President and Director
Elim Mining Incorporated
John Antwi is a mining executive with over 26 years of experience in Mine Technical and Financial Services with a knack for identifying the potential of geologic assets. He is a value driver with expertise in achieving strategic, operational, and financial goals for junior, mid-tier, and senior mining production companies. John is an innovative senior executive with expertise in implementing portfolio optimization initiatives and recommending project development opportunities to support corporate strategic objectives. He began his career by rendering geological services for a gold mining company in Africa and progressed to top performing executive overseeing growth initiatives, mergers and acquisitions with multi-billion-dollar organizations in the United States and Canada. Until the acquisition of Klondex Mines by Hecla, John was the Senior Vice President for Corporate Development and Planning for Klondex. .
John currently serves on the American Exploration and Mining Association board and is a founder, President and Director of Elim Mining Incorporated. Mr. Antwi has a bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering from KNUST, Ghana and a Masters degree in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines.
GEOVIA – Dassault Systèmes
Michelle Ash, CEO of GEOVIA at Dassault Systèmes, has made significant contributions to the mining sector with a focus on Innovation Strategy, Technology, and Digital Transformation.
Michelle is highly passionate about Mining and Infrastructure and remains focused on delivering sustainable solutions that help these sectors to continue to create and shape the world in which we live, through digital transformation and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
As Chair of the Global Mining Guidelines Group – GMG, Michelle has contributed to develop best practices and guidelines for the implementation of technology and socially enabled changes in the mining industry. She is also on the advisory board of several start-ups such as Petra Data Science, OffWorld, Behault, Descartes Labs and MineSpider.
Previously she was Chief Innovation Officer at Barrick Gold Corporation where she oversaw the company’s innovation program, looking both at how innovation can drive productivity in the existing business as well as how it can be harnessed to deliver alternative business models.
She began her career as a blasting engineer with Rio Tinto and has held several operational roles in various mining companies and across commodities.
Michelle was named to the 2016 list of “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” by Women in Mining UK and won the Technology Innovator of the Year Award by Mines and Technology in 2019. She holds a degree in Civil Engineering and an Executive MBA from the Melbourne Business School; she also holds a degree in Psychology from Deakin University.
Robert Baylis is Managing Director of Roskill. Robert joined Roskill in 2006, focusing initially on the cobalt market, and moved onto analysing the lithium market in 2008, since when he has further strengthened Roskill’s position as the leading source of insight on battey raw materials. Robert has worked on Roskill’s published reports and single-client projects across the battery raw materials spectrum, as well as technology metals, critical and strategic minerals such as rare earths, scandium, tellurium and hafnium. Robert has presented widely on various topics concerning mineral and metal supply, end-use developments and trends.
President and CEO
Paul Brink is President & CEO and a director of Franco-Nevada. He has been with Franco-Nevada since its IPO in 2007. He served as President & Chief Operating Officer from May 2019 to May 2020 and prior to that, successfully led Franco-Nevada’s business development activities as SVP Business Development. He previously had roles in corporate development at Newmont, investment banking at BMO Nesbitt Burns and project financing at UBS. Mr. Brink holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand and a Master’s degree in Management Studies from Oxford University.
Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager
Sprott Asset Management
John Hathaway joined Sprott Asset Management in January 2020. Mr. Hathaway is a Portfolio Manager of Sprott Hathaway Special Situations Strategy and Co-Portfolio Manager of the Sprott Gold Equity Fund. Previously, Mr. Hathaway joined Tocqueville Asset Management L.P. in 1997 where he was a Co-Portfolio Manager of the Tocqueville Gold Fund as well as other investment vehicles in the Tocqueville Gold Equity Strategy. He was also the Portfolio Manager of private funds. Prior to joining Tocqueville, Mr. Hathaway co-founded and managed Hudson Capital Advisors followed by seven years with Oak Hall Advisors as the Chief Investment Officer in 1986. In 1976, he joined the investment advisory firm David J. Greene and Company, where he became a Partner. Mr. Hathaway began his career in 1970 as an Equity Analyst with Spencer Trask & Co. Mr. Hathaway earned a B.A. from Harvard College and an MBA from the University of Virginia. Mr. Hathaway was also the Chairman of Tocqueville Management Corporation, the General Partner of Tocqueville. He also holds the CFA® designation.
