SPEAKERS JANUARY 28
PLENARY SESSION I – THE POLITICS OF POLICY MAKING OF NORDIC MINING
Director, Industrial Transformation and Advanced Value Chains, DG GROW, European Commission
An economist by training, Gwenole has been an official in the European Commission since 1985 in the fields of Enterprise and Industrial Policy and of External Relations. Since December 2008, he has been Director in DG GROWTH (DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs), in charge of competitiveness issues and EU internal market legislation for several industrial sectors. His main responsibilities today cover: circular economy, energy union and energy-intensive industries, construction, automotive industries, raw materials, engineering industries.
Sustainable raw material supply – challenges and opportunities
A second wave of electrification sweeps through Europe with the aim of reducing climate impact. A continent already heavily dependent on raw materials from other parts of the world as well as fossil fuels for energy production. What challenges are we facing when it comes to electrification and increased self-sufficiency of raw materials. And might there be any opportunities ahead?
President & CEO Boliden
Mikael Staffas holds the position of President and CEO of Boliden since 1 June 2018. He has been a member of the top Group Management at Boliden since 2011, first as CFO and then as President of Boliden Mines. He is also Chairman of the Board of GAF (Swedish Mining Employer Association) as well as a member of the Boards of both SveMin (the Swedish Mining Industry Association) and Eurometaux (European association representing the combined non-ferrous metals industry).
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 both the Stockholm and Moscow offices.
Between 2013 and 2018 Mikael also served as a non-executive director of SJ (Swedish State Railways).
Mikael holds an MSc in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleu, France.
Europe’s Nordic lights: Sweden and Finland stand proud in Europe, but there remains room for improvement
The Investment Risk Index within the Mining Journal World Risk Report (feat.MineHutte ratings), puts Sweden and Finland, at the forefront of investment security for the extractives sector in Europe, both with AA ratings. This presentation will discuss what key elements give the Nordic region its status within Europe and why it remains adrift of the elevated standing of AAA-rated jurisdictions in North America.
Head of Research & Intelligence, Aspermont Limited
As Aspermont Head of Research & Intelligence, Chris Cann, has 15 years’ experience in the mining industry. He started his career as a business journalist in Perth, Western Australia, before moving to London a decade ago where he worked as a freelance journalist and consulting mining analyst before being recruited as Mining Journal editor. Chris launched the Mining Journal Intelligence unit two years ago, with the first product out the door, the World Risk Report. He holds undergraduate degrees in geology and physiology; and post-graduate qualifications in journalism and capital markets.
How to manage risk to make investments thrive?
We see a rise in the regulatory risk affecting miners and their investors, negatively, to a point where new strategiesnow need to be deployed. Miners must realise that, in the short term, the regulatory risk is a real threat to a fully permitted mine and in the long term, it will hurt the investor attractiveness of future projects. Many companies have no strategy for coping with this risk, but just rely on what they know. Moreover, focusing on the technical side of a project is no longer enough to move a project forward. A consequence of not adjusting to this new reality, is prolonged and expensive permitting processes – or no permit at all. Subsequently, that reduces the expected value of an alredy existing asset and thus acting as an impediment to investor-friendliness. I will demonstrate how to manage this risk in order to make investments and investors thrive.
Partner, Copenhagen Economics
Christian Jervelund is a partner with economics consultancy, Copenhagen Economics. Christian advises goverments and companies on regulatory, social and political risks based on economic modelling and in-depth insight into the mining industry and its stakeholders. The company has its roots in the Nordic countries with offices in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki and Bruxelles.
How to attract investors: Criticality of Information, Policies and Regulatory Efficiency
Decision making on exploration investments is based on balanced evaluation of facts, such as, mineral potential, existing geodata, infrastructure, regulatory framework, political stability, mining policy and public acceptance of mining in the country or in the region. Finland has been ranked in the top 5 in mining investment attractiveness since 2010, and was #1 last year. The key factors behind the success are the diversified mineral potential, the world’s best geodata, an excellent infrastructure and an operating environment supported by the government’s pro-mining policy, and strict but clear mining and environmental legislation. Finland is also one of the least corrupted and most stable countries in the world. Readily available, high quality geodata combined with the excellent infrastructure make Finland a cost-effective target for mineral exploration companies. Hot topics today include battery minerals, and base and noble metals.
