London Global Mining Investment Conference - London

A review of the opportunities and issues for a diverse and exciting region, ranging from the challenges of extracting the wealth of resources in the frozen north of Canada and Alaska; through the US, home to some of the world's biggest mineable energy resources; silver-rich Central America; to the emerging mining destinations of South America and the Caribbean such as Colombia and Cuba.


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

Main Programme

Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011
Time Activity
08:30-09:30 Registration & Coffee
Session 1 The Americas Landscape
9:30-10:00 America and the Commodity Supercycle
Chris Watling - Longview Economics
10:00-10:30 The Regulatory Challenges of Putting a Project into Production in North America
Kyle Parker - Crowell & Moring
10:30-10:55 The Operational Challenges of Successful Exploration
George Osborne - saasXtra Exploration
10:55-11:25 Coffee & Networking
Session 2 Exploration and Development Highlights from the Americas
Moderator: Barbara Dischinger - Green Mining Company
11:25-11:55 Outlook for Uranium Costs in the Americas
Ian Hiscock - CRU Strategies
11:55-12:20 Building North America's Uranium Supply
Walt Coles, Jr - Virginia Energy Resources
12:20-12:45 Innovative Gold Exploration in Quebec
Victor Goncalves - Threegold Ressources
12:55-1:55 Networking Lunch
Session 3 Where do you Make Money in the Region?
Moderator: Tim Leeson - Crowell & Moring
2:00-3:00 Picking the Winners - Balancing Potential and Jurisdiction Risk
Panel Discussion
Analyst:Paul Renken - VSA Capital
Prospector:Dennis Thomas - Thomas Mining
Company:Eric Bosshard - Black Lion Resources
3:00-5:00 Cocktails & Networking


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 Watling

    Based in London, Longview Economics is an independent consulting firm focused on global macroeconomics, asset allocation, commodities and short term trading tools. Longview Economics is free from any corporate leaning and have the space to develop ideas and strategies to assist economic and financial market understanding. The company aims to establish long-term relationships and enhance client performance.

    Chris Watling, founder and CEO of Longview Economics is also Economic Advisor to Liquid Capital Securities. Chris regularly writes for the financial press and his monthly podcast is watched in over 40 countries worldwide.

  • Kyle Parker

    Kyle Parker is the Deputy Director of Crowell and Moring, based in Alaska. Kyle counsels clients in the energy and natural resource industries with issues related to project permitting and complex litigation. He has specific experience in securing and defending workable state and federal environmental authorisations for major resource development and energy projects. Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Kyle was a partner with Patton Boggs LLP. Before entering private practice, he served as an assistant attorney general in the oil, gas and mining section of the Alaska Department of Law; he was an aide to then U.S. Senator Frank H. Murkowski; and he worked in the Executive Office of the President, Council on Environmental Quality, during President George H.W. Bush's Administration. He also served as a law clerk at the United States Court of Federal Claims.

  • George Osborne

    George Osborne is Managing Director of SaaSXtra Exploration Services bringing unique tools, training, support and interim management to the exploration and mining sector. A qualified accountant with Robson Rhodes, now part of Grant Thornton, George spent many formative years in audit and information systems. As a consultant with CapGemini and Robson Rhodes he has extensive experience in areas as diverse as derivatives trading in the City of London, through to the third sector in the UK, and more recently as a finance director he adds the mineral exploration and mining sector to his wide experience. George is a firm believer that more intelligent use of better technology is the way successful organisations will differentiate themselves in the future.

  • Barbara Dischinger

    Barbara Dischinger is an independent recruitment consultant based in London. She has 11 years retained executive search experience spanning natural resources, automotive, FMCG and real estate & construction sectors. She has worked out of London and Brazil. Since 2005 she has focused solely on senior appointments in the mining sector with a special emphasis on Latin America and other Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries. Her clients include private and listed mining companies, from junior exploration to multinationals. Barbara holds a BA in Political Sciences and a Masters in Conference Interpreting. She speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, German and Italian fluently. She is the Founder & Director of Women in Mining (UK) and the Director of WIM Community Portal Ltd.

