NY SME will meet in-person at CTMF 2023 on May 8-12, 2023. Save the dates. Revisit this site for scheduling and agenda updates. On Monday May 8th and Thursday May 11th there will be work shops, with the conference on Tuesday May 9th and Wednesday May 10th. Please plan accordingly. We hope to see you in person. We welcome your expression(s) of interest to speak, participate and sponsor CTMF 2023 at info@smeny.org. We are already in discussions with speakers.  

NY SME is also hosting its 3rd virtual Thought Leaders in Mining event on Tuesday January 10, 2023 about Looking Forward - How to Best Manage Risks Impacting Mineral, Energy & Mining Supply Chains. Join us at no cost. Register now and revisit the website for scheduling and agenda updates. Send your expression of interest to speak and or sponsor to info@smeny.org.  Speakers will be from Baker & McKenzie LLP; Benchmark Mineral Intelligence; Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP; Costmine; CPM Group LLC; Eagle Mines Management; First Majestic Silver Corp.; German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA), Federal Institute for Geosciences & Natural Resources (BGR), Federal Geological Survey of Germany; Marc LeVier & Associates; NY SME; National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center; Government of Quebec; Rice University, Baker Institute; Shearman & Sterling LLP; Skarn Associates; Skycorp, Inc.; SLR International Corporation; Société du Plan Nord; Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) Foundation (SMEF); Soar Financial Partners; SRK Consulting; Stantec Consulting; Teck Resources Limited; U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); U.S. Geological Survey (USGS); WSP USA; and others.

View on-demand NY SME's 2nd Thought Leaders in Mining event Sustainably Funding the Global Mineral Supply Chain: How to Succeed here and our first virtual event Strengthening Critical Minerals Supply Chains in North America - Key Role of Quebec

NY SME's two virtual Thought Leaders in Mining events were attended by more than 430 and 540 registrants, respectively including many global industry leaders. NY SME events seek to answer questions and address topics industry leaders, miners, board members, investors, policy makers, stakeholders, communities and financiers want to know about financing mining supply.  
NY SME thanks Rio Tinto Plc, as Lead Sponsor
and other Sponsors of our 2nd virtual event: Dassault Systèmes and Government of Quebec and Great Bear Resources Ltd and HATCH Consulting and RESPEC Consulting and Shearman & Sterling LLP and SRK Consulting
Speakers at the second virtual event included subject matter experts and industry leaders from: Benchmark Mineral Intelligence; Corem; Dassault Systèmes; Eagle Mines Management; General Motors; Government of Quebec; Great Bear Resources; HATCH Consulting; Hecla Mining Company; ING Capital; Resources Quebec; RESPEC Consulting; Rio Tinto; Shearman & Sterling; Société du Plan Nord; SOQUEM Inc.; SRK Consulting; Standard & Poor's Global Ratings; Wheaton Precious Metals and others. 

NY SME encourages your expressions of interest to participate, speak at or be a sponsor of future NY SME events. Please submit your expressions of interest to info@smeny.org 

NY SME is looking forward to reconvene and see all in-person at CTMF 2023 in NYC on May 8-12, 2023! Join us! Below is about CTMF 2020 that was delayed. Revisit this site for updates. 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​SME’s 8th Current Trends in Mining Finance (CTMF) Conference 
Managing Risk and Identifying Opportunities in a Disruptive World
Connecting Mining, Finance and Engineering Executives
Sunday May 10 - Wednesday May 13, 2020

CTMF 2020 will focus on key trends and issues impacting raising capital and solutions, risks and opportunities in the global mining and exploration industry. Speakers will highlight case studies about how management and investors use best financing, operating, reporting and compliance practices and technology to anticipate, track, manage and reduce costs and technical, societal, environmental, social license, political, and financial risk. There will be many engaging round table discussions about the issues and risks impacting deals, the market and outlook.  The use and adaptation of technology and innovation is core to the agenda.

