FEM 2021 Agnico Eagle Finland Oy Online event speakers

Wednesday 3 November 2021

15:00 – 17:00 Helsinki time | 08:00 – 10:00 Toronto time | 20:00 – 22:00 Perth time. Time zones, click here

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

SABINA STRMIC PALINKAS

PhD, Associate Professor, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Chairperson: FEM 2021 Agnico Eagle Finland Oy Online event on Wednesday 3 November 2021

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Sabina Strmic Palinkas 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.

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

TOBIAS BAUER

PhD, Associate Professor, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

Chairperson: FEM 2021 Agnico Eagle Finland Oy Online event on Wednesday 3 November 2021

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Tobias E. Bauer 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.

Jani Lösönen, Managing Director, Agnico Eagle Finland Oy

JANI LÖSÖNEN

Managing Director, Agnico Eagle Finland Oy

Presentation: Welcome words

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Jani Lösönen joined Agnico Eagle as Vice-President, Europe, and Managing Director of Agnico Eagle Finland Oy, which is a subsidiary of Agnico Eagle Mines Limited, in May 2017. He worked previously as the CEO of Ekokem. He graduated from the Lappeenranta University of Technology with a Master’s degree in industrial engineering and management, and he has also held several senior management positions at Kemira.

Alex Christopher, PDAC President, PDAC, Canada

ALEX CHRISTOPHER

PDAC President, PDAC, Canada

Presentation: Canada’s mineral industry, critical minerals & opportunities for the future

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Mr. Alex Christopher is also Senior Vice President, Exploration, Projects & Technical Services for Teck Resources. He joined Teck’s Exploration Group in 1984, advancing through more senior roles in Exploration, Business and Corporate Development and reaching his current position in July 2016.

Mr. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Geology from McMaster University and an Environmental Biology Technology Diploma from Canadore College.

Mr. Christopher, a Professional Geoscientist, is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists B.C.

Elsi Malkki, Communication and Community Relations Manager, Agnico Eagle Finland Oy

ELSI MALKKI

Communications and Community Relations Manager, Agnico Eagle Finland Oy

Presentation: Sustainable gold mining

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Elsi Malkki joined Agnico Eagle Finland in January 2021, where she is responsible for communications and community relations. Elsi holds a Master´s degree in education from the University of Lapland. Prior to the current position, she worked in the Lapland Chamber of Commerce as a Vice President. She has worked in several positions in the field of business services, regional development and development of the business environment.

Jason Tolland, Ambassador to Finland, Embassy of Canada

JASON TOLLAND

Ambassador to Finland, Embassy of Canada

Title of the presentation TBC

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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).

Mark Rachovides, President of Euromines

MARK RACHOVIDES

President of Euromines 

Presentation: Euromines – Contributing to EU priorities

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Mark Rachovides is the President of Euromines, Chairman of Venus Minerals, A Director of GreenRoc Mining and  a Consultant to Dundee Precious Metals. He previously acted as a Consultant to Eldorado Gold and has held numerous board positions in Natural Resources Companies in companies active in Europe and elsewhere over the last twenty five years. He also spent 11 years at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD. and holds an MA from Oxford University.

Maria Åstrand, Vice President Active Materials, Northvolt, Sweden

MARIA ÅSTRAND

Vice President Active Materials, Northvolt, Sweden

Presentation: The battery metals – a prerequisite for enabling the future of energy

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Maria Åstrand has been with Northvolt since January 2019 and is the Vice President of Active Materials, including material and process development of cathode active materials as well as purchasing of the battery Raw Materials. Prior to the present role, she held the position as Managing Director of Swerea KIMAB, a research institute focused on material and process development and before that she held different roles within both R&D and Manufacturing at Sandvik Coromant.

Kimmo Collander, Secretary General, Finnish Network for Sustainable Mining

KIMMO COLLANDER

Secretary General, Finnish Network for Sustainable Mining

Presentation: Probably the most ambitious sustainability program in the world

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Kimmo Collander has held the position of the Secretary General of the Finnish Network for Sustainable Mining since 2020. His professional background includes a 10-year career in the administration of European Parliament, and a Public Affairs entrepreneur. He holds three degrees in political science, agricultural development and business administration

Riikka Aaltonen, Senior Adviser, Mineral Policy, Department for Innovation and Enterprise Financing, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland

RIIKKA AALTONEN

Senior Adviser, Mineral Policy, Department for Innovation and Enterprise Financing, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland

Presentation: Mining act – Nordic perspective

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M.Sc. Riikka Aaltonen has experience from Mining Authority both at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and at The Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes).

Prior to that she has a background in mining industry in Finland and Sweden.

Randi Skirstad Grini, Director, Directorate of Mining with Commissioner of Mines at Svalbard (DMF)

RANDI SKIRSTAD GRINI

Director, Directorate of Mining with Commissioner of Mines at Svalbard (DMF), Norway

Presentation: Mining act – Nordic perspective

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Randi Skirstad Grini holds a master of science in Engineering Geology and Rock Mechanics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, specialized in environmental geology.

She has been Director of DMF since 2013. Her main tasks and priorities has been implementation of the Minerals act of 2010, and the necessary reorganization and modernization of the agency. Digitalization and user orientated streamlining of application and reporting processes are major focus areas.

Prior to her position as Director of DMF she has broad experience from consulting, research and management.

Susanne Gylesjö, Desk Officer, Division for Sectors and Industry, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, Sweden

SUSANNE GYLESJÖ

Desk Officer, Division for Sectors and Industry, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, Sweden

Presentation: Mining act – Nordic perspective

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Susanne Gylesjö holds a Ph.Lic in geology and is currently working with issues related to the mines and minerals area at the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation.

Prior to her current role she has 15 years of experience in the area, working both in public (Swedish Innovation Agency) and private sector (Raw Materials Group/Intierra RMG).

Henrik Schiellerup, PhD, Director for Geological Resources and Environment, Geological Survey of Norway

HENRIK SCHIELLERUP

PhD, Director for Geological Resources and Environment, Geological Survey of Norway

Presentation: What’s hot in Fennoscandia? Current players and upcoming commodities

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Henrik Schiellerup is Director for Resources and Environment at the Geological Survey of Norway. He has a PhD from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and an MSc from the University of Aarhus in Denmark. His primary background is in igneous petrology and mineral resources. Since 2001 he has been working at the Geological Survey of Norway both as a researcher and in various managerial roles. He has been Division Director at the survey since 2019.

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

MIKA RIIPI

County Governor of Lapland, Regional Council of Lapland

Presentation: Wrap up and closure

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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.

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