Austmine Innovation Mentoring Program

Applications for the 2021 Austmine Innovation Mentoring Program are now closed. 
Contact for more information about the 2022 program. 

Innovation is critical to the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) industry and will secure the sustainable future of mining. There is a need to foster individuals who truly embrace and champion innovation. In response to this need, Austmine has developed the Austmine Innovation Mentoring Program.

The program is designed to shape the numerous skills required for innovators to succeed in today’s fluid market environment. The mentoring sessions will guide participants’ general understanding of innovation, including ideation, strategy, commercialisation and implementation. Personal development, career enhancement and skills growth are the major goals of the program for participants and also for our mentors.

Please note it costs $1000+GST to participate in this program, and you must be ready and prepared to COMMIT your time to your mentor!

2021 Mentors

  • Michelle Keegan, Program Director Technology Development, South32
  • Paul Moynagh, CEO, Commit.Works
  • Alf Van Dijk, Head of R&D, Schenck Process
  • Adrian Beer, CEO, METS Ignited
  • Mark O'Brien, General Manager - Digital Technology & Innovation, CITIC Pacific Mining
  • Dallas Wilkinson, Managing Director - Asia Pacific, Dennemeyer IP
  • Mark Read, Principal, AEP Elical
  • Chris Cornish, Senior Manager, Growth & Development, Downer
  • Peter Johnson, Chairman, Maptek
  • OZ Minerals Transformation Team
  • Mark Steiner, Managing Director, Hetech
  • Leon Cosgrove, Vice President - Asia Pacific, MineRP

Why sign up to be mentored?

  • You will receive a minimum of 10 hours’ one-on-one mentoring with an innovation expert within the METS sector.
  • You have access to an additional five hours’ group training and guidance through face-to-face and online sessions.
  • You are provided with the opportunity to gain insights from experienced mentors who work in a different company to your own, with alternative and objective perspectives and real-world practical advice.
  • Your chance to become part of an innovation community, learning and collaborating together across Australia within the mining and METS sectors.

Who should be a mentee?

We’ve had mentees sign up around Australia with all levels of experience, seniority and roles. Age and position are irrelevant in becoming a mentee: from graduates, through to senior manager and up to Managing Directors – we’ve had them all go through the program and benefit from participation.

The key requirements for participating are:

  • A true passion for innovation
  • A passion for personal development and growth in the arena of innovation
  • A desire to build your industry innovation connections

Why become a mentor?

  • This is your opportunity to give back to your industry. You will have advanced in your career with the support of others, and Austmine’s program will allow you to now give back in kind. Shaping the next generation of innovators will be another achievement you can proud of.
  • Gain access to exciting minds with fresh perspectives, from a different company background to your own. Whilst participants are predominantly there to learn from you, you may learn a thing or two along the way also!
  • Individual recognition as a leader for innovation within mining and METS. Whether it is a passion for the big picture, strategic, technical or operational innovation, our chosen mentors will be promoted nationally and endorsed by Austmine as true supporters of innovation.
  • Your chance to become part of an innovation community, learning and collaborating together across Australia within the mining and METS sectors.

“The Austmine Innovation Mentoring Program has been a real game-changer for me and 3ME Technology. I believe I have squeezed Dallas for three times the hours planned for the program and I have valued every minute of his input. We have certainly covered a lot of ground during this intense period of commercialisation for the company which has already included positive outputs from the program. Thank you to Austmine and Dallas for this valuable opportunity.”
Justin Bain, CEO, 3ME (2020 Mentee of Dallas Wilkinson)

"It has been a privilege to be part of Austmine’s mentoring program; I thoroughly enjoyed working with my mentor and learning from her vast experience. I have benefited in a variety of areas in my work and work practices as well as gaining valuable insights personally and in voluntary roles I play outside of the workplace."
Derek Vincent, Geobank Technical Product Manager; MICROMINE (Mentee)