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9th Current Trends in Mining Finance (CTMF) Conference 
Seeking Certainty in an Uncertain World
Connecting Mining, Finance and Engineering Executives
Monday, May 20 - Wednesday, May 22, 2024 
Shearman & Sterling's Conference Center, at 599 Lexington Ave., New York City

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CTMF Conferences focus on the challenges and opportunities to secure, de-risk, fund and find precious and industrial, critical and battery metals, and other global mineral supply chainsfeaturing industry mining, finance and engineering subject matter experts, mining and exploration executives, policy advisors and regional, provincial, state, and federal officials developing, enacting, interpreting policies impacting global mineral supply chains. Register here. 

The format of CTMF, include workshops, a two day conference and three evening networking receptions, breakfasts, morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, and lunches allowing delegates time to get questions answered by leading executives active and operating in the mining and finance industry and within the world's leading mining sector engineering firms. Also present are many principals from professional advisory, support firms e.g. attorneys, accountants, ESG, CSR, societal, environmental, and community relations experts. The venue allows all to meet one-on-one and in groups.

Meet with many advisors and experts on precious, base, energy, battery metals and rare earth minerals, stakeholders as well as policy makers who work to anticipate, manage and reduce the risks of and fund mineral projects worldwide. 

Hear technical, economic, policy and business issues discussed by leading mining and related sector subject matter authorities, experts and executives who evaluate, de-risk, find, value and finance mineral resources and mining projects of all types worldwide. 

The two day agenda focuses on issues impacting the funding and the mining of and sourcing critical, strategic, industrial and precious metals, minerals processing and recycling, as the industry and consumers of minerals of all types adapt to a fast changing geo-political world, wherein many are transitioning to sustainable operations and attempting to secure and on-shore minerals needed for the transition to renewable energy, electric vehicles, and the green economy. The impact on mining is profound. It is a complex, unique, technical sector with specific issues and needs, dependent on where mother nature inexplicably places the world's mineral resources. 

Read about the four informative, engaging workshops here (including the instructors' bios) that will be in the morning and afternoon of Monday, May 20, 2024:

I. Adam Hawkins & Alan Oshiki: Why We Lose. How We Can Win. Win Hearts & Minds by Defining, Understanding, and Adapting to Social, Political, and Reputational Risk Factors 
II.
Christopher Ryan and Jesse Sherrett: Shearman & Sterling LLP and Gerhard Rudolph, co-Head of Allen & Overy Mining & Metals Group (Johannesburg): Key Risks Relating to New Technologies and Steps That Mine Owners and Contractors Should Consider
III.
Dave McLane, PE and Dan Kenny: Burns & McDonnell: The Challenge of Delivering Projects as the Mining Industry Transitions to a Decarbonized World: What's Involved
IV.
Gerald Whittle, CEO and Raziel Zisman, M.A., M.E.S., LL.M., Whittle Consulting
: Integrated Strategic Planning in Mining

Join us at three evening networking receptions with Guest Speakers to meet attendees, members of New York's business and finance community on Monday, May 20 after the workshops, and on Tuesday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 22 after the conference. Read about the Guest Speakers and their topics here

Speaking at the Monday, May 20 Reception will be:
Dr. Kwasi Ampofo, Head of Metals & Mining: Bloomberg New Energy Finance (NEF): Is the US winning the race to secure critical minerals for the energy transition?; and 
Mr. Kai Hoffmann, CEO of SOAR Financial: The Green Energy Revolution – Do Investors Really Care? Financing Trends

Speaking at the Tuesday, May 21 Reception will be:
Mr. Rob McEwen, Chairman, McEwen Mining and McEwen Copper: How to Make Mining RELEVANT to Investors; and 
Dr. Dave Lawie, Ph.D., Chief Geoscientist, Chief Technologist - Mining, IMDEX Ltd: Unlock the Mine's Hidden Value: The Power of Ore Body Knowledge

Speaking at the Wednesday, May 22 Reception will be:
Mr. George Bee, President & CEO, US Gold Corp.: Mineral Resource Development – Key Considerations; and
Dr. Peter K.M. Megaw, Consulting Exploration Geologist, President of IMDEX/Cascabel and co-founder of MAG Silver; in a fireside chat with Lauren Megaw, Investors Relations, Reyna Silver: Size Matters...But Grade Matters More
 
At CTMF 2024 meet many senior industry executives, leaders and experts who evaluate, fund, value, and advise critical, strategic, industrial, precious metals and mining projects of all types world wide and government officials, including from the US Government.

