mining financing and legal issues

Canadian Mining Sector Specialists

Learn more about the mining industry experts who will share key trends, issues, opportunities and challenges facing the mining sector.


David S. Allman  
Conference Co-Chair
Edwards, Kenny & Bray LLP
Vancouver

David Allman is a partner with the Vancouver, British Columbia law firm of Edwards, Kenny & Bray LLP.  He practices corporate and commercial law with an emphasis on mining law.  Since 1992 he has acted for major, mid‑tier and junior mining companies on a broad range of Canadian and international mineral resource property transactions, including purchase, option, joint venture and strategic alliance and royalty transactions and related agreements, as well as advising mining companies on an ongoing basis on a range of corporate, commercial and securities law matters.  He has been involved in transactions involving numerous Latin American and African jurisdictions.  In addition to co-chairing the 2008 and 2009 Mining Law & Finance Conferences, he presented and co‑authored for the 2006 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institute the paper, “Easier Signed Than Done – Execution, Authentication, and Recording of Documents in Common Law and Civil Law Jurisdictions”.  He was Canadian Program Co‑Chair of the 2007 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institute.

Erik Goldsilver  
Conference Co-Chair
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Toronto

Erik is a partner in the Business Law Group at Cassels Brock and practises in the area of corporate and commercial law with specific expertise in the mining and energy sectors. Erik has advised public and private corporations, municipal and provincial governments, public interest groups and First Nations on a wide variety of corporate and commercial matters, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, amalgamations, corporate restructurings, divestitures, joint ventures, project financings and commercial arrangements.

Recent mining transactions or projects in which Erik has been involved, include:

  • Advising Goldcorp on the acquisition and divestiture of mining projects in Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina and Australia.
  • Advising Yamana Gold Inc. on the acquisition and divestiture of mining projects in Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Brazil and Argentina.
  • Advising Kinross Gold Corporation on the acquisition and divestiture of mining projects in Canada and the United States.
  • Advising Silver Wheaton Corp. on the purchase of silver production from mines in Sweden, Mexico, Peru and Greece.
  • Advising Tahera Diamond Corporation in its negotiations with Tiffany & Co. for the sale and marketing of diamonds and the establishment of a $35 million credit facility.
  • Advising Hudbay Minerals Inc. (formerly ONTZINC Corporation) in its $313 million acquisition of Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co., Limited.
  • Advising on and negotiating domestic and international mining agreements, including option agreements, joint venture agreements, royalty agreements, concentrate sales agreements and other various commercial mining agreements.
  • Advising on and negotiating project financing for mining companies.

Recent energy transactions or projects in which Erik has been involved, include advising:

  • The Government of Ontario on the transfer of assets from the former Ontario Hydro to its successor companies.
  • Municipalities in the restructuring and disposition of electricity utilities.
  • Industrial and commercial electricity consumers on power purchase agreements.
  • Enwave District Energy Limited on the construction and implementation of its Deep Lake Water Cooling Project.
  • The City of Toronto as the sole shareholder of Toronto Hydro Corporation in connection with an initial pubic offering of debt securities by Toronto Hydro Corporation.
  • DeBeers Canada on matters pertaining to the supply of electricity transmission services (including interconnection services and upgrades to existing transmission facilities) for a proposed mining project in Northern Ontario.
  • The City of Hamilton as the sole shareholder of Hamilton Utilities Corporation and the merger of Hamilton Hydro Inc. with St. Catharines Hydro Utility Services Inc.
  • Ventus Energy Inc. on the sale of wind-generated electricity from facilities in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

In addition, Erik has represented applicants and intervenors in various electricity and natural gas regulatory proceedings at the Ontario Energy Board and was appointed to the Ontario Energy Board Natural Gas Distribution Access Rule Task Force in 2000.

Juli Abouchar
 
Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

Juli is a partner and Environmental Law Specialist, certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Juli’s practice is focused on the following areas:  