Director General, Geological Survey of Finland
As Director General, Mika Nykänen has headed the Geological Survey of Finland since February 2015. Before joining GTK, he has worked in the metal sector holding positions as Managing Director for the Association of Finnish Steel and Metal Producers, and as Director for the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries (Industrial Policy). Nykänen has held numerous positions of trust in academic, societal and business life in Finland and international organizations. He gained his M.Sc. in 1996 from the University of Tampere.
PLENARY SESSION II – SUSTAINABLE NORDIC MINING – DRIVERS FOR FUTURE SUCCESS
A new challenge for the Kiruna Mine
The ore supply in the Kiruna mine is not endless. With the current main haulage level, we have secured the supply of ore until about 2030. However, the uncertainty has increased about the extent of the ore body under the current main level. Extensive exploration work has been initiated to ensure future mineral resources.
SVP Strategy Exploration and Business Development, LKAB
SVP Exploration, Strategy and Business Development LKAB 2018 –
Director Group Strategy and Business Development, Boliden 2009-2018
Vice President Exploration Boliden Mines 2006 – 2009
Worldwide Vice President Exploration, AREVA 2004 – 2006:
COGEMA Australia: Exploration Manager (gold and uranium),2001 – 2003
COGEMA SA: Expert, ore reserves and project evaluation,1998 – 2001
COGEMA Swedish branch.: Deputy Managing Director,1992 – 1997
State Mining Property Commission: Senior Administrative Officer,1988 – 1992
Boliden Mineral AB: Mine and resource geologist ,1981 – 1988
Sustainability in the heart – partnership, the lifecycle of mining projects, balancing the interests of stakeholders
The Company’s most advanced project is the Kallak iron ore project in northern Sweden, and its ambition is to build a modern and sustainable mining operation in partnership with the local community. The Company has experience of taking mines in the UK from the start of planning to their finish, fully restored and rehabilitated, focusing on the lifecycle of an operation and the needs of society and communities. In addition, the Company is developing a portfolio of graphite assets in Finland, positioning itself within the developing battery manufacturing sector there, has exploration licences in southern Sweden, and has recently made an investment in base and precious metals exploration in Kosovo.
CEO, Beowulf Mining
Kurt was appointed CEO of Beowulf Mining in October 2014. Kurt has over 20 years’ experience in the mining sector, during which he has worked in Rio Tinto’s Business Evaluation Department, been an independent advisor to junior mining companies, as well as a GM Business Development for an AIM listed iron ore mining company. Kurt was Vice President of Pala Investments AG, a mining focused private equity firm, and has worked as a mining analyst. During the earlier part of his career he held several senior operations and planning roles in the UK coal industry with RJB Mining. Kurt holds an M.Eng (Hons) degree in Mining Engineering from The Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London and an MBA from London Business School. Beowulf is an exploration and development company, focused on the Nordic region, with an appetite for M&A, and opportunistic in its outlook of how to create value for shareholders. The Company’s most advanced project is the Kallak iron ore project in northern Sweden, and its ambition is to build a modern and sustainable mining operation in partnership with the local community. In addition, the Company is developing a portfolio of graphite assets in Finland, positioning itself within the developing battery manufacturing sector there, has exploration licences in southern Sweden, and has recently made an investment in base and precious metals exploration in Kosovo.
Kittilä Gold Mine, Expansion and the way forward
In 2006 the Kittilä Mine started out with an expected life of mine of approximately 10 years knowing there was good potential for an extended lifetime. Throughout the years exploration has been very successful in Kittilä and currently the mine plans extend to 2034. To further increase the reserves and production an expansion project with a construction of a 1040m deep shaft and mill expansion has started. This will secure future production down to 1400m, but the mineralization has been found as deep as 2000m. Meaning Kittilä mine will have also a future beyond 2034. Given the remote location, the increasing depth and changing social aspects the concept of mining will change at the Kittilä Mine. This presentation will give an update on the expansion project as well as how Kittilä is planning to tackle future challenges, which are not solely technical challenges.
André van Wageningen
Engineering Manager, Agnico Eagle Finland Oy
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.
