Our sponsors

Diamond Sponsors


Ausenco  is an engineering company providing consulting, project delivery and asset management solutions to the resources, energy and infrastructure sectors. We add value to our clients’ projects and deliver results, even in the most challenging environments.

The Company was founded in Brisbane, Australia in 1991, and currently operates across 26 offices in 16 countries, providing services across the full project lifecycle, from ‘pit to port’.

Ausenco’s services include the categories of program management, technical solutions, engineering, global procurement, construction management, commissioning, studies, EPC/EPCM and control systems. These services are applied across eight primary industry areas, being environment and sustainability, minerals processing, energy, transportation systems, ports and terminals, pipeline systems, operations and maintenance and infrastructure.

BmDodo Strategic Design

BmDodo Strategic Design is an award winning, full service, strategic design company with over 50 years of combined experience located in Ontario with offices in Kingston and Toronto. They work on multidisciplinary projects in the areas of branding, marketing, strategy, design management, user interface and user interaction design.

Through strategic thinking, research and critical analysis, we develop effective, tailored solutions and great return on investment for your organization. BmDodo Strategic Design services include brand strategy, brand design, design management, way-finding, user interface and user interaction design. Several of our projects have been recognized for awards. Since 2005 they have designed, developed and implemented more than 200 major branding and rebranding projects for several institutions, municipalities, for-profit, not-for-profit, multinational organizations


Cidel is an international financial services group that helps high worth individuals & families, legal & tax professionals and some of the world’s largest financial institutions smartly structure, securely grow and easily manage wealth. With a strategic network of operations in Canada and internationally, Cidel’s broad range of investment, trust and structuring capabilities provide clients with solutions that are global, innovative, transparent and compliant. It’s that simple. But naturally, there’s a lot more to say.

DaMina Advisors

DaMina Advisors is a preeminent independent global frontier markets political risk research, due diligence, geopolitical risk and M&A transactions consulting firm - with a special focus on Africa. DaMina provides bespoke risk analytic services to firms with significant frontier markets investments. DaMina Advisors is legally registered, has a global footprint and is headquartered in Toronto, with offices in London, New York and Accra.

Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the flag carrier of Ethiopia. During the past sixty five plus years, Ethiopian has become one of the continent's leading carriers, unrivalled in Africa for efficiency and operational success, turning profits for almost all the years of its existence.

Operating at the forefront of technology, the airline has also become one of Ethiopia's major industries and a veritable institution in Africa. It commands a lion's share of the pan African network including the daily and double daily east-west flight across the continent. Ethiopian currently serves 93 international and 20 domestic destinations operating the newest and youngest fleet.


Goodmans LLP

Goodmans LLP is internationally recognized as one of Canada’s pre-eminent business law firms with market-leading expertise in M&A, corporate and transaction finance, private equity, real estate, tax, restructuring, litigation and other business-related specialities.  Goodmans advises domestic and international players active in the mining, oil and gas, forestry and other natural resource sectors, including companies at all stages of development, from junior exploration companies to some of the world’s largest senior producers.  With a strategic entrepreneurial history and deal-making mindset, Goodmans lawyers deliver intelligent solutions, responsiveness, energy, talent and determination to get the deal done.  It’s more than just legal services; it’s strategic business advice.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is an international law firm created by the combination of Gowlings, a leading Canadian law firm, and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG), a leading U.K.-based international law firm.

With more than 1,400 legal professionals in 18 cities worldwide, we provide our clients with in-depth expertise in key global sectors and a suite of legal services at home and abroad. We see the world through our clients’ eyes, and collaborate across countries, offices, service areas and sectors to help them succeed, no matter how challenging the circumstances.


Your challenges are transforming the way you do business. We understand that your needs are changing rapidly and that you need a partner who is proactive in identifying the larger, long-term issues affecting your business.

A partner who listens carefully and is agile and innovative in their approach. A partner who sees the potential of emerging technologies and can deliver value in ways that are most meaningful and relevant for today.

We embrace our clients' vision as our own. We bring our best thinking and teams to solve your toughest challenges. To help you transform the world.

