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SEG February 2015 Enews Update

Now that a very successful SEG booth at Roundup 2015 is behind us, it’s time to start planning for a busy February in Smithers. We start off with Rocks ‘n Rambling this coming Friday February 6. Then it’s a jam-packed Rock Talk 2015 from February 18 to 20. Industry events such as PDAC in March and KEG in April will keep a lot of people busy. Then the focus shifts back north with SEG’s Mining Week BC luncheon on May 8 and Minerals North 2015 in Mackenzie May 27 to 29.

Rocks ‘n Rambling Friday February 6

The first Rocks ‘n Rambling of 2015 will be Friday February 6 at the SEG office. It’s your chance for a little socializing and chatting about rocks and projects.

  • Date: Friday February 6
  • Time: 4:30 pm to 6:30pm
  • Place: SEG office 102 – 3423 Fulton Ave, Smithers BC

Bring your thoughts on the industry and any interesting rocks you may have come across in the summer.

Rock Talk 2015 February 18 to 20

Smithers Exploration Group welcomes everyone to Rock Talk 2015 in Smithers. Rock Talk is our annual conference that focuses on training, technical presentations related to northern BC mineral properties and fun. Check out the brochure for complete details on the 3-day conference

This year’s education workshop is on exploration safety leadership. This workshop is specially designed for senior management and project managers.  Our goal is to foster responsible and adaptive safety leadership in the mineral exploration sector. Effective safety leaders are the building blocks of a strong culture that strives for everyday safety and zero harm. Registration  deadline is Wednesday February 11. For details on the safety workshop and registration information go to  f

On Friday we wrap up with our annual core shack and ski day on Hudson Bay Mountain.

Here are the quick facts on Rock Talk 2015:

Dates:  February 18, 19 and 20  
Location: Smithers Curling Rink
Technical session Cost: $40

Daily program:

Registration for Education Day: February 11
Education Day:  February 18  Northwest Community College School of Exploration & Mining
Registration for technical session:  Aspen Motor Inn, February 18,  7:30 to 9:30 pm
AGM:  February 18    In the midst of all the information and fun, we’ll also hold SEG’s annual general meeting on  February 18 at 6:30 pm Aspen Motor Inn.
Technical Talks: February 19,  8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Ski Day and Core Shack:  February 20  Breakfast buffet at Hudson Bay Mountain

Thanks also to our two sponsors for their help; ERM Rescan will host a reception after the technical talks on Thursday and Bureau Veritas will sponsor the core shack breakfast on Friday. 

Roundup 2015 SEG booth success

Our booth at AME BC’s Mineral Exploration Roundup 2015 went off very well. Lots of people found us in our booth at the East Convention Centre. We distributed close to 700 directories during Roundup, so our sponsors have their information in the hands of people who need their services.

The SEG executive attended many of the presentations and brought everyone up to date on the Outreach work we have done over the past year with schools, communities and First Nations across the northwest.

The northwest will be well represented at AME BC’s board in the coming years. Christine Ogryzlo from SEG was elected to the board for three years and Sean Pownall from MoreCore Diamond Drilling in Stewart was appointed as the Northwest representative.  He takes over from Harvey Tremblay, President of Hy-Tech Drilling as the rep from this area. Thanks to Harvey for his years on the AME BC board.

Thanks to Norma Jean Adzich for co-ordinating the SEG booth and her crew of volunteers for their help staffing it.. We also want to thank Bandstra for its ongoing support in getting the SEG booth materials down to Roundup and back home again. 

Smithers Mining Week luncheon May 8

Mining Week BC 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. If you are interested in sponsoring the luncheon, please contact me, Christine Ogryzlo, at

Minerals North Mackenzie May 27 - 29

Minerals North 2015 will be in Mackenzie May 27 - 29 and planning is now underway. Check out  to keep up to date on the conference.

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.

Brown Bag lunches

For the past couple of years SEG has been co-ordinating what we call Brown Bag Lunches with various provincial ministries, as part of our Outreach program sponsored by the Association for Mineral Exploration BC.  Several times a year SEG members and staff from ministries such as Energy and Mines and Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations meet for off-the-record information exchanges about issues important to the minerals industry in the north.

If you want to be notified of upcoming Brown Bag lunches, drop SEG Outreach co-ordinator Lorie Farrell a note at

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