Speaking Tuesday May 21, 2024 in a roundtable discussion will be:
Mr. Zack Valdez; Advisor, Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains, US Department of Energy (Ch)
Mr. Joe Sopcisak, Technical Integration Officer MCEIP OASD for Industrial Base Policy, US Department of Defense;
Mr. George Cajati, Foreign Affairs Officer, US Department of State; and
Mr. Evan Musolino; Acting Managing Director, Office of Infrastructure and Critical Minerals, US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC).

Together they will discuss:

Coordination of Mineral Development and Strengthening Supply Lines: Efforts Across the US Government

The global market for minerals in relation to developing the clean energy transition is witnessing unprecedented growth, driving increasing demand from various industries. The United States government plays a crucial role in coordinating mineral development efforts, ensuring stable supply chains, and mitigating uncertainties in the dynamic landscape. This panel aims to explore the strategies employed across the USG to manage mineral development, stretch supply lines, and reduce uncertainty in the global market with key topics such as policy frameworks, international collaborations, and technological advancements. Attendees will gain valuable insights on efforts to streamline permitting processes, encourage responsible mining practices, and promote innovation and partnership in developing the upstream clean energy supply chain.

Dr. Zack Valdez; Advisor, Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains, US Department of EnergyZack Valdez serves as Advisor to the Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains. Previously, he served the office as its Chief of Staff. Prior to joining DOE, he developed strategy for diversity, equity, inclusion, and future workforce policy at the Office of Advanced Manufacturing within the National Institutes of Standards and Technology. Dr. Valdez has extensive experience with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math outreach and engagement with national non-profits. He is also an alumni of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology Policy Fellowship, where he served on the Energy and National Resources Committee of the U.S. Senate. Zack received his academic degrees in his native state of Texas with a Ph.D. from Baylor University and Engineering and Physics B.S. degrees from St. Mary’s University.

Mr. Joseph "Joe" Sopcisak, is the Technical Integration Officer for Manufacturing Capability Expansion and Investment Prioritization (MCEIP) within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (OASD) for Industrial Base Policy (IBP) where he serves as a senior advisor, materials science subject matter expert, technical liaison and research analyst on Industrial Base sectors, supply chains, and key supplier matters. MCEIP prioritizes and invests in industrial development and production critical for protecting national security and is comprised of the DPA Title I, DPA Title III, and IBAS (ICAM) portfolios. Prior to his role with OSD, Joe was a staff research scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He has a broad background in materials research and manufacturing including materials characterization, physical metallurgy, additive manufacturing, alloy design, and materials for extreme environments such as hypersonics. He is experienced in ceramics, metals, composites, refractories, bulk metallic glasses, laser-metal interactions, corrosion, and phase transformations. Joe holds a B.S. in materials science from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.S. in materials science from the University of Virginia.

Mr. George Cajati is Acting U.S. Representative to the Kimberley Process and a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs’ Office of Threat Finance Countermeasures. In this role, Mr. Cajati supports policymaking and implementation that seeks to minimize the funding available to groups that threaten domestic and international security, with a particular focus on the role of conflict minerals (Tungsten, Tantalum, Tin and Gold) and diamonds. He engages with a variety of domestic and international partners from governments, the business community, and non-governmental organizations to promote conflict free supply chains. In his current role George also supports implementation of Executive Order 14017 on America’s Supply Chains, specifically by enhancing international trade and cooperation related to critical minerals. 
Having started his career at the State Department in 2012, he most recently served, from 2015 to the beginning of 2017, as Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Counter Threat Finance and Sanctions. George’s other professional experiences include refugee resettlement in Northern Virginia, the 2010 US Census, and Government Relations for the International Association of Fire Chiefs. George is fluent in Italian and has intermediate knowledge of Spanish. After spending, much of his early life in Italy George came to the United States for college. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and a Master of Public Administration from George Mason University; and

Evan Musolino; Acting Managing Director, Office of Infrastructure and Critical Minerals, US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). Mr Musolino is currently an Acting Managing Director in the Office of Infrastructure and Critical Minerals at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC, formerly OPIC). In this role he structures debt financings and political risk insurance for a variety of investment projects in developing and emerging market countries. He is also a member of DFC’s Equity Evaluation Committee. His experience includes backing mining, energy, water, transportation, and other critical infrastructure projects. Prior to DFC, Evan held multiple roles in support of the U.S. Department of Energy, including serving as the program lead for Sustainable Finance and Investment at Argonne National Laboratory.

