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SEG March 2015 Enews Update

With many people deep into the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference in Toronto and Rock Talk 2015 under our belt here in northern BC, it’s time to look ahead.  The next Rocks ‘n Rambling will take place at the end of next week, Friday March 13; the annual Mining Week luncheon will be in Smithers May 8; Minerals North takes over Mackenzie on May 27 – 29. And NWCC School of Exploration & Mining welcomes its new industry education liaison, Allie Glavina.

Rocks ‘n Rambling Friday March 13

Rocks ‘n Rambling gets into spring mode a week from this Friday – March13.  Thanks to Lorne Warren for offering to host this month’s opportunity to talk rocks at his home near Smithers.

  • Date: Friday March 13
  • Time:  5 pm
  • Place: 825 Viewmont Road North

As usual RnR is a chance to get together to look over some rocks and exchange war stories.

SEG annual General Meeting

The Smithers Exploration Group annual general meeting was held on February 18 in Smithers. The minutes are posted here.  

SEG’s new board and executive are as follows:


President -  Rob Maurer
Vice President – Jeff Kyba
Treasurer – Rob Boyce
Secretary – Tlell Glover


Richard Beck
Jessy Chaplin
Anastasia Ledwon
Andrea Ross
Danielle Smyth
Paul Wojdak

Directory Manager - Elaine Konschuh

Outreach Coordinator - Lorie Farrell

Grant administrator - Judi L’Orsa

Communications Manager - Christine Ogryzlo

Rock Talk 2015

Despite challenging times in the exploration industry, SEG’s 2015 Rock Talk was well attended and included important updates on many of the projects underway in the northwest. Close to 90 people attended the day of technical talks.

The education day drew more than a dozen people for the exploration safety leadership workshop at the NWCC School of Exploration & Mining.  The core shack and breakfast at Hudson Bay Mountain was well attended. 

SEG wants to thank the sponsors who helped make Rock Talk a success.

  • Aspen Motor Inn - appetizers during registration
  • Northwest Community College School of Exploration & Mining and the Ministry of Energy and Mines - organizing and presenting the education day
  • ERM Rescan - reception after the presentations
  • Pretium and Seabridge Gold - door prizes
  • Canadian Helicopters - refreshments at lunch
  • Bureau Veritas - breakfast at the core shack 
  • Northwest Truck Rental - transportation to the ski hill
  • Terralogic - refreshments

Smithers Mining Week luncheon May 8

Mining Week 2015 will take place across the province from May 4 to 9 and the annual Smithers luncheon will be on Friday May 8. The luncheon is co-hosted by Smithers Exploration Group and the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce.  It brings together the minerals industry and members of the larger community who support the industry to get the latest updates on the industry across the province and the northwest.

Tickets will go on sale in early April from the Chamber of Commerce at $25 a ticket and program details will be available at the same time.  If you are interested in sponsoring the luncheon, please contact Christine Ogryzlo at

Minerals North Mackenzie May 27 - 29

Minerals North 2015 will be in Mackenzie May 27 – 29.  The early bird registration date has passed but you can still register for the full rate of $195 online at .  Check out  to keep up to date on the conference.

Mackenzie has gone out of its way to help everyone find a place to stay. “To make sure there is accommodation for everyone who wants to attend we are encouraging you to "think outside the box" and consider camping, RV'ing, or experiencing the authentic opportunity of staying in a mining camp.  Alternately, you can stay in Prince George and enjoy bus transportation to and from Mackenzie on a daily basis.   An accommodation guide is available for download.  For more information about accommodations in Mackenzie, please contact "Accommodations Lead"  Kim Magee at

Camp Watters

Camp Watters is located at 5051 Coquiwaldi Road, only a short drive from the conference venue and shuttles will be provided to and from activities. Nearly 200 rooms have been set aside for Minerals North delegates..

For more information and pictures of Camp Watters click here.  To book at Camp Watters call 250-997-3766 or e-mail  

Phone:  250-997-3766         E-mail:

Camping and RV'ing:

For a camping reservation at the District of Mackenzie Campground or overflow locations, please contact Kim Magee by e-mail.  Kim will provide you with a confirmation number so that you are assured of a camping spot.  Your site allocation will be confirmed in the new year. 

New Industry Education Liaison NWCC School of Exploration & Mining

Alexandra (Allie) Glavina has joined the School of Exploration and Mining as the new Industry Education Liaison. Allie holds Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Geology (BSc. Honours, Queen’s University) has been utilizing her skills in the exploration and mining industry in Northern BC since 2011. Allie brings experience in a variety of resource development phases and settings within the exploration and mining industry, from grassroots prospecting and sampling to exploration drill programs, late stage underground exploration, and mine development. Allie has most recently worked with Pretivm Resources on the Brucejack project and has also worked with Tsetsaut Ventures Ltd. (a Skii km Lax Ha First Nations-created business).

Allie brings a passion for ensuring strong involvement and opportunities for First Nations and other local communities as exploration and mining throughout BC continues to grow. Allie moved to Smithers from Squamish in the summer of 2014. She is excited about join the NWCC SEM team. She can be reached at, phone: 250-847-4461.

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