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CTMF 2020 Agenda with Speakers is below

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Save the dates Sunday May 10 - Wednesday May 13, 2020. The preliminary 2020 agenda is here Thank you sponsors. Below is a daily schedule. The workshop descriptions and instructors' bios are here.

Sunday afternoon May 10, 2020 at the New York Marriott East Side Hotel
I.  Lessons learned from mega projects and mining projects - Key success factors
II. An update about U.S. SEC SK - 1300: Potential impact on raising capital – Get ready before 2021
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

Wednesday morning May 13, 2020 at Shearman & Sterling
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

Wednesday afternoon May 13, 2020 at Shearman & Sterling
V.  The value of cost estimating of mining projects at the scoping stage
VI.  Measuring, quantifying and monetizing risk exposure in a mining organization

In recent years CTMF hosted these outstanding 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

At CTMF 2020 there will be many leading subject-matter experts including; these key note speakers. Peter Grosskopf, the CEO of Sprott Inc. and Managing Director of Sprott Resource Lending and Douglas B. Groh, Portfolio Manager, Tocqueville Asset Management

They will discuss the investing, lending and outlook for capital raising and financing of gold projects and companies as well as changing current equity financing trends and return of public equity investing through actively managed and dedicated funds.

We invite you join us to hear them discuss, with audience Q&A, risks and opportunities available to precious metal investors in the changing mining finance landscape. Sprott has over 200,000 clients worldwide and USD $9 billion in assets under management. Recently, Sprott and Tocqueville entered into an agreement to acquire Tocqueville gold strategies with US$1.7 billion under management. 

Peter Grosskopf is Chief Executive Officer, Sprott Inc. and Managing Director, Sprott Resource Lending. Peter has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. At Sprott, Peter is responsible for strategy and managing the firm's investment capital and lending business. His career includes a long tenure in investment banking, where he managed many strategic and underwriting transactions for companies in a variety of sectors. Prior to joining Sprott, Mr. Grosskopf was President of Cormark Securities Inc. He has a track record of building and growing successful businesses including Newcrest Capital Inc., as one of its co-founders, which was acquired by the TD Bank Financial Group in 2000. Mr. Grosskopf is a CFA® charterholder and earned an Honors Degree in Business Administration and a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.       

Douglas B. Groh is a Portfolio Manager at Tocqueville Asset Management L.P. He joined Tocqueville in 2003, where he is a Co-Portfolio Manager of the Tocqueville Gold Fund. Prior to joining Tocqueville, Doug was Director of Investment Research at Grove Capital from 2001 to 2003 and from 1990 to 2001 held investment research and banking positions at J.P. Morgan, Merrill Lynch and ING Bank. Mr. Groh began his career as a mining and precious metals analyst in 1985 at U.S. Global Investors. Mr. Groh earned a B.S. in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, where he focused on mineral economics.

Douglas Silver, Portfolio Manager for Orion Mine Finance will also be a key note speaker at CTMF 2020. He will discuss the importance of and How to Optimize All Mine Stakeholders’ Concerns and highlight how society’s and capital markets’ rules of conduct 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 to optimize all stakeholders’ concerns in order to obtain and maintain their social license. The question is whether this is economically feasible. His presentation will review this paradigm shift and discuss how investors and investees are adapting to change.  

Douglas B. Silver is a portfolio manager for Orion Mine Finance, a private-equity fund focused on providing funding to shovel-ready base and precious metal projects. Prior to joining Orion, Douglas served as CEO and Chairman of International Royalty Corporation, a TSX mineral royalty company which he founded in 2003 and sold in 2010. From 1987 to 2004, his private company, Balfour Holdings, Inc., provided strategic and quantitative research to various mining company boards of directors. During this time, he founded the Denver Gold Group, the world’s foremost gold investor conference. Earlier in his career, Doug was an exploration geologist for Anaconda Copper Company and Noranda. He is a well-known mineral economist, keynote speaker and author. In September 2018 Douglas was inducted into the U.S. National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.

We hope you can join us to hear and meet and ask questions of these excellent, leading key note speakers - there will be others - and many other industry leaders and supporters who will be attending CTMF 2020 and speaking about key, core, critical issues, trends and the outlook. As described here and elsewhere in this website, there will be multiple panel discussions not only about the latest trends regarding capital raised and deal structures, there will be many leading technical and environmental, societal and non-technical advisers  - as well as government officials expert in what needs to be done, and speakers discussing case studies and examples of best practices as well as innovative, technology and methods of evaluating and managing risks in the global mining business today.

We invite you to join them by submitting your eois to speak as well as be a sponsor. There are many sponsor levels fitting all budgets. All sponsors make it possible for all to meet in New York's midtown finance district. Contact Tim Alch Co-Chair Send us your eois now.

We hope you can join us. Registration is open. 
Below is a roster of many firms that attend CTMF

CMTF 2020 will focus on the outlook, key trends and issues impacting raising capital in the global mining industry. Speakers will discuss solutions, risks and opportunities and 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 be multiple panel discussions about market trends and issues impacting deals being done, and panels addressing rapid, pivotal changes impacting financing projects and opportunities today. Join us to get your questions answered, meet and hear leaders discuss efforts to drive down cost, use innovative means to manage and reduce risks and add value.

