Chris Welton

Exploration Director the America's Region, Rio Tinto
Speaking at: Opening Ceremony

Chris Welton is the Exploration Director, the Americas Region, and is responsible for delivery of growth options through early stage greenfields exploration, brownfields exploration, advanced project execution and support for project acquisition throughout North and South America. Chris is a geologist and has been with Rio Tinto for 24 years, working in multiple roles in both exploration and Rio Tinto’s operations across the globe. This included roles as the Exploration Executive based in London and the CEO of the Chinalco Rio Tinto Exploration JV in Beijing China. Chris is based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

During his keynote speech at the Opening Ceremonies, Chris will highlight Rio Tinto’s outlook on the mineral exploration and development industry from a global perspective and how that affects the local BC exploration sector. As well, Chris will share his thoughts on what the majors are looking for in order to finance exploration projects and Rio Tinto’s role in opening up opportunities in moving towards a low-carbon economy.