Mining Law Seminar and Reception (Before PDAC)

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • March 5, 2023

Mining Law Seminar and Reception

Before PDAC

Sunday, March 5, 2023   |   2:00 pm – 6:00 pm   |   Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Toronto, Ontario

Registration Closes March 3, 2023 at Noon MST

Foundation Member $50   |   Nonmember $75

Join us in Toronto for the Foundation’s 4th annual Mining Law Seminar and Reception before PDAC! This seminar and reception will provide attendees with two 60-minute presentations along with an opportunity to meet and network with your friends and colleagues from around the world who practice or work in the mining industry.


2:00 – 3:00 pm: In-House Counsel Panel – What Is Keeping Mining Company Counsel Up at Night?

This moderated interactive discussion among in-house counsel will cover many of the critical issues and developments that are affecting mining companies. The panel will discuss the growing importance of managing the risk of changes in political systems, conducting political risk analysis, and the role of in-house counsel in political conversations; managing the risk of corruption and sanctions within compliance programs and the role of in-house counsel in developing and enforcing anti-corruption policies and procedures and conducting related investigations; the growing concern about cyber-security risks to mining companies and the role of in-house counsel in evaluating the adequacy of protections; and the alignment of diversity, equity, and inclusion policies with standards in various jurisdictions and the implementation of these policies with service providers, including outside counsel.

SAMANTHA ALFONZO, Counsel, Fasken, Toronto

ANA ISABEL GAVIRIA ARTEAGA, Vice President Legal, Mineros, Medellin

TIM GARVIN, former Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Eldorado Gold Corporation, Vancouver

SUSAN TOEWS, General Counsel, Equinox Gold Corp., Vancouver


3:00 – 4:00 pm: The Need for Critical Minerals – Effective and Ineffective Government Strategies and Tensions

Governments across the world have developed different strategies to increase the supply for their countries of critical minerals to meet their renewable, electric vehicle, and other energy demands. These government policies are intended to foster a larger and more secure supply chain, but many governments continue to erect barriers contrary to their own discourse, impeding mergers and acquisitions, investment, and supply. This panel will discuss these tensions, and both effective and ineffective strategies for governments to increase the supply of critical minerals. 

HON. JOHN R. BAIRD, Senior Business Advisor, Bennett Jones, Toronto

ANGELA BLAKE, Moderator, Bennett Jones LLP, Toronto

ANDREW D. HOUSE, Partner, Co-Leader, National Security, Fasken, Ottawa and Toronto

DEAN MCPHERSON, Head, Global Mining, Toronto Stock Exchange & TSX Venture Exchange, Toronto

JULIE PADILLA, Attorney, Fryberger Law Firm, Duluth

KENYON WEAVER, Senior Counsel, Commercial Law Development Program, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington DC


4:00 – 6:00 pm: Hosted Cocktail and Networking Reception

 Program Committee

KUNO KAFKA, Program Chair, Antofagasta Minerals, Toronto


ANGELA BLAKE, Bennett Jones LLP, Toronto

GONZALO GREZ, Cariola Diez Perez Cotapos, Santiago

ALEJANDRO M. MASSOT, Randle Legal, Buenos Aires

CHRIS VOLLMERSHAUSEN, Agnico Eagle Mines Limited, Toronto