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John Mitas
John Mitas

Building on our strategic initiatives

IQA former president John Mitas expresses his pleasure and honour to have served as President of the IQA.

I would like to thank CEO Paul Sutton and the organising committee for another successful conference in Toowoomba last month. I also thank and acknowledge our platinum sponsors Caterpillar, Komatsu and Hitachi, and all our other sponsors and suppliers for their support at all levels of the IQA.

During my time as President, I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to a lot of our members. Whether it was hosting a Young Members Network group to talk about global warming, attending technical seminars in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales, or participating in a Women in Quarrying (WIQ) seminar, it was always a privilege to be involved.

The IQA has been engaged in key strategic initiatives in the past two years, thanks to the contribution and tireless work of the board, and Paul Sutton and his team.

The IQA board, with input from branches and sub-branches, has approved the strategic plan to focus our energy and resources on our vision – “to educate and connect our extractive industry” – and our goals to provide world class professional development for the extractive industries, to establish an Australian Academy of Quarrying and to align our service offerings with industry needs.

"As President, I had the pleasure of meeting a lot of our members. It was always a privilege"

Thanks to the hard work of our branches and sub-branches, our membership has increased for the past two years to 1620 (FY2017). Membership diversification and engagement strategies have been identified as some of the success drivers required to ensure sustainable membership growth. I thank the branch chairmen and sub-branch chairmen and committees for their dedication and support.

Paul Sutton and his team have also worked tirelessly to provide support for our members, branches and sub-branches, and to develop and deliver professional development and education products that align with industry needs.

The highly successful safety and environmental seminars developed in partnership with industry and the regulators have been very well attended and have become annual events in most states.

Our company secretary Rod Lester has been working with the IQA board to ensure our policies and procedures provide the foundations for good governance and administrative processes.

The Young Members Network, originally under the leadership of Blake Ardrey, has been successful in setting up networks throughout Australia and organising annual international study tours.

The WIQ initiative is gaining momentum, with a number of seminars taking place throughout Australia. I had the pleasure of attending the WIQ seminar in Victoria in September, which featured more than 80 attendees. National WIQ co-ordinator Tegan Smith, along with other branch and sub-branch co-ordinators, are doing a fantastic job.

At the Hong Kong meeting of the International Presidents of the Institutes of Quarrying, it was agreed that the affiliation fees historically paid to the Institute of Quarrying UK would now be paid into the International Presidents’ fund. This is designed to support activities in line with an agreed vision and aims to raise the standards of our industry globally.

I now congratulate and welcome Clayton Hill as the new President of the IQA.

I am looking forward to working with Clayton and the board to build on the success of the IQA over the next two years.

John Mitas
Managing Director • John Mitas Consulting

John Mitas is the immediate Past President of the Institute of Quarrying Australia, and a regular contributor to Quarry. He is an inaugural member of the IQA's Quarry Manager Certification System (QMCS) board. To email John, click here.
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Thursday, 17 October, 2019 2:05pm
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