Keynote Speakers

Gary Zamel

Executive Chairman, CommChain Pty Ltd
Making a career in mining innovation to deliver benefits to national prosperity

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Knut Garshol

Rock Engineering Consultant, Sweden
Driving of tunnels with complete groundwater control and execution of combined immediate and permanent support using shotcrete and bolts

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Roy Slack

President, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum
Deeper, Faster, Safer: Observations on the present and future state of underground mine access in the new frontier.

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Conference dinner speaker:

Dr Craig Challen SC OAM, Rescue Diver

Against All Odds – The inside account of the breathtaking rescue that captured the world.

In June 2018, for seventeen days, the world watched and held its breath as the Wild Boars soccer team were trapped deep in a cave in Thailand. Marooned beyond flooded cave passages after unexpected rains, they were finally rescued, one-by-one, against almost impossible odds, by an international cave-diving team which included Australians Dr Richard Harris and Dr Craig Challen.

These two men were chosen for their medical expertise and cave diving knowledge, but this dangerous rescue asked so much more of them. They had to remain calm under extreme pressure and intense scrutiny, adapt to constantly changing circumstances and importantly, build trust among the rescue team and with the young boys and their coach, whose lives were in their hands.

Dr Craig Challen SC OAM is an Australian veterinary surgeon, technical diver and cave explorer. He was the recipient of the Oztek 2009 Diver of the Year award for his services to caving, and was jointly awarded 2019 Australian of the Year.

With thanks to our Conference dinner sponsor