With over six decades of business and technical experience in the mining, energy, and infrastructure sectors, we know your business and understand that your challenges are changing rapidly. We respond quickly with solutions that are smarter, more efficient, and innovative. We draw upon our 9,000 staff with experience in over 150 countries to challenge the status quo and create positive change for our clients, our employees, and the communities we serve.

MineAfrica Inc.

MineAfrica is a business development, marketing and educational company providing the premier platform for mining companies, service providers and governments to promote themselves to a senior level, Africa focussed financial and natural resources audience. Our programs include our 12th Investing in African Mining in London, UK on November 26, 2018 and our 17th Investing in African Mining in conjunction with The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business 20th Annual African Mining Breakfast in Toronto on March 5, 2019 during PDAC.

We also offer educational courses and training programs under our MASTERMINING brand including our 3-day course “Understanding the Mining Industry From A to Z, International Travel and Security for Miners and Medicine for Miners: Occupational Health.

We provide business development, marketing, investment attraction programs and consulting services to African governments and other public and private sector clients as well as produce various mining directories.

Under our international division “On the Ground Group” we produce our annual mineLatinAmerica seminar in Toronto this November 21, 2018.

Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada

The PDAC represents the interests of the Canadian mineral exploration and development industry. Today, 84 years after its founding, the association is a national organization with more than 8,000 individual members (including geoscientists, consultants, mining executives, students, and those involved in the drilling, financial, investment, legal and other support fields) and more than 1,200 corporate members (including senior, mid-size and junior mining companies and organizations providing services to the mineral industry).

The work of the association is guided by its mission to promote a responsible, vibrant and sustainable Canadian mineral exploration and development sector. The PDAC encourages leading practices in technical, environmental, safety and social performance in Canada and internationally. PDAC is also known worldwide for its annual PDAC Convention, regarded as the premier event for mineral industry professionals. The PDAC Convention has attracted over 25,000 people from 125 countries in recent years and will next be held March 6-9, 2016, in Toronto.

South African Airways

South African Airways, a Star Alliance member, features daily nonstop service from New York JFK and direct service from Washington Dulles.  Code share agreements with Star Alliance partners United Airlines and Air Canada expand the number of cities in the U.S. and Canada from which to reach the African continent. Every seat on board offers an individual on-demand entertainment system, plush pillow, warm blanket and amenity kit. In Business Class, enjoy 180 degree fully flat-bed seats. Together, SAA and our regional partners, SA Express, Mango and Airlink, offer service to over 55 destinations throughout Africa.


Lucara Diamond

Lucara Diamond Corp.’s 100 percent owned Karowe diamond mine, located in Botswana, has been in production since 2012 and is one of world’s foremost producers of large, high quality, Type IIA diamonds in excess of 10.8 carats, including the historic 1,109 carat Lesedi La Rona (second largest gem diamond ever recovered) and the 813 carat Constellation (sold for a record US$63.1 million).  Lucara sells its diamond production through regularly scheduled tenders throughout the year and since commencing production, has sold 180 diamonds for more than $1 million each and 10 single diamonds for more than $10 million each. 


ABC Holdings Limited is the parent company of a number of sub-Saharan Africa banks operating under the BancABC brand that offer a diverse range of financial services including personal, business and corporate banking as well as asset management, stockbroking and treasury services. Guided by its core values of professionalism, people, innovation, passion and integrity, BancABC is pursuing its vision be the preferred banking partner in Africa by offering world class financial solutions - to the benefit of all its stakeholders. BancABC is realising this vision by building profitable, lifelong customer relationships through the provision of a wide range of innovative financial products and services.


Grand Sponsors

Export Development Canada

EDC is Canada’s export credit agency, offering innovative commercial solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international business. EDC’s knowledge and partnerships are used by more than 8,400 Canadian companies and their global customers in up to 200 markets worldwide each year. EDC is financially self-sustaining and is a recognized leader in financial reporting, economic analysis.