Also speaking at CTMF 2024 will be Mr. Christopher Wimmer, Consul and Head of Investment, Canadian Consulate General, New York City, chairing a panel discussion with several key industry executives (TBA) about: 

Critical Minerals: Powering Next Generation Technologies

This panel will discuss potential North American (mostly Canada) critical minerals’ supply for semiconductors, renewable energy and obviously, batteries. They will also focus a little on sustainability of locally sources minerals, including the greening of existing mines in production.

At CTMF 2024 meet senior officials from the Government of Quebec (TBA), a key sponsor of CTMF 2024, with its delegation. They will present a Key Note talk during lunch on Tuesday, May 21. Also attending/ speaking will be Regional, State, Provincial officials from US, Canada, multiple USA states, Australia and Europe.

Also not to be missed, will be six guest speakers, two at each of the three evening CTMF 2024 receptions, with passed hors d'oeuvres and beverages.

We are pleased to announce Mr. Anthony Vaccaro will return, joining us to, among other contributions to CTMF, introduce our Guest Speakers on Monday May 21 and Tuesday, May 22 during the evening receptions

Anthony Vaccaro, President, The Northern Miner Group. As President of The Northern Miner Group, Anthony has overall responsibility for some of the mining industry’s most distinguished media brands including: The Northern Miner, Canadian Mining Journal and MINING.com. Anthony holds the CFA designation, has an MBA in Investment Management and serves on the board of The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame. 

Speaking at the Monday, May 20 Welcome Reception will be:  

6:10 - 6:30 PM: Dr. Kwasi Ampofo, Head of Metals & Mining: BloombergNEF speaking about:

Is the US winning the race to secure critical minerals for the energy transition?   

The key area of focus will be on the US government's work towards critical minerals supply chain security. The US government has over the past four years introduced a series of legislatures, executive instruments and initiatives to ensure US automakers have access to the raw materials needed for its domestic market. Have these initiatives been successful or not?     
 
Dr. Kwasi Ampofo is the Head of Metals and Mining at BloombergNEF (New Energy Finance) based in London. His team's research covers industrial metals, rare-earth metals, battery metals and the pathways for miners to reach net-zero. Prior to BloombergNEF, he was a mining engineer at Anglo American and a management consultant at Nous Group in Australia. He completed his PhD in Mineral Economics at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is currently a non-executive director at Amira Global. 
 
7:00 - 7:20 PM: Mr. Kai Hoffmann, CEO of SOAR Financial, will discuss:
 
The Green Energy Revolution – Do Investors Really Care? Financing Trends
 
West vs East – is it even a fair fight? Bringing the battery supply chain home sounds great, but is it feasible? Who is even willing to finance this mega trend? Let’s discuss. Kai's talk will focus on investment trends in the junior mining space. Which commodities are being favored and why are they seeing inflows of capital? What are the alternative sources of funding?
 
Kai Hoffmann is a seasoned mining investor and entrepreneur. He has been active in the junior mining sector for 15 years and has consulted and worked with dozens of successful exploration companies. He is the CEO of the Soar Financial Group, which includes the successful Deutsche Goldmesse and Soar Financial Partners, a leading capital market advisory firm.

Also invited to speak, on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 in the early afternoon, Debra Struhsacker, Principal of Struhsacker Consulting and Co-Founder of the Women’s Mining Coalition will talk about:

The U.S. Needs a Centralized Minerals and Mining Agency
 
When Congress stopped funding the U.S. Bureau of Mines in 1996, it lost an important source of expertise on minerals and mining to help inform mineral policies. Since then, the Nation’s reliance on foreign minerals has skyrocketed. In 2023, the U.S. imported 100 percent of 15 minerals and relied on foreign countries for over 50 percent of another 34 minerals. Today, China is the top supplier of many of the minerals the U.S. needs for the clean energy transition, as well as for our economy and national defense, and for our manufacturing, technology, and transportation sectors.  The critical minerals grant programs enacted in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law have essentially outsourced mineral research to academia and the private sector.
 
There is no centralized federal agency to manage and coordinate these programs or to perform cutting-edge mineral research. In order to reduce our dependency on foreign minerals and to achieve our energy transition objectives, ensure national defense, and maintain a strong economy, the U.S. government needs an agency dedicated to mineral resources to improve the minerals security of America. This agency should be charged with researching mining and mineral processing techniques that strengthen our mineral supply chains, recover critical minerals from legacy mine wastes, and enhance mineral recycling.
 
Debra Struhsacker is a Reno-based minerals and mining policy expert who has helped many clients obtain the state and federal permits needed to explore for minerals and develop mines. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wellesley College, where she majored in geology and French. She also has a Master’s Degree in geology from the University of Montana. Debra is one of the co-founders of the Women’s Mining Coalition, a well-recognized and respected mining advocacy group. 

