Keynote Speakers

  • Rob McEwen

    Chairman, Chief Owner of McEwen Mining, which has four producing mines located in Nevada, Ontario, Mexico and Argentina

    Rob has been associated with the gold industry all his career, his first 18 years in the investment industry and since 1990 as CEO of several gold mining companies. Rob is the founder of Goldcorp, where he took the company from a market capitalization of $50 million to over $8 billion. At McEwen Mining (MUX) he owns 18% of the company and takes a salary of $1/ year. The cost of his investment in MUX and McEwen Copper exceeds US$200 million.

    Rob and his wife, Cheryl, have donated over $60 million to encourage excellence and innovation in healthcare and education.

    Rob was awarded the Order of Canada in 2007, the Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee Award in 2013, was inducted into the Mining Hall of Fame in 2017 and has Honorary Doctorate of Law Degrees from York University and Western University.

    He is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board, Schulich School of Business; X Prize Foundation: Vision Circle and Board of Trustees; a member of CEO (Chief Executive Organization) and of WPO (World Presidents’ Organization) and serves on the Advisory Board of the McEwen School of Architecture.


    McEwen Mining is a diversified gold and silver producer and explorer focused in the Americas with operating mines in Nevada, Canada, Mexico and Argentina.

  • David Garofalo

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Gold Royalty Corp

    David Garofalo currently serves as Chairman & CEO of Gold Royalty Corp., Chairman & CEO of the Marshall Precious Metals Fund and Chair of the Board of Great Panther Mining Limited. David was also President & CEO and Director of Goldcorp (2016-2019), President & CEO and Director of Hudbay from 2010, Senior Vice President and CFO and Director of Agnico-Eagle from 1998 and Treasurer of Inmet Mining from 1990. He has also served on multiple public company boards over his career.

    David was recognized as The Northern Miner’s Mining Person of the Year for 2012. He was also awarded as Canada’s CFO of the Year by Financial Executives International Canada (2009) and Top Gun CFO by Brendan Wood International (2009 and 2010) and was recognized by IR Magazine with awards for Best Investor Relations by a CFO (2009 and 2010) and Best Investor Relations by a CEO (2011).

    David earned designations as a Fellow of Canadian Chartered Public Accountants and a Certified Director of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (Vice Chair) and Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.


    Gold Royalty Corp is a precious metals-focused royalty and streaming company offering creative financing solutions to the metals and mining industry. The Company acquires royalties, streams and similar interests at varying stages of the mine life cycle to build a balanced portfolio offering near, medium and longer-term attractive returns for our investors.

  • Kelsey Gunderson, MBA, B.Sc.

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

    Kelsey Gunderson is the current CEO of Laurentian Bank Securities and the EVP, Capital Markets of Laurentian Bank of Canada. 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.


    Laurentian Bank Securities expanded its product offering in May 2006 with the inception of an Equities division focusing on Canadian-listed companies, with a full-service offering including research, sales, trading and investment banking. This strategic initiative compliments Laurentian Bank Securities' highly-regarded Fixed Income division and sits as a cornerstone for the firm's long-term growth strategy.

    Our mission consists of sourcing investment ideas that will generate higher returns for our clients. We remain true to Laurentian Bank's culture, putting clients first and encouraging independent thinking. Our expertise focuses on the analysis of companies with an emphasis on identifying emerging investment trends and the underlying companies that offer sustainable growth, attractive risk-adjusted valuations and which are led by strong, driven management teams.

    Timely and insightful research remains the primary driver for the group, along with providing value-added service to both our corporate and institutional clients. We currently cover six sectors considered to be of high importance and an integral part of the Canadian economic engine. Presently, the sectors covered are: Base and Precious Metals, Industrials & Transportation, Utilities, Diversified Technology, REITS and Special Situations.

  • Denis Larocque

    President & Chief Executive Officer

    Mr. Larocque joined Major Drilling in 1994 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer on September 11, 2015, having held the office of Chief Financial Officer since 2006. Previously, Mr. Larocque was Major’s VP Finance after rising in a series of roles with the Company. Through the period of geographic expansion for Major Drilling that saw it grow from a privately owned Canadian company to a publicly traded multinational, Mr. Larocque was involved in acquisitions and branch office setups in countries on every continent. Mr. Larocque holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Laval University and received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1991.


    Major Drilling Group International Inc. is one of the world’s largest drilling services companies primarily serving the mining industry. Established in 1980, Major Drilling has over 1,000 years of combined experience and expertise within its management team alone.

    Major Drilling maintains field operations and offices in Canada, the United States, Mexico, South America, Asia, Africa and Australia. Major Drilling provides a complete suite of drilling services including surface and underground coring, directional, reverse circulation, sonic, geotechnical, environmental, water-well, coal-bed methane, shallow gas, underground percussive/longhole drilling, surface drill and blast, and a variety of mine services.

  • Byron King

    Managing Editor, Whiskey & Gunpowder

    A Harvard-trained geologist and former aide to the United States Chief of Naval Operations, Byron King is our resident gold and mining expert, and we are proud to have him on board as the managing editor of Whiskey & Gunpowder.

    This “old rock hound” uses his expertise and connections in global resource industries to bring you the very best opportunities in mining, precious metals and energy. Byron also draws upon first-hand knowledge of the world of high-tech industries gains during his military career. Yet all that knowledge and experience is combined with a down-to-earth, common-sense approach that is easy to understand.

    Byron’s ahead-of-the-curve insights have drawn attention over the years. He’s made frequent appearances in mainstream media such as The Washington Post, MSN Money, Marketwatch.com, Fox Business News, CNBC’s Squawk Box, Larry Kudlow, Glenn Beck and PBS’s NewsHour. He also wrote a feature article published in the Financial Times, and has appeared on both CNN and Marketplace radio broadcasts.

