Learn about the basics of the mining industry and diamond mining in Canada
Mark Shimell, Project Manager
Ken Armstrong, President, CEO and Director
Moderator: Alisha Hiyate, Editor, Diamonds in Canada
Moderator: John Cumming, Editor-in-Chief, The Northern Miner
Dr. Leon Daniels, President/CEO & Director, Pangolin Diamonds Corp.
Dr. Chris Jennings, Director, North Arrow Minerals
Mark Shimell, Project Manager, Star Diamond Corporation
Paul Zimnisky, CFA, Independent Diamond Analyst and Consultant
Moderator: Trish Saywell, Senior Staff Writer, The Northern Miner
President/CEO & Director
Pangolin Diamonds Corp.
Leon Daniels is the CEO of Pangolin Diamonds Corp. He discovered his first kimberlite pipe at the age of 21. Since then he has made kimberlite discoveries in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. He has been active in diamond exploration in Botswana over the past 39 years, where he is based. Over the past three years he has studied the inter-relationship between termite species and kimberlite indicator mineral concentrations at surface in the Kgalagadi desert environment of Botswana. The results of these studies have had a significant impact on the understanding of the distribution and concentrations of kimberlite indicator minerals where termites act as the dominant mechanism of transport of indicator minerals from the kimberlite to the surface. Based on these observations it is predicted that Botswana remains one of the best addresses to explore for kimberlites and diamonds. Leon has a PhD in Geochemistry.
Award-Winning Jewelry Designer, Artist, Professor and Speaker
Recognized as one of the Top Masters of design and art in Canada, Reena Ahluwalia is an award-winning jewelry designer, painter and professor. She is one of handful of living jewelry artists whose work is featured on a nation’s (Belgium) postage stamp. As a tribute to the British Royal Wedding, Reena created a Diamond Tiara for HRH Kate Middleton. Reena designed a historic diamond piece for the Legislature of Ontario with De Beers Canada. She created the inaugural collection for Rio Tinto Bunder Mine, where diamonds were found 100 years after the fabled Indian Golconda Mines depleted. In 2019, Reena co-created watch was awarded Guinness World Record for Most Diamonds set on a watch.
Coveted internationally by art collectors, Reena paints highly nuanced, hyper-realistic diamonds with ultra-magnified facets. She is a member of the George Brown College Jewellery Program Advisory Committee and a Fellow of (IwB) Institute without Boundaries. Reena gives back to many organizations, including ‘Jewelers For Children’ (JFC) charity, to help children who are victims of catastrophic illness.
Independent Diamond Analystand Consultant
Based in the New York City metro area, Paul Zimnisky, CFA has worked in the capital markets industry for over 10 years where he has held roles as a metals and mining analyst, arbitrage trader, exchange-traded fund developer, and consultant.
As an independent analyst and consultant, his work on diamonds and the mining industry has been used globally by institutional investors, management consulting firms, private and public corporations, governments, intergovernmental organizations and universities including: Fidelity Investments, HSBC, UBS, Scotiabank, KPMG, Deloitte, Boston Consulting Group, De Beers, ALROSA, Rio Tinto, the International Monetary Fund, the Fiscal Policy Division of the Northwest Territories of Canada, the Bank of Botswana, the Ministry of Finance of Namibia and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
North Arrow Minerals
Dr. Jennings possesses extensive experience in diamond, gold and base metal exploration and development throughout the world. Dr. Jennings was a Founder of SouthernEra Diamonds Inc., served as a consultant to Aber Resources and has held positions with numerous companies including International Corona Corp., BP Minerals (Canada) and Falconbridge Ltd.
Dr. Jennings is an honorary Research Fellow of the Nuclear Physics Research Institute of the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa), a professional member of the Geological Society of South Africa, a fellow of the Geological Association of Canada. He is a Member of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Geological Society of America. In 1995, he received the Prospectors and Developers Association Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to diamond discoveries in Canada. Dr. Jennings holds B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Sc., Ph.D. degrees from the University of Natal, South Africa.