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SME's 7th annual Current Trends in Mining Finance Conference Smarter Mining and Finance: How are Technology and Innovation Disrupting Mining Economics? New Frontiers and Risks

Connecting Mining, Finance and Engineering Executives TM 
Sunday April 28 - Wednesday May 1, 2019

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RPA - Roscoe Postle Associates


Shearman & Sterling LLP

Summary Daily Schedule with Agenda Below showing the speakers 

  • Sunday April 29 - Two Pre-Conference Workshops Noon - 4:30 PM at New York Marriott East Side Hotel and Reception 5:00 - 7:00 PM at New York Marriott East Side
  • Monday April 30 - Conference - Day One 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM at Shearman & Sterling and Reception 6:00 - 8:00 PM at New York Marriott East Side
  • Tuesday May 1 -  Conference - Day Two 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM at Shearman & Sterling and Reception 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at Shearman & Sterling
  • Wednesday May 2 - Two Post-Conference Workshops 8 AM - 1 PM at Shearman & Sterling

Meet the speakers and a who's who of leading experts in the non-technical, technical and financial issues impacting raising capital in the global mining business today. There will be ample opportunities to meet and network at the conference, three receptions and the four workshops.

Join many leaders attending and participating in the more than 25 round table panels encouraging audience participation and Q&A, plus several key note speakers. Last year delegates came from as many as 18 different countries. Below is the conference agenda showing the speakers - as of 15 April 2018.

SUNDAY APRIL 29, 2018
TWO PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS
New York Marriott East Side 525 Lexington Ave, at corner of 49th St
Meet at Noon for lunch, with a refreshment break; end 4:30 PM, followed by reception 5 to 7 PM 

I.   Improving strategic capital management with Integrated Valuation and Risk Modelling methods
by Michael Samis, Associate Partner Ernst & Young LLP 
Read about the workshops here

II.  Application of enhanced techniques for assessing risks and opportunities in mineral resource estimates: some key points for mining finance professionals
by Dr Abani R. Samal, Principal of GeoGlobal, LLC with Harry Parker, Technical Director of the Wood Group. Read about workshops here   

RECEPTION FROM 5 to 7 PM
New York Marriott East Side at 525 Lexington Ave, corner of 49th Street
Join all for beverages and hor d’oeuvres. Meet fellow delegates and others from New York's business community. 
Register early on line to attend the reception atop the New York Marriott East Side hotel at its classic roof top garden for a relaxing time with beverages and snacks from 5 to 7 PM. Meet and connect with other delegates and others from the NYC business community for lite snacks, before joining others for dinner elsewhere. Spouses and guests are welcome. Space is limited to the first 100 registered. Then on the next day Monday April 30, the conference starts with breakfast at 7:30 AM at Shearman & Sterling. All attendees must register in advance for all CTMF events including receptions. 
Sponsored by Golder Associates, Intera Inc. and McCarthy Tetrault LLP

MONDAY APRIL 30, 2018
Day One of SME’s 6th Current Trends in Mining Finance (CTMF) Conference
Connecting Mining, Finance and Engineering Executives TM
Shearman & Sterling LLP 599 Lexington Ave at corner of 53rd St.
7:30   REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST           
          SHEARMAN ROOM AND CONFERENCE ROOMS G/H & J            
          Sponsored by Behre Dolbear and Government of Quebec

8:30   WELCOME BY CONFERENCE PROGRAM CO-CHAIRS AND HOST            
          SHEARMAN ROOM, LIVE FEED CONFERENCE ROOMS G/H & J

NY SME, Program Co-Chair & Executive Director & TAA Advisory LLC, Tim Alch, Managing Partner
Abernathy MacGregor, Alan Oshiki, Executive Vice President and CTMF Conference Co-Chair
Shearman & Sterling LlP, Cynthia Urda Kassis, Head, Metals & Mining, Partner, Project Development & Finance

8:40     CONFERENCE CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS             
            SHEARMAN ROOM: LIVE FEED CONFERENCE ROOMS G/H & J

Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, Inc. – Barbara J. Arnold President (2018) SME
Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, Inc. – David Kanagy, Executive Director

8:50     I.1 CAPITAL MARKETS REVIEW AND KEY TRENDS IN MINING
                 SHEARMAN ROOM: LIVE FEED CONFERENCE ROOMS G/H & J

What is the current environment and outlook? What sources of capital are helping miners to survive?   What are the key drivers? How much capital has been raised in private, public markets, stock exchanges, etc.? What are debt, credit and investor trends in mining telling us about performance and risk today? Are Junior, Medium & Large Companies, Brown & Greenfield Projects getting funded? How? Where?