  • Aboriginal Law – Juli advises on the duty to consult, negotiates and drafts impact benefit agreements, participation protocols, consultation plans, and facilitates resolution of disputes in the mining, infrastructure and energy sectors.  Her clients include municipalities, companies, and Aboriginal communities. 
  • Regulatory – Juli has special expertise in water law, clean technology and renewable energy regulation. Juli represents clients in environmental regulatory matters including prosecutions and approvals under the Safe Drinking Water Act and Ontario Water Resources Act. She advises on the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, Pests Control Products Act, and Ontario’s Clean Water Act, Green Energy Act and Environmental Assessment Act.
  • Tribunal Advocacy – Juli represents clients before environment and energy tribunals, including federal environmental assessment hearings, Ontario Energy Board hearings, judicial review applications to Federal Court, and appeals to the Environmental Review Tribunal.
  • Governance/Policy – Juli served as Assistant Commission Counsel at the Walkerton Inquiry, was Legal Advisor to the Expert Panel on Regulating Safe Drinking Water on First Nations commissioned by the Assembly of First Nations in association with the Government of Canada, advised the Ontario government on source water protection as a member of the Source Protection Implementation Committee, is a Director of the Ontario Clean Water Agency and a member of the CTC Source Protection Committee for the greater Toronto watershed.

CREDENTIALS

  • Certified as a Specialist in Environmental Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada, 2005
  • LL.M. (Environmental Law), University of London, U.K., 1995
  • Called to the Bars of Ontario and New Brunswick, 1994
  • LL.B. and B.C.L., McGill University, 1992
  • B.Sc., Honours, Earth Sciences, University of Waterloo, 1987
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, Law Society of New Brunswick, 1995

SOME RECENT ABORIGINAL LAW PROJECTS

  • Negotiating and drafting Memoranda of Understanding for First Nations with gold exploration companies on two separate projects to provide for participation of, and benefits to, the First Nations during the mineral exploration phase
  • Negotiated Exploration Memorandum of Understanding with a First Nation in northern Ontario on behalf of a mining exploration company to provide for participation of, and benefits to, the First Nation during the mineral exploration phase
  • Legal advice to wind power proponents on aboriginal consultation during project planning and development under Renewable Energy approval regulations
  • Developed consultation plan for a group of municipalities developing a broadband infrastructure project in eastern Ontario
  • Legal advice to a Conservation Authority on Aboriginal consultation plans and protocol
  • Developed consultation guidelines and protocol for First Nations’ development corporation
  • Legal advisor to the Federal Government’s Expert Panel on Safe Drinking Water for First Nations
Brian E. Abraham, Q.C.  
Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP

My mining law practice involves all phases of mining from exploration, development and production through to reclamation. I provide advice on all forms of title reviews, options, leases, purchase and joint venture agreements during the early phases of mineral exploration and permitting, socio economic, engineering, consulting, construction, operator, equity and debt financing, smelter, processing agreements during the development and production phases and reclamation agreements in the reclamation phase.

Within my practice area I act domestically and internationally for junior, mid sized and major explorers, developers and producers as well as engineering, mining and geological consultants, individuals, prospectors, organizations, syndicates and financiers (debt and equity), in private and public financing. 

I have also participated in background studies for mineral legislation in British Columbia and other Canadian jurisdictions and advised foreign governments regarding the preparation and implementation of mining legislation.

I advise clients and prepare opinions on complex legal mineral titles issues in B.C. as well as litigation involving title matters, right to mine, valuation, expropriation matters and aboriginal issues.

I have acted for clients involved in transactions in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.

I have been involved in acting for clients in energy related projects in Canada, the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America with particular emphasis on coalbed methane projects.

I am co-chair of the national mining group which also addresses, taxation, regulatory, employment, transportation, construction, securities, corporate and matters related to the mining industry.

 

Chad Accursi  
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Chad is a partner in the firm’s Securities Group. He represents both public mining companies and investment dealers in a variety of transactions including public and private security offerings, M&A transactions and general securities compliance matters. Chad has represented both investment dealers and mining companies in connection with initial public offerings and stock exchange listings.
Chad has recently acted as counsel in connection with a number of significant financings of mining and mining-related companies, including:

  • An underwriting syndicate co-led by GMP Securities and TD Securities in connection with an $86 million financing of Rubicon Minerals Corporation
  • Lundin Mining in connection with a $189 million equity financing
  • Lucara Diamond Corp in connection with a $110 million subscription receipt financing
  • An underwriting syndicate led by GMP Securities LP in connection with formation and Initial Public Offering of Sprott Molybdenum Participation Corp.
  • Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Ltd. in connection with a $93 million equity financing

Chad has also recently acted in a number of Australian Stock Exchange –Toronto Stock Exchange inter-listed financings, initial listings and business combinations, including:

