Dinner with Guest Speakers

Sunday Dinner with Two Guest Speakers

Save the dates for SME's 6th CTMF Conference on Sunday, April 29th to Wednesday, May 2, 2018. We hope you join us!  

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Please contact T
im Alch, Conference Program Chair at timalch@gmail.com Thank you.

Revisit this website for updates. We hope to see you next year at the 
6th Annual Current Trends in Mining Finance Conference 
Connecting Mining, Finance and Engineering Executives TM
Sunday, April 29th to Wednesday, May 2nd 2018

We will continue to update this website, and have left last year's details to help those of you who have not attended to learn about CTMF.

The dinner on Sunday April 30th is an informative and fun! evening - a time before the Conference where all can meet and have a relaxing time with others attending the conference and members of New York's banking, finance, investment, private equity and analyst community. 

The Dinner was on Sunday April 30, 2017 from 5 PM to 7:30 PM is at Opia Restaurant at 130 East 57th Street in the Renaissance Hotel. 

All attendees must register in advance of the event. There are two guest speakers starting at 6:10 PM and 6:40 PM.

  • Neal Rigby, PhD, CEng, AIME, MIMMM, Corporate Consultant (Mining) at SRK Consulting  Neal's talk: "The more things change the more they stay the same” will cover a number of key insights, reflecting on his over a plus 40 year career. Neal will highlight some pluses, minuses, trends, lessons learned (or not) and of course his thoughts on outlook.
  • Douglas Morrison, President & CEO, Chair of Holistic Mining Practice at the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) and Network Director of the Ultra-Deep Mining Network in Sudbury, Canada. Doug will reflect on his many years' experience as an underground miner and recently at CEMI in Sudbury, Canada. Mining has a reputation for destroying value and perceiving innovation as ‘high risk’. We have to turn this around. The industry needs to embrace real change and innovation and investors have a role to play in making this happens. In a slow-growth economy, process innovation is the best way to increase productivity and deliver higher returns. Though, as mines go deeper and costs rise, without process improvement ROIs are guaranteed to decline further. Doug will discuss examples of CEMI's work that is focused on breaking ore and moving it, cheaper and faster. 

Here are Neal's and Doug's details: Neal Rigby, PhD, CEng, AIME, MIMMM Corporate Consultant (Mining) at SRK Consulting has over 42 years of experience in the international mining industry. He was the SRK Global Group Chairman for 15 years (1995 to 2010), a Corporate Mining Consultant and Principal Mining Engineer and had formerly served on the boards of several SRK Group companies. Neal has performed mining engineering, project management and management consulting for a wide range of metalliferous, coal, diamond and industrial mineral projects.

(read more about Neal Rigby and Doug Morrison below!) The picture below is from the Dinner last year at Opia Restaurant


The major focus of Neal Rigby's consulting work for the past 30 years has been as the director of various SRK multi-disciplinary teams in numerous major due diligence audits, competent person’s reports, and other reports supporting the rationalization, merger, disposal, financing and acquisition activities of international mining companies and mining finance institutions. In this role Neal has been in a position to independently certify to shareholders, stock exchanges and financial institutions the “bankability” i.e. fundamental value and risks and opportunities of mining projects.

Most recently, Neal’s consulting work has been directed at the restructuring and sale of mining assets and the scoping and implementation of business improvement strategies. He has held a variety of positions in production, academia, business and consulting. Neal has undertaken projects in over 60 countries including Europe, Africa, Australasia, North, Central and South America, the Middle East, the Far East, Asia, Russia and the FSU. Neal has also been increasingly called upon to serve as an expert in international arbitration and litigation cases providing his expert opinion on mining related issues.

Douglas Morrison, President & CEO, Chair of Holistic Mining Practice at the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) and Network Director of the Ultra-Deep Mining Network in Sudbury, CanadaDouglas has 14 years of operating experience in the deep nickel mines of the Sudbury Basin in Ontario, Canada, followed by 16 years as a consultant at Golder Associates working on strategic mine design, productivity and safety issues. He has lived and worked in Australia, South America and southern Africa, as well as Canada and the US. Throughout his career, he remained connected to various research and innovation groups and in 2012 he was appointed President and CEO of the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI).  In 2014, CEMI initiated the Ultra-Deep Mining Network, a 5-year, $35M Program developing practical solutions to the challenges of bulk mining below 2.5km. Douglas believes that for the mining industry to meet the economy’s long-term demand for metals and also achieve attractive returns for investors we have to abandon the economies of scale we have relied on for 35 years and return to the fundamentals, introducing the leaning process to every aspect of our business.    

Tables of 8 are available - Register today Space is becoming limited. You are welcome to invite your contacts in NYC

If you have not attended CTMF in past years visit Why Attend The 2017 CTMF agenda is shown here A 4 page pdf schedule of the events, panels and workshops is here A 2 page pdf schedule is here

If you have questions or want to submit an abstract to be speaker contact Tim Alch Program Chair at timalch@gmail.com 
Revisit this website for updates.
We hope to see you next year at the 

6th Annual Current Trends in Mining Finance Conference

Sunday, April 29th to Wednesday, May 2nd 2018

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