Published On: 11/24/2015

SME Keynote Session to showcase diverse mining sectors

Global industry leaders will examine the future of mining

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc.(SME) is pleased to announce the topic of its keynote session during its Annual Conference & Expo, February 15-18, 2015. Entitled “The Mine of the Future: Forecasting Opportunity and Challenges for the Global Mining Industry,” the session will feature industry leaders and pacesettersfrom the diversesectors of coal, metal, industrial minerals and aggregates, equipment suppliersandglobal consulting services.

“The future for the mining industry is bright and demand for mineral products will continue to grow worldwide,” saidSME2014 President John O. Marsden. “But success requires more than dedication and resilience; it hinges on keeping up-to-date with the latest trends and technologies. This keynote session will kick off a dynamic conference that showcases the latest opportunities, innovations and developments in our industry.”

Moderated by Peter Bryant, Senior Fellow and co-founder, The Kellogg Innovation Network, the keynote session is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m., Monday, February 16, 2015 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO. The panel will address both the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for each of their respective sectors for companies that are opening new markets, creating new products, cutting costs and improving efficiencies.

Participants will include:

  • Red Conger, President Americas, Freeport-McMoRan

  • Dean Gehring, President and CEO, Rio Tinto Minerals

  • Greg Boyce, Chairman and CEO, Peabody Energy

  • Christopher Curfman, Vice President Mining Sales & Support Division, Caterpillar

  • Barry Hudson, Director of Aggregates Northern Europe, HeidelbergCementGroup

  • Brian Conlin, Presidentand CEO,Golder Associates(invited)

Jointly hosted this year by SME and the Colorado Mining Association (CMA), the 2015 SME Annual Conference & Expo/CMA 117thNational Western Mining Conference & Exhibition theme is “Mining: Navigating the Global Waters.” Theevents will be held at the Colorado Convention Center February 15-18, 2015, in Denver, CO. For additional details, please visit the 2015 SME Annual Conference and Expo

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation) whose more than 15,000 membership represents all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 100 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange and professional development. SME's staff is located in Englewood, Colorado.

For more information contact John Hayden, Deputy Executive Director - Public Affairs and Government Relations, at (303) 948-4250 or