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

CTMF 2020 will combine discussion of technical, non-technical and financial issues and trends impacting raising capital, with many round table panel discussions about the experiences of many leading decision makers in the global mining business. At CTMF 2020: 

  • Learn about new forms and methods of financing exploration, mines and mining and related infrastructure
  • Hear and meet experts advising private equity, private placements and funding of projects and varied structures using project finance and alternative sources of available capital including royalty, streaming, pre-production payments, use of block chain and tokenization
  • Discuss with many others new technology, innovative ways of operating and other issues and trends impacting the industry, including what some governments are doing to encourage investment in mining and related sectors as well as important societal, ESG and other risks.

Throughout CTMF 2020 there will be time to meet one-on-one with many influential banking, finance industry executives and 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. 

At CTMF 2019 were senior officers from these banking, investing, private equity, and engineering and leading advisory firms, including executives from more than 50 mining and exploration companies and officials from numerous government agencies operating in and representing many countries. 

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 Corp/ 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 world wide 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 were at 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; 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 at CTMF 2020! Get your questions answered. Registration is open. Members of the New York area business community are welcome to register to attend any of the workshops and receptions. The organizers may need to close registration early*.

Below is the CTMF 2019 agenda showing the speakers and daily schedule of events

Meet colleagues during breakfast, morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, lunches, evening receptions and workshops at NY SME's Current Trends in Mining Finance (CTMF) conferences


NY SME extends a special thanks to CTMF 2019 Diamond Sponsors and to all sponsors and supporters. All make CTMF 2019 possible. For a one page schedule of events click here

Thank you Shearman & Sterling, the host of CTMF 2019 and all Sponsors.

CTMF 2019 Agenda and Schedule - Starting at Noon on Sunday April 29 - Ending at 4:30 PM Wednesday May 1, 2019
Content, order and times are subject to change. Speakers' bios are here Check back for updates

Sunday April 28, 2019 - Two Workshops in the Afternoon
at New York Marriott East Side Hotel at 525 Lexington Avenue, at corner of 49th Street

Noon for lunch; Start at 12:30 PM; Refreshment break at ~2:45 PM; Workshop ends at 4:30 PM
For more information about the workshops including descriptions and instructors' bios visit here 

I. Mine to Mill Reconciliation and Assessment of Productivity of a Mining Project over its Life: Importance of Post Investment Reviews – led by Abani Samal, PhD, CPG, Principal, GeoGlobal, LLC and Peter Christensen, Principal, RESPEC

II. Political Risk - Recognizing Its Impact on Mining Operations, Corporate Strategy and Investment Decision-Making – led by Michael Samis, PhD, P.Eng, Principal, SCM Decisions and team

Sunday April 28th Welcome Reception from 5 to 7 PM All are welcome to register to attend a reception at the New York Marriott East Side Hotel at 525 Lexington Ave., at 49th St. All must register in advance. Space is limited for the Sunday reception to the first 100 registered. The Monday and Tuesday reception venues are larger. The registration fee to attend either of the Sunday Workshops includes the fee for the Sunday, April 28th evening reception. Conference registration includes the Monday and Tuesday receptions.

Sponsored by Golder Associates and Blake, Cassels & Graydon and Cementation

Monday April 29, 2019 - Day One of the Conference from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM
at Shearman & Sterling LLP at 599 Lexington Avenue, at corner of 53rd Street
Check back for updates. Content, order and times are subject to change
The speakers' bios are here

7:30 AM Registration and Breakfast
Sponsored by Behre Dolbear

8:20 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks by Conference Chair and Host

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

8:30 AM I.1 Capital Markets Review and Key Trends in Mining

Citibank Corporate & Investment Bank: Michael Cramer, P.Eng., Managing & Technical Director, Global Industrials, Metals & Mining
BNP Paribas: Carlos A. Urquiaga, Managing Director, Head of the Americas, Structured Debt Metals & Mining

  • What is the current environment and outlook? What sources of capital are helping miners to survive?
  • What are the key drivers? How much capital has been raised in private, public markets, stock exchanges, etc.?
  • What are debt, credit and investor trends in mining telling us about performance and risk today?
  • Are junior, medium & large companies, brown and green field projects getting funded? How? Where?

9:15 AM I.2 Disruption in Mining Finance – Show me the money!

Commonwealth Bank of Australia: Alan Halimi, Managing Director, Metals & Mining (Ch)
Ernst & Young Canada: Jeff Swinoga, Canadian Metals and Mining Leader
White & Case LLP: Rebecca Campbell, Head,Global Mining & Metals Industry Group

  • How are deals and financings being structured right now? How are terms and conditions changing?
  • What are debt and credit trends in mining telling us about performance and risk today?
  • Which types of projects are attracting bankers, lenders, investors and alternative sources of capital?
  • What is the outlook? What or who are the potential near-term disruptive providers of mining finance?
  • What factors will make or break the adoption of these disruptive financing sources by the sector
  • What can we learn from other sectors – are they too evolving their financing sources and structures?

10:00 AM Key Note Speaker: Resource Capital Funds: Ross Bhappu, Partner, Head Partner of Private Equity Funds.

"Where are the Public Markets for Mining? And how do we get them back?"

Ross Bhappu will present 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 will discuss recent trends and data about money leaving the sector and investor sentiment about the sector being anemic, at best. He will also explain what
needs to be done to turn the ship and demonstrate that the mining industry can be a good sector in which to invest.

