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SESSION TIMES: 8:00 – 11:30 COFFEE BREAK 9:35 – 10:20

Chaired by: Rich Perry, Administrator, Nevada Division of Minerals, Carson City, NV
Area of Interest – Mineral Deposits, Geology & Exploration
Want to hear about exploration and mining activities for the past year in western states and provinces? In this all-day session, state and province economic geologists will provide an update on the latest activities in their respective areas, and discuss new opportunities for exploration and mineral development. Talks include:

  •  Oregon House Bill 3089. A New Look at Oregon’s Mineral Resource Potential, Ian Madin, Chief Scientist, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, Portland, OR
  • British Columbia Overview of Mining and Exploration, Gordon Clarke, Director, BC Mineral Development Office, British Columbia Geological Survey, Vancouver, BC, CANADA
  • Idaho Mining and Exploration, 2016, Virginia Gillerman, Associate Research Geologist, Idaho Geological Survey, Boise, ID
  • Utah’s Non-Fuel Minerals Industry, Ken Krahulec, Economic Geologist, Utah Geological Survey, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 2016 Yukon Mineral Industry Overview, Scott Casselman, Economic Geology, Yukon Geological Survey, Whitehorse, YK, CANADA

Chaired by: Richard L. Bedell, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, Renaissance Gold Inc., Reno, NV
Area of Interest – Business and Finance
The current recession in exploration and mining is unprecedented, yet no matter how bad it gets there are always profitable mines. Growth companies are fewer than in recent history but growth can still happen despite the market. Major companies have had significant write downs and M&A activity is more frequent. Exploration success has waned, but is this due to budget cuts or foolish expenditures? Most of the growth stories in exploration were due to higher levels of funding more than three years ago. This session will look at the market and present companies that are undergoing growth despite current challenges. Talks include:

  • Wanted: Quality Projects, Joe Mazumdar, Economic Geologist/Analyst, Exploration Insights, Vancouver, BC, CANADA
  • Rye Patch Gold: Nevada Focused, Production Ready, William C. Howald, President & CEO, Rye Patch Gold, Vancouver, BC, CANADA
  • OceanaGold Stepping Into Vision, Marcelo Ramos, Business Development Manager, OceanaGold Corporation, Melbourne, VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • Premier Gold: Exploration – Our Future…Our Strength, Ewan Downie, President & CEO, Premier Gold Mines Ltd., Thunder Bay, ON, CANADA
  • Eurasian Minerals Growth Through Prospect Generation, Royalty Purchases, and Strategic Investments, David M. Cole, President & CEO, Eurasian Minerals, Inc., Littleton, CO
  • Gold Standard Ventures: Exploring the Last Window on the Carlin Trend, Jonathan Awde, President & CEO, Gold Standard Ventures Corp., Vancouver, BC, CANADA

Chaired by: Ian McMullen, Klondex Mines Ltd., Reno, NV
Area of Interest – Operations
The aim of this session is to align selected mining methods, reflecting current ore control and modeling practice, with applicable mining technologies where doing so enhanced profitability by maximizing value through improved grade, minimal dilution, and protection of costs. Presentations should include any relevant experiences, applicable real world solutions, and clearly demonstrate current or future efficiencies associated with mining method selection. Talks include:

  • Narrow Vein Mining – Go or No Go?, Anthony Bottrill, Corporate Resources Manager, Klondex Mines LTD, Reno, NV
  • Cutoff Grade Optimization, Veronica Tough, Manager, Regional Strategic Planning, Newmont Mining Corporation, Elko, NV
  • You Can Teach an Old Mine New Tricks: A Case Study on Implementing Automation into an Operating Underground Mine to Improve Safety and Maximize Efficiency, Grace Wilson, Underground Mine Engineer, Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc., Elko, NV
  • Improve Operational Performance and Manage Environmental Risks with Innovative Software – EnviroSuite, Matt Scholl, General Manager – USA, EnviroSuite
  • To Be Determined, Dan Goudeau, Senior Mine Engineer, Klondex Midas Operations, Golconda, NV

