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San Francisco’s Silver and Gold Summit 2017 bridges investors and opportunities

 

What a year it’s been for some of the rare metals, energy metals and base metals that have shaken the markets. Still, precious metals have a way of retaining their distinctive allure. That helps explain why they get top billing as the Silver and Gold Summit returns to San Francisco on November 20 and 21, in an event that promises to be bigger than ever.

“Precious metals are a lot of what you’ll see at this show and the roots of this conference are based in the silver and gold market,” explains Cambridge House International president Jay Martin. But he emphasizes that they won’t monopolize the agenda, as some exhibitors and speakers have other commodities and strategies in mind.

San Francisco’s Silver and Gold Summit 2017 bridges investors and opportunities

Exhibitor space sold out early with 70 companies, Martin says. “We’re going to cap it at that. When you cap it like that you can maintain the quality.”

The speaker list, on the other hand, has many more presenters to come. Apart from big names like Katusa, Holmes, Rule and Casey, “we’ll be adding probably about 50 speakers to the agenda,” Martin says. “When we build this program we look at about two dozen topics in the mineral sector, then we drill down to what we see as demand, what investors are asking for. Then we assemble the topics and fill the speaker list from there.”

Through surveys, outreach programs, focus groups and social media, Cambridge House and co-producer Katusa Research determine “what attendees want to learn about, what’s getting traction, what’s controversial or exciting.”

Playing to what he calls “a healthy retail market,” the event shares similarities with the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference, returning next year on January 21 and 22. “It’s easy to get to San Francisco from anywhere, so we see a lot of traffic coming in from all over the U.S. and Canada. But I’d say the number #1 difference with the San Francisco/Oakland area is there’s a larger appetite for wealth preservation. You’ll also see some content about new asset classes that are competing with gold, like cryptocurrencies.

“You’ll definitely hear speakers address questions about cryptocurrencies’ validity as an asset class for wealth preservation. That’s a big debate right now. People are asking if bitcoin is the new gold, and people will want to hear what our experts have to say about that. I anticipate that being a very large feature.”

With every single show we’re getting better at connecting investors with the opportunities they’re specifically looking for.—Jay Martin, president of
Cambridge House International

Other goals include “educating people on the opportunities in small cap mineral exploration. And with every single show we’re getting better at connecting investors with the opportunities they’re specifically looking for. We offer matchmaking services to help companies and attendees meet and discover opportunities.”

The summit’s online concierge service lets attendees schedule one-on-one appointments with exhibitors, and also lets exhibitors schedule appointments with speakers and qualified buyers. “That makes everyone’s time more productive,” Martin points out. “On top of that, we’re always reaching out to funds we know and investors we know to make sure they’re meeting the people they should be meeting.”

That promises to make a busy two days, especially since Martin expects about 1,500 attendees, up considerably from last year’s 800. The turnout follows a “phenomenal response” to the International Metal Writers Conference held in Vancouver last May.

“There’s a lot of demand now for high-quality junior mining deals on a global scale,” he adds. “We’re seeing more international traffic coming to the shows. We’re seeing more companies getting pre-booked prior to the event for one-on-one meetings.”

The heightened quest for investor intel comes amid unsettling geopolitical and domestic circumstances. “It’s such a volatile time in the States right now, unlike any year I’ve ever seen,” Martin notes. “I think investors are more aware that it’s up to them to take care of themselves and make smart investment decisions. I think investors are getting more intelligent and more productive with their time at our conferences. That’s great to see.”

The Silver and Gold Summit takes place at San Francisco’s Hilton Union Square from November 20 to 21. To save 25% on admission click here and enter promo code RESOURCE25.

New to mining? Or want a refresher course? Consider the Mining Insight Seminar, a two-hour separate ticketed event offering an overview of the industry, its economics and stakeholder considerations.


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