Speakers

KEYNOTE SpeakerS

David Garofalo, Chairman & CEO, Gold Royalty Corp.

David Garofalo

Chairman & CEO, Gold Royalty Corp.

David Garofalo currently serves as Chairman & CEO of Gold Royalty Corp., Chairman & CEO of the Marshall Precious Metals Fund and Chair of the Board of Great Panther Mining Limited. David was also President & CEO and Director of Goldcorp (2016-2019), President & CEO and Director of Hudbay from 2010, Senior Vice President and CFO and Director of Agnico-Eagle from 1998 and Treasurer of Inmet Mining from 1990.  He has also served on multiple public company boards over his career.

David was recognized as The Northern Miner’s Mining Person of the Year for 2012.  
He was also awarded as Canada’s CFO of the Year by Financial Executives International Canada (2009) and Top Gun CFO by Brendan Wood International (2009 and 2010) and was recognized by IR Magazine with awards for Best Investor Relations by a CFO (2009 and 2010) and Best Investor Relations by a CEO (2011).

David earned designations as a Fellow of Canadian Chartered Public Accountants and a Certified Director of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (Vice Chair) and Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.   

Jake Klein, Executive Chairman, Evolution Mining Limited

Jake Klein

Executive Chairman, Evolution Mining Limited

Jake Klein is a founder and Executive Chairman of Evolution Mining Limited (ASX:EVN). The gold miner was formed in November 2011 and has forged a reputation for reliability and consistency. Through a patient counter-cyclical M&A growth strategy, Evolution has steadily upgraded the quality of its asset portfolio and become Australia’s third largest ASX-listed gold miner with a market capitalisation of over $7 billion.

Evolution is now one of the lowest cost gold producers in the world with a focus on margins and capital discipline to provide sector leading returns for its shareholders. Evolution currently has five assets in Australia with four 100% owned operations spread across New South Wales, Western Australia and Queensland, plus an economic interest in the Ernest Henry copper-gold mine in Queensland. In early 2020 Evolution added to its portfolio with its first offshore acquisition – the Red Lake Gold Mine in Ontario, Canada. This has recently been followed up by the agreed takeover offer for Battle North Gold Corp.

Jake was previously the President and CEO of Sino Gold Mining Limited where he managed the development of that company into the largest foreign participant in the Chinese gold industry. Sino Gold was purchased by Eldorado Gold in late 2009 for $2.2 billion. Jake has previously held positions of non-executive director on the boards of Lynas Corporation and OceanaGold. He is also a former President of the NSW Branch of the Australia China Business Council.

Anthony Downs

Head of Digital Transformation, Vale
Anthony Downs, Head of Digital Transformation, Vale
Anthony Downs has joined Vale in September 2019 as Head of Digital Transformation. In this role. Anthony is well-known in the global mining industry for his broad technical and systems knowledge and track record of delivering innovative, robust and secure solutions to tough business problems. Over the past 12 months Anthony has worked for Hatch as a Principle Consultant in the US. Prior to this, Anthony worked for Rio Tinto for 15 years, where he held numerous Operational and Corporate roles in various business units across their US, Canadian and Australian businesses. Anthony has a Graduate Certificate in Information Technology and Strategic Management and has gained his AWS Solutions Architect Associate Certification.

Dean Gehring

Executive VP, CTO
Newmont Corporation
Dean Gehring, Executive Vice President, CTO, Newmont Corporation

Dean Gehring was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in June 2019 after joining Newmont as Regional Senior Vice President, South America in June 2017. He brings over 25 years of global operational experience, having lived in Canada, Indonesia, Peru and the US.

Prior to joining Newmont, he spent 14 years with global miner Rio Tinto, in a variety of executive roles including President and Chief Executive Officer of Rio Tinto Minerals, Global Head of Safety and Security and General Manager of Resource Development for the Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia.

