London Global Mining Investment Conference - London

Objective Capital's London Global Mining Conference brought together more than 350 registered delegates from the broking, investing and financial community of London with senior mining executives from across the globe. The one day programme provided an overview of the state of the sector, the future of commodity prices and where investors are currently focusing their attentions.


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


Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Main Conference Hall
Time Activity
08:30-09:30 Registration & Coffee
09:30-09:55 Opening Keynote: A view from the top by a major mining Company
"Demand, supply and price of copper - an exploration perspective"
Eric Finlayson - Head of Exploration, Rio Tinto
Session 1 Company Outlook. Mining Companies focus on the precious metals sectors. What are the best investment opportunities?
Moderator: Rodney Read, ASIP
09:55-10:20 Gold

Speaker: Brian Moritz, Chairman
10:20-10:45 Platinum Group Metals

Speaker: Christopher Dundas, Chairman & Director
10:45-11:30 Coffee & Networking
Session 2 Is the crisis over for Mining? Expert speakers analyse mining finance in the current market place
Moderator: George Rogers, Investec
11:30-11:55 Raising Finance in Today's Marketplace

Speaker: Richard Chase, Managing Director
11:55-12:20 Mining Finance through the cycle in frontier countries

Speaker: Dr Sacha Backes, New Business Development-Oil, Gas, Mining & Chemicals
12:20-12:45 A fund manager's view - what criteria must miners now meet to be attractive for investment

Speaker: Mark Brown, Managing Director, Head of Barclays Natural Resource Investments
12:45-14:00 Networking lunch
14:00-14:25 Afternoon Keynote: Preparing for the upswing - getting your company ready for the future IPO

Speaker: Graham Dallas, International Business Development
Session 3 Global Mining Hotspots: Our expert panel of company executives discuss their experiences in the hottest mining provinces in the world
Moderator: Gerry Clarke, Chairman - International Lithium Alliance
14:25-14:50 North America

Speaker: Steve McGibbon, VP & COO
14:50-15:15 Africa

Speaker: Richard Williams, CEO & Director
15:15-16:00 Coffee & Networking
16:00-16:25 Keynote:
Focus on Diamonds and Gemstones

David Hargreaves, Chief Executive Officer
Session 4 Specialty Metals: Company presentation on how Tungsten has performed in the commodity super cycle
16:25-16:50 Tungsten

Mark Fields, President & CEO
16:50-17:15 Closing Keynote
"Impact that borrowing during the latest cycle has had on the mining & metals sector"

Speaker: Michael Lynch-Bell, Head of Mining
17:15-20:00 Cocktail Reception & 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.

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Speakers' Bios

  • Eric Finlayson

    Eric Finlayson graduated in 1982 with a degree in Applied Geology from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. After work as an exploration geologist in Ireland and Turkey with NL Petroleum Services and as a field geochemist in Malawi with the British Civil Uranium Procurement Organisation, he joined the Geological Survey of PNG in 1984 as a regional geological mapper. Following five years of mapping in the Sepik River headwaters and on Bougainville Island, he joined Rio Tinto as project geologist responsible for copper and gold exploration in the PNG highlands based out of Sydney.

    In 1993 he was transferred to Vancouver as regional exploration manager for Western Canada and then in 2000 to London as the personal assistant to the Head of Exploration. In January of 2002, he moved to Perth to assume the role of Director of Exploration for Australasia and in January of 2007 was appointed Head of Exploration for Rio Tinto based in London.

  • Brian Moritz

    Brian Moritz is a former Senior Partner of the London office of Grant Thornton, the 5th biggest accounting firm worldwide.

    In the late 1990s Mr Moritz initiated Grant Thornton's move into the junior PLC area by forming a new Capital Markets division and registering as a Nominated Adviser for AIM companies. While Mr Moritz chaired that division, Grant Thornton floated more than 100 companies on AIM, of whom the majority were his personal contacts, concentrating on the natural resources sector.

    Mr Moritz was previously Chairman of Metal Bulletin PLC and African Platinum PLC before they were acquired by Euromoney and Impala Platinum respectively. Mr Moritz is currently Chairman or Non Executive Director of a number of smaller public companies, most of which are listed on the AIM and operate in mining and exploration in Africa.

  • Chris Dundas

    Chris Dundas is the Chairman and a Director of Duluth Metals Limited. Mr Dundas obtained an MBA from the University of California (Berkeley) in 1973 and has 33 years of investment banking experience in real estate, corporate, and infrastructure finance. During that period he participated in arranging financings totalling several billions of dollars. Since late 2005, he has led the IPO, development and growth of Duluth Metals Limited, a publicly listed company on the Toronto Stock Exchange. He is formerly a Director of Murray & Company Holdings Limited, a full service financial intermediary headquartered in Toronto and formerly the President of Murray & Company's Quebec subsidiary. He is a former Director of Wallbridge Mining Limited.

