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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

PDAC 2015: The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s 2015 Convention exceeds 23,500 attendees






 
 
Toronto, March 4, 2014 - The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PAC) welcomed 23,578 attendees from over 100 countries to its annual convention. The crowd included investors, analysts, mining executives, geologists, government officials and students who made the annual pilgrimage to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) for the largest exploration and mining event in the world.
 
“We consider this a very successful year, attendee feedback has been extremely positive and the number of attendees is similar to last year,” says PDAC President Rod Thomas. “The quality of networking and learning opportunities continues to be a prime attractor for attendees.”
 
The PDAC 2015 Convention started with a series of positive announcements supporting Canada’s mineral exploration and mining industry, including the federal government’s renewal of the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit (METC) and the appointment of Jeffrey Davidson as Canada’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Counsellor for the extractive sector. The federal government, in partnership with the Ontario government, jointly announced the study of an all-weather transportation corridor in the Ring of Fire region. In addition, the Government of Canada signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Republic of South Africa during PDAC 2015.
 
“The provincial and federal governments in Canada are important partners in creating conditions that allow the mineral industry to flourish nationally and internationally,” says PDAC Executive Director Andrew Cheatle. “We look forward to further building upon the constructive activities that occurred at PDAC 2015.”
 
Now in its 83rd year, the PDAC Convention is more diverse than ever before. A number of events, including the CSR Event Series, Aboriginal Program and Investors Exchange, garnered overwhelming support from the general public, reflecting the dynamic nature of our industry.
 
About the PDAC
The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is the national voice of the Canadian mineral exploration and development community. With a membership of over 9,000 individual and 1,250 corporate members, the PDAC’s mission is to promote a responsible, vibrant and sustainable Canadian mineral exploration and development sector. The PDAC is also known worldwide for its annual convention, regarded as the premier event for mineral industry professionals. PDAC 2015 will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from February 28 to March 2.
 
Contact Information
Kathleen Napier, Media Relations, PDAC             
416 356 7219
media@pdac.ca

Monday, March 2, 2015

CERBA EURASIA MINING CONFERENCE 2015 at PDAC, Metor Toronto Convention Centre, Tuesday, March 3, 2015



CERBA EURASIA MINING CONFERENCE 2015



CERBA, committed to promoting a deep understanding of the Eurasian markets and a thoughtful delivery of quality information, analysis and business intelligence on their investment and business landscape, expects up to 200 speakers and guests to participate in this year's EURASIA MINING CONFERENCE 2015. Experts from business, purchasing, government, diplomatic, consulting, academic and non-profit backgrounds will focus on key trends, constraints and opportunities in Eurasia in the context of today's dynamic global economy.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
WHERE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Room 205DC, 
255 Front Street West, Toronto, ON
ADMISSION FEES:
CERBA Member Price: $125.00 CAD incl. taxes
Regular Price: $175.00 CAD incl. taxes



 





Updated:

26 February, 2015
 
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 / 8:45 am - 6:00 pm
 
MTCC, North Building, Room 205 DC
 
PROGRAM

08:45 – 09:30 Registration & Coffee

09:30 – 09:50 Opening Remarks

09:50 – 14:30 SESSION 1. Eurasian Market Watch:

Latest Economic Developments and Regulations
 
Moderator: Lou Naumovski, Chairman, CERBA;

VP and General Director, Moscow Office, Kinross Gold Corporation
 
 
09:50 – 12:00 Panel 1: Senior National Regulators
Yervand Zakharyan, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Armenia

Niyazbek Kurbanov , Deputy Chairman, Geology and Subsoil Use Committee, Ministry of Investment and Development of Kazakhstan

Kadyrzhan Kauldashev, Deputy Chairman, Kazgeology

Alexey Orel, Director of the Department of State Policy in the Field of Subsoil Usage and Nature Management, Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation

Maqsud Isokov, Director of the Institute of Mineral Resources, Goskomgeology, Uzbekistan

Current political and economic, investment climate and prognosis

Regulatory environment, dynamics and subsoil legislation

International financing programs and practices

Mitigating risks and legal aspects of the mining industry




12:00 – 13:00 Lunch (Ontario Room, InterContinental Hotel)
 