  • An underwriting syndicate led in connection with the initial public offering and subsequent equity financings of Mirabela Nickel Limited
  • An underwriting syndicate led by Cormark Securities in connection with a subscription receipt financing and subsequent TSX listing of Perseus Mining Limited
  • Red Back Mining in connection with the proposed business combination with Moto Goldmines Limited
  • An underwriting syndicate led by Macquarie Capital Markets in connection with a equity financing of OceanaGold Corporation
  • An underwriting syndicate in connection with the initial public offering of Western Areas NL
  • Red Back Mining Inc. in connection with a reverse take-over and TSX listing transaction
Daniel Barclay  
Managing Director, Head of Canadian M&A
Mergers & Acquisitions Group - BMO Capital Markets

Daniel is a Managing Director and Head of BMO Capital Markets’ Canadian Mergers & Acquisitions Group. He has extensive capital markets and M&A experience. Daniel’s recent assignments have included advising Tristar Energy on its $2.5 billion merger with Petrobakken, Progress Energy on its $3.0 billion merger with Proex, Algonquin Income Fund on its $800 million conversion to a corporation, IESI on its $1.1 billion sale to BFI Income Fund, BP on its integrated oil sands and refining joint venture with Husky Energy, Canetic Energy Trust on its $5.0 billion sale to Penn West Energy Trust, Falcon Oil and Gas on its joint venture with Exxon in Hungary, TransAlta Power LP on its $600 million sale to Cheung Kong Infrastructure, Miramar Mining on its $1.5 billion sale to Newmont, Call-Net on its $600 million sale to Rogers, Nelson Petroleum on its $2.0 billion sale to LUKOIL and EnCana on its $1.5 billion sale of its oil pipelines. Prior to joining BMO Capital Markets in 2003, he spent a combined 13 years in investment banking at Morgan Stanley, where he ran the Canadian Energy Group, and at Scotia Capital, where he ran the Power Group. Daniel joined BMO Capital Markets in 2003.

Daniel has a Bachelor of Science with honours from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Calgary.

Cameron G. Belsher  
McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Cameron Belsher is a partner in our Business Law Group in Vancouver.
Mr. Belsher’s recent experience includes acting as lead counsel on:

  • mergers and acquisitions involving public and private companies;
  • public and private equity and debt financings;
  • joint ventures, joint development and commercialization arrangements for technology companies;
  • project developments and complex financial arrangements in the mining sector;
    income trust offerings; and
  • advising independent committees of board of directors regarding "related party" and significant material transactions and advising governments with respect to privatization initiatives.

Mr. Belsher is featured in numerous publications, such as:

  • 2010 Lexpert/The American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada in the areas of corporate commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, income funds, corporate mid-market, and corporate finance and securities law;
  • 2010 Lexpert/Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance and securities;
  • 2010 The Best Lawyers in Canada in the areas of corporate, securities, and mergers and acquisitions law and named “Lawyer of the Year” in 2009 for corporate law in Vancouver;
  • 2010 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, a guide to the leading law firms and practitioners in Canada, as a leading lawyer in the areas of corporate finance and securities, private equity, corporate mid-market, corporate commercial law, income funds, mergers and acquisitions, and technology;
  • 2009 Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading lawyer in the area of corporate/mergers and acquisitions;
  • 2006 Lexpert “Top 100 Industry Specialists” in corporate finance; and
  • 2002 Lexpert as one of Canada’s "Top 40 Under 40".

In January 2007, he was appointed to the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) Listings Advisory Committee, which is composed of individuals representing legal, brokerage and securities related industries and provides feedback on TSX listings initiatives.

Mr. Belsher has lectured extensively on income trust and public corporation matters and is a former adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia, instructing in the area of Advanced Corporate Finance.

Mr. Belsher received his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1987. He was called to the British Columbia bar in 1988.

Manus Booysen  
Webber Wentzel

Manus is a partner and heads the Mining, Natural Resources & Environmental Law Practice Group. He holds the degrees BA, LLB and MBA from University of Pretoria and is an admitted Attorney, Notary and Conveyancer of the High Court of South Africa. He has served on the Minerals Committee of the International Bar Association's section on Engineering, Energy and Resources Law.

Prior to joining Webber Wentzel, Manus was employed as the Legal Adviser to Total South Africa (Pty) Limited from 1984 to 1988. From 1988 until 1995, Manus was employed as the in-house Legal Adviser of the Rand Mines Group, providing legal advice on all aspects of the Rand Mines Group's activities negotiation and drafting various agreements for the Group. Manus was the head of the legal department of Randcoal and was responsible for the entire legal function of the Randcoal group.

Leon C. Botham  
Principal, Mining Sector Leader – Golder Associates Ltd.

