Fireside Chat featuring Ross Beaty and Tom Kaplan in conversation with Marin Katusa - September 14, 2020

Ross Beaty is a geologist and resource company entrepreneur with over 46 years of experience in the international minerals and renewable energy industries. Founder and Chairman of Pan American Silver Corp., one of the world’s leading silver producers, and Equinox Gold Corp., a major gold producer, he has also founded and divested a number of other public mineral resource companies including Alterra Power Corp., a clean power producer. Mr. Beaty is President of Sitka Foundation, one of Canada’s leading environmental foundations and Patron of Beaty Biodiversity Center, University of British Columbia. He is also Director of a number of environmental NGOs, including Panthera, the BC Parks Foundation and the Pacific Salmon Foundation. Additional credits include: former President of the World Silver Institute, Washington DC; Fellow: Geological Association of Canada; Society of Economic Geologists; and Canadian Institute of Mining. He has received many awards and honours for business and philanthropic achievements, including the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame (2018), Order of Canada (2017) and Doctor of Laws honoris causa, University of British Columbia (2018).

Thomas S. Kaplan is an American entrepreneur and environmentalist. After completing his Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in History at Oxford University, Dr. Kaplan applied his historical insights to create high returns from investments in resource exploration and development. Beginning with silver, and then platinum group and base metals as well as gold, he moved into energy. Since selling Leor Energy in 2007, when it was then among the fastest growing privately-held natural gas producers in North America, Dr. Kaplan has focused on the Electrum Group of Companies, a precious metals-focused asset management firm acting in partnership with sovereign wealth funds. Dr. Kaplan and his family support a number of philanthropic and conservation causes in the United States and the developing world. He and his wife Daphne founded Panthera, a charity which he chairs devoted to preserving the big cats and their eco-systems around the globe, as well as the Orianne Society, which preserves long-leaf pine landscapes. They also endowed Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (the WildCRU), which has won numerous awards for its cutting edge wildlife projects, including the one made famous by the poaching of Cecil the Lion. Dr. Kaplan is a Director and the former Chairman of the 92nd Street Y, New York’s premier cultural and community center. He is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations as well as Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where he and Professor Graham Allison created the Recanati-Kaplan Intelligence Fellows program.

Marin Katusa is a professional investor and the founder of Katusa Research, an independent investment research firm. He is widely considered to be one of the most trusted and well-connected dealmakers in the junior resource sector.  Over the last decade, Marin’s 2009 Fund Partnership (KC50 Fund, LLC) has outperformed the comparable index, the TSX-V, by over 600%.  Marin provides sought-after research reports and original ideas that thousands of investors and speculators have followed over the last decade. He is also the author of a New York Times Bestseller, The Colder War. Marin’s insights have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg and CNBC.

Keynote Presentation by Stephen Moore, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Project for Economic Growth, The Heritage Foundation - September 15, 2020

Stephen Moore, who formerly wrote on the economy and public policy for The Wall Street Journal, is the Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Project for Economic Growth, at The Heritage Foundation.  Moore, who also was a member of The Journal’s editorial board, returned to Heritage in January 2014 — about 25 years after his tenure as the leading conservative think tank’s Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Budgetary Affairs from 1984 to 1987. As Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Heritage, Moore focuses on advancing public policies that increase the rate of economic growth to help the United States retain its position as the global economic superpower. He also works on budget, fiscal and monetary policy and showcases states that get fiscal houses in order. Moore’s early career was shaped by three people who had a profound influence on him: Julian Simon, the late Cato Institute scholar; Edwin J. Feulner, a co-founder of Heritage; and Art Laffer, the economist best known for the Laffer curve.  Moore calls his creation of the Club for Growth the defining moment of his career. The organization, which he left in 2004, helps elect conservative members of Congress (including Heritage President Jim DeMint when he first ran for Senate).  Moore next founded the Free Enterprise Fund before joining The Wall Street Journal. As senior economics writer for the newspaper’s editorial board, he covered Washington policy debates and state issues. Moore, who grew up in New Trier Township, Ill., received a bachelor of arts degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds a master’s of arts in economics from George Mason University.

