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Keynote Speakers 

Jamie C. SokalskyJamie C. Sokalsky, President & Chief Executive Officer, Barrick Gold Corporation

Jamie C. Sokalsky was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Barrick Gold Corporation on June 5, 2012. He is also a member of the company's Board of Directors.


Previously, Mr. Sokalsky was Barrick's Chief Financial Officer, after rising in a series of progressively senior roles with the company through two decades.


Since joining Barrick in 1993, when the company was a growing presence in North America, Mr. Sokalsky has built a respected track record of contributions to Barrick's growth and its strategy for delivering value to shareholders. As part of the company's senior leadership, Mr. Sokalsky played a central role in the execution of acquisitions and project development that saw Barrick grow into a global mining company and the world's largest gold producer, including the seminal 2006 purchase and integration of Placer Dome Inc.


During his tenure as CFO, Mr. Sokalsky led the reduction of costs by over $1 billion in a decade, through the execution of a currency and commodity risk management program and other cost-mitigation strategies, including the operation of Barrick Energy, an oil producing company that acts as a hedge against rising long-term fuel price costs.


Mr. Sokalsky joined Barrick in 1993 as Vice President and Treasurer, rising to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 1999, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2004, leading Treasury, Tax, Controllership and Financial Reporting, Internal Audit, Investor Relations and Information Technology.


Previously, Mr. Sokalsky was an executive at George Weston Limited for 10 years. He holds an Honors Bachelor of Commerce degree from Lakehead University and received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1982.

Doug PorterDouglas Porter, Chief Economist and Managing Director, BMO Capital Markets


Douglas Porter has over 25 years of experience analyzing global economies and financial markets. He excels in interpreting and communicating the impact of key economic and financial data for businesses, and was identified as the best economic forecaster in Canada for the prior two years by Bloomberg in May 2012.


In his role as Chief Economist at BMO Capital Markets, he oversees the macroeconomic and financial market forecasts and is co-author of the firm's weekly flagship publication, Focus. Douglas manages the team that won the prestigious 2010 Lawrence Klein award for forecast accuracy of the U.S. economy during the tumultuous 2006 to 2009 period.


As a respected commentator on economic and financial trends, Douglas is often quoted in the national press and is interviewed regularly on radio and television. He is also known for bringing to light the most serious error on record by Statistics Canada (in the consumer price index) and for first highlighting the large price gaps on many consumer goods between Canada and the US.


Before joining BMO Capital Markets, Douglas held positions of Economist and Country Risk Analyst with other Canadian financial institutions, and also worked in the Research Department at the Bank of Canada.


Douglas has been a Chartered Financial Analyst since 1995 and earned a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Association of Business and Economics since 1996, and has been a member of the C.D. Howe's Monetary Policy Council since 2008. Douglas also serves on the Investment Management Committee of the Bank of Montreal's Pension Fund Society.




Eugene C. McBurneyEugene C. McBurney, Chairman GMP Securities LP & GMP Securities Europe LLP


Eugene McBurney is co-Founder and Chairman of GMP Securities L.P., and has over 20 years of mining finance experience. GMP is a wholly-owned subsidiary of GMP Capital Inc., which is a publicly traded financial services firm listed on the TSX with offices in Toronto, Calgary and Montreal, Canada, in New York, Miami and Dallas, USA, in London, England and in Sydney and Perth, Australia. GMP is a leading independent Canadian investment dealer focused on investment banking and institutional equities for corporate clients and institutional investors. Since founding GMP, Gene has leveraged his extensive knowledge and experience, advising and structuring some of the largest and most complex mining transactions in the industry to help GMP become a leading international mining finance platform.  Prior to forming GMP, Gene practised securities law and advised many companies and investment dealers in a variety of assignments.


Due to the highly popular nature of this Forum, registration for this event is available by invitation-only to senior executives in the mining industry.   Interested participants may contact Connie Yong for further details on how to receive an invitation.

Connie Yong
Tel: + 1 416 777 3045

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Tel: + 1 416 777 3045