Citi Corporate & Investment Banking, Michael Cramer, P. Eng., Managing and Senior Technical Director - Global Metals & Mining Group (Ch)
BNP Paribas, Carlos A. Urquiaga,
Managing Director, Head of Mine Financing Team for the Americas

9:20     I.2 BANKERS’ VIEW OF CAPITAL MARKETS & MINE FINANCING          
                 SHEARMAN ROOM; LIVE FEED CONF G/H & J 

How are deals and financings being structured? How are terms and conditions changing? What is the outlook? Has the sector bottomed? What are sector and regional issues? What are debt and credit trends in mining telling us about performance and risk today? What are consequences of raising funds from PEs, ECAs, MDIs, SOEs, SWFs, and Governments? Which types of projects are attracting bankers, lenders, investors and alternative sources of capital?

Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Alain Halimi, Managing Director, Metals & Mining
First Mining Gold Corp., Jeff Swinoga, CPA, MBA, President and CEO
ING Capital, LLC, Remko van de Water, Head of Metals & Mining, Americas  
Shearman & Sterling LLP, Tricia Hammes, Partner, Project Development & Finance Practice

10:00   KEY NOTE ADDRESS PHILLIPS BAKER, PRESIDENT & CEO, HECLA MINING COMPANY      
            INNOVATION: REMOVING THE MINER FROM THE END OF THE STEEL
                 
            SHEARMAN ROOM; LIVE FEED CONFERENCE ROOMS G/H & J            
            Sponsored by Hecla Mining Company

Since ancient times hard rock mining has had a miner physically attached to steel. Over the years innovations have occurred but nothing fundamentally changed: a miner and steel, breaking rock. The mining industry is on the cusp of changing that relationship forever. At Hecla Mining Company, we are rapidly embracing innovations that will remove the miner from the drill steel as well as from harm’s way, and a host of other technologies that will make mining safer, improve productivity and lower costs. Hecla’s 126-year history makes it the oldest precious metals mining company in the United States and Canada. Our approach to innovation is, unlike many in the industry, from the bottom-up, driven by finding solutions to specific problems or opportunities.                            

Questions like how to lower our underground power costs, improve long repetitive haulage, improve productivity during the shift change, reduce diesel particulates, increase throughput and recoveries, and manage seismicity are being answered by introducing new technologies that remove the miner from the end of the steel, and in some cases, allow them to work from the surface, remotely. With the implementation of over a dozen new technologies, Hecla has fast become a leading innovator in the industry. And as we develop technologies at one of our operations we are able to leverage that first-hand learning to deploy them at other operations. We believe that within a decade the mining industry will look nothing like it does today and Hecla will be a leader in that change.    

10:30   REFRESHMENT BREAK – coffee, phones, emails, etc.                  
            Sponsored by Hatch Advisory

10:50   I.3 MINING M&A AND CONSOLIDATION TRENDS  -  SHEARMAN ROOM

Have the sale of non-core assets by the majors ended? Achieved objectives? Planted seeds for others? What issues and metrics impact valuations, M&A, impairments, write offs and deals getting done How are M&A deals changing and non-technical, ESG and other issues being handled? Where is M&A activity greatest? By Commodity? Geography? Size of firm? Are there more cross border transactions?   

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Geoffrey S. Belsher, New York Office Managing Partner
Bloomberg LP, Todd Sibilla, Commodity Applications Specialist
Ernst & Young LLP, Robert Stall, MRICS, ASA,
U.S. Mining & Metals Leader, Americas Director of the Capital Equipment Group, Transaction Advisory Services
Goodmans LLP, Grant McGlaughlin, Partner, Co-Head of Mining and Natural Resources (Ch)

10:50   I.3A ANALYSTS’ VIEW OF MARKETS: PART I - GLOBAL STEEL, IRON ORE OUTLOOK                               CONFERENCE ROOM G/H

What the key trends, factors and drivers in the global steel and iron ore markets? What is the near and long term outlook for steel in China? India? Rest of world? What are the technical and regional issues, and demand drivers in these sectors? How are steelmakers managing margins? Using scrap? DRI? Maintaining competitiveness? What is the impact of tariffs? Other regulatory and governments’ actions?

