Speakers

Sean Boyd

Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Sean Boyd, Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Sean Boyd serves as the Vice-Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Agnico Eagle Mines Limited. Sean was appointed the Company’s Chief Executive Officer in 1998 after having served as the Chief Financial Officer from 1990 to 1998 and Comptroller from 1985 to 1990.

During Sean’s tenure as CEO, Agnico Eagle has grown from a small, single mine gold producer to a multi-mine international gold mining company. Sean has been recognized as The Northern Miner’s Mining Person of the year in 2007 and 2017. He has appeared on the list of The Best-Performing CEOs in the World in the Harvard Business Review in 2010, 2016 and 2017. In 2019, Sean was recognized by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario) as a Fellow, the highest honour bestowed upon a CPA within the accounting profession.

Sean also serves on the Board of Directors for The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation where he chairs the Granting, Impact and Stewardship Committee. He has also served on the Board of the World Gold Council and as a member of the St. Francis Xavier University Board of Governors.

Prior to joining Agnico Eagle in 1985, Sean was a staff accountant with Clarkson Gordon (Ernst & Young). He is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA, CA) and a graduate of the University of Toronto (B.Comm.).

Clive Johnson

President, CEO and Director
B2Gold Corp.

Clive Johnson, President, CEO and Director, B2Gold Corp.

Clive Johnson is a founding shareholder of B2Gold Corp. and has served as President, CEO and Director since its inception in November 2006, and leads the Company’s executive team.

From Northeast Russia to South Africa, Clive, through his leadership roles in B2Gold and predecessor company, Bema Gold Corporation, has been involved in exploration and gold mining in 12 different countries.

Clive is recognized for combining his entrepreneurial business approach to the mining industry with one of the industry’s most experienced and successful teams of geologists and engineers. He is also well known for his commitment to corporate social responsibility. Based on his personal and professional credo of fairness, respect, transparency and accountability, Clive leads B2Gold’s commitment to improve the lives of all the Company’s employees and local communities worldwide.

Prior to B2Gold, Clive was a founder of Vancouver-based Bema Gold. He was appointed as CEO after the company was created through an amalgamation of three Bema group companies in 1988. Clive was a driving force behind Bema Gold’s dramatic transformation from a junior exploration company to an international intermediate gold producer. Bema Gold was acquired by Kinross Gold Corporation for C$3.5 billion in 2007.

Founded as a private company by the former management and technical teams of Bema Gold, B2Gold went public in December 2007 as a junior exploration company. Since then, B2Gold has grown into a low-cost international senior gold producer with forecast consolidated gold production of between 1,000,000 and 1,055,000 ounces in 2020.

Clive is a past recipient of both the Viola MacMillan Developer’s Award from the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada and the Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Mining and Metals.

Donald R. Lindsay

President and Chief Executive Officer
Teck Resources Limited

Donald R. Lindsay, President and Chief Executive Officer, Teck Resources Limited

Don R. Lindsay joined Teck as President in January 2005, was appointed to the Board in February 2005 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in April 2005. He is a graduate of Queens University (B.Sc., Hons.) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A.). He is currently a director of Manulife Financial Corporation. Mr. Lindsay was employed by CIBC World Markets Inc. (investment banking) from 1985 to 2004 where he was President of CIBC World Markets Inc., Head of Investment and Corporate Banking and Head of the Asia Pacific Region.

He received his undergraduate degree from Queen’s University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Randy Smallwood

President and Chief Executive Officer
Wheaton Precious Metals

Randy Smallwood, President and CEO, Wheaton Precious Metals Corporation

Mr. Smallwood was involved in the founding of Wheaton and in 2007, he joined Wheaton full time as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, primarily focusing on growing the Company through the evaluation and acquisition of silver stream opportunities. In January 2010 he was appointed President, and in April 2011 he was appointed Wheaton’s Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Smallwood originally started as an exploration geologist with Wheaton River Minerals Ltd., and in 2001 was promoted to Director of Project Development, his role through its 2005 merger with Goldcorp. Before joining the original Wheaton River group in 1993, Mr. Smallwood also worked with Homestake Mining Company, Teck Corp. and Westmin Resources. Mr. Smallwood was an instrumental part of the team that built Wheaton River / Goldcorp into one of the largest, and more importantly, one of the most profitable gold companies in the world, and he is now focused on continuing to add to the impressive growth profile of Wheaton.