    A long-time world traveler who’s gotten his boots muddy on five continents in search of the world’s best mining investment opportunities, Byron has also been quoted in various international publications such as the UK’s The Guardian and the Netherland’s De Volkskrant, and has been a guest on Canada’s CBC television broadcast. Byron still spends much of his time away from home, checking out remote mines, rigs and plants to bring you a first-hand account of almost every investment opportunity he recommends.

    When you read Byron’s recommendations and analysis, you can be sure that he’s personally vetted each company with a critical eye — in fact, he’s usually visited them on location. He avoids overly technical language to give you the clearest picture of what makes each pick outstanding and why.


    Whiskey & Gunpowder gets its name from the Whiskey Rebellion of 1790s Pennsylvania combined with Guy Fawkes’ attempt to destroy England’s Parliament in 1605 using piles of gunpowder charges. Patriotism ran deep through the characters behind these two historic events, just as it runs deep through the men and women behind this e-letter. Three days a week, look for Whiskey & Gunpowder to hit your inbox with the day’s best insights, stories, and truths that you’ll find nowhere else.

    Featured Companies

    • Mike Mutchler

      President and Chief Executive Officer, Amarillo Gold Corporation

      Mike Mutchler is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Amarillo Gold Corporation, which is on track to becoming Brazil’s next gold producer. A fifth generation miner, Mike was previously a partner at Whittle Consulting Pty. Mike has a long history of success in project management and business turnaround in Canada and Latin America. His experience in Brazil includes Chief Operating Officer for Largo Resources, where he successfully built a Vanadium mine and mill, and Project Director for Kinross Gold Corporation’s Paracatu Mine. His other roles include Chief Operating Officer of Rainy River Resources, Vice President of Project Development for Kinross, Project Manager for Kinross’ Cerro Casale project in Chile, and managerial positions at ASARCO. Mike has a BSc (Mining Engineering), MBA, Executive Juris Doctorate degree, and Chartered Directors Certificate.


      Amarillo Gold is advancing two gold projects located near excellent infrastructure in mining-friendly states in Brazil. Our development stage Posse Gold Project is on our Mara Rosa Property in Goiás State. It has a positive definitive feasibility study that shows it can be built into a profitable operation with low costs and a strong financial return. Mara Rosa also shows the potential for discovering additional near-surface deposits that will extend Posse’s mine life beyond its initial 10 years. Our exploration stage Lavras do Sul Project in Rio Grande do Sul State has more than 22 prospects centered on historic gold workings. We trade on the TSXV under the symbol AGC and the OTCQB under the symbol AGCBF. Follow us @AmarilloGold on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, and visit www.amarillogold.com to learn more.

    • Peter Dougherty

      President and Chief Executive Officer, Argonaut Gold Inc.

      Mr. Dougherty is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Argonaut Gold Inc. He served as the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Meridian Gold Inc. (“Meridian”) from 2002 to 2007. Mr. Dougherty has also served as: Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller of Meridian from 1997 to 2002; IBS Financial Manager of FMC Chemicals Group from 1994 to 1997; Group Financial Analyst of FMC Chemicals Group from 1993 to 1994 and the Controller of Paradise Peak Mine, FMC Gold from 1990 to 1993. Mr. Dougherty hold a B.S. in Accounting from Southern Oregon State College and an M.B.A. from Drexel University.


      Argonaut Gold is a Canadian gold company engaged in exploration, mine development and production. Its primary assets are the El Castillo mine and San Agustin mine, which together form the El Castillo Complex in Durango, Mexico, the La Colorada mine in Sonora, Mexico and the Florida Canyon mine in Nevada, USA. The Company also holds the construction stage Magino project, the advanced exploration stage Cerro del Gallo project and several other exploration stage projects, all of which are located in North America.

    • Jean-Marc Lulin

      President and Chief Executive Officer, Azimut Exploration Inc.

      Dr. Lulin is a senior mining executive and professional geologist with more than 30 years of experience in North America, Africa and Europe. Since June 2003, he has served as President, CEO and Director of Azimut Exploration Inc. He has positioned Azimut as an avant-garde company, opening vast underexplored regions of Quebec to mineral exploration using innovative technical approaches combined with rigorous financial management. Mr. Lulin designed AZtechMineᵀᴹ, a proprietary expert system for mineral exploration targeting that serves as the cornerstone of the company’s business.

      Mr. Lulin has been directly involved in the discovery of several major deposits and prospects in Quebec (Douay, Knife Lake, Eleonore South, Rex Trend) and Africa (Meponda, Bombore, Bouroum, Goulagou, Sanbrado). He played an instrumental role in the initial wave of exploration in Burkina Faso during the 1990s. He has visited more than 190 mines and advanced mining projects in 16 countries.

      Prior engagements include:

      • President and COO (1996-2001) and Vice President West Africa (1995-1996) for Channel Resources; Director for Channel Resources (1996-2014) and for West African Resources (2014 to 2015 following takeover);
      • Chief Geologist for SOQUEM (1992-1995) and the Vior-Mazarin Group (1986-1992), and Geologist for BRGM (1981-1984).

      Mr. Lulin was also President of the Mineral Exploration Association of Quebec and currently sits on the board of the Mining Association of Quebec. He is President of the Natural Resource Committee of the Fédération des Chambres de Commerce du Québec.

      Mr. Lulin earned a PhD in Economic Geology from the Université d’Orléans (1984). He also holds a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Mineral and Energy Resources, a Master’s degree in Applied Geology and a Licence in Earth Sciences from the Université de Paris VI, France.


