ECU Education Series Breakfast – Indigenous relations – it’s good business

Event - ECU Education Series Breakfast – Indigenous relations – it’s good business

In partnership with ECU, this edition of the WA Mining Club 2019 Education Series will address balancing the needs of cultural heritage and business for the mining industry and the State.

We anticipate our speakers will discuss the importance of generating jobs and business opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We hope to hear the next steps that the mining industry should take in order to engage the next generation of Indigenous people and how to position working in mining as a long and enjoyable career option, and a positive community member.




Allan James
Chief Executive Officer, Carey Mining

Allan is  CEO of the Carey Group, the largest 100% Indigenous owned and operated business in Australia. The Carey Group is a mining, civil construction and training company with offices in Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, Brisbane and Kalgoorlie.

In addition to employment and business procurement opportunities, Carey maintains a strong social & philanthropic approach and through the Carey Education Trust and our Caring Communities foundation, we support Aboriginal Australians with their educational needs and provide the necessary support structures within the community.

Allan is passionate about changing the dialogue for Aboriginal Australians and believe that culture, education and employment are key to leaving a positive legacy and Closing the Gap.



Katina Law
Chair, Indigenous Professional Services

Katina Law is an experienced director with over 25 years’ experience in the mining industry covering corporate and site based finance and general management roles across several continents. She is a currently Chair of ASX Listed Ardea Resources and Yandal Resources and a non-executive Director of headspace. Katina works with a range of clients applying her considerable financial, analytical and commercial skills to evaluation projects and to identify and assess strategic opportunities. She has worked extensively with boards of large and small companies and has strong corporate governance and directorship experience.

Being of Greek and Aboriginal heritage, Katina is committed to helping indigenous people achieve their personal goals and she actively mentors indigenous people as they engage in entrepreneurship and seek employment.



Ian Wells
Chief Financial Officer, Fortescue Metals Group

Ian  Wells joined Fortescue in 2010 and has held multiple senior executive roles in the Finance team, including funding, treasury, planning and analysis as well as Company Secretary. He commenced as Chief Financial Officer in February 2018.

Prior experience includes financing Fortescue’s US$10 billion major iron ore project development to 155 million tonnes per annum, and successfully undertaking multi-billion dollar capital raising and refinancing transactions in domestic and international capital markets.

Mr Wells holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting, is a Fellow of CPA Australia, a Certified Finance and Treasury Professional and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Kyra Bonney-Galante
General Manager Indigenous Strategy, Chandler Macleod

Kyra has worked extensively across Western Australia for a range of mining companies.

She has 16 years ongoing experience in the civil construction and mining sectors for companies including BHP Billiton Iron Ore; Rio Tinto Iron Ore, Argyle Diamonds; Downer EDI; Thiess; Carey Mining.  Other achievements include

– Delivery of the BHP Billiton Kworp Kooling Indigenous Mining Skills Program.

– Delivery of the Abi Group Indigenous Trainee Program where she is responsible for program management; mentoring; development of cross cultural competence; Indigenous affairs policy advice.

She is a member of the Aboriginal Lands Trust, a statutory body advising the Minister for Indigenous Affairs.



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Thu 01st August 2019
Westin Hotel
480 Hay St, Perth WA 6000
7.00am to 9.00am
Member $80.00 Non Members $100.00 ECU Alumni $90.00 Students $50.00
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