President, CEO & Director
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.
Yamana Gold Inc.
Peter Marrone is the Executive Chairman of Yamana Gold Inc., which he founded in 2003. He has more than 30 years of mining, business, and capital markets experience. He has been on the boards of a number of public companies and has advised companies with a strong South American and North American presence. Prior to Yamana, Mr. Marrone was the head of investment banking at a major Canadian investment bank and before that practiced law in Toronto with a strong focus on corporate law, securities law and international transactions.
Managing Partner and Fund Manager
Ronnie is managing partner of Incrementum AG and responsible for Research and Portfolio Management.
He studied business administration and finance in the USA and at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, and also gained work experience at the trading desk of a bank during his studies. Upon graduation he joined the research department of Erste Group, where in 2007 he published his first In Gold We Trust report. Over the years, the In Gold We Trust report has proceeded to become one of the benchmark publications on gold, money, and inflation.
Since 2013 he has held the position as reader at scholarium in Vienna, and he also speaks at Wiener Börse Akademie (i.e. the Vienna Stock Exchange Academy). In 2014, he co-authored the international bestseller “Austrian School for Investors”, and in 2019 “Die Nullzinsfalle” (The Zero Interest Rate Trap). He is an advisor for Tudor Gold Corp. (TUD), a significant explorer in British Columbia’s Golden Triangle as well as a member of the advisory board of Affinity Metals (AFF). Moreover, he joined as an advisor to Matterhorn Asset Management, a global leader in wealth preservation in the form of physical gold stored outside the banking system.
Ronnie is married and proud father of three daughters. He spends his spare time with his family, watching and playing football, running, and at classical concerts.
CEO & Director
Newrange Gold Corp.
Mr. Archer has more than 40 years’ experience in the mining industry, working throughout North America and Peru. After spending more than 15 years with major mining companies, Mr. Archer held several senior management positions in the junior mining sector and co-founded Great Panther Mining Limited, now a mid-tier precious metals producer. He served as President & CEO and Director for Great Panther from 2004-2017, and joined Newrange Gold Corp. as a Director in March 2018 followed by his appointment as CEO in January 2019. Mr. Archer is a Professional Geologist and holds an Honours BSc from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario.
Chairman, CEO & Director
New Age Metals Inc.
Mr. Barr has over 40 years of experience in the Mining industry managing public companies. Currently Mr. Barr is the Chairman & CEO of New Age Metals and El Nino Ventures. He is also on the Board of Directors of both companies. Mr. Barr has created shareholder value by building teams to assist him in corporate finance, project acquisition, and exploration and development of mineral projects in 9 countries and 3 continents. As a CEO, he has guided his management teams to complete over 43 option joint venture agreements with major mining companies, and over 300 with mid-tier and junior mining companies. Mr. Barr and his team have raised approximately $300 million in non-broker private placements, other equity arrangements and option joint venture agreements.
Executive Chairman and Director
Mr. Bebek has over 20 years of experience in mineral project acquisition, financing and exit strategies. Mr. Bebek was formerly the President, CEO and co-founder of Cayden Resources, which was sold to Agnico Eagle Mines for $205 million in November 2014, and a co-founder of Keegan Resources (now Galliano Gold). Mr. Bebek is a cofounder, Co-Chairman and Director of Torq Resources (formerly, Stratton Resources).
President and CEO
Renforth Resources Inc.
Nicole Brewster brings an early career in capital markets and a successful private practice as an exploration contractor, experienced in acquiring and leveraging data to execute targeted exploration within budget for clients. This supported a re-invigoration of Renforth, today with six mineralized assets, including two open pit gold resources on Quebec’s Cadillac Break. In addition to assembling a compelling land package for Renforth, Nicole has signed an LOI to sell the New Alger asset at a profit for shareholders. This transformative first will, upon closing, have Renforth fully funded for the foreseeable future, able to focus on adding value to the rest of the portfolio, specifically the Parbec open pit gold resource, with no additional dilution.
