Endorsing women in mining

Women in mining annual resources awards

Representatives from Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia Pty Ltd (HCA) recently attended the 2018 Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) International Women’s Day Breakfast.

The annual QRC/WIMARQ Resources Awards for Women were presented at the event on March 8th 2018 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. It was attended by 600 people in Brisbane while more than 400 watched on via live webcast in Moranbah, Blackwater, Blackwater Mine, Curragh Mine, Cannington Mine, Mount Isa, Rockhampton and BHP offices in Queen Street. 

HCA sponsored the “Exceptional Woman in Queensland Resources” Award, which was presented by Gilberto Pauleta, HCA Director of Construction, Forestry and Mining Sales. 

The award winner, Jo-Anne Dudley, Senior Manager Strategic Mine and Resources Planning with Rio Tinto, has worked in underground mines throughout Australia, Africa, the USA and Mongolia.

Jo-Anne, a mother of two, moved her family from Brisbane to Vancouver in 2010 to work on a feasibility study for the Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia.

Now based in Brisbane Jo-Anne travels regularly to Mongolia and manages 30 people across three locations; Brisbane, Ulaanbaatar and the Oyu Tolgoi mine.

Jo-Anne has been a regular guest lecturer in Caving Studies at the University of British Columbia, and chaired the voluntary group Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) in 2008 and 2009.

A member of the University of Queensland Women in Engineering Initiative Advisory Board, Jo-Anne helps promote the entry of women into engineering, supports them at university and prepares them for post-university life.

“To ensure that not only the strongest survive those early, and often lonely years, I am a passionate participator in the WIMARQ/QRC mentoring program having mentored four wonderful women in resources over the past three years,” she said.

Antarctic expedition leader Rachel Robertson enthralled the audience with her experiences leading a team of people in one of the world’s most challenging and extreme environments. 

More than 200 women stayed on for a full day of professional developed at the Inspire!Convention, which followed the breakfast. 

Women in mining annual event
Women in mining annual event

The event is held annually on International Women’s day to recognise the achievements of women in the Queensland Resources Sector as part of the sector’s aim to increase the proportion of women in its workforce in non-traditional roles to at least 20 percent by 2020.

HCA was delighted to be part of the l event, now in its 13th year and will continue to recognise and support the importance of diversity within the resource sector. 

Click here for full details: https://www.qrc.org.au/media-releases/queenslands-top-resources-women-announced/

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