  • Ian Hiscock

    Ian Hiscock is a consultant with CRU Strategies. Whilst at CRU, Ian has been involved in IPO support, commercial due diligence assignments as well as projects on government policy. Working across different business units, he has contributed to, and been responsible for a number of single-client assignments, regular publications and technical models, across a range of commodities, including uranium, sulphur and sulphuric acid, cobalt, iron ore and copper. After working on a large project on uranium mining royalties in 2008, Ian has contributed to CRU's regular work on uranium, and recently became project manager for CRU's annual uranium publications – the Mining Cost Service and Market Outlook.

    Ian holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Essex, in the United Kingdom.

  • Walt Coles, Jr

    Walt Coles is CEO and President of Virginia Energy which was formed in July 2009, when Virginia Uranium merged with Santoy Resources. Walt was an equity and high yield bond analyst for Cadence Investment Partners, a New York based event-driven hedge fund, from 2005 through to the beginning of 2007. Previously, he worked at UBS investment bank as a research analyst from 1999 through 2005, covering companies in multiple sectors. Walt has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Richmond.

  • Victor Goncalves

    Victor Goncalves has been President of Threegold Resources since 2010. Victor holds a BA in Economics and has nearly 10 years experience in the financial markets as a consultant for several funds including the Harvard Management Fund and has expertise in project valuations. Victor writes for publications such as Barron's Magazine, The Resource Magazine, Kitco and several online publications, and is the author of the Equities and Economics Report. He started the Green Dollar Report, one of the first and most successful renewable energy newsletters on the internet. He regularly appears on BNN, mining industry TV and speaks at many international investment conferences.

  • Timothy Leeson

    Tim Leeson is a partner in Crowell & Moring's London office. He has significant experience in the full range of corporate (and associated commercial) work including private equity, venture capital, public offerings, takeovers, restructurings and distressed debt purchases. Tim has more recently worked on a range of transactions for private investment and asset management firms, including transactions in CIS, Dubai, Eastern Europe, Nigeria and Turkey, in addition to the UK. Tim holds a BA Hons from the University of Kent, and his LLM from University College London.

  • Paul Renken

    Paul Renken has over 15 years experience in the mining industry. Paul is currently head of Research at VSA Capital, and has been with the company for 5 years. Having previously worked for a considerable period in insurance risk and with over 6 years field experience in the Western USA, he has a wealth of experience in market perception of natural resources. Paul has consistently added value to VSA Capital through his market leading research reports and company recommendations. Paul comes from a geology background and holds an MS in Geology from Mackay School of Mines in Nevada; he has lived in the UK since 2002.

  • Dennis Thomas

    Dennis Thomas has more than 40 years experience in the international mining sector and is the founder of Thomas Mining Projects. In 1978, he established a personnel and recruitment consultancy based out of UK providing quality personnel for the international mining industry. Since the mid 1980s, he has specialised in new business development activities worldwide, including sourcing and identifying potential investment projects, evaluating minerals and commercial feasibility, negotiating lease agreements and contractual arrangements, establishment of new companies and directing the start up and development of projects. Dennis is a graduate of Camborne School of Metalliferous Mining, Cornwall, UK, holding a First Class ACSM He has served as Chief Executive Officer, Executive and Non-Executive Director with a number of UK, North American, Australian and Far Eastern private and public mining and exploration companies. He is also a regular contributor to mining publications.

  • Eric Bosshard

    Eric Bosshard is the CEO of Black Lion Resources. Eric is a member of the Energy Institute and has worked together with Bessel van der Vliet for over 15 years in the evaluation and development of underdeveloped oil & gas fields, onshore and offshore. He has experience in managing their managerial and financial challenges, and with the structuring & negotiation of suitable financial packages. Black Lion Resources pursues oil & gas opportunities in specific geographical areas including Onshore USA. Eric has a PhD in Geophysics from Imperial College London.