BASELINE SUCCESS: The Path to Efficient Permitting
Chaired by: Benjamin Veach, P.E., Principal, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., Reno, NV
Area of Interest – Environmental
State and Federal permitting requirements continue to increase in all phases of mining. Exploration, Mining, and Reclamation costs are tied to complex schedules and require a comprehensive approach to properly manage the expenditure of increasing amounts of capital. This session is designed to explore current topics and to discuss impacts to schedules from environmental and cultural reviews. The various elements from the Plans of Operations through NEPA permitting and into reclamation for both mines and exploration projects will be discussed. Meet the people that can explain sage-grouse rules in plain English. Hear how experts compete for internal capital to balance schedules with the costs of permitting. Talks include:

  • Baseline Groundwater as a Foundation on which to Build a Successful Permitting Acton, Jim Finley, PhD, Principal Geochemist, Americas Region, MWH, Ft. Collins, CO
  • Greater Sage-grouse: Baseline and Mitigation Requirements Post ARMPA, Christopher Jasmine, Environmental Scientist, Elko Manager, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., Elko, NV
  • Process, not Prescription in Section 106 (Cultural Resources) Baseline Studies, Edward Stoner, M.A. RPA, Northwest Region Manager/Project Director, Western Cultural Resource Management, Inc., Sparks, NV
  • Legal Ramifications of Baseline Mine Permitting, Laura K. Granier, Partner, Davis Graham and Stubbs LLP, Reno, NV
  • Consider NEPA to Improve Efficiency of Baseline Data Collection for EAS and EIS’s, Michele Lefebvre, PhD, NEPA Project Manager, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., Hilo, HI

Protests or Progress:
Chaired by: Adam Hawkins, President, Global External Relations, Phoenix, AZ
Area of interest – Legislative & Public Affairs
Ignoring your community can cost millions in delays and litigation. Across the globe, decision-makers are dialed into the public and reacting to mass support or opposition. Most modern mine developers understand the need to obtain the legal right to develop (permits, leases, title, etc). The practices needed to obtain and maintain the buy-in and support from key stakeholders (known as, social license) to develop and sustain a project are often misunderstood and undervalued. So many times, projects are developed without a clear understanding of these important factors This technical session will arm you with the tools you need to move support from your community in the right direction.
During the session, we discuss what social license is and how to obtain and maintain it. We will also explore the intersection of legal and corporate social responsibility with a discussion on trends in human and indigenous rights laws, as well as voluntary initiatives that are shaping modern day external relations in the mining industry.This session also includes a section on quantifying social license activities to demonstrate how critical corporate social responsibility is to your bottom line.

  • Social License 101: How understanding social license can shape your project, Adam Hawkins, President and CME, Global External Relations, Phoenix, AZ
  • What Does Human Rights Law Have to Do With Me? – Perspectives from the US and Canada, Emilie Bundock, Associate, Fasken Martineau, Montreal, QC, Canada, and Connie Rogers, Partner, Davis Graham and Stubbs LLP, Denver, CO
  • Making Sense of Your Stakeholders: Identification, Mapping, Messaging and Prioritization, Adam Hawkins, President and CME, Global External Relations, Phoenix, AZ
  • Social Risk to Financial Performance: Prediction and Mitigation, Maureen Upton, Principal Consultant, SRK Consulting, Denver, CO
  • Panel, moderated by: Adam Hawkins
    Panelists: Emilie Bundock, Connie Rogers, Maureen Upton

SESSION TIMES: 2:00 – 5:30 COFFEE BREAK 3:35 – 4:20

Chaired by: Rich Perry, Administrator, Nevada Division of Minerals, Carson City, NV
Area of Interest – Mineral Deposits, Geology & Exploration
Want to hear about exploration and mining activities for the past year in western states and provinces? In this all-day session, state and province economic geologists will provide an update on the latest activities in their respective areas, and discuss new opportunities for exploration and mineral development. Talks include:

  • Mining Issues in New Mexico 2016, Virginia McLemore, Senior Economic Geologist, New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Socorro, NM
  • USGS Mineral Resource Science – A 2016 Update, Jeff Doebrich, Deputy Program Coordinator, Mineral Resources Program, US Geological Survey, Reston, VA
  • Nevada Mineral Exploration Update, John Muntean, Director, Center for Research in Economic Geology, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, University of Nevada Reno, Reno, NV
  • Nevada Mining and Mineral Production Update, Richard Perry, Administrator, Nevada Division of Minerals, Carson City, NV
  • USGS Sagebrush Mineral Resource Assessment (SaMiRA), Warren Day, Research Geologist, US Geological Survey, Lakewood, CO

