Speakers

David Billedeau

David Billedeau

Senior Director of Natural Resources, Environment, and Sustainability

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Carl Calandra

Carl Calandra

Vice President & General Counsel

Cerrado Gold

Mr. Calandra is a legal executive with more than 15 years of advisory, transactional and public company experience. Prior to joining Cerrado, Mr. Calandra was Vice President and General Counsel of Dundee Corporation, a Canadian investment company focused on mining, and was an associate at a top-tier Canadian national law firm.  Carl holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Business Administration from the Ivey Business School.  Carl has been a member of the Law Society of Ontario since 2006.

Bruno Caron

Bruno Caron

Partner

Miller Thomson LLP

Bruno Caron’s practice is primarily focused on corporate law, securities, financing, mergers and acquisitions of public and private companies, and corporate governance. He is frequently retained as counsel on matters involving business restructuring, statutory arrangements, continuous disclosure requirements and the rules governing shareholders’ meetings. He has a particular interest with respect to green finance as a means to mitigate and adapt to climate change and the disclosure rules applicable to the risks associated with global warming. Bruno sits on the panel of experts of the Canada Climate Law Initiative and is frequently called to give presentations to board of directors and pension trustees of pension funds on the exercise of their fiduciary duty in connection with climate change risks and opportunities.

Patrick Deutscher

Patrick Deutscher

Counsel, Business Law Group

McCarthy Tetrault LLP

Patrick is Counsel in McCarthy Tétrault LLP’s Business Law Group in Vancouver. With a growing practice focused on domestic and international transactions in the mining space, Patrick has extensive experience negotiating metal stream and royalty financing transactions and advising clients on asset and share purchase transactions and mining joint ventures.  Clients seek out Patrick for his pragmatic approach to deal making and his in-depth knowledge of alternative mine financing.

Francis Fournier

Francis Fournier

President and CEO

Corem

Francis Fournier has been working in the field of innovation for 25 years. A forestry engineer
by training, he spent five years in the wood processing industry. In 2000, he joined
FPInnovations as a researcher. Since 2007, he has held various management and executive
positions. He joined Corem in January 2018 as President and CEO. As Canada’s largest
centre of expertise and innovation in mineral processing, Corem develops innovative
solutions and processes for the traditional and emerging mining industry such as lithium,
graphite, and other critical and strategic minerals required for the energy transition.
Francis Fournier considers that collaboration is a key element in the field of innovation. It is with this same approach that he sits on the boards of PRIMA Québec, the MISA Group, and
works on strategic committees such as the executive committee of the Institut nordique
du Québec, the scientific committee of the INRS, the mining advisory committee, and the
Canadian Mining Science and Engineering Laboratory Network of which he is the co-chair.

Benjamin Gross

Partner

Borden Ladner Gervais

Benjamin focuses his practice on debt financing, real estate and corporate commercial matters (including mergers and acquisitions).

He is formally recognized for his specific expertise: (a) in Mining, in the IAE 2022 Awards as Mining Lawyer of the Year- Canada and in the 2018 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory; (b) in Asset Equipment Finance/Leasing and Asset Based Lending, in both (i) The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory since 2015, and (ii) The Best Lawyers in Canada directory since 2021; (c) in Project Finance, in The Best Lawyers in Canada directory since 2020; and (d) in Infrastructure, in the Lexpert Report on Business: Infrastructure edition in 2018.

His advice and counsel is also sought after in Aviation law matters, Mergers and Acquisition transactions, Consumer Protection law, and Entertainment and Sports law.

Benjamin regularly guides his clients in the creation of optimum structures and practices for meeting their objectives in the most satisfactory and effective way possible. He advises them on creating a winning team, drafting both simple and complex documents designed to achieve desired outcomes and protect their interests throughout negotiations with numerous stakeholders. He is often called upon to create lending programs for financial institutions, lessors, inventory financiers and other lenders from scratch, most of which have withstood the test of time.

In the Mining Space, he has guided junior mining companies, exploration companies, and world-renown mining companies, and their lenders, streamers, stakeholders (including funds), and government and quasi-government actors. He has piloted mining and infrastructure projects from inception to mine remediation, both locally and internationally (across all continents). He is experienced in drafting and negotiating construction contracts and private-public partnership documentation; joint ventures, partnership and corporate documents of all sorts; complete and partial transfers of mining rights and claims; traditional loans, debentures, streaming arrangements and mining equipment financing and security documents; royalties, offtake agreements, ore sale agreements and the like. His experience to date in dirt law extends mainly to gold, silver, iron ore, copper, zinc, bronze, nickel, niobium, rare earths, diamonds, lithium, aluminum, graphite and tungsten.

