Investing in African Mining - London, UK - 2011 report

with premier sponsors TMX Group
and Haywood Securities



Our 5th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar in London, UK took place on Monday December 5, 2011 - the day before Mines and Money. The full-day seminar, held at the five-star Andaz Hotel on Liverpool Street, featured a keynote address from Rupert Soames OBE, Chief Executive of Aggreko, on The Coming Power Crunch and fourteen presentations; including updates by mining companies on their African projects and technical presentations on doing business in Africa's mining industry by expert advisors and service providers to the mining industry.

TMX Group (Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange) and Haywood Securities Inc. were our Premier Sponsors. Earthstone Group was our corporate sponsor and Aggreko our lunch sponsor. SGS and Legend Gold were presenting sponsors. The seminar was also supported by the UK Association of Mining Analysts (AMA).

70% of the audience were senior financial and mining executives or advisors to the mining industry. 50% of the audience was from the United Kingdom, 22% from Canada, 14% from Africa and 5% from Australia.

Media in attendance included Mergemarket, MineWeb, News World, The African Business Journal and The Zimbabwe Guardian.

A special thanks to seminar co-chairs Greg McKenzie, Managing Director, Investment Banking, Haywood Securities Inc. and Orlee Wertheim, Head, Business Development - Global Mining, Toronto Stock Exchange & TSX Venture Exchange.

Thanks also to Carl Noack, Treasurer, Association of Mining Analysts.

Finally, thanks to Leticia Mensah, Alton Pratt and Ricardo Smith of Camborne School of Mines for helping out during the day.

Download the program and corporate profiles.

Download the presenter profiles.

See the photo gallery (photos 3, 4, 9, 17, 18, 20, 21 courtesy of Ron Coello Photography).

See the seminar audience breakdown by industry sector and country of origin.

Download the presentations (please note that some of the files are large and may take a few minutes to download):

seminar co-chairs:
  • Greg McKenzie, Managing Director, Investment Banking, Haywood Securities Inc.
  • Orlee Wertheim, Head, Business Development - Global Mining, Toronto Stock Exchange & TSX Venture Exchange.

  • 1 - Keynote Address - The Coming Power Crunch - Sir Rupert Soames, Chief Executive, Aggreko

    2 - Developing a High Grade Gold Mine in Eritrea - Douglas Jones, Managing Director, Chalice Gold Mines Limited

    3 - NW Botswana: a Mineral Exploration Target for Tsodilo Resources Ltd - Mike de Wit, President and Chief Operating Officer, Tsodilo Resources Ltd.

    4 - Anti-Corruption in International Mining Projects: Practical Risk Management and Compliance Strategies - Janne Duncan, Macleod Dixon LLP and Jason Moss, Partner, Corporate, Norton Rose LLP

    5 - Pacific Wildcat Resources Corp. - A Strategic Minerals Company - Darren P. Townsend, President, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director, Pacific Wildcat Resources Corp.

    6 - Appeal of Africa: The Improving Legislative Environment - Peter Leon, Partner, Webber Wentzel Attorneys

    7 - Discover the Legend of Legend Gold - Douglas Perkins, Chief Executive Officer, Legend Gold Corp.

    8 - Accessing Capital for Mining Companies with Projects in Africa - Orlee Wertheim, Head, Business Development - Global Mining, Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and TSX Venture Exchange

    9 - Current Trends in Mining Finance - Greg McKenzie, Managing Director, Investment Banking, Haywood Securities Inc.

    10 - Transforming a Mining Project From Concept to Completion: Less Than 6 Months in a New Country - Vladimir Kuznetsov, Member of the Board, Director/Corporate Communications, Earthstone Group

    11 - Developing Copper, Zinc and Gold Deposits on the Asmara Project, Eritrea - Michael Hopley, President, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sunridge Gold Corp.

    12 - Managing Social Responsibility in Mining in Africa: ISO26000 New Tool for Issues Management -
    Dr. Colin Morgan, Global Product Manager, SGS

    13 - Burkina Faso is Vital's Golden Lining - Mark Strizek, Chief Executive Officer, Vital Metals Ltd.

    14 - BSC Exploration Projects - From Concept to Discovery - Dave Dodd, Technical Director, BSC Resources

    15 - The Global Risks Landscape and Africa - Outlook for 2012 - Alyson Warhurst, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Maplecroft

    We hope to see you out at one of our upcoming seminars or courses:

  • MASTERMINING 3-day course - Cape Town (February 2, 3, 4, 2012) and Toronto (March 1, 2, 3, 2012)
  • MineAfrica at PDAC - Toronto - March 4-7, 2012
  • Focus on West Africa: Toronto seminar - Toronto - May 31, 2012