Join us for the Investment Summit covering the rare earth elements and specialty and minor metals in London. Get an overview for key metals such as moly, tungsten and vanadium as well as the more exotic rare earth elements and metals.

2012 Programme

Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Strategic Metals
Time Activity
09:30-10:00 Registration & Coffee
Critical metals race
Session 1 The macro picture
Moderator: Todd Houlahan - Olympus Innov-X (TBC)
10:00-10:30 The macro-economic implications of the strategic metal supply
Chris Watling - Longview Economics
10:30-10:55 Antimony: 'Highest Risk' Element
Catherine Feore - Adroit Resources
10:55-11:25 Coffee & Networking
Better investment than gold?
Session 2 Tungsten
Moderator: Richard Thompson - Objective Capital Research
11:25-11:50 Expanding resources in South Korea
Nick Smith - Woulfe Mining
11:50-12:15 Developing a top ten unexploited tungsten deposit
Mark Strizek - Vital Metals
12:15-13:30 Networking Lunch
The electric revolution gathers pace
Session 3 Lithium
Moderator: John Menzies - Cmi Capital
13:30-14:00 Trends in lithium including LithoRec
Thomas Krause - Chemetall
14:00-14:25 Lithium supply: how much can the market digest?
Gerry Clarke - Int'l Lithium Alliance
14:25-14:50 South American lithium
Luis Saenz - Li3 Energy
14:50-15:20 Coffee & Networking
Supplying the steel boom
Session 4 Strong, light and green!
Moderator: Mark Hawkes - Investment Commentator
15:20-15:45 Developing titanium/vanadium resource in Australia
Richard Wolanski - Speewah Metals
15:45-16:10 Providing future US niobium/ rare earth supplies
Peter Dickie - Quantum Rare Earth Developments
16:10-16:40 Critical metals in strategic energy technology
Adrian Chapman - Oakdene Hollins
16:40-19:00 Closing Drinks & Networking
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Rare Earths
Time Activity
09:30-10:00 Registration & Coffee
Beating the Chinese at their own game
Session 5 Meeting high demand for rare earths
Moderator: Nick Parry - Hermitage Consulting
10:00-10:30 Rare earth demand drivers
Bill de Lucy - Denver International
10:30-11:00 Soviet expertise, Canadian security
Robert Mackay - Stans Energy
11:00-11:25 Coffee & Networking
The supply story
Session 6 Elephant hunting in Africa
Moderator: Rex Kontor - Weston Capital
11:25-11:50 Tanzania: Ngualla rare earths, niobium/tantalum
Richard Beazley - Peak Resources
11:50-12:15 Lofdal heavy rare earths
Don Burton - Namibia Rare Earths
12:15-12:40 Integrated approach & South Africa opportunity
Gary Billingsley - Great Western Minerals
12:40-13:55 Networking Lunch
The North American players
Session 7 Developing global supplies
Moderator: Carl Richardson - Discover Project Solutions
13:55-14:20 Zeus: home of the heavies
Caorline Wilson - Matamec
14:20-14:50 World class production centre in Greenland
John Mair - Greenland Minerals & Energy
14:50-15:20 The strategic metals world
David Hargreaves - Fair Trade Gemstones
15:20-18:00 Closing Drinks & Networking
Directions to the Ironmongers' Hall

Ironmongers' Hall is located at Shaftesbury Place Barbican London EC2Y 8AA

Ironmongers' Hall is situated in Shaftesbury Place (off Aldersgate) which is within the bounds of the City of London and adjacent to the Museum of London.

As a service to the Hall's clients, parking is provided at extremely favourable rates at the Barbican Centre which is approximately five minutes walk from the Hall.

The Hall is also conveniently situated for Barbican, St. Paul's and Moorgate Underground Stations and is serviced by the No's 4 & 56 London Transport buses.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7776 2300

--From the Ironmongers' Hall website--

Speaker Bios

brian-wessonBrian WessonCEO, Woulfe Mining
Brian is an engineer with 30 years' experience, an MBA and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Brian has extensive experience in the operation, design and construction of mines and process plants. Brian is als a Director of Westech International a Resource engineering company based in Sydney Australia. Westech bought the Vatukoula Mine in Fiji after mine closure, Westech refinanced, refurbished and brought the mine back to production and on listing Vatukoula Gold took over.

robert mackayRobert MackayCEO, Stans Energy
Robert has worked extensive in the mining and investment industry. He has experience of various facets of mineral exploration including diamond drilling, geophysics, geological mapping & prospecting and in mining, mine planning, surveying, grade control, industrial engineering, open pit and underground production. He has also previously served as Vice President of two national brokerage firms over his career in the investment business.

He is a graduate of the Haileybury School of Mines and has a mining engineering degree from The South Dakota School of Mines Technology.

Yuji NishikawaYuji NishikawaSenior Analyst, The Metal Economics Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan
Mr. Yuji Nishikawa has been the Senior Analyst for The Metal Economics Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan since 2008. Mr. Nishikawa is responsible for research and analysis of mineral resources, mining industry policy, supply / demand and mining trend of East Asia including rare earth projects. He worked for Mitsui Mining Smelting Co. Ltd. since 1996. After 21 years of managing and leading exploration and development projects and formulating exploration and mining strategies, he took charge of the evaluation and planning of all exploration and development projects for MINDECO (Mitsui Mineral Development and Engineering Company). Since 2002, he was Supervisor of Mining Business operations and Senior Consultant for Mine Management optimization and he led teams conducting mining projects, including projects for JICA (The Japan International Cooperation Agency), The World Bank in Armenia, Cambodia, Georgia, Laos, Mauritania, Mongolia and Serbia. He served as Managing Director of MINDECO since 2004. He has been Member of Advisory Board of US. Rare Earths, Inc. since March 5, 2011. In 2002, he was appointed as a Member of the Board of Directors of MINDECO responsible for mining business operations and coordination of mining and environmental projects. Since 1995, he has written a number of articles about Japan's metals strategy and policy, which have been published in the international mining press. Mr. Nishikawa graduated from Waseda University in 1975 with a Bachelor's degree in Science and a Master's degree in Science and Engineering.

Marc LeVierMarc LeVierCEO, Great Western Minerals
Mr. LeVier is former CEO of Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. With twenty years with Newmont Mining Corporation in senior metallurgical and management positions. Marc has significant international metallurgical and process engineering experience in moving new mining projects into production. He has led multiple teams in the development of processes for base metals, industrial minerals and precious metals.

Rupen RaithathaRupen RaithathaInvestment & Econ Analyst, Johnson Matthey
For the past three years Rupen has worked as a PGM (platinum group metals) analyst for Johnson Matthey, a precious metals refiner and fabricator. During this time he has followed developments in the 'investment' sector, an area of demand that has become particularly challenging, as well as increasingly important, with the advent of physically-backed ETFs in recent years. More recently, he has added the Chinese platinum jewellery market to his areas of responsibility. Rupen contributes to Johnson Matthey's respected biannual industry review, the Platinum Book, and is also responsible for long-term demand-side forecasting.

Rupen holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Economics and Government from the University of Manchester, as well as a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Warwick.