Keynote Panel on ESG, Diversity and Inclusion, featuring: Andree St-Germain, David Salmon, Resa Furey, Jill Nelson & Alix Drapack - September 17, 2020

Ms. St-Germain is the CFO of Integra Resources Ltd. and an experienced mining finance executive with an extensive background in banking, mining finance and financial management. She began her career in investment banking before joining Golden Queen Mining Co. as CFO in 2013. During her tenure at Golden Queen, she played an instrumental role in securing project finance and overseeing Golden Queen as it transitioned from development and construction to commercial production. She joined Integra Gold as CFO in early 2017 and helped oversee the sale to Eldorado Gold Corporation in July 2017 for C$590 million. Ms. St-Germain is a director of Ascot Resources Ltd., Osisko Mining Inc. and the Association of Mineral Exploration (BC).

David is the President of Laurel Hill Canada.  He responsible for the strategic shareholder solutions, business development and overall operations of Laurel Hill’s. David routinely advises clients on shareholder strategies related to hostile and friendly acquisitions, proxy contests, and corporate governance issues.  David is an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in progressive leadership roles, including operational, business development and management. David has been with the Laurel Hill team since their inception 13 years ago and brings his extensive experience and success to his new role.

During this time, David directly provided consulting and insight on contentious and non-contentious shareholder meetings, solicited and unsolicited tender offers, and corporate governance issues, including many of the largest transactions in Canada. Previously, David spent over 5 years gaining significant business development and management experience in the banking industry. David is currently a director of a publicly-traded company and previously a board member of the not-for-profit Canadian Investor Relations Institute, BC Chapter, and co-chaired the True Patriot Love Foundation Vancouver event. David is a member of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute and the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries.

Resa Furey leads marketing for Stantec’s global mining business and has more than eighteen years of experience in the mining industry. She is a passionate believer that diversity, especially diversity of thought, leads to better decisions and business outcomes. In 2016 she founded the ‘International Women in Mining’ session at SME to inspire diverse populations to create their future in the mining industry. It will be renamed ‘International Diversity in Mining’ in 2021.  She established the CIM Diversity and Inclusion Award to recognize exceptional efforts within the Canadian mining industry. It was awarded for the third time in 2019.  She is multi-lingual and has published widely on tailings, water and diversity in mining.  She was named to the100 Inspirational Women in Mining list in 2018.

A genuine, energetic, and driven manager, Jill utilizes her engineering, construction, and operations background to recruit exceptional talent in the Mining and Natural Resources industries. A Mining Engineer, Jill started her diversified career with Shell Mining and later joined the waste industry for BFI, and Rocky Mountain Arsenal. Contributing to her mining alma mater, Jill spent three years fundraising for SDSM&T. She then segued into recruiting with Downing Teal in Denver in 2008. Jill and Lois Brooks’ started Brooks & Nelson, a recruiting & HR Solution company focused in mining in 2016.  Jill’s extensive industry experience and business development background drives her passion for matching top end talent with the right opportunity for Brooks & Nelson clients.

Alix Drapack is the Senior Vice President of Sustainable Development of Osisko Mining. Ms. Drapack’s portfolio at Osisko Mining includes Community and Indigenous Relations, Environment, Health & Safety and Human Resources. Ms. Drapack is a professional engineer with over 28 years of experience in managing mining, environmental and transportation projects in Canada and the USA, spanning operations, consulting and corporate office settings. Alix graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mining and Mineral Process Engineering. She also holds an MBA from Arizona State University and is a member (P. Eng.) of the Professional Engineers of Ontario. From 2011 to 2014, as Director of Sustainable Development for Osisko Mining Corporation, she led the combined federal and provincial environmental assessment process for the Osisko Hammond Reef Project and was responsible for Indigenous engagement, public consultation and government relations. Previously she developed and implemented the Environmental Management Program for TransLink and has had mining operations experience including working as a Mill Shift foreman for Inco Ltd.