Mr. Leon C. Botham, MSCE, P.Eng. is the Canadian Mining Sector Leader for Golder Associates Ltd. and a Principal of the firm. With approximately 20 years of experience in the mining industry, he has extensive project involvement at all stages of the mine life cycle from exploration, through permitting and design, construction, operation and closure, including support for environmental assessments. During his career, Mr. Botham has worked on projects across Canada, South America and Central Asia where he developed strong relationships and significant experience in working with local communities.

Jonathan S. Drance  
Stikeman Elliott LLP

Jonathan Drance is a partner at Stikeman Elliott specializing in corporate finance and securities. Over the past decade, he has acted as special counsel on many significant merger transactions, public financings and reorganizations.

He acts as underwriters' counsel for several British Columbia issuers, and has acted on other financing transactions for major Canadian investment dealers. He has advised numerous corporations on corporate governance matters, including compliance with TSX Rules and the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Mr. Drance speaks at securities conferences, was for a decade the co-chair of the bi-annual Pipestone Securities Conference and has written extensively on securities and corporate law, particularly the regulation of cross-border mergers and financings and the fiduciary and corporate governance obligations of directors.

In 2008, Mr. Drance was appointed to the board of BC Hydro and is chair of its Corporate Governance Committee and is a member of BC Hydro's Capital Projects and its Human Resources Committees.

David Farrell  
Managing Director, Mergers & Acquisitions
Endeavour Financial

David is responsible for merger, acquisition, defence and restructuring transactions as well as the delivery of fairness opinions for global mining clients. Transaction experience includes several leading mid-tier M&A deals. His key transactions include: Northern Orion's combination with Yamana Gold and Meridian Gold (US$9.8 billion); UrAsia Energy's combination with Uranium One (US$5.1 billion); Petro Rubiales' combination with Pacific Stratus (US$2.5 billion); Oriel Resources' sale to IPH Polychrome (US$540 million); Rusoro Mining's acquisitions of both Gold Fields' and Hecla Mining's Venezuelan assets and related Peter Hambro financing (US$640 million).

David joined Endeavour in 2000, prior to which he was a corporate solicitor with Stikeman Elliott specializing in project finance, securities and corporate law.  He holds a B.Comm. (Honours, Finance) and an LL.B. from the University of British Columbia and is called to the bar in both England and British Columbia.

Pierre A. Gratton  
President & CEO
– Mining Association of British Columbia

Mr. Pierre Gratton is President and CEO of Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC).  The MABC is the predominant voice of mining in British Columbia representing mineral producers, coal producers and companies involved in exploration, development and smelting of minerals within the province. MABC's promotes the interests of its members provincially and nationally, and works with governments and other stakeholders on policies affecting mining, to inform the public and to promote cooperation between member firms to solve common problems. The MABC works closely with provincial and other industry groups across Canada.

Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Gratton served as Vice President, Sustainable Development and Public Affairs for The Mining Association of Canada (MAC). Among his responsibilities at MAC, he played a key role in the development and implementation of the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM), an initiative that earned MAC the Globe Foundation Award for Environmental Performance.

In 2005-06, Mr. Gratton was honoured as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).

Mr. Gratton holds an M.A. degree in political science and a B.A. from McGill University.

Brian C. Graves  
McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Brian Graves is a partner in our Business Law Group in Toronto. His practice consists mainly of advising on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and other securities law matters, with particular emphasis on cross-border transactions and clients in the mining sector.

Mr. Graves has acted for domestic and foreign issuers in connection with public and private securities offerings and securities regulatory matters. He has advised clients on hostile and friendly take-over bids, reverse take-overs, plans of arrangement, asset and share purchases and other business combinations, as well as dispositions and joint ventures. He also advises public and private company clients on general corporate and commercial matters. Major clients he has recently represented include Gold Fields, Creststreet, LionOre Mining International, Nickel Asia, Ivernia, TD Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia, Credit Suisse, CI Fund Management and Altamira.

A former member of the firm’s Opinions Committee, he has published in the areas of public company redomicilings and take-over bids and has lectured on topics including corporate transactions, shareholder agreements and directors’ duties. He lectures on securities law at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Windsor law schools, and has appeared on the faculty of the Directors College founded by McMaster University.

Mr. Graves received his BComm with a joint honours in economics and finance from McGill University and his LLB from the University of Toronto. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1997, and was admitted to practice as an attorney in the State of New York in 1998.