STRATEGIC AND CRITICAL MINERALS: What are they? Where are they? Who has them? And, What do we do about it?
Chaired by: Chris Dail, Exploration Manager, Midas Gold, Corp., Donnelly, ID and Peter Vikre, Mineral & Environmental Resources, U.S. Geological Survey, Reno, NV
Area of Interest – Mineral Deposits, Geology & Exploration
The term Strategic and Critical Minerals gets batted around a lot in the mining industry, including the promotional side of the business (e.g., commodity of the month), in academic and government circles and in politics. This session will explore What they are, Where they are found and Who controls and produces them. In addition, exploration trends and new frontiers as well as current academic and government research into various lesser known and some more high profile commodities will be presented. Talks include:

  • Perspectives and Ephemeral/Historic Definitions of Strategic and Critical Minerals, Michael Magyar, Associate Director, National Minerals Information Center, US Geological Survey, Reston, VA
  • Lithium and Vanadium: Critical Metals in Energy Storage, A.D. “Tony” Hammond, Mining and GIS Consultant, Hammond Swayne LLC, Tucson, AZ
  • Antimony – The Forgotten Metalloid: Deposit Types, Distribution and Outlook, Christopher Dail, Exploration Manager, Midas Gold Corp., Donnelly, ID
  • Idaho Cobalt Project, E.R. “Rick” Honsinger, VP Exploration, Formation Metals, Inc., Vancouver, BC, CANADA
  • Critical Minerals Inventory – The Role of the USGS USMIN Project, Greg Fernette, Research Geologist, National Minerals Information Center, US Geological Survey, Denver, CO

Chaired by: Kanaan Hanna, Mining Engineer, Consultant, Littleton, CO
Area of Interest – Operations
This session will cover technological advancement and case studies that have improved safety, productivity, and lowered costs in open pit mining operations. Topics will include, open pit optimization, geotechnical monitoring and modeling, blasting, autonomous equipment, 2D/3D satellite imagery and geological mapping, business improvements, and maintenance practices. Talks include:

  • Indago UAV Use in Mining, Matt Lehman, Imaging Sales Consultant, Western US, GeoShack, Commerce City, CO
  • Existing MSE Walls – Structure Service Life, Tom Jepsen, P.E., Jepsen Engineering, Auburn, WA
  • High Tech Surveying of Mine Pits & Surface Operations with UAVs and LiDAR, Mary Darling, CEO/Principal Owner, Darling Geomatics, Tucson, AZ
  • Data Collection via Downhold Geophysical Logging Techniques for Open Pit Slope Stability Assessment and Resource Exploration, Kevin Andrews, Manager – Western Mining Services/Senior Engineering Geologist, & Paul Dockweiler, Senor Geologist/Project Manager, Cardno, Inc., Las Vegas, NV
  • Connected Mine – A New Data-driven Approach for Enterprise Decision Support, David Prance, Director of Business Development, Trimble Mining Australia, Avondale, New Zealand
  • Applications of LiDAR and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in Mining and Geotechnical Engineering, Johnny Lyons-Baral, Technical Specialist, Hexagon Mining, Tucson, AZ

PLANNING FOR A SEAT AT THE CULTURAL RESOURCE TABLE: Understanding Process, Anticipating Issues for Mining Projects
Chaired by: Tom Lennon, Ph.D., RPA, President Western Cultural Resource Management, Inc., Boulder, CO and Connie Rogers, Partner, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Denver, CO
Area of Interest – Environmental
This technical session will address National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 compliance and mitigation with an emphasis on how to plan early for a seat at the table with state and federal agencies and other stakeholders. It is at the initial planning stages that industry has the best opportunity to engage federal and state agencies regarding levels of effort, schedules, reporting, agreement document stipulations, mitigation measures, monitoring, discoveries, and more.  This session will offer perspectives on agency requirements as well as industry needs in order to assess the present 106 work. Using hard-earned experience, we will explore means of cooperation to make the process more efficient and effective. This session can also consider how, and whether, to coordinate NEPA compliance with NHPA 106 Process compliance.
The presentation will involve panel member presentations and discussion with participants, and we are in discussions with federal agencies to send representatives to participate in the discussions. In addition to Tom and Connie, our panel of experts include:

