Meeting the Demands of an Electrified World: The Manto Negro Copper Project, Mexico


Meeting the demands of an increasingly electrified world is the mission of Prize Mining Corporation, a Calgary based mineral exploration and development company. The Manto Negro Project is a high grade district scale oxide copper project located in Coahuila State, northeastern Mexico that Prize is advancing. Similar in type to the “Red Bed” style copper deposits of Zambia and the DRC, the Manto Negro property is characterized by globally significant grades of oxide copper and silver on surface, district scale potential in terms of size and high recovery characteristics. This talk by industry veteran and copper specialist Michael McPhie will consider the opportunity for near term resource development at Manto Negro and how a project like this in a favorable jurisdiction has the potential to be a high value, low cost near term production story that provides a key mineral used in the electrification of society.

Presenter Bio:

In a career spanning more than 20 years, Michael has worked as a founder, director and executive leading the financing, permitting and development of resource projects throughout North America and internationally. He is a specialist in copper and precious metals mining and has led projects from the exploration stage through feasibility and permitting to detailed design and operations. He has led or been an integral part of building three mining companies that have been acquired in the last 14 years creating over $700 million in value for investors. Michael assumed the role of President and CEO of Prize Mining in February and is also a senior advisor with JDS Energy and Mining Ltd. and serves as Chair of the Board of IDM Mining Ltd. and Ridley Terminals Inc.

Prior to this, Michael was the founding CEO of Curis Resources Ltd., a copper development company that was acquired by Taseko Mines in 2014. Michael also served as a founding Director and Executive Vice President of Exeter Resource Corporation, CEO of the Mining Association of British Columbia and a Senior Policy Director with Canada’s Department of Natural Resources. Michael is the recent past Chair of the Board of the Association for Mineral Exploration BC (AMEBC) and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).

Michael earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Simon Fraser University, a Masters of Science degree from Royal Roads University and is a registered Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP). He is a strong advocate for responsible development, sustainability and good practice in business globally.

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Date: Friday, April 6th, 2018
Location: Kerby Centre – downtown Calgary (1133 – 7th Ave. SW)
Doors open at 11:30 am
Talk starts at noon
Members: $20
Non-members: $25
University, SAIT, NAIT students: free with student ID