SEG tips its hat to Harvey Tremblay and Bandstra Transportation - thanks for all your help with the Rock Room.
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Smithers Exploration Group | SEG - Mining & Education Northwest BC

SEG August 2019 Enews Update

This is a belated August newsletter from Smithers Exploration Group with some special thanks and some things to consider for the fall.

  • SEG’s Rock Room is in full swing and a lot of that is thanks to support – financial and in-kind – from Harvey Tremblay and Bandstra Transportation, as well as Rock Room administrator Anastasia Ledwon and   geologists Tom Richards and Don MacIntyre.
  • Pencil in time for a fall barbeque at the SEG office on Friday September 13 to celebrate the 2019 field season.
  • If you’re in Smithers August 22-25 join us at the Bulkley Valley fall fair at the SEG booth.
  • Start planning ahead for an advertisement in SEG’s 2020 directory and keep the directory in mind if you have some hi-res photos that you can share.

Thanks from SEG Rock Room Harvey Tremblay, Bandstra, Tom Richards and Don MacIntyre

Last month we thanked Geoscience BC for a grant that is making it possible to run the Smithers Exploration Group Rock Room.  But what we didn’t mention is the generosity of several people who made it possible to get the grant and develop this amazing resource.

Harvey Tremblay, founder and chair of Hy-Tech Drilling, generously contributed to the matching funds that strengthened our application to Geoscience BC for the grant. Harvey never hesitated when SEG approached him for support, and his contribution added half a year to the Rock Room operating budget. 

As we move forward fulfilling our grant obligations to Geoscience BC, Harvey continues to meet with the folks involved in the Rock Room. We welcome his ideas for its future success.

Tom Richards and Don MacIntyre also continue to contribute to the future of the Rock Room, building on the success of their Rock Talk workshops.  Tom has already been back to Smithers once and will return later this week to work on the rock collection and help design training programs for this winter. Don will also be here in August completing his development of a geological tour of the Smithers area.

Their work is intended to build a foundation for the SEG Collection of Cordilleran Rock Suites, as we old-timers hand it over to the next generation of geologists in the northwest.  Stay tuned for our ideas on how that transition can work.

Those Rock Room supporters are all geologists – rocks are in their blood. But Bandstra Transportation doesn’t have that excuse!  Nevertheless the company continues to step forward to help out SEG, no questions asked. Every Roundup they haul our booth gear to and from Vancouver and this month they took on an even weightier task – they hauled 1600 pounds of rock samples gratis from Prince George to Smithers.  The rocks have been donated to the Rock Room by the retiring PG regional geologist John DeGrace.  Bandstra also gave us a deal on the storage bay out back where the rocks are being sorted for future use.

All of this is being co-ordinated by the Rock Room administrator Anastasia Ledwon. You can reach her at

SEG Fall BBQ, Friday September 13

SEG’s new celebration of the current field season is a fall barbeque at the Rock Room at the SEG office. Last year was a lot of fun, so we decided to make this an annual event. Join us for some hot dogs and hamburgers with the usual trimmings.

  • Date:  Friday September 13
  • Time:  5 to 7 pm
  • Place: SEG office  101 – 3423 Fulton Ave, Smithers BC

Bulkley Valley Fall Fair, SEG booth, August 22 to 25

As usual Smithers Exploration Group will welcome the public to its booth at the Bulkley Valley Exhibition August 22-25. The annual fall fair draws terrific crowds from across the region, and we always get our fair share of visitors at the booth.

SEG 2020 directory

Smithers Exploration Group’s annual directory is a hot item at AME’s Roundup in January, so you don’t want to be disappointed by missing out on getting your ad ready. We distributed 500 copies at Roundup 2019 and that’s a great way of getting your services noticed.  An ad in the directory is a great bang for your advertising buck but you can also be listed in the directory free of charge.  If your listing contact information has changed – phone or email – or if you are not yet listed,  please send us the new information.

IMPORTANT - We are also looking for high resolution photographs of your 2019 summer field work.

Watch for details on rates and advertising deadlines.  If your listing information has changed and if you have some hi-res photos, please contact Elaine Konschuh at

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