MineAfrica at PDAC 2010 Report

with premier sponsor SGS

PDAC 2010 drew a record 22,000 delegates and featured 1,000 exhibitors in the trade show and Investors Exchange. And judging from the traffic, discussions and buzz in the MineAfrica booths mining in Africa is top of mind for a lot of people.

Just a quick note to thank you for another fantastic week at the PDAC! This year's event was a major success for us and I am delighted with the progress we've made in a year's time. Your assistance with the booth and our continued relationship with the MineAfrica seminars are key contributors and I can assure you of our appreciation - Reinette Classen, Chief Operating Officer: Sales & Marketing, Creamer Media (Mining Weekly).

The record setting continued at the Canada-South Africa Chamber of Business 11th Annual Mining Breakfast and MineAfrica's 8th Annual Investing in African Mining Seminar on Tuesday March 9, 2010. The morning, which is the largest African focussed mining event in North America, drew a record 340 participants - up from 235 in 2009.

Having worked on 5 continents in an array of business sectors, I have never attended such a well attended breakfast session in terms of level of individual, cross section of organizations servicing one sector and variety of countries not usually present at such events. The presentations were short and sharp, yet informative. Overall nothing less than a sterling event! I have no doubt your expansion strategy will be MOST successful. Well done gents!! - Mark Coetzee, President, Drake International

The breakfast featured welcoming remarks from Tony Andrews, Executive Director, PDAC, Christie Christelis, Chamber Chairman, and Jean Richardson, Global Marketing Director with Premier Sponsor SGS. Simon Village, Chairman, Banro Corporation delivered a well-received keynote address on The African Resource Development Cycle.

Thanks very much for inviting Banro Chairman Simon Village to present the key-note address at the MineAfrica breakfast. It was quite a success - we had people coming by the Banro booth all day long to talk about it.... - Martin Jones, Vice President, Corporate Development, Banro Corporation

MineAfrica's seminar featured a blend of presentations from African governments, mining companies active in Africa, and financial, legal and engineering experts on doing business in Africa. Download the presentations at the bottom of this page.

The increasing popularity of MineAfrica is a reflection & testament of the number of African-centric companies operating out of & listed in Canada - Shabnam Bashir, Investor Relations, African Aura Mining Inc.

See selected photos from the trade show, breakfast and seminar.

See all the photos from the breakfast and seminar.

One of the key benefits of the morning is its specific focus on mining investment in Africa, which makes for excellent networking and relationship building opportunities amidst the chaos of PDAC.

See the audience by industry sector and country of origin.

The MineAfrica Breakfast was a show stopper!! - Dana Mills, Regional Sales Manager, International SOS.

Thanks to all our presenters.

A big thank you to our Premier Sponsor SGS, and sponsors the TMX Group (Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange), Hydromine, Inc. and MRAG (Minerals Resources Analysts Group).

Special thanks to:
  • Seminar moderators Darryl Levitt (Macleod Dixon LLP), Russ Calow, (SGS) and Janis Koyanagi (TMX Group)
  • Our media and strategic partners who do such a great job promoting our events
  • Our team for the week - Thais Santos, Glenda Bell, Innocent Madawo, Raquel Santos, Andre Costa and Jef Mallory - for doing such a great job and making it all a lot of fun!

  • I want to congratulate you with the very well planned and arranged seminar.... The presentations were professional, relevant and very informative. The growth in attendance is surely a testimony to that. Well done! - Corrie Boshoff, President, Strategic Development Initiatives

    please note some of the files are large and may take a minute or two to download.

    Download the program.

    Download the corporate profiles for our presenters, sponsors and media partners.

    Keynote Address
    Simon Village, Chairman, Banro Corporation - The African Resource Development Cycle

    Session A
    Paul Burton - GFMS World Gold Ltd.
    Dr. Calistus Gentry Fuh - Republic of Cameroun
    Peter Briger - Hydromine, Inc.
    Kim Harris - Midlands Minerals Corp.
    Luis da Silva - African Aura Mining Inc.
    Bertrand Montembault - Herbert Smith LLP

    Session B
    Jean M. Richardson - SGS
    Mike Steyn - rePlan - part 1 part 2
    Dr. Michael Biryabarema - Rwanda Geology and Mines Authority
    Nchakha Moloi - South African Mining Development Association
    Nonkqubela Mazwai - Motjoli Resources
    Peter Leon - Webber Wentzel Attorneys

    Session C
    Avril Cole - Macleod Dixon LLP
    Glenn Mullan - Golden Valley Mines Ltd.
    George Bennett - MDM Engineering
    Dr. Roger Paul - Mintek
    Ousmane Ngom - Republic of Senegal

    MineAfrica also launched its new division - On the Ground Group - which will produce its international mining seminars, in particular its Mining Deal Exchange: Mining Financing Opportunities through the TSX Venture CPC Program with the TMX Group and its new mineSouthAmerica series with Premier Sponsor Macleod Dixon LLP.

    Visit On the Ground Group for more information on the upcoming seminars.

    See you at our next event!
    Bruce and Wayne