The High Commission of the Republic of Namibia

The High Commission of the Republic of Namibia represents the President, the Government and the people of Namibia.  It is responsibilities are to maintain, promote and further strengthen the relations that exist between Namibia and the countries of its accreditation.  The High Commission continues to market Namibia as the most excellent destination for tourists - with abundant wild life and awesome scenery - and an ideal country for trade and investment.  Namibia has an abundance of natural resources, among them, a wide range of mineral deposits. Namibia has rich fishing grounds, with both demersal and pelagic species. Namibia’s agricultural sector is also imperative to the country’s economy with a thriving red meat industry and the cultivation of crops such as maize, wheat, pearl millet, groundnuts, beans and cotton.


Does your investment or project require an integrated approach? Let SGS partner with you and find the best solution to meet your needs. SGS provides a wide range of services for gold, copper, iron ore and other commodities including, MMITM, resource calculation and other exploration support services, metallurgical testing such as flowsheet development and pilot plant testing, plant design and engineering services, water and energy audits, management and certification, risk mitigation for pre-feasibility and/or feasibility studies and audits and certification of plants or mine sites.

When you are on track for success in Africa, we have the integrated services to help you get ahead. Our technical expertise and value-added benefits give you the competitive advantage.

Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange

Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange are dynamic marketplaces to access the capital and liquidity that drives the growth of the global mining industry. Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange list more mining companies than any other market in the world.  As a result, the exchanges have the most diversified roster of public mining companies by commodity and stage of development. These companies benefit by having greater access to capital, visibility and analyst coverage.


Platinum Sponsors

!XAM Diamonds & Fine Jewellery

!Xam Diamonds (the “!X” is pronounced with a click), fine jewellery and custom design, was founded in October 2011 by brothers Jeffrey and Terry Brenner. Their focus was clear: to introduce a higher level of transparency, service and quality to the diamond and jewellery market in the Toronto area.

!Xam was the brainchild of diamantaire, Jeffrey Brenner, who has 25 years in the business. His career includes operating polishing factories; establishing a diamond trading house; and purchasing and managing a junior diamond mining venture that was sold into TSX-listed Rockwell Diamonds.

!Xam is a certified member of the Responsible Jewellery Council and the Canadian Jewellers Association. The showroom is located at 366 Bay Street, Suite 800, Toronto and Longo's Plaza, 9302 Bathurst Street, Vaughan. Please call 416-366-1200 to book an appointment with one of the expert !Xam designers.


Gold Sponsors

Banro Corporation

Banro is a Canadian-based gold mining company (TSX, NYSE MKT: BAA) with four wholly-owned projects along the Twangiza-Namoya gold belt of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2012, the Company brought its first gold project, the Twangiza gold mine, into commercial production. Its second gold plant at Namoya entered commercial production in January 2016. Future mines are planned for the Lugushwa and Kamituga projects. Banro’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility includes the creation of capacity building jobs, technology transfer and adherence to global standards in environmental management, social and labour policies, occupational health & safety, the nurturing of local and African supply chains and more. The Banro Foundation works to improve the lives of thousands of Congolese through strategic investments in education, health care, social infrastructure and sustainable agriculture.

Blumberg Segal LLP

Blumbergs is a Toronto law firm that provides a full range of innovative and cost effective legal solutions since 1984. Our Toronto lawyers have expertise in a number of areas, especially those of importance to business and non-profits including corporate law and governance, civil litigation, employment law, and intellectual property. You can contact Henry Blumberg at henry@blumbergs.ca and Mark Blumberg at mark@blumbergs.ca.

www.blumbergs.ca and www.globalphilanthropy.ca

Kemet Pharmaceuticals

Kemet Pharmaceuticals is a manufacturing Startup working to develop modular generic drug manufacturing. The company’s goal is to increase manufacturing efficiency and to increase access to life saving medications across the Southern African Development Community starting first in Botswana. A core tenet of the company is that it is built by Africans for Africans, and as such multiple skilled professionals from the African Diaspora and the Continent engage constructively and in innovative multidisciplinary collaborations, through the work of Kemet Pharmaceuticals, to remember and nurture indigenous African pharmacognosy, to develop S.T.E.A.M capacity, mobilize and marshal human and financial resources such that primary drug manufacturing is initiated, tested and scaled in Botswana then in other African countries.