Kevin Hisko  
McCullough O’Connor Irwin LLP

Kevin Hisko is a Partner with McCullough O’Connor Irwin LLP.  He was a staff member at the BC Securities Commission from 1994 to 1996, a member of the BC Securities Commission’s Securities Law Advisory Committee in 2000-2001 and Chair of the Securities Subsection of the CBA in 2001-2002. He was the Corporate Secretary of Lundin Mining Corporation from
July 31, 2007 to May 15, 2009.

Mr. Hisko has significant experience working as legal advisor to, and as part of the management team of, several operating mining and oil and gas development companies.  Mr. Hisko’s clients include producing mining companies and exploration companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the TSX Venture Exchange, the New York Stock Exchange and the First North Exchange (Stockholm).  His past work experience also involves significant financing and corporate acquisition transactions.  He is currently Corporate Secretary of ShaMaran Petroleum Corp. and Africa Oil Corp., two members of the Lundin Group of Companies.  He also represents, or has previously acted for, several other companies within the Lundin Group including NGEx Resources Inc., Lucara Diamond Corp. and Denison Mines Corp.     

Mr. Hisko obtained an LL.B. from Queen’s University at Kingston and an M.B.A. from the University of British Columbia.  He has been practicing corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions law relating to the mining sector for over 15 years. 

Representative Transactions


Mr. Hisko has represented national and international client with significant mining and oil and gas exploration and development operations in Africa including:

Lucara Diamond Corp.
(Lesotho and Botswana)

  • $17.2 million acquisition of Motapa Diamonds Inc. by plan of arrangement
  • acquisition of diamond properties in the Orapa district of Botswana from De Beers
  • negotiation of $49 million Irrevocable Guarantee from Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd.
  • $110 million private placement (subscription receipts)

Africa Oil Corp. (Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia)

  • $36 million dollar private placement financing (subscription receipts)
  • acquisition of oil and gas properties in Kenya and Ethiopia (through corporate acquisitions effected in the Netherlands)
  • negotiation of Farm-Out Agreements (Lion Energy Corp.)
  • renegotiation of Production Sharing Contracts with the Puntland State of Somalia

Lundin Mining Corporation (Democratic Republic of Congo)

  • $956 million friendly takeover bid of Rio Narcea Gold Mines, Ltd. in 2007
  • US$275 million sale of the Tasiast Gold Mine to Red Back Mining Inc. in 2007
  • its original listing on the New York Stock Exchange in 2007
  • merger with Tenke Mining Corp. and “spin-out” of certain assets to Suramina Resources Inc.
Glenn Ives  
Vice Chair
Deloitte North American Mining Leader

Glenn is a Vice Chair of Deloitte & Touche LLP and leads the North American Mining Group based in Vancouver Canada.  Glenn is also an audit partner responsible for delivering audit and advisory services to multi-national mining companies.  Prior to returning to the professional services sector in 1999, Glenn spent more than ten years as the senior financial officer of two gold mining companies listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.  His unique experience dealing with complex financial accounting and reporting issues for public companies from both perspectives and his deep mining experience is highly valued by his clients.

Glenn is a Chartered Accountant and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.  He was the gold medalist in Ontario in 1984 when he wrote the Uniform Final Examinations.  Glenn graduated on the Dean’s Honor Roll from the University of Waterloo in 1984 with a Bachelor of Mathematics honors degree.

Dr. Christine Kaszycki  
Assistant Deputy Minister, Mines and Minerals Division at the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry

Dr. Kaszycki began her career as a Geologist initially with the Geological Survey of Canada and then with the Ontario Geological Survey in Sudbury. In 1997, Christine moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where she became the Assistant Deputy Minister for Mineral Resources in the province.  In that capacity, she led the development and implementation of Manitoba’s mineral sector protected areas strategy. She also led the development of Manitoba’s Mineral Sector Guidelines for fostering relationships and economic opportunities with First Nations and Métis communities in the province.    
Christine rejoined the Ontario Public Service in September 2005 as Assistant Deputy Minister for the Mines and Minerals Division in Sudbury.  Over the past four and a half years her efforts have been focused on developing relationships and supporting economic opportunities with First Nations and Métis communities,  enhancing the growth of Ontario’s mineral cluster through implementation of Ontario’s first Mineral Development Strategy, and establishing the regulatory framework and value added cluster related to diamond production in Ontario. 

Christine is currently leading the Modernization of Ontario’s Mining Act, a key government initiative aimed at ensuring that mineral development in Ontario is undertaken in a manner that promotes a balanced approach that benefits all Ontarians.
Dr. Kaszycki has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Geology from Carleton University and has a M. Sc. and PhD in Geology from the University of Illinois.

