Rare Earth, Speciality & Minor Metals Investment Summit - London

Objective Capital's Rare Earths, Speciality & Minor Metals Investment Summit brings together London's financial community with an exclusive selection of current and future rare earths, speciality & minor metals producers in the heart of the world's financial system.


Delegates networked over morning and afternoon coffee, lunch and dinner in the London Chamber of Commerce in the heart of London's historic financial district

Main Programme

Thursday, 18 March 2010
Time Activity
08:30-09:30 Registration & Coffee
09:30-09:55 The Strategic Importance of Minor Metals as a Diversified Investment
Chris Eibl - Managing Partner, Tiberius Asset Management
9:55-10:20 Focus on Rare Earths: Building the Mine to Market Strategy
Garry Billingsley - Exec Chairman, Great Western Minerals
10:20-10:45 Coffee & Networking
10:45-11:10 Strategic Metals – Policy and Power
Jaakko Kooroshy - Policy Analyst, HCSS
Session 1 Conflict and Tantalum
11:10-11:35 Conflict Tantalum
Mike Davis, Global Witness
11:35-12:00 Developing conflict-free supplies
Chris Grove - Corporate Communications, Commerce Resources
12:00-1:15 Networking Lunch
1:15-1:40 Afternoon keynote: Vanadium & Lithium – The Metals of the Electric Revolution
Dr Jon Hykawy - Clean Technologies & Materials Analyst, Byron Capital
Session 2 Meeting the lithium supply challenge
1:40-2:05 Where will future lithium supplies come from?
Gerry Clarke - Chairman, International Lithium Alliance
2:05-2:30 The challenges of developing a lithium project – reopening the Quebec Lithium Project
Peter Secker - CEO, Canda Lithium
2:30-3:20 Where are the miners' looking, who's looking and who's paying for assets
Don Pridmore - Managing Director, Intierra Resource Intelligence
Session 3 Tungsten and Chromite
3:20-3:45 Overview of the Tungsten Market and the challenges of (re)opening the world's next tungsten mine
Brian Wesson - CEO, Woulfe Mining
3:45-4:10 Challenges of developing a new European
tungsten project
Nikolas Perrault - CEO, Colt Resources
4:10-4:35 Overview of the chromite market – building European supply
David Cliff - CEO, Empire Mining
4:35-5:00 Closing Keynote
Investing in the Exotic and Speciality Metals Sector
Adam Darling - Associate Director, Barclays Natural Resource Investments, Barclays Capital
5:00-7:30 Cocktail Reception

Focus on rare earths projects around the world

Thursday, 18 March 2010
Time Activity
01:15-01:40 Reopening the Steenkampskra mine
Gary Billingsley - Exec Chairman, Great Western Minerals
01:40-02:05 A diversified exposure – rare earths, niobium & zirconium
Ian Chalmers - Managing Director, Alkane Resources
02:05-02:30 The Archie Lake Rare Earth Element Property in Saskatchewan
Peter Dickie - CEO, Quantum Rare Earth Developments
02:55-03:20 Reopening a former soviet producer
Robert Mackay - CEO, Stans Energy
03:20-03:45 Developing a high grade rare earth deposit in Tanzania
Dr Tony Harwood - CEO, Montero Mining
03:45-04:10 Exploring for rare earths in Namibia
Don Burton - Vice President, Etruscan Resources


Leading international speakers updated London's financial community on the sector, the outlook for key commodities, and the state of the funding market for mining companies.


Presentations provide delegates with indepth information to base their investment decisions on.

Speakers' Bios

  • Chris Eibl

    Tiberius was created to provide active management of commodity futures along with sophisticated, excess-value generating funds covering all angles of the commodities sector. This vision remains unchanged, and today the Tiberius team can show a proven track record of success in the industry, as well as extensive experience in commodity research and trading. In all, the Tiberius Group currently manages more than 10 commodity and fixed-income funds.

  • Gary Billingsley

    Gary is a professional engineer and geoscientist with more than 30 years' experience in the mineral industry–24 of them in Saskatchewan. He has been an officer and director of several public mining and mineral exploration companies during the past 18 years. In addition to his experience with uranium and base-metal exploration, Gary has been directly involved with putting Saskatchewan's largest gold mine into production and, on three separate occasions, has played a major role in the discovery of diamond-bearing kimberlite.

  • Jaakko Kooroshy

    The HCSS is an independent think-tank founded by the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research. HCSS combines the technological know-how of TNO with strategic expertise enabling policy-oriented analysis and research. It aims to translate conceptual thinking into solution-oriented policy and operational recommendations– a unique approach in the Netherlands and Europe.

