SAEMC is an annual collaborative event that brings together both the exploration and mining industries in South Australia.

Welcoming speeches

2024 Speakers TBA

2023 Welcoming speeches

Nicole Galloway Warland

Chair – SAEMC Organising Committee, Australian Institute of Geoscientists


Nicole is a geologist with over 30 years’ experience in the mining and exploration industry in Australia, Eastern Europe and the America’s. Her experience spans from exploration through project evaluation to open cut and underground mining; with a commodity focus in gold, copper-gold, base metals and uranium.  

Nicole is also a Councillor of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC).


Cliffy Wilson

Kuma Kaaru

Welcome to Country


Hon Tom Koutsantonis

Hon Tom Koutsantonis MP

South Australian Minister for Energy and Mining

Opening address 

Tom was raised in the western suburbs. He attended Cowandilla and Netley Primary Schools before attending Adelaide High School and going on to study at Adelaide University.

The son of Greek migrants, Anthony and Dimitra, Tom joined the Australian Labor Party at a young age with the encouragement of Labor stalwart and former SA Deputy Premier, the late Jack Wright. Tom first volunteered in Jack Wright’s office when he was 14.

Tom was elected to the South Australian State Parliament on 11 October 1997, at age 26. Tom was elevated to the Ministry on 3 March 2009 and remained in Cabinet until the 2018 State election. Over this period, he served as Minister for Correctional Services, Youth and Volunteers, Gambling, Small Business, Transport, Planning and Infrastructure, Mining and Energy, State Development and as Treasurer.

He is SA Labor’s longest serving MP.




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Bronwyn Camac

A/Director, Geological Survey of South Australia (GSSA) –
Department for Energy and Mining

SA Exploration & Mining Review 

Bronwyn has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry as both a geologist and in management. She has worked across the sector starting out with Comalco Exploration (now part of Rio Tinto), Wiltshire Geological Services, Origin Energy, Beach Energy, Santos Ltd, and later as a consultant for InGauge Energy. Her experience includes precompetitive digital log data creation and management, operations geology, conventional and unconventional oil and gas exploration and development, and government and stakeholder engagement. Bronwyn is the current Federal President of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA).

Bronwyn gained her PhD in Engineering Science in 2010, which focussed on using numerical modelling methods to predict the occurrence of naturally fractured shale rock to apply to seal risk; and maintains interest in this area having supervised various post-graduate projects and application of the techniques in unconventional gas resources.

She has now turned her attention to the minerals industry and has taken a position with the Geological Survey of SA as A/Director. This exciting opportunity allows her to work with a great team of experienced and highly skilled geoscientists and data engineers to deliver high quality precompetitive data sets and industry advice across the mineral exploration sector in South Australia, with a specific focus on delivering the Critical Minerals Project and Strategy for South Australia.


2023 Session Speakers

Nicole Galloway Warland

Nicole Galloway Warland

Managing Director, Thor Energy PLC

Session 1: Alford East Copper-REE Project  – collaborating with Fleet Space Technologies to accelerate exploration

Nicole is a geologist with over 30 years’ experience in the mining and exploration industry in Australia, Eastern Europe and the America’s. Her experience spans from exploration through project evaluation to open cut and underground mining; with a commodity focus in gold, copper-gold, base metals and uranium.  

Nicole is also a Councillor of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC).


Peter Reid

Peter Reid

Managing Director – Petratherm

Session 1: Exploring for IOCG’s out in the northern reaches of the Olympic Province

Peter Reid is the founder and CEO of Petratherm Limited which was spun out from Minotaur Resources in 2004. With over 30 years experience in mineral and geothermal exploration he was part of the Prominent Hill discovery team. 

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Duncan Chessell

CEO & Exploration Manager – Copper Search

Session 1: IOCG hunting notes Year 2, CUS Peake Project

Duncan is a geologist with over 20 years of experience in business and mineral exploration throughout Australia, Alaska and Papua New Guinea. He is also a triple Mt Everest summiteer. He is a board member of the Himalayan Development Foundation Australia and Chairman of ASX listed Resolution Minerals Ltd (ASX: RML).

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Prof Carol Kulik

Centre for Workplace Excellence (CWeX)

Session 1: Line Managers – The Unsung Heroes in Every Organisation. I hope it helps to further expand the topic

Line managers’ day-to-day behaviour has major effects on employee commitment, performance, and innovation. But today’s line managers have more responsibility, smaller budgets and less job security than the generations of managers who have gone before them, leaving them under-resourced for their people management activities. I’ll describe a few ways that line managers’ people management responsibilities have changed over time, and identify the key places where employers could provide better support for line managers’ people management efforts, with positive outcomes for employees, line managers, and employers. But I’ll also suggest research-based strategies that line managers can implement directly, even in low-support work environments, without adding to their already-heavy burdens.

Ian Garsed

Ian Garsed

Principal Geologist, Barton Gold

Session 2: 2D seismic insights into the Tarcoola gold systems 

Ian is a geologist with more than 30 years’ industry experience ranging from early-stage exploration through to resource delineation and project evaluations, with a particular emphasis on gold, copper-gold, uranium, and base metals.  He has worked on uranium and IOCG exploration programs in Canada and explored across most of Australia for gold, nickel, IOCG deposits, copper, and VHMS, SEDEX and BHT Pb-Zn-Ag deposits.

Ian has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Geology and a Master of Mineral Exploration Technologies from Curtin University.  He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and Geological Society of Australia.