10:30 AM Refreshment Break
Sponsored by Hatch Advisory

10:50 AM I.3 Mining M&A and Consolidation Trends – Shearman Room

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP: Geoffrey Belsher, New York Office, Managing Partner (Ch)
Ernst & Young LLP: Robert Stall, MRICS, ASA, U.S. Mining & Metals Leader, Americas Director of the Capital Equipment Group, Transaction Advisory Services
Shearman & Sterling, LLP: Anthony Lepere, Partner, Project Development & Finance group
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP: Andrew J. McLeod, Partner

What are the implications of the recent mergers, acquisitions in the gold mining industry? Is this the start of a larger consolidation trend? What other mining sectors may be next? Will this result in better returns for shareholders? Or lead to jettisoning of non-material, non-core assets and write-downs? Is consolidation healthy? What issues and metrics impact valuations, M&A, impairments, write-offs and deals getting done? Are more cross-border transactions coming? How are changing ESG regulations, best practices and related issues being handled? Where is M&A activity greatest?

10:50 AM I.3A Metals Pricing Trends & Outlook: What’s Different? - Conference Room G/H

Bloomberg Intelligence: Mike McGlone, Senior Commodity Analyst (Ch)
CPM Group:
Jeffrey Christian, Managing Director (Ch)
Raw Materials & Ironmaking Global Consulting: Dr. Joseph J. Poveromo, President
The World Bank: John Baffes, Senior Economist, Macroeconomics, Trade & Investment

This panel will focus on discussion of key drivers and the outlook for the metals markets. What is China’s impact? How is the mining industry managing the price volatility seen and the cycle in recent years? Which sectors and trends are favorable? What technical and regional issues impact pricing and margins realized by miners? How will economic growth worldwide and locally impact pricing, supply and demand? What is the outlook near term?

11:35 I.4 Investment Implications of U.S. SEC’s Rule S-K 1300 - Shearman Room

SRK Consulting (U.S.), Inc.: Ben Parsons BSc, MSc, MAusIMM (CP), Principal Consultant (Resource Geology) (Ch)
SRK Consulting: Matthew Sullivan, Consultant, Mining Economics
Shearman & Sterling, LLP:
 Jason Lehner, Partner, Co - Head Metals and Mining
Roscoe Postle Associates: Deborah McCombe, P.Geo, President & CEO, Principal Geologist

This panel will focus on the investment implications of the U.S. SEC’s Rule S-K 1300 and what it may mean for existing or new potential listings, and what mining companies may need to do to get their projects ready.

11:35 AM I.4A Critical Battery Trends’ Impact on Raw Materials Supply Chains - Conference Room G/H

Hatch Advisory: Robert Doyle, Regional Director, Investment & Business Planning (Ch)
Technology Metals Research, LLC: Jack Lifton, Co-Founder
Controlled Thermal Resources: Rod Colwell, CEO and Founding Director
House Mountain Partners: Chris Berry, President

In recent years there is growing interest and technology developments and investment trends impacting critical mineral supply chains, including lithium, cobalt and nickel for example. This panel will highlight key challenges, end product and mining trends that impact financing mining, battery, energy storage and power generation: What are the challenges and constraints the financial and investment community face and opportunities to bring a new project to market in the battery metals space and difficulties associated with attracting capital to bring projects from concept to reality?

12:20 PM Key Note Speaker Lunch - Shearman and Conference G/H and other Rooms

12:35 PM Key Note Speaker - Government of Quebec's Mr. Pierre Fitzgibbon Minister of Economy and Innovation and Minister Responsible for the Lanaudière Region

"What makes operating and investing in Quebec's mineral rich province attractive"

Sponsored by Government of Quebec

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.

1:30 PM I.5 Important Local, Federal, Government Tax Law Changes – Shearman Room

KPMG Canada: Penelope Woolford, Partner, International Corporate Tax Leader (Ch)
First Quantum Minerals Limited: David Silvestro, Head of Tax
KPMG LLP Canada: Keno Chan, Partner, U.S. Corporate Tax 
Lundin Mining Corporation: Theresa Murakami, CA, Director, Tax

Join this panel discussion about tax uncertainties faced by mining companies operating in various jurisdictions. How do leading companies manage the tax function in light of legislative changes? This panel will address ways in which mining companies mitigate their tax risk in an environment of change and uncertainty and will focus on the potential impact on the mining industry in light of several new recent tax law changes as well as discussion of pending and discussed complex prospective tax changes around the world.

1:30 I.5A Extraterrestrial (Space) Mining, Challenges and Opportunities - Conference Room G/H

Colorado School of Mines: Jamal Rostami, PhD, Hadden/Alacer Gold Endowed Chair, Director of the Excavation Engineering and Earth Mechanics Institute (EMI), Department of Mining Engineering (Ch)
New Space Analytics LLC, Brad Blair, Managing General Partner
Penguin Automated Systems Inc.: Greg Baiden, PhD, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer
Near Earth LLC: Hoyt Davidson, Founder and Managing Partner

This panel will discuss the current technical, market and business case for Lunar Mining. The dialogue will focus on identifying primary and byproduct ores, markets and customers for lunar resources, the current state of technology readiness, primary risks, lunar exploration & excavation, requirements for mechanization and automation, financing options and investment opportunities.

