MineAfrica at PDAC 2019 report


Toronto was cold but Africa was hot at PDAC 2019. We had a record number of African delegations participating and were delighted to have been able to offer a range of interesting, informative, and very well received programs, including:

  • SECTION A - MASTERMINING 3-day course Understanding the Mining Industry From A to Z
  • SECTION B - 9th African Panel Discussion with Premier Sponsor Herbert Smith Freehills
  • SECTION C - African Union Commission Diaspora Minerals Forum
  • SECTION D - Eleven exhibitors in the new MineAfrica pavilion at the PDAC trade show
  • SECTION E - Participation in the African Market Close at Toronto Stock Exchange
  • SECTION F - The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business 20th Annual Mining Breakfast and MineAfrica's 17th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar with Premier Sponsor SGS

  • A big thank you to our sponsors, exhibitors, presenters, panelists, moderators, workers and attendees for making it all work.

    Click here to see the photo gallery for all of our PDAC 2019 events.

    See our UPCOMING EVENTS.


    SECTION A
    Just prior to PDAC we ran our 3-day MASTERMINING course Understanding the Mining Industry From A to Z with course leader Dr. Willem Smuts covering all aspects of mining including exploration, financing, production, and more. Details on our next course will be available shortly. The course is also available in a customized version, modified to your organizations specific needs and can be delivered in-house. Email Wayne Floreani for more information.


    SECTION B
    MineAfrica kicked off the opening day of PDAC with our 9th Annual Panel Discussion with sponsor Herbert Smith Freehills on "Resource Nationalism in Africa" on Sunday March 3, 2019 at the Radisson Admiral Harbourfront Hotel. Global Affairs Canada and The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business were partners in the event.

    Participants in this lively debate included Paula Caldwell St-Onge, Director General, Pan Africa Bureau, Global Affairs Canada (welcoming remarks), moderator Stéphane Brabant, Co-Chairman of Africa Group, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (Paris office), H.E. Assefa Kumssa, State Minister, Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Roger Baxter, Chief Executive Officer, Minerals Council South Africa, Amal Bouchenaki, Partner, International Arbitration, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (New York office), Peter Leon, Co-Chairman of Africa Group, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (Johannesburg office), and H.E. Amb. Albert Muchanga, Commissioner for Trade and Industry, African Union Commission.

    Download the March 3 panel discussion program.

    Click here to see the photo gallery for the Panel Discussion and all of our PDAC 2019 events.


    SECTION C
    African Union Commission Diaspora Minerals Forum
    MineAfrica was pleased to assist the African Union Commission in organizing this important dialogue between the African Diaspora in Canada, African delegations participating in PDAC, and the AUC delegation to PDAC Sunday afternoon. Discussion centred around AUC strategies that are being developed to ensure Africa benefits from its mineral resources sector. These strategies include the Africa Mining Vision (AMV), which was adopted by AU Heads of State and Government in 2009; and the AU Commodities Strategy.

    For more information on the Forum and its recommendations email Frank Mugyenyi at the African Union Commission.


    SECTION D
    MineAfrica had a seven booth pavilion in an exciting new location in the 900 aisle in the south building of the PDAC Trade Show with eleven exhibitors at the including The African Union Commission, Ariab Mining Company, Burkina Faso Ministry of Mines & Quarries, Ethiopia Ministry of Mines & Petroleum, Guinea Ministry of Mines and Geology, iNHEMACO, Lycopodium Minerals Canada Ltd., Minerals Council South Africa, Niger Ministry of Mines, Nigeria Ministry of Mines & Steel Development and Sudan Ministry of Petroleum & Minerals.

    Click here to see the photo gallery for the Trade Show and all of our PDAC 2019 events.


    SECTION E
    MineAfrica delegates participated in closing trading at the Toronto Stock Exchange with the African mining delegation on Tuesday March 5. Thank you to our hosts Pierre Boivin (McCarthy Tetrault) and Dean McPherson (Toronto Stock Exchange).

    Click here to see the photo gallery for the African Market Close and all of our PDAC 2019 events.