Dean previously worked as Manager of Technical Services at Freeport’s Grasberg mine and held various operational and technical roles with BHP Billiton prior to working for Freeport. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Idaho, and his Master’s of Science in Project Management from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Dean holds a Nevada Professional Engineering registration and Project Management Professional certification. In addition to having published papers for mining and project management journals, he has served on university advisory boards and is currently the co-chair of the SME Foundation Corporate Giving Committee.

Ken
Hoffman

Senior Expert
McKinsey & Company
Ken Hoffman, Senior Expert, McKinsey & Company

Ken Hoffman is a Senior Expert for McKinsey’s Basic Materials Institute (BMI). He Co- leads the Firm’s EV Battery Material Research Group and has worked on over 50 EV value chain client projects. His team looks at the impact on raw materials due to the rapid development of advanced battery technologies. He has co-written articles on nickel in EV’s, and a cobalt and lithium paper. Prior to McKinsey, Ken was the global head of metals and mining research for Bloomberg Intelligence Prior to Bloomberg Mr Hoffman was a head of equity research, analyst, and portfolio manager in the commodity and industrial growth area.

A CFA charter holder, Mr. Hoffman holds a BS in finance from Syracuse University and an MBA from Duke University.

Anthony Milewski

Chairman
Nickel 28

Mr. Anthony Milewski is the Chairman of Nickel 28 Capital Corp. He has spent his career in various aspects of the mining industry, including as a company director, advisor, founder and investor. In particular, he has been active in commodities related to decarbonization and energy transition, including nickel, cobalt, copper and carbon credits. Anthony has served on the London Metals Exchange Cobalt Committee, which includes representatives from the largest mining and commodities companies globally. Anthony Milewski previously worked at Renaissance Capital and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Moscow, where he focused on advisory and transactional work in metals & mining and oil & gas sectors. He has lived and worked in Africa and Russia, including a year as a Fulbright scholar, and has spent considerable time in Central Asia. Mr. Milewski holds a B.A. in Russian history from Brigham Young University, an M.A. in Russian and Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington, and a J.D. from the University of Washington.

Presenters

Luke Alexander

President, CEO & Director
Newcore Gold Ltd.

Luke Alexander brings extensive resource sector experience, knowledge and contacts to Newcore, particularly in West Africa. He has raised billions of dollars and structured deals for major mining companies while advising some of the world’s top institutional investment funds. Mr. Alexander began his investment banking career in the private client group at BMO Nesbitt Burns in Toronto, then started up an equity trading desk for Toronto Dominion in London before doing the same for National Bank. In 2008, he became senior partner at GMP Securities in London. Throughout his investment banking career, he helped fund many major resource projects in West Africa. In 2018, Mr. Alexander founded Park Road Capital, a Vancouver-based, natural resource focused consulting company where he continued to leverage his relationships in London.

Frank
Basa

Chairman and CEO
Canada Silver Cobalt Works

Frank Basa, P.Eng., Chairman and CEO of Canada Silver Cobalt Works, is a metallurgical engineer and mill expert who has more than 30 years experience in gold, silver, cobalt and other metals exploration and development in Canada and other parts of the world, including as a metallurgical engineer for Agnico Eagle during the 1980s when it was mining and milling in the Cobalt Camp in northern Ontario.

Nicole
Brewster

President and CEO
Renforth Resources Inc.

Nicole Brewster brings an early career in capital markets and a successful private practice as an exploration contractor, experienced in acquiring and leveraging data, to execute targeted exploration for clients. This supported a re-invigoration of Renforth, today with five mineralized assets, including the Parbec open pit gold deposit on the Cadillac Break, adjacent to the Canadian Malartic Mine. Renforth’s Surimeau District Project is a 260 sq. Km land package south of the Cadillac Break which hosts 6 historic polymetallic mineral occurrences, specifically nickel and copper, along with a handful of gold showings. Renforth just completed significant drill programs, at Parbec >15,000m to support an upcoming resource restatement and at Surimeau, on the Victoria West Target area, drilling 2.2 kms of strike within the 5 kms long target, with each of the 15 holes drilled returning nickel, copper and zinc visual mineralization in the core. Assay results for both programs are being released as received.

