Navigating Change Through Collaboration

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: Navigating Change Through Collaboration 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.


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Phil Fontaine – Former National Chief for the Assembly of First Nations

Bold, tenacious, solution-oriented and forward-looking, Phil Fontaine is an articulate advocate for the future of Canada and for our indigenous peoples. As the former three-term National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, he is a shining example of how strong leadership can work.

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Neil Adshead – Capital Raising Considerations for Juniors in a Rapidly Changing Financing World

Over the last fifteen years, the model for raising funds for early-stage mineral exploration has changed radically due to major structural changes in many aspects of capital markets, in-part driven by technological innovation, product development, and demography.  The previously dominant sell-side brokerage/dedicated institutional fund buyer relationship has been negatively impacted by the growing financial clout of retired baby boomers, advances in the ease at which individuals can trade their own account (internet for data sources, websites/conferences, e-trading, smartphones, etc.), a dislike of paying fees for limited service and/or mediocre fund performance, and the huge growth in the number and flavour of passive ETF products.  In order to improve their chances of success, juniors seeking risk capital today for mineral exploration need to be aware of how the financing environment has changed and to consider how it will continue to evolve in the near-term if they are to source the capital required that could deliver the next big discovery.
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.

Linda Murphy – Community Engagement: What does it involve and why does it matter?

Meaningful engagement is an integrative conversation, whereby Indigenous Peoples can learn more about the business culture of mineral exploration and mining, and staff from the company will learn more about the perspectives and cultures of the Indigenous Peoples they work with. Meaningful engagement encourages empathy and builds inclusive processes. It also makes business sense. As Yamana Gold and Red Sucker Lake First Nation become more flexible within a collaborative relationship, the potential for business growth expands as well.
Linda Murphy, B.Sc., P.Geo., is the Senior Manager of Community Relations for the Yamana Gold Exploration Team. She is a member of the Hollow Water First Nation, located on the east side of Lake Winnipeg. Linda obtained her B.Sc. (Hons) in geology from the University of Manitoba and began her geology career with the Province of Manitoba as a field mapping geologist. She developed a Liaison Program in partnership with several northern and remote First Nations in Manitoba. Her work prior to leaving government and joining Industry included Indigenous issues policy, where she encouraged empathetic dialogue acknowledging Indigenous perspectives and reconciliation. Linda is the principal contact for Indigenous information-sharing relating to Yamana Gold’s exploration projects in Canada. She is focused on the development of inclusive relationships and connections among Indigenous and non-indigenous communities, federal and provincial governments as well as non-government organizations. Her main work at present is with Red Sucker Lake First Nation in the implementation of the new Exploration Agreement at Yamana Gold’s Monument Bay Project.

Joshua Bailey – Valuing Exploration

Mineral exploration is a high-risk high-return endeavour with the potential to create incredible new wealth over the long-term, most of which is captured by local economies. As Canadians, we have a rich natural mineral endowment and leading global expertise in mining and mineral exploration. However, unlocking the value of this and maintaining a robust and sustainable mining industry requires support from society and policymakers to encourage necessary sustained long-term investment in exploration.  It also requires greater scientific and business discipline from explorers that goes beyond the promoter’s casino. A survey of fundamental truths about mineral exploration provides insight into what is required from society, policymakers, and explorers for successful exploration to create new wealth for all.
Joshua Bailey is an over-educated prospector that started his career in the Yukon in 1998 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 new wealth 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.

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.

David J. LeClaire – Flow Through Donation Financing: Smarter Exploration Financing – Smarter Exploration Investing

David earned a B. Eng. from the Royal Military College of Canada and served nine years as an Engineering Officer in the RCN.  He earned an MBA in 1996 and began a career in institutional derivative markets.  In 2009, David founded Oberon Capital Corporation which has since helped raise over $700 million in exploration and development risk capital for the Canadian junior mineral resource sector through Oberon’s Flow Through Donation Financing service.  Oberon has grown to be one of the largest providers of exploration and development risk capital in Canada.  David serves as a Director of Chibougamau  Independent Mines and is Co-Chair of Operation Guardian Force which raises funds for a variety of military-related charities.

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.

Andrew MacSkimming – Perspectives on Mining Finance

Andrew will provide a comparative perspective on approaches to mining finance, new and old. He will also comment on approaches to mining finance being underutilized by some exploration companies.
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.

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.

Scott Parsons – A Systematic Exploration Approach to Greenstone Belt-Scale Targeting

Scott R.G. Parsons, M.Sc., MBA, P.Geo. is the Director Exploration, Canada for Alamos Gold Inc. Scott is responsible for exploration on the company’s Canadian projects including the Lynn Lake Project in northwestern Manitoba. Prior to joining Alamos, Scott was the Manager of Regional Exploration and Geoscience with TMAC Resources Inc. where he was responsible for resource expansion and regional exploration on the Hope Bay Project in Nunavut, Canada. Previously, he was Vice-President, Corporate Development and later Operations with Northern Superior Resources Inc. exploring for gold in Ontario and Quebec, Canada. Prior to this, Scott was an Exploration Geologist and later a Resource Geologist focused on the evaluation of kimberlite-hosted diamond deposits with BHP Billiton Ltd. in Northwest Territories, Canada. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science (Geology) and a Master of Science (Geology) from the University of Western Ontario and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Athabasca University.