  • Dan Anderson, Newmont Mining Corporation, Elko, NV
  • Laura Granier, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Reno, NV
  • Debbie Lassiter, Elko Mining Group LLC, Reno, NV
  • Sara Thorne, Coeur Mining, Inc., Chicago, IL

CERCLA Financial Assurance – An Industry Crossroad?
Chaired by: Luke Russell, Vice President – External Affairs, Hecla Mining Company, Coeur d’Alene, ID
Area of Interest – Legislative & Public Affairs
In December 2016 EPA is scheduled to publish a new draft rule that may be the most significant rule affecting the hard rock mining industry since the advent of modern mine permitting regulatory requirements of the early 1970’s. This rule could impose additional financial assurance requirements to address speculative CERCLA response costs, natural resource damages, and health assessments, among other provisions. This requirement would be above and beyond state and federal reclamation and closure financial assurance requirements.
This timely session will include industry and regulatory perspectives on the need for such financial assurance, how such financial assurance could be calculated, the insurance industry capacity to provide, and discuss the potential impact of such a rule on project economic considerations. Talks include:

  • CERCLA 108(b): Proposed Rule and Financial Assurance Calculation Model, Tawny Bradford, Deputy General Council, National Mining Association, Washington, DC
  • CERCLA 108(b): The Role of Small Business Advocacy Review, Kevin Bromberg, Assistant Chief Council, Small Business Administration, Washington, DC
  • CERCLA 108(b): What it Will Really Cost You, Jeff Parshley, Corporate Consultant, SRK (U.S.), Inc., Reno, NV
  • CERCLA 108(b): A Surety Perspective, Joseph Poplawski, AFB, CPCU, VP, National UW Officer, Argo Surety, Huston, TX
  • The Remarkable Success of Hardrock Regulation and Financial Assurances, Joseph H. Baird, Partner, Baird Hanson LLP, Boise, ID

SESSION TIMES: 8:00 – 11:30 COFFEE BREAK 9:35 – 10:20

Chaired by: Frank Ongaro, Executive Director, MiningMinnesota, Duluth, MN
Area of Interest – Mineral Deposits, Geology & Exploration
The advancement of base and precious metal mining development projects is bringing both opportunity and opposition to the Midwest. Great Lakes States are attracting global investment and poised to lead the way in responsible development of the metals that make our modern society possible.
This session will highlight several of the development projects and proposals moving forward in the region and their exemplary efforts toward environmental responsibility. Talks include:

  • PolyMet: Transitioning from Environmental Review to Permitting and Litigation, Brad Moore, Executive VP, Environmental and Government Affairs, PolyMet Mining, St. Paul, MN
  • Permitting and Project Update of Aquila Resources, Inc. Back Forty Project, Stephen V. Donohue, PH, Vice President – Mining, Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC, De Pere, WI
  • Eagle Mine: Nickel Price Sucks, and We Have Found More – Managing Costs and Expanding Operations, Matt Johnson, External Relations Manager, and Kristen Mariuzza, PE, Health Safety & Environment Manager, Eagle Mine, Champion, MI
  • Overview of Wisconsin’s Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Nonferrous Metallic Mineral Mining, Stephen V. Donohue, PH, Vice President – Mining, Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC, De Pere, WI
  • How Technology and Modern Drilling Practices are Building Support for Mineral Development, Marty Vadis, Geological Engineer, Idea Drilling LLC, Virginia MN

Chaired by: Mike Ressel, Ph.D., Research Economic Geologist, Assistant Professor, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, University of Nevada, Reno
Area of Interest – Mineral Deposits, Geology & Exploration
Advanced projects are the rare fruits of exploration success and hold the promise of future production. This session examines the histories and geology of a handful of diverse exploration projects in the western U.S. that advanced toward development and mining despite the headwinds of the current commodities bust. Talks include:

  • The Gold Rock Project: Advanced Exploration of a Carlin-style Au Deposit, White Pine County, Nevada, Eric Lelacheur, V.P Geology and Exploration, GRP Minerals, Denver, CO
  • Advancement of the Rosemont Porphyry Copper-Molybdenum- Silver Project, Arizona, Patrick Merrin, V.P. Arizona Business Unit, Hudbay Minerals, Inc., Tucson, AZ
  • Jerritt Canyon District, Nevada: 2016 Exploration Update, William Hofer, V.P. Exploration, Jerritt Canyon Gold, LLC, Elko, NV
  • New Structural Model Unlocking Potential at the McCoy-Cove Project, Nevada, Chad Peters, Sr. Exploration Manager, Nevada, Premier Gold Mines, Ltd., Battle Mountain, NV
  • Exploration Success in the Railroad-Pinion District on Nevada’s Carlin Trend, Mac Jackson, V.P. Exploration, Gold Standard Ventures, Inc., Elko, NV

