Ontario will host and co-sponsor the Mines and Money Americas mining investment forum in Toronto during September 2016 and September 2017.
The Mines and Money trade conference is one of world's largest mining investment meetings, and attracts over 3,000 investors and 900 exhibitors. It is also a knowledge sharing and business matchmaking platform which connects miners, investors and new opportunities.
This will be the first time in the Mines and Money's 13-year history that the conference will be hosted in the Americas. It has previously been held in other global mining hubs such as London, Hong Kong and Australia.
Holding the investment forum in Toronto is a unique opportunity to showcase Ontario's competitive business climate. The Toronto Stock Exchange is a global leader in raising mining equity capital and in the number of mining companies listed on it. Currently, there are approximately 1,500 mining companies listed on the TSX. Last year, that translated into $229 billion in mining market capitalization and $8.9 billion in new mining equity raised.
Showcasing Ontario's mining sector is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
" We’re pleased to announce our co-sponsorship and host status of the first ever Mines and Money Americas. By bringing the world’s premier event for mining finance and investment here to Ontario, we’re providing a unique opportunity to showcase our mining sector and attract new business opportunities that will strengthen our province."
- Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines
" Mines and Money is proud to partner with the Government of Ontario and leading companies in the global mining industry to establish Mines and Money Americas. Through the participation of the mining companies, financiers, deal makers and opinion leaders we will deliver a world class event to meet the needs of the mining industry."
- Alex Kent, Managing Director, Aspermont Group
"As the world's leading public markets mining financing, Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange are delighted to sponsor the first-ever Mines and Money conference focused exclusively on the Americas. The large-scale mining investment forum will gather the mining community to share their ideas and knowledge of the unique challenges and opportunities in North and South America."
-- Ungad Chadda, Senior Vice President, Toronto Stock Exchange
As home to a significant number of the world's mining companies, and with a rich geology of its own, Ontario is a fitting host province for Mines and Money Americas. Having served the metals and mining sector for more than a century, BMO Capital Markets is pleased to sponsor this forum for mining finance and investment."
-- Brian Tobin, Vice-Chairman, BMO Capital Markets
"IBK Capital is proud to have participated in Mines and Money London over the years. We are excited to now see it come to the Americas and look forward to good success! Congratulations to all in the mining industry."
-- Miranda Werstiuk, Senior Vice-President, IBK Capital Corp.
"There is a need for a top-branded event to bring the whole hemisphere together in a very-focused way. Mines and Money has been able to do that in other parts of the world, and I think there is the opportunity for a more focused event right across the Americas. What we're hoping for from Mines and Money is a strategic event, with C-level contact and a targeted audience."
-- Lee Hodgkinson, National Industry Leader of Mining, KPMG in Canada
"In today's challenging business environment it is more important than ever to develop and share technological and cost saving solutions to allow mines to be developed both safely and cost effectively. Employing a holistic approach to mine development, mine planning, and mine closure allows us to make informed decisions with respect to risk and cost, thus creating a framework for maintaining a social licence to operate by managing the risks of mining effectively and pragmatically, providing a long lasting positive legacy."
-- Mike O'Kane, President, O'Kane Consultants Inc.
"PowerOne Capital Markets Limited is honoured to participate with the Ontario Government and the Mines and Money team to bring this distinguished event to Toronto. Mining is an integral part of the Canadian economy and Canada is home to preeminent mining companies, financiers and industry expertise. PowerOne has recognized the importance of this industry since its inception and remains passionate to continue providing growth capital and advisory services to emerging companies globally."
-- Pat DiCapo, Managing Director, PowerOne Capital Markets Limited
"Despite the economic challenges the mining industry continues to face, we are seeing stories of true innovation in the sector which is transforming businesses and giving us a glimpse into what could be a more optimistic future. As sponsors of Mines and Money in 2016, we're thrilled to be bringing together industry leaders and investors while shining a spotlight on the mining sector which is poised for change."
-- Liam Fitzgerald, Canadian Mining Leader, PwC Canada
"We are excited to be involved with the inaugural Mines and Money Americas. Our clients are continuing to invest in mining projects throughout the Americas, we are pleased to sponsor a conference focused on bringing investment capital and miners together."
-- Mike Pickersgill, Co-head, Mining and Metals Practice, Tory's
"Zimtu Capital Corp. is proud to support Mines and Money's expansion into the Americas. For many years, Mines and Money have featured leading mineral exploration and mining companies in major financial markets. Canada is seen as a top tier destination for mineral exploration and development with outstanding mineral riches. We believe the time is right."
-- Aubrey Blishen, Zimtu Capital Corp.
- Ontario joins a group of 15 other co-sponsors who support Mines and Money Americas. The province will invest $235,000 USD for each of the two years it will host the forum, for a total investment of $470,000 USD or approximately $608,000 CAD.