Mines and Money Online Connect December – midweek round-up:

RGN brings you highlights from the first two days of Mines and Money’s Online Connect December event. This latest virtual offering from Mines and Money replaces the annual London show, which would have returned for its 18th year in the UK capital had the COVID-19 pandemic not put an end to large scale gatherings and international travel for the foreseeable future.

In his welcome address on day one, Mines and Money’s head of content Andrew Thake greeted the 2,000 attendees that had signed up for a bursting three days of  keynote panel discussions, fireside chats, mining pitch battles and of course, the well-loved 5@5 sessions. In addition, the meeting planner continues to be open 24 hours a day for those delegates looking to secure deals and investment.

Mining pitch battles:

There have been two fiercely contested ‘mining pitch battles’ during the event so far. The competition pits a selection of mining executives against one another in a series of company corporate presentations put towards a Dragon’s den’ of investor judges.

On day one, the gold and precious metals heat took place, with four global companies – Cassiar Gold, Cabral Gold, Banyan Gold and Silver Tiger Metals – competing for a hypothetical $1 million investment handed out by the judges.

After each company presenter was suitably grilled by the investor panel, Cabral Gold CEO Alan Carter was voted the winner of the gold and precious metals round.

Day two brought the battery metals mining pitch battle, which was contested by FPX Nickel, Nouveau Monde Graphite and Strategic Resources. The tight contest was settled by the judges and Nouveau Monde came home with the trophy. Congratulations to CEO Eric Desaulniers.

Keynote sessions:

Mines and Money was pleased to host a keynote session from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on day one of Online Connect. Vice Minister for Mining Affairs & Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Mudaifer delivered a detailed presentation on the Kingdom’s plans to transform the mining sector.

“Saudi Arabia now offers mining investment opportunities supported by promising geological prospects, enhanced access to data & robust regulations. Together we can build a world class mining sector based on strategic partnerships and a strong mutual benefit”

Another keynote ‘fireside chat’ took place on day two between Electrum Group CEO Dr Thomas Kaplan and Kitco editor Neils Christensen. The two discussed the current gold market in depth in a 20-minute session.

“There are so many reasons to buy gold, it’s almost like a buffet,” Kaplin said. “When gold pops and goes over $2,000, that’s when the big money will come in. When that happens, you’ll see 10-fold multiplication in certain gold equities!”

5@5 returns:

Mines and Money has been running its weekly 5@5 sessions – five industry experts at 5pm – since just after the world went into lockdown in March, and it would’ve been remiss of the organisers not to include the popular webcam-based series within the agenda.

The first 5@5 was hosted by RK Equity and featured a range of companies from the battery metals sector, including European Metals Holdings, Savannah Resources and First Cobalt Corp. The next 5@5 was hosted by IBK Capital and featured three of their portfolio companies: Canada Nickel Company, New Age Metals and SPC Nickel. Visit Mines and Money’s YouTube page to view both episodes in full.