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Day 1 - Thursday, September 19

Time Session
8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration and Networking Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:05 am

Forum Welcome


Lee A. Hodgkinson

Partner & National Industry leader, Mining


9:05 am - 9:30 am

Keynote Address:

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

9:35 am - 10:00 am Networking Break
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Keynote address: Economic Outlook 2014

Douglas Porter
Chief Economist and Managing Director of BMO Capital Markets

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Plenary session: Commodity Outlook
It continues to be a volatile time for commodity prices. We will hear from two respected voices on the outlook for gold and base metals, and how recent events may impact the outlook for 2014.


Rahul Paul
Research Analyst, Canaccord Genuity
H. Fraser Phillips
Analyst, RBC Capital Markets

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Networking Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Breakout session #1:
Innovative Approaches to Developing Mining and Infrastructure Projects


New mining projects today are becoming increasingly more expensive and complex, requiring development of not just the mine and processing facilities, but in many cases, also the supporting infrastructure such as power plants and transmission lines, roads, pipelines, ports, etc. Our panelists will explore new and different delivery models that can be employed in developing these projects, the lessons learned from their experiences, and tips and techniques for managing costs throughout construction.


Augusto Patmore
Partner, KPMG LLP
Michael Young
SVP-Business Unit Leader, Kiewit Mining Group Inc.
Renault-François Lortie
Partner, KPMG LLP

Breakout session #2:
Operating in Mexico - Profile of current mining environment and panel discussion of operating in Mexico


This session will provide an overview of mining operations in Mexico, including a review of recently proposed changes in labour laws and royalty taxation. In addition, a panel of executives from companies operating in Mexico will provide insight based on their experience operating mines in Mexico - including community, labour, social and other operational challenges.


Manley Guarducci
VP & COO, Alamos Gold
Peter MacPhail
VP & COO, Aurico Gold
Renaud Adams
COO, Primerico Gold

Breakout session #3:
Managing political and fraud risks associated with the pursuit of international expansion


Foreign jurisdictions present unique risk and responsibilities for companies that are exploring for resources or developing projects. Some of the most noted risks in working internationally are the political nuances of each country, and the adjacent risk of fraud and corruption, particularly in developing countries or countries unfamiliar to foreign investors. Our panel will discuss their perspectives of some of the pitfalls that could await you and offer insights on what they have learned in evaluating the political and fraud risks, and managing those risks.


Christine Robidoux
Partner, Gowlings
Casey Nault
VP, General Counsel, Coeur Mining Inc.
Kent Trainor
Head, Internal Audit, Uranium One

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Networking Break
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Plenary session: Resource Nationalization

As governments worldwide focus on securing revenue, resource nationalization has become the new rallying cry for not only developing countries but also well established mining jurisdictions. Resource nationalization comes in a variety of shades. Our panel will discuss recent worldwide trends and the mining industry's response to resource nationalization. We will also discuss the consequences of the new transparency initiatives directed at the mining industry, including differences in approach and the merits of each.


Jeff Parr
VP & CFO, Centerra Gold
Iain MacIntosh
Partner, KPMG LLP
Rob De Biaso
VP Tax, Vale Canada Limited

4:30 pm Networking Reception


Day 2 - Friday, September 20


Time Session
8:00 am - 9:00 am Networking Breakfast
9:00 am - 10:15 am

Plenary session: CFO panel

What are the most difficult challenges facing today's finance executives and how are they meeting them? What are the challenges facing Boards, and how does that differ from Management? Our panel of experts have seen both sides and will be able to share their unique perspectives with the audience on a range of topics.


Tom Pladsen
CFO & Secretary, Atacama Pacific Gold
Ron Gagel
CFO, TMAC Resources
Bryan Coates
VP Finance & CFO, Osisko Mining

10:15 am - 10:45 am Networking Break
10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Breakout session #1:
Operational Value Maximization

The global mining industry is facing one of the most challenging trading environments it has known for a long time with declining commodity prices and increasing costs. Achieving sustainable, operational improvements across the value chain during this time will be critical for mining organizations to maintain and enhance margins and deliver long term sustainable value. The path to achieving this goal is a challenging one with both operational and cultural constraints compelling leading performers to look at their businesses in new ways to drive value through their operational activities. Our panel discussion will explore some of these activities bringing together the views of a number of mining and operational leaders.


Simon Beer
Director, KPMG LLP
Gordon Strothart
Executive VP & COO, IAMGold
Johan Rehnstrom
Business Controller, Agnico-Eagle Mines

Breakout session #2:
Accounting & Reporting Update

The IASB continues to change accounting standards that impact the mining industry. This session will provide an overview of the recent developments and our panelists will discuss the hot topics and their related impact to mining companies. Our panel will discuss the results of adoption of the new suite of standards during 2013 (IFRS 10, IFRS 11 and IFRIC 20), current hot topics (accounting for metal streaming) and give perspectives and commentary on current focus areas of the Securities Commissions.


Jeff Davidson
Director External Reporting & Complex Accounting, Barrick Gold Corporation
Phillipa Wilshaw
Partner, KPMG LLP
Maarten Theunissen
VP Finance, TMAC Resources

Breakout session #3:
Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions in the global mining industry have slowed. Financing exploration and development is proving difficult for the bulk of junior mining companies. Mining companies are undertaking strategic reviews to ascertain if selling their company or projects will increase value. Our panel will examine the latest trends in maximizing the value of your company, as it pertains to both corporate divestitures and project carve-outs.


Tim Prince
Partner, KPMG LLP
David Strang
President & CEO, Lumina Copper

12:00pm - 12:30 pm

Keynote Address:

Eugene C. McBurney

Chairman, GMP Securities LP & GMP Securities Europe LLP

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Closing Remarks & Lunch


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


Contact Us

For all questions regarding KPMG's 2013 Mining Executive Forum, please contact:

Connie Yong
Tel: + 1 416 777 3045