Montreal: Managing Capital Risk Exposure by Design

September 20, 2017 all-day
McGill Faculty Club
3450 McTavish Street
Montréal, QC, H3A 1Y1

CIM Montréal, in collaboration with CIM MES Montréal, are pleased to present:

Michael Samis, Ph.D., P. Eng.

Associate Partner, Ernst & Young LLP


who will deliver a Dinner Conference presentation on:

Managing Capital Risk Exposure by Design


The mining industry has been criticised for overinvesting in projects by front-loading capital investment. This criticism reflects the irreversibility of capital investment which can lead to negative returns and value destruction when business conditions turn hostile. An Integrated Valuation and Risk Modelling (IVRM) framework can help companies consider the possibility of both hostile and favourable commodity price environments in their investment decision-making.

IVRM is illustrated with a case study involving design choice at a prefeasibility project. In this example, there is a choice between either a staged development or a front-loaded capital design when there is gold price uncertainty. The analysis shows how static cash flow models may lead to front-loading capital with unnecessarily high risk exposure while a dynamic IVRM analysis brings out the lower capital risk of staged development. When capital is expensive, there is a real benefit to using IVRM to better understand the value of actively managing capital risk exposure with flexible project design.



Dr. Michael Samis is a leading Integrated Valuation and Risk Modelling practitioner in the natural resource industries with more than 25 years of mining experience. He has extensive professional experience valuing mining and petroleum projects with complex forms of flexibility and risk. His assignments have ranged from exploration stage to late-stage capital investments and include project financing and contingent taxes. Mike has presented more than 30 professional valuation courses at universities and mining companies world-wide
and has published or presented numerous valuation papers. In 2013, the CIM awarded Mike with the Robert Elver Award for his contributions to mineral economics. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in mining engineering and finance and he is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario.

Dr. Samis is currently an Associate Partner with Ernst and Young’s Transaction Advisory Service in Toronto where he and his team also value derivative securities.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017
5:15 – 8:30pm



Registration: 5h15PM
Welcome Cocktail: 5h30PM
Dinner: 6h30PM
Presentation: 7h30PM
Closing Remarks: 8h30PM


McGill Faculty Club

3450 McTavish Street, Montréal, QC, H3A 1Y1, Canada

Venue & Location


COST (taxes are included)

Fee: $50
Life Members/Retired: $40
Students: $10

Debit or credit cards are not accepted.


Seats are limited so please register by Thursday, September 14, at 4:00pm. To RSVP, please contact Lise Chartrand, Secretary, CIM Montréal Branch, at: or tel.: 514 425-5553, to secure your place if you are interested in attending. This is an excellent networking opportunity.


Thank you to our sponsors, McGill Faculty Club, for providing the space, and to CIM Foundation, for financially sponsoring this event!


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