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We invite you to submit eois to speak, topics, suggest speakers and be a sponsor of CTMF 2020 as soon as possible. Check back to this site for updates about SME's 8th annual CTMF conference. Save the dates Sunday May 10 - Wednesday May 13, 2020. The agenda will be similar to the 2019 event here Thank you sponsors of CTMF 2019 and special thanks to the Diamond Sponsors BNP ParibasRoscoe Postle AssociatesRPM GlobalShearman & Sterling, and SME We invite you to join us at CTMF 2020 to meet one on one at the conference, breakfasts, morning and evening refreshment breaks, lunches, evening receptions and workshops. Share this link with others https://conta.cc/30xjFKS
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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​SME’s 8th Annual Current Trends in Mining Finance (CTMF) Conference
Connecting Mining, Finance and Engineering Executives

Sunday May 10 - Wednesday May 13, 2020
Registration will open soon

CTMF 2020 will focus on the outlook, key trends and issues impacting raising capital in global mining today - and highlight solutions, risks and opportunities. Speakers will discuss case studies and talk about how management and investors use best practices and technology to anticipate, track, manage and reduce technical and non-technical risk, including environmental, political and financial risk.

There will also be multiple panel discussions about market trends and issues impacting deals being done, as well as panels addressing rapid, pivotal changes impacting financing projects and opportunities today. The dual track agenda provides all attending a choice of which experts they want to hear. Updates about the agenda will be posted here soon.

At CTMF 2019 the following key note speakers addressed these topics.  

Government of Quebec's Mr. Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation and Minister Responsible for the Lanaudière Region discussed "What makes operating and investing in Quebec's mineral rich province attractive".

Ross Bhappu, Partner, Head of Private Equity Funds at Resource Capital Funds spoke about "Where are the Public Markets for Mining? And how do we get them back?"

Casey Hammond, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, U.S. Department of the Interior addressed 
"Latest developments impacting mining in the U.S. and Navigating the U.S. permitting system and operating environment".

CTMF encourages all to meet and ask questions of experts from around the world, with many leading companies who are working to fund projects, drive down cost, use innovative means to manage and reduce risk and add value. A 
schedule of 2019 events is here showing the 30 round table panels led by many industry leaders who working around the world. They addressed:

  • Bankers’ View of Capital Markets and Mine Financing - multiple round tables about recent deals, M&A, restructurings, where, how and who is raising capital, what issues are most prominent in investors' minds.
  • Evaluating, Structuring Finance and Funding of Mining Companies and Projects including discussion of alternative capital sources, royalties, streaming, debt, project finance, pre-payments, and off take agreements.
  • Analysts’ View of Metals and Minerals Markets - multiple panels about global metals, mining, technology, energy and battery market trends, including discussion about supply, demand, and prices for base, precious, industrial and critical metals
  • Technology, Smart Data, Innovation - multiple panels by leading experts and advisers about the industry using data and innovation to manage operating and capital costs and risk, as well as to stay compliant with changing standards and regulations

  • Managing Changes of Rules and Regulations - multiple panels about best practices and anticipating and managing in an ever-changing regulatory landscape, including tax codes and standards involving sustainability and societal and political risk
  • Engaging Stakeholders For Success - multiple panels about non-technical and communal, regulatory rules and best practices and case studies involving mining and infrastructure development and finance - impacted by societal, economic, and technical issues
  • Best Practices re Reserves and Resources - including discussion of recent changes to rules and definitions and harmonization of mining codes and regulations including panels about the U.S. SEC's S-K 1300 revising of Industry Guide 7
  • Government Policy to Support and Attract Investment in mining and related sectors, including technology
  • And other current topics, trends, issues, best practices and case studies

Shown above is the Favorable Investment Jurisdictions in the Americas panel at CTMF 2019 

Registration for CTMF 2020 will open soon to attend the conference, five workshops and or three receptions
We welcome you to join the sponsors Contact Tim Alch, Co Chair timalch@gmail.com

Throughout CTMF 2020 there will be time to meet one-on-one with influential banking, finance industry executives and many leading advisers interpreting and presenting technical and non-technical data supporting analysis and financing of all types of mining projects, ranging from sand and gravel, industrial minerals to base, precious and critical minerals and bulk mineral commodities. 

Meet senior officers from these banking, investing, private equity, and engineering and professional advisory firms working around the world. More than 50 mining and exploration companies and officials from numerous government agencies representing many countries attended CTMF 2019. 

