MEC Mining’s CEO Christofer Catania joins Panel on Critical Minerals at WA Mining Conference

The WA Mining Conference is just around the corner, and we’re thrilled to announce that MEC Mining’s CEO, Christofer Catania, will be a panellist on the panel: “Critical Minerals: Powering the Energy Transition.”

This panel discussion promises to be a thought-provoking and informative event for anyone with an interest in Australia’s role in the global energy transition.

Join Chris, fellow panellist Dr. Francis Wedin, Executive Chairman, Vulcan Energy Resources and moderator, David Parker, Executive Director, Western Australia, Minerals Council of Australia as they tackle critical issues, including:

  • Diversifying Supply Chain and Expanding Downstream Processing
  • Future-proofing and Optimizing the Critical Minerals Value Chain
  • Navigating Challenges with ESG, Financial Investment, and Business Growth
  • Harnessing New Economic Opportunities from Critical Minerals

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights from industry leaders and contribute to shaping a sustainable and prosperous future for our nation.

Date: Wednesday 11th October 2023

Time: 14:30 – 15:30

Venue: WA Mining Conference – Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC) 

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