  • Mike Davis

    Global Witness was the first organisation that sought to break the links between the exploitation of natural resources and conflict and corruption. Over the years their investigations and powerful lobbying skills have been a catalyst for most of the major international mechanisms and initiatives that have been established to address these issues including the Kimberley Process and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

  • Chris Grove

    Commerce Resources is focused on the development of its Upper Fir tantalum and niobium deposit in British Columbia, Canada. Commerce is well positioned with sufficient capital to advance the commercialisation of a prospectively lucrative mining operation for tantalum and niobium.

    The company has outlined an indicated resource for the Upper Fir totaling 11.30 million tonnes grading 198 grams per tonne Ta2O5 and 1,170 grams per tonne Nb2O5. The Upper Fir is also host to an inferred resource of 26.20 million tonnes grading 194 grams per tonne Ta2O5 and 1,182 grams per tonne Nb2O5.

  • Jon Hykawy

    Jon holds both a PhD in physics (1991, Manitoba) and an MBA (1997, Queen's) and has been working in capital markets as a clean technologies/alternative energy analyst for the last four years.

    His current area of focus is the Lithium sector, ranging from availability and production to Lithium battery technology. He has extensive experience in the solar, wind, and battery industries, conducting significant research in the areas of rechargeable batteries, ranging from rechargeable alkaline to Lithium-ion to flow batteries.

  • Gerry Clarke

    Gerry Clarke, is a Mine Geologist and Applied Mineralogist and former lecturer in Applied Mineralogy at the University of Plymouth, UK. He is a former Editor for the Industrial Minerals Division of the Metal Bulletin plc, and an Executive Director of Metal Bulletin.

    Mr Clarke has written extensively across the spectrum of industrial minerals, and organised and chaired many conferences on behalf of Industrial Minerals Magazine and made numerous presentations to others' events over the years.

    Mr Clarke is also the compiler and publisher of the Magnesia Availability Wall Map and, in partnership with P W Harben, Inc., the creator of the Lithium Availability Wall Map.

  • Peter Secker

    Peter Secker has world-wide experience in mine building and operations. In Shandong, China, as a CEO he directed development of a 150,000-oz-per-annum gold mine, and as VP Operations for Sino Gold, he developed the Jianchaling Gold Mine. He has been Mine Manager of Emperor Mines, Fiji, Operations Manager of the Youanmi in Australia, and Mine Captain at the Rand Mine in South Africa.

    By 2012, Canada Lithium Corp. plans to have its Quebec Lithium Project in production providing a secure North American source of battery-grade lithium carbonate to serve the growing needs of the global electric and hybrid vehicle markets. It's marketing agent for Asia is Mitsui and Co. Ltd.

  • Don Pridmore

    Intierra deliver business intelligence for the mineral resources sector. Their services offer a unique insight into staking and transaction activity at the property level. Intierra was formed through the merger of three businesses – Intierra Ltd, Minmet Australia, and Mineral Information Maps.

    Minmet was founded 25 years ago as Australia's first mining and exploration database. It quickly became the industry benchmark as a comprehensive and reliable source of company and property information. Mineral Information Maps was a Canadian business with a 20-year track record as a leading producer of global mining and exploration maps.

    Today Intierra serves the world's leading mining and exploration companies, global banks, stockbrokers, fund managers, government agencies and service companies from offices in Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada and the Philippines.

  • Brian Wesson

    Brian is an engineer with 30 years' experience, an MBA and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Brian has extensive experience in the operation, design and construction of mines and process plants. Brian is als a Director of Westech International a Resource engineering company based in Sydney Australia. Westech bought the Vatukoula Mine in Fiji after mine closure, Westech refinanced, refurbished and brought the mine back to production and on listing Vatukoula Gold took over.

  • Nikolas Perrault

    Nikolas has extensive experience in securities trading, human resources management and financial analysis. He has previously worked as a wealth management advisor for several major investment banks including National Bank, Merrill-Lynch, CIBC and Scotia Capital. In 2007, he launched his own management consulting firm specialising in financial advice to emerging companies engaged in the energy and resources sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1997.

  • David Cliff

    David Cliff is the former Exploration Manager, Europe of Rio Tinto Exploration. During his 26 years with Rio Tinto he was involved in the discovery of three gold and one copper deposit and gained experience in the exploration of a wide variety of minerals and deposit types with a particular specialisation in copper-gold porphyry systems and epithermal precious metal systems. He has lead multinational and multidisciplinary teams in a variety of environments and jurisdictions, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey and has extensive experience in the evaluation of mineral projects and in the negotiation of all forms of mining industry agreements.