Bradford Research Inc., Charles A. Bradford CFA, President (tbc)
Raw Materials & Ironmaking Global Consulting, Dr. Joseph J. Poveromo,
President
World Steel Dynamics, Philipp Englin, CEO

11:35  1.4 TRANSFORMATIONAL RESTRUCTURING TRANSACTIONS – SHEARMAN ROOM

The panel will discuss two transformational transactions completed in the 2016 to 2017 timeframe for small base metal mines. The capital markets may not have been too friendly to mining in general during 2016 and 2017.  However, the panel will present two case studies of companies that rose to the challenge and sourced the capital they needed. The topics covered will include: Value enhancement in restructuring challenged assets; Legal pitfalls to avoid when dealing with complex financing particularly in lesser developed economies. Case Study One: Ero Copper; a tale of natural disaster, followed by bankruptcy, debt restructuring, private equity and IPO, all within 18 months. Case Study Two: Ascendant Resources; a tale of an orphan asset, negative cash flows, reverse merger, private placements and resuscitation.

Ascendant Resources Inc., Rohan Hazelton CPA, CA, Chief Financial Officer
Duff & Phelps LLC, Edward Lee,
Managing Director, Valuation Advisory Services (Ch)
Ero Copper Corporation, David Strang,
President and CEO 
Sherman & Sterling LLP, Anthony LePere
, Counsel, Project Development and Finance

11:35  I.4A ANALYSTS’ VIEW OF MARKETS: PART II - BATTERY, ENERGY STORAGE, AND ENERGY METALS - CONFERENCE ROOM G/H

Where are metals and minerals markets trending? What are the hot markets? Which are best positioned?  Which sectors have seen resurgence in the past year? Which Energy Metals will continue to surge? Why?  What is the outlook and are key trends for batteries, energy storage and related mineral supply chains?  How important is exploration spending? Where are key opportunities for funding exploration?

Commerce Resources Corp., Chris Grove, President
CRU, Alex Laugharne,
Principal Consultant, Consulting
House Mountain Partners, Chris Berry, President (Ch)  
Stormcrow Capital Ltd., Dr. John Hykawy, President & Director 

12:20   KEY NOTE SPEAKER LUNCHEON            
            SHEARMAN ROOM AND LIVE FEED CONFERENCE ROOMS G/H & J

12:35  MARIO ALFONSO CANTU SUAREZ, UNDER SECRETARY OF MINING,
           MINISTRY OF ECONOMY, MEXICO 
           
           The Upward Trend of Mexican Mining - Creating Investment Opportunities             
           SPONSORED BY GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO

1:30    I.5 MINING IN MEXICO - LATEST DEVELOPMENTS AND TRENDS - SHERMAN ROOM

Asociación de Ingenieros Mineros, Metalurgistas y Geólogos de México, Ing. Marco Antonio Bernal, President
Gustavson Associates, Donald E. Hulse, P.E., Vice President (Ch)
Mining Development Bank of Mexico (FIFOMI), Dr. Israel Gutiérrez Guerrero, Chief Executive Officer
Solum Consulting Group, Ing. Joel A. Carrasco, Principal
State of Durango, Mexico, Ing. Ramón Dávila Flores, Secretary of Economic Development

1:30   I.5A ANALYSTS’ VIEW OF THE MARKETS: PART III – IMPACT OF CHINA & REST OF WORLD                    CONFERENCE ROOM G/H

What is the outlook for China’s and India’s use of steel, minerals, metals and impact on global markets?  What is the importance and status of China’s One Belt, One Road? Is India and or the global economy in synchrony portending strength into 2019? Which markets are hot? are best positioned? What are key changes? What are technical, regional issues, demand drivers and margin trends in these sectors?

Baker McKenzie LLP, Greg McNab, Partner, Corporate & Securities Practice, Global Head of Mining & Metals 
The Epoch Times, Valentin Schmid,
Editor (Ch)
The World Bank, John Baffes, Senior Economist, Development Prospects Group
Wiley Rein LLP, Robert DeFrancesco, Partner
World Policy Institute, James H. Nolt, Senior Fellow

2:20  I.6 MANAGING CASH FLOW FOR CAPITAL & OPERATING SPENDING - SHEARMAN ROOM

For several decades, the mining industry has had the tools to explicitly model cash flow uncertainty and investment risk when making capital and operating spending decisions. Except for financial reporting, there has been limited acceptance and use of these tools which creates the potential for investors being exposed to unnecessarily high capital risk. This panel will discuss the organizational challenges of introducing dynamic cash flow modelling into a mining company from the perspective of the C-Suite, mining finance, and academia.