      Azimut is a leading mineral exploration company operating in Quebec, Canada. The Company is actively advancing its Patwon gold discovery, first reported in January 2020 and located on the wholly-owned Elmer Property in the James Bay region. The Patwon Zone is currently defined over a strike length of 500 metres, a depth of 450 metres, and a true width of up to 82 metres. This zone is geometrically robust with strong growth potential.

      The best holes include:

      • 28.0 g/t Au over 18.0m
      • 3.15 g/t Au over 102.5m
      • 3.01 g/t Au over 90.20m
      • 6.43 g/t Au over 40.6m
      • 4.43 g/t Au over 46.0m

      A new 20,000-metre drilling program is underway to expand Patwon and prepare for a maiden NI 43-101 compliant resource estimate. This program will also continue testing highly prospective targets nearby. A high-grade drill intercept (122 g/t Au, 160 g/t Ag and 307 g/t Te over 0.5m) has been recently reported from an underexplored 2-kilometre-long target zone located immediately south of Patwon. Azimut believes that other significant mineralized zones will likely be found along strike from or subparallel to the Patwon Zone.

      Azimut has a strong credential of target generation and partnership development:

      • The Company’s competitive edge against exploration risk is based on systematic regional-scale data analysis and multiple concurrently active projects. Azimut uses a pioneering approach to big data analytics (the proprietary AZtechMineTM expert system) enhanced by extensive exploration know-how.
      • Azimut holds the largest mineral exploration portfolio in Northern Quebec. The focus is on gold and copper tier-1 targets.
      • Since 2004, the Company has signed 32 strategic alliances and partnership agreements with 18 different companies, including Rio Tinto, Newmont, Hecla and SOQUEM.

      Azimut maintains rigorous financial discipline, a strong balance sheet, and has 81.7 million shares issued and outstanding.

    • Frederick Bell

      Chief Executive Officer, Elemental Royalties Corp.

      Frederick co-founded Elemental Royalties in 2016 following his role as Managing Director of a listed gold exploration company, Goldcrest Resources plc, where he assembled a portfolio of gold licences in northeast Ghana to take to AIM. He has wide experience in the mining industry, including as General Manager of an ASX-listed uranium company from the age of 25. Frederick received the ‘Young Rising Star’ Award at Mines & Money 2018, read history at the University of Edinburgh and is on the Committee of Young Mining Professionals in London.


      Elemental Royalties is a rapidly growing gold royalty company with world-class, producing assets on four continents. Employing a highly-selective approach, we connect investors with de-risked, quality gold investments in top-tier mining companies. Elemental is the only emerging royalty opportunity providing material revenue with sustained organic growth. The Company is backed by a dynamic, multidisciplinary team with a global network and proven ability to conduct complex international transactions.

      Elemental takes a disciplined, highly selective and rigorous approach to royalty acquisitions. We seek quality, advanced royalties across established and emerging mining regions that share exceptional potential for resource growth. We build upon the growth value of quality, accretive, revenue-generating acquisitions rather than a high volume of exploration royalties that may never produce revenue.

      Part of the highly-successful Discovery Group, Elemental offers investors a unique blend of innovation, experience and entrepreneurial spirit backed by decades of success in mining and exploration.

    • Tim Clark

      Chief Executive Officer, Fury Gold Mines

      Mr. Clark brings 23 years of global capital markets experience with numerous US, European and Canadian banks, including Barclays Capital, National Bank Financial, Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank and most recently BMO Capital Markets, where he held the role of Managing Director, Institutional Equity Sales. Over the years, he has developed strong working relationships with Tier 1 institutional investors throughout the United States providing corporate strategy, and peer and financial analysis and insights on corporates within the materials, commodities and mining sectors. Mr. Clark holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from Vanderbilt University.


      Fury Gold Mines is a Canadian-focused gold exploration company strategically positioned in three prolific mining regions: James Bay, Quebec; the Kitikmeot Region Nunavut; and the Golden Triangle, British Columbia.

      Our vision is to deliver shareholder value by aggressively growing our multi-million ounce gold portfolio through additional significant gold discoveries in Canada.

      Fury Gold Mines was formed in 2020 following Auryn Resources Inc.'s reorganization and acquisition of Eastmain Resources Inc. Our core values are trust, respect, integrity and accountability. We actively engage with internal and external stakeholders in a transparent and honest manner, holding ourselves to the highest - safety, governance and business - standards.

    • Michael Henrichsen

      Senior Vice President Exploration, Fury Gold Mines

      Mr. Henrichsen is a structural geologist and leads the Fury technical team. Previously, Mr. Henrichsen was the global structural geologist at Newmont, where his contributions significantly increased the reserves and resources base in the Ahafo district in Ghana. Mr. Henrichsen has also worked extensively at other major gold camps in South America, the Carlin Trend, Guinea and Canada.


      Fury Gold Mines is a Canadian-focused gold exploration company strategically positioned in three prolific mining regions: James Bay, Quebec; the Kitikmeot Region Nunavut; and the Golden Triangle, British Columbia.

      Our vision is to deliver shareholder value by aggressively growing our multi-million ounce gold portfolio through additional significant gold discoveries in Canada.

      Fury Gold Mines was formed in 2020 following Auryn Resources Inc.'s reorganization and acquisition of Eastmain Resources Inc. Our core values are trust, respect, integrity and accountability. We actively engage with internal and external stakeholders in a transparent and honest manner, holding ourselves to the highest - safety, governance and business - standards.

    • Jorge A. Ganoza

      President and Chief Executive Officer, Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.