2:20 PM I.6 Navigating Financial Assurance Requirements for Mines – Shearman Room

McGriff, Siebels & Williams, Inc.: W. Cliff Yeckes, P.G., Sr. Vice President & Environmental Services Practice Leader (Ch)
Colorado School of Mines, Graham A. Davis, PhD, Professor Emeritus
PolyMet Mining, Inc.: Patrick Keenan, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
AXA XL: Patrick Dougherty, Vice President, Regional Director, Commercial Bonds

Mines must provide financial assurance (FA) to satisfy environmental compliance, reclamation, closure and post closure obligations. While jurisdictional requirements differ; cash, letters of credit, surety bonds and combinations thereof are most often utilized. How these instruments are secured, their cost and collateralization is based on the quality of the miner’s financials. Understanding each instrument is the first step. However, balancing the ratios of these instruments is key to a successful financial assurance package that will satisfy all participating parties. This panel will discuss the regulatory basis for the FA, the types of products which will satisfy the FA, securing those products, optimal FA structures, collateralization, attracting investors and recent examples.

2:20 PM I.6A Ocean Minerals: A New Frontier to Recover Minerals - Conference Room G/H

Behre Dolbear Group: Chris Wyatt, Director (Ch)
Ocean Minerals, LLC: John Halkyard Sc. D., P.E., Chairman and President (Ch)
University of Delaware: Saleem H. Ali, Ph.D., Energy and Environment Professor
Blue Globe Solutions, Director and Global Sea Mineral Resources, Head of Sustainability & External Relations: Dr. Samantha Smith

This panel of experts will discuss the latest trends and developments impacting the economic recovery of mineral resources, including critical metals from the ocean floors. Topics to be covered include: where is the first commercial scale operation going to be? what has changed in recent years making ocean mining economic? how are operators managing and navigating the regulatory environment? what equipment and technology makes it possible? what is the significance of these developments and where will the impact be felt in the global supply chain of minerals today?

3:10 PM Refreshment Break
Sponsored by Hatch Advisory

3:30 PM I.7 Post Investment Technical Reviews for Minimizing Risks of Loss of Value – Shearman Room

GeoGlobal LLC: Abani R. Samal, PhD, Principal (Ch)
RESPEC: Peter Christensen, Principal Consultant
Dundee Precious Metals: Ian Lipchak, P.Eng. Manager, Project Evaluation

Investments of exploration and mining projects are made with an expectation of return on investment that is dependent on the performance of the execution of the exploration or mining project. In case of the exploration project, the success of exploration may result in growth of share value due to increased quantity and measurable confidence on mineral resources. For an operating mining project, the measure of success may be increased production of the metal or, consistent improvements in achieving targets (defined through a long term mine plan), which in turn contributes to the cash flow of the project. It is very important to review and monitor the performance of the project on a regular basis to ensure the return on investment and avoid risk of loss.

3:30 PM I.7A Energy Prices, Trends and Opportunities - Conference Room G/H

Northcott Capital: Richard Reeves, Managing Director (Ch)
PMV Research LLC: Michael Spohn, Independent Investment Analyst, Natural Resources
Capstone Headwaters: Ray M. McCormick, Managing Director, Energy & Natural Resources
Golder Associates Inc.: Mathew Oommen, Ph.D, Mining Practice Leader, Associate

This panel will focus on discussion of key drivers and the outlook for the coal, uranium and energy markets focused on North America and where the opportunities are. What is China’s impact? How is the industry managing the price volatility and changing regulatory environment in recent years? What technical and technology issues are impacting the sector the most? Margins realized by miners? How is global economic growth and locally impacting the outlook?

4:20 PM I.8 Why Some Mining Projects Succeed and Some Fail - Shearman Room

RPM Global: John Uhrie, P.E., Ph.D., QP, President Consulting Services, Americas (Ch)
Kappes Cassidy & Associates: Tom Rauch, Project Manager & Senior Engineer (Ch)
Cementation USA Inc.: Gregory F. Sutton, MBA, QP, Project Manager
AmAuCu Mining Corporation: Ernest Mast, President and COO 

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

4:20 PM I.8A Dealing with Political Risk in the Mining Industry - Conference Room G/H

SCM Decisions, LLC: Michael Samis, Ph.D., P. Eng., Principal (Ch)
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited: David Smith, Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Control Risks: Daniel Linsker, Senior Partner, Global Risk Analysis
Triple Flag Mining Finance Limited: Jaco Crouse, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance
White & Case LLP: Oliver Wright, Counsel, Global Mining & Metals Group

Political risk management has shifted its focus from the possibility of nationalization to a wider range of risks such as taxation changes, geopolitical events, internal conflicts, regulatory framework alternations, ad social activism. Forward-thinking mining companies have begun to manage political risk through a formal program that both actively monitors and responds to political risk events and assesses the combined effect of multiple political risk exposures on a company’s project portfolio and long-term strategy. Experts from across the industry will provide a range of perspectives in this session about how political risk management has changed over the last 20 years and what company’s should be doing now to manage this risk exposure effectively.

