Invited Speakers

Wei Shao
Partner, National Practice Group Co-Leader for China
Dentons Canada LLP

Wei Shao is the National Practice Group Co-Leader for China and specializes in international business transactions focusing on China. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate and project financing, cross-border counseling, and general corporate and commercial transactions.
Wei has represented Chinese investors and entrepreneurs, sovereign and investment funds, private and public companies as well as major SOEs in various significant transactions in Canada, especially in natural resource and mining. Wei has also advised Canadian and international companies in natural resources, manufacturing, high-tech, environment, infrastructure and financial transactions in China. He has also provided legal advice to government agencies and diplomatic missions from both Canada and China. He is a frequent speaker at various conferences on matters related to investment in or from China.

John Gravelle
Mining Industry Leader for the Americas & Partner

John Gravelle is PricewaterhouseCoopers's mining industry leader for Canada and for the West Cluster (North and South America). John is also a partner in the Tax group in Toronto with over twenty years experience in advising both domestic and foreign multinational mining clients on a full range of tax matters.

George Gao
Chief Representative,China
The Toronto Stock Exchange and Tsx Venture Exchange

Mr. George Gao is the Chief Representative of TSX Inc. Beijing Representative Office. He is responsible for business development activities and strategy in Asia for Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange.Mr. Gao brings more than 15 years of experience in the finance and international business sectors to his work in guiding companies and investors through investing and listing on Canada's preeminent stock exchanges. He has been the Head, Business Development, Asia at the Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange. Prior to joining the TMX Group, Mr. Gao worked as financing manager for an international mining company based in Toronto. Whilst in China, Mr. Gao worked for the Chinese government and also held managerial position at a large state-owned enterprise in China. Mr. Gao holds an Honours B.A. in Economics and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Josephine Choi
Managing Director
Alberta China Office (Beijing)

Ms. Josephine Choi joined the Alberta provincial government in the 1990s. Over the years, she has been committed to the work closely related to the economic development of Alberta. Her key responsibilities include promoting the trade and investment activities in Alberta and facilitating the cooperation between Alberta and Asian economies.
In addition to working in the Greater China area, Ms. Choi's business is also involved in other North Asian countries. Her main task during the period working for the government was to promote the pillar industries and emerging industries of Alberta. She and her team are working actively in Japan, South Korea and Greater China (mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan).
From 1999 to 2004, Ms. Choi served as the managing director of Alberta China Office (Hongkong). She was appointed as the managing director of Alberta China Office for the second time in November 2011.

Sophia Sun
Senior Commercial Officer
Alberta China Office (Beijing)

Ms. Sun joined Alberta China Office in 2003 and is responsible for the matters related to Energy, Environment, Forestry and Construction.

Don Leitch
Dentons Canada LLP

With a respected track record in mergers and acquisitions, Don's counsel includes corporate plans of arrangement, formal take over-bid transactions, and asset and share purchase and sale transactions. Within his securities practice, he covers all matters related to the sale or purchase of securities including private placements, initial public offerings and prospectus offerings. He also advises on securities commission regulatory compliance and stock exchange requirements, along with corporate governance, management and director obligations. Don has acted for public mutual funds as well as private venture capital funds and limited partnerships and has assisted in the registration of exempt market dealers, investment dealers and mutual fund dealers.

William Wang
Director of Great China
Ministry of the Economy

William has over 20 years of business development and investment attraction experience and has taken part in numerous senior level trade missions to China. William is in charge of Saskatchewan's economic cooperation with Chinese companies and government organizations.
William has worked with many international companies and government agencies both in China and Canada, including Sinopec, the City of Regina, and the Government of Saskatchewan.
William has obtained a Master of Business Administration Degree from University of Regina, a Master of Science Degree from University of Regina as well as a Bachelor Degree in Management Information System from Tianjin University of Commerce in China. He also has the title of Project Management Professional (PMP).

Josh Young
Managing Director
Young Capital Management, LLC

Josh Young is the founder and portfolio manager of Young Capital Management, LLC. He is also a board member of Lucas Energy Inc. He previously served as an analyst at a multi billion-dollar single-family office in Los Angeles. Prior to that, he was an investment analyst at Triton Pacific Capital Partners. He was also a corporate strategy consultant at Mercer Management Consulting and DiamondCluster. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Chicago.

