It all happens at Minerals North 2016 on May 18-20 co-hosted by Smithers and Telkwa
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SEG April 2016 Enews Update

April is busy with final preparations for Minerals North 2016. Smithers and Telkwa will welcome everyone on May 18-20. This newsletter tempts you with some of the events planned for the three days plus a couple of ways you can help out in connection with Minerals North 2016 including the NWCC fund-raising golf tournament. Also remember that the annual KEG conference takes place in a little over a week in Kamloops April 12 and 13 and then back in Smithers it’s the Northwest Trade Expo, staged May 6 and 7. The kind of outreach that Minerals North provides to non-industry groups is similar to what SEG does at the fall fair in Smithers - our booth pictured here will be replicated big time at Minerals North 2016.

Minerals North 2016 May 18-20 Smithers and Telkwa


Minerals North 2016, co-hosted by Smithers and Telkwa May 18-20, is a little more than six weeks away and the conference is shaping up to be the best one yet.

Several pre-conference events have been planned and while the Huckleberry Mine Tour is sold out, many other interesting options remain. You can choose between a field trip to Telkwa and Goathorn Creek, two different events with Raven Rescue, a golf Tournament with Northwest Community College or fire side chats at AMEBC’s Gathering Place.  More information can be found here:

The opening reception is going to be in Bovill Square on Smithers Main Street.  As in past years, you will not want to miss this opportunity to catch up with your business acquaintances and kick off another Minerals North.

The program itself will feature the regular regional geology updates and presentations about new exploration and new mines.  It will also offer lively and topical discussions around innovations in exploration and mining, community sustainability in the north, workforce development and working in a post-Tsilqot’in industry.  A lot of timely information will be presented throughout the day Thursday and Friday morning.

On Thursday, our keynote speaker is none other than marketing expert and broadcast producer Terry O'Reilly! A very passionate (and humorous) presenter, Terry will talk about the power of big ideas, and how those ideas can change perceptions and behaviour.  Catch him at lunch time on Thursday.

Thursday evening will see renowned Cuban-Canadian recording artist Alex Cuba perform. Alex lives in Smithers and tours extensively across North America and around the world. His music has gained rave reviews and won him multiple Juno Awards and Latin Grammies.  

Make plans to stay for the whole conference for both the educational programing AND the great prizes.  With a grand prize sponsored by Central Mountain Air, all delegates are eligible to win a four pack of flights across the CMA/Hawkair/NT Air Network.  Second prize is a set of golf clubs sponsored by Wainbee and third prize is a gift basket from Barkerville.   Draws will be done at the closing lunch on Friday, but you must be there to win! 

If you need a place to stay during the conference, visit Tourism Smithers for options:

Have you registered for Minerals North 2016?   Now’s the time!

First Nations attendance bursaries Minerals North 2016 April 15 deadline

If you know someone from an aboriginal community who wants to attend Minerals North 2016, the organizing committee hopes you can let them know about an opportunity for financial assistance.

Minerals North 2016 recognizes the diversity of aboriginal communities in the northwest and the importance of the aboriginal voice in the mining industry. The organizing committee for this year’s conference has made it a priority to include aboriginal perspectives throughout the conference and is offering 25 conference bursaries for aboriginal participants. More information can be found at 

The bursaries cover the full cost of registration and are available on a first come first serve basis. In awarding bursaries, the organizing committee will seek to ensure participation by as many different aboriginal communities across the region as possible.

To apply, simply complete the application form on the Minerals North website. Deadline for application is April 15, 2016. Go to

Know someone you think should apply? Please let them know about the link to the application form.

We're looking forward to seeing you on May 18!

- The Minerals North 2016 Organizing Committee

NWCC golf tournament May 18 Smithers

Northwest Community College’s 2nd Annual Smithers Golf Tournament and Auction Fundraiser will be held at the Smithers Golf and Country Club on Wednesday May 18, 2016 (1:00 p.m. shotgun start), in association with Minerals North.

This year’s event promises to be a great success and the money raised from the fundraising event supports opportunities for student success by raising money for Endowments to provide ongoing scholarships and bursaries. If you decide to become a participating sponsor, you will be recognized and acknowledged for your donation. Part of Northwest Community College’s mission is to provide quality learning experiences that help prepare our students for successful, positive futures; your donation and others like yours, are helping us deliver on our promise.

Check out the Registration form, sponsorship benefits and sponsor sheet.

To register, you can email or contact Kelli Louie at 250 635-6511 Ext. 5383 or Regina Saimoto at 250 847-4461 extension 5803.

KEG Conference Kamloops April 12 & 13

Kamloops Exploration Group News


"Mining Potential Unearthed"

It’s just over a week until 29th ANNUAL KEG CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW in Kamloops April 12 and 13 with the theme "Mining Potential Unearthed".  Check out the conference page for all the details at and updated information as it is announced!

Northwest Trade Expo Smithers May 6 and 7

The Smithers district Chamber of Commerce stages its  annual Northwest Trade Expo in a little over a month.  The trade show runs  May 6 and 7 at the two Smithers arenas. For the first time in a while SEG won’t have a booth – we’re saving our energy for Minerals North 2016. But we appreciate our on-going partnership with the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce and their support for the minerals industry.  So drop by the arenas and check out the businesses that make Smithers the go-to place for the minerals industry.

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