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Meet 40 leading Ethiopian exporters and importers and joint venture partners in Toronto this June 27-29, 2017
May 30, 2017 - Join us for a profitable day of business networking and trade and investment opportunities with leading companies from Ethiopia who will be presenting to Canadian participants specific investment opportunities in Ethiopia as well as products available for import into Canada. Industry sectors represented include; agriculture (oilseeds, spices, coffee), commercial farming, construction, mining, hotel and tourism, heavy equipment and machinery, manufacturing (assembly of truck body parts, packaging), etc. Click here to see the current program and list of participating Ethiopian companies, along with their company profiles, industry sectors of interest, and what they are looking for (ie - Canadian importer, Canadian supplier, investor, or joint venture partner). Ethiopia is ranked by the International Monetary Fund among the five fastest growing economies in the world.

Protect your employees in high risk jurisdictions
February 23, 2017 - People are your most important assets and protecting them when travelling to, or working in medically challenged regions is life and reputation saving. This free 90 minute workshop with international health management expert Dr. Albie de Frey, will provide you with a concise overview on the basics and principles of travel and occupational health in developing and tropical countries, the major medical, legal and logistical risks facing you and your employees, and how to proactively deal with these risks in a cost-effective manner. Click here for more information.

Master the complex world of mining with our acclaimed 3-day MASTERMINING course on March 2-4 in Toronto
January 25, 2017 - Join the more than 150 participants who have mastered the mining industry by taking our 3-day course "Understanding the Mining Industry From A to Z". This modern and interactive course provides you with an overview on all aspects of mining including; Introduction to Mining, The Economics of Mining, and Financing and Deal-making. Your class leader is Dr. Willem Smuts, a renowned geologist, author, magazine editor, consultant, mining executive and educator. Click here for more information.

Happy New Year
January 2, 2017 - Happy New Year and all the best for a happy and prosperous 2017 from all of us at On the Ground Group and mineLatinAmerica.

Mine attack in Ecuador highlights importance of a plan to protect your employees and assets in at risk jurisdictions
December 16, 2016 - Wednesday's Mine attack in Ecuador highlights the importance of a strategic, planned approach to protecting your employees, contractors, suppliers and assets in at risk mining jurisdictions around the world. Our March 8, 2017 seminar on International Security for miners, service providers and travellers abroad will introduce you to the key elements in: 1) International Security and Travel Awareness; 2) Kidnap and Ransom: The Process; 3) The Development of a Corporate Crisis Management Plan. The course is delivered by international security and kidnapping expert Alan Bell of Globe Risk International. The early bird rate is just C$325 until January 8. Click here for more information on the course.

Canada's hostage war room - Toronto Star article highlights kidnapping issues and Canadian unpreparedness when travelling abroad
December 6, 2016 - Part One in The Toronto Star 8-part series Held Hostage: Canada´s hostage war room underscores the importance of planning when travelling to at-risk jurisdictions. On March 8, 2017 during PDAC in Toronto we are offering a half-day International Security seminar for miners, service providers and travellers abroad with travel and kidnapping expert Alan Bell of Globe Risk International. Click here for more information on the course.

Read the report on mineLatinAmerica 2016
November 15, 2016 - Our fifth full-day mineLatinAmerica seminar took place at KPMG offices in Toronto on November 14, 2016 with twenty presenters and panelists. he program featured current updates by mining companies on their Latin American projects and presentations and panel discussions by expert advisors on Latin America in the global context, country overviews on Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, emerging risks for mining companies in Latin America, CSR success stories, financing and crowdfunding for mining companies. Click here to download the program and presentations.

See the current program for mineLatinAmerica on November 14, 2016 in Toronto
November 3, 2016 - We have an interesting mix of presenters covering exciting projects and panel discussions for our 5th mineLatinAmerica seminar on November 14, 2016 in Toronto including; Dual listing on the TSX and Santiago Stock Exchange, Financing and Managing Political Risk, country overviews on Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina and Colombia, a CSR panel discussion, and project updates by Eloro Resources, Latin American Minerals and U308 Corp. Click here for more details including online registration.

Promote your Latin American project, company, products or expertise at mineLatinAmerica 2016
June 21, 2016 - Promote your Latin American mining project, your company or your expertise at our fifth full-day mineLatinAmerica seminar on November 14, 2016 in Toronto with Premier Sponsors Norton Rose Fulbright LLP and Toronto Stock Exchange and Corporate Sponsors KPMG and Hatch. Click here for more information on participating as a Presenter, Sponsor, Exhibitor or Delegate.

