Diamond Sponsors



Ausenco  is an engineering company providing consulting, project delivery and asset management solutions to the resources, energy and infrastructure sectors. We add value to our clients’ projects and deliver results, even in the most challenging environments.


The Company was founded in Brisbane, Australia in 1991, and currently operates across 26 offices in 16 countries, providing services across the full project lifecycle, from ‘pit to port’.


Ausenco’s services include the categories of program management, technical solutions, engineering, global procurement, construction management, commissioning, studies, EPC/EPCM and control systems. These services are applied across eight primary industry areas, being environment and sustainability, minerals processing, energy, transportation systems, ports and terminals, pipeline systems, operations and maintenance and infrastructure.




BMDodo Strategic Design

Design plays a pivotal role in our lives. It’s the products we buy, the stuff we read, the food we choose to eat, the clothes we put on our backs, the cars we drive... it’s our whole world.  As Strategic Designers for today’s smart organizations, we take our jobs seriously. We understand that our decisions influence stand out messages, successful organizations, the people they serve and the impact they have on our environment.

Our mission is to make your organization, and the world, a better place through design.




Cidel is an international financial services group that helps high worth individuals & families, legal & tax professionals and some of the world’s largest financial institutions smartly structure, securely grow and easily manage wealth. With a strategic network of operations in Canada and internationally, Cidel’s broad range of investment, trust and structuring capabilities provide clients with solutions that are global, innovative, transparent and compliant. It’s that simple. But naturally, there’s a lot more to say.



DaMina Advisors is a preeminent independent global frontier markets political risk research, due diligence, geopolitical risk and M&A transactions consulting firm - with a special focus on Africa. DaMina provides bespoke risk analytic services to firms with significant frontier markets investments. DaMina Advisors is legally registered, has a global footprint and is headquartered in Toronto, with offices in London, New York and Accra.





Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the flag carrier of Ethiopia. During the past sixty five plus years, Ethiopian has become one of the continent's leading carriers, unrivalled in Africa for efficiency and operational success, turning profits for almost all the years of its existence.

Operating at the forefront of technology, the airline has also become one of Ethiopia's major industries and a veritable institution in Africa. It commands a lion's share of the pan African network including the daily and double daily east-west flight across the continent. Ethiopian currently serves 93 international and 20 domestic destinations operating the newest and youngest fleet.





Goodmans LLP

Goodmans LLP is internationally recognized as one of Canada’s pre-eminent business law firms with market-leading expertise in M&A, corporate and transaction finance, private equity, real estate, tax, restructuring, litigation and other business-related specialities.  Goodmans advises domestic and international players active in the mining, oil and gas, forestry and other natural resource sectors, including companies at all stages of development, from junior exploration companies to some of the world’s largest senior producers.  With a strategic entrepreneurial history and deal-making mindset, Goodmans lawyers deliver intelligent solutions, responsiveness, energy, talent and determination to get the deal done.  It’s more than just legal services; it’s strategic business advice.




Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is an international law firm created by the combination of Gowlings, a leading Canadian law firm, and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG), a leading U.K.-based international law firm.


With more than 1,400 legal professionals in 18 cities worldwide, we provide our clients with in-depth expertise in key global sectors and a suite of legal services at home and abroad. We see the world through our clients’ eyes, and collaborate across countries, offices, service areas and sectors to help them succeed, no matter how challenging the circumstances.




Your challenges are transforming the way you do business. We understand that your needs are changing rapidly and that you need a partner who is proactive in identifying the larger, long-term issues affecting your business.


A partner who listens carefully and is agile and innovative in their approach. A partner who sees the potential of emerging technologies and can deliver value in ways that are most meaningful and relevant for today.


We embrace our clients' vision as our own. We bring our best thinking and teams to solve your toughest challenges. To help you transform the world.


With over six decades of business and technical experience in the mining, energy, and infrastructure sectors, we know your business and understand that your challenges are changing rapidly. We respond quickly with solutions that are smarter, more efficient, and innovative. We draw upon our 9,000 staff with experience in over 150 countries to challenge the status quo and create positive change for our clients, our employees, and the communities we serve.




MineAfrica Inc.

MineAfrica is a business development, marketing and educational company providing the premier platform for mining companies, service providers and governments to promote themselves to a senior level, Africa focussed financial and natural resources audience. Our programs include our 10th Investing in African Mining in London, UK on November 28, 2016 and our 15th Investing in African Mining in conjunction with The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business 18th Annual African Mining Breakfast in Toronto on March 7, 2017 during PDAC.


We also offer educational courses and training programs under our MASTERMINING brand including our 3-day course “Understanding the Mining Industry From A to Z (March 2-4, 2017), International Travel and Security for Miners (March 5, 2017) and Medicine for Miners: Occupational Health (March 8, 2017).


We provide business development, marketing, investment attraction programs and consulting services to African governments and other public and private sector clients as well as produce various mining directories.


Under our international division “On the Ground Group” we produce our annual mineLatinAmerica seminar in Toronto each November.





Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada

The PDAC represents the interests of the Canadian mineral exploration and development industry. Today, 84 years after its founding, the association is a national organization with more than 8,000 individual members (including geoscientists, consultants, mining executives, students, and those involved in the drilling, financial, investment, legal and other support fields) and more than 1,200 corporate members (including senior, mid-size and junior mining companies and organizations providing services to the mineral industry). The work of the association is guided by its mission to promote a responsible, vibrant and sustainable Canadian mineral exploration and development sector. The PDAC encourages leading practices in technical, environmental, safety and social performance in Canada and internationally. PDAC is also known worldwide for its annual PDAC Convention, regarded as the premier event for mineral industry professionals. The PDAC Convention has attracted over 25,000 people from 125 countries in recent years and will next be held March 6-9, 2016, in Toronto.




South African Airways

South African Airways, a Star Alliance member, features daily nonstop service from New York JFK and direct service from Washington Dulles.  Code share agreements with Star Alliance partners United Airlines and Air Canada expand the number of cities in the U.S. and Canada from which to reach the African continent. Every seat on board offers an individual on-demand entertainment system, plush pillow, warm blanket and amenity kit. In Business Class, enjoy 180 degree fully flat-bed seats. Together, SAA and our regional partners, SA Express, Mango and Airlink, offer service to over 55 destinations throughout Africa.




Grand Sponsors



Export Development Canada

EDC is Canada’s export credit agency, offering innovative commercial solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international business. EDC’s knowledge and partnerships are used by more than 8,400 Canadian companies and their global customers in up to 200 markets worldwide each year. EDC is financially self-sustaining and is a recognized leader in financial reporting, economic analysis.


The High Commission of the Republic of Namibia

The High Commission of the Republic of Namibia represents the President, the Government and the people of Namibia.  It is responsibilities are to maintain, promote and further strengthen the relations that exist between Namibia and the countries of its accreditation.  The High Commission continues to market Namibia as the most excellent destination for tourists - with abundant wild life and awesome scenery - and an ideal country for trade and investment.  Namibia has an abundance of natural resources, among them, a wide range of mineral deposits. Namibia has rich fishing grounds, with both demersal and pelagic species. Namibia’s agricultural sector is also imperative to the country’s economy with a thriving red meat industry and the cultivation of crops such as maize, wheat, pearl millet, groundnuts, beans and cotton.




Does your investment or project require an integrated approach? Let SGS partner with you and find the best solution to meet your needs. SGS provides a wide range of services for gold, copper, iron ore and other commodities including, MMITM, resource calculation and other exploration support services, metallurgical testing such as flowsheet development and pilot plant testing, plant design and engineering services, water and energy audits, management and certification, risk mitigation for pre-feasibility and/or feasibility studies and audits and certification of plants or mine sites.

When you are on track for success in Africa, we have the integrated services to help you get ahead. Our technical expertise and value-added benefits give you the competitive advantage.





Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange

Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange are dynamic marketplaces to access the capital and liquidity that drives the growth of the global mining industry. Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange list more mining companies than any other market in the world.  As a result, the exchanges have the most diversified roster of public mining companies by commodity and stage of development. These companies benefit by having greater access to capital, visibility and analyst coverage.





The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS)

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) helps companies navigate the complexities of international markets and make better business decisions. The TCS is on the ground in more than 160 cities worldwide, gaining market intelligence, uncovering opportunities for Canadian companies and helping reduce business costs and risks. The TCS is a free service of the Government of Canada, helping companies prepare for international markets, assess market potential, find qualified contacts and resolve business problems.


Our network of international contacts is unbeatable. As part of Global Affairs Canada and of Canada’s network of embassies, the TCS has access to local governments and key business leaders and decision makers. We can help increase the credibility of Canadian companies in foreign markets, helping them gain access to local contacts not readily available to outside businesses.

www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca .


The Global Economic Institute for Africa (GEIA)

 GEIA is a Canada-based non-profit research and development organization fostering public-private dialogue on global issues, with a pan-African perspective.  The GEIA model is inspired by a single goal: to provide a gateway for senior decision- makers in government, industry and civil society to identify, explore and share emerging trends,best practices and transformational ideas that are reshaping world markets. 
Our reach is global. The focus is Africa! GEIA is headquartered in Ottawa. 






!XAM Diamonds & Fine Jewellery

!Xam Diamonds (the “!X” is pronounced with a click), fine jewellery and custom design, was founded in October 2011 by brothers Jeffrey and Terry Brenner. Their focus was clear: to introduce a higher level of transparency, service and quality to the diamond and jewellery market in the Toronto area.


!Xam was the brainchild of diamantaire, Jeffrey Brenner, who has 25 years in the business. His career includes operating polishing factories; establishing a diamond trading house; and purchasing and managing a junior diamond mining venture that was sold into TSX-listed Rockwell Diamonds.