      Jorge A. Ganoza co-founded Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. in 2004 and currently serves as our President and CEO and as a Director on our Board. Jorge is an experienced geological engineer who has worked on mineral exploration, mining and business development projects throughout Latin America since 1995. Before founding Fortuna, he worked in business development at senior levels for several private and public Canadian junior mining companies operating in Central and South America. He graduated from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 1995. Jorge served as director of Ferreycorp from March 2017 to July 2020.


      Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. is a Canadian precious metals mining company with four operating mines in Argentina, Burkina Faso, Mexico and Peru, and a fifth mine under construction in Côte d’Ivoire. Sustainability is integral to all of Fortuna's operations and relationships. The company produces gold and silver and generates shared value over the long-term for its stakeholders through efficient production, environmental protection, and social responsibility.

      Fortuna is financially stable and does not hedge its precious metals production. Shares of the company trade mainly on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: FSM) and Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: FVI).

    • Larry Strauss

      Vice President of Corporate Development, Galway Metals Inc.

      More than 25 years’ experience in the mining industry including 18 years as a mining/commodities analyst in Canada and the US, then 10 years as a Director and Advisor to resource companies. Mr. Strauss was a Director and Mining Analyst at GMP Securities. He also worked at Canaccord, Prudential and Merrill Lynch. He has been awarded “Best on the Street” in Mining and Metals by the Wall Street Journal. Most recently, a director at Galway Resources.


      Galway Metals is well capitalized with two projects in Canada: Clarence Stream, an emerging gold district in New Brunswick, and Estrades, the former producing, high-grade, gold-rich VMS polymetallic mine in Quebec. The Company began trading on January 4, 2013, after its successful spinout to existing shareholders from Galway Resources following the completion of the US$340 million sale of that company. With substantially the same management team and Board of Directors, Galway Metals is keenly intent on creating similar value as it had with Galway Resources.

    • Alastair Still

      Chief Executive Officer, GoldMining Inc.
      Director of Technical Services, Gold Royalty Corp.

      Mr. Still is the Chief Executive Officer of GoldMining Inc (TSX: GOLD and GLDG: NYSE American) and also serves as Director of Technical Services of Gold Royalty Corp. (GROY: NYSE American).

      Mr. Still is an experienced mining industry professional with over 25 years of experience including working for major gold miners such as Newmont, Goldcorp, Placer Dome, Kinross Gold and Agnico Eagle. He has worked within Canada and internationally in a variety of leadership roles including corporate and project development, and mine operations.

      Mr. Still has spent over ten years in corporate development having formerly served as Director, Corporate Development with Newmont Corporation (formerly Goldcorp), and most recently as Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer for GoldMining. Mr. Still graduated with a Bachelor of Science (First Class, Honours) from the University of New Brunswick and a Master of Science (structural geology) from Queen’s University.


      GoldMining Inc. is a public mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition and development of gold assets in the Americas. Through its disciplined acquisition strategy, GoldMining now controls a diversified portfolio of resource-stage gold and gold-copper projects in Canada, U.S.A., Brazil, Colombia, and Peru. The Company also owns 20 million shares of Gold Royalty Corp. (NYSE American: GROY).

      Gold Royalty Corp. is a gold-focused royalty company offering creative financing solutions to the metals and mining industry. Its mission is to acquire royalties, streams and similar interests at varying stages of the mine life cycle to build a balances portfolio offering near, medium and longer-term attractive returns for its investors. Gold Royalty’s diversified portfolio currently consists primarily of net smelter return royalties on gold properties located in the Americas.

    • James Anderson

      Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Guanajuato Silver Company

      James Anderson has over 20 years of capital market experience as a retail broker investment banker and manager in the Canadian brokerage business. James has been instrumental in the financing of several small-cap public companies in mining exploration and development. Served as CEO of NuLegacy Gold Corp from 2012-2019 before establishing Guanajuato Silver Company. James is a graduate of the University of Alberta.


      Guanajuato Silver is a precious metals producer engaged in reactivating past producing silver and gold mines near the city of Guanajuato, Mexico. The Company is currently producing silver and gold at its 100% owned El Cubo Mine, while simultaneously advancing the nearby El Pinguico Mine to restart. Both projects are located within 11km of the city of Guanajuato, which has an established 480-year mining history. 

    • Vernon Baker

      Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Mining Inc.

      Mr. Vernon Baker was appointed Chief Executive Officer on August 6, 2019. Mr. Baker brings over 35 years of mining industry experience. He has extensive management and operations expertise at globally focused mid-tier and senior mining companies. Most recently, he was General Manager at Goldcorp’s Cerro Negro Mine in Argentina, overseeing 3,000 tonnes per day of high-grade production and implementing programs to reduce costs, grow production and development, and leading strong safety improvement to achieve an AIFR of 0.28 in 2017. Previously, Mr. Baker held management and senior leadership roles with various mining companies including President at Duluth Metals Limited, Vice President of Operations at FNX Mining, General Manager at Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc., and General Manager of Hemlo Operations, a Joint Venture of Teck Cominco and Barrick Gold.


      Jaguar’s gold mining operations include the Turmalina Gold Mine Complex which consists of the Turmalina Underground Mine and Turmalina Mill), and the Caeté Complex which consists of the Pilar Gold Mine and the Roça Grande Gold Mine (under care and maintenance since 2018) and Caeté Mill Operations. The Company’s Paciência Mine and Mill operations have been on care and maintenance since 2012. All operations are located in the Iron Quadrangle, a prolific greenstone belt near the city of Belo Horizonte in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Belo Horizonte serves as the commercial center for Brazil’s mining industry and has excellent infrastructure to support world-class mining operations.

    • Jonathan Victor Hill

      VP Exploration & Mine Geology, Jaguar Mining Inc.

