At last month's Vancouver Resource Investment Conference (VRIC), Jordan Roy-Byrne, publisher of The Daily Gold, gave a presentation titled Best Gold & Silver Stocks for 2014. While he emphasized that he wasn't there to make buying recommendations, he ended the presentation by providing a list of companies worth checking out at the show. Here's a look at the four silver-focused companies he mentioned and what they're currently up to. Alexco Resource Canada's Alexco Resource (TSX: AXR,NYSEMKT:AXU) wholly owns the historic Keno Hill Silver District in the Yukon. Its Bellekeno silver mine began commercial production in 2011, and until last year was Canada's only operating primary silver mine. Though operations at Bellekeno have been suspended for the winter so that the company can avoid "selling silver at current or weaker market prices," as per a July 2013 press release, Alexco has kept busy at its other properties. For instance, in December, it released a NI 43-101 compliant preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the eastern part of Keno Hill. Among other things, it outlines annual delivery of an average of 3.1 million ounces of payable silver, 6.8 million pounds of lead, 6.6 million pounds of zinc and 1,050 ounces of gold from about 150,000 tonnes of consolidated mine and mill production. Most recently, Alexco filed a technical report in support of that analysis. SilverCrest Mines Precious metals producer SilverCrest Mines (TSXV:SVL,NYSEMKT:SVLC) seems to have been a VRIC favorite. N. Eric Fier, the company's president, COO and director, was featured in a presentation on silver mining in Mexico led by GoldSeek.com and SilverSeek.com President Peter Spina, and in a separate talk, Spina named the company as one of his picks.