13:00 – 14:30 Panel 2: Private Sector Analysts
Philip Hopwood, Partner, Global Leader - Mining, Deloitte

David Cox, Vice-President of Sales, SNL Metals Economics Group

Aida Sitdikova, Director, Energy and Natural Resources, Russia and CIS, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Mikhail Leskov, Board Member, Russian Union of Gold Producers




14:30 – 14:45 Coffee-break

14:45 – 16:00 SESSION 2. Aspects of Mining in the Region:

Innovative Mining Practices and How Junior Miners are Faring
 
Moderator: Philip Hopwood, Partner, Global Leader - Mining, Deloitte
 
 
 
Evaluating mining investment opportunities



 Partnering and fundraising

 Challenges faced by junior miners

 Innovative mining practices
 
Claude Schimper, Regional Vice President, Russia, Kinross Gold Corporation

Craig Parry, Chief Executive Officer, Tiger’s Realm Coal

Roman Shchetinskiy, Head of New Projects, GV Gold

Hratch Jabrayan, Vice President and General Manager, Dundee Precious Metals Kapan

Garen Ghazaryan, Regional Director, Global Metals/Sagamar

Andrey Koniuhov, COO, Director of Geology and Advance Projects, N- Mining




16:00 – 18:00 One-on-one Meetings and Networking Reception

(Ontario Room, InterContinental Hotel)
 
 
For one-on-one meetings please download the meeting request at www.cerbamining.com and send to julia@cerbanet.org

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CONFERENCE

Featured Speakers 2015  
 Yervand Zakharyan, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of ArmeniaKadyrzhan Kauldashev, Deputy Chairman, Kazgeology
Aida Sitdikova, Director, Energy and Natural Resources, Russia and CIS, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)Craig Parry, Chief Executive Officer, Tiger’s Realm Coal
Alexey Orel, Director of the Department of State Policy in the Field of Subsoil Usage and Nature Management, Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation

Hratch Jabrayan,
Vice President and General Manager, Dundee Precious Metals Kapan CJSC
                                                                                                                                                         

 
Maqsud Isokov, Director of the Institute of Mineral Resources, Goskomgeology, Uzbekistan
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            Philip Hopwood, Partner, Global Leader - Mining, Deloitte

Conference Attendee Profiles
 

(based on the 2014 conference statistics)







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CONTACT US


Katherine Balabanova

Regional Director
Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association
Toronto Chapter
Tel: +1-416-862-4403
First Canadian Place
100 King Street West, Suite 1600
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5X 1G5

Julia Tikhomirova, CMP


Deputy Regional Director
Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association
Toronto Chapter
Tel: +1-416-862-3527
First Canadian Place
100 King Street West, Suite 1600
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5X 1G5






Saturday, February 28, 2015

TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay Route Announced, Including More Than 180 Celebrations





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TORONTO February 24, 2015 – More than 180 celebrations are set to take place during the 41-day journey of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President’s Choice® and OLG.
Canadians can now learn about the torch relay celebrations taking place in their community and mark the date in their calendar. More than 130 Ontario communities and five communities outside of Ontario will have the honour of hosting the Pan Am flame during community celebrations.
As it makes its way to the Opening Ceremony of the Pan Am Games, the torch relay will visit six Canadian Forces Bases, a national and provincial park as well as five First Nations communities, including the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the official Host First Nation of the Games. The torch relay will also visit five national historic sites, including Fort Henry in Kingston and the Halifax Citadel.

A detailed map is now available online highlighting each community, with the date and location for all of the community celebrations.

“The Games are all about bringing people together, and the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay will unite Ontarians, Canadians and communities,” said SaƤd Rafi, chief executive officer of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015). “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people to experience the emotion, excitement and significance of the Pan Am flame.”

The torch relay begins its journey when the Pan Am flame is lit during a traditional Aztec lighting ceremony at the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico, before landing in Canada on May 30, 2015. From Toronto, the flame heads to Thunder Bay on May 31 where it will visit the Terry Fox Monument before arriving in Nipigon, the most northern town on the Ontario leg of the journey. The smallest towns the torch will pass through on its journey are Bruce Mines (population 566) and White River (population 607).