  • George Rogers

    George Rogers is one of the world's most experienced mine financiers. With a career of over 22 years, he has worked with leading mining banks Rothschild, Morgan Grenfell, Deutsche Bank and Investec. He is now head of the Commodities and Resource Finance team of Investec Bank plc where he leads the bank's proprietory debt and equity investment activities in the mining sector.

  • Richard Chase

    Richard Chase joined Ambrian Partners in January 2003, becoming Managing Director in 2009. He has been intimately involved in the equity capital markets franchise from its outset, growing revenues from zero to the current level and building Ambrian's mining research team into the No. 1 ranked small and mid cap team. Richard started as an analyst in 2000, prior to which he spent 9 years as a geologist involved in the exploration, evaluation and start-up of various mines for a range of commodities.

    Richard holds a first class honours degree in Geology and an MSc in Mineral Exploration from the University of Rhodes, South Africa. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society and a Member of the Institute of Materials, Mining and Metallurgy.

  • Sacha Backes

    Dr Sacha Backes works for the International Finance Corporation, which is the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, mandated to provide financing and support to companies investing in emerging markets. Based in its London office, Dr Backes is responsible for new business origination for the Department of Oil, Gas, Mining and Chemicals. He is also responsible for developing and maintaining industry networks, including banks, private equity groups and hedge funds. Prior to joining IFC, Dr Backes worked in the international development field where he launched and managed two large rural infrastructure development projects in remote areas of the Lao PDR from 1999–2006. Dr Backes has a PhD in laser physics from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD.

  • 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 renewables.

    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.

  • Graham Dallas

    Graham Dallas is responsible for the London Stock Exchange's International Business Development. He plays an integral role in building and maintaining the Exchange's profile and presence in the adviser communities in London and the financial centres of Europe and the Americas, focusing on attracting international companies to the London markets.

    Mr Dallas has worked in the capital markets of London and New York, and established the Asian office of Guy Butler (now ICAP) in Hong Kong. He joined the London Stock Exchange from Nasdaq in 2002.

  • Stephen McGibbon

    Stephen McGibbon is a Professional Geologist with over 23 years of exploration, mine production and management experience. He graduated from Queen's University at Kingston, in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Sciences. Upon graduation in 1983, and prior to his tenure as Exploration Manager, Mr McGibbon held positions of increasing responsibility in Red Lake with Goldcorp Inc and its predecessor companies Goldquest Exploration Inc. and Dickenson Mines Limited, leading to Chief Geologist in 1995. Since 2001, and until June of 2006, he has served as Exploration Manager for Goldcorp Inc., at its flagship Red Lake Mine operation. His focus in Archean terranes and experience with shear-hosted, lode gold deposits dovetail very well with Premier's current assets.

  • Richard Williams

    Richard Williams is a Professional Geologist with 20 years experience in gold mining, and precious and base metal mineral exploration in southern Africa, south, central and north America, and most recently in southern Europe.

    Mr Williams graduated from Portsmouth University, UK with a B.Sc. Honours degree in 1988, before becoming a mine geologist in the Witwatersrand goldfields, South Africa. In 1992 - 1993, he completed a Master's degree in Mineral Exploration at Queen's University, Ontario, before joining Canarc Resource Corp. as its Exploration Manager in Suriname, South America. In 1998, based in Vancouver, Mr Williams assumed the role of Acquisitions Manager for Canarc, working mainly in Mexico.

  • David Hargreaves

    David Hargreaves is a mining engineer and geologist. He owns a consultancy practice which specialises in the gemstone industry and is particularly active in diamonds. He was for three years Head of Mining Research for stockbrokers James Capel and now consults to WH Ireland. He is CEO of his family company Fair Trade Gemstones Ltd, which specialises in the ethical sourcing and marketing of gemstones worldwide. He is a Chartered Engineer and a fellow of The Geological Society.

  • 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.

  • Mark Fields

    Mark Fields joined Geodex Minerals as President and CEO in May 2009. Mr Fields holds a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of British Columbia and a B. Comm. (Honours) from Queen's University.

    Mr Fields was a member of the management team which participated in the sale of La Teko Resources Ltd to Kinross Gold Corporation and he was involved in the acquisition and development of the Diavik diamond mine for the Rio Tinto Group. As Executive Vice President of Pine Valley Mining Corporation, he was a key member of the executive team which brought the Willow Creek coal mine into commercial production. He is an independent director of three companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange.

  • Michael Lynch-Bell

    Michael Lynch-Bell is responsible for leading both Ernst & Young's Mining & Metals team across EMEIA and its global Mining & Metals transaction advisory services team. Mr Lynch-Bell has spent over thirty four years in the firm specialising in the provision of services to the extractive industries sectors and has worked with most of the firm's extractive industry sector clients in many different parts of the world.

    He is Chairman of the ad hoc group of experts to the United Nations Framework Classification Committee on Reserves and Resources and is on the advisory panel to the IASB's Extractive Industries Project.