Mineral Potential and Exploration Opportunities in Estonia
Apart from shale oil, soft sediments and carbonate rocks, Estonia has a number of future mineral resources, which have not been exploited or studied so far. This includes (1) sedimentary phosphorite, which is enriched in REEs; (2) graptolite argillite (a kind of black shale – analogue to Swedish Alum Shale), which is enriched in Zn, V, Mo, U and other metals and (3) Precambrian metals (sulphide metals and iron). Starting from 2019, the state financed exploration project, including deep drilling commence, providing joint exploration activity-opportunities for companies and other partners.
Prof Alvar Soesoo
Director, Geological Survey of Estonia
Alvar received his undergraduate and MSc degrees in geology from Tartu State University, Estonia, later did his PhD at Monash University, Australia. As a NATO PostDoc, he was working at the Voisey Bay deposit, Labrador. He has been involved as researcher or geology teacher in a number of universities and organisations in Iceland, Germany, Finland. During 2002 – 2011 he acted as the Director of the Institute of Geology (Tallinn University of Technology, TUT, Estonia). From 2003 – Professor of Physical Geology; 2007 – 2015 – head of the Core Laboratory for Natural Mineral Materials, TUT. Alvar has been involved in resource exploration projects in Europe, Middle East and Africa. From 2018 – he is the Director of the Geological Survey of Estonia.
TRACK 1 -RESEARCH AND INNOVATION AS AN ENABLER FOR FUTURE SUSTAINABLE RAW MATERIALS SUPPLY- THE NEXUS BETWEEN INDUSTRY, ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH
Scientific leader, Future mining, LTU
Christina Wanhainen is professor in Ore Geology at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. Her research mainly covers mineral exploration, ore characterization and geometallurgy. She is currently active in several research projects on critical metals and efficient resource characterization, including automated- and micro-analysis techniques such as QEMSCAN and laser ablation ICP-MS. The characterization focus lies in documenting and understanding the distribution and character of metals (base-, precious-, alloy-, critical-, and hazardous metals) in different ore types. Her research is initiated and performed in close collaboration with the mining industry.Christina is the supervisor for several PhD and MSc students working on mineralogical and ore genetic issues. She also teaches within the civil engineering program “Natural Resources Engineering”. She was the chair of the steering committee of the national Vegacenter infrastructure for geoscience microanalysis at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, between 2013 – 2017, when the laboratory was founded and built up.
Associate Professor Jenny Greberg, is head of Technology & Innovation in the Strategic Innovation Programme for the Swedish Mining and Metal producing industry, STRIM, and R&I Director at Svemin, the Swedish Mining Association. Jenny has management experience from enterprises as well as research centres and academia in the raw materials sector. Recently she held a management position in EIT Raw Materials, a multinational organisation focusing on innovation in the raw materials sector. Her expertise is in the area of hard rock mining and optimisation of mining processes and she has extensive experience from international R&D projects.
Dr Per Strom
Managing Director and General Manager for EIT RawMaterials North AB
Dr Per Storm, is since November 2017 Managing Director and General Manager for EIT RawMaterials North AB, the norther innovation hub in European Institute of Innovation and Technology knowledge, EITs innovation community in materials (KIC EIT RawMaterials). He was previously Chief Executive Officerof listed junior exploration firm Copperstone Resources AB(publ.) and is a Docent in the Innovation Processes of the Mining and Steel Industries at KTH, Royal Institute of Technology. He is the Chairman of EccaNordic AB (FIN) and a member of the board of the internationally active research organisation Institute for Security and Policy Development (ISDP). He was previously managing director of the international mining strategy and policy firm Raw Materials Group RMG AB and has been a member of the board of exploration and mining development companies Norrliden Mining AB and Nordic Iron Ore AB. Per Storm holds a Dr. Sc. degree in Industrial management, a Dr.-Ing. Degree in Metals production technology and M. Sc. in Material Science and Metallurgy from KTH and a M. Sc in finance from Stockholm University. Per Storm is a fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and several professional societies in Sweden.
Acting Chaired Professor, Solid Mechanics at Luleå University of Technology and Coordinator of the European KIC EIT-Rawmaterial project HARSHWORK
Pär Jonsén is a professor in solid mechanics with long experience of industrial processes modelling. Research is focused on development of numerical methods, advanced mechanical testing and validation in the field of mechanical engineering.. He also been leader for several applied research projects with industrial partners.