Agnico Mines Limited, David Smith, Senior Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Desjardins Securities, Bruno Kaiser, Managing Director and the Head of Metals & Mining
Ernst & Young LLP (Toronto), Michael Samis,
Associate Partner (Ch)
McGill University, Mining Engineering Department, Dr. Roussos Dimitrakopoulos, Professor and Canada Research Chair, and Director of COSMO: Stochastic Mine Planning Laboratory
Triple Flag Mining Finance Limited, Jaco Crouse,
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance

2:20  I.6A ANALYSTS’ VIEW OF MARKETS: PART IV – COAL & ENERGY TRENDS AND OUTLOOK                    CONFERENCE ROOM G/H

Capstone Headwaters, Ray M. McCormick, Managing Director, Energy & Natural Resources
Golder Associates Inc., Richard Marston PE, Principal, Senior Practice Leader – Mining Consulting
Northcott Capital, Richard Reeves,
Managing Director (Ch)
PMV Research LLC: Michael Spohn, Independent Investment Analyst, Natural Resources
Respec Consulting, Karri Howlett, CFA, C.Dir, President

3:10   REFRESHMENT BREAK – coffee, phones, emails, etc.           
          Sponsored by Hatch Advisory

3:30   1.7 WHY SOME MINING PROJECTS SUCCEED & WHY SOME FAIL - SHEARMAN ROOM

Developing a mine is difficult at the best of times and is becoming more difficult as projects get more complex, lower grade and are in more remote locations. Besides properly defining technical issues such as resources, ground conditions, and metallurgy, capital and operating cost estimation and project execution has become challenging reflecting local and jurisdictional and non-technical issues. This panel will highlight common threads in successful and unsuccessful projects and speak to other issues to be addressed in other panels including resource estimation, water, power and societal issues and assessing risks and opportunities that contribute to project success.

Coeur Mining Inc., James Clark, VP of Project Development
Kappes, Cassiday & Associates, Tom Rauch, Project Manager & Senior Engineer (Ch)
Maleki Technologies Inc., Hamid Maleki PE,
President
Nemaska Lithium Inc., Steve Nadeau, CPA, CGA, Chief Financial Officer (tbc)
RPM Global, John L. Uhrie, PE, PhD, QP,
President Consulting Services – Americas

3:30  I.7A ANALYSTS’ VIEW OF MARKETS: PART V PRECIOUS METALS & COPPER    
                 CONFERENCE ROOM G/H

Behre Dolbear Goup, Bernard Guarnera, Director     
Bloomberg Intelligence, Mike McGlone, Senior Commodity Analyst
CPM Group, Jeff Christian, Managing Director (Ch)
McKinsey MineLens, Adam Graf, Solutions Expert

4:25   I.8 WHAT IS DIFFERENT TODAY FOR MINERS LOOKING TO RAISE CAPITAL?   
               SHEARMAN ROOM & LIVE FEED CONF G/H & J

How is today different than in years past for operators, lenders and investors agreeing on terms? Is the outlook more favorable for miners than one year ago? Why? Where? How good is it? Is it real? What are key issues, costs and terms that mining company management need to be aware of? Where are the opportunities? What types of deals technically and structurally are finding capital? 

Macquarie Bank, Patrick Murphy, Managing Director
Paringa Resources, Grant Quasha, Chief Executive Officer
Rothschild & Co., Nicholas Hooper, Managing Director
Royal Gold Canada, Alistair Baker, Director Business Development 
RPA USA Ltd., Richard Lambert, MBA, P.E., P.Eng., President & CEO, Principal Mining Engineer (Ch)

5:25   CONCLUSION OF DAY ONE OF CTMF CONFERENCE

6 – 8  RECEPTION – Food and Beverage    
          New York Marriott East Side Hotel - 525 Lexington Ave, at corner of 49th Street 

