Chief Innovation Officer, Barrick Gold
Michelle Ash is Barrick Gold’s first Chief Innovation Officer. In her role, she oversees the company’s innovation strategy, looking at how innovation can drive productivity in the existing business as well as how it can be harnessed to deliver alternative business models.
She joined Barrick in January 2016, and brings with her more than 20 years of experience in the mining and manufacturing sectors. Last year, Ash was named to the 2016 list of “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” by Women in Mining UK. She holds a degree in Civil Engineering and an Executive MBA from the Melbourne Business School.
CEO, Osisko Mining
Mr. Burzynski holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in geology from Mount Allison University, and a Master of Science in exploration and mineral economics (MINEX) degree from Queen’s University. He is a registered P.Geo. in the province of Québec, and has over 25 years experience as a professional geologist on international mining and development projects.
As well as serving as President and Chief Executive officer of Osisko Mining Inc., John has been Senior Vice President, New Business Development and Director of Osisko Gold Royalties since its inception in June 2014. Mr. Burzynski was one of the three original founders of Osisko Exploration/Osisko Mining Corp., and up until 2014 was the Vice President, Business Development.
Among other awards, Mr. Burzynski was a co-winner together with Sean Roosen and Robert Wares of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canadas “Prospector of the Year Award” for 2007 and the Northern Miner’s “Mining Men of the Year” for 2009. John currently serves as a Director with Osisko Mining Inc., Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd., and Strongbow Exploration Ltd., and is also a founding member of EurAsia Resource Holdings AG, a private resource fund based in Europe.
President & CEO, Premier Gold Mines Limited
Mr. Downie has over 25 years of experience in the exploration and mining industry and is the Founder of Premier’s predecessor, Wolfden Resources Inc. He is the 2003 recipient of the Prospectors and Developers Association Of Canada’s Bill Dennis Prospector Of The Year award and recipient of several Exploration and Development awards from the Northwestern Ontario Prospectors Association. He has participated in several gold and base metal discoveries including the Bonanza deposit in Red Lake and the West Zone at High Lake. Ewan is also currently a director of Wolfden Resources Corp.
CEO, IAMGOLD Corporation
Steve Letwin was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of IAMGOLD on November 1, 2010. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since joining the Company.
Specializing in corporate finance, operational management, and merger & acquisitions, Steve brings over 30 years of experience from the highly-competitive resource sector. Steve actively leads his executive management teams with a clear and pragmatic approach to driving business results, creating shareholder value, and achieving sustainable growth.
Throughout his career, Steve has actively demonstrated his commitment to voluntary leadership. His most recent community affiliations have included Director, Corporate Campaign Committee of Texas Children’s Hospital; Patron, UNICEF Alberta, Canada; and Director, YMCA Calgary, Canada. For his commitment to the community, Steve was awarded the 2006 Alberta Centennial Medal.
President and CEO, Stornoway Diamond Corporation
Matt Manson has 20 years’ experience in diamond exploration, development and production. Matt was appointed President of Stornoway in March 2007 following the acquisition of Ashton Mining of Canada and Contact Diamond Corporation, and subsequently President and CEO in January 2009. Between 1999 and 2005, Matt was employed by Aber Diamond Corporation (now Dominion Diamond Corporation) as Vice-President, Marketing, and thereafter Vice-President, Technical Services and Control, during which time he participated in the US$230m project financing for the Diavik Diamond Project, as well as overseeing Aber’s technical and marketing operations. Matt is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh (B.Sc. Geophysics, 1987) and the University of Toronto (Ph.D. Geology, 1996).
President and Director, Aurania Resources Ltd.
Richard is a geologist with 30 years of mineral exploration experience in Africa and South America. He was educated in Zimbabwe and South Africa and is registered as a Professional Geologist in Ontario and as a Chartered Geologist in the UK.
While working with Gencor, he led the teams that discovered porphyry deposits in the Cordillera del Condor that contain 24Blbs of copper and 4Moz of gold. Aurania’s Lost Cities – Cutucu Project is contiguous with that mineral belt in southeastern Ecuador. He led the team that discovered the Loma Larga deposit that contains resources of 3Moz gold & 27 Moz silver in central Ecuador for Iamgold. His team added 6Moz of gold to reserves on the Las Cristinas gold deposit in Venezuela.
Richard is also President & CEO of U3O8 Corp. that has resources of uranium and battery commodities in South America. Richard’s focus is mineral discovery and development of deposits while adopting responsible mining practices that are compatible with environmental stewardship and social acceptance.
Founder and Director, Lucara Diamond Corporation
Eira Thomas is a Canadian geologist with over twenty years of experience in the Canadian mining business, including her previous roles as chief executive officer of Kaminak Gold Corporation, Vice President, Aber Resources, now Dominion Diamond Corp., and as founder and CEO of Stornoway Diamond Corp.
Ms. Thomas is a founder and director of Lucara Diamond Corp. Eira Thomas was elected to Suncor’s Board of Directors in April 2006 and is the chair of the environment, health, safety and sustainable development committee and a member of the human resources and compensation committee.
In 2004, Ms. Thomas was honoured as one of “Canada’s Top 40 under 40” by the Caldwell Partners and Report on Business magazine. In 2007, she was named to Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 list by the Women’s Executive Network.
Ms. Thomas graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Principal – Mine Waste Division, Golder Associates
Mr. Bocking is a Principal of Golder Associates. He holds an M.Sc. degree in geotechnical engineering and has over 43 years of experience in geotechnical consulting. In the past 29 years, he has been responsible for project management and geotechnical/environmental engineering of mine waste management projects. He has lead the siting, permitting, design, costing, and construction inspection for numerous tailings basins and associated water management facilities. Mine closure planning has been a significant part of his practice since 1992.
Mr. Bocking has managed the preparation and certification of numerous formal mine closure plans in Ontario. All of these closure plans have included closure cost estimates for financial assurance purposes. He has also been responsible for or has reviewed closure plans for mines elsewhere in Canada as well as in Colombia, Spain, Chile, Peru, Mongolia and Brazil. Mr. Bocking is the author of several papers on mine closure planning and has given several international lectures on the subject. He has also been responsible for the design and construction of closure measures on closed mine sites.
Business Transformation Leader, PwC Canada
Subo is a Business Transformation Leader in PwC’s Operations Practise, with a focus on Procurement and Supply Chain. Subo brings a wealth of knowledge with over 15 years of industry and consulting experience across asset intensive clients in Mining, Power Utilities, Energy, Public Sector and Oil & Gas. His current role involves helping clients anticipate the upcoming trends around Procurement 4.0 and support transform their Procurement function to deliver value for competitive advantage.
Subo is a thought leader in Operations and brings a proven track record of successfully implementing complex Transformations. He brings a unique ability to explain complex Procurement topics in simple terms and is frequently cited by clients and colleagues and has participated in a number of industry conferences as a speaker.
Executive Director, PDAC
Andrew’s 25-plus-year career has encompassed both the senior and junior mining sectors as an exploration geologist, mine geologist, manager and mining executive. He has also volunteered with not-for-profit organizations, notably as past-president of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.
Prior to his role at PDAC, Andrew was President and Chief Executive Officer, Director at Unigold Inc., where he oversaw the delivery of the company’s initial mineral resource of two million ounces of gold at its flagship property in the Dominican Republic, and successfully partnered the project with the International Finance Corporation (a division of the World Bank).
His career started as a deep-level gold mine geologist in South Africa. He subsequently worked as Vice President Exploration at Treasury Metals Inc., Principal Geologist at AMEC plc, Chief Geologist at Goldcorp Inc./Placer Dome Inc., and Mineral Resource Manager with Anglo American Corporation. Andrew has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Geology from the Royal School of Mines at Imperial College London, and a Master of Business Administration from Capella University.
Andrew has built a strong reputation as an advocate for a responsible minerals industry—an industry that he believes has the ability to build prosperous communities and develop nations.
CEO, PearTree Securities
Lisa is currently the CEO of PearTree Securities Inc. overseeing the strategic direction of this innovative firm focused on structured financing for Canadian resource companies. Concurrently, Lisa is also responsible for the legal and operations functions of PearTree Financial Services Ltd., the originator and leading provider of flow through donation financing services in Canada.
Prior to joining Peartree, Lisa was General Counsel for a specialized investment fund business with more than $3B in assets under administration. A graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, Lisa was a partner at Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (currently Dentons) where she specialized in corporate and securities law. While at FMC, Lisa spent 15 months on secondment to the Ontario Securities Commission. In 2010, Lisa earned her ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Lisa is an active contributor to mining industry initiatives and charitable causes. She is on the Board of Directors of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) as well as a member of PDAC’s Executive Committee and co-chair of the Finance & Taxation Committee. Lisa also was invited to be a “Women of Bay Street 2014”, an exclusive collection of highly successful female executives who have also demonstrated philanthropic leadership.