Meet 46 Ethiopian exporters and importers and joint venture partners in Toronto on May 18, 2016
April 19, 2016 - Join us for a profitable day of business networking and trade and investment opportunities with leading companies from Ethiopia who will be presenting to Canadian participants specific investment opportunities in Ethiopia as well as products available for import into Canada. Industry sectors represented include; agriculture (oilseeds, spices, coffee), commercial farming, construction, mining, hotel and tourism, manufacturing (assembly of truck body parts, packaging), etc. Click here to see the current program and list of participating Ethiopian companies, along with their company profiles, industry sectors of interest, and what they are looking for (ie - Canadian importer, Canadian supplier, investor, or joint venture partner).

Why mines fail?
January 20, 2016 - Why mines fail? How to pick the survivors in a market disrupted by metal prices and technology? Dealing with investment bankers: the good, the bad, the ugly. Magnates in mining; genius or luck? Lessons on listings and financing. Learn this and more at our 3-day MASTERMINING course "Understanding the Mining Industry: From A to Z" this March 3-5, 2016 in Toronto during PDAC. Click here for more information.

Burkina Faso hotel attack: 18 nationalities among dead..." - The Guardian - January 16, 2016
January 17, 2016 - Are you prepared to manage and respond to a kidnapping and ransom, security, travel or terrorism event? Natural resources companies and travelers abroad have increasingly become targets for kidnapping, bribery, terrorist acts, vandalism and theft. A proactive, planned approach to preventing and dealing with these threats has become an absolute necessity. "International Security for Miners" is a practical, hands-on, interactive one-day course led by international security expert Alan Bell that will provide you with an overview on assessing security threats, developing a corporate crisis management plan and how to respond.

The course takes place on March 6, 2016 during PDAC in Toronto. Click here to see the course outline and registration details.

Season's greetings and best wishes for 2016
December 26, 2015 - It wasn't the best year for the mining industry (mild understatement) so here's wishing you a wonderful holiday season with family and friends to send off 2015 and set the stage for a great 2016!

Colombia makes mining progress as Peru struggles with social issues: Mining Weekly coverage from mineLatinAmerica
December 9, 2015 - Columbia remains a jurisdiction with excellent potential for mining companies and investors, but risks remain, while permitting delays persist. Peru, too, remained a leading jurisdiction for mining, but higher levels of social unrest were worrisome, delegates at On the Ground Group's recent MineLatinAmerica symposium were told. Delays in permitting and licensing had caused serious headaches for extractive companies seeking to invest in or advance projects in Colombia. Bordeaux Capital principal Gage Jull stressed the difference between Canada and Colombia in this regard: "It takes two years to licence a well in Colombia's oil and gas territory. It takes two to ten weeks in Alberta." Click here here to read the full article at Mining Weekly.

Samarco tailings breach underscores need for industrywide best practise: Mining Weekly coverage from mineLatinAmerica
December 9, 2015 - On November 5, there was a large, destructive breach of tailings dams at an iron-ore mine run by Samarco Mineração, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. It was reported that about ten people had lost their lives, while hundreds more had to be evacuated. Much of Bento Rodrigues village was swept away. Click here to read the full article at Mining Weekly.

Corruption concerns have increased implications for mining and exploration M&A: Mining Weekly coverage from CSR seminar
December 9, 2015 - Buyers are becoming increasingly wary of corruption issues when buying projects, operations or other companies, and those looking to sell will have to be more mindful of this, says PwC Canada MD and anticorruption expert Frederic Miller. Click here to read the full article at Mining Weekly.

Download the presentations from mineLatinAmerica on November 17, 2015
November 19, 2015 - Seventeen presenters and panelists shared their expertise, experience and project updates at our 4th full-day mineLatinAmerica seminar on November 17 in Toronto. Click here to read the seminar report and to download the presentations.

Avoid Disaster: Management of Tailings to be discussed at mineLatinAmerica
November 13, 2015 - We have a great program for our 4th mineLatinAmerican seminar on November 17, 2015 in Toronto including a presentation on "Avoid Disasters: Management of Tailings" by Siavash Farhangi, Regional Director, Tailings and Mine Hydrology, Hatch and Michael Torrance, Lawyer, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada. Click here to see the current program and registration details.