      Jon was appointed Advisor to the JMMC, in July 2017 and has over 30 years’ experience of global exploration, mining operational and project development experience including, Africa, Australia and the Americas. Jon spent most of his formative years as a geologist with AngloGoldAshanti, where he recently held the title of Exploration Manager, Colombia Greenfields. During his tenure at AngloGoldAshanti he was directly involved in the discovery of several world class projects within both Greenfields and Brownfield areas. His broad range of experience includes, exploration and development of projects including due diligence, corporate development, mine geology and management of interrelated departments including coordination and liaison with mine planning and reporting of mineral resources and reserves. Jon is a Non – Executive Director of Royal Road Minerals Limited and Stratabound Minerals Corporation both TSX-V listed companies and provides Exploration Advisory Services to a growing list of international companies through Exploration Outcomes Ltda which Jon founded in 2017. Jon holds a BSc (Hons) Economic Geology 1988 (University of Cape Town), and a BAppSc. Applied Geology 1985 (Queensland University of Technology). He is a fellow of the AUSIMM an organisation he has been a member of since 1986.


      Jaguar’s gold mining operations include the Turmalina Gold Mine Complex which consists of the Turmalina Underground Mine and Turmalina Mill), and the Caeté Complex which consists of the Pilar Gold Mine and the Roça Grande Gold Mine (under care and maintenance since 2018) and Caeté Mill Operations. The Company’s Paciência Mine and Mill operations have been on care and maintenance since 2012. All operations are located in the Iron Quadrangle, a prolific greenstone belt near the city of Belo Horizonte in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Belo Horizonte serves as the commercial center for Brazil’s mining industry and has excellent infrastructure to support world-class mining operations.

    • Lew Lawrick

      President and Chief Executive Officer, Magna Terra Minerals Inc.

      Mr. Lawrick is the Managing Director of Thorsen-Fordyce Merchant Capital Inc., a private Toronto based merchant bank focused principally on the mineral industry. Mr Lawrick was the Founder of Anaconda Mining Inc., in 2007. He served as President & CEO of the Anaconda until 2010, and has served as an officer and/or director of several other private and public mining and mineral exploration companies, including: Volta Resources Inc. (TSX), Franconia Minerals Corporation (TSX), and NorthWest Copper Corp. (TSXV). Mr. Lawrick holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (BCOM) from the University of Calgary.


      Magna Terra Minerals Inc. is a precious metals focused exploration company, headquartered in Toronto, Canada. Magna Terra owns three district-scale, advanced gold exploration projects in the world class mining jurisdictions of New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador. Led by an experienced Technical team with significant experience in the region and a track record of discovery ‘success’, as well as a Management team with extensive capital markets experience and numerous successful ‘exits’ in the junior mining sector.

    • Anthony (Tony) Williams

      Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Major Precious Metals

      Mr. Williams has over 35 years’ experience as a mining geologist and investment banker. Tony is Chairman of Dragon Group, an internationally recognized mining finance and project management firm based in London and Moscow. Prior to founding Dragon Group, Tony spent nine years in investment banking where he co‐founded and led the natural resource group at Yorkton Securities. Tony has raised over US$10 billion in equity and debt financing for mineral development projects worldwide. Earlier in his career, Tony held several appointments in the mining industry and specialized in mineral valuation and acquisition and qualified as a Mining Geologist in 1972 from the Royal School of Mines in London.


      Major Precious Metals is a Canadian junior mining company listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE”) and its common shares trade under the ticker symbol “SIZE”. The Company’s flagship project is the Skaergaard Project in Greenland containing one of the largest palladium and gold deposits outside the major PGM producing areas of Russia and South Africa. The Company is focused on accelerating the progress of the Skaergaard Project along the Mine Development Cycle and has recently initiated a further major work program of drilling and economic evaluation.

    • Jean-Marc Lacoste

      President and Chief Executive Officer, Monarch Mining Corporation

      Jean-Marc Lacoste earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from McGill University in Montreal. In 1993 Mr. Lacoste started a career in finance at the Montreal Stock Exchange where he worked for National Bank Financial and, subsequently, Merrill Lynch Canada. In 2000 he left Montreal for Toronto to join Northland Power, a wind power energy corporation, as Vice President of Acquisitions.

      He returned to Montreal in 2002 where he joined the boards of a few public and private companies. From 2004 to 2010, he took a major role in Golden Goose Resources Inc. where he became President and CEO and COB. As CEO of Monarch Gold he successfully turned a 2M market cap company into a 200M transaction with Yamana in less than 8yrs.  Mr. Lacoste has great leadership skills and will be a tremendous asset for Monarch Mining Corporation.


      Monarch Mining Corporation (TSX: GBAR) (OTCQX: GBARF) is a fully integrated mining company that owns four projects, including the Beaufor Mine, which has produced more than 1 million ounces of gold over the last 30 years. Other assets include the Croinor Gold, McKenzie Break and Swanson properties, all located near Monarch’s wholly owned 750 tpd Beacon Mill. Monarch owns 28,702 hectares (287 km²) of mining assets in the prolific Abitibi mining camp that host a combined measured and indicated gold resource of 478,982 ounces and a combined inferred resource of 383,393 ounces.

    • Mathieu Séguin, CFA

      Vice President Corporate Development, Monarch Mining Corporation

      Mathieu Séguin has been an investment banker since 2002, with a focus on small and mid-capitalization issuers across various sectors, including mining, industrial and technology. During his career, he has advised clients on a broad range of transactions, from equity and debt financings to mergers and acquisitions.