During the Tuesday May 21 evening reception, CTMF is honored to host for the third time Mr. Rob McEwen as a Guest Speaker. Mr. McEwen will speak about a topic core to all in the mining industry, particularly this year.  

6:15 - 6:35 PM: Rob McEwen, Chairman of McEwen Mining and McEwen Copper:

How to Make Mining RELEVANT to Investors

Mr. Rob McEwen is Chairman and Chief Owner of McEwen Mining, which has three producing mines in Nevada, Ontario, and Argentina and holds 48% interest in the large Los Azules copper project in Argentina. Rob has been associated with the gold industry all his career, his first 18 years in the investment industry and since 1990 as CEO of several gold mining companies.  Rob is the founder of Goldcorp, where he took the company from a market capitalization of $50 million to over $8 billion. He owns 17% of McEwen Mining (MUX), 13% of McEwen Copper and takes a salary of $1/ year. The cost of his investment in MUX and McEwen Copper is US$220 million.  Rob and his wife, Cheryl, have donated over $60 million to encourage excellence and innovation in healthcare and education.  Rob was awarded the Order of Canada in 2007, the Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee Award in 2013, was inducted into the Mining Hall of Fame in 2017 and has Honorary Doctor of Law Degrees from York University and Western University.  He is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board, Schulich School of Business; X Prize Foundation: Vision Circle and Board of Trustees; a member of CEO (Chief Executive Organization) and of WPO (World Presidents’ Organization) and serves on the Advisory Board of the McEwen School of Architecture.

From 7:10 to 7:30 PM: Dr. Dave Lawie, Ph.D., Chief Geoscientist, Chief Technologist - Mining, IMDEX Limited:

Unlock the Mine's Hidden Value: The Power of Ore Body Knowledge

Mining success hinges on understanding the ore body.  Early insight slashes risk and boosts profit potential. The quantification of OBK's (Ore Body Knowledge) financial value has historically been a complex challenge, yet it is essential for investors and financial analysts.  But now, unlocking the code by quantifying the Value of Information is within reach. It's the key to smarter mining investments.
 
Dr. Dave Lawie has been the Chief Geoscientist for IMDEX since 2012 and Chief Technologist – Mining for IMDEX since 2015. He has a PhD in Geosciences and Analytics from the University of New England and held global positions in exploration geochemistry and research and development. In 2004 he cofounded a company that specialized in geochemistry and geo- metallurgical consulting services, cloud-based data management and the ioGAS desktop analytics software.  As Chief Geoscientist for IMDEX and Chief Technologist for IMDEX Mining Solutions, Dr. Lawie’s focus is promoting the suite of existing and emerging IMDEX technologies to ensure that as exploration and resource companies find, define and mine new discoveries they do so with speed and precision. He has a strong interest in how resource companies will find and provide the metals needed to enable the renewable energy transformation that will be required to meet ambitious decarbonization targets.

Guest speakers at the Wednesday, May 22 evening reception will include: 

6:15 to 6:35 PM: Mr. George Bee, President and CEO of US Gold Corporation will speak about: Mineral Resource Development – Key Considerations

All mineral resources are not created equal!  Much depends on a symbiotic collective of circumstances which factor in the location of the resource, its geography and jurisdiction.  In weighing the prospects of developing a mineral deposit, the following presentation highlights a number of key factors to be taken into consideration.  As a contextual comparison, US Gold’s CK Gold Project in southeast Wyoming is postulated against a number of actual development cases drawing largely from the experiences of the presenter.

Mr. George Bee has been at the forefront of operating and advancing world-class gold mining projects in eight countries on three continents for both major and junior mining companies, including Anglo American, Rio Tinto, Barrick Gold and Kinross Gold.  In 2018, he concluded a third term with Barrick Gold as Senior VP Frontera District in Chile and Argentina capping a 16-year history with Barrick Gold in positions that included Mine Manager at the Goldstrike Mine in Nevada during early development and operations, Operations Manager at the Pierina Mine from construction to operations, and General Manager of the Veladero Mine from advanced exploration through permitting, feasibility and into production. As a mining executive, George Bee has held senior leadership and board positions with such companies as Aurelian Resources where he spearheaded early development concepts for Fruta del Norte; Kinross Gold advancing projects in El Salvador and Nevada; Andina Minerals and its 6 million-ounce Volcan Gold Project in Chile; and Jaguar Mining with operating mines in Brazil.

At 7:10 to 7:30 PM Dr. Peter Megaw, and Lauren Megaw, Investor Relations executive of Reyna Silver, in a fireside chat will discuss: "Size Matters...But Grade Matters More". 

