RMMLF Mining CLE and Reception

  • Toronto, ON
  • March 1, 2020 at 2:00-6:00pm EST

Speakers & committee

Program Chair

ERIK GOLDSILVER is a Partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Toronto, Ontario, and practises corporate and securities law with an emphasis on mining and natural resources. He acts for Canadian and international mining companies on acquisitions and dispositions of mines, mining projects and mining companies, project development, and mine operations in Canada and throughout the world. Erik advises on the structuring and negotiation of option and joint venture agreements, shareholder agreements, royalty arrangements, streaming transactions, and off-take agreements. He has extensive experience with all legal aspects of the development, construction and operation of mining projects including advising on Aboriginal issues and claims, environmental and regulatory compliance matters, permitting issues and mine closure, decommissioning and reclamation issues. Erik also advises mining clients on energy-related issues such as power procurement, interconnection, and transmission services. Erik is actively involved in the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. He has been recognized in Chambers Global, Chambers Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada, among others.

Program Committee

JESSICA BLACK LIVINGSTON has a passion for helping clients avoid risk, understand litigation, and navigate disputes. As a commercial, appellate, and energy and natural resources litigator, Jessica offers clients a comprehensive approach, analyzing challenges from a judicial, business, and industry perspective. With an instinct for proactive resolution, she helps clients address contentious matters before they become actual disputes. Serving on the mining leadership team for the global Energy and Natural Resources group, Jessica counsels mining, energy, and oil and gas clients on environmental regulations, citizen-suit disputes, cybersecurity risks and threat responses, business integrity, corporate social responsibility, sustainability concerns, and general litigation matters. Her diverse experience includes representing mining clients in federal and state courts on matters in the Rocky Mountain region and throughout the United States. In her general commercial practice, Jessica advises on the full range of business-to-business disputes. She also works with technology clients, advising on intellectual property matters, including trade-secret, privacy, and data-security disputes. Regarded for her bright, even-tempered, and persuasive demeanor, Jessica provides tailored solutions that meet the unique needs of her clients' businesses. As a former clerk for the Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver (now associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court), Jessica offers keen insight to the appellate arena. On matters of national importance, she helps clients make their voices heard in order to impact judicial decision-making. Before the Supreme Court, 10th Circuit, Colorado Supreme Court, and Colorado Court of Appeals she has filed amicus curiae briefs on behalf of clients on a wide range of matters, from gay marriage to health care and tax policy to First Amendment rights.

TANNEKE HEERSCHE, Fasken, Toronto, ON

DAVID ALLMAN is a Partner with Edwards, Kenny & Bray LLP, in Vancouver, British Columbia. David’s mining law practice involves regularly advising senior, mid-tier and junior mining clients on domestic and international mineral resource property transactions, including option agreements, joint venture agreements, royalty agreements, strategic alliance agreements and confidentiality agreements, as well as advising on a range of corporate, commercial and securities matters. He has been involved in transactions involving mineral projects in Canada, Latin America, Africa and Eurasia.  He has presented and been a committee member at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation annual institute, and has spoken at and co-chaired a number of other legal conferences.

OSCAR BENAVIDES is a partner at Rodrigo, Elias & Medrano Abogados and focuses his practice on transactional and regulatory work for mining projects. He has over 20 years of experience advising clients on project finance and M&A, as well as structuring, negotiating, and executing exploration, joint venture, and mining project investment contracts. He has been consistently recognized as a leading mining lawyer by international and local publications such as Legal500, Chambers & Partners, Latin Lawyer, among others; and is included in the “Global Elite Thought Leader 2020” list by Who’s Who Legal among the 24 most renowned mining practitioners in the world. Oscar is member of the board of the Canada-Peru Chamber of Commerce, holds an LLM from the University of Denver, USA – Master in Natural Resources and Environmental Law and was grantee of the Jan M. and Marjorie G. Laitos Scholarship in Natural Resources.

FRANCE M. TENAILLE is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office and a member of the firm’s Business Law and Energy, Infrastructure and Mining Groups. She is also leader of the firm’s Latin America and Cuba teams. France is an experienced business lawyer who has practised in Canada for more than 20 years, advising and leading on Canadian and international commercial and M&A, capital markets, and project finance transactions, with an emphasis on Latin America, energy and natural resources. Before moving to Canada, France practised for more than five years at a major law firm in Caracas, Venezuela. Her civil law background and fluency in Spanish, coupled with her common law training and Canadian experience, allow her to advise Canadian and international clients on a full range of Latin American matters. Similarly, she is also well-positioned to advise Latin American clients on Canadian business and transactions. In addition to The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, France has been recognized for her service and expertise in several prominent publications, including Chambers GlobalChambers Latin AmericaWho’s Who LegalIFLR1000 and Latinvex. France is a founder and former vice-chair and secretary of the New York State Bar Association’s Latin American Council.