Mr. Smallwood formerly served on the board of Defiance Silver Corp. (formerly ValOro Resources Inc. and Geologix Explorations Inc.) from 2005 to 2019, Ventana Gold from 2008 to 2011, Castle Peak Resources from 2010 to 2012, and Tigray Resources Inc. from 2011 to May 2014. Mr. Smallwood is also a board member of Special Olympics BC and Mining4Life, and a co-chairman of MineralsEd BC, and previously served on the board of the BC Cancer Foundation. In 2015, Mr. Smallwood received the British Columbia Institute of Technology Distinguished Alumni Award. Mr. Smallwood holds a geological engineering degree from the University of British Columbia.

Gord Stothart

President and Chief Executive Officer
IAMGOLD

Gord Stothart, President and Chief Executive Officer, IAMGOLD

Gordon Stothart originally joined IAMGOLD at the end of 2007 as COO, moving to the position of President & CEO as of March 1st, 2020, bringing over 30 years of mining industry experience to the role. Prior to IAMGOLD, Gord worked in the Noranda-Falconbridge-Xstrata organization for 21 years in a number of operational, project, business development and management roles, including spending nearly 10 years in South America on large copper operations.

Mr. Stothart graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1987 with a Double Major in Mining and Mineral Process Engineering and later completed a Falconbridge-sponsored Executive Development Program at the Universidad Católica de Santiago in Chile. He is also involved in several industry associations and is currently the Chairman of the Mining Association of Canada (MAC). Gord is also the current Chairman of the non-profit St. Elizabeth Foundation with a current focus on end-of-life care and in-community healthcare training and service partnerships with several First Nations and Inuit communities in Canada.

Jeffrey M. Christian

Managing Partner
CPM Group

Jeffrey M. Christian, Managing Partner, CPM Group

Jeffrey M. Christian is Managing Partner at CPM Group, a precious metals and commodities research and consulting company he founded in 1986 in a buyout of the Goldman Sachs Commodities Research Group he managed at that time. He has a commanding understanding of the mechanics of precious metals and commodities trading and investing, as well as derivatives markets, commodities in general, and broad economic and financial trends. CPM advises major producers, users, governments, central banks, and institutional investors on how best to manage their financial exposure to precious metals and commodities. He advises on overall market trends, as well as on hedging, materials management, and investing strategies. In 2006 he published Commodities Rising, a book on commodities markets. In 1980 he published a book on electric vehicles. More can be learned about Mr. Christian and CPM Group at www.cpmgroup.com.

Joe Foster

Portfolio Manager and Gold Strategist
VanEck

Joe Foster, Portfolio Manager and Gold Strategist, VanEck

Mr. Foster joined VanEck in 1996 as a precious metals mining analyst, and has been Portfolio Manager for VanEck’s Gold Strategy since 1998. He also serves as Strategist for VanEck’s Global Hard Assets Strategy. He covers gold mining equities ranging from small-cap exploration to senior producers. Mr. Foster also forecasts and monitors gold-related market conditions and models the asset bases of mining companies.

