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Canada’s First Tier 1 Mining Conference

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Quebec City & Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury

Sunday-Tuesday, June 19-21, 2022

THE Event is Canada’s first invitation only Tier I Conference for Mining Companies, accredited investors, institutions and funds. THE Event will showcase the best of Canadian mining to a global audience. It will feature a mix of exploration, development, royalty companies and producers representing all commodities. CEOs will be asked to present in a unique “THE Talk” format, be part of a panel, or be interviewed. THE Event will also feature keynotes and panels with well-known industry thought leaders. Information including an Agenda with featured Companies, additional Sponsors, Panels and Keynotes is updated on a daily basis.

  • Speakers

    Peter Marrone

    Executive Chairman of Yamana Gold Inc.

    Peter Marrone is the Executive Chairman of Yamana Gold Inc., which he founded in 2003. He has more than 35 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.  Mr. Marrone currently sits on the board of directors of Aris Gold Corporation.

     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. 

    Ken Hoffman

    Frank E. Holmes

    CEO and Chief Investment Officer, U.S. Global Investors || Executive Chairman, Hive Blockchain Technologies

    Frank Holmes is the CEO and chief investment officer of U.S. Global Investors (NASDAQ: GROW). Mr. Holmes purchased a controlling interest in U.S. Global Investors in 1989 and became the firm’s chief investment officer in 1999. He is the co-author of The Goldwatcher: Demystifying Gold Investing. Over 100,000 subscribers follow his weekly commentary in the award-winning Investor Alert newsletter, across social channels and in his Frank Talk blog, which is read in over 180 countries.

    Under his guidance, the company’s mutual funds have received recognition from Lipper and Morningstar over the years. In 2015, Mr. Holmes led the company into the exchange-traded fund (ETF) business with the launch of the U.S. Global Jets ETF (NYSE: JETS), which invests in the global airline sector. In 2017, the firm launched its second ETF, the U.S. Global GO GOLD and Precious Metal Miners ETF (NYSE: GOAU), focusing on gold royalty companies.

    In 2017, U.S. Global Investors made a strategic investment in HIVE Blockchain Technologies (TSX.V: HIVE, NASDAQ: HIVE). Mr. Holmes serves as Executive Chairman of HIVE, which is the first cryptocurrency mining company to go public, mining both Bitcoin and Ethereum.

    Mr. Holmes is a much-sought-after keynote speaker at national and international investment conferences. He is a regular commentator on popular financial networks and has been profiled by Fortune as well as The Financial Times. 

    Douglas B. Silver

    Douglas B. Silver has experienced a wide-ranging career in the minerals industry, ranging from prospecting geologist to portfolio manager. He served in various roles for Anaconda Copper Company, Noranda, Bond International Gold, Orion Resource Partners and his private company - Balfour Holdings.  Mr. Silver is best known to Canadian investors for founding, building and ultimately selling International Royalty Corporation for a handsome premium.  Douglas also founded the Denver Gold Group, the preeminent gold investment forum. 

    In his spare time, Douglas is a well-known mineral economist, keynote speaker and author. He has testified three times to the U.S. Congress on mining-related issues.  Mr. Silver’s strong interest in education and women’s issues has kept him busy serving on advisory boards for the University of Arizona and Colorado School of Mines.  Douglas was inducted into the U.S. National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in September 2018. 

    Kelsey Gunderson, MBA, B.Sc.

    Chief Executive Officer of Laurentian Bank Securities and Executive Vice President, Capital Markets

    Kelsey Gunderson was appointed as CEO of Laurentian Bank Securities and the EVP, Capital Markets  of Laurentian Bank of Canada in 2019. From 2007 to 2019 he was in various roles at BMO Capital  Markets including Global Head of Trading Products where he was responsible for the trading-related  businesses for the bank. He also held the role of co-Head of Global Equity Products where he was  responsible for Cash Equities and Equity Derivatives, Research and Economics. Prior to joining BMO  Capital Markets in 2007, Mr. Gunderson was at Credit Suisse Group in New York and at CIBC in  Toronto. He has been a member of United Way of Toronto and York Region Major Individual Giving  Cabinet and currently sits on the Board of the Bishop Strachan School Foundation as well as the Loran  Scholarship Foundation, where he chairs the Investment Committee. He holds an MBA from McMaster  University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia. 

