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Plenary speakers relish the opportunity to re-engage at IQA2022



The IQA has released some further details on three of the confirmed speakers for its annual conference in Newcastle, inclusive from 29 to 31 March, 2022.

With five months to go until we meet for the 63rd IQA National Conference in Newcastle, we thought it timely to focus on the conference program. Under the theme of Re-Think, Re-Source, Re-Engage, the program will focus on the future and what “the new norm” might mean for our industry moving forward:

Re-Think – new technology, sustainability, change management, regulation, innovation and re-thinking our approaches to business and operations.
Re-Source – access to materials, economic development and our social licence to operate underpin how the industry will move forward. Exploring innovations in recycling and waste management in future operations will be the focus here.
Re-Engage – realising the importance of people and the workforce in the future. How do we manage the human aspects of business with our people, customers, suppliers and community?


Michael McQueen: Re-thinking the future.

Michael McQueen will open the conference with a keynote presentation on Re-Thinking the Future. Michael is a multi-award-winning speaker, trend forecaster and bestselling author of nine books.

Michael is looking forward to being a part of IQA2021 and will play an important role in setting the scene for the conference.

“After such a challenging 24 months, everyone knows very well what it is like to face disruption and upheaval,” he says. “However, times of change favour the prepared so I am looking forward to helping delegates get a sense of where the opportunities will lie in the future.”

Michael has identified three key takeaways delegates can expect from his presentation:

• An insight into the trends that have been accelerated by COVID-19.
• A look at the common traps and mistakes that can cause businesses to miss the opportunities that change can present.
• A practical game plan for building a future-fit business and team.


With innovation in recycling and waste management being a key consideration moving forward, Victoria Sherwood, the executive general manager of recycling and growth for Boral, will provide a presentation on sustainability and our social licence to operate.

Victoria Sherwood: Sustainability and the licence to operate.

Victoria has spent her career successfully optimising business performance and overseeing large scale transformational change within engineering and manufacturing-based companies across a multitude of industries globally, including mining, construction materials, building products, energy, infrastructure, automotive, healthcare, technology and government.
Prior to joining Boral, Victoria spent five years in West Africa executing rapid development projects within the mining and infrastructure sector. She has been responsible for outcome-based strategy and design thinking that has allowed paradigm shift results in execution, building significant value across diverse stakeholder groups in record timeframes.
With Boral’s refreshed and recharged focus on sustainability and commitment to industry-leading decarbonisation targets, Victoria’s newly-created role focuses growth and development on recycling and “whole of value chain” materials management/circular economy solutions in response to evolving and growing customer demands.
Victoria says delegates can expect:

• A better understanding of how customer expectations are changing as a result of an increased focus on sustainability, and what that means for the construction materials industry.
• How recycling and circular economy solutions can play a role towards improving quarry resource utilisation and extending the life of high value assets around the country (and the world).
• The importance of product specification changes and their acceptance in the marketplace being able to keep up with the pace of change required to meet sustainability targets.

Victoria feels “both humbled and delighted to be able to participate in the IQA National Conference, especially as the event will be live and in person. I honestly believe society has become more aware of both personal and environmental sustainability and well-being as a result of the pandemic and this is our first time to come together as a quarry and construction materials community to discuss the implications,” she adds.


Mike Cameron: Building and sustaining trust in organisations.

Mike Cameron of Strategically Yours will join the conference to provide a presentation on trust, specifically, building and sustaining an environment of trust across all aspects of an organisation.
Mike provides coaching and mentoring for the next generation of successful executives, business owners, senior managers and leaders focused on management competency, emotional resilience and effective communication.
He hopes that delegates will identify with or be willing to take action on the following key aspects of his presentation:

• Establishing trust throughout their workplace environments.
• Priming for trust through using effective communication while displaying and actively encouraging trustworthiness.
• Applying emotional intelligence while becoming a resilient, inspiring and agile coach.

Mike is looking forward to meeting face to face with friends and industry colleagues after experiencing the world’s longest lockdown – through Zoom sessions and electronic interaction – and being able to travel outside Victoria once again.
Overall, IQA2021 will support business networks and promote new and innovative technologies to improve the efficiency of the extractive industry and develop long term sustainability. Through an engaging and informative program, delegates will hear from a range of insightful speakers and industry practitioners – exploring the key changes that impact the extractive and associated industries.
For more information about the full conference program and to register, visit

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