5:10 PM I.9 What is Different Today for Miners Looking to Raise Capital? - Shearman Room

Roscoe Postle Associates, Inc.: Richard Lambert, P.E., P.Eng., Chief Operating Officer (Ch)
ING Capital, LLC: Remko Van De Water, Head of Metals & Mining, Americas
Rothschild & Co.: Nicholas Hooper, Managing Director
Maverix Metals Inc.: Douglas Ward, Vice President Technical Services
Orion Mine Finance: Jonathon Lamb, Portfolio Manager
Teck Resources Limited: Scott R. Wilson, Vice President and Treasurer

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

6:00 PM Conclusion of Day One of the Conference

6:00 - 8:00 Reception at the New York Marriott Hotel East Side - Register in advance. Space is limited*.
You can register more than one person. Visit receptions
Sponsored by SRK Consulting and Blake, Cassels & Graydon and Hecla Mining Company

8:00 PM Conclusion of Day One of the Conference

Below is Carlos A. Urquiaga, Managing Director & Head of BNP Paribas’ Mine Financing Team for the Americas. Join us for more than 26 informative, engaging panel discussions with time for audience Q&A.

Tuesday April 30, 2019 - Day Two of the Conference from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM
at Shearman & Sterling LLP at 599 Lexington Avenue, at corner of 53rd St.
Check back for updates. Content, order and times are subject to change
The speakers' bios are here
 For a one page schedule of events click here

7:30 AM Registration and Breakfast
Sponsored by Behre Dolbear 

8:40 AM II.1 Alternatives: Royalties, Streaming, Pre-Payments: Part One - Shearman Room

KPMG LLP Canada: Ronald Maiorano, Partner, US Corporate Tax Services (Ch)
Franco-Nevada Corporation: Adrian Wong, CPA, CA, Director, Taxation
Shearman & Sterling LLP: Alexandro M. Padrés,  Partner, Project Development & Finance
Hudbay Minerals Inc.: Travis Temple, Director, Tax

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

8:40 AM II.1A Importance & Use of Geo-Metallurgy in Scoping & Feasibility Studies - Conference Room G/H

Wood Plc: Chris Wright Technical Director Resource Estimation and Geometallurgy (Ch)
Independent Mining Consultants, Inc.: John Marek, P.E., President (Ch)
Cornell University: Karin E. Olson Hoal, Wold Family Professor
Samuel Engineering: Al Kuestermeyer, Senior Process Engineer /Expert

Geometallurgy involves the integration of geological and metallurgical or mineral processing information. Laboratory, field and plant data can be used to predict future metallurgical performance and understand current processing issues based on feed characteristics throughout the asset life cycle including process design at project stage, tactical response in operation and geochemical release for closure. The understanding of geometallurgical relationships allows for design optimization, asset performance improvement and risk mitigation. The panel will discuss approaches for: (1) Ore characterization; (2) Process design; (3) Plant sampling and (4) Geomet reconciliation

9:30 AM II.2 Alternative Sources of Capital in Mining: Part Two - Shearman Room

Duff & Phelps Canada Ltd: Alan Lee CA, CFA, CBV, Managing Director, Valuation Advisory Services (Ch)
BNP Paribas Securities Corp.: Antonio Pichardo, Director Structured Debt Metals & Mining
Sandstorm Gold Ltd.: David Awram, Senior Executive Vice President and Co-Founder 
Maverix Metals Inc.: Douglas Ward, Vice President Technical Services 

Amidst increased attention to mining royalty and streaming companies as a more traditional financing source comes less understanding on how and when royalties and streaming arrangements are practically used. When is a stream more suitable than a royalty (or vice versa)? What makes certain mines or projects more amenable to a royalty or a stream? This panel will discuss case studies where royalties and streams have been successful, and what the trends have been like for royalties and streams in recent years (relative to capital markets).

9:30 AM II.2A SEC Rule S-K 1300: Modernization of Property Disclosure for Mining Registrants - Conference Room G/H

Wood Plc: Harry M. Parker, Consulting Mining Geologist & Geostatistician (Ch)
Behre Dolbear Group: Bernard Guarnera, Director
Roscoe Postle Associates: Deborah McCombe, P.Geo, President & CEO, Principal Geologist
Groff Engineering & Consulting LLC: Brian Groff, Principal

Since the October 2018 announcement by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission about replacing Industry Guide 7, (IG7) there has been allot of interest about the impact of the changes on mineral property disclosure, valuation and due diligence. This panel will compare old Industry Guide IG7, with SME’s Guide for Reporting Exploration Information, Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves and other CRIRSCO codes, guides, and standards; discuss the impact on Qualified Persons (QPs), Qualified Person Firms, Reliance on Third Parties, Independence of Qualified Persons; Reporting under S-K 1300 for Canadian registrants including MJDS and non MJDS filers, differences in the format of technical reports under NI 43-101 and S-K 1300 and Materiality, Confidentiality, Aggregation of properties in applying S-K 1300.

10:20 AM Refreshment Break
Sponsored by Hatch Advisory

10:40 AM II.3 Getting the Attention of Investors for Exploration Finance: What Has Changed? - Shearman Room

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP: Frank Mariage, BSc, LLB, Partner, Global Mining Group (Ch)
Quebec Precious Metals Corporation: Normand Champigny, Chief Executive Officer
Monarques Gold Corporation: Jean-Marc Lacoste, President and Chief Executive Officer
Desjardins Securities: Bruno Kaiser, Managing Director and Head of Metals & Mining
Clear Creek Digital: Trevor Hall, President

During the first quarter of 2018 and for the first time ever, the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) surpassed the TSX and TSX Venture Exchange in mining financing. When considering all other investment opportunities present within the Canadian market over the last 18 to 24 months, notably those related to cannabis and crypto-currency, can one be really surprised about the attention and capital these “new” investments received? The panel, comprised of seasoned mining executives, communications specialist and investment analyst, will aim to explore the reasons behind this shift and what exploration / development companies can and should do in this evolving environment.

