This event took place on June 11, 2018
at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Canada
Diamond in Canada Symposium is an invite-only event aimed exclusively at diamond mining executives and institutional investors.
This event was used as a launch venue for the June issue of Diamonds in Canada, which has been faithfully covering the Canadian diamond mining industry for over 12 years.
CEO Lucara Diamond Corporation
Ms. Thomas is a Canadian geologist with more than 20 years of experience in the Canadian diamond business. She is currently the CEO and director of Lucara Diamond Corp., a publicly traded diamond producing company. Ms. Thomas previously served as CEO and director of Kaminak Gold Corporation, vice president of Aber Resources, now Dominion Diamond Corp., and was the founder and CEO of Stornoway Diamond Corp.
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 and in 2008 she was named by the Davos, Switzerland-based World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.
Ms. Thomas graduated from the University of Toronto with a bachelor of science degree.
Chairman North Arrow Minerals
Grenville Thomas left the Old World as a young mining engineer to become a pioneering prospector and company-builder in the New World, where he made a series of important mineral discoveries and contributed to the advancement of Canada’s fledgling diamond industry. He began his career as a 16-year-old coal miner in his native Wales, moving to Canada after graduating from University College, Cardiff, in 1964. He honed his prospecting skills and over several decades built up a multifaceted track record of discovery, culminating with the early 1990s discovery of diamond deposits ultimately developed into the world-class Diavik mine in the Northwest Territories (NWT).
Thomas’s discoveries and leadership role in advancing Canada’s diamond industry have won him many honours, including the PDAC’s Prospector of the Year Award for 1999. He continues active in northern exploration through his involvement with Strongbow Exploration and North Arrow Minerals.
CEO, President and Director Stornoway Diamond Corporation
Matt Manson has more than 20 years’ experience in diamond exploration, development, production and project finance. 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 financing and development of the Diavik Diamond Project and oversaw Aber’s technical and marketing operations. Matt led the $946 million project financing for the Renard Diamond Mine in 2014, the largest single project financing transaction for a publically listed diamond miner, with Renard commencing production as Quebec’s first diamond mine in 2016. He received the Viola MacMillan award from the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada in 2015, and was the Northern Miner Mining Person of the Year in 2017. Matt is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh (B.Sc. Geophysics, 1987) and the University of Toronto (Ph.D. Geology, 1996).