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Rupert Verco

Chief Executive Officer & Director, Cobra Resources

Session 2: Advancing an exploration model to discover Palaeo-channel hosted Ionic Rare Earth Mineralisation within the Gawler Craton

Rupert has over 17 years’ experience in the mining industry across technical and management roles. He has worked across a number of South Australian, Australian and International mining projects. He has managed operations through all phases of the mining cycle on projects that cover a range of commodities including gold, copper, uranium, tin, and iron ore. Rupert is a fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and holds a First Class Honours in Geology.


Matt Weber

Manager – Economics & Geology, Coda Minerals

Session 2: The Elizabeth Creek Copper Cobalt Project

Mr Weber is an exploration geologist with approximately fifteen years’ experience in the WA and SA mining and exploration sector, and has been involved with the Elizabeth Creek project for the last five years. Prior to his time at Coda, Mr Weber held a role in the resources policy division at the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.

Mr Weber has previously held exploration geology roles across a number of small exploration companies, focussing on gold, iron ore and base metals, and spent time as a member of the exploration team for Rio Tinto in their Pilbara iron operations. Mr Weber holds bachelor’s degrees in Applied Geology and Environmental Biology, and a Master of Science in Mineral Economics from Curtin University.


Ian Gandel

Managing Director, Alliance Resources

Session 2: Still waters run deep – a private company perspective

Bio to come.


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Travis Beinke

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Rare Earths

Session 3: Leading the development of clay hosted rare earths in

Travis Beinke is a highly experienced executive with more than 20 years’ experience in the resources sector with both Australian and international listed companies. 

Travis has a broad range of strategic, commercial, finance and business development skills, particularly in exploration and growth projects.

Travis has spent the last 5 years with OZ Minerals, initially holding the role of Group Manager Commercial, prior to leading the company’s engagement with equity markets.

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Marcel Menicheli

Superintendent Geology, BHP

Session 3: Oak Dam – Geology Insights

Bio to come.

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Linsay Lawler

Development Manager, Peak Iron

Session 3: Peak Iron – Hawks Nest Project

Peak Iron Buzzard Development Manager. Bachelor of Mining Engineering, Masters in Petroleum Engineering and Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Experience in iron ore operations and development having previously worked with West Australian Iron Ore producer – Atlas Iron across its various Pilbara operations.

David Christensen

Managing Director, Renascor Resources

Session 3: Siviour Battery Anode Material Project

David Christensen is an experienced mining executive, with successful experience managing exploration, mining and marketing operations. Prior to founding the Company, David served as Chief Executive Of cer of Adelaide-based companies, Heathgate Resources Pty Ltd and Quasar Resource Pty Ltd. David’s experience also includes serving as President of Nuclear Fuels Corporation, a trading and marketing company. David commenced his career as an attorney in California and London of ces of international law rm Latham & Watkins, where he advised on corporate nance and mergers and acquisitions. David was educated at Cornell University (BA, Economics and Classical Civilizations), the University of California, Los Angeles (JD) and the Universitá di Bologna (Fulbright Fellow).

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Matthew Peacock

Superintendent Exploration Geology – SIMEC Mining

Session 3: Exploration & Resource Definition Update – Magnetite Expansion Project  

Exploration & Resource Definition Update – Magnetite Expansion Project (Title to be finalised)
Bio: Matthew is a geologist with over 12 years’ experience in multiple commodities including Iron Ore, base and precious metals throughout SA, NSW, QLD and WA. Matthew re-joined SIMEC in 2021 and has lead the discovery and growth of SIMEC Mining’s Magnetite Resources as the Superintendent Exploration Geology. Matthew is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and holds a First Class Honours in Geology.

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James Davidson

Mine Manager at Honeymoon, Boss Energy

Session 4: Honeymoon Uranium Mine: On the Verge of Production

Mr Davidson, who is based in Adelaide, South Australia, started his career in the mining industry at Rio Tinto’s Technology Development Centre before moving to Senior Metallurgist roles at Mt Gordon Copper and then at ERA’s Ranger Uranium Mine.

In 2004, he was recruited to undertake a key Technical Development role for Heathgate Resources in the expansion of the Beverley Uranium Mine.

Lachlan Wallace

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Hillgrove Resources

Session 4: Kanmantoo underground – Australia’s next copper producer

Since joining Hillgrove 2012, Lachlan held various operational roles at the Kanmantoo Copper Mine including General Manager before becoming the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in 2019. Previously Lachlan was responsible for Stemcor’s global mining assets, developing their iron ore and manganese portfolio in India and nickel project in Indonesia at a time when Stemcor’s annual turnover exceeded £6Bn. Lachlan has held technical, managerial and consulting roles in Africa and Australia, including Anglo Gold Ashanti’s Siguiri gold project in Guinea, Barrick’s Lumwana copper mine in Zambia, and the Savage River iron ore mine in Tasmania. A qualified mining engineer, Lachlan also holds a Master of Mineral & Energy Economics, an MBA, and is a graduate of the AICD.

Kathy Ehrig

Principal Geometallurgist, BHP

Session 4: Olympic Dam Geology – new thoughts about the deposit

Dr Kathy Ehrig is recognised internationally as a leader in geometallurgy, establishing Olympic Dam’s geometallurgy program 2006. She completed her Bachelor of Science in geology at California State University, Fresno in 1984 and earned a PhD in geology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991.