Chaired by: Deantha Crockett, Executive Director, Alaska Miners Association, Anchorage, AK
Area of Interest – Operations
Alaska, with its challenging terrain, unforgiving climate, and lack of infrastructure can be a difficult place to mine.  In recent years miners have encountered unexpected regulatory changes, permitting delays, anti-development campaigns, and more.  Still, world-class mineral deposits make the challenges worth it, as companies continue to enter the state to explore for, develop and produce gold, silver, copper, zinc, lead, coal, and more.  Come hear from the explorers, developers and operators who are key players in the future of the Alaska and U.S. economy. Talks include:

  • State of Alaska’s Mining Industry, Curtis Freeman, President, Avalon Development Corp., Fairbanks, AK
  • Prospecting, Drilling and Permitting to Advance the Palmer VMS Project near Hanes, AK, Liz Cornejo, Senior Geologist & Corporate Liaison, Constantine Metal Resources Ltd., Vancouver, BC, CANADA

Chaired by: Dustin G. Wasley, P.E., Principal Environmental Engineer, GeoEngineers, Spokane, WA
Area of Interest – Environmental
The mining industry and land management agencies contend with significant technical, legal, and financial considerations for mine closure.   Mine closure challenges run the gamut from remediating turn-of-the-century abandoned/inactive mines to closing modern operations.  This session will present case studies and technical presentations on closure criteria and approaches from the mining industry and land management agencies. Talks include:

  • Case Studies of Uranium Mine Closures at the Juniper Mine and Cibola Mines, Claire Walker, Project Engineer, ERRG, Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • Mining Sites: A New Frontier for Renewable Energy, Ronald Kelly, Principal, Brightfields Development, LLC, Wellesley, MA
  • Parrot Tailings Waste Removal, Kennet Bertelsen, Senor Civil Engineer, Morrison Maierle, Spokane, WA
  • Reclaiming Seiad Creek After 100+ Years of Placer Mining, Jason Poulson, Senior Environmental Scientist, GeoEngineers, Boise, ID
  • Beal Mountain Mine – Ongoing Challenges at a Cyanide Heap Leach, Mary Beth Marks, Geologist / OSC, Region 1- US Forest Service, Bozeman, MT
  • Black Pine Mine – Reclamation Construction Project Update, Devin Clary, Project Engineer, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Helena, MT

Chaired by: Cy Wilsey, Owner, Wilsey Land Services, Reno NV and Cathy Suda, Manager, Land, Teck American Incorporated, Spokane, WA
Area of Interest – Legislative & Public Affairs
Before you start spending your precious exploration dollars there are some things you should keep in mind to be certain you have the right to develop your project. This session, developed with assistance from the Nevada Landman’s Association, will provide overviews of importance for due diligence in property title evaluations, the pitfalls that can arise out of oral agreements and some often overlooked nuances of the general mining law plus updates on California regulatory changes. Talks include:

  • Real Property Due Diligence in Mining Transactions, William Prince, Partner, & Wells Parker, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Oral Agreements, Jeff N. Fallers, Partner, Harris, Thompson & Fallers, Reno, NV and Thomas Erwin, Erwin & Thompson LLP, Reno, NV
  • An Update on the Modernization of California’s Surface Mining Law and Backfill Regulations, Michael J. Sherman, Partner & Tom Henry, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP, Sacramento, CA
  • Odds and Ends of Mining Law, Richard W. Harris, Partner, Harris, Thompson & Faillers, Reno, NV

SESSION TIMES: 2:00 – 5:30 COFFEE BREAK 3:35 – 4:20

Chaired by: E.L. “Buster” Hunsaker III, Consulting Geologist, Hunsaker, Inc., Elko, NV
Area of Interest – Mineral Deposits, Geology & Exploration
This year we will work to keep the tradition of provocative talks, accentuated by “inspired” discussions and commentary from the audience alive. Maybe even pour more life into it. Of course we will count on (un)conventional beverages to help. The session is targeting presentations at the cutting edge of exploration science. This is a good forum for new ideas on exploration and development of mineral projects to see the light-of day. Talks include:

