Douglas began his career as an exploration geologist for Anaconda Minerals, one of the world’s largest copper mining companies. While there, he was a co-discover of the Silver Creek molybdenum deposit in Colorado. This success saw Douglas get promoted into the first fully dedicated acquisition team where he began a forty-year career of investigating, valuing and purchasing assets. In 1987, Mr. Silver was a founding member and head of investor relations for Bond International Gold, which became one of the world’s largest gold mining companies. Bond Gold’s NYSE listing was the largest mining IPO in 1989. Douglas then established his private company, Balfour Holdings Inc, where he acted as a strategic advisor to global mineral companies by providing appraisals, valuations, due diligence, investor relations and M&A advice.
In 2003 he co-founded International Royalty Corporation, a TSX-listed company, and served as its Chairman and CEO. His team built IRC into the world’s fourth largest royalty company in under five years. IRC was the largest mining-related IPO on the TSX in 2005 having raised C$190 million. Most of these funds went to purchase a royalty on the giant Voisey’s Bay nickel project, which represented the largest royalty transaction ever completed at that time. In 2010 the company was sold for C$749 million to Royal Gold. In 2011 he became a Portfolio Manager for Red Kite Management, a private equity firm, where he was responsible for sourcing, negotiating and closing investments. Subsequently, Red Kite spun out Orion Resource Partners in 2013. Douglas helped grow Orion into the world’s large mining private equity firm (managing ~US$9B) and directly managed the C$1.1 billion portfolio sale of Orion’s royalties and streams to Osisko Gold Royalties. Mr. Silver retired from Orion in December 2020.
In 2018, Mr. Silver was inducted into the U.S. National Mining Hall of Fame. He holds an M.Sc. in Economic Geology from the University of Arizona and a B.A. in Geology and Zoology from the University of Vermont. He is also known for his philanthropic work with educators, women’s issues and industry non-profit organizations. In 1989, Mr. Silver founded the Denver Gold Group, today the world’s most prestigious gold investment conference.
Mr. Taylor is a structural and economic geologist, and mining entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience with both producers and exploration companies. He was most recently CEO, President and Director of Great Bear Resources Ltd., which was acquired in February 2022 by Kinross Gold Corp. for $1.8B. Currently, Mr. Taylor is Chairman of TSX.V listed companies Kodiak Copper Corp. and Advisor to K2 Gold Corp. Prior to this, he was a geologist with Imperial Metals, Inc., a TSX.V company from 2004 to 2009. Mr. Taylor graduated with a Bachelor of Science honors degree in Earth Sciences in 2000, and a Master of Science degree in Structural Geology from Carleton University in 2003.
Dr. Erin R. Bobicki is an Associate Professor of mineral processing in the department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta. Professor Bobicki’s research interests include microwave applications in mineral processing, comminution, bioreagent development, the rheology of complex mineral slurries, and value recovery from waste materials. She has worked as a researcher and plant metallurgist for Vale, as a Process Technology Development Engineer for Intel Corporation, and most recently was an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. She is currently commercializing microwave technology for the mining industry with Sepro Mineral Systems, and is a Founding Director of Aurora Hydrogen, a start-up developing technology for emission-free hydrogen production.
George Hemingway is Managing Partner and leads the Innovation Practice at Stratalis where he advises the leaders of companies, organizations and countries on the future and how to succeed in uncertain times. Considered one of the leading futurists in the mining industry, he regularly keynotes at venues ranging from the World Mining Congress to NASA and the Pentagon.
He has advised many of the world’s leading natural resource and industrial companies, ranging from Vale, Anglo American and BHP to BASF and the Air Force on how their operations and organizations can best pivot and transform to succeed.
In addition to corporate boards, he is passionate about supporting the next generation of leaders as a board member to the Chamber Orchestra of New York, Moon Mark Aerospace and the Lassonde Institute of Mining at the University of Toronto. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS from the Stern School of Business at NYU.
Dr. Theo is a seasoned mining executive who built his experience and reputation in mining operations and professional services. He is a trusted advisor in mining business, mining engineering and geology. He currently focuses on enabling and fostering business transformation and technology adoption across the industry to support core business excellence and enterprise growth.
He is the sector leader for EY Americas & EY Canada Mining & Metals practice. Prior to his consulting experience, Theo spent many years in mining operations, engineering consulting and mining contracting services. Theo has been involved with many mining and metals companies for various transformation initiatives in Canada, the Americas, Africa and Australia.
Dr. Theo is a registered Professional Mining Engineer in Ontario; he holds an MBA with Distinction from the University of Oxford, a Ph.D. and B.Eng. in mining engineering from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. In addition, he has a B.Sc. (with honors) in Applied Geophysics from the Université Cadi Ayyad in Marrakech
Chairman Pan American Silver
Vice-Chairman and CEO Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
President and CEO Franco-Nevada Corp.
President and CEO Barrick
Executive co-Chairman and Founder Ivanhoe Mines
Independent Non-Executive Director Glencore plc
Executive Chairman Yamana Gold
Chairman Franco-Nevada Corp.
CEO Franco-Nevada Corp.
President and CEO Teck Resources Limited
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer IAMGOLD Corporation
Chairman Lundin Group of Companies
President and CEO Lucara Diamond Corp
President, CEO and Director B2Gold Corp.
Director Cameco Corporation
CEO and Director Pelangio Exploration Inc.
Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager Sprott Asset Management
Portfolio Manager and Gold Strategist VanEck
Vice President Marret Asset Management Inc.
Vice-President and Director Haywood Securities
Global Managing Partner, Mining ERM
President, Chief Economist and Strategist Rosenberg Research & Associates Inc.
Welcome back to all of our loyal subscribers and investor audience…and for those of you that are discovering TNM’s Global Mining Symposium for the first time, we hope that you will tune in to see what has made this a unique event over the last three years.
As the tensions over the Ukraine mount, geopolitical risk is taking center stage and when that is combined with robust demand forecasts for critical metals and the uncertain supply projections, it is without hyperbole that I can say now more than ever is a crucial time to ensure you are getting the best inputs into your investment decisions. The Northern Miner team has assembled a World Class group of leaders to bring you just that so that you can better understand what a changing world order can mean to the mining and metals space.
We offer a heartfelt thanks the industry leaders that support this endeavour by continuing to dedicate their time to join us and share their outlooks. The Q1 edition is bringing you a roster headlined by industry leaders including Mark Cutifani, Ian Telfer, Martin Lokanc from the World Bank & Britt Bluemel, just to name a few as well as, an incredible ESG focused panel, sponsored by Onyen.
Guiding the conversation will be our cast of leading journalists, whose expertise lets them ask all the right questions, but if they don’t cover something you need to know, no worries, you the delegate can ask because as always the Global Mining Symposium is fully live, unlike most other virtual events.
And of course, as always, we are bringing you a suite of exciting juniors that are poised to accomplish some big things in the year ahead as they are advancing some of the industry’s best projects, and can share their innovative technologies that will help them drive value in the coming year.
We look forward to our hosting our engaged audience and responding to your excellent questions and comments for our team and for our guests.
We look forward to hosting you on February 23 & 24, 2022 as well as, our Q2 Symposium taking place May 25 & 26th, 2022, with the the Q3 Symposiums coming in September. Perhaps most exciting of all we will be back to hosting the Symposium in London, UK at Canada House for Q4, which will be a hybrid format of in-person as well as, virtually, so we can continue to keep the global engagement.
Register for the Global Mining Symposium by completing the form below. You will receive a confirmation email with instructions for accessing the event. The Global Mining Symposium takes place May 25th and 26th, 2022.