10:40 AM II.3A Minerals and Mining Project Appraisal and Valuation - Conference Room G/H

Stagg Resource Consultants, Inc.: Alan Stagg, PG, CMA, President (Ch)
Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc.: Jonathan Rose, Managing Director, Head, Metals & Mining Americas
Sirios Resources Inc.: Dominique Doucet. P.Eng.,President and CEO
Red Cloud Klondike Strike Inc.: Paolo Lostritto, P.Eng, President
Minera Gold Fields Chile: Cristian Alvarez, Finance and Administration Manager

Value is a perception, which typically varies widely among individual investors. Additionally, what drives value can vary for any given investor over time, depending on global and domestic economic conditions, global and domestic markets, political and cultural factors, and investor-specific circumstances, among other issues. This session’s panelists, which represent differing segments of the investment community, will provide their perceptions regarding current drivers of value in the mining sector, their perceptions of how these have changed over the recent past, and thoughts on value issues going forward. Additionally, the relationship between valuation—in this discussion considered to be a less formal and more investor-specific approach, and appraisals - considered to be a more structured and formal overall market approach, will be explored.

11:30 AM II.4 China Driving Demand, Prices and Opportunities – Shearman Room

Baker McKenzie LLP: Greg McNab, Partner, Corporate & Securities Practice Group, Global Head of Mining (Ch)
Alex Laugharne, Principal
Wiley Rein LLP: Robert E. DeFrancesco III, Partner, International Trade
Bradford Consulting: Charles Bradford, Principal

This panel of experts will discuss: the importance China’s evolving policies towards raw materials and manufacturing has on current global trends in the mining industry, including commodity demand, investment and supply; How China is investing capital in other markets and the impact its investment is having on global costs and material availability. The panelists will also discuss China's demand for key commodities, including critical minerals and its potential economic growth and influence on the global commodity markets over the next several years.

11:30 AM II.4A Mining Cost and Operating Issues and Trends - Conference Room G/H

InfoMine USA: Jennifer Leinart, Director, President (Ch)
Roscoe Postle Associates: Grant Malensek, M.Eng., P.Eng./P.Geo., Principal Engineer (Ch)
Coeur Mining, Inc., Thomas S. Whelan, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Black & Veatach Corporation: Jim Spenceley, P. Eng., Senior Vice President, Mining

Two industry trends are reported declines in productivity and challenging returns on investment in the mining industry, on average. What are mining companies doing to reverse these trends? What are examples of best practices and methods and tools used to overcome the challenges management and miners face declining ore grades, the need to go deeper, and comply with more regulations.

12:20 PM Key Note Speaker Lunch

12:35 PM Key Note Speaker -  Casey Hammond, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, U.S. Department of the Interior will speak about: 

Latest developments impacting mining in the U.S. and Navigating the U.S. Permitting System and Operating Environment

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. 

1:30 PM II.5 Managing Social Issues in a Changing World - Shearman Room

Ramboll: Sharon Maharg, Senior Managing Consultant, International Finance & ESIA Services (Ch)
Social Capital Group s.a.c.: Walter Arensberg, Managing Director
ING Capital, LLC: Melisa Simic, Vice President, Sustainable Finance
Miller Thomson, LLP: Sandra Gogal, Partner, Co-Leader of National Aboriginal Law Group
S&P Global Ratings: Mike Ferguson, Director U.S. Energy Infrastructure Group

In today’s changing world, getting mining projects up and running successfully must take stakeholder engagement to another level in order to ensure project acceptance from local communities early in the project and manage expectations throughout the project cycle. Management strategies must aim to ensure that a reasonable number of jobs are made available during both the construction and operations phases to local workers (both male and female); establish skills training programs for the local communities and early enough in the project schedule so local unskilled workers can be trained and eligible for jobs when they become available; procure as many goods and services from the local communities as possible; and create local benefits for communities by understanding and responding to their needs. Such strategies are especially important as organized opposition from environmental NGOs, indigenous groups, and others has grown more sophisticated and widespread and the risks to mining projects has increased accordingly. Panelists will examine the roots of these challenges and assess the effectiveness of corporate strategies and methods for addressing them.

1:30 PM II.5A  Tailings Facilities: A Primer for Potential Financiers - Conference Room G/H

Shearman & Sterling LLP: Cynthia Urda Kassis, Co - Head of Mining & Metals Group, Partner, Project Development & Finance (Ch)
International Finance Corp/World Bank Group: Rosa Orellana, Chief Environmental Specialist & Global Sector Lead for Oil, Gas & Mining 
Atlantic Gold Corporation: Maryse Belanger ICD.D, President, COO and Director 
Stantec: Paul Deering P. Geo, P. Eng., Senior Principal, Regional Technical Leader, Geotechnical Engineering practice in Eastern Canada

This panel will look at the following questions, among others: What are tailings facilities? Are they all the same? How do the different regulators around the globe approach such facilities? How should mining companies approach managing these facilities and communicating to the public about them? What are potential best practices in that regard? How can debt and equity investors approach their analysis of investment opportunities in companies/projects with such facilities? What are the most effective diligence techniques? What standards are DFIs and other major financial institutions applying and how have they changed as a result of recent events?

