MineAfrica at PDAC - March 6, 2018

with premier sponsor SGS

current program

Tuesday March 6, 2018
07h30 - 11h30
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
Civic Ballroom
123 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
t. 416.361.1000

Our 2018 program is not yet available.

Download the 2017 program.


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

  • 0750 - 0755 - take seats (Civic Ballroom)

  • 0755 - 0800 - Call to Order - Bruce Shapiro, President, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business and President, MineAfrica Inc.

  • 0800 - 0805 - Video

  • 0805 - 0810 - Opening Remarks: Firmin Bado, Business Manager Minerals Africa, SGS, Avril Cole, Chair, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business and Partner and Co-Lead Africa Group, Gowling WLG

  • 0810 - 0848 - Breakfast

  • 0848 - 0851 - Introduction of Opening Speaker - Joe Lombard, Past Chairman, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business and Global Managing Director: Metals, Hatch

  • 0851 - 0901 - Opening Address - Issa Dominique Konaté, Special Mining Advisor to the President, Republic of Burkina Faso

  • 0901 - 0905 - Thank you and Introduction of Keynote Speaker - Manus Booysen, Partner, Webber Wentzel

  • 0905 - 0925 - Keynote Address - A Canadian Company Successfully Operating in West Africa: The Roxgold Example - John Dorward, President and Chief Executive Officer, Roxgold Inc.

  • 0925 - 0930 - Wrap Up - Wayne Floreani, Director, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business and Vice President, MineAfrica Inc.

  • 0930 - 0950 - Refreshment and Networking Break (foyer)

  • 0950 - 1120 - MineAfrica's 15th Annual Investing in African Mining Seminar (concurrent presentations in Dufferin, Simcoe, Kent, Huron rooms)

  • Current seminar presenters (draft and subject to change):

  • Unlocking African Resources - Daniel Gagnon, Senior Vice President, Mining Geology & Met-Chem Operations, DRA Global

  • Canada's Approach to Mining in Africa - Heather Cameron, High Commissioner, Canadian High Commission to Ghana

  • Nigerian Mining Investment Opportunities - Mohammed Abbas, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, The Republic of Nigeria

  • Assessing the Impact of Global Terrorism on Natural Resource Companies Operating in Africa and the Middle East - Alan Bell, President, Globe Risk International Inc.

  • Mali is on the Move Once Again - Tiémoko Sangaré Minister of Mines, Republic of Mali

  • Sulemanu Koney, Executive Director, ECOWAS Federation of Chambers of Mines

  • African Mining Projects: Resurgence of Mining on the Continent - Jonathan Veeran, Partner, Webber Wentzel

  • Optimizing Cashflow from African Operations - Lynden John, Associate Director, Intertrust

  • Reducing the Environmental Footprint of Gold in South Africa - Sazini Mashaba, Superintendent: Gold and Uranium Processing, Mintek

  • The Big Five Mining Health Risks in Africa - and How to "Hunt' Them - Dr. Albie deFrey, Director, iNHEMACO

  • Guinea's Mining Potential: An Overview - Abdoulaye Magassouba, Minister of Mines and Geology, Republic of Guinea

  • The Role of MIASA as a Private Mining Industry Representative Body - Simon Tuma Waku, President, Mining Industries Association of Southern Africa (MIASA)

  • Gold Projects, the SGS Bateman Way - Bert Van Hege, General Manager Business Development and Process, SGS Bateman

  • Burkina Faso's Gold Mining Sector: Opportunities and Prospects - Brahima Sorgho, Technical Advisor to the Minister, Burkina Faso Ministry of Mines and Quarries.

  • Roxgold: A Canadian Company Operating in Burkina Faso - John Dorward, President and Chief Executive Officer, Roxgold Inc.

  • Senegal's New Mining Code: Reconciling Stakeholders Interests - Ousmane Cissé, Director of Mines and Geology, Senegal Ministry of Industry and Mines

  • The Regional Collaborative Supply Chain for the Mining Industry in Africa - Mamadou Lamine Guèye, Chief Executive Officer, CSTT-AO Group

  • Hybrid Renewable Power for Mines - Redavia Fast Track Solar - Manuel Duggal, Sales Director, Redavia GmbH

  • The Africa Mining Vision and Attracting Responsible Investments in Exploration - Frank Mugyeni, Senior Industry, Advisor,African Union Commission (AUC), Dept. of Trade & Industry

  • The African Mining Vision - a Blueprint for Development? - Peter Leon, Co-Chairman of Africa Group, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (Johannesburg office) and Stéphane Brabant, Co-Chairman of Africa Group, Co-Head of Global Mining Group, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (Paris office)

  • Ariab: Plating a Sustainable Future - Nasr Elhussein, Director General, Ariab Mining Company

  • Sudan: Minerals Potential and Investment Opportunities - Dr. Mohamed Abufatima, General Director, Sudan Geological Research Authority

  • Advancing Gold in Africa - Rick Clark, Chief Executive Officer & Director and Hugh Stuart, President & Director, Orca Gold Inc.

  • There's Gold in Your Contracts: How to Improve Your Commercial Outcomes - Straight to the Bottom Line - Nick Seiersen, Director, Business Development, North America, International Association for Contract & Commercial Management