Speakers

ARNOUD STAR BUSMANN, Founder and CEO, MineHub, Vancouver, BC

WES CARSON, Wheaton Metals Corporation, Vancouver, BC

WAYNE M. CHANCELLOR, the VP of Legal for AngloGold Ashanti North America and AGA’s Growth and Exploration Group, has over twenty-two years of experience as an attorney, to include fourteen years of experience in the mining sector; thirteen years with AngloGold Ashanti and one year as a partner with the law firm of Holland & Knight.   He has worked extensively on legal matters related to mining in both the U.S. and Latin America.  In addition to providing legal advice and counsel to operational teams and AGA’s exploration group, Wayne serves as the regional Compliance Officer for North and South America, and more particularly for AGA’s operations and projects in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and the United States.  Wayne has a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego.  Wayne is licensed to practice law in Colorado, California and before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. 

ERIK GOLDSILVER is a Partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Toronto, Ontario, and practises corporate and securities law with an emphasis on mining and natural resources. He acts for Canadian and international mining companies on acquisitions and dispositions of mines, mining projects and mining companies, project development, and mine operations in Canada and throughout the world. Erik advises on the structuring and negotiation of option and joint venture agreements, shareholder agreements, royalty arrangements, streaming transactions, and off-take agreements. He has extensive experience with all legal aspects of the development, construction and operation of mining projects including advising on Aboriginal issues and claims, environmental and regulatory compliance matters, permitting issues and mine closure, decommissioning and reclamation issues. Erik also advises mining clients on energy-related issues such as power procurement, interconnection, and transmission services. Erik is actively involved in the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. He has been recognized in Chambers Global, Chambers Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada, among others.

FRANCESCA LEE, Chief Legal, Risk and Compliance Officer, Newcrest Mining Limited, Melbourne, Australia

CHRISTOPHER LEMON joined Pan American Silver in 2017 after 10 years as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for First Quantum Minerals, where he established and led their offices in London, England. At Pan American Silver, Mr. Lemon is responsible for Legal, Compliance, Human Rights, and Corporate Human Resources. Mr. Lemon’s more than 25 years of experience in corporate law includes a focus on mergers and acquisitions, finance, natural resources and environmental law, litigation and administrative law. Throughout his career Mr. Lemon has lead numerous acquisitions, including the $5 billion hostile take over of Inmet Resources by First Quantum and the recent $1.3 billion takeover of Tahoe Resources by Pan American Silver. He has travelled extensively, including many countries in Africa and Latin America. He previously acted as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary with International Forest Products Limited, Associate Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Weldwood of Canada Limited (a major Canadian forest products company), and has practiced law with two major Vancouver law firms. Mr. Lemon was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1994 after graduating from the University of Victoria Law School. He also holds a Bachelors degree with honours in Economics from the University of British Columbia and a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Toronto.

NATHAN LONGENECKER, Senior Vice-President Legal, and General Counsel, Kinross Gold Corporation, Toronto, ON

USMAN SHEIKH is a Partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office. Named in 2018 as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers” by Canadian Lawyer and, in 2019, as the top FinTech lawyer in Canada by Chambers, he serves as the National Head of the firm's Blockchain & Smart Contract Group, as well as the National Litigation Lead of the firm's Securities, Compliance & Investigations Group.  Usman provides legal advice on blockchain advisory mandates, including cutting-edge token sales, crypto asset trading platforms (cryptocurrency exchanges) and others. He is also litigation counsel on several of the largest and most high profile blockchain litigation (enforcement, civil and criminal) cases in Canada.  His clients include Canada’s largest banks and stock exchanges, co-founders of Ethereum, twelve of the largest cryptocurrencies in the world as well as several blockchain pioneers. He is a highly sought after speaker in blockchain.  Usman also currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, teaching a Master’s level course on the topic of blockchain and digital assets.  In 2020, Usman is scheduled to publish The Law of Blockchain Technology (Thomson Reuters).

NICOLE VERKINDT is the Founder & CEO of Canadian technology company, OMX (theomx.com). OMX is a powerful procurement platform specialized in driving socio-economic returns. The platform measures local spend and socio-economic impacts, including ESGs and other sustainability metrics. Previously, she led a global, high tech manufacturing business. Nicole is on the Board of the Canadian Crown Corporation, CCC (Canadian Commercial Corporation) that performs government to government contracts between Canada and other countries around the world. She is a frequent technology commentator on CBC and columnist for Vanguard magazine focusing on technology. She was a “Dragon” on CBC’s Next Gen Dragon’s Den, which was dedicated to early stage technology businesses.  She was named Start Up Canada’s national woman entrepreneur of the year in 2017 and received the Canadian Advanced Technology Peter Brojde award for Next Generation leadership. She also joined Gimlet media’s show “The Pitch” as the 4th investor for the 2018 season. She is on the board of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and a Next Gen member of the Business Council of Canada, as well as the Co-Chair of the BCC’s Task Force on Canada’s Economic Growth. In 2019, she was named StartUp Canada’s Woman Ambassador of the year. She was also named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 in 2019.

TOBY WHINCUP, Regional Client & Market Lead, Asia Pacific, ERM, Perth, Australia