London Global Mining Investment Conference - London

Objective Capital's Industrial Metals, Minerals & Mineable Energy Investment Summit brings together London's financial community with an exclusive selection of current and future precious 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

Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010
Time Activity
08:30-09:30 Registration & Coffee
Session 1 Mineable Energy
Moderator: John Menzies - CMI Capital
9:30-10:00 Outlook for uranium mining costs
Ian Hiscock - CRU Strategies
10:00-10:25 Defining deposits in Peru's uranium district
Nick Tintor - Southern Andes
10:25-10:50 Uranium exploration in the Canadian "Saudi Arabia"
Peter Dasler - CanAlaska Uranium
10:50-11:15 Thorium: the future of energy?
Ahmet Arda - AMR Resources
Peter Dasler - CanAlaska Uranium
11:15-11:45 Coffee & Networking
Session 2 Potash
Moderator: Kit Stenning - McClure Naismith
11:45-12:10 Potash – Where are miners looking?
Jess Pridmore - Intierra Resource Intelligence
12:10-12:35 The Chinese agricultural revolution and building the new potash powerhouse
Richard Poulden - Sirius Minerals
12:35-1:00 Exploring Saskatchewan for world-class potash deposits
John Costigan - Western Potash
1:00-2:15 Networking Lunch
2:15-2:40 International steam coal market outlook
David Price - Steam Coal Advisory Service
Session 3 Industrial Mineral
Moderator: Philip Macoun - CRU Strategies
2:40-3:05 Industrial Minerals: curiosity or sound investment?
Gerry Clarke - Industrial Minerals Commentator
3:05-3:35 Developing scalable CO2 capture technology
Michael Priestnall - Cambridge Carbon Capture
3:35-4:05 Coffee & Networking
Moderator: George Osborne - saasXtra Exploration
4:05-4:30 Refining Titanium for Industrial use
Mark Bertolini - Metalysis
4:30-5:00 Funding industrial metal projects
5:00-7:30 Cocktails and Networking

Time Activity
12.35 Uranium
2.15 Potash
4.05 Coal


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

  • Ian Hiscock

    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.

  • Nick Tintor

    Mr. Tintor is President & Chief and a Director of Executive Officer of Southern Andes Energy Inc. From January 2007 to the present, Nick Tintor is President & CEO and a Director of Homeland Uranium Inc. From 2002 to January 2008 he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Anaconda Gold Corp.

    A graduate of the University of Toronto (B.Sc., Geology), he has more than 25 years of experience in the mining industry and has been involved with all aspects of junior mining company management, finance and project acquisition. Nick is also a Director of the following TSX-listed companies: San Anton Resource Corporation, Macusani Yellowcake and DNI Metals Inc., and is a Member of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

  • Peter Dasler

    Recognizing the favorable upturn of the uranium cycle in early 2004, Mr. Dasler positioned CanAlaska Uranium (then CanAlaska Ventures Ltd.) to become a significant presence in the field of Canadian uranium exploration by staking mineral claims in the most favorable districts of Canada's Athabasca Basin, home to the world's largest-richest uranium mines. He has since assembled an expert geological team that has enabled CanAlaska to carry out over $50 million in exploration and advance multiple uranium projects towards discovery.

    Mr Dasler possesses a comprehensive mineral exploration and public company management background, having worked for over 20 years in Canada as an executive and consulting geologist for companies engaged in the exploration for gold, copper, platinum, nickel, molybdenum, lead and zinc. Previously, he held the position of Mine Manager and Production Manager of the 10 mil. ton per annum Taharoa Ironsand Mine in his native New Zealand.

    Mr Dasler holds Bachelor's (1974) and Master's (1981) degrees in Geology from Canterbury University, New Zealand and is a member of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Association of BC.ions.

  • Ahmet Arda

    Ahmet Arda is a graduate of Birmingham University and the Managing Director of AMR Resources Ltd - a UK company with a 100% subsidiary in Turkey with deposits for Rare Earth Minerals, Minor Metals and Thorium. For the last 15 years, he has been running the UK operation of AMR group's associated companies in London. Ahmet presented at IThEO's Thorium Energy Conference earlier this month to a select gathering of scientists from around the world. AMR is now looking for a Strategic Partner to advance rapidly through its Thorium programme.

  • Kit Stenning

    Kit specialises in all forms of public company fundraising work which includes advising on the Listing Rules for companies quoted on the Official List of the London Stock Exchange as well as advising companies seeking admission to AIM and PLUS Market. As well as advising companies as to admission, Kit also advises companies as to their continuing obligations once admitted and future acquisitions. He also has experience in advising brokers and nominated advisers.

    Kit is also experienced in advising on a broad range of general company and commercial matters including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate restructurings, MBOs, shareholder matters and Stock Exchange work with a particular focus in the financial services sector where he has widespread industry experience and is the principal contact for a number of clients.