Ian A. Brodie-Brown
Director of Business Development
AurCrest Gold Inc.
Ian Brodie-Brown has spent his career in the resource business and worked around the globe representing the mining profession as an executive and as a consultant. Participating in the establishment of an annual forest carbon harvest business in partnership with Canada’s First Nations is one of the highlights of his career. Whether working in Afghanistan for the U.S. government’s task force for business stability operations or creating a First Nations exploration company, Ian is always looking for the next great opportunity in the resource business.
Tom has been CEO of ICMM since July 2015. Before that, he spent 18 years with the International Finance Corporation (part of the World Bank Group) in the infrastructure and natural resource teams, focused mainly on mining and power projects in Africa. From 2011, Tom was IFC’s Global Head of Mining, where he led a multi-disciplinary team of specialists responsible for IFC’s financing of mining exploration and development in emerging market countries.
Condor Gold plc./Troilus Gold
Andrew Cheatle is an experienced geoscientist, seasoned CEO and director within the mining industry. A professional geoscientist and graduate of the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London, Andrew’s 30-plus-year international career has encompassed the senior and junior mining sectors. Based in London (UK) and Toronto (Canada), he is a sought-after advisor to the minerals industry, specializing in technical assessments, corporate development, and investments. Andrew sits on the board of Condor Gold plc and Troilus Gold, and also volunteers on the advisory councils of the Development Partner Institute, the Canada-International Finance Corporation, Africa Local Economic Development Partnership and as a director of International Women in Mining. He is passionate about the mining industry’s role in community and national development.
Chief Operating Officer
Turquoise Hill Resources
In June 2019, Jo-Anne Dudley was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Turquoise Hill Resources (TRQ: TSX, NYSE, NASDAQ), an international mining company focussed on the development of the Oyu Tolgoi Mine in Mongolia. Jo-Anne has 25 years of experience in the mining industry. For the past nine years she has been a key member of the Oyu Tolgoi technical team that manages the development of the world-scale Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in Mongolia in consultation with Turquoise Hill. Before that she led Oyu Tolgoi’s Strategic Mine and Resources Planning team. Prior to commencing her work on Oyu Tolgoi, Ms. Dudley spent five years working with Rio Tinto’s technical group on mines in South Africa and the USA. Before that she worked in underground mines across Australia as an Underground contractor and spent ten years in Operations and Studies roles at the Northparkes copper and gold mine in central New South Wales, Australia. Ms. Dudley graduated from the University of New South Wales as a mining engineer in 1994. A Chartered Professional engineer, Ms. Dudley was awarded Fellow membership in 2016 from the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, was selected as the 2018 Exceptional Woman in Queensland Resources, and was also honoured to be named as one of the WIM 2018 Global 100 Inspirational Women in Mining.
Dr. Catharine Farrow
Exiro Minerals Corp.
Dr. Catharine Farrow is a professional geoscientist (APGO) and accredited corporate director (ICD.D). She currently serves as an independent director of Franco-Nevada Corporation, Eldorado Gold Corporation, and Centamin PLC, is chair of the board of Exiro Minerals Corp., and is the inaugural member of the advisory board of Behr Technologies Inc., an Industrial IoT technology company. Catherine is president of FarExGeoMine Ltd, a member of the Metrolinx Capital Oversight Subcommittee, and a program director of the Osgoode Mining Law Program at York University. From 2012 to 2017, she was founding CEO, director and co-founder of TMAC Resources Inc., the first producing gold miner with operations in Canada’s High Arctic. Before TMAC, she was COO of KGHM International (formerly Quadra FNX Mining Ltd.). Prior to this she held multiple senior executive roles in a wide range of disciplines including operations, technical services, corporate development and exploration. Catharine has been honoured with the Acadia University Distinguished Alumni Award for 2020, as one of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining (2015 and 2018) and is a past recipient of the William Harvey Gross Medal of the Geological Association of Canada (2000).