Mr. Foster is one of the most experienced investment managers in the field of gold and gold stocks portfolio management, with 38 years of experience in the industry as a geologist and investment manager. Mr. Foster has over 14 years of dedicated experience in geology and mining. From 1992 to 1996, he was a Senior Geologist at Pinson Mining Company, where he managed an on-site geology department and conceived and implemented a comprehensive exploration program on a 35 square-mile land position. His primary responsibility was to find new gold reserves that could extend the life of the mine. In addition, Mr. Foster established an AutoCAD-based geologic information system that incorporated geological, geo-chemical, geophysical, topographic, and drilling data compiled over a 20-year period. From 1988 to 1992, as a Mine Exploration Geologist, Mr. Foster planned and supervised up to 30,000 feet of exploration drilling per year. Prior to 1988, Mr. Foster was an Exploration Geologist with Lacana Gold Inc. in Reno, Nevada. Mr. Foster started his career in 1981 as a summer intern as a geologist for Atlas Mining, an underground uranium mine in Green River, Utah.

Mr. Foster received an MS in Geology from the Mackey School of Mines and an MBA from the University of Nevada-Reno. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Geology from Tennessee Technological University. Mr. Foster has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Barron’s, The Wall Street Reporter, Reuters TV, CNBC, Fox News and Bloomberg TV. He has published articles in mining journals, including Mining Engineering, Society of Economic Geology, and Geological Society of Nevada.

Boubacar Bocoum

Lead Mining Specialist
World Bank

Boubacar Bocoum, Lead Mining Specialist, World Bank

Mr. Boubacar Bocoum has twenty-eight years of experience in the public and private mining sectors. He has been leading World Bank operational activities on mineral policies, governance, transparency, institutional capacity strengthening, and on facilitating dialogue and interaction between governments, the private sector and civil society. He also led several analytical works ranging from mining community development, to ancillary infrastructure development, mining tax administration, skills development, etc. Prior to joining the World Bank he worked in the private sector on all the cycles of mining operations, and participated to the listing of a company on the London Stock Exchange. Boubacar holds a Master’s degree in Mining Engineering and Economics, and an MBA.

Mark Child

Chairman and CEO
Condor Gold

Mark Child, Chairman and CEO, Condor Gold

Mark Child joined Condor Gold’s board in May 2006 and became CEO in July 2011. He acquired the concessions that make up the La India project in Nicaragua and has raised the finance and developed the project into what it is today. Mark has over 20 years of equity capital markets experience.

Lisa Davis

CEO
PearTree Securities

Lisa Davis, CEO, PearTree Securities

Lisa is the Chief Executive Officer of PearTree Securities Inc., a boutique financing and advisory firm focused on the junior Canadian resource sector. With extensive advisory and business experience in the investment industry including over a decade focused on corporate finance to fund mineral exploration and development projects, Lisa oversees the strategic direction of the firm. Drawing on the in depth knowledge of securities regulation gained while on secondment to the Ontario Securities Commission and as General Counsel for a specialized investment fund business, Lisa is also responsible for the legal and compliance aspects of the firm’s business. While in private practice, Lisa specialized in corporate and securities law with two international law firms including as a partner of Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (now Dentons). Lisa is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and has earned her ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Lisa is a Director of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) as well as co-chair of the Finance & Taxation Committee of the PDAC. She is also on the Advisory Board for LIGHTS, a program in partnership with Community Living Toronto aimed at addressing the significant shortage of independent and appropriate housing for intellectually disabled citizens in Toronto.

Sébastien de Montessus

President and CEO
Endeavour Mining

Sébastien de Montessus, President and CEO, Endeavour Mining

Sébastien de Montessus is President and CEO of Endeavour Mining. Under his leadership, he has introduced key strategic objectives that have created a sustainable business that generates long term cash flow.
Previously, Sébastien served as the CEO of the La Mancha Group for four years between 2012 and 2016. Under his leadership, La Mancha doubled its production through optimization efforts before undergoing a significant portfolio restructuring. Prior to this, Sébastien was a member of the Executive Board and Group Deputy CEO of AREVA Group, a leading nuclear energy company and CEO of AREVA Mining, which focused on uranium assets. He has also served as a Board member of Evolution Mining (2015 – 2018) and ERAMET (2010 – 2012).
Before joining AREVA in 2002, Sébastien was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in London specializing in M&A and Equity Capital Markets. Sébastien is a business graduate from ESCP-Europe Business School in Paris.

