CIM Toronto Branch Luncheon Dr. Matt Manson President and CEO of Stornoway Diamond Corporation

  • Dates:
    Dec 11, 2014
  • Hours:
    From 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Contact Information

Nancy Macnab
Branch Administrator
CIM Toronto Branch c/o Nick Miseros Suite 303, 500 Danforth, Ave.Toronto, Ontario, M4K 1P6
416-593-8333
cim_toronto@rogers.com
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Hamilton Lecture Series  Guest Speaker:Dr. Matt MansonPresident and CEO, of  Stornoway Diamond Corporation

In Construction at Renard, Quebec’s First Diamond Mine Construction at what will become Quebec’s first diamond mine, Stornoway’s Renard Diamond Project, began in July 2014 following the completion of a C$946m project financing transaction in the spring of this year, the largest ever for a publically listed diamond company. Discovered in 2001 after 5 years of grassroots regional exploration, the project has seen continuous drilling, sampling, bulk sampling, economic study, social and environmental assessment, permitting and infrastructure development since this time. With construction in full swing, first ore is expected to be delivered to the plant towards the end of 2016 with commercial production scheduled for the second quarter of 2017. 

The project will be a major employer of local people, including the Crees of Eeyou Istchee, and a cornerstone of the economy in the James Bay Region of Quebec. Renard is seen as a catalyst for regional economic development and a model for public-private partnership in developing regional infrastructure, in the manner in which the project’s access road, the Route 167 Extension, has been developed under Quebec’s “Plan Nord”. 

A review is given of the project’s construction progress, planned mining methodologies, and operating potential. Matt Manson has 20 years of experience in diamond exploration, development and production. He was appointed President of Stornoway in March 2007 following the acquisition of Ashton Mining of Canada and Contact Diamond Corporation, and subsequently President  & CEO in January 2009. Between 1999 and 2005 he was employed by Aber Diamond Corporation (now Dominion Diamond Corporation) as VP Marketing and subsequently VP Technical Services & Control, during which time he participated in the development of the Diavik Diamond Project and oversaw Aber's technical and marketing operations. Matt is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh (BSc Geophysics, 1987) and the University of Toronto (PhD Geology, 1996).



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Hamilton Lecture Series  Guest Speaker:Dr. Matt MansonPresident and CEO, of  Stornoway Diamond Corporation

In Construction at Renard, Quebec’s First Diamond Mine Construction at what will become Quebec’s first diamond mine, Stornoway’s Renard Diamond Project, began in July 2014 following the completion of a C$946m project financing transaction in the spring of this year, the largest ever for a publically listed diamond company. Discovered in 2001 after 5 years of grassroots regional exploration, the project has seen continuous drilling, sampling, bulk sampling, economic study, social and environmental assessment, permitting and infrastructure development since this time. With construction in full swing, first ore is expected to be delivered to the plant towards the end of 2016 with commercial production scheduled for the second quarter of 2017. 

The project will be a major employer of local people, including the Crees of Eeyou Istchee, and a cornerstone of the economy in the James Bay Region of Quebec. Renard is seen as a catalyst for regional economic development and a model for public-private partnership in developing regional infrastructure, in the manner in which the project’s access road, the Route 167 Extension, has been developed under Quebec’s “Plan Nord”. 

A review is given of the project’s construction progress, planned mining methodologies, and operating potential. Matt Manson has 20 years of experience in diamond exploration, development and production. He was appointed President of Stornoway in March 2007 following the acquisition of Ashton Mining of Canada and Contact Diamond Corporation, and subsequently President  & CEO in January 2009. Between 1999 and 2005 he was employed by Aber Diamond Corporation (now Dominion Diamond Corporation) as VP Marketing and subsequently VP Technical Services & Control, during which time he participated in the development of the Diavik Diamond Project and oversaw Aber's technical and marketing operations. Matt is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh (BSc Geophysics, 1987) and the University of Toronto (PhD Geology, 1996).