View a daily schedule here. Register now at early-bird discount. Hear, meet and ask questions of subject matter experts during breakfast, morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, lunch, receptions and workshops. Read about the workshops and instructors' bios here. 

Attending CTMF are many qualified experts and executives managing and or advising the industry about rapid, pivotal changes impacting projects and opportunities. Delegates are managers and executives of private and public mining and exploration companies and bankers, financiers, advisers and investors in mining, exploration and related infrastructure world wide.

We invite you to hear and ask questions during more than thirty-five engaging, informative 30 minute round table discussions each followed by 20 minutes of audience Q&A. Share this Call for Papers. Get your questions answered. Join the sponsors including BNP ParibasRPA: Roscoe Postle Associates-now part of SLRShearman & SterlingSME; RPM GlobalMining IntelligenceHatch Advisory; Blakes, Cassels & GraydonSRK ConsultingGreat Bear ResourcesGolder AssociatesHecla Mining CompanyBehre Dolbear; Wood Plc; Government of QuebecStantecCPM GroupAbernathy MacGregor; RESPEC ConsultingEnergirSynTerra Corporation and media partners. Thank you! 

Below is a summary of CTMF 2020. Visit the agenda for panel descriptions and the speakers.

Sunday May 10, 2020: Two Workshops: Noon - 4:30 PM at New York Marriott East Side Hotel

I.  Lessons learned from mega projects and mining projects - Key success factors
II. Are you ready? An Update to Navigate the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s New Mining Property Disclosure Requirements: Get Ready before 2021 

Welcome Reception: 5:00 - 7:00 PM at New York Marriott East Side Hotel. Guest speaker Chris Taylor, M.Sc., P.Geo. Director; President and CEO of Great Bear Resources Ltd.

CTMF Conference Day One - Monday May 11, 2020 at Shearman & Sterling LLP
Breakfast and registration start at 7:30 AM. Event begins at 8:15 AM.

I.1 Capital Markets Review and Key Trends in Mining
I.2 Disruption in Mining Finance – Investment in Mining and Social Capital

Key Note: What is the Outlook for Public Equity Returning to Fund Precious Metals Financing and Role of Actively Managed & Dedicated Funds

I.3 Mining M&A and Consolidation Trends
I.3A Investing in Industrial Minerals: What Makes Them Different?
I.3B Traceability in Mining: Enabling Transparency, Accountability, and Circularity – A Battery Sector Case Study

I.4 Impact of China on Global Mineral Supply Chains
I.4A Financing Exploration and Early Stage Development
I.4B Ethics and Trust in Mining: A Brave New Wold

Key Note: Fostering Stable Global Critical, Battery and Rare Earth Mineral Supply Chains

I.5 Metals Pricing Trends & Outlook: What’s Different?
I.5A Important Local, Federal Government Tax Law Changes
I.5B Government Policy Encouraging Investment and Development

I.6 To be announced
I.6A How to Measure and Mitigate Risks in the Mining Industry
I.6B U.S. SEC Rule S-K 1300 Disclosure Rules for Mining Registrants: Are You Ready for 2021?

I.7 Critical Material Supply Chain Trends: What is the Outlook? Two Panels
I.7A Why Some Mining Projects and Some Fail: Two Panels
I.7B Energy Prices, Trends and Opportunities

I.8 Critical Material Supply Chain Trends: What is the Outlook? Part Two 
I.8A Why Some Mining Projects and Some Fail: Part Two
I.8B Sustainable Mining and the Water-Energy Nexus
I.9 What is Different Today for Miners Looking to Raise Capital?

Evening Reception: 6:00 - 8:00 PM at New York Marriott East Side Hotel

CTMF Conference Day Two - Tuesday May 12, 2020 at Shearman & Sterling LLP
Breakfast and registration start at 7:30 AM. Event begins at 8:30 AM.