Michael Melanson
Bennett Jones LLP

Michael Melanson specializes in corporate and securities law. He practises extensively in the capital markets area, with an emphasis on public and private offerings of securities, takeover bids and mergers and acquisitions. He acts for clients in a wide range of industries, particularly in the mining industry. One area of focus of Michael's practice is representing clients in China, Hong Kong and other international markets. Michael is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum.

Craig Morley
Chief Executive Officer
Snowden Group

Craig has a geological background with mining experience underground on Australia's Golden Mile in Kalgoorlie as well as in a number of senior positions across Australian underground and open pit operations. Since joining Snowden in 1997 Craig has consulted on mining and exploration projects throughout Australia, Africa, India, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, South America, and Canada.
His experience ranges from project valuation to mining software systems and databases, across a wide range of commodities. He has completed an MBA and is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Craig is the CEO of Snowden Mining Industry Consultants and leads a multidisciplinary team with offices in Australia, South Africa, Canada, Brazil and the UK.

Samson Li
Minerals Analyst
CWN Capital Inc.

Samson Li has ten years of investment experience. He acted as Chief Analyst at Centaline Wealth Management Ltd, a subsidiary of Centaline Group, managing a fund specializing in natural resources and commodities. With an in-depth knowledge of mining, energy and commodities as well as unique analysis of global economic trend, he is often interviewed by NOW TV, TVB, Metro Radio, Hong Kong Daily News, AM730, Economic Digest, China Gold News and various other media. Besides, he is a columnist for Capital CEO, Quam and Away from the Flock on Centaline Group's website.

Fuchang Liu
Executive Secretary-General
Potash Branch of China Inorganic Salts Industry Association

A CPC member, Economist;
The executive secretary-general of Potash Branch of China Inorganic Salts Industry Association, a member of Board of Supervisors of Wentong Potassium Salt Group Co.,Ltd. and the chairman of Board of Supervisors of Mintai Investment.

Lonny Kubas
General Manager
Asia, CN

A 29-year transportation and logistics veteran, Lonny's years of experience in the rail industry has been supported by a deep background in rail operations, marketing, sales, business development, project management, and multi-modal operations. With a strong track record of implementing ground-breaking supply chain solutions in all segments of CN's business, this has allowed CN customers to compete and grow in today's challenging market place.
Recent success in working with various companies in the resource sector, terminal operators, Ports of Pr. Rupert and Vancouver continues to build on CN's supply chain operating strength and capacity to grow Trans Pacific trade.
Lonny's newest appointment in early 2012 as General Manager, Asia continues his tradition of serving in roles for which he has a strong personal passion. He, as CN, is committed to driving innovative supply chain partnerships among our customers, stakeholders and our operating groups.
Lonny and his team are focused on growing CN's overall business between Asia and North America. They are actively working with many large project proponents investing in Canada's resource sector.

Lingjie Ma
Head of Research
BMO Global Asset Management

Lingjie is currently the head of research for quantitative strategies of BMO Global Asset Management in Boston. Before joining BMO, Lingjie had held senior management positions of both research and portfolio management of global products with AUM over USD 10 billion including Deutsche Asset Management in NYC and PanAgora Asset Management in Boston. Lingjie has publications in top journals of both academia and industry such as Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Investing and European Journal of Finance. He is a frequent speaker on applications of quantile regression in investments. Lingjie earned a Ph.D. in Economics and a MS in Statistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he majored in Economics in the Nankai University of China.

Corporate Presentation

Michael Steele
Avonlea-RIXO Energy Corp.

With 30 years of experience in corporate development and financial structuring in over 10 countries, Michael offers Avonlea-RIXO the support it requires in achieving the aggressive expansion of its energy trading platform worldwide. Steele was born in Canada and holds a professional BSc degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Michael brings forward a strong connection to the Canadian oil and gas energy markets..

Songning Shen
Founder, Co-Chairman and Executive Director
Sunshine Oilsands Ltd.

