Follow updates on this pages. FEM invites speakers from exploration and mining companies, research institutes, academia, authorities and geological surveys. All presentations are by invitation only (no open call for abstracts). We continue the invitation process in April-May 2019.

Anne-Sylvie Andre-Mayer, Professor in Economic Geology, Université de Lorraine, France


Professor in Economic Geology, Université de Lorraine, France

Keynote: MSc education for the European exploration and mining industry, an Université de Lorraine and EuroCore project perspective

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Anne-Sylvie Andre-Mayer is a full professor in economic geology at the Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France. Deputy director of the GeoRessources laboratory, her research deals with the connection between metal endowment (Au, U, Rare metals,...) and the formation and reworking of the continental crust, focusing on Proterozoic times.

She is involved in international projects dealing with mineral exploration (WAXI, SAXI, NEXT). Her teaching at the ENSG (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie) is dedicated to mineral systems and exploration tools. She is the leader of the EUROCORE KIC Raw materials project that focuses on expertise and skill transfer to field geologists regarding spectroscopic devices handling and large geochemical and structural dataset management, especially using drill cores.

Felix Lee, President, Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)


President, Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)

Keynote: The state of the global mineral industry - an overview

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Felix Lee is a Director and Principal Consultant of CSA Global, an international mining and geological consultancy. Before joining CSA, Felix worked for ACA Howe International Limited in Toronto from 1992-2016, where he became President and co-owner in 2003. Over the course of a distinguished career in the exploration business, he has worked on grass-roots to advanced-stage exploration projects covering a wide variety of commodity and deposit types in Canada, Africa, Asia and South America.

Felix is a registered member of both the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario and the Society of Economic Geologists. He graduated with a B.Sc. in geology in 1986 from McMaster University and obtained an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 2005. Felix joined the PDAC Board of Directors in 2007. In March 2019, he is slated to become 37th President of the PDAC.

Nick Oliver, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Economic Geology, James Cook University, Director HCO Associate’s consultants


PhD, Adjunct Professor of Economic Geology, James Cook University, Director HCO Associate’s consultants

Keynote: Metal reworking versus multiple metal sources in the Fennoscandian and global context, with exploration implications

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Nick Oliver has a broad academic and consulting experience that have had very positive cultural and geological associations with Nordic Countries, particularly Finland, since 1995.

Nick Oliver ran several collaborative research, training, and graduate student programs with the GTK in the 1998-2005 period, when he was Director of the Economic Geology Research Unit at James Cook University, Queensland, Australia. Since then, Nick Oliver has been consulting and training around the world in structure + geochemistry + geophysics projects, including Nordic consultancies (2013-2018) and delivery of two very successful short courses in Helsinki and Luleå in 2017.

FEM2019_keynote_Andre van Wageningen


Engineering Manager, Agnico Eagle Finland Oy

Keynote: Building future mines through collaboration

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André van Wageningen is currently the Engineering Manager of the 1040m deep shaft Project in Kittilä. The shaft project will help the mine to increase production by 25%. He has 17 years of international experience living and working in Canada, Sweden and now Finland. Throughout his career he has had a focus on technology and a keen interest for optimization.

Besides his role in the shaft project he is actively involved in automation and technology projects in Kittilä. André has an MSc in Mining Engineering from Delft University of Technology and an MBA from Edinburgh Business School. When not working he can be found enjoying the outdoor activities Lapland has to offer.

Jason Tolland, Ambassador to Finland, Embassy of Canada


Ambassador to Finland, Embassy of Canada

Ambassador's address: Exploration and mining business development

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Jason Tolland (BA Hons [Economics], Queen’s University, (1990); LLB, University of British Columbia, 1995) was called to the bar of British Columbia in 1996. He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1998 following work as a management consultant in the United Kingdom and as a labour and employment lawyer in British Columbia.

In Ottawa, he has worked principally in trade and economic law and policy. He has served as policy officer for culture and intellectual property trade policy and in the Government of Canada’s Trade Law Bureau as counsel, deputy director and, most recently, as executive director. Overseas, he has served in Buenos Aires (second secretary, economic affairs), Washington, D.C., (counsellor, energy, environment and fisheries) and Berlin (minister-counsellor, commercial-economic).

Nicole Adshead-Bell, PhD, Director, Cupel Advisory Corp.


PhD, Director, Cupel Advisory Corp.

Pre-conference short course: Capital markets for geologists

Conference panel session: Capital markets

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Dr Nicole Adshead-Bell is a geologist with over two decades of capital markets and minerals sector experience.  From 2003 Nicole focused on evaluating and advising mining sector companies, including establishing Cupel Advisory Corp. to concentrate on value creation and realization in the mineral industry via direct investing and investment fund/corporate advisory roles.  She was previously Director of Mining Research at Sun Valley Gold LLC (an SEC registered precious metals fund), Managing Director Investment Banking at Haywood Securities, a sell-side analyst at Dundee Securities and a buy-side analyst at Sun Valley Gold.  Earlier in her career she worked as a geologist for exploration, development and mining companies in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Canada.