  • Uranium Deposits at the Cebolleta Project, Laguna Mining District, Cibola County, New Mexico, Ted Wilton, VP & Chief Geologist, Uranium Resources, Inc., Spanish Springs, NV
  • Breakthroughs in Lithium Production: Our Customers are Innovating, New Mines Should Break New Ground, Patrick Highsmith, CEO/Director, Pure Energy Minerals, Ltd., Vancouver, BC, CANADA
  • Exploration: A Business of Opportunity, Dave Mathewson, Owner & Geologist, Nevada Gold Ventures, LLC, Elko, NV
  • Majuba Hill: Porphyry Prospect or Production – Making a Mine in the 21st Century, E.L. “Buster” Hunsaker III, Consulting Geologist, Hunsaker, Inc., Elko, NV
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Chaired by: Hans Rasmussen, Senior Vice President, Exploration, Coeur Mining, Inc., Chicago, IL
Area of Interest – Mineral Deposits, Geology & Exploration
The goals of this session are twofold; first, to have presentations from industry experts covering the geologic models used to explore for and discover silver, including several relevant case studies from Mexico and USA, and second, to provide an update with the modern uses for silver that are driving the current bullish market we are seeing.
It seems that silver has lost its luster and lies in the shadow of gold so my goal as organizer is to bring some shine back to the metal! Talks include:

  • Silver Market Analysis from the Silver Institute, Michael DiRienzo, Executive Director & Secretary, The Silver Institute, Washington, DC
  • Silver Market Analysis from Canaccord, a Sell-side Perspective, Craig Warren, CA, CFA, Managing Director, Canaccord, Vancouver, BC, CANADA
  • The Spectrum of Silver Ore Deposits, Dr. Richard Jemielita, Independent Consulting Geologist & Director, Mineral Exploration Consulting Ltd UK, Glasgow, UK
  • Testing Silver Mobility: An Investigation into Supergene Silver Enrichment at the Rochester Mine in Pershing County, Nevada, Tracy Anderson, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Nevada-Reno, Reno, NV
  • Greens Creek Silver-Zinc Mine, Juneau, Alaska, Nathan Forsythe, Sr. Geologist, Hecla Greens Creek, Juneau, AK
  • Discovery and Development of San Julian: Fresnillo Plc’s New Silver Mine in Chihuahua, Mexico, Guillermo Gastelum, Subdirector of Exploration, Northern Mexico & Chile, Fresnillo Plc, MEXICO
  • Coeur Mining’s Palmarejo Mine, Mexico, Dr. David Rhys, President, Panterra Geosciences, Vancouver, BC, CANADA

Chaired by: Tim Alch, Financial Analyst, Managing Partner, TAA LLC, New York, NY
Area of Interest – Business and Finance
Join us to hear a group of experts talk about current trends and issues that owners, operators, lenders and investors should know about that impact the ability of miners, exploration companies and projects to raise capital. Our experts will discuss and answer questions about the pros and cons of capital from different sources, e.g. private equity, lenders, public markets, et al and financing structures e.g. royalty, streaming, convertible debt, etc. for working capital, capital expenditure, project development, etc. and current valuation, tax, M&A and market trends. We will also focus on what is available, what can be done to attract money and what sectors and projects are raising money today. Talks include:

  • Financing Mining Projects: Is there a New Normal?, Cynthia Urda Kassis, Partner, Project Development & Finance Practice, Shearman & Sterling LLC, New York, NY
  • Lithium and Frac Sands have Attracted Investor Interest: What are the Lessons?, Joel Schneyer, Managing Director, Minerals, Capital Advisory Practice, Headwaters MB, Denver, CO
  • Risk Analysis in Mineral Resource Estimation for Exploration Projects, Dr. Abani Samal, Principal, Owner, GeoGobal LLC, Riverton, UT
  • Due Diligence Case Study: How Much is Enough for Operators, Investors, and Lenders?, Robert (Bob) Archibald, Managing Partner, Q4 Impact, LLC, Carrolton, OH
  • The Role of Streaming and Royalty Financings and Offtake Agreements, Ben Stull, Director, Valuation Advisory Services, Duff & Phelps, LLC, San Francisco, CA
  • How Does Hedging, Managing Price Risk and Forward Sales Agreements Help Companies to Raise Capital?, Doug Sherrod, Managing Director, Corporate Finance Advisory, CPM Group LLC, New York, NY
  • SEC’s Proposed Elimination of Industry Guide 7: Will the NYSE Become the TSX?, Robert (Bob A) Bassett, Partner, Mining Team Leader, Holland & Hart LLP, Greenwood Village, CO

