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SEG February 2014 Enews Update

January was a busy month with AMEBC's Mineral Exploration Roundup attracting 6700 delegates from around the world. SEG played its usual vital role for the industry and its supply and service sector from around the province. We gave away 900 directories, with listings of companies working in the industry in BC. See you next year at the new venue for Roundup at the Vancouver Convention Centre East from January 26 - 29. We'll give you plenty of notice about where to find us so you can pick up the 2015 directory.

SEG wants to express our thanks to local businesses who have been so generous over the past year. Check out  to review the many companies that help out out with every event, including the golf tournament, Christmas Party, Rock Talk and the Mining Week luncheon.

A very big thanks to Bandstra Transportation Systems for their generous support with getting the SEG booth down to Roundup and back again. Bandstra also helped out with moving the Roy Wolverton book and thin section collection from Haida Gwai to Smithers. It's their help that make it possible to promote northwest BC businesses and industry, as well as maintain our reference collection. 

Also special thanks to Marge Fraser, president of Northern Labour Services Ltd. in Smithers. Marge donated bookkeeping  services over the past year and that was a huge help. In previous years, Metal Mountain Resources helped SEG out by volunteering their bookkeeping services.

This month we're focused on Rock Talk 2014 and the SEG annual general meeting.  Remember to register right away Northwest Community College for February 19 education day and get the latest updates on how to meet all the health and safety and permitting requirements.

Rock Talk 2014 February 19 - 21 Smithers

Rock Talk 2014 is scheduled for February 19, 20 and 21 in Smithers.

SEG organizes Rock Talk every February to showcase exploration projects in northern BC with a jam-packed day of technical talks. The technical presentations are sandwiched between an educational day and a ski day – both important components of this annual event. If you want to see the entire brochure, go to  

The basic schedule is as follows:

Education Day Wednesday February 19:

Time: 10:30 - 5:00pm

Cost: $15

Location: NWCC Smithers campus

Program: Health and Safety & Permitting Information session  

Preregistration required 1-877-277-2288 ext 5837, contact for registration inquiries.

Annual General Meeting Wednesday February 19:

SEG will hold its annual general meeting on Wednesday evening before registration for Rock Talk.

Time: 6:30 to 8 pm

Location: Aspen Motor Inn Meeting Room

Please consider standing for election as a director and joining one of the volunteer committees for our many events. SEG's financial report will be discussed and plans for 2014.

Registration for Rock Talk presentation day Wednesday February 19

Time: 7:30 to 9:30 pm

Location: Aspen Motor Inn lounge, Smithers

The Aspen Motor Inn will provide appetizers at the registration. The hotel is also offering a $90 room rate for out of town guests.

Presentations Thursday February 20:

Late Registration: 8 am

Time:  8:30 am

Cost: $40,

Location:  Smithers Curling Club

Reception with appetizers and refreshments after the talks sponsored by ERM Rescan and Seabridge Gold.

Ski Day Friday February 21:

8:30 am breakfast at Whiskey Jacks Lounge on Hudson Bay Mountain. Breakfast is sponsored by Acme Labs/BV Inspecorate. Regional Geologist Jeff Kyba is organizing a core shack display at the mountain.

Mountain Equipment rentals are available on the mountain. Car‐pooling is available.

Mining Week Luncheon May 9 Smithers

Once Rock Talk is over, the next get-together will be the Mining Week luncheon in Smithers, a partnership event between Smithers Exploration Group and the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce. Update your calendar for the noon-time luncheon, and we'll have the details available in early March.

Minerals North 2014 May 21 - 23 Vanderhoof

Minerals North 2014 takes place in Vanderhoof this year May 21 - 23. Registration is open at

Minerals North is the non-profit Association that facilitates the hosting of the annual Minerals North Conference. This event is hosted by communities in northern BC and has the largest northern mining conferences in Western Canada. The warm hospitality that derives from community involvement ensures that Minerals North is distinct from any other mining conference in British Columbia.

The event provides an opportunity for local communities to showcase their capacity to service the mineral industry, for community leaders to learn about economic and policy issues that affect the minerals sector and for the industry to be informed of local issues and community goals.

Students available from NWCC School of Exploration and Mining and BCIT

Even though we're looking forward to a packed schedule of industry conferences and events, there's still time to plan for a 2014 field season. If you're putting your crew together, keep in mind the students trained for the industry through schools like Norhtwest Community College School of Exploration and Mining in Smithers and BCIT in the Lower Mainland.

BCIT has a group of Mining and Mineral Exploration Technology students who are currently seeking summer employment opportunities. These students are flexible, adaptable, willing to relocate and keen to quickly become productive employees.  

Previous employers have found hiring BCIT technology students to be an effective recruiting model, providing many benefits such as direct access to a pool of qualified and enthusiastic workers; a chance to evaluate potential employees without making a long term commitment and an opportunity to assist a student in developing the skills necessary for industry success.

Hiring a student is easy; just forward your job description directly to  The office will email you the student resumes for your review and hiring consideration. You select the students you wish to interview and the office will assist in making all of the arrangements to connect you with the students.

BCIT students will complete the first year of the Mining and Mineral Exploration Technology program in April and will be available to work in industry from the beginning of May until the end of August. Program information can be found by visiting the websites at

The NWCC School of Exploration & Mining (SEM) in Smithers has hundreds of graduates who are field-ready, many already with experience in the exploration camps around the northwest. For information on how to reach the SEM graduates, contact Tlell Glover Coordinator School of Exploration & Mining Northwest Community College, (T) 250.847.4461 ext. 5877 (C) 250.847.1274 (Toll Free) 1.877.277.2288      (E)

Check out the school on video:

Thanks for reading this to the end....

Christine Ogryzlo

Communications Director

Smithers Exploration Group

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