    M. Kelsey Gunderson, MBA, B.Sc. 

    Chef de la direction de Valeurs mobilières Banque Laurentienne et vice-président exécutif,  Marchés des capitaux 

    Kelsey Gunderson a été nommé Chef de la direction de Valeurs mobilières Banque Laurentienne et  le VPE, Marché des capitaux de la Banque Laurentienne du Canada en 2019. De 2007 à 2019, il a  rempli divers rôles chez BMO Marché des capitaux, notamment celui de chef mondial - Produits  négociés, où il était responsable de l’ensemble des affaires relatives à la négociation de la banque. Il  a aussi agi à titre de co-responsable - Actions et produits dérivés, et de la Recherche économique. 

    Avant de se joindre à BMO Marché des capitaux en 2007, M. Gunderson a été à l’emploi du Credit  Suisse Group à New York et de la CIBC à Toronto. Il a fait partie du Cercle des Grands donateurs de  Centraide, région de Toronto-York et il siège actuellement au conseil d’administration de « The Bishop  Strachan School » ainsi que la Fondation Boursiers Loran, dont il préside le comité d’investissement. 

    Il détient un MBA de l’Université McMaster et un baccalauréat ès sciences de l’Université de la  Colombie-Britannique.

    Egizio Bianchini

    Head of Metals & Mining Investment Banking, Stifel GMP

    Egizio Bianchini joined Stifel GMP in January 2021 as Head of Metals & Mining Investment Banking. Egizio was Executive Vice-Chairman and Board Member at Ivanhoe Mines from March 2018 to September 2020. Prior to this, Egizio served as Co-Head of the Global Metals & Mining Group, and as Vice Chairman from April 2011 to March 2018. With more than 30 years’ experience in the metals and mining financial services sector, Mr. Bianchini has an extensive track record in advising a wide range of metals and mining companies around the world and in structuring and executing initial public offerings and other capital raisings.

    Tony Brisson

    President & CEO, SOQUEM Inc.

    Mr. Brisson joined SOQUEM in January 2021. With a bachelor’s degree in geology from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Mr. Brisson has held several senior positions with exploration and mining companies in Quebec, Ontario and North Africa.

    A member of the Order of Geologists of Quebec, Mr. Brisson has 30 years of experience in precious and base metal exploration, mine development and mining operations. He has worked for several public companies, notably Goldcorp, Iamgold, Breakwater Resources, Cambior, Focus Graphite and Cogitore Resources. Prior to join SOQUEM, he was an exploration consultant for junior and major mining companies in Quebec and Ontario since 2015.

    Mr. Brisson has served on the boards of directors for several junior exploration companies and the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association.

    Michel Brutti

    President and Founder of Clear Skies Investment Management


    Michel Brutti est président et fondateur de Clear Skies Investment Management, une firme de gestion de placements d’impact à Montréal.  Professionnel expérimenté de la finance, il a été pendant plus de 25 ans gestionnaire de portefeuilles de placements chez Jarislowsky Fraser où il a géré des placements pour des institutions financières et des investisseurs privés. Michel est également passionné par l'investissement d'impact et l’investissement responsable. 
    Michel est titulaire d'un MBA de l'Université de Toronto et de la charte CFA. Il est diplômé de l'Institut des administrateurs de sociétés (IAS) et titulaire du titre SASB FSA. Michel est membre du conseil d’administration du Fonds d’action québécois pour le développement durable (FAQDD). Il est membre du groupe local du Québec SASB. Michel est aussi membre d’Anges Québec, et fait partie du comité de revue des placements de la société inuit Makivik. Il siège au comité d'investissement du Fonds climat du Grand Montréal, au comité de placement du Fonds municipal vert à Ottawa, au comité d'investissement du fonds d’amorçage en énergie propre Ecofuel. Michel est membre de l’association CAFIID (Canada Forum for Impact Investment and Development). 


