“The Best Conference Ever!”—A Tribute to Eric Coffin & Daughter

The Metals Investor Forum held at the Georgia Hotel in Vancouver on May 14 and May 15 was the best ever or one of the best ever junior gold mining shows. That was the consensus of companies and investors I spoke to at the conference. Peter Tallman, president and CEO of Klondike Gold, which was a company I invited to the show, said exactly that in an email he sent to me earlier this week. Peter said, “Thank you very much for ‘sponsoring’ Klondike Gold into the MIF event. That is the best show I have ever attended in 35 years of being bored silly at most of them.”

It was indeed a wonderful event, and thanks to all of you who sought me out to say “hello.” In addition, I met with a number of subscribers and even more radio listeners. There were 30 companies there by invitation, only four of which I invited. Those companies that I invited were: Avino Silver & Gold Mines, Klondike Gold Corp., Golden Reign Resources, and TriMetals Mining Inc. These names were settled on after I vetted them through Eric Coffin and Scott Gibson, who established this great event. The other newsletter writers who spoke at the conference cover many of the same stocks that are covered in this letter, so the following companies that are on my recommendation list were also at the show.

Almadex Minerals Ltd. || Brazil Resources Inc. || Colorado Gold Corp. || GoldSource Mines || Millrock Resources || Precipitate Gold Corp. || Pure Gold Mining || Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. || SilverCrest Metals Inc. || Sirios Resources

 Certainly the conference mood was bolstered by a positive turn in the price of precious metals. But it would have been a good conference even if the mood had remained depressed. I say that because the concept of independent newsletter writer recommendations means that only choice companies are invited. Just because a company can pay the price to attend does not mean they will get in the door. Nor does it mean because a company qualified for this last show that they will be included in the future. Selection of companies to attend has been and will continue to be a dynamic process. If, for example, a company has a great project but in the judgment of the managers of the conference the stock’s price is overvalued, that company might not be included in the next event. The idea is to present companies with the best potential for investors as envisioned by those in charge of the conference.

The Metals Investor Forum is the brainchild of Eric Coffin, one of a host of competing newsletter writers. I recognize skills and talents of all the independent newsletter writers that I compete against and I like them all personally. But Eric Coffin is a competitor I have the highest admiration and respect for, for several reasons. First, he is very knowledgeable about exploration geology and he explains concepts employed by companies in their hunt for minerals as well as anyone I know. He is honest and he is humble. But most of all, I gained a huge amount of respect and affection for Eric when I saw how well he handled adversity in his life. It was just a few years back when Eric’s father died. Then within weeks his partner and beloved brother David passed away suddenly and without warning. If that was not enough, over the next year or so Eric’s wife, Hilda died of cancer. He was left with two grade-school-age children—a young son named Ben and a slightly older daughter named Emma.

Somehow, Eric managed not only to hold things together but also to accomplish the task of raising his two children with flying colors. It was an enormous pleasure for me to meet Emma at the conference. Emma showed off her administrative skills in managing the logistics of the conference. It was a remarkable job for a young lady. I was totally impressed by her maturity, organizational skills, and competence in general. And I was fortunate to sit next to Emma and a close friend of hers at dinner on Saturday evening.

Eric writes a tremendous newsletter about exploration companies. And as Brent Cook once noted, Eric knows “everyone” in the mining industry in Vancouver and beyond. Since management is the most important variable with any company, Eric’s knowledge of people in addition to his understanding of mineral exploration is of great value to his subscribers. But of value to humanity are his grit and courage in raising his children because, having accepted that responsibility and doing the best job he possibly could, he has two children who are more than likely going to be a blessing on those whose lives they come in contact with for years to come.

About Jay Taylor

Jay Taylor is editor of J Taylor's Gold, Energy & Tech Stocks newsletter. His interest in the role gold has played in U.S. monetary history led him to research gold and into analyzing and investing in junior gold shares. Currently he also hosts his own one-hour weekly radio show Turning Hard Times Into Good Times,” which features high profile guests who discuss leading economic issues of our day. The show also discusses investment opportunities primarily in the precious metals mining sector. He has been a guest on CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg and BNN and many mining conferences.