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; ING; International Finance Corporation/ World Bank Group; Investissement Québec; KPMG Canada; Macquarie; Maverix Metals Inc.; Moelis & Company; Murdock Capital; Northcott Capital; Orion Mine Finance; Quebec Government Office in New York; Quebec's Minister of Economy and Innovation; Red Cloud Klondike Strike; Resource Capital Fund; Ressources Québec; ROC Global; Rothschild; S&P Global Ratings; Sandstorm Gold Ltd.; Société Générale; Société du Plan Nord, Québec; 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 that support mineral and mining investment in and from around the world were at 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 were at CTMF 2019: Abernathy MacGregor; Agapito Associates; Baker McKenzie; Behre Dolbear; Black & Veatach; 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; Lincoln Metallurgical; Lulea University of Technology; LaszloPhoto; Lulea University of Technology; McGriff, Siebels & Williams; Millcreek Engineering; Miller Thomson; 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. We hope you can join us in 2020! Register to get your questions answered 

Below is Carlos A. Urquiaga, Managing Director & Head of BNP Paribas Mine Financing Team for the Americas addressing the CTMF audience about current minr financing needs and key trends today. Join us in 2020 for ~30  engaging round table discussions with time for audience Q&A.

You do not have to attend the conference to attend any of two workshops on Sunday May 10, 2020 and or three workshops on Wednesday May 13, 2020 and receptions on Sunday May 10, Monday May 11 and Tuesday May 12, 2020. Registration will open soon here 

At CTMF 2019 key note speaker Ross Bhappu, Partner, Head Partner of Private Equity Funds from Resource Capital Funds spoke about "Where are the Public Markets for Mining? And how do we get them back?" Ross presented his view of the mining sector that in recent years has not been of interest to 'generalist' investors because the industry has recently been poor at generating good returns for investors. Ross highlighted recent trends and data about money leaving the sector and investor sentiment about the sector being anemic, at best. He also explained what needs to be done to turn the ship and demonstrate that the mining industry can be a good sector in which to invest.

Established in 1998, Resource Capital Funds (RCF) pioneered the concept of a mining-focused private equity fund. RCF is a specialist in mining and partners with companies to build strong, successful and sustainable businesses that strive to produce superior returns for all stakeholders. RCF’s management team consists of individuals with extensive commercial and technical experience in the mining industry.

Ross Bhappu has been with RCF since the beginning of its second fund in 2001. His experience in the mining industry includes working for both major and junior mining companies in operational, business development and management roles. Prior to joining RCF, Ross served as the CEO of a development stage mining company. Additional experience includes serving as Director of Business Development for Newmont Mining Corp. and various technical and commercial roles for Cyprus Minerals Co. (now part of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold) where was involved in the construction and operation of the rebuilt Miami Copper Smelter in Arizona. Ross currently serves on the boards of directors of portfolio company Lighthouse Resources Inc. and the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources. He previously held Director roles with a number of mining companies including Traxys S.A., Molycorp, Constellation Copper, EMED Mining and Anglo Asian Mining. Ross recently concluded his three-year term on the board of directors of SME. Ross holds a Ph.D. in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Arizona.

For the fourth year, Quebec's delegation of mining executives and officials returned to CTMF 2019 - we expect Quebec will again be with us in 2020, join them and others - accompanied by the Government of Quebec's Mr. Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Lanaudière Region who clearly 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. 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.

Pierre Fitzgibbon was born in Montréal. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Montréal (HEC) and is a Quebec Chartered Professional Accountant. Before becoming involved in politics, Mr. Fitzgibbon served as managing partner at Walter Capital Partners, a private Equity Firm, between 2015 and 2018. From 2007 to 2014, Mr. Fitzgibbon assumed the role of president and chief executive officer at Atrium Innovations, a company that develops, manufactures and markets value added products for the health and nutrition industry. From 2002 to 2007, he put his skills to work at National Bank Group, where he occupied the position of vice-chairman of National Bank Financial, where he mainly acted as head of investment banking and corporate finance services. He was also senior vice president of finance, technology and corporate affairs at National Bank of Canada. Previously, Mr. Fitzgibbon also held executive positions in finance, as well as in company and business development at Télésystème Mobiles International, Chase Capital Partners Hong Kong, Domtar and Peerless Carpet Corporation. He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in auditing and consulting services. Over the last few years, Mr. Fitzgibbon has served on several boards of directors, including that of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, WSP, Héroux-Devtek, TC Transcontinental, Cycle Capital Management, Neptune Technologies, Lumenpulse and Arianne Phosphate. This committed businessman is involved in his community and in several organizations, including until recently, the Fondation du Dr Julien.

Also joining us as a key note speaker at CTMF 2019 was Mr. Casey Hammond, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, U.S. Department of the Interior. Casey spoke about "Latest developments impacting mining in the U.S. and Navigating the U.S. permitting system and operating environment". It was an interesting, excellent update that the CTMF 2019 audience enjoyed hearing and had the opportunity to ask questions about the latest.

Casey Hammond currently serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management overseeing the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement within the U.S. Department of the Interior. Casey started with the Department in January 2017 as part of the administration’s “Beachhead Team” that led the agency immediately following the President's inauguration. Prior to joining the administration, he worked in various capacities within the House of Representatives, including as Legislative Staff for the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, Professional Staff for the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation, and Senior Advisor for the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

We hope you join us at CTMF 2020. It is an event that combines a content-rich agenda with many leading practitioners and experts - who travel to New York from as many 20+ countries - who are involved with funding and advising mining projects around the world within a venue facilitating all to meet and talk and share the latest ideas, thinking and trends impacting the financing of mining projects world wide.