Join us for the fireside chat with the Magews that will reflect on their experience, while focusing on a simple, powerful, fun and easy means to generate a powerful metric that can be applied to any metal under any mining conditions. 

In brief, the Megaws will speak about A
rchie's Rule (named for Archie Bell, former VPEX of Noranda Mining Company) a simple metric that can be applied quickly and easily to filter exploration and production opportunities for any mineral commodity under either open pit or underground mining scenarios.  Archie's Rule states that, for a project to be economically important, you must be able to recover at least twice your all in operating costs. This doubling covers amortization, depletion, depreciation, payback, closure costs, commodity price variations and a minimum 15% after-tax IRR.  Plotting the solution to this on a graph of grade (y axis) vs metal price (x axis) yields a nearly hyperbolic curve that flattens as grade diminishes-the flatter the curve gets the tighter the economics are.   Profitable projects plot above the curve, and position and distance from the curve give an immediate sense of how profitable a project is/should be and how vulnerable it is to cost or metal price variations. Curves can readily be generated for any cost and commodity price and the field is easily contoured for variations of both. For any given project you can quickly determine what grade is needed to be profitable under what metal price, or conversely what operating costs must be for it to be profitable....in either case whether Archie smiles on the project or not.  Spoiler Alert....Archie frowns much more often than he smiles!

Dr. Peter K.M. Megaw Consulting Exploration Geologist President of IMDEX/Cascabel and co-founder of MAG Silver. His Ph.D. work at the University of Arizona was an exploration-focused geological/geochemical study of the Santa Eulalia Ag-Pb-Zn District, Chihuahua and Carbonate Replacement Deposits (CRDs) of Mexico in general. He has published extensively on CRDs and Epithermal Vein deposits and is a frequent speaker at international academic and technical symposia. His primary exploration foci are CRDs and Epithermal Vein Deposits, which he has worked on throughout the Cordillera of North and South America, Ireland and Turkey.  Peter was awarded the Society of Mining Engineers 2012 Robert M. Dreyer Award for excellence in Applied Economic Geology and the PDAC 2017 Thayer Lindsley Award for Outstanding Exploration Success for the significant discoveries made by his team at Juanicipio-Fresnillo, Zacatecas; Platosa, Durango; and Cinco de Mayo-Pozo Seco, Chihuahua.

CTMF Conferences are for and attended by senior executives and mining industry specialists including engineers, bankers, financial analysts, investors, portfolio managers, service providers, government officials, policy officers. 

We thank the sponsors including, the leading sponsors: RPM GlobalShearman & SterlingSLR ConsultingSME Foundation - and CohnReznick LLPReyna Silver; McEwen Copper; McEwen Mining; Quebec Government; SRK Consulting; Blake, Cassels & Graydon; McCarl's Technical Services; RESPEC Consulting; US Gold Corp.; Atkins Realis; Behre Dolbear; DRA Consulting; SGS; Big Rock Exploration; Relevant Gold; Honey Badger Silver; Red Cloud Securities; BacTech Environmental; Dore Copper Mining; First Phosphate; Hammond Group; MRC Recruiting; Stantec Consulting; Stuhini Exploration; Whittle Consulting; and media partners.

CTMF conferences, workshops, and receptions bring many experts, interested parties, including investors, together to discuss trends, issues and a range of key topics, solutions and risks and opportunities. The majority of attendees are owners/ operators and or advise, evaluate, de-risk, value and fund minerals, mining and natural resource projects of many types worldwide. 

Titles of attendees are: 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, Chiefs, 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, Investor Relations Officer, Auditor, VP of Underwriting, Credit Research, Environmental Services Practice Leader and Appraiser.

This year's event will be our 9th in-person CTMF Conference. Last year's CTMF 2023 Conference attendance was at record levels. Attendance was in excess of 300 leading experts and influencers, including senior representatives from these firms shown below. Join us. Register now. Space is limited.