New MASTERMINING course schedule released
November 5, 2015 - We have a great lineup of three MASTERMINING courses; 1) International Travel and Occupational Health: What Every Executive and Manager Needs to Know; 2) Understanding the Mining Industry: From A to Z; 3) Procurement and Supplier Relationship Management Workshop. The courses are being delivered in London, Toronto and Cape Town. All are also available in a customized format that can delivered in-house to your meet your organization's specific needs. Click here for more information including course brochures, location and dates and registration fees.

See the current program mineLatinAmerica
October 24, 2015 - We have a great program for our 4th mineLatinAmerican seminar on November 17, 2015 in Toronto covering current trends in Latin American mining and project updates. Click here to see the current program and registration details.

Participate in mineLatinAmerica 2015
August 13, 2015 - Promote your Latin American mining project, your company or your expertise at our fourth full-day mineLatinAmerica seminar on November 17, 2015 in Toronto. 2015 with Premier Sponsors Norton Rose Fulbright LLP and Toronto Stock Exchange and Corporate Sponsors KPMG and Hatch. Click here for more information on participating as a Presenter, Sponsor, Exhibitor or Delegate.

Download presentations from the 15th and 16th Risk Mitigation & CSR Seminar programs
October 20, 2015 - mineLatinAmerica was pleased to be a partner in the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business CSR Seminar series with Premier Sponsor Hatch in 2015. Click here to download the presentations from Toronto (September 30, 2015) and London, UK (October 15, 2015).

Learn how to protect yourself, your employees and your assets at these two, expert and timely international security seminars for Canadian companies and business travellers
April 28, 2015 - Canadian companies and travellers abroad are increasingly popular targets for kidnapping, bribery, terrorist acts, vandalism and theft. A proactive, planned approach to preventing and dealing with these threats has become an absolute necessity and a legal requirement under Bill C-45. These two practical, hands-on, interactive, one-day seminars led by international security expert Alan Bell will assist you in proactive security precautions when preparing for business trips to, or operating in, identified high risk jurisdictions. You will learn to assess and respond to a myriad of security threats and how to develop a corporate crisis management plan.

Seminar One "Global Overview and Coping with Terrorism, International Security and Travel, Kidnap and Ransom" takes place on June 16, 2015 and Seminar Two "Developing a Corporate Crisis Management Plan" takes place on June 17, 2015. Both seminars take place at The Royal Canadian Military Institute in downtown Toronto.

Click here for more information and to download the brochure with the full outline for each seminar and registration details.

Participate in mineLatinAmerica 2015
April 28, 2015 - Join us at our 8th mineLatinAmerica seminar in Toronto on November 17, 2015 with Premier Sponsors Norton Rose Fulbright LLP and Toronto Stock Exchange and Corporate Sponsors KPMG and Hatch. Click here for more information on participating as a Presenter, Sponsor or Delegate.

Download the presentations from mineLatinAmerica held on November 4 in Toronto
Nov 6, 2014 - Click here to download the program and presentations from our 3rd full-day mineLatinAmerica seminar held on November 4, 2014 in Toronto.

Download the presentations from The 14th Risk Mitigation & CSR Seminar held on October 31 in London, UK
Nov 6, 2014 - Click here to download the program and presentations from The 14th Risk Mitigation & CSR Seminar held in London, UK on October 31, 2014.

CSR London 2014 Report
Read the seminar report and links to presentations from The 14th Risk Mitigation & CSR Seminar held in London, UK on October 31, 2014
Nov 6, 2014 - Click here to download the presentations from The 14th Risk Mitigation & CSR Seminar held in London, UK on October 31, 2014.

Download the presentations from "Innovative Financing for the Global Mining Industry in Challenging Times
June 25, 2014 - On the Ground Group and mineLatinAmerica were pleased to be partners in a very topical and informative seminar and panel discussion on innovative financing held in Toronto on June 18, 2014. Click here to download the presentations.

Read the seminar report and links to presentations from The 12th Risk Mitigation & CSR Seminar held in Vancouver on June 5, 2014
June 25, 2014 - Click here to download the presentations from this seminar on how to mitigate your project risk through the implementation of effective CSR programs.

