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On the Ground Group

On the Ground Group is a business development and marketing company producing mining investment seminars and courses for the international mining and financial industries including mineLatinAmerica, Risk Mitigation & CSR and MASTERMINING courses: Understanding the Mining Industry and Understanding the Coal Industry. On the Ground Group is the international division of MineAfrica Inc. - which has been producing Africa specific mining investment seminars since 2002.

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Our People

Bruce Shapiro

Bruce is the President of On the Ground Group which produces seminars, including its mineSouthAmerica series, for the international mining and financial communities. He is the founder and president of MineAfrica Inc., which produces its Investing in African Mining seminars in Toronto and London, UK. The Toronto seminar now entering its 9th year is the largest African focussed mining investment seminar in North America.

Bruce is also the president of A.P.O.C. Inc., a business development company that provides management services to the Canada-South Africa Chamber of Business, of which he is the President.

Prior to immigrating to Canada in 1977 and until 1991 Bruce held various senior executive positions in retail, real estate and finance industries and owned a consulting practice in trade and investment finance in South Africa. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and is a member of both The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and The Canadian Institute of Mining.
Email Bruce or call at 416.588.7749.

Wayne Floreani
Vice President

Wayne Floreani has over 20 years of international trade and investment promotion experience and expertise, with a particular focus on mining. He worked previously with the South African Department of Trade and Industry in Toronto and the Sudbury Regional Development Corporation. He has organized numerous delegations at international trade shows, trade missions and conferences including; the annual South African pavillion at PDAC, MinExpo in Las Vegas, Electra Mining, and the Canadian Institute of Mining, as well as high profile ministerial and trade delegations to Canada. He is a current Board Member (and past Chairman) of the Canada-South Africa Chamber of Business and Past President of the Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association of Canada.
Email Wayne or call at 416.533.3998.