Keynote Luncheon - May 28, 2014

Rick Rule, Chairman, Sprott US Holdings, Inc., has dedicated his entire adult life to many aspects of natural resource securities investing. In addition to the knowledge and experience gained in a long and focused career, he has a worldwide network of contacts in the natural resource and finance worlds. As Director, President, and CEO of Sprott US Holdings, Inc., Mr. Rule leads a highly skilled team of earth science and finance professionals who enjoy a worldwide reputation for resource investment management. Mr. Rule is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and is interviewed for numerous radio, television, print and online media outlets concerning natural resource investment and industry topics. He is frequently quoted and referred by prominent natural resource oriented newsletters and advisories.  Mr. Rule and his team have long experience in many resource sectors including agriculture, alternative energy, forestry, oil and gas, mining and water.

Sprott US Holdings, Inc. is a holding company made up of three separate and distinct companies: Sprott Global Resource Investments, Ltd., a FINRA Registered Broker/Dealer; Sprott Asset Management USA Inc., an SEC Registered Investment Adviser offering managed accounts; and Resource Capital Investment Corporation, an SEC Registered Investment Adviser managing partnerships.  These three companies make up the US Subsidiaries of Sprott Inc. and are active in securities brokerage, segregated account money management and investment partnership management involving both equity and debt instruments, across the entire spectrum of the natural resource industry.

Keynote Luncheon: John Hathaway in conversation with Warren Gilman - May 29, 2014

John Hathaway manages the Tocqueville Gold Fund, Tocqueville Gold Partners, Tocqueville Gold Offshore Fund, Tocqueville Gold Private Equity Fund, and separately managed accounts for individual and institutional clients following a gold strategy. He is a member of the Investment Committee and a limited partner of Tocqueville Asset Management. Mr. Hathaway began his career in 1970 as an Equity Analyst with Spencer Trask & Co. In 1976, he joined investment advisory firm David J. Greene & Co., where he became partner. In 1986, he founded Hudson Capital Advisors and in 1988 became Chief Investment Officer of Oak Hall Advisors. He joined Tocqueville as a Senior Partner in 1997. Mr. Hathaway has a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from the University of Virginia.

Founded in 1985, Tocqueville Asset Management is a New York-based investment advisory firm that focuses on growing and preserving clients’ long-term capital. The firm manages investment portfolios with the independent thinking and rigorous research that was the hallmark of Alexis de Tocqueville, the great nineteenth-century chronicler of American democracy. Tocqueville’s investment professionals believe that the best investment results over time are achieved outside the mainstream consensus. Their investment process is built around identifying undervalued companies that possess long-term earnings power.

Warren Gilman was appointed Chairman and CEO of CEF Holdings in 2011. Prior to that he was Vice Chairman of CIBC based in HK. He was previously Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific Region for CIBC for 10 years where he was responsible for all of CIBC’s activities across Asia. Mr Gilman is a mining engineer who co-founded CIBC’s Global Mining Group in 1988. During his 26 years with CIBC he ran the mining team in Canada, Australia and Asia and worked in the Toronto, Sydney, Perth, Shanghai and Hong Kong offices of CIBC. He has acted as advisor to the largest mining companies in the world including BHP, Rio Tinto, Anglo American, Noranda, Falconbridge, Meridian Gold, China Minmetals, Jinchuan and Zijin and has been responsible for some of the largest equity capital markets financings in Canadian mining history. At CEF he will apply this experience to developing a long term portfolio of quality resource investments. Warren is a regular contributor to mining industry forums and discussions.

CEF Holdings Ltd. is owned 50% by Cheung Kong Holdings Ltd., the HK listed flagship company of Mr Li Ka-shing (Asia’s richest man), and 50% by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, one of Canada’s largest banks. CEF was originally established in 1974 and Mr. Li was CEF’s founding Chairman and CEO. CEF was originally established with a banking license in HK and it developed into a diversified financial services company over its first 30 years with operations in banking, life insurance, stock brokerage, futures and merchant banking. Since 2000, CEF has gradually divested all of these businesses and has become a cash rich holding company. Warren Gilman was a Board member of CEF during this divestiture period. Under the direction of Warren Gilman, the current Chairman and CEO, CEF has refocused its business strategy on the resource sector and is investing its cash in resource development opportunities including mining, fertilizer and forest products. These investments are focused on both public and private companies and in both equity and structured debt facilities.