Nikolaos
Cacos

President and CEO
Blue Sky Uranium

Nikolaos Cacos, President and CEO, Blue Sky Uranium

Mr. Cacos brings over 25 years of management and advisory expertise in the mineral exploration industry. He has worked with Grosso Group since inception and serves as senior level executive for all the member companies. Mr. Cacos’ career includes administration and strategic planning for public companies. He currently serves as an officer and director of a number of TSX Venture Exchange listed companies. He holds a Master of International Management degree from Heidelberg, Germany and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia.

Jim
Gallagher

Executive Chairman
Clean Air Metals Inc.


Mr. Gallagher is a Professional Mining Engineer with over 35 years of experience in mine operations, projects and executive management. He was most recently CEO of North American Palladium where he lead an operational turn-around which culminated in the sale of the company to Impala Platinum of South Africa late in 2019. Previously Mr Gallagher was Global Director of Mining for Hatch leading a large mine design and EPCM team on numerous projects around the world. He also spent over 20 years with Falconbridge in a number of engineering, project and operational management roles. Mr Gallagher has been a board member of Harte Gold, Continental Gold and the Ontario Mining association.

Matt
Halliday

President, COO and VP Exploration
Canada Silver Cobalt Works

Matt Halliday, P.Geo, President, COO and VP Exploration of Canada Silver Cobalt Works, is a professional geologist who has more than 15 years of exploration experience in precious and base metals including with SGS GeoStat on projects around the world and more recently in the Cobalt Camp/Abitibi area with Kirkland Lake Gold and First Cobalt prior to joining CCW in 2019.

Stuart
Harshaw

President and CEO
Nickel Creek Platinum


Stuart Harshaw is a seasoned mining executive with a successful international career with Vale SA and Inco Limited.  Most recently, as Vice President of Ontario Operations for Vale, Mr. Harshaw was responsible for the base metal operations of Vale in Ontario, which includes six underground mines, mill, smelter, nickel refinery, cobalt refinery, precious metal refinery and hydro-electric production facilities.  Previously, he held various senior roles with Vale including the marketing and sales of a broad range of metal concentrates and finished metals worldwide. Since leaving Vale, he has been consulting in the global mining business and is a member of the Board of Directors of several mining companies, as well as Laurentian University of Sudbury, Canada. Mr. Harshaw earned a BSc. in Metallurgical Engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA from Laurentian University.

Mark
Jarvis

CEO
Giga Metals


Mr. Jarvis has more than 30 years’ experience in exploration and development of mineral resources. After a career in financing exploration projects as a stockbroker, Mr. Jarvis moved to the corporate side of the business in 1996. He joined the Board of Ultra Petroleum, which at the time was a small oil and gas exploration and development company with a large, unconventional gas deposit. As Director responsible for Corporate Finance, he raised the equity capital necessary to prove the concept and to establish enough production to finance further growth with debt. Mr. Jarvis became CEO of Giga Metals Corporation’s predecessor company in January 2004. During his tenure, the company has drilled off a giant nickel/cobalt deposit, worked out a reliable metallurgical circuit, and published a Preliminary Economic Assessment.

Jean-Marc Lacoste

CEO
Monarch Mining
Jean-Marc Lacoste, CEO, Monarch Mining

Jean-Marc Lacoste earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from McGill University in Montreal. In 1993 Mr. Lacoste started a career in finance at the Montreal Stock Exchange where he worked for National Bank Financial and, subsequently, Merrill Lynch Canada. In 2000 he left Montreal for Toronto to join Northland Power, a wind power energy corporation, as Vice President of Acquisitions.

He returned to Montreal in 2002 where he joined the boards of a few public and private companies. From 2004 to 2010, he took a major role in Golden Goose Resources Inc. where he became President and CEO and COB. As CEO of Monarch Gold he successfully turned a 2M market cap company into a 200M transaction with Yamana in less than 8yrs. Mr. Lacoste has great leadership skills and will be a tremendous asset for Monarch Mining Corporation.