    SECTION F
    The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business 20th Annual Mining Breakfast and MineAfrica's 17th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar with Premier Sponsor SGS and Corporate Sponsor Herbert Smith Freehills took place bright and early (and cold!) on Tuesday March 5 at The Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. The sold-out breakfast - the biggest African mining event in North America - featured opening remarks by Russ Calow, Vice President Global Analytical Services, SGS, Paula Caldwell St-Onge, Director General, Pan Africa Bureau, Global Affairs Canada and H.E. Amb. Albert Muchanga, Commissioner, Department of Trade and Industry, African Union Commission.

    New Chamber Chairman Sebastian Spio-Garbrah (also Managing Director, DaMina Advisors) and new Chamber President Garreth Bloor (also Managing Director, Glenheim Capital) were also introduced. Long-time president Bruce Shapiro announced his retirement from the Chamber.

    Following breakfast Joe Lombard, Global Managing Director, Metals, Hatch and Peter Leon, Co-Chairman of Africa Group, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (Johannesburg Office) handled the introductions of our opening and keynote speakers respectively, H.E. Assefa Kumssa, State Minister, Mines and Petroleum, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Harry Anagnostaras-Adams, Managing Director, KEFI Minerals plc.

    Mr. Anagnostaras-Adams provided a balanced and inspiring talk on the untackled potential of Africa, its lack of investor appetite, exploration and mine development and, despite this, the wonderful opportunity it presents. Download his presentation.

    Despite the heavy program speakers were concise and erudite, keeping a brisk pace to the morning.

    Download the program and corporate profiles for the Mining Breakfast and Seminar.

    Click here to see the photo gallery for the breakfast and all of our PDAC 2019 events.

    The networking break between breakfast and the seminars evidenced the hot interest in African mining despite the chilly Toronto temperature.

    Seminars featured country overviews by African Mining Ministers, project updates by mining companies, updates on recent trends in African mining by expert advisors and African Union Commission and African Chambers of Mines representatives.

    A big thank you to our Premier Sponsor SGS, who, we are delighted to announce, has renewed their sponsorship for 2020 for the eleventh consecutive year (as has Falcon Drilling for the seventh consecutive year). Our 2019 Corporate Sponsor was Herbert Smith Freehills. Other 2019 sponsors included Lycopodium Minerals Canada Ltd., Osino Resources, Hatch and Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board. Global Affairs Canada and The Mineral Resource Analyst Group were partners. As always a big thank you to our media partners Mining Review Africa (Victoria Stephen) and Mining Weekly (Celeste Koortsen).

    Thank you to our seminar moderators for keeping the tight schedule on track; Isabeau Vilandre (CIRDI), Tapfuma Musewe (Eschaton Solutions), Mark Broadbent (SGS Bateman Engineering Services) and Frank Mugyenyi (African Union Commission).

    MineAfrica's 17th Annual Investing in African Mining Seminar (Dufferin, Simcoe, Kent, Huron) Download the presentations below by clicking on the presentation title.

    SEMINAR
    Room A - Dufferin
    Moderator - Isabeau Vilandre, Director SUMM Ethiopia, CIRDI

  • Building a Leading Gold Project in Africa - Rick Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Orca Gold Inc.

  • Overview of the Mining Sector of Sudan and Investment Opportunities - Dr. Mohamed Abu Fatima, Director General, Geological Research Authority of Sudan (GRAS)

  • Increasing the Mining Footprint in the National Economy - part one, part two - Nasr Eldin Mohamed Elhussein Elwaqeie, Director, Ariab Mining Company

  • Sun Peak Metals - Focused on the Exploration, Discovery and Development of Base Metal and Gold Deposits In Ethiopia - Greg Davis, President & Chief Executive Officer, Sun Peak Metals Corp.