William R. LeClair  
President & CEO – Crew Gold Corporation, United Kingdom

Bill qualified in British Columbia and worked for Coopers & Lybrand for several years. He has held top finance and operations positions in a resort–development company and in specialty agriculture. Bill joined Crew in July 2006 as Executive Vice President and became CEO In September 2009.

Gary A. Letcher  
Edwards, Kenny & Bray LLP

Gary Letcher is a litigation partner at Edwards, Kenny & Bray LLP, with a practice in environmental law and civil litigation.

Mr. Letcher has been at the forefront of environmental law and sustainability issues in Western Canada for over 30 years.  He has acted for industry, government and public interest groups on a range of resource use issues and contaminated land issues.  He acted in connection with the environmental permitting of the Revelstoke Dam and as Commission Counsel to the Royal Commission into Uranium Mining in B.C. and as Commission Counsel to British Columbia's Wilderness Advisory Committee.  He has extensive experience in working with private stakeholders and with government to achieve resolution and played a significant role in the multi-party dispute resolution surrounding the Britannia Mine.

Mr. Letcher has acted as counsel in a number of complex contaminated sites matters and acted as lead counsel for the successful party in the B.C. Court of Appeal, Seabright v. Imperial Oil decision.  He provides sustainability permitting, due diligence, corporate governance and regulatory process advice.

Mr. Letcher has acted on environmental and regulatory issues before all levels of Canadian courts and before a range of administrative tribunals including the British Columbia Environmental Appeal Board.  He is a frequent speaker to industry and to the profession and is listed in PLC  Which Laywer, in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, in Best Lawyers in Canada and in Lexpert.

Mr. Letcher's general civil litigation practice has focused on shareholders' actions and valuation issues.  He acted as counsel for the succesful party in the leading shareholders' action, Lindzon v. International Sterling.

Daphne J. MacKenzie  
Stikeman Elliott LLP

Daphne MacKenzie is the head of the Banking Group and partner in Stikeman Elliott’s Toronto office. She practises in the Corporate-Commercial Group with an emphasis on banking, project finance, restructurings, insolvency and public debt securities. Daphne acts for financial institutions and borrowers in cross-border banking and project finance transactions, and for creditors, receivers and debtors in commercial insolvencies and restructurings. She acts for private equity funds in connection with leveraged mergers and acquisitions and acts as corporate counsel to numerous Canadian corporations.

Daphne advises lenders, sponsors and borrowers in connection with project finance transactions in the mining sector. These transactions involve mining projects in Canada, the United States, South America, Europe and Africa.

She previously practised in the firm’s London office where her practice focused on banking, government privatizations, significant project financings and restructurings including aircraft and infrastructure financings in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Bulgaria, and restructurings in Hungary.

Daphne is recognized by IFLR1000's The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms 2010 as a leading lawyer in Banking.
Professional Activities

Daphne is a member of the Canadian Bar Association. Daphne was an adjunct professor in Advanced Company Law at the University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law from 2002 to 2005. She is also the chair of the National Committee on Accreditation, a standing Committee of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.

Publications
Daphne acted as consulting editor to the 2006 Ontario Personal Property Security Act and Commentary (Butterworths). She has also authored various papers for legal conferences and seminars.

Education
University of British Columbia (LL.B. 1986), University of Toronto (Honours BA economics, 1983)

Bar Admission
Ontario, 1988

Rick McCreary  
Head of Global Mining and Managing Director, Investment Banking, Mining Group, CIBC World Markets Inc.
  • MBA from McGill University, M.Sc.Eng. (Geophysics) from Queen’s University, B.Sc.Eng.Hons (Geological Engineering) from Queen’s University

  • Joined CIBC World Markets Inc. in 2003

  • During the past 12 years, Rick has directed and assisted in lead financings and mergers & acquisitions advisory in the mining sector for Aber, Agnico-Eagle, Aur, Barrick, Coeur d'Alene, Equinox, Falconbridge, Franco-Nevada, Goldcorp, HudBay, IAMGold, Inmet, Ivanhoe, Katanga, Kinross, LionOre, Noranda, Orezone, Placer Dome, Rio Tinto and Teck, among others

  • Over a 6 year period at TD Securities, was also involved in various transactions in the financial services and diversified sectors, including mergers & acquisitions, advisory and equity underwritings