      Prior to joining Monarch, he was Director, Investment Banking at Laurentian Bank Securities (2016-2018), Vice President, Investment Banking for Industrial Alliance Securities (2009-2016), and Vice President with the Strategic Capital Group of Desjardins Securities (2005-2009). Mr. Séguin has a Bachelor of Business Administration from HEC Montréal and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.


      Monarch Mining Corporation (TSX: GBAR) (OTCQX: GBARF) is a fully integrated mining company that owns four projects, including the Beaufor Mine, which has produced more than 1 million ounces of gold over the last 30 years. Other assets include the Croinor Gold, McKenzie Break and Swanson properties, all located near Monarch’s wholly owned 750 tpd Beacon Mill. Monarch owns 28,702 hectares (287 km²) of mining assets in the prolific Abitibi mining camp that host a combined measured and indicated gold resource of 478,982 ounces and a combined inferred resource of 383,393 ounces.

    • Keyvan Salehi

      President and Chief Executive Officer, Nighthawk Gold Corporation

      Mr. Salehi has over 20 years of industry experience having held various senior roles in operations, projects, and corporate development. Prior to joining Nighthawk, Mr. Salehi served as the Vice President of Corporate Development and Technical Services with Mountain Province Diamonds, where he was responsible for providing operational and technical oversight for the Mountain Province’s jointly owned 12,000 tonnes per day diamond mine in the Northwest Territories (introducing mine optimization initiatives to increase production and reduce costs). Mr. Salehi previously served as VP of Corporate Development and Technical Services for Kirkland Lake Gold (2016-2017), where he led the Company’s due diligence team behind the $2.4B merger with Newmarket Gold. He held the same position at St. Andrew Goldfields (2013-2016), where he spearheaded the Company’s sale process culminating in the sale to Kirkland Lake Gold in 2016. Prior to those roles, he held various operating positions with Lake Shore Gold, FNX Mining, and Vale (2002 – 2013). Mr. Salehi holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences, Mineral Engineering from the University of Toronto and an Executive MBA from the Kellogg-Schulich School of Management.


      Developing Canada’s Next Gold Camp - The newly enhanced management team, lead by Keyvan Salehi (a professional mining engineer with +20 years of experience, formally with Mountain Province Diamonds and Kirkland Lake Gold) outlined an aggressive 2-year plan targeting upwards of 200,000 metres of drilling between 2021 and 2022, focusing on near-surface mineralization, which would form the basis of a PEA in early 2023. The Company has solid funding in place (cash balance of C$33MM as at July 7, 2021) with supportive shareholders and strategic partners in Northfield Capital Corporation, Kinross Gold and Osisko Development. The Company’s institutional ownership increased from 5% to ~21% in the last financing completed in July, with some prominent investors supporting the new strategy. A successful 2021 exploration program was completed in early October with 72,325 metres of drilling, which will lead into a year-end resource update in early 2022.

    • Elaine Ellingham

      President and Chief Executive Officer, Omai Gold Mines Corp.

      Ms. Ellingham is a mining executive and geologist (P.Geo.) with over 35 years’ experience in the mining and exploration business. She has held numerous roles with junior and major mining companies, from field geologist to corporate development, and investor relations. Elaine worked for the Toronto Stock Exchange for 8 years in corporate finance and as National Leader, Mining. As a consultant since 2005, she has been a strategic advisor working with numerous international companies and private equity groups. Elaine has an MSc in geology and an MBA. She has extensive board experience over 14 years with companies including Wallbridge Mining and Aurania Resources and is currently a director of Alamos Gold Inc. and Almaden Minerals Ltd. She is also a director of the Prospectors’ and Developers’ Association of Canada. Elaine was a director of Richmont Mines for 8 years and stepped in as interim CEO, introducing a new chapter for the gold producer, where Renaud Adams (Omai’s Chairman) then led the company through to the successful near-billion-dollar acquisition by Alamos Gold Inc three years later.


      The Omai Gold property, located in Guyana, produced 3.7 million ounces between 1993 and 2005, averaging over 300,000 ounces per year. Due to the low gold price at the time, averaging US$346/oz, extensions to the deposits and prime exploration targets were not pursued – leaving a significant opportunity to build resources at this brownfields site.

      Past mining was focused on two deposits: 1) Fennell, where gold is hosted by the “Omai stock”, mined to a depth of 250 metres and known to extend with gold mineralization to at least 960 metres, and 2) Wenot, where gold is hosted within a number of shears within a 1.7 km long deformation corridor.

      We commenced drilling the depth extension of the Wenot shear corridor in February. Drilling confirmed that the gold mineralized system extends 150 to 225 metres below the mined pit. Every hole intersected the multiple gold zones with highlights including: 9 g/t over 16.0 m, 3.6 g/t over 32.1 m, and 6.92 g/t over 19 m. A NI 43-101 mineral resource estimate for Wenot is expected at year end.

      Drilling recently started on the East Wenot extension where shallow 1993-95 drilling intersected gold in multiple holes, and verified that the favourable horizon extends at least one kilometre east of the mined pit.

      Broccoli Hill is one interesting target with a similar geophysical signature as Fennell but has seen little to no drilling. Artisanal mining over a century, plus multiple soil and auger samples suggest it as a prime target for a new gold discovery. A few scout holes are anticipated this year.

      Our strategy is to aggressively drill some of the known mineralized zones and obvious extensions in order to build gold resources in the short term, while selectively exploring some of the targets that could result in new near-surface discoveries.

    • Paddy Nicol

      President and Chief Executive Officer, Orogen Royalties Inc.

      Paddy Nicol has been in the mineral exploration industry for over 25 years.  He has served as CFO and CEO of mineral exploration companies operating in Canada, USA, and Mexico.  His companies have driven development of notable assets including the Ajax copper-gold porphyry (joint venture with KGHM International) and Spanish Mountain gold projects in south-central British Columbia and the Niblack VMS project in southeast Alaska.