Felix Lee

President & CEO, Willeson Metals Corp
Immediate Past President, PDAC

Felix Lee is an economic geologist with over 30 years in the mineral exploration industry and is the President and CEO of Willeson Metals Corp., a junior explorer with gold properties in the Lynn Lake area of northern Manitoba. Most recently he was also the President of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) and served on the on the association’s Board of Directors for 14 years as well as its Executive, Governance & Nominating, Human Resources Development, Membership, and Awards committees. Prior to joining Willeson Metals, Felix was a Director and Principal Consultant with CSA Global Canada from 2016-2020 and President and owner of the Toronto-based mining and geological consultancy, A.C.A. Howe International Limited from 2003-2016.

Felix is a registered Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) in the province of Ontario. He received his B.Sc. in Geology from McMaster University in 1986 and earned the Kellogg-Schulich MBA in 2005.

Jean-Francois
Magnan

Sr. Project Manager & Business Development
NORAM

Mr. Magnan was former Technical Manager of Nemaska Lithium Inc. from the early development stage of 2012 to the construction stage of the 1.2B$ project until the beginning of 2020. Prior to that, he held several positions within the industry such as R&D Advisor, R&D Project Manager, Consultant and Quality control metallurgist. He also acted as a promoter and Project Manager for Phostech Lithium Inc. at the early stage. Phostech Lithium now became today the Johnson Matthey Battery Material Lithium Ferrous Phosphate (LFP) plant in Québec, Canada. Mr. Magnan is the owner of many patents in the lithium rechargeable batteries field. He holds a master’s Degree in Materials Engineering from Laval University (2000). Until now, he has participated in the development and marketing of several new technologies during his career. He is co-author of patents from the University of Montreal, Hydro-Québec and the CNRS on lithium iron phosphate Cathode Active Material (CAM). These patents have been sublicensed worldwide by LiFePO4 + C Licensing AG in 2011. LiFePO4+C Licensing represents the patent owners for this technology: Hydro-Québec (Montréal); Université de Montréal; and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, Paris). After he left Nemaska Lithium, he immediately joined NORAM in March of 2020 to pursue the optimization of the NorScand membrane electrolysis technology and commercialization to other applications related to the circular economy of the lithium-ion battery supply chain.

Ernest
Mast

President and CEO
Doré Copper Mining
Ernest Mast, President and CEO, Doré Copper Mining

Ernest Mast is the President and CEO of Doré Copper Mining Corp. He joined the company as a founder in June 2017. He has 30 years of experience in various technical and executive roles in the mining industry, across a wide range of commodities, geographies and development stages.

Mr. Mast is a Board member of Scottie Resources Corp. (a public company with a past producing gold mine in the Golden Triangle of British Colombia) and Libero Copper & Gold (a public company with copper porphyry deposits in the Americas). He has served as the President and CEO at Primero Mining Corp, Vice President Corporate Development at Copper Mountain Mining Corporation, Vice President Operations at New Gold Inc, and President and CEO at Minera Panama S.A., a subsidiary of Inmet Mining, developing the $6B Cobre Panama project. He started his career at Noranda and subsequent companies (Falconbridge and Xstrata). He was the President and GM of Falconbridge Dominicana, an integrated 28,000 tpy nickel producer in the Dominican Republic.

Mr. Mast is a member of l’Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and has a Bachelors’ and Masters’ degree in metallurgical engineering from McGill University. Mr. Mast also received post-secondary business training at Henley College in the UK and at the Universidad Catolica in Chile.

Roger
Moss

President and CEO
Labrador Gold Corp

A geologist with fourteen years international experience in the exploration industry, Dr. Moss was instrumental in the discovery of the Navachab gold deposit in Namibia which, after 12 years of operation, still contains reserves and resources of 3.7 million oz gold. He has conducted extensive research on hydrothermal ore deposits, culminating with a Ph.D. in geology at the University of Toronto in 2000. Prior to joining Nikos, Dr. Moss was Vice President, Exploration for Amerigo Resources Ltd.

