LESANZ Panel Event, Innovation

  • August 5, 2015
    4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Innovation: The Resource Sector Needs You! | with Simon Vincent, Rod Houston, Colm O’Brien 

The Resources Sector is a ‘tough nut to crack’ for developers and providers of new technologies and services.  Large miners and refiners are understandably reluctant to jeapordise existing operations by introducing new and relatively untested innovations into well-established plants and processes.  The ability of the big players to turn good profits in recent years without doing too much differently has also led to limited urgency for change.

But with the much-hyped resources boom clearly starting to cool in recent times, has the need for innovation changed?  Will tighter profit margins present greater opportunities for new technology and service offerings or will the market become even tougher?  How can companies best position themselves to take advantage of any new opportunities or use innovations to gain advantage to survive and thrive in an increasingly competitive and shrinking market?

LESANZ and RIG invite you to a late afternoon panel discussion where these issues and more will be explored by our guest panelists.  Each will share different perspectives on how to promote and sell new innovations into this conservative sector and the changing need for innovation as the sector transitions out of the boom.

About the Panel


Simon Vincent
Managing Director and Co-Founder
Newton Labsfjfd

Simon is the Managing Director and Co-founder of Newton Labs, a company which specialises in vibration analysis and machine learning projects for the mining industry.  Newton Labs was the winner of the inaugural Unearthed hackathon in May 2014 which focused on developing prototype solutions to specific mining sector problems.  Newton Labs was subsequently the first company accepted into the new RIIT accelerator program and has recently been announced as a Semi-Finalist in the 2015 WA Innovator of the Year Awards.

Rod Houston

Davies Wear Plate Systemsjjfjhg

Rod is the CEO of Davies Wear Plate Systems, a company well known for its unique single sided wear plate attachment systems for the global mining industry.  Rod is an experienced business leader, manager and engineer with over 25 years of global experience across a range of industries including mining, oil & gas, and automotive engineering. He is an engaging strategic thinker with a proven track record in business management, strategy development and implementation, intellectual property commercialisation as well as innovative product development, and has held senior roles at CSIRO, TSG Consulting and the Orbital Corporation.


Colm O’Brien 
Executive Director
Aspermont Limitedljhljh

Colm O’Brien is the Executive Director at Aspermont Limited, a business which engages in the production and delivery of business to business and business to consumer information services, including numerous well known print publications in the areas of mining, investment, construction, and oil and gas sectors.  Colm has over 20 years of executive level experience across numerous industries with significant experience in the areas of change management, business expansion, strategy implementation and all aspects of corporate governance, and has previously worked with Change Corporation, Accenture and Barclays Bank





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