TORONTO — Three winners have been named in the Meet the Mining Mogul contest, a first of its kind, put on by the Women in Mining (WiM) networks in Toronto and Vancouver. Each has won a one-hour private meeting with one of the three mining financiers who agreed to be the “prizes” in the contest, which is part of a fund-raising effort by the Women in Mining for The Townships Project.
A one-hour meeting with Frank Giustra of Fiore Financial will be the prize claimed by Guy Saucier of Montreal. U.S. Gold’s Rob McEwen will be entertaining Karen Sutherland of Toronto for an hour’s chat. And Eric Sprott of Sprott Asset Management will meet with Virginia Heffernan, also of Toronto.
The Meet the Mining Mogul contest was part of an ambitious fund-raising effort by the Canadian WiM branches to support micro-loans for impoverished people in the township areas of South Africa. The amount of money raised for the charity when the contest closed was $75,035, but that amount was expected to rise with the publicity that has been generated for the campaign during the Prospectors and Developers of Canada annual convention in Toronto at the beginning of March 2009.
The draw took place during the Women in Mining International Reception on March 3, 2009, at the convention. The reception was sponsored by Golder Associates, HudBay Minerals, McMillan LLP and Smith Nixon LLP.
Major contributors to The Townships Project campaign include Homeland Energy, Agnico-Eagle Mines and its employees, FNX Mining, Mountain Province Mining, Barrick Gold, Khan Resources and Watts, Griffis & McOuat. Fund-raising for The Townships Project will continue into the spring in the hopes of raising a total of $250,000. Donations can be made at www.Women-in-Mining.com.