  • Mark Brown

    Mark Brown is a Managing Director and Head of the Barclays Natural Resource Investments business at Barclays Capital. Based in London, he is responsible for making equity investments in businesses, such as upstream mining, upstream oil and gas, power and enewables.

    Mr Brown joined Barclays Capital in 1998 from Dresdner Kleinwort Benson where he was a member of the Structured Finance group. Prior to that, he was part of the structured finance group at Rabobank.

    Mr Brown graduated from The City University with a first class degree in Actuarial Science.

  • Jack Lifton

    Jack is an independent consultant and commentator, focusing on the market fundamentals and future end use trends of the rare metals. Jack's work includes exploration and mining, and the recovery of metal values by the recycling of not only metals and their alloys, but also of metal-based chemicals used as raw materials for component manufacturing.

    Jack has more than 47 years of experience in the global OEM automotive, heavy equipment, electrical and electronic, mining, smelting, and refining industries. His background includes the sourcing, manufacturing, and sales of platinum group metal products, rare earth compounds, and ceramic specialties used to make catalytic converters, oxygen sensors, batteries, and fuel cells. Jack is also active in locating and analysing new and recycled supplies of 'minor metals' including tellurium, selenium, indium, gallium, silicon, germanium, molybdenum, tungsten, manganese, chromium, and the rare earth metals.

  • Ian Chalmers

    Ian is a geologist and graduate of the Western Australian Institute of Technology (Curtin University). He also has a Master of Science degree from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. He has worked in the mining and exploration industry for over 36 years, during which time he has had experience in all facets of exploration through feasibility and development to the production phase. Ian is also a principal in Multi Metal Consultants Pty Ltd.

  • Peter Dickie

    Peter brings over 20 years of business experience with both public and private companies holding numerous senior management positions. Quantum are developing the Archie Lake Rare Earth Element Property located 50 kilometres east of Uranium City, Saskatchewan and 50 km south of Great Western Minerals Hoidas Lake REE Deposit.

  • Robert Mackay

    Robert has worked extensive in the mining and investment industry. He has experience of various facets of mineral exploration including diamond drilling, geophysics, geological mapping & prospecting and in mining, mine planning, surveying, grade control, industrial engineering, open pit and underground production. He has also previously served as Vice President of two national brokerage firms over his career in the investment business.

    He is a graduate of the Haileybury School of Mines and has a mining engineering degree from The South Dakota School of Mines Technology.

  • Tony Harwod

    Tony is an economic geologist from the University of Wales, Cardiff in the UK with a BSc (Hons) cum laude (1979) and a PhD degree in Geology (1984).

    Tony is currently CEO and President of Montero Mining and Exploration, a mineral exploration and development company focused on rare earth elements in Africa and Canada. He is also a director of Adamus Resources, a gold company listed on the Australian and Toronto Stock Exchange, and Lappland Goldminers AB, a gold mining company listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange.

    Prior to joining Montero Mining and Exploration, Tony was CEO and President for Africo Resources Ltd, a Canadian exploring, acquiring and developing base metals and gold assets in Africa. From 1998 to 2006 Tony was Vice President for Global Generative Exploration and Africa-Eurasia Exploration at Placer Dome Inc. He opened Placers' Africa-Eurasia office in 1998 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and subsequently Placer acquired 2 mines in Africa (50% of South Deep and 100% of North Mara Mine in Tanzania). In 2005 Tony's exploration group announced the delineation of 17 million ounces of PGM resources in the Bushveld of South Africa.

  • Don Burton

    Don joined Etruscan in 1990 as Exploration Manager and was responsible for setting up the Company's operations in West Africa which now encompass Burkina Faso, Mali, Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana. He initiated Etruscan's entry into Namibia in 2005.

    Don was previously Exploration Manager and later Vice President Exploration with NovaGold Resources Inc. during the period 1987-1998. Prior to this he had worked throughout northern Canada in gold, uranium and base metal exploration and as a Research Scientist for the Province of New Brunswick. In addition to his technical and administrative responsibilities, he monitors Etruscan's social initiatives in Africa. Don holds a BSc (Honours) in Earth Sciences from the University of Waterloo (1978) and a MSc. in Geology from the University of New Brunswick (1984) and is a Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada.