MineAfrica at PDAC 2020 report


PDAC certainly seems like a long time ago!

We hope you, your family, friends and colleagues are doing as well as can be during these unusual, uncertain, and trying times.

It may no longer be business as usual but if one thing has emerged from recent social distancing and online interaction trends (on both a work and a personal level) it is the fact that we are indeed social beings. Working from home, videoconferencing, webinars, etc. will play a vital role in business in the future. However, given the importance of personal interaction, we are confident that there will be an even stronger demand for in-person, value-added networking and information sharing events, delivered in a responsible manner. We at MineAfrica are looking forward to continuing to provide you with these events as we have done for the past 20 years.

That being said, we will be expanding our offerings with online programming to provide you with the best in topical information on doing business in Africa's natural resources sector. Stay tuned for some exciting news coming in the near future!

As we start our 21st year in promoting mining investment in Africa and the world gradually assumes a sense of normalcy our tentative plans include the following:

  • 12th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar in London, UK on November 30, 2020 with Premier Sponsor Gowling WLG

  • 11th African Panel Discussion in Toronto on March 7, 2021 with Premier Sponsor Herbert Smith Freehills

  • 22nd Mining Breakfast & 19th Annual Investing in African Mining Seminar in Toronto on March 9, 2021 with The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business

  • 2nd Annual Canada-Nigeria Business & Investment Summit in Toronto in October 2021 with Leadership and Governance Canada

  • Under our mineLatinAmerica division we are planning our 11th mineLatinAmerica seminar in Toronto in November 2020

  • And under our MASTERMINING training and educational division we have some exciting new programming which will include online educational and training, in house expert designed programs, domestic and international consulting, training and certificate courses with a world-leading partner. Details will be announced shortly.

  • We will continue to provide our highly personalized service that you have come to know us for, regardless of the method of delivery of our programs and courses.

    Thanks to everyone who participated in our PDAC 2020 activities this past March in Toronto, and particularly our Premier Sponsor Herbert Smith Freehills, our Partners Global Affairs Canada, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business and Schulich Executive Education Centre, and our Corporate Sponsors Hatch and SGS.

    Scroll down to read our report on all of our PDAC 2020 activities with links to download the presentations, programs and photos. Click here to go directly to the photo gallery for all events.

    You may also be interested in participating in this free webinar by The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business in which MineAfrica is pleased to be a partner, on May 8, 2020 with Mary Ng, Canadian Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion & International Trade covering measures to assist all Canadian companies, including (but not limited to) Canadian firms operating across African markets during COVID-19.

    At 12:30 pm, immediately following this session, McKinsey & Company will provide an update on the current trade and investment landscape between Canada and Africa, taking into account COVID-19. Senior partner Dr Acha Leke (Johannesburg) and Expert Associate Mukani Moyo (Toronto) will showcase the latest research on the potential impact on African markets.

    Click here to register.

    Again, we wish you, your family, friends and colleagues all the best and we look forward to working with you as we continue to promote mining investment in Africa for our 21st year.

    Stay safe!

    Kind regards.
    Bruce and Wayne

    PDAC 2020 REPORT
  • SECTION A - MASTERMINING 3-day course Understanding the Mining Industry From A to Z
  • SECTION B - 10th African Panel Discussion with Premier Sponsor Herbert Smith Freehills
  • SECTION C - Technology in Mining: Workforce Eradicator or Talent Booster? with Schulich Executive Education Centre
  • SECTION D - Thirteen exhibitors in the new MineAfrica pavilion at the PDAC trade show
  • SECTION E - Participation in the McCarthy Tetrault African Market Close at Toronto Stock Exchange
  • SECTION F - The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business 21st Annual Mining Breakfast and MineAfrica's 18th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar.

  • 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 2020 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 10th Annual Panel Discussion with Premier Sponsor Herbert Smith Freehills on "Exploring the Licence to Operate: how mining companies can obtain and retain their right to mine in Africa" on Sunday March 1, 2020 at the Radisson Admiral Harbourfront Hotel. Global Affairs Canada and The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business were partners in the event.

    Download the program and presenter profiles.

    Click here to see the photo gallery for the Panel Discussion and all of our PDAC 2020 events.


    SECTION C
    Technology in Mining: Workforce Eradicator or Talent Booster?
    MineAfrica was pleased to work with the Schulich Executive Education Centre in presenting a topical panel discussion on "Technology in Mining: Workforce Eradicator or Talent Booster?" on Sunday, March 1, 2020

    Download the program and presenter profiles.


    SECTION D
    MineAfrica had thirteen exhibitors in our Africa pavilion in the South Building of the PDAC Trade Show including Ariab Mining Company, Burkina Faso Ministry of Mines & Quarries, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business, Ethiopia Ministry of Mines & Petroleum, Ethiopian Airlines, Guinea Ministry of Mines & Geology, iNHEMACO, Lycopodium, MASTERMINING, Nigeria Ministry of Mines & Steel Development, Nigeria Export Promotion Council, Leadership and Governance Canada, and Sudan Ministry of Energy and Mining.

    Click here to see the photo gallery for the Trade Show and all of our PDAC 2020 events.


    SECTION E
    MineAfrica delegates participated in closing trading at the Toronto Stock Exchange with the African mining delegation on Tuesday March 3. 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 2020 events.


    SECTION F
    The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business 21st Annual Mining Breakfast and MineAfrica's 18th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar with Corporate Sponsors Hatch, Herbert Smith Freehills and SGS in partnership with Global Affairs Canada took place bright and early on Tuesday March 3 at The Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. The sold-out breakfast - the biggest African mining event in North America - featured opening remarks by The Hon. Mary Ng, Minister of Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, Canada and The Hon. Tom Alweendo, Minister of Mines and Energy, Republic of Namibia and a keynote address by Mark Bristow, Chief Executive Officer, Barrick Gold Corporation on "Africa's mining sector today...challenges, key issues and opportunities." Download his presentation.

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

    Click here to see the photo gallery for the breakfast/seminar and all of our PDAC 2020 events.

    Each of the seminar rooms had a specific focus: Namibia, Nigeria, West Africa and East Africa and featured country overviews by African Mining Ministers, project updates by mining companies, updates on recent trends in African mining by expert advisors and service providers.

    A big thank you to our Corporate Sponsors Hatch, Herbert Smith Freehills and SGS, Partner Global Affairs Canada and SponsorsB2Gold, Ethiopian Airlines, Falcon Drilling, Osino Resources, and DRA/Senet/Minopex 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.

    click on the link to download the presentation

    Room A - Dufferin
    moderator: Dr. Willem Smuts, MASTERMINING

  • Government Risk in Mining M&A Transactions - Bertrand Montembault, Partner, Africa Group and Paul Morton, Of Counsel/Director, Herbert Smith Freehills

  • A2Fekola: A New World-Class Mine in Mali - Mohamed Diarra, Country Manager, B2Gold Corp. (Mali)

  • Guinea: a Top Mining Destination - Mohamed Baba Sylla, Deputy General Director of The Promotion Centre and Mining Development, Ministry of Mines and Geology, Republic of Guinea

  • Traceability and Sustainable Minerals Supply Chains - Derick Govender, Executive Vice President, Minerals, SGS

  • Burkina's Mining Sector: Opportunities and Perspectives - Abdoulaye Ouedraogo, Head of Geophysics, Burkina Faso Ministry of Mines & Quarries

  • Investment and Security Outlook for Francophone African Mining Destinations in 2020 - Vincent Rouget, Lead Country Risk Analyst for Francophone West Africa and DRC, Control Risks


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

  • African Mining ... 42 Years Involvement ... How Things Have Changed! - Chris Waller, Senior Consultant, Lycopodium

  • Ethiopia: From Land of Origin to Land of Opportunity - H.E. Dr. Samuel Urkato Kurke, Minister, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Ministry of Mines and Petroleum

  • The Block 14 Gold Project, Republic of the Sudan - Rick Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Orca Gold Inc.

  • Overview of the Mining Sector of Sudan: Investment Opportunities - Eng. Suliman Abdelrhman Abdelfadel, Director General, Geological Research Authority of Sudan

  • Opportunities of Investment in Ariab Mining Company: VMS - Eng. Magzoub Osman Ali Hassan Elshaikh, Director General, Ariab Mining Company Ltd.

  • How Can Technology Solutions for Inventory Improve Revenue and Increase Production - Victoria Stephen, Chief Executive Officer, Bawn Holdings - NFUSE


  • Room C - Kent
    moderator: Veston Malango, Chief Executive Officer, Chamber of Mines of Namibia

  • Role of the Chamber of Mines in Cementing the Trust Relationship Between Government & the Mining Industry - Veston Malango, Chief Executive Officer, Chamber of Mines of Namibia

  • Exploration Opportunities in Namibia - Gloria Simubali, Executive Director, Namibia Geological Survey

  • Dundee Precious Metals: 10 years in Namibia - Dr. Nikolay Hristov, Vice President, Sustainability and External Relations, Dundee Precious Metals Inc.

  • B2Gold: A History of Success in Namibia - Neil Reeder, Vice President, Government Relations, B2Gold Corp.

  • An Exciting New Gold Discover In Namibia - Heye Daun, Chief Executive Officer, Co-founder & Director, Osino Resources Corp.

  • Discoveries and Development Drive Namibia Critical Metals - Don Burton, President, Namibia Critical Metals Inc.

  • Namibia: An Attractive Mining Investment - Hon. Tom Alweendo, Minister of Mines and Energy, Republic of Namibia


  • Room D - Huron
    moderator: Emma K. Priestley, Chief Executive Officer, Goldstone Resources Ltd.

  • Mining Development in Nigeria - Hon. Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite, Minister, Mines and Steel Development, The Republic of Nigeria

  • Exploring the License to operate: how mining companies can obtain and retain their right to mine in Africa - Engr. Simon O. Nkom, Director General, Mining Cadastre Office, Nigeria

  • Business opportunities available in the National Integrated Mineral Exploration Project (NIMEP) in Nigeria - Dr. Abdulrazaq Garba, Director-General, Nigerian Geological Survey Agency

  • Rare-Metal Pegmatite Exploration in the Federal Republic of Nigeria - George Van Der Walt, Senior Exploration Project Manager, Rapidlink Group

  • Gold & Ni-Cr-PGE Mineralisation in Western Nigeria (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5) - Dr. Warwick Crowe, AG Vision Mining

  • Juggernaut (lead, zinc-silver) - Deon Scheepers

  • National Steel Raw Materials Exploration Agency (iron ore) - Dr. Abani Ranjan Samal



  • For more information on participating in our upcoming events email Wayne Floreani.