Attend three Evening Receptions with Guest Speakers

Attend three networking evening receptions with Guest Speakers

SAVE THE DATES: CTMF 2025 is scheduled to be on Monday - Wednesday May 19 -21, 2025. 
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Learn more about each of the: Monday, May 20, Tuesday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 22 evening receptions.
Beyond time together at the CTMF conference, breakfasts, morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, lunches and workshops, join all at th
e three evening receptions - a great time to meet, catch up with the many CTMF attendees and members of New York's business community and hear from the invited Guest Speakers (read their bios and abstracts) below.

We are pleased Mr. Anthony Vaccaro will return to, among other contributions to CTMF, introduce our Guest Speakers on Monday, May 21 and Tuesday, May 22 at the evening receptions. Anthony as President of The Northern Miner Group has overall responsibility for some of the mining industry’s most distinguished media brands including: The Northern Miner, Canadian Mining Journal and Anthony holds the CFA designation, has an MBA in Investment Management and serves on the board of The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame. 

Monday, May 20
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

Tuesday, May 21
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

Wednesday, May 22
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

Registered conference delegates are welcome to attend the receptions. You are welcome to register guests. Space* is limited. The number of attendees for the Monday, May 20, 2024 Welcome Reception will be limited to the first 125 registrants.

Book your hotel room near the event here. People interested to just attend workshop(s) or reception(s) do not have to attend the conference. All must register in advance

At CTMF 2023 Laura Granier, Partner. Co Head of Metals & Mining, Holland & Hart LLP updated the audience about the Latest at Thacker Pass - the 'largest known lithium deposit in the United States and one of the largest in the world'. 

Monday, May 20, 2024 - Welcome Reception 
at Shearman & Sterling with two Guest Speakers

Registration starts at 5:30 pm; two guest speakers starting at about ~6:10 PM and ends at 8 PM 

Sponsored by
Big Rock Exploration; Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP; McCarl's Technical Services; McEwen Copper; McEwen Mining; Red Cloud Securities; Relevant Gold; SRK Consulting 

After four engaging, informative workshops, join us - all CTMF attendees must register in advance - to enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres and beverages.
Registered workshop delegates are welcome to attend the Monday, May 20, 2024 Welcome Reception with two guest speakers. The first guest speaker will start at ~6:15 pm

People interested to just attend workshop(s) or reception(s) do not have to attend the conference. All must register in advance

At the Monday, May 20, 2024's Welcome Reception, the guest speakers will be:

~6:15 – 6:35 PM Dr. Kwasi Ampofo, Head of Metals & Mining: BloombergNEF

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 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 Kai Hoffmann, CEO, SOAR Financial

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.

8:00 PM Conclusion of Monday May 20, 2024 Welcome Reception

Do not miss the guest speakers' keynote remarks. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2024: Evening Reception
at Shearman & Sterling with two Guest Speakers

Sponsored by
: Big Rock Exploration; Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP; McCarl's Technical Services; McEwen Copper; McEwen Mining; Red Cloud Securities; Relevant Gold; SRK Consulting 

Join attendees and sponsors of the evening reception on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 after the first full day of the CTMF 2024 conference proceedings. Registration for the evening reception will start at 5:30 PM. There will be delicious passed hors d'oeuvres and beverages starting at 5:30 PM. The reception will end at 8:00 PM. Join with members of the New York investment and business community. Spouses and guests are welcome. All must register in advance to attend all CTMF 2024 activities.
At the Tuesday, May 21, 2024's evening reception, the guest speakers will be:

6:30 - 6:50 PM: Rob McEwen, Chairman of McEwen Mining and McEwen Copper:

How to Make Mining RELEVANT to Investors: 

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.

7:10 - 7:30 PM: 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.

8:00 PM Tuesday, May 21 Conclusion of Day Two of CTMF 2024 Conference

Wednesday, May 22, 2024: Evening Reception 
at Shearman & Sterling with Two Guest Speakers

Sponsored by: Big Rock Exploration; Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP; McCarl's Technical Services; McEwen Copper; McEwen Mining; Red Cloud Securities; Relevant Gold; SRK Consulting   

Registered CTMF Conference delegates are welcome, and others are welcome to register to join us at the third and final evening CTMF reception. It will be a relaxing, enjoyable time when delegates, spouses and guests and all enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres and beverages. T
he evening reception guest speakers Wednesday, May 22 will be:

6:15 - 6:35 PM George Bee, President & CEO, US Gold Corp. 

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.
7:10 - 7:30 PM Dr. Peter Megaw, , Consulting Exploration Geologist President of IMDEX/Cascabel and co-founder of MAG Silver, and Lauren Megaw of Reyna Silver, in a fireside chat will discuss:
Size Matters...But Grade Matters More.  Join us for the Megaws' conversation that will reflect on their experience, while focusing on a simple, but very 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 Archie'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 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.

Revisit this site for updates. You do not have to attend the conference to register to attend any CTMF 2024 activities.  You must register in advance. There are no registrations allowed on site. Members of NYC's business and finance community are welcome. Registered conference delegates and speakers are invited to attend the receptions. All others must register to attend receptions. 


* Space is limited. The organizers will monitor registrations and may need to close registration early. Registration closed early in 2023, 2018 and 2017. We may also require some registered delegates to be present in second board conference rooms that will have live video and audio feed to large flat screens to the main conference room or other conference center meeting rooms and or attend in other board rooms to watch and hear via live audio/ video feed. Additional rooms and space adjacent to the main conference room are also places to relax, network, meet one on one, for quiet conversations, or work. Join the sponsors. Revisit this site as content, speakers, and times may change.