Nicole has ten years cumulative experience as an independent director for TSX-, NYSE-, AIM- and ASX-listed companies.  Recent directorships include Dalradian Resources, which was acquired by Orion Mine Finance in Q3-2018, and Pretium Resources.  She was an independent director of Beadell Resources, transitioning to CEO and Managing Director in July 2018.  It was announced in September 2018 that Beadell was subject to a friendly acquisition by Great Panther Silver. Nicole’s diverse background in capital markets, the minerals industry and as an executive and independent director of public companies has provided broad insight into the common traits of successful and unsuccessful companies of all sizes.

Neil Adshead, Portfolio Manager, Sprott Inc


PhD, Portfolio Manager, Sprott Inc

Pre-conference short course: Capital markets for geologists

Conference panel session: Capital markets

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Neil Adshead rejoined Sprott in early 2019 as a Portfolio Manager following an 21-month sabbatical working on various consultancy roles for investment funds and junior mining companies. During his first term with Sprott, Neil was employed as an ‘Investment Strategist’, assisting several business units, for five years from 2012. Prior to joining Sprott he was a Vancouver-based senior mining analyst at Passport Capital, a global investment firm with headquarters in San Francisco, for over seven years from 2004. Neil’s spent ten years in exploration, mine geology and corporate roles for Placer Dome subsidiaries in Canada, Australia and Papua New Guinea before moving across to the buy-side.

In 1995 he received a PhD in Economic Geology from James Cook University of North Queensland, Australia. Before relocating to Australia, Neil worked as a mud logger and data engineer on North Sea oil rigs for a Schlumberger subsidiary after receiving a First Class Honours degree in Earth Sciences from Birmingham University. Over the past 25 years, Neil has built an extensive global network in both the mining and investment sectors.

Mark Bennett, Managing Director and CEO, S2 Resources Ltd


Managing Director and CEO, S2 Resources Ltd

Conference presentation: Applying S2’s greenfields exploration approach to the Central Lapland Greenstone Belt

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Mark Bennett was the founding Managing Director and CEO of Sirius Resources, overseeing its growth from a junior explorer until its $1.8 billion takeover by IGO. During this time he led Sirius through equity financing, project debt financing, permitting and development in record time. He is now the Managing Director and CEO of S2 Resources, having demerged it from Sirius prior to its takeover. Mark is the only individual to have been awarded two AMEC Prospector of the Year awards, for his discoveries which include the Thunderbox gold mine, the Waterloo nickel mine, and the Nova-Bollinger nickel-copper mine.

He holds BSc and PhD degrees in geology, is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and the Australian Institute of Geologists, a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is also a Director of Todd River Resources, which is 19.99% owned by S2. Although a geologist, Mark also has a very successful track record in financing exploration and development, having raised over $800 million with Sirius and S2, and is highly experienced in capital markets and corporate strategy.

Dale Mah, VP Corporate Development, Endeavour Silver


VP Corporate Development, Endeavour Silver

Pre-conference short course: Capital markets for geologists

Conference panel session: Capital markets

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Dale Mah is a professional geologist with 20 years of experience in the mining industry. He has held senior positions in mineral exploration, investment research and project evaluation throughout his career, with particular emphasis in capital markets, investment banking, equity research, precious and base metals project management and valuation, financial modeling, mine economics, and reserve and resource estimation.

Dale’s early career between 1996 and 2009 focused on the exploration for and discovery of mineral deposits in Canada for Cominco, BHP Billiton and other companies. He moved into more senior technical and management roles from 2006 to 2010 with Tahera Diamond Corp and Olivut Resources, then worked as a mining analyst with Mackie Research Capital and Dundee Capital Markets, before joining a private equity group, Quintana Resources Capital, as VP Geology in 2014. In his current role as VP Corporate Development with Endeavour Silver, Dale’s primary focus is deal origination, technical due diligence, project valuation and negotiating M&A opportunities.

Joe Mazumdar, Economic Geologist / Analyst, Exploration Insights


Economic Geologist / Analyst, Exploration Insights

Pre-conference short course: Capital markets for geologists

Conference panel session: Capital markets

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Joe Mazumdar is an Economic Geologist/Analyst at Exploration Insights. Prior to that he was a senior mining analyst at Haywood Securities, then Canaccord Genuity. His work experience includes Director of Strategic planning, Corporate Development at Newmont and senior market analyst/trader at Phelps Dodge. Mazumdar also worked in technical roles for IAMGOLD in Ecuador, North Minerals in Argentina/Chile and Peru, RTZ Mining and Exploration in Argentina, Chile, Peru and Ecuador and MIM Exploration and Mining in Queensland, Australia, among others.

Mazumdar has a Bachelor of Science in geology from the University of Alberta, a Master of Science in Geology and Mining from James Cook University and a Master of Science in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines.

Øystein Rushfeldt, CEO, Nussir ASA


CEO, Nussir ASA

Conference presentation: Moving towards construction at Nussir



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Øystein Rushfeldt is a mining engineer with 29 years of experience from Norwegian and international mining companies. Former employers include Rana Gruber AS, Sydvaranger AS, Hustadmarmor AS, Titania AS and Eramet Norge AS.

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