New MASTERMINING course for 2014 - Mining Supply Chain Optimisation
November 28, 2013 - Our 2014 MASTERMINING course schedule is now available and we are pleased to introduce our newest course "A to Z of Mining Supply Chain Optimisation" in Cape Town, Toronto and Vancouver. We are also offering our "Understanding the Mining Industry: From A to Z" in Cape Town and Toronto. Click here for more information.

Read the seminar report on mineLatinAmerica 2013
November 28, 2013 - Despite the current state of the markets mineLatinAmerica 2013 which took place on November 15 was an overwhelming success. Click here to read the report including links to the presentations, program, photo gallery and 30-second video of the mineLatinAmerica Market Open at the Toronto Stock Exchange.

See the current program for mineLatinAmerica on November 15 in Toronto
November 1, 2013 - We have a great program lined up for mineLatinAmerica on November 15 in Toronto. Presentations include updates by mining companies on their Latin American projects and technical presentations on doing business in Latin America by expert advisors. Click here for program and registration details.

Read the report on the 9th Risk Mitigation & CSR seminar in Vancouver on Sep 17
September 23, 2013 - Read the report on the 9th Risk Mitigation & CSR seminar in Vancouver on September 17, including links to the program and presentations.

Register now for The Renewable Energy and Mining Summit
July 4, 2013 - The Renewable Energy and Mining Summit is taking place this September 25-26 in Toronto and will bring together the global mining industry with the renewable energy sector to discuss the opportunities and challenges for powering mines with renewables. Energy decision-makers from global mines will be presenting case studies and discussing how they are accessing renewables options including representatives from Barrick Gold, Kinross Gold, Vale, Lonmin, Teck Resources Limited, Rio Tinto, American Vanadium, Cronimet Mining AG, Volcan, and Semafo.

The Summit is being organized by Canadian Clean Energy Conferences and Hatch is the principal sponsor. To register visit www.renewablesandmining.com and enter mineafrica20 on the registration page to receive 20% off.

2013 seminar and course schedule
July 2, 2013 - Download our schedule of 2013 and 2014 seminars and MASTERMINING educational courses.

Fraser Institute 2013 Survey of Mining Companies released
March 2, 2013 - Read the Fraser Institute 2013 Survey of Mining Companies ranking the attractiveness of international mining jurisdictions. Chile was the highest ranking Latin American country.

KPMG sponsors mineLatinAmerica 2013
February 22, 2013 - KPMG joins Premier Sponsors Norton Rose and Toronto Stock Exchange for mineLatinAmerica taking place in Toronto on November 15, 2013. The full-day event features updates by mining companies on their Latin American projects, technical presentations on doing business in Latin America's mining industry by expert advisors, a networking exhibit area, cocktail reception and Market Open at the Toronto Stock exchange. KPMG will host the event at their Bay-Adelaide office in Toronto's financial district.

Participate in The Fraser Institute 2012-2013 Mining Survey
November 29, 2012 - The Fraser Institute, Canada's leading economic think tank, conducts an annual survey of how miners and explorers rate the investment climate of jurisdictions around the world. The results of the 2011-2012 Mining Survey can be downloaded for free click here. On the Ground Group and mineLatinAmerica are pleased to be promotional partners and we are asking you to participate in the 2012-2013 survey. Your participation will help to ensure that the results reflect the views of professionals with first-hand knowledge of the mining industry investment climate in countries in Latin America and around the globe. All information collected through the survey remains confidential. You can complete the survey on line in less than 15 minutes. To thank you for your participation, the Fraser Institute will send you an email alert the very moment the survey is released, with a link to the survey. You will also be automatically entered in a draw to win C$1,000. To complete the survey click here.

See the current program for mineLatinAmerica on November 7 in Toronto
October 25, 2012 - mineLatinAmerica features updates by junior miners on their Latin American projects and technical presentations on doing business in Latin America's mining industry by expert advisors. There is also a networking exhibit area for delegates to talk one-on-one with presenters during the coffee and lunch breaks and wrap up cocktail reception. Click here to see the current program and registration details.

mineLatinAmerica to open trading at the Toronto Stock Exchange on November 8
October 24, 24, 2012 - In recognition of the importance of Latin America's mining industry as well as Toronto's role as a world mining financing leader mineLatinAmerica will open trading at the Toronto Stock Exchange on November 8, 2012. To register for mineLatinAmerica on November and hear about investment opportunities, project updates and trends click here.