II.1 Sources of Capital: Private Equity, Royalties, Streaming, Pre-Payments
II.1A Estimating and Managing Costs at Early and Development Stages
II.1B Quebec's James Bay Alliance: A Case Study of Collaboration

II.2 Green/ESG Finance: A New Source of Funding for the Mining Sector
II.2A Corporate Tailings Stewardship as Pertains to Investment Risk
II.2B Investing and Operating in Quebec

II.3 Investing and Operating in USA
II.3A Using New Technology and Innovation Underground and in Exploration
II.3B Owners' and Investment Due Diligence: Are Right Questions Being Asked?

II.4 To be announced
II.4A Solar Developments on Brownfield Mine Properties
II.4B Innovations in Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy and the Expanding Workforce Technical Gap

Key Note: The Importance of and How to Optimize Mine Stakeholders' Concerns

II.5 Emerging ESG Issues in Mining
II.5A Digital Transformation: Use of Artificial Intelligence
II.5B Fostering a New Generation of Mining Investors – How?

II.6 Quantitative Approaches to Managing ESG, Social License, Stakeholder Interests
II.6A Digital Transformation: Use of Technology in Mining - Part Two
II.6B Investing in and Operating in Mexico

II.7 Sustainability as an Economic Driver in Mining
II.7A Extra-terrestial (Space) Mining, Challenges and the Opportunities
II.7B Resource & Reserve Definitions: What are Best Techniques & Practices
II.8 Favorable Investment Jurisdictions in the Mining and Minerals Sector in the Americas 

Evening Reception: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at Shearman & Sterling LLP

Wednesday May 13, 2020 Four Workshops at Shearman & Sterling LLP

Two morning workshops with breakfast at 7:45 AM, workshop starts at 8:30AM
III. Mining asset valuation and its uses
IV. Digital transformations, Technology implementation - How to get started, what to expect, how to benefit and lessons learned

Lunch 11:45 AM to 1 PM at Shearman & Sterling LLP

Two afternoon workshops: start at 12:30 PM, end at 4:15 PM 

V.  The value of cost estimating of mining projects at the scoping stage
VI.  Measuring, quantifying and monetizing risk exposure in a mining organization

Visit the agenda for details and updates about the panels and speakers. Download a daily schedule here. Thank you Sponsors!

Speaking at CTMF 2020 will be many thought-leaders and these key note and guest speakers. 

Peter Grosskopf, CEO of Sprott Inc and Managing Director of Sprott Resource Lending and Douglas B. Groh, Portfolio Manager, Sprott Asset Management (USA) will talk about the changing equity and mining finance markets and the investing, lending and outlook for capital raising and financing gold projects and companies. They will also discuss the return of public equity investing through actively managed and dedicated funds as well as the risks and opportunities available to precious metals investors. Sprott has over 200,000 clients worldwide and manages more than US$10 billion in assets.

Also speaking at CTMF 2020 will be Douglas B. Silver, Portfolio Manager at Orion Mine Finance. Doug will talk about The Importance of and How to Optimize Mine Stakeholders’ Concerns in these changing times when society’s and capital markets’ rules of conduct and expectations are continuing to evolve, requiring mineral and mining companies to adapt to the times. The old adage “We only work for our shareholders” no longer passes the smell test. Today, miners and explorers need consider other options and methods to optimize and manage stakeholders’ concerns to obtain and maintain social license. The question is, whether this is economically feasible. Doug's talk will review this paradigm shift and how investors and owners are adapting to change.  

Mr. Chris Taylor, M.Sc., P.Geo. Director; President and CEO of Great Bear Resources Ltd will be a guest speaker at the welcome reception on Sunday May 10 from 5 to 7 PM. The reception with delicious hors d'oeuvres and beverages is not a dinner. Chris will discuss Great Bear Resources' Fundamental Science-First Approach to Exploration. To attend the Sunday reception all need to register in advance. There are no on-site registrations. All registered delegates for either of the two Sunday workshops will be registered for the Sunday Welcome reception.  