Rail-Veyor Technologies Global Inc.
Having an extensive executive position background in engineering, manufacturing and entrepreneurial companies, Jim Fisk has been Executive Chairman of the Rail-Veyor Technologies Global Inc since July 2011. Prior to joining RVTG, Jim served as Vice President – Chief Mechanical Officer at Kansas City Southern, Vice President Continuous Improvement at Electro-Motive Diesels, Inc., President and Chief Operating Officer at National Railway Equipment Company, and Executive Vice President at Wisconsin Central, where he had responsibilities in the North America, Europe and Australia.
Founder and Principal
4P Solutions Inc.
Elizabeth is a passionate sustainability strategist and impact investor, driven by the innate potential of business to tackle humanity’s grand challenges. A self-proclaimed Conscious Capitalist, her mining industry work supports junior explorers to mature mid-tier producers from the field to the boardroom in developing future-ready corporate responsibility and risk management approaches. As CEO of boutique consultancy 4P Solutions Inc, her geographic reach includes the Americas, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Outside of the industry, Elizabeth is also a Senior Associate with venture capital firm Active Impact Investments, advancing seed-stage tech companies that reduce GHG emissions through smarter resource consumption.
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Elizabeth holds an MBA from IE Business School, a Certificate in Sustainable Business Strategy from Harvard Business School, and a BA in Political Science and Global Development from Western University.
President, CEO & Director
Sokoman Minerals Corp.
Tim Froude is a graduate of Newfoundland’s Memorial University and has been active in the mineral exploration business for over 30 years. Over that time, he has worked with a number of companies including Inco Ltd., where he spent nearly 10 years working on projects in North America and overseas and was part of the team that discovered the Bobby’s Pond massive sulphide deposit in central Newfoundland. Tim was also involved in the discovery of the Valentine Lake gold deposit in Central Newfoundland, which is currently being advanced by Marathon Gold. Over the course of his career, Tim has worked for a number of successful junior companies including Altius Minerals, Cornerstone Resources, Crosshair Exploration and Mining Corp. and Golden Dory Resources, the latter three companies as vice president of exploration. He also spent a year serving as executive director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Chamber of Mineral Resources, now Mining NL.
President & CEO
Pelangio Exploration Inc.
Ms. Hibbard is an experienced international mining CEO with over 30 years of experience spanning all facets of the mineral resources industry from early-stage exploration to mine development and production.
Notable achievements include negotiating the acquisition of the Detour gold mine property for Pelangio Larder Mines and participating in founding Detour Gold Corp., a Canadian gold mining company which attained a market capitalization in excess of $5 billion. Ms. Hibbard also negotiated the acquisition of a district size land package in Ghana, adjacent to and on strike with the 60+ million ounce Obuasi Mine owned by AngloGold Ashanti. She has a track record of successfully identifying and developing mineral projects by situating them strategically in the market cycle in order to maximize shareholder value. Prior to her stewardship of public companies, Ms. Hibbard began her career in mining by practicing corporate and securities law with clients ranging from multi-national mining operators to mineral resource explorers and individual prospectors.
President and COO
Cobalt Blockchain Inc.
Over the past twenty years Lance has played key roles as both an early employee and as a founder for emerging technology and mining companies. For the last decade Lance has held senior corporate positions and served as a director with private and public mining companies working in Canada, Peru, Afghanistan and the DRC. Since 2015 Lance has been the driving force behind a commodity trading venture specializing in ethically-sourced tin, tantalum, tungsten – and now cobalt – originating from artisanal and small-scale mine sites in the DRC.
President, CEO and Director
Wallbridge Mining Company Limited
Marz Kord is a mining engineer with over 30 years of experience in mining operations and project management. Prior to joining Wallbridge in 2011, he held the position of executive vice president, global mining for Genivar Inc., a large Canadian firm, (now WSP Global), where he led the development and growth of the company’s domestic and international mining profile. During the early part of his career with Falconbridge Ltd., Marz was involved in mining operations in both Sudbury and Timmins. His expertise includes managing large, multidisciplinary teams of engineers and operators as well as extensive experience in developing strategic growth plans and in mergers and acquisitions.
