LAWRIE WILLIAMS: An event for the gold and silver great and good!
Denver in the USA is that country’s top mining destination. The city hosts the headquarters for the world’s second largest gold miner, Newmont, and the city centre and surrounding area is the location for many other mid tier and junior miners and explorers, US offices for other mining companies, top mining consultancies, engineering companies and mining financial entities, while nearby Golden is the location of one of the world’s great mining schools – the Colorado School of Mines. Thus the annual Denver Gold Forum – which is an event which has been ongoing now for 26 years – is also one of the world’s pre-eminent precious metals sector meetings and perhaps the only one to attract virtually all the world’s major quoted gold mining companies as active participants.
The Denver Gold Forum is run by the Denver Gold Group (DGG) which describes itself as a capital formation organization that has supported public and private gold and silver mining companies for nearly three decades. The Denver based not-for-profit association’s members own the majority of the world’s new gold and silver production, as well as most existing reserves and resources.
The annual Denver Gold Forum is rather more broad-based than it used to be – in its early days it was restricted to presentations by the senior and mid tier gold miners – in that it nowadays plays host to other major precious metals companies, and juniors which meet some strict qualification criteria, but has very much commanded the support of the industry’s great and the good. This year’s event which runs from this Sunday through to Wednesday next week, will see presentations from virtually all of the publicly quoted global top 20 gold miners and the top silver miners, as well as some of the world’s most promising up and coming producers, developers and explorers.
It will also support a number of keynote presentations covering different aspects of the industry. It is an invitation-only event with most delegates coming from the presenting companies together with the world’s leading fund and portfolio managers, sovereign wealth funds, institutional investors and equities analysts. Precious metals company participants are required to be members of the Denver Gold Group via an annual subscription, and must be qualified for invitation. Professional investors, securities analysts and approved media are able to attend on a complimentary basis, but again there are strict qualification criteria for delegate registration.
In consequence the Forum is very much a top networking event for the global gold mining and investment sector with mining company top executives usually involved in one-on-one meetings throughout the conference duration.
This year’s keynote speakers include asset management expert Adrian Day, Finnbar Hutcheson, President of ICE Benchmark Administration which runs the new LBMA London benchmark price setting mechanism, Jeffrey Christian founder of one of the world’s top metals consultancies – CPM Group, Steve Higgins from the Royal Canadian Mint, David Cox from leading analytical information providers SNL Metals and Maureen Upton, founder of Resource Initiatives which delves into and gives advice on the increasingly important social interactions between mining companies, communities and government.
There will also be what should be a hugely interesting panel discussion on paper gold moderated by Doug Groh – portfolio manager of the Tocqueville Gold Fund.
Sharps Pixley will be in attendance and there will be feedback here in the news pages on some of the most interesting presentations.
The Denver Gold Group also organizes the European Gold Forum, the next of which is to be held in