Register now at discount rates for any of the CTMF 2020 events 
here to hear, meet, learn and ask questions of many executives, advisers, technical and non-technical experts and officials. 

At CTMF 2019 there were more than 270 attendees, including officers from more than 50 mining and exploration companies and bankers, investors, private equity, analysts, advisers, engineers, and officials from Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Quebec, United States and elsewhere. Delegates attending were from more than 20 countries including Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Guyana, India, Japan, Kosovo, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Uruguay. 

Titles of attendees include: CEO, President, Partner, Executive Director, Project Manager, Banker, VP, Engineering & Development, Corporate Finance Specialist, CFO, Treasurer, Consultant, Managing Director, Geologist, Project Geologist, Corporate Strategist, Investor, Environmental Specialist, Engineer, Mining Engineer, Lawyer, Financial and Equity Analyst, Accountant, Portfolio Manager, Controller, CTO - Chief Technology Officer, Digital Communications Officer; Global Leaders of Mining and Natural Resources, Founder and Community Engagement, Economic Geologist, Investor Relations Officer, Auditor, VP of Underwriting, Credit Research, Environmental Services Practice Leader and Appraiser.

Above is Ross Bhappu, Partner, Head of Private Equity Funds at Resource Capital Funds presenting his key note talk about: "Where are the Public Markets for Mining? And how do we get them back?" at CTMF 2019

In recent years CTMF conferences featured these key note speakers: 

  • Ross Bhappu, Partner, Head of Private Equity Funds at Resource Capital Funds
  • Government of Quebec's Mr. Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation and Minister Responsible for the Lanaudière Region
  • Casey Hammond, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Anthony O'Neill, Group Director, Technical & Sustainability, Anglo American Plc
  • Phillips S. Baker, Jr., President and CEO, Hecla Mining Company
  • Mario Alfonso Cantu Suarez, Under Secretary of Mining, Ministry of Economy, Mexico
  • Dr. Israel Gutierrez Guerrero, Chief Executive Officer, Mining Development Bank of Mexico

CTMF 2020 will highlight and focus on these topics. 

  • Bankers’ View of Capital Markets and Mine Financing - multiple round tables about recent deals and transactions, M&A, restructurings, as well as discussion of where, how and who is raising capital, what issues are most prominent in investors' minds and what is the outlook
  • Evaluating, Structuring Finance and Funding of Mining Companies, Projects and Exploration including discussion of alternative capital sources, royalty, streaming, forward sales, debt, project finance, pre-payments, off-take agreements, block chain and tokenization

  • Analysts’ View of Metals and Minerals Markets - multiple panel discussions about the global metals and mining markets and the impact of evolving technology and policy changes on supply, demand, and prices for base, precious, industrial, battery, critical, rare earth and energy metals
  • Use of Technology, Smart Data, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation - multiple round tables by leading experts about how industry uses data and innovation to evaluate and manage operating and capital costs and risk, and to stay compliant with changing standards and regulations

  • Managing Changes of Rules and Regulations - multiple panel discussions about anticipating and managing in an ever-changing, complex regulatory landscape, including about tax codes, best practices and harmonization of codes, as well as sustainability, societal, political risk
  • Engaging Stakeholders For Success - multiple panel discussions with case studies about miners and financiers including non-technical, ESG, CSR best practices and societal, economic, technical, sustainability, recycling in mining and infrastructure development and finance

  • Best Practices re Operations, Compliance and Reporting - including discussions of recent changes to rules and regulations, resource and reserve definitions, harmonization of mining codes, e.g. about the U.S. SEC's S-K 1300 revising of Industry Guide 7
  • Government Policy to Foster, Advance, Attract Investment in mining and related mineral sectors including about technology, stability of supply of specialty, critical and battery metals

  • And other current topics, trends, issues, best practices and case studies

Register at a discount now to attend the conference, any of the workshops and three receptions. Join us as a sponsor! Submit your abstracts to speak hereThank you Sponsors!