Above is one of two engaging panel discussions at CTMF 2019 about alternative finance including royalties, pre- payments, forward sales, streaming and other sources of capital led by Ronald Maiorano, Partner, U.S. Corporate Tax Services at KPMG LLP Canada together with senior tax, finance and legal executives from Franco-Nevada Corporation, Hudbay Minerals Inc. and Shearman & Sterling LLP. All panels are followed by audience Q&A.

Here is a summary of the CTMF 2020 daily schedule:

Sunday May 10, 2020: Two Workshops Noon - 4:30 PM at New York Marriott East Side Hotel
Sunday May 10, 2020: Welcome Reception 5:00 - 7:00 PM at New York Marriott East Side Hotel

Monday May 11, 2020: Conference - Day One 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM at Shearman & Sterling LLP
Monday May 11, 2020: Reception 6:00 - 8:00 PM at New York Marriott East Side Hotel

Tuesday May 12, 2020: Conference - Day Two 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM at Shearman & Sterling LLP
Tuesday May 12, 2020: Reception 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at Shearman & Sterling LLP

May 13, 2020: Three Workshops 8 AM - 4 PM at Shearman & Sterling LLP

Read about the five informative 2019 workshops here that we will update soon with the 2020 workshops. You do not have to attend the CTMF conference to register to attend any of the workshops. They are presented by experts in their fields. At CTMF 2019 were these two workshops on Sunday April 28, 2019 in the afternoon, before the Welcome Reception, about:

I. Mine to Mill Reconciliation and Assessment of Productivity of a Mining Project over its Life: Importance of Post Investment Reviews led by these instructors:

  • Abani Samal, PhD, CPG, Principal, GeoGlobal, LLC
  • Peter Christensen, Principal, RESPEC

II. Political Risk - Recognizing Its Impact on Mining Operations, Corporate Strategy and Investment Decision-Making led by these instructors:

  • Michael Samis, Ph.D., P.Eng., Principal, SCM Decisions
  • John Seddon, MA, IDRM, Principal and Marketing Director, Control Risks (Canada)
  • Oliver Wack, Principal, Control Risks in New York (US)
  • David Laughton, Ph.D., Principal, David Laughton Consulting, Ltd. and Adjunct Professor, University of Alberta School of Business

After the CTMF 2019 conference on Wednesday May 1, 2019 were these three workshops; two in the morning followed by lunch and an afternoon session:

III. Valuing Mineral Assets and Operations led by Alan K. Stagg, PG, CMA is President & CEO of Stagg Resource Consultants, Inc.

IV. U.S. SEC’s New Mining Property Disclosure Requirement led by these instructors:

  • Ben Parsons, MSc, MAusIMM (CP), Principal Consultant (Resource Geologist), SRK Consulting (U.S.)
  • Matthew Sullivan, Consultant, Mining Economics, SRK Consulting (U.S.)
  • Jason Lehner, Partner, Shearman & Sterling, LLP

V. Measuring Climate Risks' Impact on Mining and Infrastructure led by these instructors:

  • Leslie Watson, Watson Environmental
  • James McMahon, CEO of The Climate Service
  • Donald Marleau, Natural Resources Sector Lead, S&P Global Ratings
  • Michael Ferguson, Director U.S. Energy Infrastructure Group, S&P Global Ratings
  • Susan McGeachie, Global Director, Climate Change and Sustainable Development at Hatch

Throughout CTMF 2020 there will be time to meet one-on-one with many key influential banking, finance and industry executives and advisers working around the world. Above there is a 
list of many of the companies that attended CTMF 2019 in three categories: banking, finance, investor, private equity firms; and mining and exploration firms and professional advisory firms.

There is plenty of time during breaks, receptions, breakfasts, lunches and workshops to meet

At CTMF 2019 more than 280 leading experts and senior executives attended 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 and USA. Delegates traveled from more than 20 countries to attend CTMF 2019 including from: 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, Corporate Strategist, Investor, Environmental Specialist, Engineer, Mining Engineer, Lawyer, Financial and Equity Analyst, Accountant, Portfolio Manager, Controller, CTO - Chief Technology Officer, Global Leaders of Mining and Natural Resources, Founder and Community Engagement, Economic Geologist, Investor Relations Officer and Appraiser.

Below are panelists engaging in a roundtable re Successful Use of Technology and Data in Mining at CTMF 2017

We hope you can join us!  For a one page schedule of the 2019 events click here 
We hope you can join us at
SME's 8th annual Current Trends in Mining Finance Conference 

Connecting Mining, Finance and Engineering Executives

Sunday May 10 - Wednesday May 13, 2020

* Space is limited. The organizers monitor registrations periodically and may need to close registration early. Registration closed early in 2019, 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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