Register for MRAG's 2-day seminar on Giant Metallic Deposits on October 9 and 10 in Toronto
September 25, 2012 - MRAG (Mineral Resource Analyst Group) has organized a two day seminar on Giant Metallic Deposits featuring Dr. Peter Laznicka from Adelaide at the National Club in Toronto on October 9 and 10, 2012. Participants receive an honorary certificate for completing the course. This seminar is a must session for all analysts, associates, portfolio managers in the resource sector, investment bankers, sales and traders in the resource sector, as well as industry management, IR, PR and government officials and academia. Registration is $400 and includes all course materials and lunches. Download the registration form or contact MRAG Chairman Terry Ortslan for more information.

Maria Consuelo Araujo to keynote mineLatinAmerica
June 21, 2012 - On the Ground Group is pleased to announce Maria Consuelo Araujo, Chief Executive Officer, Gran Colombia Gold Inc. as our keynote speaker at mineLatinAmerica on November 7, 2012 in Toronto. Ms. Araujo has served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Colombia from August 2006 to February 2007, prior to which she served as Minister of Culture in Colombia from August 2002 to February 2006. Ms. Araujo was also the Director of Postgraduate studies at the Universidad Externado of Colombia. She is a Diplomat & Economist by trade with postgraduate studies in the University of Milano. Click here for more information on presenting, sponsoring or attending mineLatinAmerica.

Colombia is Canada's new best friend
June 21, 2012 - Approximately thirty-five mining companies with projects in Colombia are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange. Read the Globe and Mail article on Canada's booming investment into mining hotspot - Colombia.

TMX Group and Norton Rose sponsor mineLatinAmerica
May 18, 2012 - The world's #1 mining stock exchange and leading international law firm Norton Rose are our premier sponsors for mineLatinAmerica taking place in Toronto on November 7, 2012. The day long seminar provides junior exploration and mining companies the opportunity to promote their Latin American mining projects to the Toronto investment community. Click here for more information on participating as a presenter or sponsor.

Join Norton Rose Canada LLP at their "Road Map for CSR in the Extractive Sector" conference in Toronto on April 26
April 12, 2012 - This all-day workshop will cover how Corporate Social Responsibility has impacted the corporate strategy and risk management approach of Canadian firms in the extractive industry. Participants will be provided with an in-depth overview of the challenges, opportunities, and trends in CSR and an understanding of the best practices in the industry, presented from a wide-range of perspectives that will include mining companies, legal, financial, engineering and CSR experts, and NGOs. Click here for the full program of topics, list of expert presenters and registration details.

See where Latin America ranks in Fraser Institute's Survey of Mining Companies
February 24, 2012 - The Fraser Institute released its 2011-2012 Annual Survey of Mining Companies on February 23. Download the free report to see how Latin American countries ranked..

PDAC Mexico 2012 networking breakfast
February 16, 2012 - Participate in this complimentary networking breakfast organized by Mexico-Canada Alliance of Commerce and Blaney McMurty LLP on March 6. The event runs from 7:30 am to 9:30 am at Blaney McMurtry's offices at 2 Queen Street East, Suite 1500, Toronto. For more information contact Luis Guillermo Cruz Rico.

Download our 2012 Event Schedule
February 4, 2012 - We have an exciting lineup of mining seminars and educational courses for 2012. Click here to download a pdf of our complete schedule of upcoming events.

mineLatinAmerica announced for November 7, 2012 in Toronto
January 10, 2012 - Building on the success of our mineSouthAmerica and mineMexico seminar series over the past two years we are pleased to announce that we are combining these seminars into a new, expanded full-day event - mineLatinAmerica - taking place in Toronto on November 7, 2012. The event features updates by public and private mining companies on their Latin American projects and technical presentations on doing business in Latin America's mining industry (legislation, financing mining projects, risk mitigation, CSR, etc.) by expert advisors and service providers to the mining industry (banks, law firms, engineering firms) as well as country specific overviews. Also included is a mini-trade show and networking lunch, coffee and cocktail breaks. Click here for more information on participating as a presenter or sponsor.

Peru's Humala signs bills to raise mining taxes
September 28, 2011 - Peru's President Ollanta Humala signed three bills raising taxes and royalties on the lucrative mining sector into law on Wednesday. The government plans to use the new source of funds, estimated at $1 billion per year at current metals prices, to build roads and schools to fight rural poverty. It says the taxes won't affect the vital sector's competitiveness. Read the Reuters article.

