Austmine’s Industry Leaders’ Dinner and Awards has always been the social highlight of the Austmine conference, and 2019 is no exception. Taking place on Wednesday, 22nd May 2019, join us for a night of 5-star food and entertainment.
We welcome the inspirational Curtis McGrath as our keynote speaker. Read his inspirational biography below.
Over the course of the evening, we recognise and celebrate the leaders of innovation and export in our industry, as we announce the winners of 4 prestigious awards, further promoting the fantastic work that the mining industry and METS sector has achieved in the past 18 months.
This is the perfect opportunity to unwind and to network with your peers, make new contacts or catch up with old ones.
Nominations for the 2019 Awards will open on 4th February 2019 in 4 featured categories:
Austmine Champion of Innovation Award
The Austmine Champion of Innovation award recognises an individual’s contribution to innovation in the mining industry and METS sector across the course of their career. Innovation can be in all forms including invention, process, strategy, marketing, productivity or any other aspect, the purpose of the award is to acknowledge those individuals who have pioneered and championed innovation to help make this industry what it is today.
Past winners include Bob Muirhead, Executive Chairman, RCT and Bill Withers, Founder of acQuire Technology Solutions
Austmine Innovation for METS Award
Sponsored by Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Austmine prides itself on promoting innovation in METS and mining, and this award is given in recognition of a new innovative product, process or strategy that has been developed that truly stands out from the crowd in terms of wider implications for mining operations or the industry as a whole.
Past winners include Core Resources and Dingo
Austmine Innovation for Miners Award
Sponsored by Dingo
This award first launched in 2015 in order to acknowledge innovation being implemented, introduced or driven by mining companies. Miners are critical to driving innovation, either through internal development, fast adoption of innovative technologies or processes, or innovation in the approach to collaboration.
Past winners include Rio Tinto and Carbine Resources
Craig Senger Excellence in Export Award
Celebrating excellence in export of Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS), the Craig Senger Excellence in Export Award recognises those companies who excel in exporting and have an ethos of courage and determination. Named after and given in memory of Craig Senger, an Austrade Trade Commissioner who was a strong supporter of the Australian METS sector when his life was tragically cut short in a terrorist attack in Jakarta in July 2009. This award continues to recognise the importance of exporting to the Australian METS sector, and seeks to profile those who are leaders internationally. For METS companies to truly thrive, exporting is a critical factor, and this award contributes to creating a strong global awareness of Australia’s impressive METS sector capabilities.
Past winners include CSA Global and Hy-Performance Fluid Power
A true story of triumph over tragedy:
Curtis McGrath is a para-canoeist like no other. On the 23rd of August 2012, young soldier Curtis McGrath’s life changed forever. The decorated Sapper was two months into a tour of Taliban-rife areas of Afghanistan when he stepped on a homemade landmine, otherwise known as an IED (Improvised Explosive Device). The then 24-year-old tragically lost both his legs in the blast.
Curtis enlisted into the Australian Army on the 12th June 2006, at the age of 18. His focus immediately turned to Combat Engineering, a role that’s main aim is to “Provide mobility whilst denying the enemy mobility”. Duties range from building structures and converting seawater into drinking water for both the Army and the local populous, to destroying bridges and clearing mines and booby traps.
Thirty minutes after losing both his legs in an horrific blast in Afghanistan, in those traumatic moments as he was being stretchered from the bomb site, Curtis was already thinking about pursuing a career as an amputee athlete. Fully aware of his grim situation and partly to maintain consciousness as a survival mechanism, he joked with those helping him about becoming a Paralympian. He didn’t know what sport he was going to do, but his positive outlook and determination to rebound and get on with achieving his driving ambitions is what has made this man
get to where he is today.
Curtis had lost his right leg above the knee and the left leg just below the knee. After a miraculously speedy recovery and rehabilitation process, Curtis was fitted with legs made by Otto Bock, a German company first started after World War I. He tried his hand at a few sports but settled on canoeing, an activity he’d dabbled in at school.
Curtis only took up outrigger canoeing in January 2014 and has made it all the way to be one of the fastest sprint canoeist in the world. In 2015 the International Paralympic Committee made the decision to replace the outrigger canoe with the sprint kayak. Curtis has had to quickly adapt to the kayak to be eligible for the Paralympics. He trained 12 times a week during the build-up to the competition. This training was given by an elite kayaker and
now Australian Paracanoe Coach Guy Powers. He had Curtis working hard right from the word go.
He’s won two gold medals at the 2016, 17 and 18 ICF Paracanoe World Championships and a Paralympic gold medal in the Men’s 200m KL2 kayak event at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
In February 2017 Curtis became the first Paralympic athlete to be honoured by being named ‘Sportsman of the Year’ at the World Paddle Awards and Australian Canoeing Paracanoeist of the Year. That same year he was honoured with an Order of Australia Medal. Curtis also was an ambassador for the Invictus Games 2018 in Sydney where he helped build the profile of the games and worked for the ABC on the broadcasting team with Chris Bath, Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehman and Dylan Alcott OAM.
Mr Curtis McGrath appears by arrangement with Saxton Speakers Bureau
Register now to hear from Curtis McGrath at the Austmine Industry Leaders’ Dinner and Awards
Austmine Industry Leaders’ Dinner and Award Ticket Delegate: $190.00 +GST
Austmine Industry Leaders’ Dinner and Award Ticket Non-Delegate: $250.00 +GST
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