Scott
Parsons

VP, Exploration
Alamos Gold Inc.

Scott Parsons is Vice President, Exploration at Alamos Gold Inc. Scott has more than 15 years of experience in progressively senior exploration roles. Prior to joining Alamos, he was Manager of Regional Exploration and Geoscience at TMAC Resources where he was responsible for resource expansion and regional exploration of the Hope Bay Project in Nunavut. Previously, Mr. Parsons served as Vice President, Corporate Development at Northern Superior Resources Inc., and as Exploration Geologist and later Project Geologist, Resource Development & Long-Range Planning at BHP Billiton.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and a Master of Science in Geology from the University of Western Ontario, and a Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University. Mr. Parsons is a registered Professional Geoscientist in Ontario and Manitoba, and is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Hon. Blaine Pedersen

Minister of Agriculture & Resource Development
Government of Manitoba

Blaine Pedersen was first elected as MLA for Midland Constituency in 2007 and re-elected in 2011, 2016 and 2019. Blaine served as Minister of Infrastructure from 2016 until August 2017 when he was designated Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade. In October of 2019, he was appointed as the Minister of Agriculture and Resource Development. Prior to being elected, Blaine and his wife Dianne operated a successful cattle and grain operation in the Elm Creek area for over 30 years. Blaine and Dianne have three married children and six grandchildren. Blaine has always been an active community volunteer, an avid outdoorsman, and passionate advocate for rural Manitoba.

Jean-Charles
Potvin

President & CEO
Murchison Minerals

Jean-Charles Potvin, President & CEO, Murchison Minerals

Jean-Charles (JC) Potvin, a co-founder of the Company, was President and CEO of Murchison from inception to November 2015 and resumed that role in December 2018 and has been a director since 2007. JC was President and CEO of Pangea Goldfields Inc., which had extensive holdings in Tanzania, until its acquisition in July 2000 by Barrick Gold Corporation for $204 million. Until 1994, he was a Director and Vice-President of Burns Fry (subsequently BMO Nesbitt Burns and currently BMO Capital Markets) and responsible for evaluating world-wide mining investment opportunities as a top-ranked Equity Research Gold Analyst. JC served as the Chairman of Vaaldiam Mining Inc. from 1992 to 2012 (formerly Tiomin Resources). He is currently the President and CEO of Golden Sun Resources which owns the Bellavista gold mine in Central America and is a director and Audit Committee member of Azimut Exploration Inc. and Gold Reserve Inc. both public exploration and development companies.

Shastri
Ramnath

President, CEO & Director
Exiro Minerals Corp

Ms. Ramnath is a Professional Geoscientist and award-winning Entrepreneur with over 20 years of global industry experience. Ms. Shastri Ramnath is the President and CEO of Exiro Minerals Corp, a private mineral exploration company that she co-founded and is a significant shareholder. In 2012 she co-founded and currently co-owns Orix Geoscience Inc., a geological consulting firm. She has worked in various technical and leadership roles including, FNX Mining where she was a key member of the exploration and resource team that discovered the Victoria and Morrison Deposits and subsequently with Bridgeport Ventures, a publicly listed company, where she was the President and CEO.

Her private directorship roles include companies she’s co-founded: Willeson Metals Corp (Chair), Exiro Minerals Corp (director), Qualitica Consulting (director/co-owner) and Orix Geoscience (Chair/Co-owner). Her current publicly traded directorships include Jaguar Mining (JAG:TSX), 1911 Gold Corp (TSX-v:AUMB) and Meteoric Resources (ASX: MEI). Ms. Ramnath is also the Chair of the Minister’s Liaison Committee (MLCME) in Manitoba, an advisor to the Goodman School of Mines at Laurentian University and founding director of Central Canadian Mineral Exploration Convention (CCMEC) in Manitoba.