Prof Jonsén is a member of Swedish National Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Computational particle mechanics and have been invited to be guest speaker at many international conferences. He has also been Director for the master program in Mechanical Engineering at LTU between 2011-2017.
PLENARY SESSION III – MINING INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE VIABILITY OF RESOURCE PROJECTS
Norrbotniabanan in Europe’s Core Network
The construction of the 270 km long railway, Norrbotniabanan, is in progress and the aim is to complete the railway
between Umeå and Luleå until 2030. This spring, the Swedish government asked the EU to investigate the possibility of
extending one of the Core corridors, Scanmed, further north from Stockholm to Narvik and Oulu. Both Sweden and the EU
is aware of the importance of investing in infrastructure in the north, not least in railways, to secure the raw materials and
the supply of skills, but also to achieve competitiveness and to manage the environmental challenges the basic industry is facing.
Chairman, Kaunis Iron Ltd
Mr. Anders Sundström is the Chairman of Kaunis Iron Ltd and he serves a board member of Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA (publ) and as a member of the Advisory Board at Northvolt Ltd. He was also the Chairman of Luleå Tekniska Universitet 2003-2009 and served as Minister of Labour from 1994 to 1996 and Minister of Employment, Industry & Trade and Communication from 1996 to 1998. Anders Sundström is the negotiator for the new railway Norrbotniabanan.
CEO, Port of Narvik
Rune Johan Arnøy: Born 17. October 1951 in Molde, Norway. Married; father of 3, now grown up children and grandfather of 6.
Educated as a bank economist at the Norwegian Bank Academy, and later Executive Master’s Degree in Logistics at BI School of Economics and Administration. Over the years, I have worked in banking, business administration, and currently as CEO/ Port Director in Narvik. Lots of experience from Board and Trustee Commissions. Acknowledged by the Norwegian Committee of Sports and the Olympic committee with the “Fair Play” prize in 1997 for the effort of promoting the basic values of sports-joy, health, fellowship and honesty. Elected as the “Man of the Year 2013” in Narvik.
Increasing productivity through electrification at Boliden Aitik
On 18 September, the very first electric truck was switched on as part of the pilot project for electrification of transports at Aitik. The lane is ~700 meters and is expected to save ~830 m3 diesel per year. Thus enabling Boliden to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 per cent along those routes where the technology can be implemented.
Manager Boliden Mines Energy Program
Jonas has managed Boliden Mines Energy Program since 2015. In this role, he is responsible for Boliden´s R&D within efficiency, such as: ventilation control, pumping and electrification. Jonas managed the prefeasibility study of the ongoing truck trolley project in Boliden Aitik and is Technical Manager for the implementation project. He has a Master of Science in energy engineering from Umeå University.
PLENARY SESSION IV – AFTERNOON PROGRAM – THE OULOOK FOR NORDIC MINING AND STRATEGIC
Electrifying Europe – How should the EU reduce resource and technology dependence?
Future batteries will play a key role in enabling a clean and secure energy transition for Europe. Their development can create jobs and support growth in key industries. The presentation will address national, EU and global perspectives in ensuring European interests in the international arena.
Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland
Petri Peltonen is Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (MEAE). In this capacity, he oversees the policy development and implementation in the sectors of economic growth, enterprise and innovation as well as foreign direct investments. Prior to taking his current position in 2016, Petri Peltonen was Director General of the Enterprise and Innovation Department at MEAE and the Technology Department at the Ministry of Trade and Industry. From 1996 to 2006, he worked at the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (Tekes), most recently as Executive Director and member of the management team. From 1987 until 1996, he held several technology development positions at the European Space Agency (ESA) in the Netherlands and in the electronics industry in Finland.
PANDEL DISCUSSION – “THE CHALLENGE OF DIGITAL AND SUSTAINABLE TRANSFORMATION IN THE MINING INDUSTRY”
Jan is the President and CEO of LKAB. By education, he is Engineer, Mining and Civil Engineering, Bergskolan Filipstad, batch of 1983, he has been employed in LKAB since 2015. His other engagements include Chairman in SveMin and board member in GAF, SGU Insynsråd. He was in Boliden from 2000-2015, Skellefteå kommun from 1998-2000, Boliden from 1979-1998.
