Rock Talk 2020 is just over a week away…Join Smithers Exploration Group in Smithers to talk rocks at Rock Talk  February 19...
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SEG February 2020 Enews Update

Rock Talk 2020 is just over a week away…Join Smithers Exploration Group in Smithers to talk rocks at Rock Talk  February 19 and 20.

  • Rocks at Noon….If you are missing the field and would like to look at some rocks, bring your lunch to the Rock Room  at 101-3423 Fulton Avenue in Smithers tomorrow Tuesday February 11 between 1:30-1:15pm. Browse the rock trays to your hearts content. We’ll have the coffee on.
  • Rock Talk 2020 is on February 19 and 20 in Smithers: Day 1 is all about the rocks with the BCGS MapPlace 2;  a workshop on the evolution of the Huckleberry Mine and new tectonomagmatic structural insights of the Skeena Arch. Day 2 brings together project updates from northern BC. And backing it all up – SEG’s collection of Cordilleran rock suites which the geos above are examining at last year's Rock Talk.  And special thanks to all the sponsors who are helping to make Rock Talk a success. See the list below.
  • Join us for our 2020 Annual General Meeting on Wednesday March 11 from 5 to 5:30 at the Rock Room.
  • Chamber on Tap is something new on March 27…SEG hosts members of Smithers Chamber of Commerce to introduce them to the marvels of our Rock Room
  • And an early Save the Date: Smithers District Chamber of Commerce and Smithers Exploration Group are planning their annual Mining Month luncheon in Smithers on Wednesday May 20.  Details to follow.

Rock Talk 2020, February 19 and 20, Smithers, Smithers Curling Club, 4216 4th Ave

Now for the Main Event…..Rock Talk 2020 is only a little over a week away on February 19 and 20 in Smithers. SEG’s collection of Cordilleran rock suites will be front and centre on Wednesday with two educational sessions featuring the rocks of northern BC.  Project updates will fill Thursday and, if people are interested, skiing on Hudson Bay Mountain caps it all off on Friday. A lot of sponsors have stepped forward this year, so hats off to them. Check below for the ** Sponsor list.

Program Snapshot:

  • Wednesday February 19: Technical Introduction to MapPlace2 (SEE *HOUSEKEEPING SECTION BELOW);  Workshop - the evolution of the Huckleberry mine; and Rocks of Central BC through SEG Rock Collection. This wraps up with a wine and cheese reception at the curling rink.
  • Thursday February 20: Technical presentations gearing up from grassroots exploration throughout the Golden Triangle and transitioning into advanced-stage projects in the region and finishing with the producing Brucejack and Red Chris mines. We'll celebrate another successful Rock Talk with a mixer where you can join local sponsors for some local brew.
  • Friday February 21: You're invited to stay for an informal ski day on Friday at the Hudson Bay Mountain!

The full program for Rock Talk 2020 promises to be jam-packed with new concepts and new projects that stir the imagination and the advanced projects that have made northwest BC the buzz of the minerals industry.

Registration is $125 available through Eventbrite.  Registration includes two days of technical seminars and presentations, coffee, snacks, lunch, Wednesday evening ice breaker reception and Thursday evening mixer. It's a bargain!


  • If you plan to participate in the MapPlace2 workshop, bring your laptop. SEG is arranging high speed internet access for the workshop only. Otherwise do not count on internet access at the rink.
  • Please be aware that Smithers no longer has taxi service. We are working to backfill the gap. If you need a pickup at the airport or from your hotel please email Steph at 
  • There are several hotels within walking distance of the Curling Rink venue for Rock Talk. The Aspen Inn (250) 847-4551) has offered a conference rate.


Platinum Sponsors

  • ERM
  • ITL Drilling
  • Garibaldi Resources 
  • Geotech Exploration 
  • Silver King Helicopters

Gold Sponsors

  • Hardline Exploration
  • P&R Exploration Services
  • Yellowhead Helicopters 
  • Coast Mountain Hydro
  • SPS Mining Supplies
  • Tree line Wood Products
  • Seabridge Gold
  • Matrix Camps and Logistics
  • Aberdeen Helicopters
  • North Country Rentals

Silver Sponsors 

  • Highland Helicopters
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Hy-Tech Drilling
  • Tahltan Nation Development Corporation
  • Rigstar Industrial Telecom
  • Coast Mountain GM

Bronze Sponsors

  • Farrell Exploration Services
  • Vanderwart Consulting Inc
  • Randy's Image Design .  

SEG Annual General Meeting, Wednesday March 11, 5 to 5:30 pm. Smithers

Join us for SEG's 2020 Annual General Meeting. The new Board of Directors will be elected and 2019 financial report will be reviewed and available for distribution.  All members are encouraged to attend.

  • Event:  Smithers Exploration Group Annual General Meeting
  • Date:  Wednesday, March 11
  • Time:  5:00 to 5:30 pm
  • Place: Rock Room at 101-3423 Fulton Avenue in Smithers.  

SEG Hosts Chamber on Tap, Friday March 27, Smithers

Here’s something new from Smithers Exploration Group and the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce. We’re going to open up the SEG Rock Room to the Smithers chamber members. It’s a chance to introduce them to the SEG collection of Cordilleran Rock Suites. We’re proud of the Rock Room and this is a chance for the local business community to get a sense of the role SEG and Smithers play in growing the minerals industry in BC.

  • Event:  Chamber on Tap
  • Date:  Friday March 27
  • Time:  5:00 to 7:00 pm
  • Place: Rock Room at 101-3423 Fulton Avenue in Smithers.  

2020 Mining Month Luncheon, Wednesday May 20, Smithers

Save the Date - Wednesday  May 20: The Smithers District Chamber of Commerce and Smithers Exploration Group host our annual Mining Month luncheon. The program will highlight the prominent place that mineral exploration plays in the province’s north.

  • Event:  2020 Mining Month Luncheon
  • Date:  Wednesday, May 20
  • Time:  11:30 to 1:30 pm
  • Place: Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge, Ferguson Room, Smithers

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