    Michel Brutti is passionate about responsible and impact investing. He is currently the President and Founder of Clear Skies Investment Management, an impact investing firm in Montreal. Up until recently, Michel Brutti was a Senior Partner and Portfolio Manager at Jarislowsky Fraser, where he served as a member of the firm’s Investment Strategy Committee and the Sustainable Investment Committee, promoting the Principles of Responsible Investing. He managed the firm’s Global and International Equity portfolios for over 20 years, as well as investments for financial institutions and family offices.
    Michel holds a CFA Charter, an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Computer Engineering degree from the University of Compiègne.  Michel is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), and a SASB FSA Credential-holder.
    Michel is a board member of the Fonds d’Action Québecois pour le Développement Durable (FAQDD).  He sits on the Investment Committees of the Ottawa Green Municipal Fund and the Greater Montreal Climate Fund; the Investment Review Committee of the Inuit Makivik Corporation and the Investment Committee of Ecofuel, a clean tech accelerator fund; Michel is a member of the Canada Forum for Impact Investment and Development (CAFIID) and is a member of the Quebec SASB group.

    Nathalie Camden

    Associate Deputy Minister of Mines, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources

    Nathalie Camden has been Associate Deputy Minister of Mines at the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles since June 2018. Ms. Camden began her career in the Québec public service in 1992 at the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles, where she was promoted to Director of Aboriginal Affairs in 1998. She has held several management positions in different sectors of this ministry (Forestry and Mining) and was Associate Deputy Minister of Wildlife from 2009 to 2014.

    From 2015 to 2017, she served as Assistant Secretary to the Northern Development Secretariat and the Société du Plan Nord, where she actively participated in the creation of the latter as a strategic advisor to the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Société. From June 2017 to June 2018, she was Assistant Deputy Minister of Business Partnerships and Customer Services at the Ministère du Tourisme. She has been a member of the board of directors of the Agence de Revenu du Québec since 2017. Ms. Camden obtained her bachelor’s degree in political science from Université Laval in 1987, with a specialization in American politics and economics from Assumption College in Worcester, United States. She completed a certificate in administration in 1995 at Université Laval. 


    Mme Nathalie Camden est sous-ministre associée aux Mines au ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles depuis juin 2018. Mme Camden a débuté sa carrière dans la fonction publique québécoise en 1992 au ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles où elle est promue, en 1998, directrice des Affaires autochtones. Elle a occupé plusieurs postes de gestion dans ce ministère dans différents secteurs (Forêts et Mines) et a été sous-ministre associée à la Faune de 2009 à 2014.

    De 2015 à 2017, elle assume la fonction de secrétaire adjointe au Secrétariat au développement nordique et à la Société du Plan Nord où elle a participé activement à la création de celle-ci à titre de conseillère stratégique auprès du président-directeur général de la Société. De juin 2017 à juin 2018, elle exerce la responsabilité de sous-ministre adjointe aux Partenariats d’affaires et aux Services à la clientèle au ministère du Tourisme. Elle est membre du conseil d’administration de l’Agence de Revenu du Québec depuis 2017. Mme Camden a obtenu son baccalauréat en sciences politiques à l’Université Laval en 1987, avec une spécialisation en politique et économie américaines de l’Assumption College à Worcester aux États-Unis. Elle a complété un certificat en administration en 1995 à l’Université Laval.

    Daniella Dimitrov


    Daniella Dimitrov is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of IAMGOLD Corporation and joined IAMGOLD in March 2021. She oversees all aspects of finance, information technology and investor relations. Ms. Dimitrov joined us from Sprott Capital Partners, where she was Partner, Investment Banking. Prior to Sprott, she served as President and CEO and as CFO of Orvana Minerals, as Executive Vice Chair of Baffinland Iron, as COO of Dundee Securities, and in various corporate development roles in mining and financial services. Ms. Dimitrov also brings 15+ years of governance experience with the Canadian Securities Administrators, Ontario’s Mining Advisory Group and as a director of several mining companies. She holds a Global Executive M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management and Schulich School of Business as well as a law degree from the University of Windsor. Ms. Dimitrov was chosen as one of the Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining for 2016 and speaks frequently on various topics including capital management, talent management and ESG. 

