The biggest African mining event in North America is now BIGGER. VIRTUALLY.

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During PDAC 2021 The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business 22nd Annual Mining Breakfast and MineAfrica's 19th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar were held entirely online.

We received extensive coverage that reached tens of thousands through the actual itself and widespread media coverage, including CNBC, Business Insider and The Guardian Nigeria - with our press statement seen over 715 000 times through the APO Group.

Read: Canadian Minister Mary Ng to address the biggest African Mining Event in North America, Virtually

Our expanded event took place over three days from Tuesday March 9 to Thursday March 11 during the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention - the largest mining investment show in the world, which runs from March 8-11, 2021.

Mark Bristow, CEO of Barrick, Clive Johnson, CEO of B2Gold, and Gordon Stothart, CEO of IAMGOLD, were among our keynote speakers during the three-day program: joined by The Hon. Mary Ng, Canadian Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade and Jean-François Tremblay, Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada.

 African Mining Ministers or representatives included:

  • Angola: Hon. Diamantino Pedro Azevedo, Minister of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas
  • Botswana: Lefoko Moagi, Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology & Energy Security
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: Hon. Willy Kitobo, Minister of Mines
  • Ethiopia: Hon. Takele Uma Banti, Minister of Mines and Petroleum
  • Ghana: Benjamin Aryee, the Advisor on Mining, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources
  • Guinea: Mohamed Baba Sylla, Deputy Director- General, Mining Promotion and Development Center, Ministry of Mines and Geology
  • Mali: Monsieur Lamine Seydou Traore, Minister of Mines of Energy,
  • Namibia: Hon. Tom Alweendo, Minister of Mines and Energy
  • South Africa: Thabo Mokoena, Director General, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy
  • Tanzania: Hon. Prof. Shukrani Elisha Manya, Deputy Minister of Minerals

“Canada is committed to strengthening and building new partnerships with the many diverse nations of Africa. We know that by collaborating, we can help grow our economies and create new and exciting opportunities for the businesses and people in our countries,’’ says The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade. 

''Working with our industry partners, we can build a more sustainable and inclusive global recovery and lay the groundwork for a brighter future for all.’’

PROGRAM 

Our virtual format ensured expanded coverage of key mining jurisdictions in Africa in regionally focussed sessions on each day.


DAY ONE - Tuesday March 9, 2021
Session 1 - Opening Remarks and View from the Top I

  • Welcome - Wayne Floreani, Vice President, MineAfrica and Garreth Bloor, President, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business
  • Opening Remarks - Sebastian Spio-Garbrah, Chair, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business
  • The Hon. Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, Canada
  • Joe Lombard, Global Managing Director, Metals, Hatch
  • Keynote Address: Africa's Natural Resources Endowment Positions it to be the Next Global Economic Engine - Mark Bristow, Chief Executive Officer, Barrick Gold Corporation

  • Session 2 - Spotlight on DRC (moderator: Terry Ortslan, Managing Director, TSO & Associates)
  • Benoit-Pierre Laramee, Canadian Ambassador to The Democratic Republic of Congo and The Republic of the Congo
  • Mineral Resources and Specific Investment Opportunities in The Democratic Republic of Congo - Hon. Willy Kitobo, Minister of Mines, Democratic Republic of Congo - download the English version
  • Building a Tier One, Diversified Producer in Southern Africa's Legendary Mineral Fields - Olivier Binyingo, Vice President Public Affairs, Ivanhoe Mines DRC
  • Kibali ...Unlocking Value in the North East of the DRC - Cyrille Mutombo, Country Manager, Barrick Gold Corporation
  • Tantalex Resources: Focus on DRC Battery & High Tech Minerals - Eric Allard, Chief Executive Officer, Tantalex Resources Corporation

