Are You at Risk? Catastrophic Event Prevention at a Time of Economic Stress

Monday, 8 February 2016
7h00 - 7h30

As the mining industry responds to the continued commodity downturn and manages the ‘new normal’ cost implications, how are companies managing the risk of catastrophic hazards?

Please join ERM and our panel of sector leaders in a breakfast session discussion about the management of catastrophic risks at a time of economic stress. The session will provide an opportunity to examine industry practices and learn from one another’s experiences in maintaining secure and credible mining assets.

Our panel:

  • Mike Fraser: President and Chief Operating Officer, South32 Africa Region
  • Peter Harvey: General Manager: HSEC, Rio Tinto Diamonds and Minerals
  • Jonathan Molyneux: Group Strategic Advice, ERM
  • Graeme Burt: Partner, rePlan
  • Marinda van der Merwe: Managing Partner, ERM South Africa (facilitator)

Despite major strides in reducing mining-related injury rates over the last 15 years, investments have begun to provide diminishing returns and failed to yield the intended elimination of fatalities. In the last three to four years, traditional thinking around fatality risk control has been challenged and new strategies have emerged. In parallel, recent high profile environmental incidents have resulted in major losses for companies, the environment and local communities. Beyond often tragic physical impacts, these events damage stakeholder trust and generate new socio-economic challenges for affected communities.

We need to ask ourselves:

  • Are the hazard identification and risk assessment disciplines that we have in place sufficient or do we have blind spots?
  • How do we know if the organically-developed control regimes and our historic reliance on the judgement of our operators stand scrutiny against the yardstick of recent advances in catastrophic hazard control?
  • How do the cost-effectiveness of technology investments, innovative approaches and back-to-basics operating disciplines compare, and how can we provide our shareholders the assurance that their company will not be compromised?

Following breakfast and the panel discussion, ERM has pleasure in inviting attendees to talk informally to the panellists and colleagues from other organisations before we make our way across to the Mining Indaba.

Speaker Profiles

Mike Fraser, President and Chief Operating Officer, South32 Africa Region
Mike joined the Billiton Group in 1999 as Head of Compensation and Benefits, and became Group Remuneration Manager at the time of the BHP Billiton merger. In 2005, following a few months working on the WMC integration, he was appointed Vice President Human Resources in Energy Coal. Following the merger of Energy Coal and Metallurgical Coal in 2007, Mike assisted the Coal President in the integration and establishment of the Coal Leadership Team. In 2008, Mike joined the aluminium business as Vice President Human Resources, a position he held until his appointment as Asset President Mozal from 2009 until 2012. Mike holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economics and Industrial Psychology and a Master of Business Leadership from the University of South Africa.

Peter Harvey, General Manager: HSEC, Rio Tinto Diamonds and Minerals
During his time with Rio Tinto, Peter has held a variety of roles including with Rio Tinto Exploration, Group HSEC and the project evaluation team. While his role is global, he has extensive experience of the African continent and the Rio Tinto businesses across Africa. Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Peter worked in a number of sectors including oil and gas, military, remote travel and exploration living in both Canada and Botswana. Peter has a BSc in Environmental Science and an MSc in Occupational Psychology and is currently based in the UK.

Jonathan Molyneux, Group Strategic Advice, ERM
Jonathan specialises in improving the performance of organisations on environmental, health and safety related issues by placing them in a business context and working closely with senior client management to build consensus and commitment to the changes needed. Jonathan has a track record of running major business change programmes in Europe, Africa, Australia, South and North America.

Graeme Burt, Managing Partner, rePlan (an ERM Group company)
Graeme has 18 years of project experience in social assessment and management, stakeholder engagement, resettlement planning and implementation, and social development. He has worked with a broad range of private and public sector clients in more than 25 countries around the world. Graeme’s work emphasises the linkages between physical, social and economic planning, and makes extensive use of consultation, negotiation and participatory planning activities. He has led the preparation and implementation of numerous Action Plans in accordance with the World Bank Group requirements – including close to two dozen Resettlement Plans. Graeme has a Master of Science degree in Human Geography and is a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner.

The panel discussion will be facilitated by Marinda van der Merwe of ERM 
Marinda, ERM South Africa’s Managing Partner, has a background in mining and over 15 years of consulting and corporate experience in sustainable development, water and waste management, safety improvement, and performance assurance and due diligence auditing.


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ERM Contact

In order to promote a relaxed and collaborative atmosphere we are restricting our audience size, so places will be limited and we invite you to pre-register your interest by emailing Merle Finch at [email protected].