Peru Congress may overhaul mining taxes today
September 22, 2011 - Peru's Congress could vote as early as today to overhaul royalties and taxes in the vital mining sector as a bill backed by the left-wing government gathers broad support, the head of the legislature's economy committee said this week. A joint committee of the economy committee and the mines and energy committee approved the bill late on Monday after lawmakers agreed to a request from the country's mining association to prevent future presidents from changing the tax rates via decree. That will ensure that, once implemented, the new tax and royalty rates will be difficult to change. The subject will be discussed at our Focus on Peru seminar in Toronto on October 5.

Exporting the Canadian Advantage - CIM article on CSR in Africa
August 24, 2011 - Canada's cultural mosaic is a resource to develop says Chamber board member Radcliffe Dockery in this article by Peter Caufield for CIM magazine.

Vancouver CSR seminar report
May 2, 2011 - Sixty-five participants took in fourteen presentations covering a range of topics at the Chamber's Vancouver Risk Mitigation and CSR in Africa and Emerging Markets seminar in Vancouver on April 28. Read the full report with links to the program and presentations.

"Experts debate solutions surrounding CSR initiatives" reports CIM Magazine
January 25, 2011 - Virginia Heffernan of CIM Magazine covered the Chamber's 4th Annual Risk Mitigation and CSR in Africa and Emerging Markets seminar with Premier Sponsor Hatch held on October 27, 2010 in Toronto. Read the article as well as a second one titled "NGO's don't all bite say CSR experts."

"What the World Really Needs Now" - CSR approaches in various countries
January 10, 2011 - Read this interesting article in the December 2010 issue of Canadian Mining Journal on CSR approaches in various countries including Argentina, Brazil and Chile by CMJ Foreign Correspondent and CSR advisor Jaquelina Jimena.

2011 Calendar of Events
December 20, 2010 - Download our one-page 2011 Calendar of Events for our international seminars (including mineSouthAmerica, mineMexico and MASTERMINING) by On the Ground Group or our African seminars by MineAfrica.

Download the presentations from the 4th Annual Risk Mitigation and CSR in Africa and Emerging Markets seminar
November 1, 2010 - Eighteen presenters representing mining companies, CSR experts, NGO's and Canadian government officials covered a range of topics as varied as the issues surrounding CSR including financing requirements for mining companies, equator principles, China in Africa, working with NGO's to implement effective CSR programs and Bill C-300. Read the report with links to the program, presentations and photo gallery.

A powerful program for Risk Mitigation and CSR seminar
October 22, 2010 - Corporate Social Responsibility is a hot topic these days and we are pleased to be a partner in this full-day seminar on October 27 that will explain how you can mitigate your risk in emerging markets through the implementation of effective CSR programs. See the program.

Mexico is hot - mineMexico seminar draws 115 participants
September 28, 2010 - Read the seminar report with links to the presentations, program and photo gallery.

International SOS sponsors mineMexico seminar
September 14, 2010 - International SOS, the world's leading provider of medial assistance, international healthcare, security services and outsourced customer care is sponsoring mineMexico on September 27. Ken Walton, Security Manager - Americas will also present at the seminar.

Macleod Dixon opens Colombia office
September 12, 2010 - Macleod Dixon LLP, sponsor of On the Ground Group's mineSouthAmerica and mineMexico seminars has opened its seventh office worldwide, and third in Latin America, in Bogotá, Colombia. In concurrence with this read their Legal Alert relating to the pending Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA).

"Latin America mine seminar series gains momentum in Toronto"
August 25, 2010 - Read Liezel Hill's article in Mining Weekly on On the Ground Group's mineSouthAmerica and mineMexico series.

Colombia joins key Latin American players
August 9, 2010 - Read Michael Schwartz's article covering the key messages from our June 17 Focus on Colombia seminar that appears in the August 2010 issue of CIM Magazine.

Attracting Finance from Canada
July 27, 2010 - On the Ground Group President Bruce Shapiro delivered a keynote address in South Africa on Canada as a source of finance. While the focus of the presentation was on Africa he made some interesting comparisons on the attractiveness of Africa versus South America. Download his presentation.