President and Head of Banking, PearTree Securities
David has extensive experience in investment banking with over 16 years of financing, advisory, and M&A experience. Throughout his career, he has focused on junior and mid-cap resource and non-resource clients. Prior to joining PearTree Securities’ leadership team, David was Managing Director & Board Member with Mackie Research Capital, Managing Director with Haywood Securities, and Managing Director and a significant shareholder of Jennings Capital. David began his career as a chartered accountant at BDO Dunwoody and Arthur Anderson and he brings a solid accounting background and tax perspective to augment his role at PearTree. David specialized in tax as a member of Arthur Andersen’s tax & business advisory group where he assisted US multinationals with cross-border transactions including structuring mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. He brings a global understanding and perspective to PearTree.
David graduated from the University of Waterloo (Honours Chartered Accountancy Program), and also holds CPA, CA and CFA designations. He is a volunteer team manager and trainer of a youth hockey team, and is an avid cyclist.
Management Consultant, Avanti Management & Consulting Limited
With over 21 years of experience in the mining industry, Michael has been a VP, President, CEO and Director of nearly 20 companies. Between 1994 and 2005, he worked as an exploration geologist and later as a Senior Geologist with Goldcorp Inc. His expertise lies in grassroots to advanced minerals exploration, marketing and financing junior companies. Michael has worked in diamond, base metals, precious metals, industrial minerals, oil and natural gas, as well as sand, gravel and peat deposits, primarily in the Americas on private, public company and government projects. Michael has also worked on advancing new mineral processing technologies and innovations.
Robin Lee Fell
Director, Strategic Technology Solutions, Goldcorp Inc.
Mr. Fell joined Goldcorp in May 2014, and brings 18 years of technology consulting and industry experience. He has held data-focused leadership and delivery roles at KPMG Consulting, Accenture and Thomson Reuters, working with organizations such as Deutsche Bank, Virgin, ICBC and UBC AG.
Recently, he has lead delivery of Goldcorp’s initiatives around Cognitive Analytics, Business Intelligence, Records and Document Management, and Remote Tailings Monitoring. He focuses on Research and Development, and delivering Strategic Technologies such as IBM Watson for Mining and Exploration.
Mr Fell holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics from Durham University in the UK, and is a certified Enterprise Architect.
Partner, National Mining Leader, PwC Canada
Liam Fitzgerald is PwC Canada’s National Mining Leader, based out of the Toronto office. In this role, Liam is responsible for providing strategic direction to PwC’s mining team across the Assurance, Tax and Consulting & Deals practice areas. This includes building on PwC’s position as an industry leader through providing innovative solutions to address current industry issues.
As a Tax Partner, Liam advises clients in all stages of the mining industry. His focus is on advising Canadian-based multinational corporations on structuring their foreign mining operations, dealing specifically with issues such as cross-border financing, capital restructuring, repatriation techniques, M&A and tax shelter monetization.
Senior Principal, Clareo
Kulvir Gill has more than 10 years of experience in strategic planning, organizational effectiveness and post-merger integration.
He began his career with Oliver Wyman as a management consultant before holding several positions with Barrick Gold Corporation. At Barrick, he played a key role in establishing the corporate supply chain practice, a turnaround plan for a regional business unit and a next-generation mining innovation strategy. He has also managed several post-merger business integrations and annual strategic planning cycles.
Kulvir holds a B.Sc. and a B.Comm from the University of Calgary. He is a 2011 Action Canada fellow and a co-founder of the Seva Food Bank. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the William Osler Health System Foundation and Habitat For Humanity in Brampton, Ontario.
Partner & Innovation Practice Lead, Stratalis Consulting
George Hemingway serves as Partner and head of the Innovation Practice at Stratalis, a global growth and innovation consultancy. His focus is on helping organization to outperform in uncertain markets by moving to a future-focus. He is the originator of the 7 Lenses; a powerful set of tools to help companies break from past thinking and the author of “3 Keys to Conquering Uncertainty”.
George is one of the most sought-after speakers on the future, innovation and change and a published author and monthly columnist on the future of industry and how organizations can prepare for disruption and grow in uncertain times.
He has advised a wide-range of organizations within the Global 500 on the future, was the CEO of a publicly traded European company and is a member of several corporate and philanthropic boards, including Budapest Honvéd FC, a top-flight European soccer club, Riemann A/S, a European pharmaceutical company and the Chamber Orchestra of New York. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS from the Stern School of Business at NYU and is the holder of US and EU patents.
Managing Director, Rio Tinto Iron & Titanium – Energy & Minerals
Stéphane is Managing Director of leading global mining and metals company Rio Tinto’s titanium dioxide business. Based in Montreal, Quebec, Stéphane has operational, commercial and marketing responsibility for Rio Tinto Iron & Titanium, which includes the Richards Bay Minerals operation in South Africa, Rio Tinto Fer et Titane in Quebec and QIT Madagascar Minerals.
