Capital Markets and Project Valuation for Geoscientists

  • 9:00 - 17:30
  • Monday, 28 October

This Capital Markets and Project Valuation for Geoscientists Workshop is presented by geologists and engineers who have transitioned to the financial markets.

This full-day workshop will offer an introduction to capital markets to those interested in the connection between corporate finance and mining. Attendees will be given the opportunity to evaluate a project quantitatively and present their opinion.

Dale Mah and Joe Mazumdar will facilitate this workshop which has been previously offered in Canada and Finland, and will be offered for the first time in Australia, as part of IMARC.

Here's what some previous attendees had to say about this workshop:

"I'd like to express my positive feedback of the course. I think the course went fantastic and I believe the large number and age diversity of attendees is definitely a success sign! That proves that there is a need and appetite of learning the economics of our industry from the geological community. I definitely think it calls for a second edition in future roundups."

- Project Geologist, Business Development

"I am sending you a note to let you know that I am really enjoying the short course. I am at the perfect stage in my career to absorb what is being said and it is presented in an easy to digest format. I am sure many of the people taking the course share my positive opinion and would agree that this course was needed for geo’s who want to better understand the capital markets side of our industry"

- New graduate geoscientist

"I had some basic knowledge of some the components individually, but it was really valuable putting all of them together in context. Understanding the flow and alternatives was excellent."

- EVP of a major mining company

"Just a short note to let you know that I really enjoyed the Capital Markets for Geologists course. I have some familiarity of many of the elements of your course, which I've gradually and incrementally accumulated over years in our industry. However, it was really enlightening to understand the entire value chain and ecosystem presented as an integrated package."

- EVP of a major mining company

Preliminary Program


  • Introduction to Capital Markets (Buy-side and Sell-side)
  • Financing structures (Conventional and Non-conventional)
  • The impact and importance of cyclicity: How capital markets and financing options change with market conditions
  • Raising risk capital for mineral exploration: Insight on what is most likely to work when seeking capital


  • Mine project valuation using cash flow models
  • Understanding the key mining inputs behind financial models and calculating sensitivities
  • Live demonstration and group work: Attendees will be divided into groups. Each group will be given a mining project to evaluate using DCF modelling and Microsoft Excel. Groups will be invited to present their findings and opinion based on their analysis.

Find out more about the facilitators:

Dale Mah, VP Corporate Development, Endeavour Silver

Dale Mah is a professional geologist with 20 years of experience in the mining industry. He has held senior positions in mineral exploration, investment research and project evaluation throughout his career, with particular emphasis in capital markets, investment banking, equity research, precious and base metals project management and valuation, financial modelling, mine economics, and reserve and resource estimation. Dale's early career between 1996 and 2009 focused on the exploration for and discovery of mineral deposits in Canada for Cominco, BHP Billiton and other companies. He moved into more senior technical and management roles from 2006 to 2010 with Tahera Diamond Corp and Olivut Resources, then worked as a mining analyst with Mackie Research Capital and Dundee Capital Markets for three years, before joining a private equity group, Quintana Resources Capital, as VP Geology in 2014.

Joe Mazumdar, Economic Geologist/Analyst, Exploration Insights

Joe Mazumdar is an Economic Geologist/Analyst at Exploration Insights. Prior to that he was a senior mining analyst at Haywood Securities, then Canaccord Genuity. His work experience includes Director of Strategic planning, Corporate development at Newmont and Senior market analyst/trader at Phelps Dodge. Mazumdar also worked in technical roles for IAMGOLD in Ecuador, North Minerals in Argentina/Chile and Peru, RTZ Mining and Exploration in Argentina, Chile, Peru and Ecuador and MIM Exploration and Mining in Queensland, Australia, among others. Mazumdar has a Bachelor of Science in geology from the University of Alberta, a Master of Science in Geology and Mining from James Cook University and a Master of Science in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines.