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Mineral Investment
Opportunities In
Canada’s North

Join us for a one-day forum at PDAC 2020 to discover investment opportunities in Canada’s North: Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, hosted by sector experts and well-known wealth influencers. Forum to include keynote presentations, panels and special sessions highlighting the competitive advantages of each region including geological potential, geopolitical stability, Indigenous partnerships and leaders in exploration and mining.

MONDAY, MARCH 2nd, 2020
Metro Toronto Convention Centre North
Room 203B
8:00AM – 4:00PM


8:00 am
Doors Open & Light Refreshments

Networking Opportunity

8:30 am
Welcome Remarks

Larry Bagnell, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)

Anne Turner, Executive Director, Yukon Mining Alliance

Tom Hoefer, Executive Director, NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines

Felix Lee, President, Prospector and Developers Association of Canada

8:50 am
KEYNOTE: Northern Prosperity: A mining triangle

Brendan Marshall, VP, Economic & Northern Affairs, Mining Association of Canada


9:10 am
KEYNOTE: A New Era Begins – The First Mover Advantage: Exploring and Mining in Canada’s North

Ammar Al-Joundi, President – Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd
Sponsored By: Ferus

9:40 am
Invest Canada North Partner Highlight: YUKON

Hon. Ranj Pillai, Minister, Energy, Mines & Resources – Government of Yukon

9:45 am
Canada North: Exploring for Gold

Moderator: Byron King, Editor – Agora Financial

Graham Downs, President & CEO – ATAC Resources Ltd (TSX.V:ATC)

Gerald Panneton, Executive Chairman – Gold Terra Resource Corp (TSX.V:YGT)

Bruce McLeod, President & CEO – Sabina Gold and Silver Corp (TSX.SBB)


10:30 am
Invest Yukon: A Rich History, Partnerships & Production Pipeline

Moderator: Byron King, Editor – Agora Financial

Brad Thrall, President – Alexco Resource Corp (TSX.AXU | NYSE.AXU)

Marty Rendall, CFO – Victoria Gold Corp (TSX: VGCX)

Albert Drapeau, Executive Director – Yukon First Nation Chamber of Commerce

11:15 am
Invest Canada North Partner Highlight: NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

Hon. Katrina Nokleby, Minister, Industry, Tourism & Investment and Infrastructure – Government of Northwest Territories

11:20 am
Invest NWT: Unlocking Our Potential

Moderator: Paul Gruner, President & CEO – Det’on Cho Development Corp

David Connelly, Strategic & Engagement Advisory – Cheetah Resources Corp/Vital Metals

Duane Smith, Chair & CEO – Inuvialuit Regional Corporation

Pamela Strand, Deputy Minister, Industry, Tourism & Investment – Government of Northwest Territories

12:05 pm
Lunch Break
1:00 pm
ESG In Mining: The World is Watching

Moderator: Anthony Vaccaro, Group Publisher, The Northern Miner

Janet Lee-Sheriff, CEO – Golden Predator Mining Corp (TSX.V:GPY)

Siri Genik, Principal/Founder – Bridge & Director – Women in Mining Canada

Robert Séguin, Managing Partner – Westmount Capital

1:55 pm
Invest Canada North Partner Highlight: NUNAVUT

David Akeeagok, Minister of Economic Development, Transportation & Mines Government of Nunavut

2:00 pm
Invest Nunavut: Mary River Mine

Udloriak Hanson, V.P. Community and Strategic Development – Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.

2:20 pm
Special Announcements & Presentations by Region

Northwest Territories | Nunavut | Yukon
Media Welcome

2:45 pm
Canada’s North: Leaders in Exploration & Development

Moderator: Gwen Preston, The Resource Maven

Ken Armstrong, President & CEO – North Arrow Minerals Inc. (TSX.V:NAR)

Jeff Hussey, President & COO – Osisko Metals Inc. (TSX.OM)

Paul West-Sells, President & CEO – Western Copper and Gold Corp (TSX.WRN | NYSE.WRN)

3:30 pm
KEYNOTE Why We Invest in Canada’s North

Mpumi Zikalala, Managing Director – De Beers Group

4:00 pm
Closing Remarks


ANTHONY VACCARO | Group Publisher

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.... VIEW BIO >

Keynote Speaker

Ammar Al-Joundi | President, Agnico Eagle Mines

Mr. Al-Joundi was appointed President of Agnico Eagle on April 6, 2015. Having also served previously as the Company’s Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Al-Joundi has over 20 years of experience in finance and business strategy and has extensive experience in mining, capital markets, and banking.
Prior to his return to become Agnico Eagle’s President, Mr. Al-Joundi served as the Chief Financial Officer of Barrick Gold Corporation, as Barrick’s Senior Executive Vice President and as its Executive Vice President. Mr. Al-Joundi has held various senior financial roles including Senior Vice President of Capital Allocation and Business Strategy, Senior Vice President of Finance, Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Barrick South America and Vice President, Structured Finance at Citibank, Canada.
Mr. Al-Joundi is a Professional Engineer who graduated (with distinction) from the University of Toronto in Mechanical Engineering and has an MBA (with honours) from the University of Western Ontario.... VIEW BIO >

Brendan Marshall | Vice-President, the Mining Association of Canada

Brendan Marshall is the Mining Association of Canada’s Vice-President of Economic and Northern Affairs and works to advance the mining industry’s understanding of key economic issues, such as taxation, international trade and investment, transportation and infrastructure, energy and climate change, and innovation. Brendan is also responsible for mining policy and regulation in Canada’s North. Brendan is the lead writer and researcher for MAC’s annual Facts & Figures publication. Prior to joining MAC, Brendan held several federal government positions, including Research Assistant to the Speaker of the Senate of Canada, Lead Advance to the Prime Minister of Canada, and Executive Assistant to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. Brendan holds two Master’s degrees in Political Philosophy and Energy Management.... VIEW BIO >

Nompumelelo 'Mpumi' Zikalala | Managing Director, De Beers Group Managed Operations

Mpumi was appointed Managing Director, De Beers Group Managed Operations, in April 2019.

Mpumi was a De Beers Group bursar and officially joined the company in 2001 as a process engineer. As part her production journey, she worked on process improvement and plant design projects, she also worked in various leadership levels within production management. She was appointed General Manager at De Beers Kimberley Mines in 2007, becoming the first female General Manager in De Beers Group. In 2010, she was appointed General Manager of the Group’s Voorspoed mine and three and a half years later became Senior Vice-President of De Beers Sightholder Sales South Africa, the company that sorts, values and sells all De Beers Group production in South Africa.

She was made Deputy CEO of De Beers Consolidated Mines in November 2017, rising to her current position as the first head of the Group’s Managed Operations business 17 months later. Managed Operations includes De Beers Group's operations in South Africa and Canada.

Mpumi holds a BSc in chemical engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand and completed leadership development at the London Business School.

Mpumi previously served as a non-executive director of various companies including the Black Management Forum and Mintek.... VIEW BIO >



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