Key Speakers

Michael Hyatt – Next Gen Den Dragons

Michael Hyatt, a self-made millionaire by age 25, is a mentor and investor in many start-ups, including the Rotman School of Business Creative Destruction Lab and The Founders Institute. He has built two highly successful tech firms valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, and is a recipient of the Top 40 Under 40™ award.

He chairs his family’s charitable foundation, and is the executive chair of BlueCat, one of Canada’s leading growth companies. Michael is a weekly business commentator on CBC News.

Dr. Grant Cool – Chief Operating Officer, Hybrid Enterprises LLC

Hybrid Enterprises is the exclusive reseller of Lockheed Martin’s Hybrid Airships, connecting this revolutionary product to global commercial markets.  Hybrid Airship technology was developed over the past decade by Lockheed to meet a demand for safe, efficient transportation to remote locations, with very low environmental impact.  Lockheed Hybrid Airships are capable of landing and taking off on any open field or body of water.  The first Hybrid Airships will be available for sale in 2018.

Grant Cool is a Professional Engineer and holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in spacecraft design and a BASc in engineering from the University of Toronto.

Shawn Ryan – Chief Technical Officer, White Gold Corp.

Born in a mining camp, and having spent much of his life in the Yukon, Shawn Ryan is a truly rare find.

A devoted believer in rigorous science, he set out to survey the trenches and faults which fed the basins and streams where most of the Klondike placer gold was originally found.

Armed with this knowledge, Shawn Ryan set out on an intensive 12 year program that included over 70,000 soil samples in highly regimented grids across the vast area south of Dawson City where the Klondike Gold Rush took place.

Shawn Ryan is changing the face of prospecting and exploration in Yukon in a way that’s never been done before. The prospector who is credited with discovering Dawson’s White Gold District and sparking a new Yukon gold rush is revolutionizing the industry with new methods for discovering gold. Ryan has been working with Isaac Fage and Tao Henderson, owners of GroundTruth Exploration based out of Dawson City, Yukon, to research and develop new ways to gather data.

Pierre Gratton – President & CEO, Mining Association of Canada

Pierre Gratton was appointed President and CEO of the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) on June 1, 2011. Based in Ottawa, MAC is the national organization for the Canadian mining industry. Its members are engaged in mineral exploration, mining, smelting, refining and semi-fabrication.

Prior to his appointment to MAC, Pierre was President and CEO of the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC). From 1999-2008, Mr. Gratton served as Vice President, Sustainable Development and Public Affairs for the Mining Association of Canada (MAC). In 2005-06, Mr. Gratton was honoured as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).

Mr. Gratton is First Vice-President of the Interamerican Mining Society (SIM – Sociedad Interamericana de Mineria). He is also Vice-President of the Raw Materials Committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD.

Andrew Cheatle – Executive Director of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)

As a Professional Geoscientist and graduate of the Royal School of Mines at Imperial College London, he has worked extensively in the exploration and mining industry from the rock face, to the boardroom, and into the halls of Government.

Andrew’s 25-plus-year career has encompassed both the senior and junior mining sectors as an exploration geologist, mine geologist, manager and mining executive. He has also volunteered with not-for-profit organizations, notably as past-president of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.

Prior to his role at PDAC, Andrew was President and Chief Executive Officer, Director at Unigold Inc., where he oversaw the delivery of the company’s initial mineral resource of two million ounces of gold at its flagship property in the Dominican Republic, and successfully partnered the project with the International Finance Corporation (a division of the World Bank).

His career started as a deep-level gold mine geologist in South Africa. He subsequently worked as Vice President Exploration at Treasury Metals Inc., Principal Geologist at AMEC plc, Chief Geologist at Goldcorp Inc./Placer Dome Inc., and Mineral Resource Manager with Anglo American Corporation. Andrew has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Geology from the Royal School of Mines at Imperial College London, and a Master of Business Administration from Capella University.

Andrew joined PDAC in 2015, the association responsible for the world renowned PDAC Convention, attended by up to 30,000 people from 130 countries each year. Andrew was a leader in the creation of the International Mines Ministers Summit (in partnership with the World Economic Forum) and sits on the advisory councils of the Development Partner Institute, CIRDI, Canada-IFC Africa Local Economic Development Partnership and Women in Mining International.

Andrew has built a strong reputation as an advocate for a responsible minerals industry—an industry that he believes has the ability to build prosperous communities and develop nations.