He is a professional geologist registered in Alberta, Canada. He obtained his B. Sc. in 1986 from TongJi University and his M.Sc. from Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 1998.
His extensive past experience includes contributions to Koch Exploration Canada LP. Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd., Nexen's Energy, Petro Canada and Halliburton Landmark Graphics and Bohai Company, a subsidiary of CNOOC where he worked in a team that discovered and appraised the oil field, Suizhong 36-1, for which he was awarded.

Mr. Bataa Tumur – Ochir
CEO, Director
Wolf Petroleum Limited.

Mr. Bataa Tumur-Ochir is a Mongolian citizen and has served as Chief Operating Officer since its incorporation in 2010 and was appointed to CEO in January 2013.
Mr. Tumur-Ochir is responsible for new business acquisitions, devel¬opment and government relations. Mr. Tumur-Ochir is responsible for daily operations in Mongolia. Under his guidance Wolf Petroleum was awarded with the "Operator of the Year Award" from the Petroleum Authority of Mongolia, and today, Wolf Petroleum is recognised as the fastest growing petroleum exploration company in Mongolia.

Gary Norris
Vice President
Seidler Oil & Gas Resources, LLC.

Gary Norris is Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Seidler Oil & Gas Resources, LLC. Prior to joining the Seidler Companies in April of 2012, Mr. Norris worked as an international consultant in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Norris was director of international business development for Petromax Development International from May 2009 through April 2012. Mr. Norris has evaluated and participated in the development of over 27 oil and gas drilling projects in SE Texas and North Dakota. Prior to consulting in the oil and gas industry, Mr. Norris developed and managed large IBM international technology projects for several Fortune 500 companies as an IBM Business Partner.

Randy Reifel
President & Director
Chesapeake Gold Corp.

Randy Reifel has been a senior executive in the exploration business for 30 years.During this period he has distinguished himself as a successful, strategic entrepreneur within the industry. Prior to establishing Chesapeake, Mr. Reifel was president of two exploration companies focused in Latin America, Carson Gold Corp. and Francisco Gold Corp. Mr. Reifel's early recognition of the Kilometer 88 gold district in Venezuela led to Carson Gold being acquired in 1993. Mr. Reifel founded Francisco Gold and was instrumental in the discovery and development of the El Sauzal and Marlin gold projects acquired by Glamis Gold Ltd. in 2002 for $390 million.Both projects are world class mines operated by Goldcorp Inc. Mr. Reifel holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Masters of Science in Business Administration. Mr. Reifel serves as a director of Goldcorp.

David Austin
President and CEO
Colonial Coal International Corporation

David Austin is the President and CEO of Colonial Coal International Corporation. He was a founder of both Western Coal and Northern Energy and Mining. David brings over thirty-five years of experience as a director and officer of coal explorers in British Columbia. He is the leader of Colonials vastly experienced management team.

Dan Weir
Executive Chairman
Michigan Potash Inc.

Worked as a trader, Salesman, and Investment Banker in Toronto, Canada for 18 years. Financed many Mining, Oil & Gas, High Tech companies. Founded Michigan Potash in 2011 with Dr. Ian Colquhoun. Headed up an Institutional Equities Sales Desk until February 2013, when he left to focus on Michigan Potash full time. "When investing in a company, who don't just bet on the horse (the asset) you bet on the Jockey (the people)" "We have put together a group of people that have the expertise to make Michigan Potash a Success."
Dan, is also on the board of Mag Copper, a copper/zinc company in Quebec,Canada

Anselmo Piscedda
President and CEO
North Star Resources Management Ltd.

Mr. Piscedda has a long history of experience in mining, resource and development projects worldwide, with a specific focus and knowledge of the African market. He has been President and Chairman of Minoil Holding SA, President of Glocemco Inc. and Acemeco Inc. as well as Chairman of PMC Gulf International. Mr. Piscedda, as the President and CEO, holds the responsibility on operations and business decisions of North Star Resources' project.

Avv. Giulio Azzaretto
Member of the Board
North Star Resources Management Ltd.

Avv. Azzaretto graduated in 1995 with a law degree in Rome, focusing on tax and economic legal matters. He holds a Masters in International Tax Law at Rome University and completed Introduction to United States Business Law, a postgraduate course in Michigan. In 2008, he started his own practice as a Founding Partner at Miccinesi e Associati, a boutique law firm, serving clients worldwide with a practice focus on international and investment tax matters.