AME BC Speaker Series

The AME BC Speaker Series is a networking lunch event held three times a year that provides invaluable opportunities for members to connect with industry leaders to gain first-hand accounts of current and upcoming issues in the mineral exploration and development sector. Non-members are welcome to attend.

Randy Smallwood - "Portfolio Optimization: The Streaming Approach"

Our third installment of the 2013/2014 AME BC Speaker Series Lunch featured Randy Smallwood, President and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Wheaton. The sold-out lunch took place on Tuesday, November 25 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver.

Mr. Smallwood’s talk, titled “Portfolio Optimization: The Streaming Approach,” discussed the numerous benefits of streaming for both the mineral exploration and mining industry and investors wishing to gain exposure to precious metals. Given the mineral exploration and development industry’s constant need for capital, streaming provides a flexible source of funding for companies through metal purchase agreements by unlocking the value of their byproduct precious metals production. Discover how streaming results in win-win transactions and creates shareholder value for both the streamer and the partner company. As an investment option, see how Silver Wheaton has become a premier investment in precious metals by reducing risks traditionally associated with the mineral exploration and development industry.

Speaker Biography
Randy Smallwood holds a geological engineering degree from the University of British Columbia, and is one of the founding members of Silver Wheaton. In 2007, he joined Silver Wheaton full time as EVP of Corporate Development, primarily focusing on growing the company through the evaluation and acquisition of silver stream opportunities. In January 2010 he was appointed President, and in April 2011 he was appointed Silver Wheaton's CEO. Randy originally started as an exploration geologist with Wheaton River Minerals Ltd., and in 2001 was promoted to Director of Project Development, his role through its 2005 merger with Goldcorp. Randy was an instrumental part of the team that built Wheaton River/Goldcorp into one of the largest and, more importantly, most profitable gold companies in the world, and he is now focused on continuing to add to the impressive growth profile of Silver Wheaton.

2013/2014 Sponsors

AME BC would sincerely like to thank our sponsors of the 2013/2014 Series:

Premier Sponsors:

ERM        Pricewaterhousecooper - web           TetraTech_May2012    

To become a sponsor at the 2015 Speaker Series Events please contact Simone Hill, Acting Director Special Events and Membership at 604.630.3921 or

Thomas Isaac - "Aboriginal Legal Issues in BC's Exploration and Mining Sectors: Opportunities and Challenges"

The second installment of the 2013/2014 AME BC Speaker Series Luncheons event featured Thomas Isaac, Partner and Leader National Aboriginal Law Practice of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.

Mr. Isaac's talk, titled “Aboriginal Legal Issues in BC's Exploration and Mining Sectors: Opportunities and Challenges”, outlined some of the key issues facing the exploration and development sector in BC from an aboriginal law perspective including some of the prevailing myths regarding aboriginal law in BC, why the mineral tenure system in BC works and what future challenges the industry will be facing in this area in the future.

Honourable Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines - "BC Government’s Mineral Exploration & Mining Strategy - Where We’re At Now and Where We’re Heading"

Our first instalment of the 2013/2014 Speaker Series was held on Friday, October 4, 2013 at the Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver and featured Honourable Bill Bennett. He provided the audience with an update on current issues in the mineral exploration and development industry including taxation, permitting and environmental assessment, Aboriginal engagement, and public geoscience. 

Click here
to read Hon. Bill Bennett's Biography.

There were several questions asked during the Q&A portion of the event and due to time constraints AME BC was not able to ask them all. AME BC submitted the unanswered questions to Minister Bennett and his office.
Click here to read the answers they provided.

Click here to view the photos from the event.

Past Speakers Include:



  • Ned Goodman, President and CEO, Dundee Corporation. Bio.
  • Diane Francis (National Post) Bio and Photo Gallery.
  • Chief Clarence Louie (Osoyoos Indian Band) Bio and Photo Gallery.
  • Dr. Don Wright President, BCIT and Paul Henning of Rio Tinto
  • Vivian Krause (Vancouver-based writer and researcher)
  • Ross Beaty, Executive Chairman, Alterra Power Corp.
  • Robert Quartermain, President, CEO and Director, Pretivm Resources Inc.
  • Don Lindsay, President & Chief Executive Officer, Teck Resources Limited
  • Patricia Mohr; Vice-President, Economics and Commodity Market Specialist; The Scotiabank Group, Toronto
  • Geoff Plant, Partner, Heenan Blaikie
  • Geoffrey Burns, President and CEO, Pan American Silver Corp.
  • Wei Shao; Counsel, China Practice; Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP (Vancouver office)
  • Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse, President & CEO, NovaGold Resources Inc. / Don Lindsay, President & CEO, Teck Resources Limited (formerly Teck Cominco Limited) / Curtis Rattray, former Chairperson, Tahltan Central Council
  • Rex McLennan, former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, VANOC


  • Honourable George Abbott, BC Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation; and Gwaans (Beverley Clifton Percival), Member and Negotiator, Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs; and Chair, BC All Chiefs’ Task Force
  • National Chief Phil Fontaine, Assembly of First Nations
  • Honourable Randy Hawes, BC Minister of State for Mining; and the Honourable Pat Bell, BC Minister of Forests, Mines and Lands
  • Hon. Gordon Hogg, Minister of State for Mining
  • Carole James, Leader of the Official Opposition, BC Legislative Assembly
  • Hon. Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources Canada 
  • Hon. Carole Taylor, BC Minister of Finance