At CTMF attendees can meet one-on-one with influential, senior banking, investing, private equity, engineering and advisory company officers and officials from government agencies who interpret and present technical and non-technical data to support analysis and financing of sand and gravel, industrial, base, precious and critical minerals and bulk mineral projects world wide.  

Senior representatives from these and other banking, finance, accounting, royalty, streaming, private equity and investment firms attended CTMF 2019: Accendo Banco; AXA XL; BMO Capital Markets; BNP Paribas Securities; BNP Paribas; Canada, Government of; Capstone Headwaters; Citibank Corporate & Investment Bank; Commonwealth Bank of Australia; Consulate General of Canada in New York; Desjardins Securities; Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc.; Duff & Phelps Ltd; Erdenes Mongol; Ernst & Young Canada; E&Y; Export Development Canada; FTI Consulting; Franco-Nevada Corporation; German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA), Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR); Government of Quebec; IBK Capital Corp.; ING Capital; International Finance Corporation/ World Bank Group; Investissment Quebec; KPMG Canada; Macquarie; Maverix Metals Inc.; Moelis & Company; Murdock Capital; Northcott Capital; Orion Mine Finance; Quebec Government Office in New York; Red Cloud Klondike Strike; Resource Capital Fund; Ressources Quebec; ROC Global; Rothschild; S&P Global Ratings; Sandstorm Gold Ltd.; Société Générale; Societe du Plan Nord, Quebec; The World Bank; Triple Flag Mining Finance Ltd; U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management; USG; Zurich NA and others

Executives from these exploration and mining companies and officials from government agencies supporting mineral and mining investment attended CTMF 2019: Agnico Eagle Mines; AmAuCu Mining Corp.; Ammonite Resources; Andex Minerals; ArcelorMittal Mining Canada; Atlantic Gold Corporation; Aura Minerals; BHP; BlackRock Metals; Canada, Government of; Coeur Mining, Inc.; Consulate General of Canada in New York; Controlled Thermal Resources; CSN Minerals, Brazil; Doré Copper Mining Corporation; Dundee Precious Metals; Emergent Technology; Erdenes Mongol; Export Development Canada; First Quantum Minerals Limited; Franco-Nevada Corporation; Galway Metals; GAME, Inc.; German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA), Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR); Glencore; Global Sea Mineral Resources; Hecla Mining; Hudbay Minerals Inc.; International Finance Corporation/ World Bank Group; Investissement Québec; Jaxon Mining Inc.: KGHM International; Kinross Gold Co.; Leagold Mining Corporation; Lundin Mining Corp.; Mason Graphite; Maverix Metals; MERN: Quebec's Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles/ Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources; Minera Gold Fields Chile; Mines Royales Quebec; Monarques Gold Corp.; Nemaska Lithium; Newmont Mining Corp.; Nouveau Monde Graphite; Novagold Resources; Ocean Minerals LLC; Orvana Minerals Corp.; PolyMet Mining; Quebec Government Office in New York; Quebec Precious Metals Corp; Ressources Quebec; Royal Gold; Sandspring Resources Ltd; Sandstorm Gold Ltd.; Sirios Resources; Societe du Plan Nord, Quebec; Sphinx Resources; Teck Resources; Texas Mineral Resources; Torex Gold Resources; Twin Pines Resources; U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management; Volcan Compañía Minera; Zhong Guo Mining and others