  • Session 3 - Spotlight on Namibia (moderator: Veston Malango, CEO, Namibia Chamber of Mines)
  • The State of the Namibian Mining Sector: a 2020 Experience - Hon. Tom Alweendo, Minister of Mines and Energy, Republic of Namibia
  • Otjikoto Mine: Our Pride, Our People - Mark Dawe, Managing Director & Country Manager, B2Gold Namibia
  • Growing & Fast-tracking the Twin Hills Gold Discovery in Namibia - Heye Daun, Chief Executive Officer, Osino Resources Corp.
  • We Partner with our Communities - Zebra Kasete, Vice President & Managing Director, Dundee Precious Metals Ltd. (Tsumeb)
  • Antler Gold Inc - On the Road to Namibia's Next Gold Discovery
  • Chris Drysdale, Vice President Operations and Corporate Development, Antler Gold Inc.
  • Sustainable Lithium Development for Namibia - Joe Walsh, Managing Director, Lepidico Ltd.

  • Session 4 - Spotlight on South Africa (moderator: Garreth Bloor)
  • Thabo Mokoena, Director General, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, Republic of South Africa
  • Investment Opportunities in Mining and Mineral Processing in South Africa - Dr. Molefi Motuku, Chief Executive Officer, Mintek
  • Building a Tier One, Diversified Producer in Southern Africa's Legendary Mineral Fields - Marna Cloete, President and Chief Financial Officer, Ivanhoe Mines Ltd.
  • Building a Positive Legacy: How Mines can Create Thriving Towns - Jarendra Reddy, Regional Director, Urban Solutions, Hatch
  • Innovation with PGM's - R. Michael Jones, President & Chief Executive Officer, Platinum Group Metals Ltd.

  • Session 5 - Spotlight on Southern and Eastern Africa (moderator: Wayne Floreani)
  • Investing in Botswana's Mining Sector: Current Developments and Investment Opportunities - Hon. Lefoko Moagi, Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology & Energy Security, Republic of Botswana
  • Special Economic Zones Authority (SEZA) Botswana Brings a New Competitive Offering for Investors - Joel Duke Ramaphoi; Executive Director, Investor Attraction
  • Creating Shared Value in Mine Site Communities: Shifting from Reliance to Relevance - Welekazi Cele, Regional Director Iron Ore, Hatch
  • The Mining Sector in Tanzania: Reflections on 2017 Reforms - Prof. Shukrani Elisha Manya, Deputy Minister of Minerals, United Republic of Tanzania
  • Tanzania: An African Investment Destination - Hilaire Diarra, Country Manager, Barrick Gold Corporation


  • DAY TWO - Wednesday March 10, 2021
    Opening Remarks and View From the Top II

  • Welcome - Wayne Floreani, Vice President, MineAfrica and Garreth Bloor, President, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business
  • Antoine Chevrier, Director General, Pan African Affairs, Global Affairs Canada Jean-Francois Tremblay, Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada
  • B2Gold: Keys to Success in African Mining - Clive Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer, B2Gold Corp. part 1; part 2

    Session 2 - Spotlight on Ethiopia (moderator: Munisha Tumato, Manager, Communications, Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI))
  • Welcome - H.E. Stephane Jobin, Ambassador of Canada to Ethiopia and Djibouti
  • Aligning the Mining Sector with the Home Grown Economic Reforms and Realizing Development Perspectives - Semegne Wube, State Minister, of Mines and Petroleum, Ethiopia
  • Foreign Mining Investment Opportunities and Partnerships in Ethiopia - Greg Winch, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Allied Gold Corp/ASCOM Mining Ethiopia Plc
  • Ethiopia....Land of Extraordinary Extractive Potential - Dr. Shimeles Fisseha, Senior Technical Advisor to the Minister, Ethiopia Ministry of Mines and Petroleum
  • KEFI in Ethiopia - First Cab off the Rank - Harry Anagnostaras-Adams, Executive Chairman, KEFI Gold & Copper PLC, Tulu Kapi Gold Mines S.C.

