Mining Finance and Management Day: Dealing with the Downturn

    One-day, expert-led program to be hosted at CIM Conference and Exhibition

    TORONTO, April 23 /CNW/ - With today's changing market dynamics, it has
never been more important to understand the challenges and opportunities in
the mining and minerals sector.
    A day-long program, led by industry experts, is being held on Wednesday,
May 13 to provide insight for those working in, and following, the mining and
minerals sector.
    'Mining Finance and Management Day: Dealing with the Downturn' was
developed specifically for 2009 as part of the CIM Conference and Exhibition,
being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre May 10-13. Sessions will
explore topics including: availability of debt and equity finance, merger and
acquisition trends and catalysts, what else could possibly go wrong?, the next
hot minerals, and more.
    "With the recent and dramatic dynamics of the economic environment, and
the resulting effects on the mining and minerals sector, the topics being
discussed during 'Dealing with the Downturn' are both extremely timely and
relevant to those working in our industry, and to those who follow our
industry," said Jean Vavrek, Executive Director of CIM (Canadian Institute of
Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum). "We have assembled an outstanding line-up
of speakers and topics that will provide an excellent depth of insight into
the issues influencing the mining industry."

    Confirmed topics and speakers include:

    -   What else could possibly go wrong? Gavin Graham, BMO Asset Management
        Director of Investments
    -   Availability of Debt Finance, David Konarek, Managing Director and
        Industry Head Corporate Banking - Global Mining Group, Scotia Capital
    -   Availability of Equity Finance, Elizabeth Wademan, BMO
    -   Mining Taxation vs rest of the world, Tom King, KPMG
    -   The Next Hot Minerals, David Davidson, Paradigm
    -   M&A Trends and Catalysts, Cam Mingay, Partner, Cassels Brock &
        Blackwell LLP
    -   Aboriginal and other local communities as partners, Ann Bigué,
        Partner, Lavery de Billy LLP
    -   Capitalizing on the Opportunities, panel discussion moderated by:
        MaryAnn Mihychuk, Director of Corporate Relations Hudbay Minerals
        Inc. and former Manitoba Minister of Industry, Trade and Mines.

    In addition to the session speakers, there are two Keynote addresses and
one Luncheon speaker participating in 'Mining Finance and Management Day:
Dealing with the Downturn':

    -   O.K. (Kim) Goheen, senior vice-president and CFO for of Cameco
        Corporation will open the day with a keynote speech on the topic of:
        Building for Success in Troubled Times.
    -   Dave Williams, one of the NASA space program's most accomplished
        astronauts and Canada's first dual astronaut and aquanaut, will
        provide a Luncheon address, speaking on his understanding of what is
        involved in achieving peak personal performance: endurance,
        persistence, and the ability to overcome obstacles. He will also
        share his expertise on risk management and his "no error strategy".
    -   Michael Hlinka, a CBC Radio business commentator and Professor at
        George Brown College in the Faculty of Business, will provide the
        final Keynote address of the day on the topic of: New Gold Dreams.

    "This session represents an outstanding collection of expertise, brought
together in one location to share their insight and outlook on our industry,"
said Vavrek.

    Registration details and further information is available at:

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Ian Hamilton, DFH Public
Affairs, (416) 206-0118 x.222,

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