  • Over 8 years experience with Noranda/Falconbridge in metals marketing, geophysics, geological engineering and technology development

  • Author of 13 technical papers and patents relating to geological engineering and geophysics

Edward J. (Ted) McGurk  
Vice President and Director of TD Securities

Ted is a Vice President and Director in TD Securities’ Vancouver office.   Ted joined TD Securities in 2007 and has over 15 years experience successfully executing numerous debt and equity financings and merger & acquisition advisory assignments for BC-based companies in a range of industries. Ted focuses a significant amount of his time on Vancouver-based mining companies. Notable transactions include advising Hillsborough on Vitol’s unsolicited bid for Hillsborough, Entrée Gold’s pending acquisition of PacMag Resources.  Other representative clients include Columbia Power Corp., Edmonton Airport Authority, University of British Columbia, Xantrex Technologies, Finning, Ballard Power, and MacDonald Dettwiler.  Ted has an MBA from the University of British Columbia and a B.Sc (Biochemistry) from the University of Ottawa.

Michael N. Melanson  
Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP

Michael specializes in corporate and securities law and is the National Practice Group Leader for Securities | Corporate Finance. He practises extensively in the securities law area, with an emphasis on public and private offerings of securities, takeover bids and mergers and acquisitions. Michael acts for companies in a wide range of industries. One area of focus of Michael's practice is representing clients and pursuing opportunities in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Israel, Mexico and other international markets. 

Scott Perrin  
Stikeman Elliott LLP

Scott Perrin is a partner with a broadly based practice in the areas of banking, project finance and public-private partnerships (P3s). He regularly acts for lenders or borrowers in connection with all aspects of loan financings and other secured transactions.

Industry sectors in which Mr. Perrin is experienced include mining (including mine financings), energy (including power project financings), health (including P3 financings), transportation (including P3 financings), telecommunications and forestry. His practice has involved transactions throughout Canada as well as in the United States, Mexico, the Congo, Russia and Indonesia. 

Professional Activities
Mr. Perrin has lectured on a variety of lending-related topics. He is also a member and past Chair of the Banking section of the Canadian Bar Association’s B.C. Branch.

Education
University of Victoria (LL.B. 1985, B.A. 1982).

Bar Admission
British Columbia, 1986.

Murray Rankin, QC  
Heenan Blaikie LLP

Murray Rankin is a partner in the firm of Heenan Blaikie, LLP, and works out of its Victoria, BC office.  He holds law degrees from both the University of Toronto and Harvard Law School.  Mr. Rankin was Professor of Law at the University of Victoria for over a decade.  His areas of specialization include aboriginal and environmental law.  He has served as a treaty negotiator and has also litigated several high profile aboriginal law cases. He recently negotiated the first Economic Benefits Agreement relating to oil and gas revenue-sharing in Northeast BC.

Wei Shao  
Blake Cassels & Graydon, LLP

Wei Shao is  counsel and coordinator of Blakes’ China Practice. Wei has extensive experience in corporate and project financing, mergers and acquisitions, cross-border counselling, and general corporate and commercial transactions.

Wei has represented Asian investors and entrepreneurs, private and public companies in various significant transactions in Canada, in particular in energy and mining sectors. He has also advised  Canadian and other international companies in natural resources, manufacturing, high-tech, environment, infrastructure and financial transactions in China. Wei has also provided legal advice to government agencies and diplomatic missions from both Canada and China.

Wei is also an interpreter accredited by the United Nations and by the federal government of Canada. As an interpreter or consultant, Wei has been involved in numerous ministerial and prime ministerial missions, meetings or negotiations between Canada and China.

Geoffrey M. Sherrott  
Edwards, Kenny & Bray LLP

Geoffrey M. Sherrott is the managing partner at Edwards, Kenny & Bray LLP.

Mr. Sherrott advises private and public companies on a wide range of commercial and corporate issues and has
particular experience in dealing with securities and environmental law issues.

Representative Experience 

  • Advises private companies on a wide range of business issues including shareholders agreements, agreements for the purchase and sale of land and businesses, licence agreements, loan and security documents, property leases and banking documents
  • Advises companies listed on the TSX and the TSX Venture Exchange on all disclosure and compliance matters
  • Securities law counsel for a Canadian mining company in a series of private placements of a total of US$730 million in debt instruments to US institutional investors and the subsequent qualification of those securities under the multi-jurisdictional disclosure system
  • Securities law counsel for a Canadian mining company in the issue of US$468 million in common shares to Canadian and US investors
  • Acts for clients in negotiating settlements addressing the costs of cleaning up contaminated sites in British Columbia, including the costs of addressing long-term acid mine drainage from old mine sites
  • Advises clients on how best to address the environmental risks involved in acquiring real property in British Columbia

Professional & Community Activities
Mr. Sherrott is a contributing author of Buying and Selling a Business – Annotated Precedents, published by the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLE). He is also the author of a chapter on equity financing for private companies in the CLE practice manual Advising British Columbia Businesses.