Prior to this assignment Stéphane was the Managing Director for Kennecott Utah Copper, as well as Kennecott’s Chief Operating Officer. He also held the role of General Manager at Rio Tinto Alcan’s Sebree smelter in Kentucky. Stéphane has 27 years with Rio Tinto where he held roles in operations management and health, safety and environment, including two years as global head of HSE for the Alcan smelter group.
Stéphane attended the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Global Managing Director – Metals, Hatch
Joe is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the design and construction of aluminum smelters, with more than 30 years of experience in the development and expansion of metallurgical facilities in Europe, North America and South Africa.
As Global Board Member & Global Managing Director of Metals, Joe is responsible for project planning, costing and technology assessments for the sector. His extensive smelter project and operating experience has been central in directing and managing project teams. He has authored several technical papers related to best practices in smelter design and construction. In addition to leading our Metals sector, Joe also provides strategic planning and development leadership for Hatch’s presence in China, the Middle East, and Brazil.
Joe was previously President and CEO of Aluminérie Alouette, the largest aluminum smelter in the Americas. At Aluminérie Alouette, Joe was responsible for a $1.5 billion expansion of its facility in Sept-Îles, Québec.
Joe is a graduate of the University of Pretoria, where he earned a BEng in Mechanical Engineering as well as a BComm Hons from the University of South Africa. Outside of work, Joe serves as the Chairman of the Canada-South African Chamber of Commerce, and is an avid scuba diver and passionate photographer.
President & CEO, Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI)
Douglas has 14 years of operating experience in the deep nickel mines of the Sudbury Basin in Ontario, Canada, followed by 16 years as a consultant at Golder Associates working on strategic mine design, productivity and safety issues. He has lived and worked in Australia, Brasil, Chile and Peru and southern Africa. Throughout his career, he remained connected to various research and innovation groups and in 2012 he was appointed President and CEO of the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI). In 2014, CEMI initiated the Ultra-Deep Mining Network, a 5-year, $35M Program developing practical solutions to the challenges of bulk mining below 2.5km.
Douglas believes that for the mining industry to meet the economy’s long-term demand for metals and also achieve attractive returns for investors we have to abandon the economies of scale we have relied on for 35 years and return to the fundamentals, introducing the leaning process to every aspect of our business.
Director Government Relations and Energy, Goldcorp Canada Ltd
John Mullally is the Director of Government Relations and Energy for Goldcorp Inc, one of Canada’s largest mining companies with operations across the Americas. In his role, he assists Goldcorp’s Operations to integrate government relations, issues management, stakeholder relations and corporate social responsibility into their overall corporate strategies. He is also responsible for regional energy management and has helped implement projects to reduce GHG emissions and improve energy efficiency.
Immediately prior to this post, John worked at Vale in a similar capacity and earlier in Management Consulting for Ernst & Young where he advised major international mining companies, Canadian Retail Banks and other organizations. John also worked for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, where he spent considerable time in West Africa and was a contributor to the African Economic Outlook (AEO) – a report featuring macroeconomic analysis of the African continent.
Senior VP – Operations, Hecla Mining Company
Mr. Radford has over 34 years of experience in the mining industry. He started his career with Coeur d’ Alene Mines and NERCO. He subsequently worked 18 years for Barrick Gold, including 14 years at the Goldstrike Mine in Nevada, 2 years at the El Indio Mine in Chile, and the remainder in his last position as the General Manager of the Cowal Gold Mine in Australia. He subsequently worked 4 years for Kinross Gold, including 2 years as the General Manager of the Fort Knox Mine in Alaska and 2 years as Vice President of South American Operations. He has held the position of Senior Vice President – Operations with Hecla Mining Company for 6 years, looking after operations in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.
In terms of accomplishments, Larry has a track record of improving safety records, conducting operational turnarounds, bringing new mines into production, and making good operations run better. He holds a B.S. degree in Mining Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Data Scientist & Associate Partner, Cognitive & Advanced Analytics Solutions, IBM Canada
Pavel is an Associate Partner at IBM Cognitive (AI) Consulting Practice with over 12+ years of experience. He combines data science, operations research and technology consulting expertise to drive revenue growth and operational excellence. In addition to his role at IBM, he is an Applied Researcher @Queen’s Smith School of Business and Adjunct Lecturer for Data Science @Schulich School of Business.