Join delegates and speakers for a networking reception with executives and analysts from the New York banking, finance and investment community for delicious hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Invite your colleagues and clients from the local business community. Register in advance. Spouses and guests are welcome. You do not have to attend the conference to attend the reception. NY SME thanks the reception sponsors. If your firm will like to join the sponsors Contact Tim Alch, Co Chair timalch@gmail.com    

Sponsored by Hecla Mining Company, SRK Consulting, and McCarthy Tetrault LLP

8:30   CONCLUSION OF DAY ONE OF THE CTMF CONFERENCE

TUESDAY MAY 1, 2018
Day Two of SME’s 6th Current Trends in Mining Finance (CTMF) Conference
Connecting Mining, Finance and Engineering Executives TM
Shearman & Sterling LLP 599 Lexington Ave, at corner of 53rd Street 

7:30   REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST           
          SHEARMAN ROOM AND CONFERENCE ROOMS G/H & J                 
          Sponsored by Behre Dolbear and the Government of Quebec

8:40   II.1 A MINING COMPANY’S PERSPECTIVE ON U.S. TAX REFORM - SHEARMAN ROOM

Mining companies operate in various jurisdictions that face tax uncertainties and so, managing the tax function in light of legislative change is complex.  This panel will address ways in which mining companies mitigate their tax risk in an environment of change and uncertainty and will focus on the potential impact on the U.S. mining industry of the recent U.S. tax law changes of P.L. 115-97 (i.e. Tax and Job Cuts Act) including certain cross-border implications of the new U.S. tax rules.

KPMG Canada, Keno Chan, Partner, U. S. Corporate Tax
KPMG LLP Canada, Penny Woolford, FCPA, FCA, Partner, International Corporate Tax
Lundin Mining Corporation, Jinhee Magie, Vice President, Finance

8:40   II-1A IMPLEMENTATION OF MINERAL RESERVES & RESOURCE DEFINITIONS AND CLASSIFICATIONS - CONFERENCE ROOM G/H

This panel will discuss the: Current situation on modernization of property disclosures for mining registrants reporting to the US SEC; Effect of uncertainty of tonnage and grade estimates on financial analysis; Modifying factors used to convert mineral resources to reserves, level of detail required, influence on classification[ and Use of the SME Guide to report Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves that are material and transparent as applied to coal, industrial minerals and aggregates.

AMEC Foster Wheeler, a Division of Wood Group, Harry Parker, PhD, Technical Director (Ch)
GeoGlobal LLC, Abani Samal, PhD, Principal
Groff Engineering & Consulting LLC., Brian Groff, Principal
RESPEC, Peter Christensen, Principal Consultant

9:30   II.2 HOW MINERAL EXPLORATION AND RISK IS FINANCED – SHEARMAN ROOM

How has the mining finance environment changed relative to the past and what are the trends for the future? How do mineral exploration companies attract financing in an unfavourable market? In the current market, where does most financing come from? How does the current geopolitical climate in the United States affect financing of mineral exploration companies? What are the biggest risks to mineral exploration companies seeking financing?

3ppb LLC, Patrick Chidley, CFA, ARSM, Partner
Pucara Resources, J. Stevens Zuker,
President and CEO
Red Cloud Klondike Strike Inc., Chad Williams P.Eng., Founder, President & CEO (Ch)
Resource Capital Funds, Jennifer MacPherson P.Geo., Associate

9:30   II.2A THE IMPORTANCE OF DUE DILIGENCE FOR EARLY-STAGE MINING PROJECTS –                               CONFERENCE ROOM G/H            

When do you need a Due Diligence for a mining project? What are the risks and opportunities of performing a due diligence analysis at an early stage?  What things are often overlooked or missed at an early stage, from a financial perspective? What constitutes a red flag at an early stage?      

Barksdale Capital Corporation, Rick Trotman, President and CEO
Newmont Mining Corporation, Henrique da Silva, Director of Geostatistics and Technology
Orion Resource Partners, Nick Michael, Technical Director
SRK Consulting, Ben Parsons, Principal Resource Geologist
SRK Consulting, Neal Rigby, PhD, CEng, AIME, MIMMM, Corporate Consultant (Mining) (Ch)

10:20   REFRESHMENT BREAK – coffee, phones, emails, etc.             
            Sponsored by Hatch Advisory

10:40   II.3 WHAT IS & WHO PROVIDES ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF CAPITAL? PART I    
                  SHEARMAN ROOM

This panel will discuss alternative and traditional sources of Capital for Miners to consider and legal and tax attributes and issues associated with these different ways of employing capital in the Mining World.

