Event update: 24th World Mining Congress postpones submission deadline
The abstract submission deadline for the 24th World Mining Congress (WMC) has been postponed until November 30, 2015. The congress will be held in Brazil and it will be organized by the Brazilian Mining Association [Instituto Brasileiro de Mineração] – (IBRAM). Focused on “Mining in a World of Innovation”, the event will take place in Rio de Janeiro from October 18 -21 2016.
For paper presentation at WMC, it is necessary to submit each abstract on www.wmc2016.org.br. The topics covered will be Mineral Exploration, Open-pit Mining, Underground Mining, Mine Economics, Mining Sustainability, Mineral Processing, Automation and Robotics, Mining Innovation.
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The event will bring together an exhibition area, a space for technical paper presentation and a conference. The integration of senior executives, mining professionals, and scholars, as well as important Brazilian and international investors will enable an extensive exchange of information concerning the mining sector.
The World Mining Congress (WMC), which is held every three years, under a Secretariat leadership associated to the United Nations, has the objective to promote and support scientific and technical co-operation, for national and International progress in the fields of mining and the development of natural mineral resources; to implement a world-wide exchange of information with respect to mining science, technology, economics, occupational health and safety aspects of mining operations, and environmental protection.
In 2012, Brazil received the mission to promote the WMC during the 92nd meeting of the International Organizing Committee (IOC), responsible for the event. IBRAM was held responsible in defending the Brazilian candidacy after articulations with the Brazilian government, sector entities and mining companies.
The last edition was held in Montreal, Canada in 2013. The McGill University with the participation of Canada’s major universities organized the event. The 2013 WMC was held together with the 2013 ISARC – International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in the Construction and Mining Industries.
Up to this moment, the 24th WMC has the institutional support from the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MCTI) of Brazil, the Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP), the College of Engineering of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFGRS), the Department of Engineering of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (DENIN;UFMG), the Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG), the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (Poli - USP), the Federal University of Goiás (UFG), the Lutheran University Center of Palmas (CEULP), Gecamin, the National Union of the iron and basic metals extraction industry (Sinferbase), the Union of the Mineral Industry of the State of Pará (Simineral), the Union of the Mineral Industry of the State of Minas Gerais (Sindiextra), the Federation of Industries of the State of Minas Gerais (FIEMG), the Federation of Industries of the state of Santa Catarina (FIESC), the TCS BRASIL 2016 and the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE).
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WMC has editorial support from the magazines Equipo Minero, Mídia Truck Brasil, Revista Amazônia, Mineração e Sustentabilidade, EaeMáquinas, Engineering & Mining Journal, Brasil Mineral, Tracbel Magazine, In The Mine, Infomine, Panorama Minero, Rocas y Minerales, Areia e Brita, Nueva Minería y Energía, Horizonte Minero, Brasil Business Review, WDM Group, Mining Global, Argus Media, Brasil Mining Site, Minérios e Minerales e Site Notícias de Mineração Brasil, Global Business Reports, Mining Enegineering, M&T and World Coal.
World Mining Congress (2016 WMC)
Dates: 18 – 21 October, 2016
Place: Convention Center SulAmérica - Rio de Janeiro (RJ)
Mining Profile: Mike Henry, CEO, BHP
Mike Henry has over 30 years’ experience in the resources industry, working across the globe in Australia, Asia, North America, and Europe; he joined BHP in 2003. A member of the executive leadership team since 2011, Henry has held roles spanning operational, commercial, and technical.
Mike Henry graduated from the University of British Colombia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. He began his career in the resources industry working for Japanese tech giant Mitsubishi. Henry’s first contact with BHP came in Australia in 1999 when he helped set up the company’s coal joint venture, the BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA). By 2001, Henry had risen to Vice President of Business Development for the BMA before joining BHP’s energy coal business full time.
During his time at BHP prior roles have included President HSE, Marketing & Technology 2013-14 and President of the company’s coal business from 2015-16. Prior to succeeding Andrew McKenzie as CEO in January 2020, Henry served as President for Operations, Minerals Australia focusing on iron ore, copper, coal and nickel. Henry led 40,000 people across six assets, with revenues of $29bn, EBITDA of $16bn and a capital spend of $3bn
Under Henry’s leadership, BHP’s Minerals Australia business reduced the frequency of high potential injuries by 60% and, for the first time, became the world’s lowest-cost major iron ore producer.
Mike Henry’s exposure to the company’s global marketing efforts between 2010 and 2015 saw him earmarked for the top job at BHP, developing crucial relationships with the mining giant’s customers in China and Japan.
“His operational experience, his commercial experience, his strategic skill, his global experience … that makes him a great candidate to be the next CEO of BHP,” said outgoing CEO Andrew MacKenzie of Henry’s appointment to the role last year.
Inclusion & Diversity
Growing up in a biracial family with a mother of Japanese heritage who worked as a nurse in emergency services, Henry witnessed and experienced both ends of the inclusion spectrum.
“[Inclusion & Diversity] is quite personal for me.. I am absolutely convinced that having an inclusive culture and diverse workforce is mission critical for BHP,” he says. “Inclusive, diverse teams perform better – because they promote safety, productivity and wellbeing. Getting this right will be a serious competitive advantage for BHP. It will help us secure and motivate the best people, we’ll be more creative, and we’ll make better decisions.”
Henry spent the first half of his career in an environment where he was not from the mainstream, but where people went the extra mile to ensure he felt wholly included. “Without exception, it’s been in high-inclusion environments that I’ve thrived,” he recalls. “Where I’ve felt most fulfilled as a person. When I’ve been most committed and motivated, and where I’ve made my most significant contribution. On the rare occasion when I’ve been in an environment I experienced as less inclusive, I haven’t been at my best – a lost opportunity for both me and those around me. I have two adult daughters and my aspiration for them is that they are able to realise their dreams and potential, unconstrained by gender, or race. I need to demonstrate the values and leadership that reflect where I’ve come from and the world that I hope for and believe is possible.”
Having lead teams globally, across cultures and disciplines, Henry’s experience has been that the teams that have unlocked exceptional outcomes have been those that are highly inclusive. “There’s been an excitement and enthusiasm in those teams that sees people challenge themselves, reach higher, and be more creative,” he notes.
“Those teams are the ones that everyone wants to be part of, and the ones that truly innovate and push the organisation to new frontiers. Being part of those teams and leading them has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of my career. I am passionate about seeing people stretch themselves, learn that they’re capable of more than they perhaps thought and experience the joy of realising great outcomes.”
What does the future hold? "BHP is a company that is steeped in history,” said Henry on his appointment last year. “The one constant for the whole of BHP’s 153-year history had been great people. If you’ve got the right people you can do amazing things."