Bryte Insurance

B.I.C.B Limited, a company that trades as Bryte Risk Services Botswana (“Bryte”) is the premier, proactive personal and commercial risk specialist in the country. Applying our unparalleled sector insights, proven expertise and foresight, we partner with customers and brokers to protect their personal assets and businesses and improve their risk profile across the continent.

Our short-term insurance risk management solutions are developed from deep sector knowledge, a future-fit focus and our commitment to service excellence. The Bryte brand is built on our strong foundation of an established, successful insurance heritage and an invested partnership model.


New Dawn Energy Solutions

New Dawn Energy Solutions is an energy technology company based in Markham, Ontario, Canada. Established in 2006 we integrate quality energy products to international standards for conserving and generating energy. We are integration experts with over 100 years of combined power industry design, operations, and maintenance experience.

We believe that energy efficiency and renewable energy can result in zero net energy consumption from non-renewable sources. We are committed to bringing the most innovative and robust energy solutions to exceed our client’s expectations. We seek synergies to excel in what we do together and pride ourselves on customer service based project implementation.


Phatisa is a sector-specific African private equity fund manager located in and operating across sub-Saharan Africa. The firm currently has three funds under management, totalling more than US$ 400 million, focused on food and affordable housing. Phatisa comprises a team of over 40 dedicated staff and a solid track record of managing private equity funds and commercial businesses throughout the continent. We speak 29 languages and represent 12 nationalities. Phatisa’s vision is to be the leading sector-focused development equity (DevEq) fund manager in Africa. This philosophy finds expression in the unique formula of DevEq = PAT*x + i 2 ™; a balanced blend of private equity and development finance, striving to build sustainable assets and communities, while ensuring the best possible returns for investors.

Thornhill Medical

Thornhill Medical (TM) has leveraged its expertise in Sequential Gas Delivery (SGD) and Closed Loop Volume Control (CLVC) to develop novel medical devices for emergency and intensive care.

The company was founded by Dr. Joseph Fisher, a world-renowned research scientist in the field of anesthesiology and cardiovascular intensive care. Since spinning off from the University Health Network in Toronto (the largest healthcare and medical research organization in Canada and North America) in 2004, TM has primarily been focused on developing three compact, mobile emergency care devices for use by first responders and the US military and other markets. www.thornhillmedical.com


Colleaga is an open platform that provides healthcare professionals with the knowledge, connections, and tools to create transformative global change. Colleaga is willing to work with the government to cultivate a Botswana collaborative to accelerate an Africa network of Smart Village innovation programs. The company will be represented by his chair and CEO Dan Gordon, an Innovation Lead in the IBM GBS Global Healthcare Centre of Competence, a worldwide team of senior subject matter experts who assist global policy makers and healthcare delivery organizations improve outcomes, efficiency and effectiveness. www.colleaga.org


The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS)

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) helps companies navigate the complexities of international markets and make better business decisions. The TCS is on the ground in more than 160 cities worldwide, gaining market intelligence, uncovering opportunities for Canadian companies and helping reduce business costs and risks. The TCS is a free service of the Government of Canada, helping companies prepare for international markets, assess market potential, find qualified contacts and resolve business problems.

Our network of international contacts is unbeatable. As part of Global Affairs Canada and of Canada’s network of embassies, the TCS has access to local governments and key business leaders and decision makers. We can help increase the credibility of Canadian companies in foreign markets, helping them gain access to local contacts not readily available to outside businesses.

The Global Economic Institute for Africa (GEIA)

GEIA is a Canada-based non-profit research and development organization fostering public-private dialogue on global issues, with a pan-African perspective.  The GEIA model is inspired by a single goal: to provide a gateway for senior decision- makers in government, industry and civil society to identify, explore and share emerging trends,best practices and transformational ideas that are reshaping world markets. 
Our reach is global. The focus is Africa! GEIA is headquartered in Ottawa.

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