Founder and Chief Executive
After years in investment banking where she worked on financial assets and instruments, Christelle decided to reorient her career towards impact investment in order to serve the people who really matter. As a result, she founded Uhusiano Capital as an enterprise devoted to “real people, real projects, real assets, real impact”.
Christelle Kupa founded Uhusiano Capital in 2016 as a catalyst to facilitate better business in the African impact investing sector, with a particular interest in agriculture and women economic empowerment. Christelle has convened a team of experts and specialists with whom she has developed service propositions that solve complex problems and add value for communities, stakeholders and shareholders in Africa.
Christelle is an internationally recognised leader in impact investment. She has spoken at high profile events and conferences around the world and has been an expert participant in a number of panels and knowledge sharing initiatives.
In her non-for-profit activities, Christelle is a practitioner, advocate and lecturer on sustainable impact capitalism and community bridging through business and bottom-up leadership. She sits as a Trustee on Medical Aid Film
Christelle is Belgian- Congolese, based in London, with extensive travel on the African continent. She holds an BA in business and finance from Westminster University and speaks French, Flemish, English, with some basics in Swahili and Lingala.
Commencing her career as an investment banker in the US, Anna has over 25 years’ experience in global financial markets which includes 15 years specialising in natural resources and ASX equities. She has held executive and non-executive board roles over the past eight years while managing boutique corporate advisory firm Paloma Investments, which she established in 2010. Anna’s most recent senior executive role was as executive director of New Zealand-focused gold exploration company Condamine Resources Limited.
Anna is a Fellow of FINSIA, a graduate member of the Governance Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors and studied accounting at Harvard University before receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Washington.
President and CEO
Golden Birch Resources
Alan Martin is the CEO of Golden Birch Resources, an exploration company with a joint venture on exploration licenses prospective for copper-gold porphyry deposits southeast of Port Moresby. Between May 2013 and May 2015, Alan was CEO and managing director of SolGold plc., and focused on the company’s Cascabel copper-gold project in Ecuador. He was a founding director of Atlas Resources, which in July 2015 secured an option to acquire 100% of the Red Mountain VMS property from Metallogeny Inc. In early 2016, White Rock Minerals, an Australian junior mining announced a share for share merger with Atlas Resources. In 1995, Alan was a founding director of Austminex NL, initially a private exploration company that raised $8 million in a public offering in 2000. Austminex took its flagship asset, the Benambra VMS deposit in Victoria, Australia from advanced stage to bankable feasibility study in 2003. Earlier in his career Alan worked as a mining and metals analyst. He has a degree in geology from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Nick has 35 years’ experience in exploration and resource company management in a variety of countries. His career has taken him to numerous countries exploring for precious and base metals and fossil fuels. Nicholas Mather has focused his attention on the identification of and investment in large resource exploration projects. He was managing director of BeMaX Resources NL (an ASX-listed company) from 1997 until 2000 and instrumental in the discovery of the world class Ginkgo mineral sand deposit in the Murray Basin in 1998. As an executive director of Arrow Energy NL (also ASX-listed) until his resignation in 2004, Nicholas Mather drove the acquisition and business development of Arrow’s large Surat Basin Coal Bed Methane project in south-east Queensland. He was managing director of Auralia Resources NL, a junior gold explorer, before its USD23 million merger with Ross Mining NL in 1995. He was a non-executive director of Ballarat Goldfields NL until 2004, having assisted that company in its recapitalisation and requotation on the ASX in 2003. He was also founder and Chairman of TSX-V listed Waratah Coal Inc until its $130m takeover by Minerology Pty Ltd in December 2008. Nicholas Mather is also Managing Director of ASX-listed DGR Global Limited and sits on the Board of the following Companies: Armour Energy (ASX) – Non-Executive Chairman IronRidge Resources (LSE AIM) – Non-Executive Director Dark Horse Resources (ASX) – Non-Executive Chairman AusTin Mining (ASX) – Executive Director Lakes Oil (ASX) – Non-Executive Director Mr Mather is a member of the Company’s Health, Safety, Environment and Community Committee.