Kevin P.C.J. D’Souza

Vice President of Security, Sustainability & Environment
Centerra Gold

Kevin P.C.J. D’Souza, Vice President of Security, Sustainability & Environment, Centerra Gold

Kevin is currently the Vice President of Security, Sustainability & Environment for Centerra Gold. He has worked his entire career in the mining industry having begun as an operational mining engineer in West Africa after graduating from the Royal School of Mines in London, England (Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine). He has nearly three decades of experience gained from a variety of operational, managerial and leadership roles that range from remote exploration camps, mine construction sites, operational mines and closure sites, to Corporate and Ministerial offices. He has worked directly for, or consulted to, numerous mining companies including many of the industry’s majors such as Barrick Gold, AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Kinross and De Beers. Throughout his mining career he has been fortunate to have amassed direct experience in over fifty countries worldwide working with remote communities and indigenous groups. To compliment the private sector work he has also worked extensively on mining related human rights and sustainable development programs for some major NGOs and with International Funding Institutions (IFIs) supporting emerging market Governments on macro-level mining policy reform and mining related community development programs (including the World Bank, IFC, EBRD, ILO, USAID and the UK’s DFID).

W. Douglas Eaton

President, CEO and Director
Strategic Metals Ltd.

W. Douglas Eaton, President, CEO and Director, Strategic Metals Ltd.

Doug Eaton obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta in 1971 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of British Columbia in 1980. He has been with Archer, Cathro & Associates (1981) Limited, a dominant Yukon focused geological consulting firm, since 1971 and has been a principal of that firm since 1981. His exceptional knowledge of Yukon geology and exploration techniques has contributed to several important discoveries. In 2012 Mr. Eaton was a co-recipient of the H.H. Spud Huestis Award for Excellence in Prospecting and Mineral Exploration. Since the early 2000s he has leveraged his knowledge of Yukon to operate Strategic Metals as a successful project generator.

Marc Jadoul

Strategic Marketing Director
Nokia

Marc Jadoul, Strategic Marketing Director, Nokia

Marc Jadoul is marketing strategist at Nokia for Industries. In this role, he is defining the go-to-market strategy and shaping audience-centric campaigns for mining and oil & gas segments — working with key stakeholders across the business, defining use cases that stretch across networking technologies and IoT and analytics solutions and services.

With more than two decades of experience in the ICT sector, Marc has held positions in research & innovation, strategy, marketing and communications, business development, and solutions consulting.

Marc holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Brussels. He is a passionate B2B storyteller, aspiring thought leader, perennial blogger, author, co-author and ghost author of more than 250 papers, magazine articles, interviews, and conference presentations, and a frequent speaker and panelist at industry events.

Tim Johnson

President and CEO
Granite Creek Copper

Tim Johnson, President and CEO, Granite Creek Copper

Tim Johnson has over 25 years experience in the mining industry from prospecting to public company senior leadership. His experience ranges from building a highly successful exploration service company with a BC First Nation to providing support and logistics to various projects throughout North America. Mr.Johnson is also CEO and director of International Cobalt.

Ashley Kirwan

President, CEO and Principal Geologist
Orix Geoscience

Ashley Kirwan, President, CEO and Principal Geologist, Orix Geoscience

Ashley Kirwan is the Co-founder, Director, President & CEO at Orix Geoscience; a geological consultant firm with over 50 employees that has exponentially grown in revenues, employees, and projects since its inception in 2012. With over 10 years’ experience in the exploration and mining industry, Ashley’s career has spanned both North and South America, including major mining centers such as Sudbury, Nunavut, Nevada, and Ecuador. She has worked as an Exploration Geologist with Bridgeport Ventures Inc. in Nevada and worked on both exploration and underground projects with QuadraFNX Mining Ltd. (now KGHM
International) in Sudbury, Ontario.

