Sherif Andrawes, Chairman, BDO WA

GBR Connect Series A spike in exploration IPOs reflects growing optimism within the industry internationally. How important are the WA operations to BDO as a whole and what is your relationship with Asia Pacific comparatively to Africa? Asia Pacific (AP) is the fastest growing region for the BDO, outside of the USA. We have a strong focus on China, with around 10 thousand staff members in the country, out of our 65 thousand employees world-wide. Our strategic geographical position places us as close to Singapore as we are to Brisbane, and it is important to have a strong relationship with th...

Brian Reilly, Managing Director, Cameco

GBR Connect Series With vast economically recoverable uranium resources yet a newly elected government, the future of uranium mining in WA remains uncertain. When we met in 2014, you mentioned that WA needed to become more educated regarding Uranium mining. Could you describe the sentiment towards it today?  Western Australia has moved forward significantly in terms of its understanding and acceptance of uranium mining. As a nation, Australia hosts over 30% of economically recoverable global uranium resources, which is a significant competitive advantage, yet we supply only about 10% of glo...

John McConnell, President & CEO, Victoria Gold Corporation

GBR Connect Series Victoria Gold is leading the revival of interest in Yukon and aims to begin production at its Eagle Gold project in 2018. What have been the major developments for Victoria Gold over the past year? 2016 was a transformational year for Victoria. We received our final permit for the Eagle Gold project in late 2015. In September 2016, we issued an updated feasibility study that has very good results, so we started to gain more attention. It is rare to come by a fully permitted project, with extremely good economics that is based in as safe a jurisdiction as Yukon.  In 2016, ...

Reg Howard-Smith, Chief Executive, The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME)

GBR Connect Series The CME takes a stance against the National Party’s mining tax proposal. What are some of CME’s key near-term priorities for the Mining Sector? Our most immediate priority revolves around the National Party’s mining tax proposal, which strongly impacts BHP and Rio Tinto. If it were successful, the implications would be wide-spread, causing concern both nationally and internationally. Chinese and Japanese companies have spoken out for the first time regarding the proposal because it goes to the heart of our sovereign risk. We are regarded as a low-risk location when it...

    George Bauk, Managing Director and CEO, Northern Minerals

    GBR Connect Series Navigating sustainable energy with dysprosium, the element needed for permanent magnets. From a greenfields heavy rare earth explorer to being on the way to becoming the next global producer of high-value dysprosium outside of China, could you describe your current operations and landholdings in WA and Northern Territory? Northern Minerals’ position today is a result of ten years of strategic planning. Our flagship project is Browns Range, which we aim to take into production in 2017. Back in 2011, we confirmed four xenomite mineralisation prospects with high value dyspr...

    British Columbia & Yukon Mining 2017 Pre-Release

    Country: Canada • Industry: Mining • Publication: Global Business Reports • Release Date: February 2017 • Authors: Laura Brangwin, Eduardo Arcos and Kevin Norchi Executive Summary: The downturn in the global mining industry took a toll on these western Canadian jurisdictions, as the prices of metallurgical coal, copper and gold experienced sharp decreases, thereby severely affecting mining revenues. Moreover, exploration activity stalled, as cash-strapped juniors put projects on hold waiting for the markets to recover. Luckily, signs of a turnaround are beginning to take hold and...

    Lic. Fernando Valdovino, General Manager, Estudios y Servicios Ambientales SRL (EySA)

    EySA is one of the principal actors in Argentina’s mining industry with a specialization in mitigating eco-related issues and ensuring peaceful community relations. Can you please talk about the growth and evolution of EySA and your main focus in the industry? We have worked in the mining industry for over 20 years. Though we have worked in Uruguay, Panama, the Dominican Republic etc., we are a local company primarily focused on Argentina. Most multinationals have their own contracted engineering agencies with an environmental branch, but environmental management is not their particular spe...

    Gonzalo Tamayo, Peru’s Minister of Energy and Mines

    “Positive decisions this year should translate into higher investment levels from 2018 onwards.” What is the vision of the Kuczynski administration with regard to the development of mining activities? This government understands that a significant driver of Peru’s economic development is our geological potential. Peru is and will continue to be a mining country. In recent years we have become the second largest copper producer and we are among the top five producers of other metals. The conditions are there for us to maintain this leadership position, because we have only e...

    Gregory Beischer, President and CEO, Millrock Resources

    Millrock was able to take advantage of the downtime to acquire properties in BC and elsewhere to set up a strong platform for an expected revival. How did Millrock fare during the mining downturn and in what position did it emerge? Downturns are actually really good times for generator companies like ours and we were able to take advantage of the bearish market. In a down cycle, mining companies and prospectors are forced to drop their claims. We are able to stake mining claims that otherwise would not be available. Additionally, we were able to purchase claims with very good prospects from ...

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