VP Exploration & Development
Golden Arrow Resources Corporation
Mr. McEwen is a professional geologist with more than 30 years of exploration and production experience in open-pit and underground mining projects and operations. The extent of his experience is global in managing numerous projects in Canada, US, Europe, Asia, Africa and throughout Latin America. Mr. McEwen’s previous roles include more than a decade with MRDI (AMEC Peru) where he was responsible for project management, economic resource and reserve calculations for various precious and base metal companies worldwide, including BHP Billiton, CM Antamina, Teck, Hochschild and Phelps Dodge among others.
Head of Business Development
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.
Travis G. McPherson
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
NexGen Energy Ltd.
Travis McPherson has worked in the mining industry for ten years and joined NexGen Energy in 2014. As NexGen’s senior vice president corporate development, he has played an integral role iin raising $300 million for the company to date. Prior to NexGen, Travis was head of corporate development for a TSX-listed gold producer and developer where he was involved in a variety of corporate mandates including corporate strategy and budgeting, M&A, as well as mine permitting, feasibility, financing across the capital structure and construction. He began his career in the natural resources group of an independent boutique Canadian investment bank. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business.
Managing Director & Corporate Consultant (Geology)
Mark Noppe has over 30 years’ experience in geosciences and the mining industry working in operations and project assessments. As a consultant Mark provides technical advice, mine and project reviews, due diligence and audits, process improvement studies, as well as training and mentoring in all aspects of orebody knowledge, from exploration reporting, resource definition and reporting, mine geology, grade control and mine reconciliation through to inputs into reserving and feasibility studies. He assists clients in understanding, developing and reporting on their mineral assets. Mark’s technical experience covers a wide range of commodities, geological, geographic and mining settings.
Mark is a Fellow of the AusIMM and a Chartered Professional (Geology). He is currently the Managing Director of SRK Consulting (Australasia) and a director on SRK’s Asia and Global boards.
Ian has worked for over 35 years at the most senior levels in the field of mining and metallurgy, and for the last 4 years a co-founder of a privately funded venture, X2 Resources, aimed to create a new mid-tier diversified mining and metals company.
Also Chair and Non-Executive Director at MineSense, Non-Executive Chair at New Gold Inc. and on the Health, Safety, Environment, &CSR committee and Chair of the compensation committee, Non-Executive director and on the Audit and Risk committee at Outotec, and Non-Executive Director and on the Corporate Governance and Nomination committee at Nevsun.
He served as Chief Executive at Xstrata Nickel, a subsidiary of Xstrata plc from August 2006 to May 2013 and Director of Xstrata Nickel Australasia Pty Ltd from February 2008. As CEO, he was responsible for global nickel and ferronickel operations and projects. With an attractive portfolio of Greenfield and Brownfield projects, his focus was on the continuing growth of the nickel commodity business.
Held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Falconbridge Corporation, and joined Falconbridge in 2003 where he spearheaded the advancement of major growth initiatives as Senior Vice-President of Projects and Engineering.
Prior to joining Falconbridge, Mr. Pearce worked on Canadian oil sands projects as well as metallurgical and mining projects for Fluor in Canada, Indonesia, Chile and South Africa. He also served as Executive Project Director at Fluor Corporation.
Ian served as Chair of the Mining Association of Canada and Chair and Director of the Nickel Institute. He served on the Advisory Board of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100.
Mr. Pearce holds an Engineering HND in Mineral Processing and a BSc degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He also attended the Management advancement Program at the University of the Witwatersrand and received strategic and general management training at Henley College in the United Kingdom.