  • Jess Pridmore

    Jessamy Pridmore graduated from the University of Western Australia with a B. Arts and joint post graduate in French and German. After graduating, Jess focussed on translation and interpretation and translated French mining related documents for financial institutions in Australia before starting with the Intierra Head Office in Perth in June 2006. After long periods of international travel raising Intierra's global profile and client base, she officially moved to the UK in December 2009 to head up Intierra's London office and now oversees Intierra's business in the UK, Europe and Africa.

  • Richard Poulden

    Following a law degree from Oxford University, Mr Poulden qualified as a barrister, after which he moved into merchant banking where he worked for Samuel Montagu & Co Limited. Following an MBA at the London Business School and the exchange program with Harvard Business School, he joined the international management consultancy firm, Arthur D Little. There he worked in their European strategy practice and was co-founder of their Financial Industries Group.

    Whilst serving on the UK Leadership Team of Electronic Data Systems, he worked on the merger of their global energy practice. He has also worked on natural resource projects in South America (ammonia) and the United States (oil and natural gas) and on potash, salt and gold in Australia.

    Currently, Mr Poulden is Deputy Chairman of Sirius Minerals Plc which has salt and potash deposits in Australia and North America. He is Chairman of the consulting firm Black Swan Plc and a director of MoneySwap Holdings Limited, a Hong Kong-based foreign exchange firm. Mr Poulden is also a director of Drummond Basin Phosphate Pty Ltd, which has uranium and phosphate deposits in Australia, and Chairman of Wishbone Gold Pty Ltd which has gold deposits, also in Australia.

  • John Costigan

    John is a former Vice President of AKP Canada. He brings his particular business acumen to bear on the future and development of Western Potash. This includes over twenty-five years experience in technical sales and marketing to the mining, food and pulp & paper multinationals. Mr Costigan's responsibility also included the development and management of supply chains in Thailand, Brazil, Germany as well as North America. Graduating first in his class John holds an Honors degree from Concordia University in Montreal Quebec. Current member of the Canadian Institute of Investor Relations.

  • David Price

    David is editor of Steam Coal Forecaster and of Coal UK. He has been with CERA/McCloskey since August 1991. He has worked for several organisations, starting out as a statistical assistant with Drewry Shipping Consultants Ltd before rising to senior analyst for dry bulk trades. At WFTA David was manager of international coal trade services where he undertook consultancy work for major clients such as Exxon Mobil. He is the author of several reports and can often be heard speaking at conferences and conducting investor briefings around the world.

  • Philip Macoun

    Philip has worked in copper, bauxite/alumina, industrial minerals and gold/silver, in several countries and for several major projects. He has particular expertise in project assessment , technology innovation, mineral commodity sales and marketing strategies. Prior to joining CRU he was Vice President, North American Operations for Gekko Systems, a producer of gravity separation and leaching in the gold and silver industries. He was involved in the development of magnesia production and sales for the refractory, chemical and fertilizer industries based around the Kunwarara magnesite deposit.

    Philip holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Sydney, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, and a Masters degree from the University of Oregon.

  • Gerry Clarke

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

  • Michael Priestnall

    Michael Priestnall is a materials chemist and founder of Cambridge Carbon Capture, an early-stage developer of mineral carbonation technology for CCS and low-carbon minerals processing applications. Michael was a co-founder and CTO of CMR Fuel Cells plc (Carbon Trust Innovator of 2005), and before that led Energy Consulting at business consultancy Scientific Generics (now Sagentia) in Cambridge. For eight years he was head of development of advanced ceramics for fuel cells and superconductors with Cookson Group, and has also worked for TWI and for the Halcrow Group. Michael is a director of Polysolar Ltd (a developer of transparent PV glazing) and a consultant to Cenex (Centre of Excellence in Low Carbon &aamp; Fuel Cell Technology). Michael was a British Gas Research Scholar in ceramic fuel cells at Royal School of Mines, Imperial College.

  • George Osborne

    George qualified as an accountant with Robson Rhodes, now part of Grant Thornton and 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 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. With this driving passion George is now managing director of SaaSXtra Exploration Services bringing unique tools, training, support and interim management to the exploration and mining sector.

  • Mark Bertolini

    Mark graduated in Metallurgy from Leeds University before joining BAe Systems in 1984. In 1988 Mark moved to the US to develop and expand his managerial experience in high-tech manufacturing before returning to the UK in 1993. He took his first Managing Director role in 1998 in a subsidiary of Hampson Aerospace Group, a company manufacturing specialist components for the aerospace and defence sectors.

    Mark has subsequently held several Managing Director roles within SPX Inc and the Carlyle Group, proving himself to be extremely adept at improving and growing sophisticated manufacturing businesses. Mark joined Metalysis in 2006 as Chief Executive Officer.

  • 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.