      In 2011, Paddy founded Evrim Resources, a prospect generator focused on gold and copper targets in western North America.  The royalty retained on the Ermitaño West gold discovery in 2016 helped Paddy and his team merge with Renaissance Gold and their Silicon royalty to form Orogen Royalties in 2020. Orogen is a royalty and exploration company differentiated by organic royalty creation through its prospect generation business.

      Paddy holds his B.A. in Economics from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC. and MBA from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. 


      Orogen Royalties Inc. is focused on organic royalty creation and selective royalty acquisitions on precious and base metal discoveries in western North America. The Company’s royalty portfolio includes the Ermitaño West gold deposit in Sonora, Mexico (2% NSR royalty) being developed by First Majestic Silver Corp. Initial production at Ermitaño West is estimated to begin in late 2021 and will ramp up over the course of 2022.  Indicated resources at Ermitaño include 335,000 ounces and 36.1 million ounces silver, and inferred resources total 522,000 ounces gold and 59.5 million ounces silver.   

      Orogen also has a 1% NSR royalty on the Silicon gold project in Nevada, USA, being advanced by AngloGold Ashanti.  While no results have been publicly announced, Anglogold has indicated the potential for significant oxide orebodies at the Central Silicon zone and the Merlin Zone, two key exploration areas on the Silicon project.  A resource is expected on Silicon and Merlin in H1 2022.  Anglogold has also secured land adjacent to Silicon with the recent announcement to acquire Corvus Gold for US$450 million to support their vision for Silicon and the surrounding area as a Tier 1 gold asset.

      Orogen also holds nine other organically generated royalties on projects including the Cumobabi gold/copper project in Sonora, Mexico and the Axe copper project in British Columbia.

      Orogen’s prospect generation business includes several early-stage targets in British Columbia, Nevada, and northwestern Mexico.  Thirteen projects are currently under option to joint venture partners and all agreements are structured for royalty creation and cash payments.

    • Daniel J. Kunz, P.Eng. MBA

      Chief Executive Officer, Prime Mining Corp.

      Professional engineer and Master of Business Administration with over 35 years of experience in mining, constructing and financing global resource projects.

      Former CEO of $4.2bn Ivanhoe Mines Ltd., founder and CEO of US Geothermal Inc which sold for $250M.

      Served as senior management and/or president level; Morrison Knudson Corporation & MK Gold Company.

      Built numerous mines including Castle Mountain and American Girl. Was with Chesapeake Gold and its Mexican Metates project (90kms from Los Reyes) for 17 years.


      Prime Mining, a member of the TSX Venture 50, is an ideal mix of successful mining executives, strong capital markets personnel and experienced local operators who have united to undertake exploration drilling to expand the known gold-silver resource at the historically productive Los Reyes project in Mexico. Prime Mining has a well-planned capital structure with significant team and insider ownership.

    • Darin Labrenz, P.Geo.

      President and Chief Executive Officer, Pure Gold Mining Inc.
      dlabrenz@puregoldmining.ca

      Mr. Labrenz is a registered professional geologist with over 25 years of experience in the mineral exploration industry. Most recently, Mr. Labrenz was Vice President, Business Development for Terrane Metals Corp., a BC-based development company that was acquired by Thompson Creek Metals in 2010. Prior to Terrane, Mr. Labrenz was employed by the Placer Dome group, where he was responsible for the design and supervision of exploration programs, management of geological activities at both underground and open pit mining operations, as well as technical support and geological management of several feasibility studies and economic evaluations. Mr. Labrenz has significant experience in the Red Lake Camp, including former Chief Geologist at the Campbell Mine.


      PureGold is a growth company, located in the very heart of Red Lake, Canada. Our objective is pure and simple. To develop a highly-profitable long life gold mining company, becoming Canada’s next iconic gold producer. Our plan is very disciplined, very methodical and financially sound. To expand organically, and develop PureGold’s multi-million ounce high-grade gold asset incrementally, step-by-step, using a phased mining development plan to deliver maximum return.

      Additional information about the Company and its activities may be found on the Company’s website at www.puregoldmining.ca and under the Company’s profile at www.sedar.com

    • Chad Peters, P.Geo.

      President and Chief Executive Officer, Ridgeline Minerals Corp.

      Chad Peters, P.Geo., has over ten years of exploration and production experience in both the US and Canada. Prior to co-founding Ridgeline Minerals in 2018, Chad was a managing member of the Premier Gold Mines Ltd. Exploration team responsible for the discovery of 10+ Moz of gold.


      Ridgeline is a discovery focused gold-silver explorer with a proven management team and a 154 km² exploration portfolio across four projects in the highly prospective Carlin and Battle Mountain – Eureka Trends in Nevada, USA. More information at www.RidgelineMinerals.com

    • Johnathan More

      Chief Executive Officer, Starr Peak Mining Ltd.

      Johnathan More currently serves as Chairman & Director of Power Metals Corp. Mr. More has over 20 years of experience in North American and European capital markets focused on natural resource industries. He had a history of achievement from his years with Canaccord Capital. In August 2008, Mr. More retired from Canaccord Capital as an investment advisor to apply his experience and contacts to the public company sector.


      Starr Peak Mining Ltd. is a Canadian based exploration company focused on the acquisition and exploration of high value base metal projects in Canada. The company is committed to creating long term shareholder value through the exploration and development of our recent discovery at our NewMétal property located in the mining friendly province of Quebec, contiguous to Amex Exploration's significant gold discovery at their Perron property.