On July 1, the torch will take part in Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill in the nation’s capital — Ottawa — providing a chance to celebrate and share the Pan Am spirit during Canada's biggest birthday party.

Three-thousand torchbearers will carry the flame through communities across Ontario as well as Richmond, BC, Calgary, AB, Winnipeg, MB, Montreal, QC and Halifax, NS. The torch will see more than 60 modes of transportation while touring through Canada and exceed 5,000 kilometres on the road and 15,000 kilometres by air. The torch relay will finish in Toronto on July 10, 2015, to light the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the start of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games.

TO2015 is proud to bring the relay to Canadian communities with the help of presenting partners President’s Choice and OLG, community partner CIBC and signature supporters Ontario Trillium Foundation, Porter Airlines and Star Media Group and Metroland Media to ensure a memorable experience for everyone.

Specific timing for the more than 180 community celebrations will be confirmed beginning in May. The street-level route will also be confirmed in May.

A separate TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games Torch Relay will take place prior to the start of the Parapan Am Games on August 7, 2015. Details on the route and torchbearer application process will be released in April.

About the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President’s Choice® and OLG, and supported by community partner CIBC and signature supporters Ontario Trillium Foundation, Porter Airlines and Star Media Group and Metroland Media. The torch relay will invite Canadians to celebrate and share the Pan Am spirit throughout its 41-day journey towards Toronto, the Host City of the Games.

The torch relay starts May 30, 2015, and concludes July 10, 2015, with the dramatic lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony in downtown Toronto.

The TORONTO 2015 Games are funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, as well as Lead Partner CIBC and other partners and sponsors.

For more information, visit TORONTO2015.org/torch-relay.
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For further information, please contact:
Carlene Siopis
Manager, Marketing and Communications
647.206.0259
relaymedia@toronto2015.org
Quote Sheet:

The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport):

“The torch relay will be highlighted by a mosaic of artistic and cultural community celebrations, which our Government is excited to support. Through these celebrations, the relay will showcase our accomplishments, cultural diversity, vast geography and proud history. We encourage Canadians to take part in the celebration in their community and let the flame ignite our spirit for the Games.”

Michael Coteau, Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games:

"The Torch Relay will travel from community to community across our great province, providing an incredible opportunity for thousands of Ontarians to participate in the excitement as we host the largest multi-sport Games ever held in Canada. Our government is proud to support these Games and the benefits they bring to our province."
Mayor John Tory, City of Toronto:
"We're thrilled and honoured to welcome the Pan Am flame when the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay comes to Toronto, leading up to the Games.  The relay will pass through communities across our great city, highlighting our diverse and vibrant neighbourhoods. I encourage all Torontonians to come out and be part of the excitement. "
Uwe Stueckmann, Senior Vice-President, Marketing, Loblaw Companies Limited:
“President’s Choice is a proud supporter of the Pan Am Games, feeding the thousands of athletes and volunteers as they bring the Games to life this summer. As a presenting sponsor of the torch relay, we understand the importance of making great things accessible to Canadians — from amazing food products, to one-of-a-kind experiences. We are delighted to help bring the torch
relay to our customers and colleagues in communities across the country, and to share the spirit of the 2015 Games.”
Stephen Rigby, President and CEO, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG):
“Supporting the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay is a natural fit for OLG. We have a proud history of championing amateur athletics in Ontario through Quest for Gold. Hosting the nightly celebrations in the many communities in which the torch will visit reflects OLG’s long standing tradition of community involvement and sponsorship of local events and festivals.”
Stephen Forbes, Executive Vice-President, CIBC, the Lead Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games:
“CIBC is thrilled to be a Community Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, helping ignite pride in our nation through community celebrations.  As the torch passes through CIBC branches along its journey, our employees will help celebrate and capture the spirit and energy of the Games, enabling Canadians to experience something extraordinary."
Chief Bryan LaForme, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation:
“As Host First Nation for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games it is with great pride and enthusiasm that we, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation (MNCFN) welcome the Flame to our traditional Territory. We embrace our role of Host and look forward to making many new friendships with visitors, athletes and organizers. We are eager to share the story of our connection to these lands that have sustained us since time immemorial.”