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AIG “Value Creation in Exploration” Seminar – FINAL SPEAKER CONFIRMED!

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Conferences, Exploration, Mineral Economics, Recommended


The full list of speakers for the AIG “Value Creation in Exploration” Seminar has been confirmed. The list announced last week has been added to by Ian Willis, a veteran of Anglo American Exploration, who will discuss “Creating Value from Brownfields Exploration” which will kick start the session on “Exploration Strategy”.

Further details can be found on last week’s post or the AIG website, but some brief details are included below:

Date: Monday 13th July

Time: 8am-6.30pm

Location: Burswood on Swan Convention Centre, 1 Camfield Drive, Burswood, Western Australia, 6100

Cost: A$220 (AIG members), A$315 (non-AIG members), A$100 (students and unemployed AIG members)

More information:

The seminar aims to consider the non-geological and non-technical factors that help drive success in exploration. The day will be divided into four sessions on exploration economics, exploration finance, exploration externalities and exploration strategy. The extremely high quality list of speakers is as follows:

Exploration Economics

Richard Schodde – MinEx Consulting / Centre for Exploration Targeting – A review of Australia’s discovery performance over the last 40 years;

Tim Craske – Geowisdom – Organisational, technical and economic settings for exploration success;

Julian Vearncombe – SJS Resource Management – Gold exploration: the untold success story and future value;

Exploration Financing

Liam Twigger – PCF Capital Group – The exploration equity funding drought and what is required for equity funding to return to exploration;

James Rattenbury – Resource Capital Funds – What is the potential for private equity to fund exploration, and what would be required of explorers to encourage private equity investment;

Alex Atkins – Alternate Futures – The potential role of venture capital, business angels and crowdsourcing in early-stage exploration funding;

Exploration Externalities

Cam McCuaig – Centre for Exploration Targeting / University of Western Australia – Exploring for quality ore: Predictive science, value chains, social licence and boundary spanning;

Allan Trench – Centre for Exploration Targeting / Curtin University – Measuring non-technical risks in mining investments: perceptions versus actuality – and some surprises!

Lisa Chandler – Aethos – Stuff that wasn’t in your job description (but that you cannot dodge forever)

Exploration Strategies

Ian Willis – Ian Willis Consulting – Creating value from brownfields exploration

Tony Worth – First Quantum Minerals – The role of exploration within a large mining company

Roric Smith – Evolution Mining – Value creation from greenfields exploration to exploitation

Justin Osborne – Gold Road Resources – Exploring the Yamarna Greenstone Belt: an example of discovery success

I am proud to be a co-organiser of this event with Matt Greentree of SRK Consulting. The event is sponsored by Haines Surveys, Gyro Australia, Auger, SRK Consulting, HiSeis and the Centre for Exploration Targeting.

The event will of course be followed by a Sundowner and networking.

See you there!