Senior officers of these engineering, construction, equipment, legal, accounting, technology and other advisory companies attended CTMF 2019: Abernathy MacGregor; Agapito Associates; Baker McKenzie; Behre Dolbear; Black & Veatch; Blake, Cassels & Graydon; Bloomberg Intelligence; Bradford Consulting; The Brattle Group; Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; Cementation USA; Clear Creek Digital; Colorado School of Mines; Columbia University Water Center; Control Risks; Cornell University; CPM Group; CRU; DLG Consultants; EARTHRES Group; ESG Consulting; Fasken Martineau DuMoulin; Fastmarkets; GeoGlobal; GE-Wabtec; Golder; Groff Engineering & Consulting LLC; Gustavson Associates; Hatch Advisory; Hatch; Hoal Consulting; House Mountain Partners; IDS GeoRadar; Independent Mining Consultants; InfoMine USA; Intera, Inc.; Kappes Cassidy & Associates; Lauras Liasons; LaszloPhoto; Lincoln Metallurgical; Lulea University of Technology; McGriff, Siebels & Williams; Millcreek Engineering; Miller Thomson; MDS: Mining & Development Services, LLC; Mining Journal; Near Earth LLC; New Space Analytics LLC; NY SME; Panattoni Development Co.; Penguin Automated Systems; PMV Research; Proudfoot Consulting; Ramboll; Raw Materials & Ironmaking Global Consulting; RESPEC; Riivos; Roscoe Postle Associates; RPM Global; Samuel Engineering; Sanford Rose Associates; SCM Decisions, LLC; Sepor Services LLC; Shearman & Sterling LLP; SME; Social Capital Group s.a.c.; SRK Consulting; Stagg Resource Consultants; Stantec; SynTerra Corp.; TAA Advisory; Technology Metals Research; The Climate Service; Tierra Group International; University of Delaware; University of Utah; U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory; Watson Environmental; Weir International, Inc.; Westech Engineering; White & Case LLP; Wiley Rein LLP; Wood Plc; and others. 

Quebec's delegation of mining executives and officials returned to CTMF 2019 for the fourth year - and will be returning this year, 2020. Last year, Quebec's Minister of Economy and Innovation and Minister Responsible for the Lanaudière Region, Mr. Pierre Fitzgibbon spoke about "What makes operating and investing in Quebec's mineral rich province attractive". Some highlights are:

Quebec is widely known as a premiere center of mining excellence endowed with great mineral wealth and human resources - encompassing a productive work force skilled at employing and developing the latest innovative technology and method of operation. Some highlights include:

  • In 2017, the mining sector made $ 3.05 billion in investments for Québec.
  • The mining sector has nearly 30,000 direct and indirect jobs.
  • The supplier and supplier network alone accounts for 3,950 Québec companies.
  • Mineral production is diversified: 29 substances exploited (15 metals and 14 non-metallic minerals).
  • There are 25 active mines and nearly 26 mining projects.

Above are some of Quebec's delegation of officials and executives attending CTMF 2019 

You do not have to attend the conference to register to attend any of the workshops and receptions. Read the about the workshops and instructors' bios here. The conference agenda with the speakers' details is here. Throughout CTMF there is time and space to meet one-on-one with many influential banking, finance and industry executives and advisers working around the world. 

Below are panelists at CTMF 2017 discussing the Successful Use of Technology and Data in Mining. The engaging round table was followed by audience Q&A. It was chaired by Francois Bouffard from Dassault Systemes with senior officers from Black Rock Metals, BQ Energy, CEMI, the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation, EnviroSuite, Maptek, McGill University, and Stratilis Consulting. We hope you can join us!


We hope you can join us at 
SME's 8th annual Current Trends in Mining Finance Conference 
Managing Risk and Identifying Opportunities in a Disruptive World

Connecting Mining, Finance and Engineering Executives

Sunday May 10 - Wednesday May 13, 2020

* Space is limited. The organizers are monitoring registrations periodically and may need to close registration. Registration closed early in 2018 and 2017. 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.

NY SME is organizer of the annual CTMF conferences. It is a section of Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, an association of 14,000+ geo-scientists and mining, mineral professionals in 100+ countries. SME members include mining executives, engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange and professional development. SME is a member society of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers. The New York Section of SME encompasses the Tri-State area. Its members are given the opportunity to network with peers and hear valuable presentations through its activities. NY SME dates back to 1871 when a handful of mining engineers in New York City founded the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME).

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