Franco Nevada Corporation, Sandip Rana CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Hatch Advisory, Robert Doyle, Regional Director, Investment & Business Planning
KPMG Canada, Ronald Maiorano CPA,
Partner, U.S. Corporate Tax Services (Ch)
Rincon Lithium Ltd., Ram Rathod, Vice President, Global Taxation
Shearman & Sterling LLP, Cynthia Urda Kassis, Head, Metals & Mining, Partner, Project Development & Finance

10:40   II.3A MINERAL AND MINING PROJECT APPRAISAL AND VALUATION           
                     CONFERENCE ROOM G/H

Duff & Phelps Canada Ltd, Alan Lee CA, CFA, CBV, Director, Valuation Advisory Services (Ch)
Mineral Appraiser LLC., John B. Gustavson, Principal  
Stagg Resource Consultants, Inc., Alan K. Stagg, PG, CMA, President

How do definitions and measures used in technical-economic evaluations and valuations differ?  How can management, financiers and investors bridge different perceived valuation, including discussion of coal and lithium? What are the key parameters, risks and valuations in transactions, disputes and financings? How have valuations, appraisals, trends and due diligence changed in recent years?

11:30  II.4 ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF CAPITAL - PART II – SHEARMAN ROOM

This panel will discuss trends in investment in a future product stream. Prior to the last decade, most mining development was funded through two instruments, direct equity and direct debt (loans to be paid in either cash or product).  More recently investments have become more creative, both in terms of payback and flexibility of pay back.  Royalties have always had a role, but the metals streaming and off take agreements by both traders and refiners have become much more mainstream.             

Auramet Trading LLC, James Verraster III, Chief Executive Officer
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, Frank Mariage, BSc, LLB, Partner, Global Mining Group

Gustavson Associates, Donald E. Hulse, P.E.,
Vice President (Ch) 
McCarthy Tetrault LP, Christopher Langdon, Partner, Business Law Group
Sandstorm Gold Ltd., David Awram, Senior Executive Vice President and Co-Founder

11:30   II.4A MINING COST AND OPERATING ISSUES AND TRENDS – CONFERENCE ROOM G/H

Two indicative trends are a reported 28% decline in productivity and 46% decline on return on investment in the mining industry or the industry recently has been burning half the money invested in the business. What can be done to thwart these trends, if they are accurate and what are examples of best practices and methods to over come the challenges management faces in an industry with seemingly more losers than there are winners – in their efforts to master declining grades, going deeper, more regulations etc.

Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation, Douglas Morrison, President & CEO  
Dundee Precious Metals Inc., Ian Lipchak P. Eng., Manager, Project Evaluations 
InfoMine USA, Jennifer Leinart, Director, President (Ch)
Roscoe Postle Associates, Grant Malensek, M.Eng., P.Eng./P.Geo., Principal Engineer: Valuations

12:20    SPEAKER LUNCHEON - SHEARMAN ROOM & LIVE FEED CONFERENCE ROOMS G/H & J
             SPONSORED BY RPA

12:35    MINING REGULATIONS AND LAW – CHANGES AFFECTING MINING FINANCE                

How does changing regulations impact foreign direct investment, exploration, development      and operations? How do societal and economic regulatory codes impact raising capital, project viability and construction? What is the state of the international regulatory environment? Is harmonization a reality?  What should investors, lenders and management know about best practices, changing regulations etc.?

Behre Dolbear Group, Bernard Guarnera, Director
Greystone Asset Management Douglass Loud, Esq., Executive Vice President 
Roscoe Postle Assoc., Deborah McCombe, PGeo., President & CEO Principal Geologist (Ch) 
 

1:30     II-5 TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION TODAY – THE FUTURE IS HERE: PART I        
                   SHEARMAN ROOM

What tools and technology are available to reduce costs and project risk? Is the virtual mine a reality? What obstacles do technical services, management and strategic mine planning need to overcome?        Where can technology make the most meaningful, cost effective impact in any part of mine life cycle? Are all types of companies and stakeholders able to benefit from use of technology and smart data?