    Jocelyn Douhéret

    Director Business Development, Société du Plan Nord

    Mr. Jocelyn Douhéret joined the Société du Plan Nord in April 2016 as Director of the Business Development Office. Previously, Mr. Douhéret had been involved in the mining industry for more than 10 years as business development director and then vice-president of a mining services company. From 1998 to 2006, he worked for Québec companies on industrial development projects in Eastern Europe, Latin America and Canada, particularly in the natural resources, energy and environment sectors. Mr. Douhéret began his career as scientific attaché at the French Embassy in Slovakia in 1996. He holds a master’s degree in science from Laval University in Quebec (Canada – 1996) and an engineering degree from the National School of Agricultural Engineers of Dijon (France – 1994).

    Matt Gordon

    Crux Investor

    Matthew Gordon got his grounding in private equity before moving into investment & merchant banking. He now runs a family office in London UK. He has worked across Africa, India and South America on private equity, M&A transactions and SWF structures. Although starting off in the technology space, he found himself drawn to natural resources because of his time in Africa, and is now investing in a variety of sectors. Following the introduction of MiFID 2, he started Crux Investor with the aim of making it easier for family offices (& retail investors) to get accurate and unbiased information with which to make better investment decisions, something he thought might last 6 months. Three years later it is one of the largest natural resource investment platforms in the world.

    Angelina Mehta

    Board Director, Azimut Exploration Inc.

    Terence Ortslan

    Resource Policies and Strategies, TSO Research.

    Michael Rowley

    President & CEO, Group Ten Metals Inc.

    Michael Rowley has over 25 years executive experience in the exploration, mineral testing, and mine environmental industries, including capital markets and operations. One of Group Ten’s founding shareholders and Directors, Mr. Rowley is active in ​additional publicly traded companies, including fellow Metallic Group member, Granite Creek Copper.

    Mark Selby

    Founder of Canada Nickel Company

    Mr. Selby is a founder of Canada Nickel Company and was formerly President & CEO of RNC Minerals (Royal Nickel Corporation) where he led a 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 has held several senior management roles with Quadra Mining, Inco, and Purolator Courier, and was a partner at Mercer Management Consulting. 

    Since 2001, Mr. Selby has been recognized as one of the leading authorities on the nickel market.  He graduated from Queen's University with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and has also served on the boards of multiple junior mining companies. 

    Anthony Vaccaro

    President, The Northern Miner Group

    As President of The Northern Miner Group, Anthony has overall responsibility for some of the mining industry’s most distinguished media brands including: The Northern Miner, Canadian Mining Journal and He also oversees essential industry data and education brands such as Costmine, Mining Intelligence, EduMine and CareerMine. Anthony holds the CFA designation, has an MBA in Investment Management and serves on the Boards of the Resource Innovation Group and The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame. 

    Michael F. White

    President and CEO IBK Capital Corp.

    Mr. White has been with IBK Capital Corp. since 1991. During this time, he has been involved in private placement financings totalling over $600 million for emerging companies in mining and metals and technology. He has also been active in financial advisory assignments and industry developments including: advisory and financing services to Great Bear Resources Ltd. (now Kinross Gold Corp.) regarding its Red Lake gold discovery and partnership with Rob McEwen; advisory and financing services to create Canada Nickel Company Inc. and its pursuit of future net-carbon-zero nickel production from its nickel deposits in Timmins, Ontario; advisory and financing services to POET Technologies Inc. for its disruptive photonics solutions for data communications; advisory and financing services to Eagle Hill Exploration Corp. (now Osisko Mining Inc.) on its purchase and development of the Windfall gold project in Quebec; advisory and financing services to Western Goldfields Inc. (now New Gold Inc.) on its purchase and development of the Mesquite gold mine in south-eastern California; advisory and financing services to Noront Resources Ltd. in the wake of a major nickel discovery at its Double Eagle Project in Northern Ontario, Canada; and, advisory services to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador with respect to its arrangements with Inco Ltd. over the development of the nickel deposit at Voisey’s Bay.

    Mr. White’s professional experience includes the following:

    Active member of the TSX Venture Exchange Local Advisory Committee
    Active founding member of the Private Capital Markets Association (PCMA)
    Active member and External Committee member of the Morrissette Entrepreneurship Advisory Board at Western University
    Active member of the Ivey Business Plan Competition at the Ivey Business School
    Former member of the Ivey Entrepreneurship Advisory Council
    Former member of the Hawthorn School Board of Directors
    Mr. White graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology from the University of Western Ontario in 1994, and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in 2000.

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