  • Session 3 - Open Spotlight (moderator: Wayne Floreani)
  • Africa in the Current Annual Survey of Mining Companies - Fred McMahon, Resident Fellow, Dr. Michael A. Walker Chair in Economic Freedom, Fraser Institute
  • MineAfrica & Schulich Partnership Presents: DNA of an Ideal Mining Leader - Andrew Levison, CEO Above + Beyond/ Strategic Partner Schulich School of Business
  • Project Delivery Strategies During COVID-19: Kenmare Resources as an African Case Study - Ben Baxter, Chief Operating Officer, Kenmare Resources
  • Hidden Opportunities in Currency Management - Andy Hedges, Vice President & Head of North American Operations, VFX Financial
  • Impact Powered by Intelligence: Perseus Mining Case Study - Antonia Salvas, Vice President of Operations and Kove Bolton, Principal Consultant, Centric Mining Systems
  • Prospector Portal: Access to Mining Data Reimagined - Emily King, Chief Executive Officer & Creator, Prospector Portal


  • DAY THREE - Thursday March 11, 2021
    Session 1 - Opening Remarks and View from the Top III

  • Welcome - Wayne Floreani, Vice President, MineAfrica and Garreth Bloor, President, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business
  • Tarik Khan, Director General for West and Central Africa, Global Affairs Canada
  • Mining in Africa: A Review of 2020 on TSX and TSXV - Graham Dallas, Head of Business Development, EMEA, Toronto Stock Exchange & TSX Venture Exchange
  • West Africa: A Key Part of the IAMGOLD Story - Gordon Stothart, President and Chief Executive Officer, IAMGOLD Corporation

  • Session 2 - Spotlight on West Africa (moderator: Jacques NdoutouMve, Vice President (Africa), The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business & Vice President, Process Research)
  • Tax Implications Attached to Direct and Indirect Transfers of Mining Companies and/or Mining Licenses in West Africa - Gilles de Vignemont, Founder and Partner, Vignemont Africa & Partners, LLC
  • Guinea: A World-Class Destination for Mining Investment - Mohamed Baba Sylla, Deputy Director- General, Mining Promotion and Development Center, Ministry of Mines and Geology, Republic of Guinea
  • IAMGOLD's Approach to Sustainability in West Africa - Oumar Toguyeni, Senior Vice President, International Affairs & Sustainability, IAMGOLD Corporation
  • Legislative Updates, Emerging Opportunities and Ongoing Developments in Ghana's Mining Sector - Mr. Benjamin Aryee, Advisor on Mining, Ghana Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources

  • Session 3 - Spotlight on Mali (moderator: Fatima Braoule Meite, Ambassadrice de la Republique du Mali au Canada)
  • Mali Mines Sector Potentialities and Reforms: An Opportunity for Miners - Hon. Monsieur Lamine Seydou Traore, Ministre des Mines, de l'Energie et de l'Eau du Mali - download the English version; download the French version.
  • Mali Mining Sector Overview and Potentiality (5 minute video)
  • B2Gold: A Canadian Success Story in Mali - Neil Reeder, Vice President, Government Relations, B2Gold Corp.
  • Key Elements in Malian Mining Law - Mamadou Coulibaly, Lawyer, SATIS partners (LEXAfrica)
  • Impact of Mining on the Malian Economy...Challenges and Opportunities - Chiaka Berthe, General Manager, West Africa Operations, Barrick Gold Corporation
  • Wrap Up Day Three and Webinar Concluding Remarks

  • Disclaimer: Please note that these presentations were delivered and recorded on March 9-11, 2021 and since then information contained in the presentations may have changed and/or no longer be accurate.

    Click here to view the recording of all of the above presentations broken down by Session Spotlight.

    Click here to download the program including our African Mining Resource Directory with speaker and company profiles (a vital resource tool for doing business in Africa's mining sector).

    Watch the one-minute webinar introduction video.

     

     

    With thanks to all our sponsors and partners in the event 

    as well as the Chamber's partnership with Global Affairs Canada 

    & the Trade Commissioner Service 

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