A family man, he is very active in both professional associations and community projects. He is a regular author, with many published works, and speaker at numerous professional conferences in his fields of practice. He is and has been a mentor to many attorneys.

Benjamin is licensed to practice law in both Quebec (Bar 2001) and Ontario (Bar 2022), holding both a civil law and common law degree from McGill University since 2000.

Tamara Howarth

Tamara Howarth

Vice President, Legal

Wheaton Precious Metals

Tamara has been with Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. since 2013 and has 25 years of practice experience as a business lawyer, in particular in the governance, securities and corporate finance areas.

As in house legal counsel at Wheaton, Tamara advises on a wide range of legal and business issues. Tamara also helps to set Wheaton’s Human Resources organizational programs and best practices and helps to lead strategy and implementation of Human Resources initiatives.

Prior to joining Wheaton, Tamara was in private practice focusing on regulatory compliance for public and private issuers, registrants and investment fund managers.

Tamara obtained her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degrees from Queen’s University and is a member of both the Law Society of British Columbia and the Law Society of Ontario. In her spare time, Tamara is an active volunteer for a number of not for profit and charitable organizations.

Jay C. Kellerman

Jay C. Kellerman

Partner

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Jay Kellerman is a partner and member of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets Groups, and served as the Managing Partner of the firm’s Toronto office from 2012 to 2018. With more than 30 years of experience, Jay is widely recognized by market sources as a leading practitioner in his field. He is consistently sought out by senior management of companies, boards and investors for not only transactional assistance, but to advise on strategic direction and growth.

Jay has earned significant praise for his seasoned practice and deep technical knowledge. He is recognized as one of the top mining lawyers in the world by market commentators and directories including Chambers Canada, Chambers Global, Who’s Who Legal, International Financial Law Review’s IFLR1000, and as a leading lawyer in Capital Markets: Equity, Corporate Finance and Securities, Corporate Commercial and M&A by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, among many others.

Paul Knight

Paul Knight

Vice Chairman and Co-Head of Global Metals and Mining

Barclay's Bank PLC

Paul Knight is a Managing Director, Vice Chairman and the Chairman of Global Metals & Mining at Barclays. He is based in Toronto where he focuses on mergers and acquisitions primarily in the mining industry.

Mr. Knight joined Barclays in 2013 as Global Head of Metals and Mining. Immediately prior to that, he worked at UBS. Paul joined SG Warburg (a predecessor firm to UBS) in London in 1994. During his career at UBS, Paul worked in London, Hong Kong, New York and Toronto and was, at various times, Vice-Chairman; Global Head of Metals and Mining; Chairman and CEO of UBS Canada; Head of the EMEA Industrials Team; Head of Latin American Investments Banking; Co-Head of UBS Russia and Global Head of Project Finance.

Paul has been involved in several significant M&A transactions including:

  • Advised Randgold on its $18bn merger with Barrick Gold (2019);
  • Advised Agrium on its $36bn merger with Potash Corp (2018);
  • Advised Anheuser-Busch on its sale to Inbev for $52bn (2008);
  • Advised BHP Billiton on the acquisition of Rio Tinto for $115bn (2008 – pulled);
  • Advised Norilsk Nickel on defence and response to the $30bn takeover offer from Rusal (2008);
  • Advised Vale on the acquisition of Inco for $19bn (2007);
  • Advised the board of directors of Alcan on defence and sale of Alcan to Rio Tinto for $41bn (2007);
  • Advised the Government of Argentina on it’s sovereign debt restructuring ($82bn) (2005);
  • Advised BHP on its $38bn merger with Billiton (2001)

Prior to UBS, Paul worked: as a Senior Banker at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (London, 1992-1994) where, among other things, he advised the governments of Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Albania on privatization; at Nomura Securities (Tokyo and London) and as a lawyer in Toronto and Tokyo.

Paul graduated from Queens University (J.D.) and Clare College, University of Cambridge (LL.M).

Leanne C. Krawchuk, K.C.

Leanne C. Krawchuk, K.C.

Partner

Dentons

Leanne is a member of Dentons’ Corporate group. She is also the Canada Co-chair and a global Lead for Dentons’ Mining group and a member of the Dentons Canada LLP National Board and a member of the Dentons Canada LLP Audit Committee. Leanne is recognized in almost all mining related publications for her tremendous contribution to the mining industry. For over two decades, Leanne has been a driving force in the business, using her influence to help build the mining group profile for the past six years on a national and global scale.

