MineAfrica at PDAC - March 5, 2019


with premier sponsor SGS


current program


The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business 20th Annual African Mining Breakfast and MineAfrica's 17th Annual Investing in African Mining Seminar
Tuesday March 5, 2019
07h30 - 11h45
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
Civic Ballroom
123 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
t. 416.361.1000

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Toronto was cold but Africa was hot at PDAC 2019. We had a record number of African delegations participating and were delighted to have been able to offer a varied range of successful programs including:
  • MASTERMINING 3-day course Understanding the Mining Industry From A to Z
  • 9th African Panel Discussion with Premier Sponsor Herbert Smith Freehills
  • African Union Commission Diaspora Minerals Forum
  • Ten exhibitors in the new MineAfrica pavilion at the PDAC trade show
  • Participation in the African Market Close at Toronto Stock Exchange
  • The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business 20th Annual Mining Breakfast and MineAfrica's 17th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar with Premier Sponsor SGS


  • Scroll down to see the program for the seminar portion of the morning.

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  • 0730-0750 - Registration and Networking (foyer outside Civic Ballroom, 2nd Floor)

  • 0750-0800 - take seats (Civic Ballroom)

  • 0800-0805 - Call to Order and Welcome - Bruce Shapiro, President, MineAfrica Inc. and Past President, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business and Sebastian Spio-Garbrah, Chair, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business and Managing Director, DaMina Advisors

  • 0805-0808 - Welcome - Russ Calow, Vice President Global Analytical Services, SGS

  • 0808-0813 - Opening Remarks - Paula Caldwell St-Onge, Director General, Pan Africa Bureau, Global Affairs Canada

  • 0813-0818 - Opening Remarks - H.E. Amb. Albert Muchanga, Commissioner, Department of Trade and Industry, African Union Commission

  • 0818-0855 - Breakfast

  • 0855-0859 - President's Remarks - Garreth Bloor, President, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business and Managing Director, Glenheim (Pty) Ltd.

  • 0859-0902 - Introduction of Opening Speaker - Joe Lombard, Past Chairman, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business and Global Managing Director: Metals, Hatch

  • 0902-0912 - Opening Address - H.E. Assefa Kumssa, State Minister, Mines and Petroleum, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

  • 0912-0916 - Thank you and Introduction of Keynote Speaker - Peter Leon, Co-Chairman of Africa Group, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (Johannesburg Office)

  • 0916-0936 - Keynote Address - Harry Anagnostaras-Adams, Managing Director, KEFI Minerals plc

  • 0936-0940 -Thank you and Wrap Up - Bruce Shapiro, President, MineAfrica Inc. and Past President, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business

  • 0940-1000 - Refreshment and Networking Break (foyer)

  • 1000-1145 - MineAfrica's 17th Annual Investing in African Mining Seminar (Dufferin, Simcoe, Kent, Huron)


  • SEMINAR
    Room A - Dufferin
    Moderator - Isabeau Vilandre, Director SUMM Ethiopia, CIRDI

  • Building a Leading Gold Project in Africa - Rick Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Orca Gold Inc.

  • Overview of the Mining Sector of Sudan and Investment Opportunities - Dr. Mohamed Abu Fatima, Director General, Geological Research Authority of Sudan (GRAS)

  • Increasing the Mining Footprint in the National Economy - Nasr Eldin Mohamed Elhussein Elwaqeie, Director, Ariab Mining Company

  • Sun Peak Metals - Focused on the Exploration, Discovery and Development of Base Metal and Gold Deposits In Ethiopia - Greg Davis, President & Chief Executive Officer, Sun Peak Metals Corp.