Education & Bar Admission
University of British Columbia, B.Sc., 1980
University of British Columbia, B.A., 1984
University of Saskatchewan, LL.B., 1993
Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1994

Roger R. Taplin  
McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Roger Taplin is a partner in our Vancouver office practicing in the Business Law Group and the Mining Law Group. His practice is primarily focused on the areas of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and securities. Mr. Taplin acts for clients of various industries, particularly in the mining and infrastructure sectors.

Mr. Taplin’s experience includes advising on significant mining M&A transactions, including friendly and hostile takeover bids, business combinations (including reverse takeovers), share or asset sales and joint ventures. He acts for issuers and underwriters on public and private securities offerings as well as providing general securities regulatory and corporate advice to mining issuers. He has acted for mining clients and banks in relation to sizeable mining projects in numerous international jurisdictions. Mr. Taplin has also acted for both sponsors and lenders on several high profile infrastructure (P3) projects.

Prior to joining McCarthy Tétrault in May, 2003, Mr. Taplin was a partner at Deneys Reitz Attorneys in Johannesburg, South Africa. During 1998, he was seconded to Slaughter and May solicitors in London, U.K. as a visiting lawyer. He received a BA in Political Science (cum laude) and Law in 1992, and his LLB in 1994 (cum laude) from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Mr. Taplin was called to the British Columbia bar in 2003, and was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 1997.


Kevin J. Thomson  
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Kevin Thomson is a partner practising in the mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance and securities groups.

In the mergers and acquisitions area, Kevin has acted for bidders and target companies in numerous solicited and unsolicited public take-over bids and privately negotiated acquisitions across a broad range of industries, including extensive transactional experience in the mining sector. 
Kevin acted as lead counsel to Barrick Gold Corporation in its successful US$10.4 billion acquisition of Placer Dome Inc. in January 2006 pursuant to an unsolicited take-over bid launched in October 2005.
Kevin also practises in the securities law and corporate finance areas. 
Kevin has been recognized as one of Canada's leading mergers and acquisitions and corporate law practitioners by  The Best Lawyers in Canada, as one of Canada's leading cross-border mergers & acquisitions lawyers by the LEXPERT Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers and is recognized by the Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory and by The Best Lawyers in Canada as one of Canada's leading lawyers in natural resources law.

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Conference Co-Chairs

David S. Allman
Edwards, Kenny & Bray LLP
Vancouver

Erik Goldsilver
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP –
Toronto

Speakers

Juli Abouchar
Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

Brian E. Abraham
Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP

Chad Accursi
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Daniel Barclay
Managing Director, Head of Canadian M&A Mergers & Acquisitions Group - BMO Capital Markets

Cameron G. Belsher
McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Manus Booysen
Webber Wentzel  

Leon C. Botham
Principal, Mining Sector Leader – Golder Associates Ltd.

Jonathan S. Drance
Stikeman Elliott LLP

David Farrell
Endeavour Financial

Pierre A. Gratton
President & CEO – Mining Association of British Columbia

Brian C. Graves
McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Kevin Hisko
McCullough O’Connor Irwin LLP

Glenn Ives
Vice Chair
Deloitte North American Mining Leader

Dr. Christine Kaszycki
Assistant Deputy Minister
Mines and Minerals Division at the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry

William R. LeClair
President & CEO – Crew Gold Corporation, United Kingdom

Gary A. Letcher
Edwards, Kenny & Bray LLP

Daphne J. MacKenzie
Stikeman Elliott LLP

Rick McCreary
Head of Global Mining and Managing Director, Investment Banking, Mining Group, CIBC World Markets Inc.

Edward J. (Ted) McGurk
Vice President and Director
TD Securities

Michael N. Melanson
Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP

Scott Perrin
Stikeman Elliott LLP

Murray Rankin, QC
Heenan Blaikie LLP

Wei Shao
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Geoffrey M. Sherrott
Edwards, Kenny & Bray LLP

Roger R. Taplin
McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Kevin J. Thomson
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

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