Keynote Speakers

Mine Closure 2022
4-6 October 2022 | Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Keynote Speakers

Dr Guy Boggs
Chief Executive Officer, CRC TiME

Guy has extensive experience providing leadership in innovation and actively working at the interface of industry and research. Guy has led the delivery of large Australian Government funded programs driving knowledge development and industry practice change. An experienced research leader, Guy holds a PhD completed on post mine landform design and has an extensive publication record authoring over 50 books, book chapters and journal articles on spatial science and natural resource management.
Guy is committed to enabling a new vision for mine closure and positive post mine transitions through effective stakeholder engagement, research planning and innovative solutions.

Professor Longbin Huang
Group Leader, The University of Queensland

Longbin leads a research program on Ecological Engineering of Mine Wastes for rehabilitating mine waste landscapes, at The University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute. For tackling global tailings challenges, Longbin has pioneered transformative concepts and novel approaches to tackle rehabilitation of mine wastes (e.g. tailings) by treating mine wastes as engineered parent materials rather than wastes. His achievement is highlighted by the invention of bauxite residue treatment technology (PAT-02403-WO-01)  for in situ dealkalization and soil formation to rehabilitate sustainable soil-plant systems without topsoil. This is one of the leading cases in the Sustainable Bauxite Residue Management Guidance which was released by International Aluminium Institute in April 2022.

Kate Sommerville
General Manager Legacy Assets, BHP

Kate is responsibile for 24 closed mines across USA and Canada and a team of 200 including contractors. This includes 108 dams in 24 different facilities. The goal is safe, stable closure and to reduce risk through characterisation and remediation. Kate has over 27 years’ in the mining industry with a depth of experience in open cut and underground operations. Prior to this role, Kate was vice president mining for Gold Fields where she had functional and strategic oversight of assets in Ghana, South Africa, Australia, Peru and Chile.  She has also served six years as director for The AusIMM.

Sharing observations, lessons and future thinking from experience in BHP Legacy Assets which holds 24 closed sites in 10 operations across USA and Canada.

Key words: closure, technology, water treatment, risk, community, climate change, monitoring