Colombia to auction gold mining areas
July 23, 2010 - The Colombian government is ready to auction some gold, iron and coal mining areas in the second half of this year, said Mario Ballesteros, the head of Ingeominas, Colombia's mining regulatory agency. Read the article. And according to Mining Minister Hernan Martinez investment in Colombia's mining and energy industry is expected to reach $57 billion over the next five years.

Canadian exploration companies lead exploration investment in Mexico
June 22, 2010 - 70% of mining exploration investment in Mexico is by foreign companies, of which 75% are Canadian. On the Ground Group's next seminar - mineMexico - to be held in Toronto on Sep. 27 will provide a platform for companies to promote their Mexican projects to a focussed, senior-level financial audience with a specific interest in mining in Mexico. Download the Presenter Opportunity Brochure.

Focus on Colombia features technical content on doing business in Colombia's mining industry
June 21, 2010 - Eighty-five participants learned about Colombia's mining policy, financing mining projects in Colombia, getting your social license to operate and the technical aspects about doing business in Colombia's mining industry at our second mineSouthAmerica seminar on June 17. Download the presentations.

Macleod Dixon named Global Mining Law Firm of the Year 2010
June 2, 2010 - Macleod Dixon, premier sponsor of On the Ground Group's mineSouthAmerica seminar series, has been named Global Mining Law Firm of the Year 2010 in the Who's Who Legal Awards. "This is the first time Macleod Dixon has won the award, and the consistently positive feedback we received reflects its exceptional individual and collective talent. We have no hesitation in declaring it the leading firm for mining expertise," said UK-based Who's Who Editor in Chief Callum Campbell. Read more.

Toronto temperatures hit record highs last week - so did mining interest in Peru
June 1, 2010 - On the Ground Group launched its mineSouthAmerica seminar series: Focus on Peru with Premier Sponsor Macleod Dixon LLP in Toronto on May 27. The seminar featured project updates by mining companies active in Peru and technical presentations by advisors to the mining industry to an audience of senior-level financial and mining executives - all with a specific interest in mining investment in Peru. Read the one page seminar report with links to the presentations and photo gallery.

Peru will attract US$14 billion in foreign investment for mining projects this year
May 19, 2010 - Peru's Mining Ministry says Peru will attract US$14 billion in foreign investment for mining projects this year in an article by Mineweb. Peru's gold mining sector GDP soared 260% in two decades. Peru's Minister of Mining and Energy Pedro Sanchez said the projects are already in advanced stages and that several gold projects are among them. The minister anticipates that Peru will eventually rank among the top five gold producing nations. Peru is now the sixth ranking gold producer and the world's number one silver miner.

Colombia to attract $4.5 billion for gold mining over 10 years
April 20, 2010 - Gold mining companies will invest as much as $4.5 billion over the next ten years in Colombia, attracted by rich unexplored areas and soaring prices, the head of the country's Asomineros miners group told Reuters. "Foreign direct investment in mining will continue. The potential is huge," Silvana Giaimo, Colombia vice minister of mines and energy said, noting that Canadian companies are especially interested in exploring precious metals in Colombia. Read the Mineweb article.

Fraser Institute Releases 2009/2010 Survey of Mining Companies
April 16, 2010 - Read the Fraser Institute ranking of international mining jurisdictions.

On the Ground Group launches new website
March 15, 2010 - www.onthegroundgroup.com was officially launched during PDAC. The clean, minimalist site is designed to allow users easy navigation for information on upcoming or past seminars.

Macleod Dixon LLP sponsors mineSouthAmerica seminar series
February 12, 2010 - Leading international law firm Macleod Dixon LLP has taken the Premier Sponsorship position in On the Ground Group's new mineSouthAmerica seminar series. The series, hosted in Toronto, will feature presentations by mining companies, service providers and advisors to the mining industry active in specific South American countries. Initial seminars will focus on Colombia and Peru.

MineAfrica Inc. launches international division - On the Ground Group.
February 10, 2010 - Leading African mining investment promoter MineAfrica Inc; has introduced a new division - On the Ground Group - to produce its internationally focussed mining investment seminars. The MineAfrica brand is very strong and well recognized but our expansion into other mining jurisdictions outside of Africa dictated a need for a new brand for our non-African focussed seminars. The seminars include the current "Mining Deal Exchange: Mining Financing Opportunities through the TSX Venture CPC Program" which features mining projects from all mining jurisdictions and our new mineSouthAmerica series with Premier Sponsor Macleod Dixon LLP.