Senior representatives from these and other banking, finance, accounting, royalty, streaming, private equity and investment firms attended CTMF 2023: Arias Resource Capital Management LP; Artemis Capital Advisors LLC; Aurum Capital Partners; Bailus Advisors; Balfour Holdings; Bleakley Financial Group; Bloomberg Intelligence; Bloomberg LP; BloombergNEF; The Brattle Group; Canadian Securities Exchange; Capstone Partners; Cerberus Capital; Citi; Citi; CitiBank; CPM Group; CRU International; Deloitte LLP; Evercore; Gavilan Commodities LLC; Global Mining Capital; Greystone Asset Management LLC; Hartree Partners LP; HSBC Bank; ING Capital; International Finance Corporation (IFC); Laura Stein; Long State Investments Ltd; Monitor Deloitte; Murdock Capital; Myrmikan Capital LLC; Northcott Capital; OCIM Metals & Mining SA; Omnibus Capital Ltd Co; Orion Resource Partners; OTC Markets Group; PMV Research LLC; Red Cloud Financial Services Inc.; Red Cloud Mining Capital; Resource Capital Funds; Rittenhouse International Resources; RK Equity; Roc Global LLC; S&P Global Ratings; SCM Decisions; Societe Generale Americas Securities LLC; Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking; Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking; Sprott Resource Streaming & Royalty Corp.; Van Eck Associates Corp.; Wield & Co.; World Bank and others.

Executives from these exploration and mining companies and officials from government agencies supporting mineral and mining investment attended CTMF 2023: American Exploration & Mining Association; Arias Resource Capital Management LP; Artemis Capital Advisors LLC; Artemis Capital Advisors LLC; Aurum Capital Partners; Australian Trade and Investment Commission; Bailus Advisors; Balfour Holdings; Better In Our Back Yard; Bleakley Financial Group; Bloomberg Intelligence; Bloomberg LP; BloombergNEF; Canadian Securities Exchange; Capstone Partners; Cerberus Capital; Citi; CitiBank; Consulate General of Canada in New York; Deloitte LLP; Evercore; Gavilan Commodities LLC; Global Mining Capital; Greystone Asset Management LLC; Hartree Partners LP; HSBC Bank; ING Capital; International Finance Corporation (IFC); Investissement Québec International; Laura Stein; Long State Investments Ltd; Long State Investments Ltd; Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests (MRNF); Monitor Deloitte; Murdock Capital; Nisga'a Lisims Government; Northcott Capital; Northcott Capital; OCIM Metals & Mining SA; Omnibus Capital Ltd Co.; Orion Resource Partners; OTC Markets Group; Québec Government Office in New York; Red Cloud Financial Services Inc.; Red Cloud Mining Capital; Resource Capital Funds; Roc Global LLC; S&P Global Ratings; S&P Global Ratings; SME - The NY Section; SME; Société du Plan Nord; Societe Generale Americas Securities LLC; Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking; Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME); Sprott Resource Streaming & Royalty Corp. ; U.S. Department of Commerce; U.S. Department of Energy; Van Eck Associates Corp.; Van Eck Associates Corp.; Wield & Co.; World Bank and Others.

Executives from these mining and exploration companies attended CTMF 2023: Abcourt Mines; Amazona Enterprises; American Rare Earths; Aston Bay Holdings; Barima Gold Mining Co Ltd; Big Rock Exploration; BlackRock Metals; Blue Whale Materials LLC; Cartier Resources Inc.; Compass Minerals; Copper Mountain Mining; Coppernico Metals Inc.; Critical Minerals Institute; Dakota Gold Corp.; Dolly Varden Silver Corp.; Dore Copper; Einar Mining; Eval Minerals; Exploits Discovery Corp.; Falcon Butte Minerals Corp; Gaucho Minerals; Glencore; Glencore; Gold Express Mines Inc.; Guanajuato Silver Company;. IG Global Group; IMDEX/ Cascabel; Jaxon Mining Inc.; Libra Lithium Corp.; Lomiko Metals Inc.; Los Andes Copper; McEwen Copper; McEwen Mining; Nemount Ghana; NioBay Metals; Northern Graphite Corp.; Nuvau Minerals Corp.; Odyssey Marine Exploration; Opus One Gold Corp.; Osisko Metals Inc.; Perpetua Resources; Pershing Resources Company; Phenom Resources; Piedmont Lithium; Power Nickel Inc.; Relevant Gold Corp. Ressources Sirios Inc.; Reyna Gold Corp.; Reyna Silver; Royal Gold Corp.; Silverback Precious Metals; St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp.; Teck Resources; Timberline Resources Corp.; Timberline Resources Corp.; Tocvan Ventures Corp.; Trident Royalties; Trigon Metals Inc.; Trillium Gold; U.S. Gold Corp.; Vior Inc.; Viva Gold Corp; Wallbridge Mining Company Ltd. and Winsome Resources and others

