Mines and Money London 2019: Day three round-up

Attendees flocked back to the third and final day of Mines and Money London 2019, after 500 mining industry leaders and heavyweights enjoyed a glitzy night at the annual gala dinner and awards, which took place after the conclusion of day two.

The big winners from the 17th Mines and Money Awards for Outstanding Achievement event included Paul Cronin of Adriatic Metals, Elaine Dorward-King from Newmont Goldcorp and First Quantum Minerals CEO Philip Pascall.

Cronin was awarded ‘CEO of the Year’ for emerging mining companies, after driving ASX-listed Adriatic’s zinc polymetallic Vareš Project in Bosnia & Herzegovina, while Dorward-King was named Mines and Money’s ‘Most Inspirational Woman in Mining’. Finally, Pascall was handed the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award for his stellar work in the sector going back to 1977.

One of the key main stage topics of day three focused on EVs and the continuing rise of battery metals. At midday, a five-member panel debated the future of the EV and battery metals industry, covering the nature of the transition to EVs in the European market and concerns relating to future supply of battery metals from the mining space.

“We are going to need a lot more of lithium in three or four years’ time,” warned Will Smith from Westbeck Capital Management. “Currently we have a slight oversupply dynamic but this will evolve into a deficit quicker than battery manufacturers are currently anticipating.”

The 17th annual Mines and Money conference in London was rounded off by the grand final of the Mining Pitch Battle, after five junior mining companies came through a series of heats throughout the week to reach the final.

Emerging victorious from the grand final of the 2019 Mining Pitch Battle was Canada-focused gold firm Amex Exploration, presented by VP exploration Kelly Malcolm. Kelly received three votes from the five-member panel of ‘dragon’s den judges.

This rounded off another highly successful Mines and Money event in London. All that was left was for head of content Andrew Thake to thank the 2,000+ attendees from across the global mining value chain and welcome them back for the 2020 event.