Pavel has been serving the top management of multinationals in North America, Europe and Asia across many sectors, including Financial, Natural Resources and Public Sector. He is responsible for leading sales & delivery teams to support Augmented Intelligence, Advanced Analytics and Robotics initiatives, while developing strong long term client relationships.
Pavel has been identified as IBM’s Top Performer (Top 10%) and enrolled in several Executive Leadership Development programs. He has a bachelor in Industrial (Operations Research) Engineering from University of Toronto and masters in Data Science & Advanced Analytics from Queen’s University.
Managing Director Equity Capital Markets, Canaccord Genuity
With over 30 years of experience in capital markets, Ron is responsible for developing equity market solutions for corporate clients, including originating and executing equity financing transactions. Ron started his career at Gordon Capital. Since joining Canaccord Genuity in 1999, Ron has been involved in numerous high profile and innovative financings transactions including the creation of the Premium Dividend Program™.
President and Founder, HLS Hard-Line Solutions Inc.
Walter Siggelkow has over 30 years’ experience in mining and has been the President of Hard-Line since its inception in 1996. Walter is a highly respected, confident, and self-motivated individual who is devoted to improving mine efficiency, safety, and profitability. Through this passion, he turned a 6 person start-up into a 90+ person multinational operation. Hard-Line is a global company headquartered in Canada, with branch offices in Chile and Peru along with a worldwide distribution network. Hard-Line is at the forefront of remote control technology of heavy equipment globally. They design, manufacture, install and service radio remote controls, teleoperation and automation services. The products Hard-Line develop enhance worker safety while increasing productivity.
R. Mohan Srivastava
Vice President, TriStar Gold
Mo Srivastava is Vice President of TriStar Gold. In 2016, Mo guided TriStar through a quantitative risk assessment for the Castelo de Sonhos gold paleo-placer project in Brazil, integrating information from paleo-plate reconstructions, drill hole data, structural geology and geostatistics to establish an exploration target range. A technically reasoned exploration target range has become an essential part of the company’s ability to raise money, advance the project, and plan field work. Subsequent drilling is proving up the reliability of the 2016 predictions, and demonstrating the importance of good science and data analysis.
COO, IAMGOLD Corporation
Gord joined IAMGOLD in December of 2007 and brings over 20 years of industry experience to the position of COO.
In his previous role, Gord was responsible for technical management and development of three major copper projects in South America as well as oversight of the large scale Antamina and Collahuasi mines. Prior to this role, Gord served as the General Manager and Operations Manager at Lomas Bayas in Chile and Antamina in Peru as well as holding Engineering Management positions at the Brunswick and Bell Mines in Canada. He also spent several years as a Manager within the Business Development group for a multinational metals producer and provided technical analysis for global acquisition opportunities.
Gord graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1987 with a Double Major in Mining and Mineral Process Engineering.
Managing Director, McEwen Mining
Nathan is a professional engineer with decades of global experience in the mining and metallurgical sectors. He has held senior technical roles with Barrick Gold, Falconbridge Limited and Noranda Inc.
Nathan holds a Ph.D in Metallurgy and Materials Science from The University of Toronto and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario. He is the current VP International of the CIM (Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum) and a Past-President of MetSoc (Metallurgy and Materials Society). Nathan was previously the corporation’s Vice-President, Technology.
Partner and Managing Director, Resource Capital Funds
Dave joined RCF in 2010 to establish its Toronto-based origination office. In this role, he sources investment opportunities from Canadian-based mining companies. He is also a member of RCF’s Investment Committees. A geologist, Dave spent the early part of his career conducting mineral exploration throughout Canada, primarily for gold and base metals. He then transitioned into Capital Markets, first as an equity research mining analyst and then as a mining specialty institutional salesperson.
Dave received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Waterloo in 1987 and his Master of Science degree from Queen’s University in 1991. He is a director of Noront Resources and Buffalo Coal. Dave is a past director of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and is a member of the PDAC’s Human Resources Development Committee.
Carl is a change agent known for challenging the status quo, discovering new ways of doing things and taking ideas to execution.
He has over 27 years’ experience working at the interface of business, government and postsecondary institutions nationally and internationally. Carl has helped position organizations for success and has established, managed or facilitated the development of strategies with a number of organizations and over 13 different consortia comprised of 200 businesses, 30 government organizations and at least 180 different academic institutions.
Carl obtained graduate and undergraduate degrees in chemistry from Carleton University and the University of Waterloo respectively. He holds one patent and has publications in five different technical domains: hydrometallurgical engineering, organometallic chemistry, analytical chemistry, environmental engineering and project management.
Director – Environment, IAMGOLD Corporation