Dates: May 24 - 26, 2022
Location: Montréal, Québec
The Forum’s Steering Committee welcomes a select group of up to 44 elite-level HR leaders personally selected from companies in the global mining explorations, operation and engineering industries to meet and discuss the most current and pressing strategic HR matters relevant to their industry.
Using candid, seminar-style discussion, the group examines trends and developments in every jurisdiction for meaningful dialogue on the most pressing issues facing HR today.
This elite group, comprised of experts in the field, personally nominates all invitees and develops the Agenda, which forms the basis of our discussions.
Darian has more than 30 years of diversified experience in human resources management. He was previously Vice President, Human Resources, for Albemarle Corporation, and held several positions in the U.S. and Asia during his 12 years with The Coca-Cola Company. Prior to that, he held senior roles with Magma Copper and General Motors Corporation.
Mr. Rich is a graduate of the Labor and Human Relations program at Ohio State University and earned a Master of Science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. He holds several professional certifications, including Certified Compensation Professional, Certified Benefit Professional and Global Remuneration Professional from the American Compensation Association.
Amra Basic, General Manager Human Resources, leads the global team of HR Business Partners responsible for shaping people strategies & solutions to support delivery of business outcomes within Energy and Minerals portfolio of Rio Tinto.
Through her progressive career, Amra has held various leadership roles in human resources and finance within various industries such as mining, manufacturing, telecommunications, IT and education. Amra brings global perspective to business and people agenda shaped through her 20 years of experience working in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Germany, United Kingdom, United States and Canada. She is driven by the ever changing demands and challenges of organisations and leadership. Amra holds a Bachelor degree in Accounting and Education and a Master degree in Business Administration.
Todd Graver is Vice President-Operations Human Resources at Freeport-McMoRan Inc. He has been with the company for 29 years, having started his career at the company’s New Orleans office where he provided human resources operational support to the company’s various properties.
In 2006, he relocated to PT Freeport Indonesia, a subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan where he served as Manager-Corporate Planning and Integration with oversight of privatized companies and expat administration. In 2010, he moved to Phoenix to serve as Director-Human Resource Business Partner and was named Vice President-Operations Human Resources in 2011. His current respons1bilit1es include oversight of operational HR activ1t1es, site support, employee and labor relations, and training and development.
Mr. Graver holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Nicholls State University in Louisiana.
He has been married to his wife Merialee for 25 years. They have three children who attend Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University and Northwest Christian High School.
Varugis is the President of Cambridge Executive Connections (CEC), a subsidiary of Cambridge Forums Inc. Since 2003, Varugis has held sales, production and management roles at three global conference and business information providers. Prior to joining Cambridge Forums in 2015, he was the Director of Conference Development at Insight Information, the Canadian subsidiary of ALM Media, LLC. In 2019, CEC was established as a specialised provider of sophisticated learning and networking experiences for private clients, family offices, institutional investors, and corporate leaders. Along with the flagship Forums, CEC builds Communities for members to engage and develop meaningful connections with their peers globally. As President, Varugis is responsible for the overall strategy, growth, and delivery of all services under the CEC banner.
Built on genuine interactions and spontaneous connections, the Forum is an unparalleled opportunity for preeminent leaders in Global Mining HR.
"The Forum is simply the best and most relevant conference I have ever attended in the HR field. Current topics and industry focused, combine with irreplaceable networking with industry peers."Steve Clark Vice President, Human Resources Procon Group Burnaby, Canada
"Great networking opportunity informed setting and the number of participants ensure and enriching, open discussion & dialogue. Learning from others in the industry is extremely valuable. Will advise, recommend other HR professionals to attend this."Melissa Shanjengange GM HR Copper Americas Rio Tinto Regional Center South Jordan, United States
"Thank you to all the Forum members for providing me insight to mining and being open in sharing opportunities and making some great recommendations to better our business. The forum brought “super powers” together to ensure better results for all of us."Mary Prioriello Director of Leadership, Learning & Development Goldcorp Inc. Vancouver, Canada