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Smithers Exploration Group | SEG - Mining & Education Northwest BC

SEG July 2015 Enews Update

This newsletter wraps up a busy winter and spring for Smithers Exploration Group by focusing on the annual golf tournament scheduled for Friday September 18 and some possible education events the day before.  Also lots of hats off  to: the winners of SEG’s bursaries and the Earth Sciences award at the Pacific Northwest Science Fair;  the competitors in the annual Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition in Smithers ; and GeoScience BC and its new SeArch Project in the Northwest.

SEG Golf Tournament Friday September 18

While you’re golfing this summer, think about SEG’s annual golf tournament and banquet in Smithers on Friday September 18 at the Smithers Golf and Country Club. Registration will be on Thursday evening September 17 at the Smithers Legion. Friday starts off with the breakfast at Hy-Tech Drilling and then moves to the Smithers Golf and Country Club for T-off. Details will be on the website in late July.

Meanwhile the organizers are wondering about your preferences for the education day on Thursday September 17. Please take a minute to fill in this 8 question survey! It is simple, quick and we really appreciate your input. To take the survey, go to

SEG awards bursaries and science fair prize

In a record year for applications, Smithers Exploration Group has awarded bursaries to four students in School District 54. They all plan to go on to post- secondary studies that will connect to the minerals industry in some way.

Zoe Bizarro from Smithers Secondary School and Trent Siemens from Houston Secondary School each took home $1000 bursaries, based on their essays submitted to SEG.  Hannah Kluss and Johnathan Schwartz from Smithers Secondary each received $500 bursaries. (That’s Trent Siemens from Houston Secondary receiving his award on June 12)

SEG also awarded the Earth Science prize at the Pacific Northwest Science Fair to Elise St-Onge whose project was about crystal growth in minerals.

Congratulations to all the students.

Huckleberry and Highland Copper Ace Mine Rescue

The  60th Annual Provincial Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition on June 13 in Smithers featured 10 teams from mines across the province competing in the 100th year of Mine Rescue competition in B.C. The competition was divided into two categories, Surface Mine Rescue and Three Person First Aid.  Tasks included life-like simulations that test skills in firefighting, first aid, rope rescue, extrication and general mine rescue knowledge.

Major Category Competition Winners:

·         Overall Surface Mine Rescue Trophy -  Highland Valley Copper   

·         Three Person First Aid Trophy - Huckleberry Mine

The detailed list of results from the 60th Annual Provincial Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition is available here:

Geoscience BC Announces New SeArch Project our backyard

Geoscience BC has launchedf a new multi-year minerals project in BC's west-central region. Named "SeArch" to highlight the region's unique geology--an area arching two of the province's mineral-rich geological terranes--this project will gather new, high-resolution data that will help geologists and land-users alike gain a better understanding of the ground beneath their feet.

To date, the Geoscience BC Board has approved $2.4 million in funding to support Phase I of the SeArch project and the primary activity in 2015 will be flying an airborne magnetic survey. Additional activities in 2015 will include community outreach and potentially some geochemical work.  The Phase I SeArch project area is still in the planning stages, and roughly extends south from Terrace to Kitimat and west to Smithers.

A great public thank you from Resource Works

Christine --

It's hard to say what the biggest highlight was of my Mining Week 2015 trip to Smithers on May 8:

  • The annual luncheon, co-sponsored by the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce and Smithers Exploration Group (SEG). I particularly enjoyed meeting my fellow panelists to talk about the direct impact that resources have on our life.
  • Meeting Danielle Smyth of Northwest Community College, who  took a moment to explain the First Nations programs. 
  • Filming Amy Brandstetter of Sedaz Lingerie, who related to the luncheon crowd how ladies' undergarments and mining are connected. 
  • Meeting provincial government and mining project office folks who shared insights on the opportunities and challenges of mining in the Golden Triangle. Thanks for your time!
  • Stopping in for a beer with the SEG group at the end of the day. It was a pleasant way to end an eventful trip - thanks to that group for the warm hospitality. 

Do you see the value of more people understanding the relationship between the healthy lives they lead and having a thriving, responsible natural-resource economy in British Columbia?  Yes? Then Resource Works is for you.

We are building a movement of support for resources in BC, and we need your help. Go to

Many thanks,
Stewart Muir
Executive Director

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