  • Ethiopia: a New Horizon of Hope - H.E. Assefa Kumssa, State Minister, Mines and Petroleum, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

  • Risk Profiles for Doing Business in the Horn of Africa: Case of Ethiopia and Sudan - David Shiferaw, Principal, Lucid Africa Consulting


  • Room B - Simcoe
    Moderator - Tapfuma Musewe, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Eschaton Solutions

  • Burkina's Mining Sector: Opportunities and Perspectives - Hon. Oumarou Idani, Minister of Mines and Quarries, Burkina Faso

  • verbal presentation - Expanding Value Chains in the Extractive Sector - Ambassador Edmond Wega, Embassy of Canada in Burkina Faso

  • The Use of Machine Learning in Exploration - Marc-Antoine Laporte, Global Project Geologist, SGS

  • An Overview on Guinea's Mining Potential - Mohamed Baba Sylla, Deputy General Director of Mining Promotion and Development Center, Guinea Ministry of Mines and Geology

  • Niger: Government Perspectives, Protection and Security for Investors - Seckou Aboubacar Hassoumi, Chief of Staff, Niger Ministry of Mines

  • Working with USAID's Power Africa - R. Chris Troy, Transaction Liaison, USAID | Power Africa


  • Room C - Kent
    Moderator - Mark Broadbent, Business Development Manager, SGS Bateman Engineering Services

  • Realising the South African Mining Renaissance - Roger Baxter, Chief Executive Officer, Minerals Council South Africa

  • Africa Mining: How to Avoid Escalating a (Potential) Crisis into Litigation - Stéphane Brabant, Co-Chairman of Africa Group, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (Paris office)

  • Rwanda: Africa's Emerging Mining Destination - Hon. Francis Gatare, Cabinet Member and Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Mines, Petroleum & Gas Board

  • Mine Medical Challenges: 3 Case Studies - Albie de Frey, Director, iNHEMACO

  • verbal presentation - Mining Policies in Nigeria - Hon. Abubakar Bawa Bwari, Minister, Mines and Steel Development, The Republic of Nigeria

  • Nigeria's Elections: Aftermath and Opportunities - Sebastian Spio-Garbrah, Global Managing Director & Chief Frontier Markets Analyst, DaMina Advisors and Chair, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business


  • Room D - Huron
    Moderator - Frank Dixon Mugyenyi, Head of Minerals Unit, African Union Commission

  • verbal presentation - What Type of Leaders does Africa Need to Build a Conducive Investment Environment? - Dr. Muna Abdalla, African Union Leadership Academy

  • Africa Mining Vision and its Instruments - Jean Pierre Guy Gashami, Geological and Minerals Information Systems Expert, African Union Commission

  • The Role of ACMMAA in the Implementation of the African Mining Vision - Isaac Kwesu, President, Association of Chamber of Mines and Other Mining Associations of Africa (ACMMAA)

  • Exploring Gender Dynamics in the Extractive Industries Sector - Monica Mwihaki Gichuhi, President, Association of Women in Extractives Industry in Kenya (AWEIK)

  • Challenges and Solutions for Local Development Alongside the Development of our Minerals Sector - Samuel Agbor-Tabi, President, Central Africa Mining Association (CAMA)

  • Key Factors to Unlock the Mining Activities in Central Africa Region - Balbine Pascaline Omgba, President, Central African Women in Mining Association (REFESMAC)

  • UPCOMING EVENTS
  • The Canada-Africa Business Conference with Premier Sponsor Hatch in Gaborone, Botswana this March 26-27, 2019. Click here to see the conference program and registration details.

  • 13th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar in London, UK on November 25, 2019. For more information on the benefits of sponsoring or presenting at the premier African mining event in London, during Mines and Money, email Wayne Floreani.

  • The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business 21st Annual African Mining Breakfast and MineAfrica's 18th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar in Toronto during PDAC with Premier Sponsor SGS on March 3, 2020; including booth space in the PDAC Trade Show running from March 1 to 4, 2020. Its never too early to start planning for next year! For more information on exhibiting with us at the trade show or presenting or sponsoring at the African Mining Breakfast email Wayne Floreani.

    For more information on our other programs for 2019 including business development trips to Canada email Wayne Floreani.

    Thank you for being a part of MineAfrica at PDAC 2019 and we hope to see you at our next events!

    Bruce and Wayne