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Critical Minerals Forum 2023

How Standards can build trust for the Critical Minerals Industry

Critical Minerals will underpin Australian economic growth for the next century, driving a global shift toward greener renewable energies. Standards Australia is working with in leaders to build trust and improve outcomes across industry.

As part of our efforts, Standards Australia hosted a two-day forum focused on how Standards can build trust and confidence within Australia’s Critical Minerals industry.

The event delivered valuable insights from key national and international government and industry stakeholders on a range of topics, including Australia’s position in the global supply chain, the potential for standards to address current challenges in the field, and the future strategy for 2023.

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Forum Videos & Presentations


Dudley Kingsnorth

Non-Executive Chairman Australian Rare Earths Ltd

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Dudley Kingsnorth has over 50 years experience in the international mining industry through positions that he has held in operations, project development, marketing, technical consultancies and business development. Dudley is recognised as a world authority on the rare earths market and rare earths project development through his 29 year association with the industry, initially as Project Manager of the Mt Weld Rare Earths Project and over the past 19 years as an independent consultant to the industry. He is the author/editor of the many editions of the Roskill report on rare earths. Dudley has given many key note addresses to international rare earths conferences. He provides confidential advice on rare earths to a number of government departments worldwide. In 2012, Dudley was appointed a Professor at the Western Australian School of Mines (WASM) at Curtin University in Western Australia with special responsibilities for establishing the Curtin Critical Materials Initiative. Dudley is a former Vice-President of the Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy.

Kotaro Shiminzu

Vice President Rare Earth Industry Association

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Kotaro Shimizu is a Chief analyst and General Manager of Sustainable Society Department in the Policy Research and Consulting Division at Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd. Next to that, he is the vice president at the International Rare Earth Industry Association, a lecturer at the International Institute for Mining Technology in Japan and endowed chair in Global business management at Economic and social policies in Chuo University, Japan. Also, Kotaro is a supporting member of Japan Society of Newer Metals and secretary in the committee on the comprehensive system of resource utilization at the Mining and Materials Processing Institute of Japan. In addition, he is an invited researcher at the Environmental Research Institute at Waseda University, an Executive director at the Circular Economy Association, and ISO expert in TC298 (Rare Earth), TC323 (Circular Economy), TC333 (Lithium) and TMB/SAG Critical Minerals.

Karin Soldenhoff

Principal Consultant acting General Manager Minerals ANSTO

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Karin Soldenhoff holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, MSc from the University of Cape Town and a PhD from UNSW. She is currently employed at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation where she holds the role of Principle Consultant in the ANSTO Minerals Business Unit. Over a 30 year career in process development for the mining industry, she has led numerous projects commissioned by industry regarding various aspects of hydrometallurgical processing of uranium, rare earths, zirconium, hafnium, lithium and other critical metals.

Tania Laurencont

Advisor – Environmental Policy National Indigenous Australians Agency

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Tania has over 20 years’ post-graduate experience working across government and private sectors in Australia and overseas including leading the Commonwealth’s Rum Jungle Mine Rehabilitation Project. Tania specialise in the assessment and management of environmental and social issues on resource projects and has extensive experience in environmental management and undertaking due diligence and compliance auditing both for the mining industry and government.

Angela O’Rourke

Senior Advisor Geoscience Australia

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Nick Curtis

Executive Chairman Northern Minerals

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Chris McCombe

General Manager -Sustainability Minerals Council of Australia

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Janice Zinck

Executive Director, Geoscience and Mines Government of Nova Scotia

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Chris Vernon

Sr. Principal Research Scientist CSIRO

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Diane Hobday

Sector Manager, Materials, Assets & Products NATA

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Cunzhen Ma

Chairperson ISO TC 298 Rare Earths

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Andrew Hutchinson

General Manager Critical Minerals Office

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Jennifer Parker

Vice President Corporate Affairs Lynas Rare Earths

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Karen Batt

Head of International Standards Australia

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Get in touch

For more information about this project please contact Brendan Slowey, International Project Manager & Learning Specialist:  Email Brendan