Senior officers of these engineering, construction, equipment, legal, accounting, technology and other advisory companies attended CTMF 2023: Abernathy MacGregor; ARK Silver Gold Osmium; BacTech Environmental Corp.; Barr Engineering Co; Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP; Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP; BQ Energy; Broadlands Minerals Advisory Services Ltd.; Brooks & Nelson; Brooks & Nelson; Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP; CostMine; Dentons Canada; Dentons Canada DLA Piper; Eagle Mines Management; Ellis Martin Report; Ensero Solutions; Fasken; Fastmarkets; Foth Infrastructure & Environment LLC; Foth Infrastructure & Environment LLC; FTI Consulting; FTI Consulting; General Motors; GeoGlobal LLC; Geosyntec Consultants; GreenMet; Greyfriars LLC; H/Advisors Abernathy; Hatch Ltd.; Holland & Hart LLP; Independent Mining Consultants Inc.; Independent Mining Consultants Inc.; Independent Project Analysis; Inspire Resources Inc.; Kitco News; Kroll; Laszlo Photographer Inc.; Laszlo Photographer Inc.; Marsh; Materia USA; Metals Intelligence Desk; Mine Technical Services Ltd.; Mining Journal; Morais Leitao; Neoteric Energy and Climate; Newco; News Direct; Northern Miner Group; Northwestern Mutual; NPR; Partners in Performance; Red Cloud Financial Services Inc.; Red Cloud Klondike Strike Inc.; Refined Substance Inc.; Resilient Infrastructure Group; RESPEC Company LLC; Roth Investor Relations Inc.; RPMGlobal; SGS; Shearman & Sterling LLP; Skarn Associates; SLR Consulting; SME - The NY Section; SME Foundation; McCarl’s Technical Services; Socialsuite ESG; SRK Consulting Inc.; Stagg Resource Consultants Inc; Stanford Mineral-X Initiative; Stantec; SysEne Consulting Inc.; Tetra Tech Inc.; The Northern Miner; The Prospector News; Torys LLP; Traxys Battery Holdings; Valency Ventures LLC; Vorticon Inc.; Whittle Consulting; Wood plc; World Steel Dynamics and WSP USA Inc. and others.

If you have not attended and want to learn more about CTMF Conferences visit FAQs. Register now. The Conference registration fee is US$600 per delegate. Workshops are US$275 per delegate. Space is limited*. Registration may close early. All attendees must register in advance.  Registration on-site is not allowed.
 
Thank you CTMF 2024 lead sponsors: RPM GlobalShearman & SterlingSLR Consulting, and SME Foundation and media partners. Contact us at info@smeny.org if you would like to join them!
We hope to see you in NYC in May 20-22, 2024! Why should you attend CTMF 2024?  

* Meet leading authorities and subject matter experts in-person who work each day to improve mine operations, production and supply of minerals of all types, who are engaged by many of the world's leading mining, financial and technical and non-technical services firms addressing the latest trends and issues impacting and driving the global metals and mining markets. 

* Learn about the emerging gulf of available supply of key minerals driven by government policy and global energy transition, minerals and land policy and recent geopolitical developments, and why not every mineral resource is economic, nor commercial, and challenges and opportunities the current economic climate presents as global industry adopts climate change technology.

* Learn about technical, non technical and financial and management issues and economic and societal trends and talk with others about how they are impacting the financing and success and or failures of mine projects of all types including precious, base and industrial minerals and metals, as well as the related markets and managing and operating in an inflationary environment.

Get your questions answered by key decision makers, influencers, who are leading qualified world renowned technical, financial and non-technical advisors who evaluate, de-risk, value, find and fund mine projects of all sorts worldwide. 

* At breakfast, lunch, refreshment breaks, workshops and receptions meet with and build relations with the engineers, financiers, and executives who advise the world's investment firms and mining executives from Junior exploration focused companies to the world's largest mining firms. 

* Attend informative, in-depth workshops led by leading expert instructors as well as other delegates to learn about complicated issues unique to mining that impact project success. 

* To see an incomplete roster of firms who attended CTMF 2023 visit Why Attend

With many in the industry and elsewhere aware of the need for younger, the next generation of leaders to rise within the industry - that topic will be one to be addressed in several panels at CTMF 2024. All of which is why NY SME encourages you to join SME, learn about it and in particular the good and extensive work the SME Foundation does including by providing grants and scholarships to students and teachers focused on the geosciences. NY SME in 2023 and hopefully in 2024 will make a donation to SME's Foundation (SMEF) to help inspire and foster the next generation of geoscience professionals. We encourage your firm to learn about it and do the same. 

On Monday May 20, 2024 there will be two morning and two afternoon workshops followed by a Welcome Reception with two guest speakers starting at 5:30 pm. Registration for the two days of the conference starts at 7 am on Tuesday with the agenda kicking off at 7:40 am. There will be many engaging panel and roundtable discussions, keynotes, fireside chats and breakout sessions throughout Tuesday May 21 and Wednesday May 22. On both days there will be evening receptions with a guest speaker on Tuesday.  

