The year ahead

The year ahead

The WA Mining Club Committee is looking forward to 2021 being another busy year of activity for our members and guests.

While there may still be some uncertainty on how this year will unfold, the Committee are dedicated to ensuring we can deliver our events, whether it be in-person or virtually.

In 2020, we held a few of our events virtually and these were well received. In fact, through our virtual and recorded live-streaming events, we’ve extended our reach to those on FIFO rosters, interested industry people from interstate and even the occasional overseas expat.

Monthly Luncheon Events

Our schedule for our flagship monthly luncheons will be a mix of industry leaders and contemporary topic panels drawing on thought leaders across the mining industry.  Some of the luncheon topics we have scheduled for the first half of the year include:

  • 25th March: Sanjiv Manchanda, CEO of Atlas Iron on how the iron ore juniors are riding the China steel making wave.
  • 29th April: Michael Gollschewski, VP of Operations Australia, Alcoa Australia on the challenges of urban encroachment and rising community expectations whilst sustaining mining operations.
  • 20th May: Climate Change panel featuring mining company, ESG advisors and student representatives discussing how the mining industry is managing this issue.
  • 24th June: As part of NAIDOC Week our ever-popular Indigenous Panel returns hosted by Florence Drummond, CEO of IWIMRA, with speakers representing mining companies, suppliers and the indigenous business community.
  • 29th July: Skillsets for Modern Mining Workforce & Intelligent Mining panel event featuring HR professionals, academia, students and government on attracting, training and retaining a modern mining workforce.

The annual Scholarships Awards and St Barbara’s Day luncheons are also planned.

Young Professional Quarterly Events

Now in their third year, the WAMC Young Professionals (“YPs”) have a program of after-work events covering the opportunities and challenges facing our future leaders.  In addition, the YPs will host some social events (Go Karting anyone?) and an event recognising the achievements of our YP members.  More information to be released shortly and in the meantime please put a placeholder in your calendar for 1st April.

WAMC Scholarships

The Club is looking to expand the popular annual scholarships into new professional areas such as data analytics, finance, and health.  If you’re interested in sponsoring a scholarship in one of these areas, please contact Sam Retallack at scholarships@waminingclub.asn.au

Social Events

The annual Presidents Golf Day is not far away. It is scheduled for Friday 12th March so get your teams and golf swing into action. Rumour has it our President Nat Taylor has a gun foursome ready to tee off and take the trophy.

And lastly, depending on COVID restrictions, we are looking to host our Annual Gala Ball later in the year.

We look forward to seeing our members and guests during 2021.