Ms. Ramnath received a B.Sc. (Hons) in Geology from the University of Manitoba, a M.Sc. in Exploration Geology from Rhodes University (South Africa), and an Executive MBA from Athabasca University

Randal Sarrazin

Manager, Equipment and Operations N. America
NORAM

Randal Sarrazin has extensive sulphuric acid and sulphur dioxide plant process and operating experience. He spent 18 years as a lead operator and 10 years as Plant Manger and Chief Power Engineer at a Sulphuric Acid and Sulphur Dioxide production plant in northern B.C., Canada. During this time, he was the Project Manager for the implementation of a CAD 15M plant equipment upgrade projects and managed an annual operating and maintenance budget of CAD 5M. He spent 8 years managing the technical specifications and maintenance for a fleet of 5,220 chemical tank cars during which time he was responsible for the chemical Emergency Response coordination and was certified as a Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Tank Car Specialist.

He joined NORAM Engineering and Constructors Ltd. in February 2020 as the Technical Sales and Operations Manager in the Sulphuric Acid Group, responsible for the sale and marketing of NORAM’s equipment and services including providing field services and inspections for operating plants.

He holds a Canadian Interprovincial 2nd Class Power Engineering Certificate, has a Project Management Professional designation (PMP) and is a NACE Level One Lining and Coating Inspector.

Russell
Starr

CEO
Trillium Gold Mines

Russell Starr is an entrepreneur and financial professional with 25 years of corporate finance, M&A, investment and business development experience. Mr. Starr held senior positions and advisory roles with such financial institutions as RBC Capital Markets, Scotia Capital and Orion Securities during which he helped raise over a billion dollars for junior and mid-tier companies. He is a co-founder and part owner of Echelon Wealth Partners, a large Canadian investment dealer. He has held senior executive positions at Auryn Resources and at Cayden Resources where he was a member of the board and integral in the marketing, financing, development and ultimate sale of Cayden to Agnico Eagle for over $200 million.

Stephen
Stewart

CEO
QC Copper & Gold

Stephen is the CEO of QC Copper & Gold and Orefinders Resources, both TSX Venture listed companies, while also being a Chairman of Mistango River Resources and Baselode Energy. He is also the founder of the Ore Group of Companies a private organization focused on natural resource discovery and development.

Stephen is the Chairman of the Young Mining Professionals Global Group and Founder of its Scholarship Fund, the largest mining-focused charitable organization that supports mining engineering and geology education in Canada.

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and a Master of Science from the University of Florida.

Jamie
Strauss

Founder
Digbee

Over 25 years building and leading three mining finance teams at boutique and global banks as well as a seasoned independent director of listed mining companies. This extensive experience has inspired me to discover software solutions, through the launch of Digbee, to improve the outcome and perception of mining projects through access to right-sized ESG disclosure and cost-effective, plain language and objective technical analysis.

A passionate supporter of the mining industry to bring solutions to the world’s transition to a sustainable future, through best practice management in both the boardroom and on the ground. This aligns with a parallel desire to change the hearts and minds of society to value the benefits of the industry.

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Past Speakers

Ross Beaty

Chairman
Pan American Silver

Sean Boyd

Vice-Chairman and CEO
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Paul Brink

President and CEO
Franco-Nevada Corp.

Mark Bristow

President and CEO
Barrick

Robert Friedland

Executive co-Chairman and Founder
Ivanhoe Mines

David Harquail

CEO
Franco-Nevada Corp.

Clive Johnson

President, CEO and Director
B2Gold Corp.

Pierre Lassonde

Chairman
Franco-Nevada Corp.

Donald R. Lindsay

President and CEO
Teck Resources Limited

Lukas Lundin

Chairman
Lundin Group of Companies

Peter Marrone

Executive Chairman
Yamana Gold

Eira Thomas

President and CEO
Lucara Diamond Corp

David Elliot

Vice-President and Director
Haywood Securities

David Rosenberg

President, Chief Economist and Strategist
Rosenberg Research & Associates Inc.

Joe Foster

Portfolio Manager and Gold Strategist
VanEck

John Hathaway

Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager
Sprott Asset Management

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