Keith Spence held senior positions in investment banking & corporate banking, at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Capital Markets and Bank of Montreal (BMO) Capital Markets; where he was involved in corporate finance, mining finance, M & A and international transactions. He has been involved in numerous international financings.
He has conducted business in China, including numerous high-level negotiations and transactions; in China’s outbound investments in mining resources. He was also CEO of a foreign-joint venture mining company in western China. He is Co-Chairman of the Canadian mining valuation standards for mining projects; required by the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX-V) and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Keith Spence has written extensively on mining valuation. He has often been quoted in the media on international mining investments, in leading press such as Bloomberg, Financial Times of London, South China Morning Post, China Daily, CCTV, Chinese media, The Globe & Mail and Reuters.
As a field geologist, Keith Spence has experience in gold and base metals exploration in the Canadian north, China and internationally. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), the Board of Trustees of The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM); and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). He has been on the Boards of Ontario Place, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), the Ivey Alumni Association (Toronto) and the International Board of China Mining (Tianjin, China). He was Chairman of the Toronto Gardiner Awards and was named a Trailblazer in the Toronto Trailblazer Leadership Series.
Keith Spence received the CIM Distinguished Lecturer Award, the CIM Fellowship Award, the Robert Elver Mineral Economics Award for outstanding contributions to Canadian mineral economics; and received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal Award, for contributions to Canada. A Commonwealth Scholar, he is a graduate of the Global Management program at Harvard University, has an Honors B.Sc. in Geology (with Geophysics) from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business