Chaired by: Ronald T. Parratt, Independent Hydrogeologist, Reno, NV and Mike Hardy, P.E., P.G., WRS, Project Manager, Lumos & Associates, Reno, NV
Area of Interest – Operations
Hydrology within the mining industry over the last decades has rapidly become a critical component for all aspects of the mining life cycle.  These critical pathways include resource development and identification, project development (including permitting, materials processing, environmental impacts, stakeholder impacts), and project closure (environmental impacts, stakeholder impacts).  This year the Hydrology Session seeks to present active mine projects demonstrating the various aspects of mining hydrology to gain a better understanding of their importance and applications on active mines sites. Talks include:

  • Resource and Reserve Evaluation Factors for Lithium Brines, Tyler Cluff, Technical Team Leader, Schlumberger Water Services, Reno, NV
  • Hydrogeology and Dewatering at the Gold Quarry Mine, Eureka County, NV, Bob St. Louis, Regional Hydrology Manager, Newmont, Nevada Operations, Elko, NV
  • A Novel MODFLOW Based Approach for Predicting Pit Lake Recovery for Open Pits in Nevada, Jay Dixon, Principal Permitting Engineer, Kinross Corporation
  • Crossroads – Pipeline Pit Expansion Dewatering, Brian Peck, Senior Hydrogeologist, Barrick Cortez Mine, Crescent Valley, NV
  • Groundwater Characterization in a Hydrothermal Environment, Matt Banta, Owner, Banta Hydrology, LLC

*Apologies to the late, great Robin Williams
Chaired by: Jeff Parshley, Corporate Consultant, SRK (U.S.), Inc., Reno, NV
Area of Interest – Environmental
This year we are going to explore the influence of yesteryear on today, tomorrow and the distant future. First, we will explore the legacy of the Dead Miners Society, what we are doing with that legacy, and finally improving on it for the future. The general topics will include:

  • What crazy, colorful, clever people those Dead Miners were. How did they figure that out? What were they thinking (and can you believe it actually worked)? Great figures and stories from the annals of the Society.
  • The good, the bad and the ugly. What did they get right? What did they get wrong? Why is the good romanticized and the ugly used to vilify us today?
  • Resurrecting the graveyards – replacing Dead Miners with live ones. Redeveloping old mining districts and overcoming the challenges of following in the footsteps of Dead Miners.
  • Capitalizing on the good while avoiding the bad and the ugly. How are we learning from their legacy to avoid their mistakes?
  • Joining the Society. How will we be remembered after we have become members of the Society? What will we leave behind?
  • The AEMA makes no assertions as to the political correctness of this session except that it is unlikely to be.

SESSION TIMES: 8:00 – 11:30 COFFEE BREAK 9:35 – 10:20

PROSPECT GENERATION: Who’s been doing what?
Chaired by: Bob Felder, President & CEO and Greg Hill, Vice President Exploration, Kinetic Gold (US), Inc., Reno, NV
Area of Interest – Mineral Deposits, Geology & Exploration
For the past five years, the exploration and mining industry has experienced a pronounced downturn, which has resulted in a shift in focus to more advanced projects with potential for near-term production. A natural consequence of this shift has been a paucity of funding for early-stage exploration. Despite these challenging circumstances, some prospect generator companies have weathered the storm and have been able to continue generating high-quality prospects, and in many cases these prospects were acquired via staking claims on open ground. This year’s session will feature prospect generator and other companies who have taken advantage of increased opportunities created by the down market, and will showcase some of the newer targets generated during this period. Talks include:

  • Gold Mineralization under Acid Sulfate Alteration at the Silicon Project, Bare Mountains District, Nevada, Dan Pace, Exploration Manager, Renaissance Gold Inc., Reno, NV
  • Generation of New Drill Targets Through Reinterpretation of Structure and Stratigraphy and at the Jupiter Property, Nye County, Nevada, Greg Hill, V.P. Exploration, Kinetic Gold Corp., Reno, NV
  • Discovery and Exploration of the Gravel Creek Silver-Gold Deposit, Elko County, Nevada, Odin Christensen, Consulting Geologist, Western Exploration LLC, Reno, NV
  • New Insights on the Importance of Structure in a Carlin-style Gold System, Golden Sunrise Project, Northern Egan Range, Nevada, Doug Kreiner, Senior Geologist, Bronco Creek Exploration, Reno, NV
  • Drill Targets Based on Reinterpreting Mineralization Controls at the Past-producing Carlin-style Quito Gold Property, Central Nevada, J.A. Kizis, Jr., President, Bravada Gold Corporation, Tucson, AZ

Chaired by: Ronald Breitmeyer, Assistant Professor of Geological
Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, NV
Area of Interest – Environmental
There are an estimated 200,000 abandoned mine features in the state of Nevada, and on the order of 100,000 more in other western states. Those features include everything from minor prospect ground disturbances to mill sites and tailings disposal areas, generally classified as physical safety hazards and/or environmental hazards. Of the 200,000 features, some of these may pose significant risks to human health or the environment. There is considerable uncertainty about the environmental risk factors posed by many abandoned mine lands (AML) due to limited records and data available for many of these sites. Additionally, given the number of sites likely to exist, there is a dearth of current site characterization and investigation. The Nevada Abandoned Mine Lands Environmental Team (NAMLET), led by the NDEP AML Program, is a coalition of several state and federal agencies, members of the mining industry, as well as non-profit organizations, and participants from the Nevada System of Higher Education, with a common goal to formulate ideas and solutions for characterizing and remediating environmental risks posed by AML hazards. Abandoned mine sites also contain artifacts and features important to local, national and world histories. As such, balancing historical preservation and protection of human health and the environment are important components of AML remediation and reclamation.
Presentations and papers included in this session will focus on environmental remediation/protection, and historical preservation issues associated with abandoned mine sites that operated largely before environmental regulatory frameworks were in place. Presentations and papers addressing AML environmental accomplishments, challenges, and the need for further study or research are encouraged for submission to this session. Talks include:

  • AML Site Assessment, Investigation, and Prioritization Methods and Strategies, Jeryl Gardner, Abandonded Mine Lands Program Manager, Nevada Department of Environmental Protection, Carson City, NV
  • Abandonded Mine Lands Initial File Research and Site Reconnaissance in NV – Process and Challenges, Randy Miller, Principal Engineer, Broadbent & Associates, Reno, NV
  • Environmental Evolution of the Perry Canyon Abandoned Mine Land Since Implementation of Corrective Actions, Rachel Thomas, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV
  • Arimetco Heap Leach Facilities – An Abandoned Mine Land within the Yerington CERCLA Site, Chuck Zimmerman, Vice President, Brown and Caldwell, Carson City, NV
  • Escaping Environmental Hell at a Multi-Party Mine Site in Northern Nevada, Roy Thun, Managing Director & Founder, Bridge Environmental, Santa Clarita, CA

Chaired by: Laura Skaer, Executive Director, American Exploration & Mining Association, Spokane, WA
Area of Interest – Legislative & Public Affairs
Industry experts and congressional staff will offer their insights on key legislative, regulatory and judicial issues facing the industry. Topics to be discussed may include: Greater Sage-grouse; Waters of the U.S. rulemaking; and what to expect in 2017. Topics will be narrowed prior to the meeting. Talks include:

  • A Brief History of Environmental Mitigation Policy in the US – From “no net loss” to the Sagebrush Sea, Bob Comer, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright, Denver, CO
  • Sage-grouse Litigation panel member, Steve Lechner, VP/Chief Legal Officer, Mountain States Legal Foundation, Lakewood, CO
  • Sage-grouse Litigation panel member, Tom Perry, Counsel, Marten Law PLLC, Boise, ID
  • Sage-grouse Litigation panel member, Laura Granier, Attorney, Davis, Graham & Stubbs, LLP, Reno, NV
  • Sage-grouse Litigation panel member, Michael Bogert, Attorney, Parsons Behle & Latimer, Boise, ID
  • Working with the Western Governor’s Association, Holly Propst, General Counsel/Director of Policy, Western Business Roundtable, Lakewood, CO
  • What to Expect from a New Administration and Congress in 2017, Matt Ellsworth, Government Affairs Manager, American Exploration & Mining Association, Spokane, WA