President and CEO
Integra Resources Corp
George Salamis has over 30 years of experience in the mining and resource exploration industry. George has been involved in over $2 billion of M&A transactions, either through assets sales or his involvement with junior mining companies. He was most recently executive chairman of Integra Gold, which was sold to Eldorado Gold for $590 million. George co-led the efforts behind the 2016 Integra Gold Rush Challenge and the 2017 #DisruptMining initiatives that encouraged innovation and technology disruption in the industry. He has discovered, financed, built, managed or sold more than five major deposits around the world. George started his career working for Placer Dome and Cameco Corp. over a 12-year period before transitioning into mineral exploration and junior mining in 2001. He is a director at Contact Gold. George holds a degree in geology from the University of Montreal — École Polytechnique.
Chairman, CEO & Director
Canada Nickel Company Inc.
Since 2001, Mr. Selby has been recognized as one of the leading authorities on the nickel market. Previously Mark was President & CEO of RNC Minerals, where he led the team that successfully raised over $100 million and advanced the Dumont nickel-cobalt project from initial resource to a fully permitted, construction ready project. He also previously has held senior management roles with Quadra Mining, Inco and Mercer Management Consulting. Mark is a graduate of Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and served on the boards of multiple junior mining companies including currently as Chair of gold explorer Orford Minerals.
Senior Vice President, Sustainability and External Affairs
Marcia Smith is Senior Vice President, Sustainability and External Affairs, a position she has held since January 2012. She joined Teck in 2010 as Vice President, Corporate Affairs.
Ms. Smith is responsible for a diverse portfolio that includes health and safety, sustainability, environment, communities, government relations, corporate affairs and relationships with Indigenous Peoples.
Prior to joining Teck, Ms. Smith was the managing partner of a leading Canadian public relations firm in British Columbia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English and Political Science from Laurentian University.
Metals X Limited
Mike Spreadborough is a mining engineer and senior executive with over 20 years’ experience in mining lead, zinc, uranium, copper, gold and iron ore. He is the CEO of Metals X and was most recently Managing Director & CEO of Nusantara Resources and Non-Executive Director of CleanTeQ Holdings.
He has held roles across the scope of the industry from business and project development, to operations and exploration. In recent times, Mike was the General Manager – Mining for WMC; and then later the Vice President – Mining for BHP Billiton at the world-class Olympic Dam Mine in South Australia. Mike was previously the General Manager – Coastal Operations for Rio Tinto; responsible for port operations and Pannawonica mine site. He then assumed the position of Chief Operating Officer for Inova Resources Ltd (formerly Ivanhoe Australia) and Sandfire Resources.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Mining Engineering from the University of Queensland; an MBA from Deakin University; and a WA First Class Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competency. Additionally, he is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Canadian Sustainability & Climate Change Leader
Henry, a BC-based partner, leads Deloitte’s Sustainability & Climate Change practice in Canada. He has focused on serving North America’s most significant energy and resources companies for 15 years, and has acquired vast knowledge of risk management and assurance related to environment, safety, and social issues, as well as sustainability disclosure and reporting. With a broad worldview, Henry brings an open mind and the flexibility needed to deal with global issues and cultures as well as to help teams align and focus on achieving results.
President, CEO and Director
Fury Gold Mines
Michael Timmins brings over 20 years of experience as a mining executive from his work with a number of companies, including Agnico Eagle Mines and Placer Dome. Michael was vice president of corporate development at Agnico, where he played a key role in the development of the Kittila mine in northern Finland and in the $3.9 billion acquisition of Osisko Mining. He has degrees from Queen’s University (EMBA), the University of British Columbia (M. Sc. Metallurgy) and Bishop’s University (B.Sc.). Michael also serves as a director and audit committee member for Excellon Resources.
Executive Director, Marketing and Comms.
Rail-Veyor Technologies Global Inc.
Lisa Youngblood is the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for Rail-Veyor Technologies Global Inc. She is responsible to create and direct marketing programs including developing the strategic vision, messages, and objectives of the brand. Ms. Youngblood works with the senior management team to build an internal and external communications experience utilizing writing, photography, videography, and social media and press engagement. She officially joined the Rail-Veyor team in February of 2020, but first became familiar with the company as an outside consultant for two years. She has an extensive background in marketing, sales, education, and leadership and a degree in Visual Communications.