!Xam is a certified member of the Responsible Jewellery Council and the Canadian Jewellers Association. The showroom is located at 366 Bay Street, Suite 800, Toronto and Longo's Plaza, 9302 Bathurst Street, Vaughan. Please call 416-366-1200 to book an appointment with one of the expert !Xam designers.







Banro Corporation

Banro is a Canadian-based gold mining company (TSX, NYSE MKT: BAA) with four wholly-owned projects along the Twangiza-Namoya gold belt of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2012, the Company brought its first gold project, the Twangiza gold mine, into commercial production. Its second gold plant at Namoya entered commercial production in January 2016. Future mines are planned for the Lugushwa and Kamituga projects. Banro’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility includes the creation of capacity building jobs, technology transfer and adherence to global standards in environmental management, social and labour policies, occupational health & safety, the nurturing of local and African supply chains and more. The Banro Foundation works to improve the lives of thousands of Congolese through strategic investments in education, health care, social infrastructure and sustainable agriculture.





Blumberg Segal LLP

Blumbergs is a Toronto law firm that provides a full range of innovative and cost effective legal solutions since 1984. Our Toronto lawyers have expertise in a number of areas, especially those of importance to business and non-profits including corporate law and governance, civil litigation, employment law, and intellectual property. You can contact Henry Blumberg at henry@blumbergs.ca and Mark Blumberg at mark@blumbergs.ca.

www.blumbergs.ca and www.globalphilanthropy.ca




Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Ltd. (“Eco Atlantic”) (TSX.V: EOG)

Eco Atlantic is an oil and gas exploration company focused on the acquisition and development of unique upstream petroleum opportunities around the world. The Company’s objective is to identify technically merited prospective new and developing projects in frontier areas requiring low cost entry. In Namibia, the Company currently holds interests, in four offshore petroleum licenses in the Walvis and Lüderitz Basins some of which are carried by significant partners,  Tullow Oil and Azinam.  In Ghana, Eco Atlantic holds and operates an interest in the Deepwater Cape Three Points West Deep Water offshore block, covering 944 square kilometers and in Guyana, Eco Atlantic,  together with partner Tullow Oil,  holds an interest in the 1,800 square kilometer Orinduik offshore block contiguous to ExxonMobil's multi million barrel discovery. Eco Atlantic enjoys strong local presence in the countries in which it operates and has a longstanding relationship with the energy and oil and gas sectors throughout Africa and other maturing exploration plays internationally.




Anderson Illustration

David Anderson is an illustrator who is used to creative thinking, flexibility and the pressure of dead- lines, due to a long association with daily newspapers. He has also worked for such clients as General Mills, Thomson Reuters, Compaq Computers and Acrostar Productions. Editorial illustration, be it for magazines, trade publications, power point presentations or newspapers is executed in a light, whimsical yet confident style. More recently he has illustrated and written children’s books for publishers in Canada and South Africa.

Winner of several national awards, his newspaper work is syndicated by Cartoonists and Writers Syndicate in New York and has appeared in such publications as The LA Times, The London Observer, The Globe and Mail, National Post, TIME Magazine and many others.





Landmark Wealth Management of Raymond James Ltd.

My approach to serving clients is quite clear - your needs always come first. I offer quality advice and ensure the highest levels of integrity, service and professionalism. It’s all about helping you succeed in building and preserving your wealth.

We are part of the Raymond James network of approximately 6,800 Financial Advisors in over 2,800 locations throughout the US, Canada and overseas. Raymond James serves more than 2.8 million client accounts and the firm has been entrusted with US$ 535 billion in client assets under administration. Our investment professionals are backed by internationally acclaimed research analysts in both Canada and the U.S. covering over 1,300 companies.

Raymond James Ltd., Member-Canadian Investor Protection Fund.  (Stats as of June 30, 2016)


HigherEye Training & Consulting

HigherEye Training & Consulting delivers outsourced Business Development and Social Media/Responsibility services that helps organizations increase revenues and improve social impact. HigherEye has delivered Social Responsibility initiatives for young people from Sub Saharan Africa, South East Asia and North America. These initiatives have generated a 225% increase in post- secondary school enrollment and assisted in the creation of over 200 small businesses.

Through our Business Development practice organizations such as IBM, ADP, Xerox, Microsoft, CIMB Malaysia, HP and Cisco have realized revenue increases by as much as 488%. This experience is utilized to deliver Social Responsibility projects.


The Cape Discovered (TCD Destination Management Company (Pty) Ltd) is a boutique South African destination management company and tour operator. We specialize in creating intimate, customized and authentic experiences for small groups and families and providing highly personalized client service. Our focus is on discerning international visitors to South Africa and facilitating luxury safaris within Southern Africa. Our qualified guides are knowledgeable and experienced and appropriate insurance is carried. We are CATHSSETA CERTIFIEDand a member of the Cape Tourist Guide Association. For more information: http://www.thecapediscovered.co.za.

We tailor your itinerary, make all arrangements, add value. You relax, enjoy, make memories.