2:20 PM II.6 Measuring Climate Risk to Mining and Infrastructure Projects - Shearman Room

The Climate Service: James McMahon, CEO
Panattoni Development Company: Guillermo (Willy) Accame, Director of Risk Management
S&P Global Ratings: Don Marleau, Natural Resources Sector Lead
Hatch: Susan McGeachie, Global Director, Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Watson Environmental: Leslie M. Watson, Principal (Ch)

Aligning climate science and seasonal forecasts with industry needs presents opportunities for addressing risks. The panel will present information on tools to measure the cost of climate related risks and seasonal forecasts in relation to key performance metrics, assessing resilience benefits and ratings.

2:20 PM II.6A Transforming Mines with Integrated Digital Operational Platforms - Conference Room G/H

RPM Global: Anthony Fraser, Customer Engagement Diector (Ch)
IDS GeoRadar: John Metzger, Geomatics Services Projects Coordinator
Proudfoot Consulting: Jon Wylie, President, Global Natural Resources 
GE Transportation - Wabtec: Debra Johnson, Principle of Digital Mine
RPM Global: Sandeep Sandhu, General Manager North America
Glencore: Owain Morton, Digital Transformation Lead

The Digital Mine: Amplifying Decision Making Capability. This panel will speak to the 'Future of Mining' in the digital age; What is possible and what may be ahead for mines with declining ore grades, use of autonomous equipment, and how work forces can best adapt to their use and optimally operate the ever-increasingly sophisticated, diverse and readily available technology in the life of mine and supply chains. How can management best unlock value that is hidden in value chains. Innovation has ripple effects, business decisions made today enable miners to seamlessly create and compare scenarios across every activity required to bring commodities from mine plan to port to increase profitability.

3:10 PM Refreshment Break
Sponsored by Hatch Advisory

3:30 PM II.7 Navigating the U.S. Permitting System and Operating Environment - Shearman Room

BHP: Jason Buckner, Head of Corporate Affairs
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck: Jon Hrobsky, Policy Director
Mining Development Services LLC: Dr. John R. Craynon, P.E., President (Ch)
SynTerra Corp.: Steve Gardner PE, SME-RM, Vice President, Special Projects, Energy & Mining (Ch) 
U.S. Department of the Interior: Casey Hammond, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management

The greatest barrier to a successful project in the United States is the byzantine permitting system that makes getting a mine operational a very difficult process. This panel of former and current U.S. decision-making officials will discuss:

  • The growing difficulty in getting mines from exploration to production in the U.S
  • How to work with federal and state agencies in a collaborative manner
  • How to use the political system and congressional relationships to minimize delays
  • Changes in law and regulation that have simplified the process
  • The importance of pre-investment political due diligence in choosing a project

3:30 PM II.7A Water Risks: Approaches to Avoid Problems and Failure - Conference Room G/H

Intera, Inc: Peter Castiglia, P.G., Senior Hydrogeologist (Ch)
Westech Engineering, Inc.: Mick L. McCaslin, P.E., International Sales Manager (Ch)
Columbia University Water Center: Paulina Concha, Researcher
Kinross Gold Company: John K. Mudge, Director, Environmental Affairs

This panel will identify the water risks common to most mineral development projects, illustrate common approaches for characterizing and controlling water risks, and share examples of how disruptions from water problems can have severe impacts on the financial performance of a development or operating company.

4:20 PM II.8 Favorable Investment Jurisdictions in Mining & Minerals Sector in the Americas - Shearman Room

Are miners and mining investment experiencing a return to perennial jurisdictions such as Canada and the US? How are emerging market jurisdictions in the Americas looking to stay relevant? Do great projects win out? What about everyone else? What about governments as mediators between communities and miners? Are miners in risk-on or risk-off mode? Which governments in the hemisphere are doing things to attract investment? What regulatory adjustments works? What is the outlook?

Accendo Banco
: Javier Reyes de la Campa, Chairman
Gustavson Associates: Donald E. Hulse PE, Vice President of Mining (Ch)
Mining Journal: Paul Harris, Editor of Latin America (Ch)
German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA), Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR): Dr. Ing. Sven-Uwe Schulz, Head of Unit Evaluation of Mineral Resources 
Sandspring Resources Ltd: Richard A. Munson B.A.,J.D., L.L.M. Chief Executive Officer, Director, Corporate Secretary
Ressources Quebec, a subsidiary of Investissement Quebec: Amyot Choquette,Senior Manager, Mines Québec 
Société Générale: Alvaro Belevan, Director, Metals & Mining Finance

5:10 PM Closing Remarks by Conference Chair

5:15-8:00 Reception at Shearman & Sterling - Register.
Join us for a raffle of wonderful photos by photographer Laszlo Bencze again.

Sponsored by Shearman & Sterling and SRK Consulting and Hecla Mining Company

8:00 PM Conclusion of Day Two of the Conference

Wednesday May 1, 2019 - Three Workshops
Shearman & Sterling LLP at 599 Lexington Avenue, at corner of 53rd Street

Select one of two morning workshops: Breakfast 7:45 AM, Start 8:30 AM, End 11:30 AM, Lunch Ends 1 PM and or join us for an afternoon workshop: Lunch at Noon, Start at 12:30, Ends at 4 PM.

