THE BOURSE WHISPERER: The pipers have started piping, calling the first gathering of the junior to mid-cap exploration and mining clan for 2013.
The event is the RIU Explorers Conference, to be held at its spiritual home of the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle, Western Australia from February 13-14.
Since its inception in 2002 the RIU Explorers Conference has built a solid reputation as a source of information on investment, joint venture opportunities, and keeping up with new exploration techniques, making it the must attend event to start the Australian conference year.
Now in its 13th year, the event now attracts over 700 attendees every year.
The conference has provided a launching pad for junior resources companies, giving rise to their aspirations of becoming the next Fortescue Metals Group.
In fact, it was in the early days of FMG that Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest stood at the RIU Explorers podium to spruik the lofty ambitions of what wwas destined to become Australia’s third largest iron ore producer.
In recent times the conference has paid homage to mining identity Craig Oliver, who was tragically lost in the fateful Sundance Resources plane crash in June 2010 with the introduction of the Craig Oliver award.
The award has been won by Independence Group in 2011 and Silver Lake Resources in 2012.
Silver Lake Resources managing director Les Davis holds the 2012 Craig Oliver Award
Nominees for the award this year are:
Northern Star Resources;
Sandfire Resources; and
This year’s event features a 51 booth Exhibition area and two auditoria featuring 35 resources companies, four keynote speakers and 19 technical presentations in the ‘rOREdata technical auditorium.
For more information regarding the RIU Explorers Conference please visit www.verticalevents.com.au