This week Denver, Colorado, will host the world’s most prestigious precious metals investment forum beginning with presentations on September 8 and concluding on September 10.
The 6th annual Denver Gold Forum is organized by the Denver Gold Group and designed to give select mining and precious metals executives a unique opportunity to present their corporate stories to fund and portfolio managers, institutional investors and analysts and media. In the past, the Denver Gold Group has been instrumental in coordinating European and Asia Pacific investment forums for the precious metal industry.
Over the past six years since inception, attendance at the conference has grown 58 per cent. The forum plays host to almost 700 industry analysts, sponsor representatives, Denver Gold Group Members, and other members of the press. This year’s conference promises to be an excellent showcase of the gold mining and exploration industry, with 86 presentation sponsors, 23 exploration sponsors, 23 emerging producers, and 5 event sponsors.
Some of the presentations will include representation from:
The conference events will get underway on Monday morning with a breakfast address delivered by Dr Paul Walker, Chief Executive Officer, GFMS. Dr Walker is responsible for gold, silver and PGM research for GFMS in East Asia, India and South Africa. He has been with the company since 1995. After graduating with degrees in Commerce and Economics from the University of Cape Town, Dr Walker worked as an economics researcher for a Member of Parliament in the U.K. House of Commons before joining the United Nations affiliated International Lead and Zinc Study Group, where he was involved in a wide range of economic studies and forecasts. He has a Ph.D. in the application of mathematical optimization to large non-linear economic systems from the University of Nottingham in the U.K.
Monday’s keynote luncheon is sponsored by BMO Capital Markets. It features John Hathaway, Senior Managing Director, Tocqueville Asset Management L.P. Mr Hathaway, who has 38 years of investment experience, manages the Tocqueville Gold Fund, Tocqueville Gold Partners and separate accounts for individual and institutional clients following a gold strategy. Prior to joining Tocqueville in 1998, Mr Hathaway began his career in 1970 as an Equity Analyst with Spencer Trask & Co. In 1976, he joined the investment advisory firm David J. Greene and Company, where he became a partner. In 1986, he founded and managed Hudson Capital Advisors followed by seven years with Oak Hall Advisors as the Chief Investment Officer. Mr Hathaway has a B.A. degree from Harvard College, an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia, and is a CFA charter holder.
On Tuesday morning the conference reconvenes with a breakfast presentation delivered by Dr Martin Murenbeeld, President, DundeeWealth Economics. Dr Murenbeeld graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1972 with a Ph.D. in international finance. He joined the Faculty of Management Studies at the University of Toronto to develop the international business curriculum in the MBA program. He left the Faculty in 1978 to start M. Murenbeeld & Associates Inc. which became a wholly owned subsidiary of DundeeWealth Inc. in 2004 and Martin Murenbeeld was appointed chief economist.
Murenbeeld speaks often at international foreign exchange and gold seminars. Over the years, he has spoken at conferences hosted by The London Bullion Market Association, The Gold and Silver Institutes, The International Precious Metals Institute, The Denver Gold Group, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, the Australian Gold Council, The National Association of Business Economists (U.S.), The Conference Board of Canada, The Canadian Council of Financial Analysts, The Canadian Pulp and Paper Association, and The Canadian Institute of Mining.
The concluding presentation on “Driving Demand and Creating Value” is to be delivered on Wednesday by Philip Olden, Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer, World Gold Council. Mr Olden has over 25 years’ international experience in the marketing and general management of premium branded goods and retail organizations. He joined World Gold Council in 2002, with overall responsibility for marketing at the WGC and specific responsibility for the jewelry sector. Mr Olden has played a leading role in revitalizing demand for gold in all sectors and particularly jewelry. He has helped transform the WGC into the commercially focused marketing organization that it is today.
The Denver Gold Forum, will certainly be exciting for attendees. There is, however, an alternative for those observers and investors who are not fortunate enough to attend the event in person. The live webcast facility should be available at 7:00 AM (MST) on Monday morning.