Join us to meet with many industry leaders focused on evaluating and advising key decision makers and stakeholders about global mineral supply chains. Learn about the impact of the explosive growth of demand for key metals and many related financial, technical and non-technical critical issues as the world transitions to electric vehicles, batteries, energy storage, and clean energy and technology. Meet with and hear many experts discuss topics and trends that impact raising capital and how management and investors anticipate, track, manage and reduce the risks associated with mining projects. At CTMF there will be opportunity to meet and talk with experts with first hand knowledge of critical, rare earth and battery metal; base, precious and industrial mineral and metal; and uranium, nuclear, coal, renewable energy, hydrogen and power generation as well as policy makers and officials from U.S., Canada, elsewhere and lender, alternative finance, investment executives. 

Register for any of four informative, engaging workshops on Monday May 20. You do not have to register for the conference to attend those. 
View the agenda here showing many of distinguished, qualified, experts speaking. 
We hope you join us! CTMF brings leading experts and stakeholders together to address topics miners, directors, investors, policy makers, stakeholders, communities and financiers want to know about financing mining projects. Contact us about participating here info@smeny.org

Attendees and speakers are qualified experts, executives managing and or advising the industry about rapid, pivotal changes impacting projects and opportunities. Many are managers and executives of private and public mining and exploration companies and bankers, financiers, advisers and investors in mining, exploration and related infrastructure worldwide.

At CTMF 2023 there were more than 300 attending, including officers from 65+ mining and exploration companies and bankers, investors, private equity, analysts, advisers, engineers, and officials from Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Quebec, USA and elsewhere. Delegates were from Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, England, Germany, Ghana, Guyana, India, Japan, Kosovo, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, Uruguay. 

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 guest speakers at CTMF conferences included:

  • U.S. Department of the Interior, Casey Hammond, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management 
  • Ministry of Economy, Mexico, Mario Alfonso Cantú Suárez, Under Secretary of Mining
  • Mining Development Bank of Mexico, Dr. Israel Gutierrez Guerrero, Chief Executive Officer 
  • Government of Quebec, Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation and Minister Responsible for the Lanaudière Region
  • Government of Quebec, Dominique Anglade, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation
  • Hecla Mining Company, Phillips S. Baker, Jr., President and CEO 
  • McEwen Mining, Inc., Rob McEwen, President and Chairman  
  • Resource Capital Funds, Ross Bhappu, Partner, Head of Private Equity Funds 
  •  Anglo American Plc, Anthony O'Neill, Group Director, Technical & Sustainability
  • Franco Nevada Corporation, Paul Brink, Senior Vice President 
  • Benchmark Minerals Intelligence, Simon Moores, CEO & Founder 
  • Stratalis Group, George Hemingway, Partner, Partner & Innovation Practice Lead 

Attending are many other esteemed mining industry leaders, advisors, financiers. All attending can meet with many influential, senior banking, investing, private equity, engineering and advisory company officers, as well as government officials and policy officers involved with sand and gravel, industrial, base, precious and critical minerals and bulk mineral projects worldwide. 

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Quebec's delegation of mining executives and officials returned to CTMF 2023 for the fifth year - and will be returning in 2024. At CTMF 2019, Quebec's Minister of Economy and Innovation and Minister Responsible for the Lanaudière Region, Pierre Fitzgibbon spoke about "What makes operating and investing in Quebec's mineral rich province attractive".

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.

- 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 & 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 a workshop and or a reception. Read the about the workshops and instructors' bios here. The agenda with the speakers' bios is posted here. Throughout the event there is space to meet one-on-one with many influential banking, finance and industry executives and advisers working around the world. We encourage all interested to join us and revisit this site for updates, as times and order may change. 

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! 

* Space is limited. The organizers monitor registrations and may need to close registration early. Registration closed early in 2018 and 2017. Also note due to capacity limitations we may require some registered delegates to be present in a second and or third board conference rooms are fully integrated with flat screens and live video and audio feeds to the main conference and or other board conference rooms where live presentations are being made. Thus, some registered conference attendees may be in other board rooms to watch and hear via live audio/video feed. More rooms and space adjacent to the main and other conference rooms are also places to relax, network, meet one on one, and or for quiet phone conversations, or work. We ask attendees to consider and be respectful of use of these rooms, in particular the smaller one on one meeting rooms for all to be able to use as needed.

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).

We invite you to join SME and visit the SME's Bookstore Catalog with a selection of economic and business texts about mining.