Ashley earned both a B.Sc. (Hons) in Geology in 2008 and completed a M.Sc. in Mineral Exploration in 2017 at Laurentian University. Ashley is an active member on the Women in Mining (WIM) Toronto Committee, the Central Canada Mineral Exploration Committee (CCMEC) and the Ontario Prospector Association (OPA) Restructuring Committee. Ashley also acts as an industry advisor for Laurentian University’s Harquail School of Earth Sciences.

In 2016, Ashley was recognized as one of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining, and in 2018, was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Rising Star Award from Laurentian University. More recently, Ashley was awarded the 2020 YMP Eira Thomas Award for entrepreneurialism as well as being selected as one of the 2019 Top 40 Under 40 award winners for the City of Greater Sudbury.

Matthew Manson

President and CEO
Marathon Gold

Matthew Manson, President and CEO, Marathon Gold

Matt was appointed President and CEO of Marathon Gold in August 2019. He has over 25 years in mining exploration, project development, construction, and operation. Matt was previously the President and CEO of Stornoway Diamond Corporation where he led the C$947M project financing for the Renard Diamond Mine in north-central Quebec and oversaw its successful construction and ramp-up. Prior to Stornoway (and its predecessor companies), 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 Mine and oversaw Aber’s technical and marketing operations. In 2015, Matt was awarded the Viola Macmillan Award by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, and in 2017 he was the Northern Miner Mining Person of the Year and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Mining and Energy, Quebec), Matt is also a director of Fiore Gold (TSXV:F) and AmAuCu Inc. (a private corporation), and a graduate of the University of Edinburgh (B.Sc. Geophysics, 1987) and the University of Toronto (Ph.D. Geology, 1996).

Dean McPherson

Head of Business Development
TMX Group

Dean McPherson, Head of Business Development, TMX Group

Dean McPherson is responsible for the development and execution of the global strategy for attracting new listings in the mining sector to the Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange. Prior to the TSE, Mr. McPherson worked as an investment banker, assisting mining companies to meet corporate finance and growth objectives. Before joining the capital markets, Mr. McPherson worked for 10 years as a civil engineer, managing capital projects for a major international diversified mining company and a major international engineering services company.

Christian Milau

CEO
Equinox Gold Corp.

Christian Milau, CEO, Equinox Gold Corp.

Christian Milau has been the CEO of Equinox Gold from August 2016, leading the team through three mergers and an asset acquisition and growing the company from a single-asset developer to a multi-asset producer in just two years. Prior to joining Equinox Gold, Christian was the CEO of True Gold until it was acquired by Endeavour Mining for approximately $240 million in April 2016. Prior to True Gold, Christian held senior positions at Endeavour Mining, New Gold, BNP Paribas in London, and Deloitte. Christian brings more than 20 years of experience to the company with expertise in finance and capital markets as well as operational, government and stakeholder relations experience. He is also a director of Northern Dynasty and Plateau Energy Metals.

Clynton R. Nauman

Chairman and CEO
Alexco Resource Corp.

Clynton R. Nauman, Chairman and CEO, Alexco Resource Corp.

Mr. Nauman brings over 35 years of diversified experience in the mineral industry, ranging from exploration and business development to operations and business management in the precious metals, base metals and coal sectors. Mr. Nauman is also currently the CEO of Asset Liability Management Group and was General Manager of Kennecott Minerals from 1993-1998 and the President and CEO of Viceroy Resource Corporation from 1998-2002. Mr. Nauman holds a B.Sc. in geology.

Jeff Parshley

Group Chairman and Corporate Consultant
SRK Consulting Inc.

Jeff Parshley, Group Chairman and Corporate Consultant, SRK Consulting Inc.