Caterpillar, Inc., Michael C. Murphy, Chief Engineer, Mining Technology Enabled Solutions, Surface Mining & Technology Division
Dassault Systèmes, Fiona Carew, Director of Natural Resources
IBM Corporation, Jose R. Favilla Jr., Worldwide Director Industrial Solutions Industrial Products
Newmont Mining Corp., Michael Wundenberg, Vice President, Operational Technology and Innovation
Stratalis Consulting, George Hemingway, Partner & Innovation Practice Lead (Ch) 

1:30    II.5A BEST PRACTICE FOR STAKEHOLDER BUY IN: PART I  
                    CONFERENCE ROOM G/H - Sponsored by Llorente & Cuenca 

Effective communications and stakeholder engagement is essential for the operation and success of a mining project. Not only are there different government entities at the local, state, and national levels – often with conflicting regulations among them but there are also a myriad of civil society organizations and other groups representing the local communities where the projects are. Successfully addressing their concerns while adhering to international standards and best practices is key for maintaining social license. What should be done to improve the odds of success, including leveraging the media for effective stakeholder engagement?

Intera, Inc., Patrick Williamson, PG, QP, Principal Geochemist/ Hydrogeologist
Llorente & Cuenca, Erich de la Fuente
, Partner and CEO of US Operations (Ch)
Miller Thomson LLP, Sandra Gogal, Partner, Leader, Aboriginal, Leader, Cannabis
Mining and Common Good, Andres Recalde
, Consultant 

2:30     II-6 SUCCESSFUL USE OF TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION: PART II    
                  SHEARMAN ROOM

What techniques and technology can help tap more cash flow and manage and reduce costs? Is equipment, software or automation the ‘Holy Grail’ or is Human Ingenuity and Work the answer? Can drones, robots and automation in exploration, development, and operations improve productivity? How can data and the IoT able to modify, optimize operations and behavior to raise productivity? Where is real time data collection and integration with planning and operations making a difference?          

Alight Inc. Tom Struttmann, Group Executive, Alight Mining Solutions
Behre Dolbear Group, Lachlan Broadfoot
, CEO (Ch)
Enviromin, Inc., Dr. Lisa Kirk, Ph.D., P.Geo., Principal Biogeochemist and CEO
GeoMega Resources Inc., Kiril Muggerman, President and CEO
MST Global, Guido Perez, Business Development Manager – Tunneling

2:30   II.6A BEST PRACTICE: ENVIRONMENTAL & SOCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT : PART II
                   CONFERENCE ROOM G/H - Sponsored by Llorente & Cuenca

This panel will examine the environmental and social issues most relevant for lenders and developers of mining projects and related infrastructure (i.e., roads, railways and power). Panel members will share lessons learned from their years of experience supporting clients around the world throughout the phases of financing for mining and infrastructure projects, working with mining companies to manage environmental and social risks, and providing project finance for mining development.

BNP Paribas Securities Corp., Antonio Pichardo, Director Structured Debt Metals & Mining
Citi, Eliza Huger Eubank, 
Director and Global Head – Environmental and Social Risk Management
Mining Plus, Andrew Goode
, Principal
Ramboll, Sharon Maharg,
Senior Managing Consultant International Finance & EISA Services (Ch) 
Watson Environmental, Leslie Watson, Senior Environmental Analyst

3:25     REFRESHMENT BREAK – coffee, phones, emails, etc.            
            Sponsored by Hatch Advisory

3:45     II.7 GOVERNMENT SUPPORT OF INVESTMENT IN MINING AND MINERAL SECTORS 
                  SHEARMAN ROOM    

What should and what can governments do to encourage investment in mining? Including to secure the supply of minerals for new, high tech industries that require new raw materials in unprecedented quantities especially with regard to emerging technologies and energy and electric mobility applications. This panel will discuss the necessity and options governments have to contribute to a sustainable and secure supply of the so called high tech mineral.   

EIT Raw Materials, Karen Hanghøj, Chief Executive Officer 
German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA), Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Dr. Ing. Sven-Uwe Schulz, Head of Unit Evaluation of Mineral Resources (Ch)
Ressources Québec, Amyot Choquette, Senior Director, Mines 
Societe Du Plan Nord Quebec, Jocelyn Douheret, Director Business Development

3:45     II.7A OPPORTUNITIES: A WAY FORWARD - REUSE, REMEDIATION
                     CONFERENCE ROOM G/H

This panel will highlight some of the opportunities for industry to monetize existing idle, legacy assets, possibly registered as liabilities, utilizing available techniques and technologies to find a way forward.

