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Strengths & Capabilities


Strengths & Capabilities

HDI possesses a fully integrated, multi-disciplinary team of mining professionals with global experience and a proven track record of mineral development success. HDI management and professional staff are known for their versatility, creativity and passion to find the best solution to every development challenge.

HDI's unique strengths and capabilities are applied to identify, qualify and acquire mineral assets with significant potential for value growth. They are also applied to accelerate the development of every HDI company, and to monetize value in the best interests of development partners.

Professional capabilities possessed by HDI include:

Mineral Exploration

For over 30 years, HDI has advanced dozens of mineral projects through aggressive, insightful and technologically-advanced drilling campaigns.

HDI's team of geologists includes world renowned technical experts and accomplished mine finders, whose expertise is complemented by the group's advanced data collection, geological modeling, resource assessment and quality control capabilities. HDI's exploration programs are characterized by technical, environmental, socio-community, financial and project management excellence.

Project Engineering

HDI mining and process engineers have collaborated with external specialists on some of the most significant global mine development projects of recent decades.

Professional engineers work with HDI project managers at every stage of development, from initial scoping assessments to feasibility studies, to project construction, commissioning and operations. HDI's engineering team has experience in designing and operating large surface mines, smaller high-grade underground mines, underground block-cave operations and alluvial diamond mines.


HDI has successfully permitted mining projects in a number of international jurisdictions - including Canada, Mexico and Africa, integrating domestic regulations with international best practice standards.

HDI's permitting specialists coordinate expertise from a number of disciplines to achieve and maintain regulatory approvals, while facilitating timely and efficient transition from exploration to development, construction and mine operations. Multi-disciplinary permitting teams combine expertise in geology, engineering, environmental sciences, government and regulatory affairs, public consultation and community/stakeholder relations, among other specialties.

Environmental Science

As part of its Responsible Mineral Development ethic, HDI applies the highest quality environmental management practices to all exploration, planning, development, construction, social, operating and mine closure activities.

A senior team of environmental scientists, representing a broad range of specialties, ensures that sustainability principles are embedded in every project that HDI undertakes.

Socioeconomic-Community Relations

In the 21st century, the ability to earn a 'social license' to build and operate a mine is a core competency that materially enhances asset value. This is the case whether a project is located in the developed or developing world.

As part of its commitment to Responsible Mineral Development, HDI has developed a broad internal capacity to ensure that every project, at every stage of development, earns its 'social license' to operate. HDI's professional staff includes sustainability and corporate social responsibility specialists, experts in socioeconomic assessment, environmental sciences, community and stakeholder relations, government relations, media relations, public consultation, and issues and reputation management.

Mine Development & Operations

HDI and its staff members (either as part of HDI or prior to joining HDI) have successfully built and operated major mines with a track record of stable and profitable production. Operating capabilities range in scale from large surface mines to smaller, high-grade underground mines, as well as alluvial diamond mines.

Construction projects undertaken by HDI have been delivered on-time and on-budget, while achieving forecast levels of production. Mining and process upgrades at existing facilities have returned significant productivity and profitability gains. In all cases, HDI companies have achieved safe and reliable levels of production.

Business Development

HDI actively sources and acquires high-quality mineral properties to explore, engineer, permit or construct, and advance along the development and value curve. This work is led by a dedicated team of business development professionals with global industry networks.
  1. Identify assets with high potential for value generation
  2. Analyze risk (operational, political, permitting, geological, environmental)
  3. In-depth, multi-disciplinary due diligence - evaluations include geological, technical, operational, financial, environmental, social, legal and human resources
  4. Conceptualize transaction and value-added strategies
Asset acquisition is critical to HDI's long-term success. The company's goal is to create value at every stage of the mineral development curve, which requires a steady stream of properties with significant growth potential. HDI seeks to acquire producing mines with potential for enhanced grade, production or operating costs, feasibility-stage projects, near-term producers, exploration-stage companies and high-quality mineral properties.

Corporate Finance

HDI has raised more than C$1.9 billion in equity financing since 1985, while providing consistently superior shareholder returns.

HDI's track record of efficiently advancing mineral properties and operating profitable mines has established a large and loyal network of institutional and retail investors in the world's leading financial centres. HDI has experience with a broad range of financing instruments and creative deal structures - including joint ventures, traditional project finance, convertible debentures, royalty agreements and monetization of future production (streaming).

The HDI Corporate Finance team is focused on development and implementation of strategies for corporate growth by building long term relationships with strategic investors, financiers, smelter groups and government entities. The team works in close synergy with the in-house Business Development and Technical groups to identify and analyse potential targets for joint venture and partnerships, with additional support from other disciplines within HDI.

Major Partnerships

HDI and its affiliated companies have formed successful partnerships with many of the world's leading mining and metals companies. Examples include:
  • Rio Tinto plc
  • Anglo American plc
  • Anglo American Platinum
  • Mitsubishi Corporation
  • Jinchuan Group Ltd.
  • Sojitz Corporation and
  • Zijin Mining Group Co. Ltd.
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