Franco Nevada Corporation
Pierre LassondeFounder & Chair Emeritus, Franco Nevada Corporation
Pierre Lassonde has a B.A., University of Montreal 1967, a BSc Electrical Engineering from Polytechnique, Montreal 1971 and an MBA, University of Utah, 1973. He received his P.Eng. Ontario designation in 1976, CFA designation 1984 and OIQ in 2020. He holds honorary Ph.D’s in Engineering from the Universities of Toronto, Montreal and Ryerson, Doctor of Business, University of Utah and Honorary Doctor of Law from York University, June 2014 and Western University, June 2015. Awarded Doctor of Science, Concordia University, June 2016.
Pierre Lassonde co-founded Franco-Nevada Mining Corporation in 1982. Over the next 20 years Franco provided shareholders with a 36% annualized rate of return. The company was acquired by Newmont Mining Corp in February 2002 and Pierre became President and Vice Chairman in 2007. He served as Chairman of the World Gold Council from 2005 to 2009. In 2008, Pierre led an investors group bringing back Franco-Nevada to the public market with a US$1.2B IPO and became its Chairman until May 2020. The success story continues as the market capitalization of the company today is over US$21B.
Mr. Lassonde’s philanthropic interest in education and the arts is well known. He is Past President of the Board of the Quebec National Art Museum (2005 to December 2016). In July 2015 Mr. Lassonde was appointed Chair of the Board of the Canada Council for the Arts for a term of five years. March 18, 2020, he was named Chair of Polytechnique Montréal’s Board of Directors for a period of five years.
Pierre was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2002 and Grand Officer of the National Order of Québec in 2019. He was inducted as a Fellow into The Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2006 and inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in January 2013.
Sprott U.S. Holdings Inc.
Rick RulePresident & CEO, Sprott U.S. Holdings Inc.
Rick Rule has dedicated his entire adult life to many aspects of natural resources securities investing. In addition to the knowledge and experience gained in a long and focused career, he has a global network of contacts in the natural resources and finance sectors. As President, and Chief Executive Officer of Sprott U.S. Holdings Inc., Mr. Rule leads a highly skilled team of earth science and finance professionals who enjoy a worldwide reputation for resources investment management.
Mr. Rule is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and is often interviewed for radio, television, print and online media outlets concerning natural resources investment and industry topics. He is frequently quoted by prominent natural resources oriented newsletters and advisories. Mr. Rule and his team have expertise in many resources sectors including agriculture, alternative energy, forestry, oil and gas, mining and water. Mr. Rule is particularly active in private placement markets, having originated and participated in hundreds of debt and equity transactions with private, pre-public and public companies.
Sprott U.S. 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 U.S. 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 resources industry.
The Northern Miner
Anthony VaccaroGroup Publisher, The Northern Miner
As Group Publisher of The Northern Miner Group, Anthony Vaccaro has overall responsibility for some of the mining industry’s most distinguished media brands including The Northern Miner, Canadian Mining Journal and Mines Handbook. Mr. Vaccaro also serves as Chief Content Officer for the Resource Innovation Group, where he has responsibility for such noted resource media brands as MINING.com, JWN Energy and the Daily Oil Bulletin. Mr. Vaccaro holds the CFA designation, has an MBA in Investment Management and serves on the Boards of the Resource Innovation Group, The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame and Women Who Rock.
Jonathan GuySenior Analyst, Berenberg
Jonathan Guy is a Senior Metals & Mining Analyst at Berenberg in London. He has over 20 years’ experience as a mining analyst and has been top three ranked in both the Extel and Starmine surveys. Previously Jonathan worked for Numis Securities, RBC Capital Markets, Investec and Natixis. He holds a B.Eng in Industrial Geology from the Camborne School of Mines.
Ronald-Peter StöferleManaging Partner and Fund Manager, Incrementum AG
|Ronald is a Managing Partner and Investment Manager of Incrementum AG. Together with Mark Valek, he manages a global macro fund which is based on the principles of the Austrian School of Economics. Previously, he worked seven years for Vienna-based Erste Group Bank where he began writing extensive reports on gold and oil. His benchmark reports called ‘In GOLD we TRUST’ drew international coverage on CNBC and Bloomberg, and in the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. During his studies in business administration, economics and finance at the Vienna University of Economics and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he worked for Raiffeisen Zentralbank (RZB) in the field of Fixed Income/Credit Investments. After graduation, he participated in various courses in Austrian Economics and obtained a Chartered Market Technician (CMT) and a Certified Financial Technician (CFTe) designation. Next to his work at Incrementum, he is a lecturing member of the Institute of Value-Based Economics and a lecturer at the Academy of the Vienna Stock Exchange.|
Midas Touch Consulting
Florian GrummesCEO & Founder, Midas Touch Consulting
Florian Grummes is an independent financial analyst, advisor, consultant, trader & investor as well as an international speaker with more than 20 years of experience in financial markets. He is specialized in precious metals, cryptocurrencies and technical analysis. He writes a bi-weekly in-depth gold and silver analysis for one of Europe’s largest gold and silver retailers, the “pro aurum” group. Florian is also publishing a bi-weekly comprehensive gold, silver & mining stocks, as well as cryptocurrency analysis for his numerous international readers. He is well known for combining technical, fundamental and sentiment analysis into one accurate conclusion about the markets. www.midastouch-consulting.com
Jamie StraussFounder, Digbee
Jamie Strauss is the founder and CEO of Digbee, a data and research platform for the mining industry. Having raised over a $1bn for development stage mining companies over the last 20 years, he wanted to find a solution to the complex and longwinded economic studies that contain the capability to mitigate risk but are so often misunderstood or worse, misused. The demand for quality, independent analysis of technical considerations is rapidly increasing with the dominance of private equity and strategic investors, Digbee provides the only efficient and cost effective solution for the industry.
Jamie is also a Non Executive Director of Altius Minerals, Bacanora Lithium and Gold Standard Ventures. He is also a trustee of The Julian Baring Scholarship which has funded, alongside its co-funding partners, over 100 scholarships to deserving students wanting to study mining related degrees at Southern African Universities.
Dr. Sarah GordonCEO & Co-Founder , Satarla
Having completed her PhD at Imperial College, Sarah went to work as a Geologist for Anglo American. She was lucky enough to live and work all over the world in a variety of functions from exploration through to sustainability, risk management and assurance. This grounding allowed her to explore different risk management techniques and uses, applying them to real situations.
Sarah co-founded Satarla in 2014. Now with 80 Associates based globally and offices in London, Sydney, Johannesburg and Toronto, Satarla provides risk management consultancy, training and research to organisations from sectors such as healthcare, agriculture, charities, finance, together with petrochemicals, energy, oil & gas, and mining. Specialising in making risk management practical and accessible to all those that use it, Sarah most enjoys projects through which a company’s culture can be evolved to meet its values and purpose. In recent years, this has focused on integrated risk management with a focus on Environmental, Social and Governance risks.
Sarah is an honorary lecturer at Imperial College London and Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg. Voted as one of the top 10 most inspirational women in mining in 2016, she is also a trustee of Geology for Global Development and co-founder of Responsible Raw Materials.
Emily KingFounder, Prospector, LLC
Emily is the Founder of Prospector, a platform designed to improve the accessibility of mining investments. Powered by Artificial Intelligence, Prospector uses AI to offer unprecedented access to mining investment data.
A geologist by training, Emily is also Founder of Global Venture, a firm that works with national ministries and community stakeholders to build and implement responsible, effective natural resource development plans with the goal of supporting investment by top-tier companies.
Prior to founding Global Venture, Emily led national mineral exploration and investment promotion programs in Afghanistan and Iraq for the United States Department of Defense, in partnership with local mining authorities. She also managed significant global financial networks and supply chain management programs throughout the Middle East and Africa with IBM’s Global Business Services.
VRIFY Technology Inc.
Steve de JongCEO, VRIFY Technology Inc.
Steve is CEO and Co-Founder of VRIFY, a technology platform being used by some of the world’s most prominent mining companies to communicate their value to investors with 3D models, virtual tours, and interactive presentation tools.
Prior to VRIFY, Steve was CEO of Integra Gold, a Quebec-focused resource exploration company, where he developed and then marketed with an app that showcased a virtual tour of their asset. He led the business from a $10M valuation in 2012 to a $590M acquisition in 2017. The Integra Gold Rush Challenge, a global million-dollar crowdsourcing competition, became the annual #DisruptMining challenge focused on bringing disruptive and exponential technologies to the mining sector.
Steve is also Chairman of Integra Resources and has twice been nominated as a finalist for the E&Y Entrepreneur Award in 2017 and 2019.