The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) will hold one of its bi-annual Council meetings in Melbourne in 2018 to coincide with next year’s International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC).
Andrew Mackenzie, CEO of BHP (one of the founding members of ICMM) made the announcement today at the Melbourne Mining Club.
IMARC General Manager — Asia Pacific Anita Richards said bringing the two events together would create an unprecedented gathering of the most influential decision makers in mining and resources.
“After this year’s conference saw 4,100 delegates from 82 countries attend — an increase of 58 percent on 2016 — topping 2017 was always going to be a challenge,” Ms Richards said.
“But the ICMM’s decision to hold their Council meeting in parallel with IMARC will ensure 2018 will be our biggest conference yet.
“The ICMM brings together 27 of the biggest mining and metals companies in the world – aligning their bi-annual meeting of CEOs and senior leaders with IMARC will ensure Melbourne will be the place to be in late October for anyone in the resources sector.”
The ICMM Council meets in London once a year with the second of its bi-annual meetings rotating between Barcelona and Miami to coincide with major investor conferences. Ms Richards said it was a real coup for Melbourne to be the first city in the southern hemisphere e to host the high-powered event.
“This is a significant moment in Melbourne’s emergence as a city of global significance in mining and resources,” Ms Richards said.
“We are extremely grateful for our partnership with the Victorian Government, both for their ongoing support of IMARC and for their role in helping secure this event.
“We’re very excited about what this will mean for next year’s conference and the Australian resources sector in general.”
Christine Gibbs-Stewart — CEO of IMARC’s founding partner Austmine — echoed Ms Richards’ positivity.
“It’s very exciting that the ICMM has chosen to hold their Council Meeting during IMARC 2018,” Ms Gibbs Stewart said.
“This will bring to our event even more senior mining leaders, a range of leading speakers and an opportunity for exhibitors, sponsors and delegates to leverage their participation even further.”
“Having the ICMM host their general meeting alongside IMARC is an unprecedented opportunity that will allow attendees to connect with leading CEOs of the top mining companies,” said Stephen Durkin, CEO of IMARC founding partner AusIMM.
“It is another fantastic example of how IMARC continues to grow as an event of global influence.”
Next year will mark the fifth edition of IMARC, with the event quickly establishing itself as Australia’s premier mining and resources conference.
ICMM is an international organisation dedicated to improving the safety, social and environmental performance of the mining and metals industry. Its 25 member companies employ around 1 million people globally.