Global Technology Manager, Epiroc
As Global Technology Manager within Epiroc, Asa has responsibility for technology strategies, roadmaps and strategic alliances. Previous work in Volvo CE as Global R&D Manager Enginesystems, Global Manager Project Office Technology platforms, also with a number of years of experience from ABB in various technology areas. As an academic background Asa has a PhD in product development.
Åsa has also acted as board member in Robotdalen Innovation Center, and in Region TransMission, which supports the technical shift to electric driveline equipment/vehicles.
Chair, IF Metall
Marie started to work as process technicians in 1982 at Borealis AB, petrochemical sector, and very soon became a trade union activist at both the local plant level as well as at the regional level. She became head of IF Metall organization department in 2013. She was elected as president of IF Metall at the Congress 2017. Along with the precidency of IF Metall (which incorporates 315 000 members within the Swedish industry), Marie is also a member of both global and European trade union federation for industryworkers. Alongside this, she is also Executive Committee Member of IndustriALL Europe Trade Union, and of IndustriALL Global Union. At the national level she is a member of several national councils such as Royal Academy of Sciences, Kungliga Ingenjörsvetenskapsakademien – Climate Crossroads, National Freight Transport Council and Swedish Committee for World Exhibition in Dubai 2020.
Ukraine Mineral Strategy Process, Regulatory Reform as Potential Future Mineral Investment
Ukraine is very rich in various mineral deposits with 22,000 different discovered deposits and is currently a key exporting nation in Europe including several metals such as titanium, manganese, iron, lithium, copper, gold etc. However, its poor governance, insufficiently modernized geological survey organisation and lack of raw data accessibility hamper international mineral exploration and mining investments. Thus, with USGS proposal, Geological Survey of Estonia to applied successfully for US Emerging Donors Program to support developing a Mineral Strategy of Ukraine. This strategy similar to Swedish, Finnish and Estonian examples should serve as key tool for reforming mineral policies of Ukraine to the best standards of open governance, efficient regulation and environmentally friendly permitting.
Deputy Director, Geological Survey of Estonia
Kalev has worked previously in Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications on formulating Mineral Strategy of Estonia. By education Kalev is economist, finishing Ph.D. on oil shale resource policy. In 2011-2014 Kalev Kallemets worked as phosphate rock project manager in Estonian oil shale company VKG.
Lena Abrahamsson is chair professor in Human Work Science, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. Her research covers production and organisational changes, workplace learning, health & safety and gender issues mainly in industrial companies amongst others. Currently, she is active in several projects on mining and sustainable development. In the Master level program, Industrial Design, she teaches the courses ”Organisational Development”, ”Production and Organisation” and ”Work Place Analysis”. She is member of the Swedish Work Environment Authority’s advisory council, boardmember of FORTE and a member of the Swedish government’s commission for gender equality in working life. Since 2016 she is deputy dean, for the board of the faculty of science and technology at Luleå University of Technology.
General Director, Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU)
Lena is General Director of SGU – the Geological Survey of Sweden – since January 2014. Lena Söderberg, who has an MSc. in Forestry, has earlier been the CEO of the Swedish Water and Wastewater Association since 2009. She is also the Chair of the Board of the Swedish Forest Agency and member of the advisory council of the Swedish Energy Agency and of the Programme Board of MistraPharma. SGU is responsible for issues relating to rock, soil and groundwater, including the handling of minerals. SGU is also the Agency with particular responsibility for the environmental quality objective Good-quality Groundwater, which includes the objective of reducing the use of natural gas. The Agency also has the task of creating conditions conducive to a sustainable use of the country’s mineral resources and promoting sustainable growth and enterprise within the mining and mineral sector.
Chair, LTU Business
Lisa Ek will be leading us through the conference as our moderator. She is a strategy and innovation expert, working at LTU Business in Luleå with projects across Europe. During the last years her main focus has been the business development of mining innovations and new business models within the raw material sector. Her projects span from drones in exploration, new software to predict ware of heavy machinery to establishment of test centers. Lisa has the exciting task of making the two days both efficient and enjoyable!