Three major influencers in the global mining industry, The Northern Miner, The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame and Young Mining Professionals, have come together to organize the Mining Legends Speaker Series.
Alternating between Vancouver, Toronto and London, the Speaker Series is being launched in an earnest effort to take action against the widening knowledge gap in our industry, as well as to give the leaders and experts of our industry an intimate, live platform to share some of their wisdom and experience with a highly engaged audience.
Each event, limited to 80 delegates, will bring together professionals from across the industry to share knowledge, network, and discuss the future of the mining.
Ms. Thomas is a Canadian geologist with over twenty-five years of experience in the Canadian mining industry, including her previous roles as Vice President, Aber Resources, now Dominion Diamond Corp., CEO of Stornoway Diamond Corp., and CEO of Kaminak Gold Corporation. In 2007, Ms. Thomas founded Lucara Diamond Corporation, with partners Lukas Lundin and Catherine McLeod Seltzer; since February 2018, Ms. Thomas is President and CEO of the company. In 2008, Ms. Thomas was one of only four Canadians that year to be named to the “Young Global Leaders”, by the World Economic Forum. In 2007, she was selected as one of ‘Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women’. Ms. Thomas is currently a director of Suncor Energy Inc. and is Suncor’s Chair of the Governance Committee.
Frederick co-founded Elemental Royalties in 2016 following his role as Managing Director of a listed gold exploration company, Goldcrest Resources plc, where he assembled a portfolio of gold licences in northeast Ghana to take to AIM. In August 2022 Elemental Royalties Corp merged with Altus Strategies Plc to create a new global gold royalty company. Frederick has wide experience in the mining industry, including as General Manager of an ASX-listed uranium company from the age of 25. Frederick received the ‘Young Rising Star’ Award at Mines & Money 2018, read history at the University of Edinburgh and is on the Committee of Young Mining Professionals in London.
David Street is CEO of Tembo Capital, a mining and metals focussed private equity group which he co-founded in 2014. Tembo Capital advises on three funds which make long-term investments in growth companies with a specific focus on metals which support the decarbonisation/clean energy transition such as copper and nickel. Prior to co-founding Tembo, David was Managing Director of Endeavour Financial, a mining specialist investment firm where he worked on financial advisory mandates for mining companies as well as working with Endeavour Mining, a mid-tier gold mining company, on its merger and acquisition activities, mainly in West Africa. Previously, David enjoyed a 15 year career in natural resource banking at NM Rothschild & Sons, culminating in him becoming a board director of Rothschild and Head of Mining and Metals in 2003. David also spent two years with Société Générale as a Director in the Mining & Metals group. David graduated with an MA (Hons) degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
Philip Clegg is a Portfolio Manager at Orion Resource Partners, one of the world’s leading metals-focused private equity businesses. Philip is responsible for the identification, evaluation and execution of new investments for Orion, and portfolio management. Philip has closed transactions in public and private equity, streaming, royalties, offtake and public and private debt. He has a particular specialism in the commodities essential to the energy transition, including battery materials. Philip has a Masters degree in Earth Sciences from Oxford University.
Christelle Kupa is a sustainable finance expert and global impact investor with experience spanning international banking, sustainable investing for developing countries, with a strong focus in Africa. Christelle is the Founder and Chief Executive of Uhusiano Capital. She founded the company in 2016 as a catalyst to facilitate better business in the African within the impact investing sector, with a particular interest in agriculture and women economic empowerment. Christelle has convened a team of experts and specialists with whom she has developed service propositions that solve complex problems and add value for communities, stakeholders and shareholders in Africa. Christelle Kupa spent 13 years as a Investment banker within the alternative space and Hedge fund manager mainly in London. Uhusiano Capital is an impact adviser to a Multi family office based in London. Christelle is an internationally recognised leader in impact investment. She has spoken at high profile events and conferences around the world and has been an expert participant in a number of panels and knowledge sharing initiatives. In her non-for-profit activities, Kupa is a practitioner, advocate on sustainable impact capitalism and community bridging through business and bottom-up leadership. She sits as a Trustee on Medical aid film and is a strong supporter on Education for young girls in the DRC Christelle is Belgian-Conglese national, is based in London, with extensive travel on the African continent. She holds a BA in business and finance and speaks French, Dutch, English, Swahili and understand Lingala.