the metallogeny of the Fennoscandian Shield. He is active in Nordic-Russian collaboration projects (FODD). Jan Sverre has extensive experience with regional-scale bedrock mapping, and he was heavily involved in a regional mapping programme in Mozambique. He was leader of MINN – a mapping programme focussing on the mineral resources in North-Norway (2011-15), and in 2019-20 he was leader of the Mineral Resources team at NGU.

Matti Hietanen, CEO, Finnish Minerals Group

MATTI HIETANEN

CEO, Finnish Minerals Group

Session Chair: Thursday 2 November

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Matti is the CEO of Finnish Minerals Group and Vice Chairman of the Board of Terrafame Oy. Prior to his career in metals and mining, he has worked as a civil servant in the Ministry of Economic Affairs as well as in other ministries in Finland. Currently, he is also the Chairma of the Finnish Battery Industries.

Tiina Rajala, Development Director, Council of Oulu Region, Finland

TIINA RAJALA

Development Director, Council of Oulu Region, Finland

Session Co-chair: Thursday 2 November

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Tiina works as the development Director of the Council of the Oulu Region. She started in the post on 1.4.2014. Before she worked for five years as the Regional Director of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health Oulu office (2008-2014). Her areas of responsibility included for example matters related to the mining sector such as work Safety and Occupational health. She was doing coordination between experts and authorities in mining operatives. Mrs. Rajala has previously studied at the University of Vaasa, majoring in public law and administration.

Krisztian Szentpeteri, PhD, Senior Researcher, Geological Survey of Finland

KRISZTIAN SZENTPETERI

PhD, Senior Researcher, Geological Survey of Finland

Pre-conference short course: Analytical methods in geology

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Krisztian is a senior Ore Geology researcher at the Geological Survey of Finland where he has been working in several projects related to mineral exploration potential mapping and modelling, utilizing Mineral Systems approach and new exploration methodology developments by using field portable and laboratory-based analytical technologies, in the field of Critical and Battery Metals. Prior to joining GTK he has worked in the exploration and mining industry for 20 years in 12 countries with various commodities and from target generation to resource.

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