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9th Fennoscandian Exploration and Mining - FEM 2013
Speakers - Tuesday 29 October


Mika Riipi

Chair: Opening Session

Welcoming Address
Mika Riipi, County Governor, Regional Council of Lapland

"Mika Riipi is the County Governor of the Regional Council of Lapland. He started in this position on March 1, 2013. Previously he has been the Municipality Director in Posio (2006-2013), town secretary in Haapavesi (2004-2006), and senior adviser in the Municipality department at the Ministry of the Interior (2002-2004). Mr. Riipi holds a Master´s degree in Administrative Sciences, majoring in municipality jurisdiction. He graduated from the University of Tampere in 2002. Mr. Riipi is the Chair of the FEM Steering Committee."

Kaj Lax

Co-chair: Opening Session

Dr. Kaj Lax, Head of department, Mineral Resources, Geological Survey of Sweden

"Kaj Lax is Head of the Mineral Resources Department at the Geological Survey of Sweden, SGU, Uppsala. He has a background in geochemistry, and as Head of the Mineral Information Office in Malå. Mr. Lax is the Chair of the FEM Organizing Committee."  

Elias Ekdahl

Fennoscandian Country Review: Finland
Elias Ekdahl, Director General, Geological Survey of Finland

"Prof. Elias Ekdahl holds a Master's Degree of Science (1975) and a Ph.D. Degree (1993) from the University of Oulu. He is also an Honorary Doctor of the University of Oulu (2013).

Prof. Ekdahl has a long career at the Geological Survey of Finland and from the beginning of 2004 he was appointed Director General of the Survey. Ekdahl has been the Chairman of the Geological Society of Finland (2000) and the Chairman of the Finnish Association of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers (2008-2011). Ekdahl has worked closely with universities, research organizations, commerce and industry in Finland, and has well developed contacts with international research institutions and industry."

Mikael Gröning

Fennoscandian Country Review: Sweden
Mikael Gröning, Head of Section, Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications

"Mikael Gröning is Head of Section at the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications. He is mainly working with mining policy issues and is project leader for Sweden's Minerals Strategy. Mikael Gröning is aslo chairman of the project NordMin - A Nordic Network of Expertise for Sustainable Mining, which is funded by the Nordic council of Ministers from 2013 to 2016. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden and a MBA from Stockholm University." 

Morten Smelror

Fennoscandian Country Review: Norway
Morten Smelror, Director, Geological Survey of Norway

"Morten Smelror is Director of the Geological Survey of Norway. After graduating (Cand. Scient in geology) from the University of Oslo (UiO) in 1985 he has held several research and management positions at SINTEF Petroleum Research Ltd. and the Norwegian University Science and Techonolgy (NTNU). In 1993 he received the Dr.philos degree from the UiO. In 2000 he joined the Geological Survey of Norway as director of the Geoscience Division, and from 2006 he was appointed Director General of the Survey. His research includes regional geology and petroleum exploration of the Norwegian Continental Shelf and the Arctic." 

Yury Voytekhovsky

Fennoscandian Country Review: North-West Russia
Prof. Yury Voytekhovsky, Director, Geological Institute of the Kola Science Centre RAS

"Voytekhovsky Yury: graduated from St.-Petersburg Mining Institute (Geological Faculty, 1982), St.-Petersburg State University (Mathematical Faculty, 1994) and Centre for Geostatistics (Paris-Fontainebleau, 1996-1997), awarded Ph.D. in Ore Geology (1987) and D.Sc. in Mineralogy & Crystallography (1998), Chairman of Kola Branch of Russian Mineralogical Society (since 2003), Professor (2006), Director of Geological Institute of Kola Science Centre (2007). Life fellow of Mineralogical Society of India (2009), Chairman of History Commission of Russian Mineralogical Society (2010). Scientific profile: geology and mineralogy of ore deposits of Kola Peninsula; mathematical methods in natural sciences". 

Tracey Kerr

Main Sponsors' Address
Tracey Kerr, Group Head of Exploration, Anglo American Exploration

"Tracey Kerr graduated from the University of Sydney in 1986 with a B.Sc Hons degree; she also has a Masters from CODES. In 1987 she commenced work with BHP Minerals Exploration in Australia.Tracey worked for BHP for 18 years, based in Australia, UK and Canada From 2001 to 2005 she worked in BHPB's global iron ore exploration team, prior to becoming Global Iron Ore Commodity Specialist for BHPB Mineral Exploration.

In late 2005 Tracey joined Vale in Australia as a Technical Coordinator for the Australasian region, responsible for project generation. In 2007 she became General Manager of Technical Services. In July 2008 she was became Director, Exploration - Americas for Vale. In August 2011 Tracey joined Anglo American as Group Head of Exploration, based in London, UK." 

Ingmar Haga

Main Sponsors' Address
Ingmar Haga, Vice-President Europe, Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

"Mr. Haga joined Agnico Eagle as Managing Director, Europe, in March 2006 and was appointed Vice-President, Europe, in July 2006. He has held various executive and corporate positions with the Outokumpu Group in Finland and Canada. Prior to joining Agnico Eagle, Mr. Haga was President of Polar Mining Oy, a Finnish subsidiary of Dragon Mining NL of Australia. Mr. Haga is a graduate of Åbo Akademi, Finland (M.Sc.)."

Glenn Nolan

Keynote: Sustainable Mining - Working Alongside Indigenous People in Developing Projects
Glenn Nolan, President, Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)

"As President of the PDAC, Glenn's vision is to enhance the PDAC's ability to provide its members with communication strategies for engaging Aboriginal communities across Canada and around the world. Mr. Nolan is considered a leading expert in community engagement and in the development of positive and lasting relationships with Indigenous communities. He matches his experience in the mineral exploration sector and his time as Chief of the Missanabie Cree First Nation in northern Ontario where he strove to promote community and business development by focusing on sound fiscal and human resource management.

Glenn is currently Vice President, Aboriginal Affairs, for Noront Resources, a junior mining company that is developing a nickel and copper deposit in Ontario's Ring of Fire. He first came to the PDAC in 2004 and has sat on various committees, including Aboriginal Affairs and Convention Planning. When Glenn assumed the role of President of the PDAC in March 2012, he became the association's first Aboriginal president in its 80-year history." 

Pekka A. Nurmi

Keynote: Finland's Green Mining Concept
Prof. Pekka A. Nurmi, Research Director, Geological Survey of Finland

"Prof. Pekka A. Nurmi graduated and gained his Ph.D. at the University of Helsinki, where he lectures as a docent. He has a long career at the Geological Survey of Finland, and is currently the Research Director of GTK. Professor Nurmi has published some 80 papers mainly on economic geology and mineral exploration. He has been the Chairman of the FEM Program Committee 2005-2011 and is currently the Chairman of the FEM Awards Committee and the Vice Chairman of the FEM Steering Committee. In 2010 Nurmi lead the expert group preparing Finland's minerals strategy, and he is one of the developers of Finland's Green Mining concept. Nurmi is a member of the Steering Group of the Green Mining RDI Programme by Tekes, and a high level group member of the European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources. He is also a Steering Group member of Finnish government's action plan for sustainable extractive industry, and Chairman of Finnish Minerals Cluster. Nurmi has been awarded on research which led to the discovery of the Orivesi gold mine, and as an editor of the Finnish science book of the year."

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