Jeff has over 35 years of environmental and mine closure experience. He has helped develop regulatory guidelines for mine closure and closure cost estimating and assisted several clients in developing closure-related corporate standards and guidance documents. He is one of SRK’s most experienced mine closure strategists and regulatory specialists.

Hon. Ranj Pillai

Deputy Premier, Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources
Government of Yukon

Hon. Ranj Pillai, Deputy Premier, Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, Government of Yukon

Hon. Ranj Pillai was first elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly in the general election for the 34th Legislative Assembly on November 7, 2016.

Mr. Pillai was appointed to the Executive Council of Yukon (cabinet) on December 3, 2016. He is currently Deputy Premier, Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, Minister of Economic Development, and Minister responsible for the Yukon Development Corporation and the Yukon Energy Corporation.

Mr. Pillai is a trusted decision-maker and tireless community advocate who has contributed to the success of Yukon businesses, governments, schools and not-for-profits. He has negotiated resource deals with First Nations and helped build many small businesses in Yukon.

Mr. Pillai previously sat as a Whitehorse City Councillor from 2009 to 2012. During his tenure, he spearheaded the first anti-racism and discrimination bylaw North of 60.

Mr. Pillai was previously the executive director of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations Government, has held senior roles with Northern Vision Development and Yukon College, and is a former member of the Governor General’s Leadership Conference and Banff Forum. He has also held previous roles with numerous First Nation Development Corporations and junior mining companies. He was recognized for his work in advancing the environment and culture for entrepreneurship in Yukon as the recipient of the North Startup Canada 2019 Regional award for Entrepreneur promotion.

Michael Rowley

President, CEO and Director
Group Ten Metals

Michael Rowley, President, CEO and Director, Group Ten Metals

Michael Rowley has over 25 years executive experience in the exploration and mine environmental industries, including capital markets and operations. A founding shareholder of Group Ten, Mr. Rowley is a director of Granite Creek Copper and Bravada Gold, and an officer of Sierra Mountain Minerals.

Dr. Paul West-Sells

President and CEO
Western Copper and Gold

Dr. Paul West-Sells, President and CEO, Western Copper and Gold

Dr. West-Sells has over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry. After obtaining his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in Metallurgical Engineering, he worked with BHP, Placer Dome, and Barrick in increasingly senior roles in Research and Development and Project Development. Dr. West-Sells has worked for Western Copper and gold since 2006, where he has held a number of technical and executive positions, and is now the President and CEO overseeing the day to day operations of the company. Dr. West-Sells sits on the Yukon Minerals Advisory Board, the Board of the Yukon Mining Alliance and is also on the Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining Governing Council.

Charlene Wrigley

Group Sustainable Development Manager
Gold Fields

Charlene Wrigley, Group Sustainable Development Manager, Gold Fields

Charlene Wrigley leads Gold Fields Integrated Mine Closure practice. With 20 years of experience in the mining sector and sustainable development experience throughout the different phases of the mining lifecycle, Charlene’s focus is on integrating sustainable closure activities into current business and stakeholder processes.

Quentin Yarie

President and CEO
MacDonald Mines Exploration Ltd.

Quentin Yarie, President and CEO, MacDonald Mines Exploration Ltd.

MacDonald Mines’ reassessment of the Scadding Deposit and the Company’s new drilling discoveries are led by Mr. Yarie, a successful geophysicist and entrepreneur with over 25 years’ experience in mining and environmental/engineering. Mr. Yarie has held positions at several Canadian-based geophysical service providers and has extensive project management and business development experience. As a partner of a specialized environmental/engineering consulting group, he managed several large projects including the Sydney Tar Ponds ESA, the closure of the Canadian Forces Bases in Germany and the Maritime and Northeast Pipeline Project. He was also involved in the discovery of the Malartic Mine; Noront’s Nickel Deposit and KWG’s Chromite deposit. Mr. Yarie currently serves as CEO for Red Pine Exploration Inc. and President and CEO for Honey Badger Exploration Inc., both resource exploration companies headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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