  • Ethiopia: a New Horizon of Hope - H.E. Assefa Kumssa, State Minister, Mines and Petroleum, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

  • Risk Profiles for Doing Business in the Horn of Africa: Case of Ethiopia and Sudan - David Shiferaw, Principal, Lucid Africa Consulting


  • Room B - Simcoe
    Moderator - Tapfuma Musewe, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Eschaton Solutions

  • Burkina's Mining Sector: Opportunities and Perspectives - Hon. Oumarou Idani, Minister of Mines and Quarries, Burkina Faso

  • Expanding Value Chains in the Extractive Sector - Ambassador Edmond Wega, Embassy of Canada in Burkina Faso

  • The Use of Machine Learning in Exploration - Marc-Antoine Laporte, Project Geologist, SGS

  • An Overview on Guinea's Mining Potential - Mohamed Baba Sylla, Deputy General Director of Mining Promotion and Development Center, Guinea Ministry of Mines and Geology

  • Niger: Government Perspectives, Protection and Security for Investors - Seckou Aboubacar Hassoumi, Chief of Staff, Niger Ministry of Mines

  • Working with USAID's Power Africa - R. Chris Troy, Transaction Liaison, USAID | Power Africa


  • Room C - Kent
    Moderator - Mark Broadbent, Business Development Manager, SGS Bateman Engineering Services

  • Realising the South African Mining Renaissance - Roger Baxter, Chief Executive Officer, Minerals Council South Africa

  • Africa Mining: How to Avoid Escalating a (Potential) Crisis into Litigation - Stéphane Brabant, Co-Chairman of Africa Group, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (Paris office)

  • Rwanda: Africa's Emerging Mining Destination - Hon. Francis Gatare, Cabinet Member and Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Mines, Petroleum & Gas Board

  • Mine Medical Challenges: 3 Case Studies - Albie de Frey, Director, iNHEMACO

  • Mining Policies in Nigeria - Hon. Abubakar Bawa Bwari, Minister, Mines and Steel Development, The Republic of Nigeria

  • Nigeria's Elections: Aftermath and Opportunities - Sebastian Spio-Garbrah, Global Managing Director & Chief Frontier Markets Analyst, DaMina Advisors and Chair, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business


  • Room D - Huron
    Moderator - Frank Dixon Mugyenyi, Head of Minerals Unit, African Union Commission

  • What Type of Leaders does Africa Need to Build a Conducive Investment Environment? - Dr. Muna Abdalla, African Union Leadership Academy

  • Africa Mining Vision and its Instruments - Jean Pierre Guy Gashami, Geological and Minerals Information Systems Expert, African Union Commission

  • The Role of ACMMAA in the Implementation of the African Mining Vision - Isaac Kwesu, President, Association of Chamber of Mines and Other Mining Associations of Africa (ACMMAA)

  • Christine Logbo - Kossi, President, Ivory Coast Women in Mining (FEMICI)

  • Exploring Gender Dynamics in the Extractive Industries Sector - Monica Mwihaki Gichuhi, President, Association of Women in Extractives Industry in Kenya (AWEIK)

  • Challenges and Solutions for Local Development Alongside the Development of our Minerals Sector - Samuel Agbor-Tabi, President, Central Africa Mining Association (CAMA)

  • Key Factors to Unlock the Mining Activities in Central Africa Region - Makani Epouse Omgba Balbine Pascaline, President, Central African Women in Mining Association (REFESMAC)

  • Register to attend the breakfast and seminar on March 5 for just C$80.

    Register to attend the Panel Discussion on Africa's Mining Industry on March 3 for just C$65.

    Register to attend the African Union Diaspora Minerals Forum on March 3.

    Be sure to visit the MineAfrica pavilion at our new location at booth 923 in the South Building of the Convention Centre where we have the following exhibitors: African Union Commission, Burkina Faso Ministry of Mines & Quarries, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business, Ethiopia Ministry of Mines & Petroleum, Guinea Ministry of Mines & Geology, iNHEMACO, Lycopodium, MASTERMINING, Minerals Council South Africa, Niger Ministry of Mines, Nigeria Ministry of Mines & Steel Development and Sudan Ministry of Petroleum & Minerals.

    If you have any questions or need any additional information email Wayne Floreani.