      Starr Peak Mining Ltd. is a public company which trades on the TSX Venture exchange with the symbol TSX:STE.V.

    • Duncan Middlemiss, P.Eng.

      President and Chief Executive Officer, Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd.

      Mr. Middlemiss, P.Eng, is the President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company. Prior to joining Wesdome, he was President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of St. Andrew Goldfields Ltd. ("SAS") until its acquisition by Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. in January 2016. Mr. Middlemiss joined SAS in July 2008 as General Manager and Vice President Operations, later assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer. He was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2013. He earned a B. Sc. in mining engineering at Queen's University in 1989 and worked for Inco Limited (now Vale Canada Limited) as Mine Design Engineer until 1995. At that time, he joined Barrick Gold Inc. at their Holt-McDermott Mine, where he held the position of Chief Mine Engineer. In 2002 he joined Foxpoint Resources (now Kirkland Lake Gold Inc.) where he was instrumental in overseeing the rehabilitation, development, and commencement of production at the Macassa Mine beginning as Engineering & Production Manager, and later as Mine Manager. Mr. Middlemiss is a native of Kirkland Lake, Ontario and has extensive experience in the mining of gold deposits in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt.


      Wesdome is Canadian focused with two producing underground gold mines.  The Company’s strategy is to build Canada’s next intermediate gold producer, producing 200,000+ ounces from two mines in Ontario and Québec. The Eagle River Underground Mine in Wawa, Ontario is currently producing gold at a rate of 92,000 – 105,000 ounces per year. The Kiena Complex is a fully permitted mine with a 930-metre shaft and 2,000 tonne-per-day mill, and a restart of operations was announced on May 26, 2021.  The Company has completed a PFS in support of the production restart decision. Wesdome is actively exploring both underground and on surface within the mine area and more regionally at both the Eagle River and Kiena Complex. The Company also retains meaningful exposure to the Moss Lake gold deposit, located 100 kilometres west of Thunder Bay, Ontario through its equity position in Goldshore Resources Inc. The Company has approximately 140.0 million shares issued and outstanding and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “WDO”.

      Panel Speakers

      • Justin Reid, M.Sc., MBA

        President & Chief Executive Officer, Troilus Gold Corp.

        Justin Reid is a geologist and capital markets executive with 25 years of experience focused exclusively in the mineral resource space. Mr. Reid started his career as a geologist with Saskatchewan Geological Survey and Cominco Global Exploration after which he became a partner and senior mining analyst at Sprott/Cormark Securities in Toronto. He was then named Executive General Manager at Paladin Energy, where he was responsible for leading all merger and acquisition, corporate and market related activities. He is the former Managing Director Global Mining Sales at National Bank Financial, where he directed the firm’s sales and trading in the mining sector. Most recently, he acted as President and Director of Sulliden Gold Corporation, until its acquisition by Rio Alto Mining in 2014, and was Managing Director at Aguia Resources Ltd. from 2015 to 2019. He holds a B.Sc from the University of Regina, a M.Sc from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.


        Troilus Gold Corp. is a Canadian based junior mining company focused on the systematic advancement and de-risking of the past-producing gold and copper Troilus Project towards production. . Troilus is located in the top rated mining jurisdiction of Quebec, Canada, where it holds a strategic land position of 1,420 km² in the Frôtet-Evans Greenstone Belt. Since acquiring the project in 2017, ongoing exploration success has demonstrated the tremendous scale potential of the gold system on the property with a 142% increase to estimated Indicated mineral resources and a 350% increase to estimated Inferred resources (view results HERE). The Company is advancing engineering studies following the completion of a robust Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) in 2020 (view PEA results HERE), which demonstrated the potential for the Troilus project to become a top-ranked gold and copper producing asset in Canada. Led by an experienced team with a track-record of successful mine development, Troilus is positioned to become a cornerstone project in North America.

      • Steven Bowles

        Senior Director of Investment in Mines and Natural Resources, Invest Quebec

        Steven Bowles was appointed Senior Director of Investment in Mines and Natural Resources at Invest Quebec in early 2020. In his role, Steven manages both equity investment and debt financing in all stages of the resource company life cycle including exploration, project development and operations.

        Steven is a business professional in the mining & metals industry with experience in business development, project management and operations management.

        Steven holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He is fluent in English and French, and speaks basic Spanish.

        Steven was previously Project Manager for the $1.3B Côté Gold Project. In his role he provided leadership for the early stages of project development, the establishment of power and environmental permits and the implementation of an impact-benefits agreement with the project’s First Nation partners.

        He was also previously Operations Manager at Raglan Mine in Nunavik where he managed its four underground mines and its technical services teams to achieve record-setting safety and production performance for that operation. He also served as Capital Projects Director at Raglan which included the development of two underground mines and concentrator plant growth projects budgeted at $550M. Prior to that, he worked as Project Manager for the $1.2B Cobre Panama concentrator project and led field execution teams in the Middle East on the $5.7B Emirates Aluminium and $4.5B Qatalum Aluminium Smelter projects.

        In 2014, Steven received the Bedford Canadian Young Mining Leaders Award granted by the Canadian Institute of Mining for outstanding leadership.


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        Managing Director of Research, Laurentian Bank Securities

        Barry Allan joined Laurentian Bank Securities in March 2017 as Mining Analyst, and has more 30 years of experience in capital markets and investment research. Barry has been consistently ranked among the top 10 precious metal analysts in North America by various rating agencies, and continues to focus on the investment analysis of producers and explorers for gold and silver. Prior to capital markets, Barry worked as an exploration geologist for a number of different companies. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science (Honours) and an MBA both from Dalhousie University, and is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Bankers (FICB).


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