Wednesday May 1, 2019 from 8 to 11:30 AM prior to lunch at Shearman & Sterling
Breakfast Sponsor: Behre Dolbear

III. Valuing Mineral Assets and Operations – Understanding Valuation Issues – led by Alan Stagg, PG, CMA, President, Principal Economic Geologist, Stagg Resource Consultants

IV. Are you ready? A Comprehensive Approach to Navigate the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s New Mining Property Disclosure Requirements – led by Ben Parsons, Principal Geologist, SRK Consulting (U.S.), Inc., Matthew Sullivan, Consultant, Mining Economics, SRK Consulting (U.S.), and Jason Lehner, Partner, Shearman & Sterling, LLP

Wednesday May 1, 2019 lunch from Noon to 1 PM at Shearman & Sterling
All Wednesday workshop attendees are welcome to join us for lunch to continue your conversations and or unwind, relax and recharge before the start of the afternoon workshop and official end of the Conference.
Sponsored by Shearman & Sterling 

Wednesday May 1, 2019 from Noon to 4 PM - Starting after lunch at Shearman & Sterling
The fifth workshop may start at 12:30 PM. If registering to attend this workshop, please join us for lunch, promptly before Noon

V. Measuring Climate Risk: An Interactive Workshop on Meaningful Measures of Climate Risks in Relation to Financing Mining and Infrastructure Projects - led by 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 and Susan McGeachie, Global Director, Climate Change and Sustainable Development at Hatch.

Wednesday May 1, 2019 - the CTMF Conference ends at 4 PM

Read about the five workshops here and join the CTMF sponsors


Join us for five informative, interactive workshops - read about them here Get your questions answered!

There will be these two workshops on Sunday April 28 starting at Noon to 4:30 PM:

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

Three post-conference workshops are on Wednesday May 1, 2019:

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

Read about the workshop details here They will include plenty of time for delegates' Q&A, food, refreshment breaks - all in a professional, warm meeting room where you can spread out and learn. We hope you join us! to hear and meet many leading, influential experts who work with, advise and fund large, medium and small mining and exploration companies world wide. They and colleagues are typically involved with evaluating and funding the core aspects of mining projects, often including related equipment and infrastructure requirements.

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

Below is Anthony O'Neill, Group Executive, Technical & Sustainability, Anglo American Plc giving his key note talk about FutureSmart Mining TM at CTMF 2017. Many leading companies and experts attend CTMF. Join us!  
Visit the agenda to see more details about the speakers who will be addressing these and other topics:

  • Bankers’ View of Capital Markets and Mine Financing - multiple round table panels about recent deals, M&A, restructurings, where, how and who is raising capital, what issues are most prominent.
  • 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 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

Hear Key Note Speaker Ross Bhappu, Partner, Head Partner of Private Equity Funds from Resource Capital Funds speak about "Where are the Public Markets for Mining? And how do we get them back?" Ross Bhappu will present 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 will discuss recent trends and data about money leaving the sector and investor sentiment about the sector being anemic, at best. He will also explain what needs to be done to turn the ship and demonstrate that the mining industry can be a good sector in which to invest.

Meet with members of Quebec's delegation of mining executives and officials returning to CTMF now for the fourth year as well as meet and hear the 
Government of Quebec's Mr. Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation and Minister Responsible for the Lanaudière Region speak about "What makes operating and investing in Quebec's mineral rich province attractive"

Hear and meet these key note speakers and many other influential leaders in our sector who work around the world! Join all with time for Q&A and one-on-one meetings with attendees, speakers and others from the New York financial, analyst, investor and business community.

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, Economic Geologist, Community Engagement, Investor Relations Officer, Auditor, VP of Underwriting, Credit Research, Environmental Services Practice Leader and Appraiser.

Shown below are delegates attending panel discussion re Engaging Stakeholders for Long Term Project Success
New York SME thanks all sponsors and
welcomes you to join them. Contact Tim Alch conference co chair if you have questions. All help make it possible to meet in New York. For a one page schedule of events click here

Below was an engaging panel discussion at CTMF 2017 that was about Restructuring Mining Companies: Second Chance for Success. We invite you to submit your expressions of interest to speak as soon as possible. 
Here is a daily Summary of CTMF 2020 Events. We hope you join us! 

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

Wednesday May 13, 2020: Two Workshops: 7:45 AM - 11:45 AM at Shearman & Sterling LLP
Wednesday May 13, 2020: Lunch 11:45 AM to 1 PM at Shearman & Sterling LLP
Wednesday May 13, 2020: Two Workshops: 12:30 - ~4 PM at Shearman & Sterling LLP

In addition to engaging panel discussions, CTMF offers all the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists. We hope you join us! We invite you to submit your expressions of interest to speak as soon as possible. 

We hope to see you at CTMF 2020!
Save the dates - Sunday May 10 - Wednesday May 13, 2020
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 TM
Revisit this website for updates about CTMF 2020. The schedule and speakers are subject to change. See a one page schedule of the 2019 events here The format of CTMF 2020 will be similar to the 2019 events and held at the same venues shown in pictures in this site. * Space is limited. The organizers monitor registrations and may need to close registration early. Some registered delegates may be asked to be present in a second and or third board rooms that will have live video and audio feed to the main conference room and or to the track two conference room. 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. Join the sponsors For hotel suggestions click here We invite you to join SME and visit the SME's Bookstore Catalog with a selection of economic and business texts about mining.