November 22, 2018

The MPDA (Manitoba Prospectors & Developers Association) is excited to join forces with industry to promote the first ever industry driven mineral exploration convention in Manitoba. Central Canada is recognized as an important mining jurisdiction with Manitoba being the hub. There is currently an opportunity to showcase and shape the future of mining in central Canada through a unified voice that bridges all interests of the sector. The Convention will facilitate networking, professional development, and industry engagement with presentations highlighting advancements in mineral exploration as well as commodity and exploration opportunities available in central Canada and access to government leaders in Manitoba.

The theme for our upcoming Convention is Strategic Exploration as applied to opportunities in central Canada. Our speakers and presenters will look to highlight the driving forces for successful mineral exploration and build connections between exploration professionals, suppliers, financiers, innovators, Indigenous Peoples, and communities. The synergies we cultivate at CCMEC will introduce new platforms to encourage promotion of central Canada as a place to explore with Manitoba being the arena to network with proven successful innovators and entrepreneurs capable of advancing this highly prospective area of Canada to the world stage.

This attached package outlines sponsorship opportunities available for what will become an annual convention. Once you have had a moment to review this package, our team here at the MPDA will work with you to answer any questions you may have and identify a sponsorship opportunity that best suits your needs.

Your support is appreciated in launching the convention and will help ensure CCMEC is a successful event for the mineral exploration community in central Canada. We look forward to seeing and working with you in Manitoba at the convention in November.

Thank you,

Ken Klyne
President, MPDA

Shastri Ramnath
Executive Chairman, Orix Geoscience Inc.

Register Nov 22, 2018



Guy Desharnais – How BIG Data is Changing Mining

Every industry is undergoing transformation to adapt to a massive influx of new data and innovative ways to extract knowledge from them. The mining industry is no exception. A new suite of small and inexpensive sensors are enabling collection of an extreme number of qualitative data. The magnitude of potential economic and social benefits will depend on the capability and wisdom of the humans behind the algorithms used to mine that data.
Guy Desharnais Ph.D., P.Geo, has worked in mineral exploration, resource estimation consulting and is currently working as the Director of Mineral Resource Evaluation with Osisko Gold Royalties. He led the team which won the Integra Gold Rush Challenge in 2016 ($500k) which applied a combination of geology, virtual reality, the weight of evidence and machine learning techniques to identify the most prospective exploration targets. He was named CIM distinguished lecturer in 2017 where he shared his knowledge on Metallurgical Sample Selection, Application of Machine Learning to Exploration Targeting, and Resource Over-Estimation.

Joshua Bailey – The Value of Exploration

Joshua Bailey is an over-educated prospector that started his career in the Yukon and has since worked across Canada. Joshua is currently COO and a Director for Exiro Minerals Corp. a private mineral explorer that applies a data-driven approach to discovery. Prior to Exiro, Joshua was VP Exploration for Wallbridge Mining. Joshua has an MBA from Athabasca University, an M.Sc. through the Mineral Exploration Research Centre at Laurentian University, and a B.Sc. (Honours) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Joshua is passionate about the mineral industry and its potential to create value through discovery. He is Past-President of both the Ontario Prospectors Association and the Sudbury Prospectors and Developers Association having served on the board of each since 2011.

Peter Dueck – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and their Applications in Exploration and Mining

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are a catalyst for change in our industry. As UAVs become smarter and simpler to use, they are becoming valuable in all areas of ming and exploration industries. Greenfield exploration, permitting, mining operations and development, as well as communication and consultation are just some areas on how UAVs will revolutionize our industry.
Mr. Dueck holds a B.Sc. in Geophysics from the University of Saskatchewan and an MBA from the University of Wales.  He started his career as a seismic interpreter for Talisman Energy in oil and gas working predominantly in the Alberta foothills.  After 4 years, he switched focus to uranium doing mainly electromagnetic and resistivity geophysical surveys for Cameco Corporation and ultimately moved to Flin Flon, MB where he was Chief Geophysicist for Hudbay Minerals.  During his time at Hudbay, he co-founded the company Aerial Imaging Resources Inc. (AIR) which uses unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s) to deliver a myriad of services to mainly the mining, exploration and oil/gas industries.  AIR was bought out by Global UAV Technologies in April 2018 and since the acquisition, Mr. Dueck is currently contracted as President of Pioneer Aerial Surveys Ltd. – a UAV Geophysics service company which is a subsidiary of Global UAV Technologies.

Christian Bohm – Manitoba Geologic Survey Update

This overview outlines the Manitoba Geologic Survey’s (MGS) core functions, programs, and activities, including the range of independent, partnered, and collaborative geoscience projects undertaken in 2018. The differing scales and diversity of projects reflect the Survey’s aptitude to tackle complex geological problems posed by Manitoba’s diverse, rich geology. The presentation emphasizes MGS’ priority to build and maintain an authoritative, effective, and accessible geoscience infrastructure for Manitoba that provides avenues for partnerships and the sustainable development of our mineral and energy resources.
Christian Böhm received his diploma degree and Ph.D. in Geology from ETH Zurich in Switzerland. He did post-doctoral research and teaching at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, prior to joining the Manitoba Geological Survey in 2002. In Manitoba, Christian’s focus has primarily been on the Precambrian evolution of the Archean Superior and Hearne cratons using geological mapping, geochemistry, structural, isotope, and geochronological methods. Christian was Chief Geologist of Precambrian Mapping from 2009 to 2012, then Acting Director of the Manitoba Geological Survey until 2017 when he resumed his Chief Geologist position.

Andrew MacSkimming

Andrew is a lawyer active in Manitoba and Ontario with over 13 years of post-Call experience. He acts for mining companies with operating mines and junior exploration companies. He routinely drafts option and royalty agreements and frequently assists companies with environmental matters. Andrew holds a Certificate in Mining Law from Osgoode Hall PD, an LL.M. or Master of Laws in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School and degrees in the civil and common law from McGill. He has been named by the Province of Manitoba as Vice Chair of the Expert Advisory Council for the Province’s Climate and Green Plan and he is the legal member of the Council of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba.

Neil Adshead

Neil is an independent resource specialist who until early 2017 was an Investment Strategist at Sprott Asset Management.  Prior to joining Sprott, Neil was a senior mining analyst at Passport Capital, a San Francisco-based global investment firm for seven years.  Earlier in Neil’s career, he spent ten years in corporate, exploration and mine geology roles for Placer Dome subsidiaries in Canada and Australasia.  In 1995 Neil received a PhD in Economic Geology from James Cook University of North Queensland.  Before arriving in Australia, Neil worked as a mud-logger and data engineer on North Sea oil rigs for a Schlumberger subsidiary after receiving a First-Class Honours degree in Earth Sciences from Birmingham University, UK.