BQ Energy, Paul Curran, Founder and Director  
KronwnCorp Inc., Jeremie Bourgeois, PE
, Chief Executive Officer
Legacy Land Stewardship PBC, Paul Newman,
Executive Vice President
McGriff, Seibels and Williams, Inc., W. Cliff Yeckes, P.G., MBA,
SVP, Environmental Practice Leader
PrepTech, Inc., Barbara J. Arnold Ph.D. President and SME President (2018) (Ch)

4:35     II.8 IN THE AGE OF DISRUPTION - THINGS TO DO TO SURVIVE             
                  SHEARMAN ROOM: LIVE FEED CONFERENCE ROOMS G/H & J

The mining industry faces challenges of all sorts: What should explorers and miners do to adjust, leverage value and prosper? How to prepare mining companies and projects for financing. What the industry can do to raise capital, lower cost and risk, and increase cash flow and profits? What are the core strategies to balance the importance of the technical and non-technical issues?          

BNP Paribas, Paul D. Scherzer, Managing Director, Head – Metals & Mining Advisory North America
Independent Mining Consultants, Inc., John Marek, P.E
., President (Ch)
Samuels Engineering, Al Kuestermeyer, Senior Process Engineer
Sphinx Resources, Normand Champigny, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

5:25     CLOSING REMARKS BY CONFERENCE CO CHAIR
            SHEARMAN ROOM: LIVE FEED CONFERENCE ROOMS G/H & J

NY SME, Conference Program Chair and TAA Advisory LLC, Tim Alch, Managing Partner

5:30     RECEPTION – Food and Beverage from 5:30 to 8:00 PM
            Shearman & Sterling LLP 599 Lexington Ave., at corner of 53rd St.         

Join all delegates and speakers for a networking reception with executives, analysts from the New York banking, finance and investment community for delicious hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Register in advance. Spouses and guests are welcome. Invite colleagues and clients from New York's business community for some early refreshments. We anticipate having a special raffle of three wonderful photos by the photographer Laszlo Bencze. Visit receptions for more about this. We hope you join us! 

            Sponsored by Hecla Mining Company,  Shearman & Sterling LLP, SRK Consulting

8:00     CONCLUSION OF DAY TWO OF THE CTMF CONFERENCE

WEDNESDAY MAY 2, 2018
Two Post CTMF Conference Workshops and Lunch
Shearman & Sterling LLP 599 Lexington Ave., at corner of 53rd St.

III. Efficient, Effective Due Diligence for Modern Mining Investments Led by Lachlan Broadfoot, CEO of Behre Dolbear Breakfast 7:45 AM, Start 8:30 AM, End 11:30 AM, Lunch Noon to 1 PM

Read about the workshops here

IV. Sustainability in Mining: Innovation to Reduce Mining Life Cycle Costs and Impacts
by Dr. Lisa Kirk, Principal Biogeochemist, Enviromin Inc
Breakfast 7:45 AM, Start 8:30 AM, End 11:30 AM, Lunch Noon to 1 PM

Read about the workshops here

LUNCH FROM NOON TO 1 PM - Sponsored by E&Y and Shearman & Sterling LLP

WEDNESDAY MAY 2, 2018 - 1 PM - CONCLUDES THE 2018 CTMF CONFERENCE

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If you would like to join the sponsors contact Tim Alch conference Co Chair timalch@gmail.com  

We hope to see you at 

Save the dates - Submit abstracts early - Join the Sponsors for 
SME's 7th annual Current Trends in Mining Finance Conference Smarter Mining and Finance:
How are Technology and Innovation Disrupting Mining Economics? New Frontiers and Risks

Connecting Mining, Finance and Engineering Executives TM 
Sunday April 28 - Wednesday May 1, 2019

Return to this website for updates. Download a 4 page flier about the 2018 event with a schedule by clicking here The format of the 2019 Conference will be similar to the 2018 event and held in the same wonderful venues shown in pictures herein this site.

* Space is becoming limited. The organizers are monitoring registrations periodically and may need to close registration. We may require some registered delegates to be present in a second board conference room that will have live video and audio feed to the main conference or conference room G/H and or attend in a third board room to watch and hear via live audio/video feed. Additional rooms and space adjacent to the main conference room are places to relax, network, meet one on one, for quiet phone conversations, or work.

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