Leanne routinely advises mining producers on commercial and other mining legal matters. She is involved in the negotiation and drafting of multi-million dollar supply agreements, security of supply agreements, streaming agreements, refinery agreements, and option agreements involving precious metals, battery metals, and base and industrial metals. Leanne has been involved in significant M&A mining transactions and assignments and transfers in respect of mining projects in Canada and abroad, including acting for purchasers acquiring Canadian mining assets in distressed mining scenarios. Leanne also provides advice on royalties, price reviews, and dedication and unitization agreements.

Leanne is regularly involved in the negotiation and drafting of commercial agreements relating to the establishment of joint ventures and other strategic partnerships, unanimous shareholder agreements, construction contracts, including subcontracts, procurement contracts, and long term supply, offtake, and purchase agreements. Leanne represents clients in the mining, construction, engineering, oilfield service, and technology industries.

Amanda Linett

Amanda Linett

Partner

Stikeman Elliott, LLP

Amanda Linett is a partner and Co-Head of the Mining Group at Stikeman Elliott. Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions (cross-border and domestic), private equity and corporate finance transactions. Amanda has extensive experience advising senior management, boards of directors, special committees, and other transaction participants in numerous mergers and acquisitions transactions. She also represents issuers and underwriters in a wide range of corporate finance transactions, and regularly provides advice on corporate governance and securities regulatory compliance matters. Amanda has been recognized by numerous directories including Best Lawyers in Canada in Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Natural Resources, and Securities; and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in Corporate Finance & Securities, Corporate Mid-Market, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining and Private Equity; and as a leading lawyer in Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M & A and Lexpert Special Edition: Mining.

Rick McCreary

Rick McCreary

Deputy Chair, Investment Banking

TD Securities Inc.

Rick has over 35 years of experience in the resource sector both as a principal in executive and board roles with various corporates, as well as a financial advisor in investment banking.  On the corporate side, Rick started his career with Gulf Canada as an exploration geophysicist later working with the Noranda-Falconbridge Group in engineering, technology-development, and metals marketing; and most recently as Senior Vice President Corporate Development with Barrick Gold.  Prior to TD, Rick’s most-recent investment banking role was Head of CIBC’s Global Mining Investment Banking Group.  During his career, Rick has acted as principal or lead financial advisor in marquee transactions for Placer Dome, Barrick, African Barrick Gold (Acacia), Goldcorp, Kinross, Franco-Nevada, IAMGold, Evolution, Northern Star, Orezone, Noranda, Falconbridge, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Teck, Lundin, Aur, Inmet, Ivanhoe, HudBay, Equinox, Quadra, Baffinland, Dominion Diamond, and Noront.  Rick holds an MBA in Finance and Strategy from McGill University, and an M.Sc. and B.Sc.Hons in Geological Engineering from Queen’s University.

Fred Pletcher

Partner and National Leader, Mining Group

Borden Ladner Gervais

Van Ramsay

Canadian Mining and Metals Leader

Deloitte Inc.

Lance Rishor

Lance Rishor

Head, Macquarie Capital Canada

Macquarie Group

Lance joined Macquarie Capital in Toronto in 2022 as Managing Director, Head of Macquarie Capital Canada where he is a senior member of the Macquarie Critical Minerals and Energy team working with partners in Australia, Singapore and South Africa. Prior to joining Macquarie, Lance worked at RBC Capital Markets for over 20 years in increasing senior roles, most recently as a Managing Director in the global mining and metals investment banking team. Lance provided senior level coverage to a variety of Canadian and International clients and worked with partners globally. Prior to RBC, Lance worked at TD Securities in the mining investment banking group. Lance holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen’s University.

Dana Sasarean

Sector lead for Mining ESG Research

Sustainalytics

Steven Suarez

Steven Suarez

Partner

Borden Ladner Gervais

Steve advises on income tax matters, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, inbound and outbound investment, corporate restructurings and audit management, and tax dispute resolution (including transfer pricing). He is the Co-Chair of the Economics & Taxes Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Councillor of the Canadian Branch of the International Fiscal Association, and former Chair, Ontario Bar Association (Tax Section). He is also the creator of www.businesstaxcanada.com, a website devoted to taxation issues relevant to foreign investors into Canada, and has been acknowledged as a leading tax practitioner in various publications, including Chambers, Lexpert and Who’s Who Legal. Steve is called to the bars of Ontario and New York Bar, and is on the Roll of Solicitors of England & Wales.

Andrew Swart

Canadian Energy Resources and Industrials Managing Partner

Deloitte Inc.

Jeff Swinoga

CEO, President & Director

Exploits Discovery Corp.

Board Member

Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), Radisson, Excellon and Imperial Mining

Corey Walrod

Corey Walrod

Extractive Lead Analyst

Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)