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SEG May 2014 Enews Update

May is a busy month for the industry in northern BC and we hope folks from the rest of the province can join us for a few events, but first - a nod to the winner of the SEG award at the recent Pacific Northwest Regional Science Fair - Georgina Richardson from Prince Rupert and her mummification project. 

Now for a long list of events: We kick off Mining Week on May 9 with our annual Mining Week lunch in partnership with Smithers District Chamber of Commerce; 2 weeks later we head to Vanderhoof for Minerals North May 21 to 23; two earlier events which explain why the May newsletter is a bit early include AuRico Gold’s open house in Smithers April 29 and SEG’s booth at the Smithers Chamber Northwest Trade Expo May 2 and 3.  And SEG is involved with our northwest schools with an award to a science fair student and bursaries to Grade XII students.

Mining Week Luncheon Friday May 9 Smithers

The Mining Week 2014 luncheon will kick off BC Mining Week on Friday May 9 in Smithers at the Hudson Bay Lodge.  BC Mining Week runs from May 11 to 17 and you can find details of events around the province at

Every year Smithers Exploration Group and the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce co-host a luncheon in connection with BC Mining Week.  The lunch 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.

Date: Friday May 9, 2014

Time: 11:30 to 1:30 pm

Ticket Price:  $25

Purchase:  are available from Smithers District Chamber of Commerce 250-847-5072 or e-mail (no sales at the door)

Place: Hudson Bay Lodge, Ferguson Room, Smithers

Theme:  Resources for Communities


Mining Association of BC -  BC Industry Overview:  CEO Karina Brino
Resources for Communities Panel – Seabridge (KSM);  AuRico (Kemess Underground); Pretivum (BruceJack); Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach; 
Northwest Community College School of Exploration & Mining 2014 Update -  Coordinator Tlell Glover 

For tickets, please contact Smithers District Chamber of Commerce 250-847-5072 or e-mail .  There will be no sales at the door.

Northwest Trade Expo May 2 and 3 Smithers

SEG will have a booth at the annual Northwest Trade Expo, presented by Smithers District Chamber of Commerce on Friday, May 2 from 3 to 9 pm and Saturday, May 3 from 10 am to 6 pm. The SEG booth will have its annual directory plus lots of other information and giveaways in support of the minerals industry. In general at the show you'll find great door prizes; stage entertainment; vast array of exhibitors, products and services. Lots to do for the kids – the Balloon Guy will be there and there will be face painting and pony rides. See you at the Civic Arena May 2 & 3 for the Northwest Trade Expo. $3 per person; or $10 for a family.

Rocks ‘n Rambling May 9 Smithers

After you’ve attended the Mining Week lunch, please consider dropping by the SEG office a little later for Rocks ‘n Rambling. It will focus on a review of the recently acquired Wolverton book and thin section collection.

Date: Friday May 9
Time: 4:30 pm to 6:30pm
Place:SEG office at 102 – 3423 Fulton Ave, Smithers BC
Topic: Wolverton book and thin section collection

Minerals North 2014 May 21 - 23 Vanderhoof

The 2014 Minerals North Conference will be held in Vanderhoof May 21st to the 23rd. SEG will have a booth and of course you can get your copy of the 2014 directory at the booth. For details on the conference go to   You can register for Minerals North 2014 at

AuRico Gold Open House April 29 Smithers

AuRico Gold will be hosting an open house in Smithers on Tuesday April 29th from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Northwest Community College. There will be a short presentation at 5:30.  The proposed Kemess Underground Project has just entered the environmental assessment process.  AuRico invites everyone to join them.

New organization promotes resource development

A new initiative from the BC Business Council is taking on the task of defending and promoting resource development in the province. Resource Works  was launched on April 10th as an independent, non-partisan initiative focused on educating British Columbians, particularly in the lower mainland, about the importance and continuous innovation of our natural resource and energy industries.  The work will communicate from an objective fact base, in relevant and creative ways, the direct benefits these sectors have on British Columbians' personal prosperity and quality of life. For more information, visit  

SEG in northwest schools

Science Fair

Georgina Richardson from Prince Rupert recently won SEG’s prize for her project at the Pacific Northwest Regional Science Fair. She looked at the science of mummies – the dried out kind. “The ancient Egyptians used natron as a dessicant to mummify the remains of their dead.  The proportion of carbonates in modern samples of natron is higher than in the samples of natron from tombs. I decided to conduct an experiment to see what effect changing the ratio of carbonates to sodium chloride has on the mummification of hot dogs.”

Even better than experimenting on hot dogs, Georgina sent us a thank you note "I had not considered a career in geology. After reading through the materials I received (in the prize package), however I have realized what an interesting field it is. I am very interested in hearing about future opportunities."

Bursaries available

In June 2014 SEG will offer a $1000 bursary to a graduate from School District 54 who has a strong interest in science, trades or technology. If some youngster you know is interested in applying, he or she can email and we will get back with details.  The deadline is May 20th. It's our way of encouraging young people to consider working with the industry. 

NWCC Trades and Industry Golf Tournament Friday May 30 Terrace

The month’s activities wrap up with a golf tournament in Terrace, organized by Northwest Community College to support industry training with trades bursaries.  Entry fee is $40 and the funds raised will be used to support students in trades training – something everyone in the minerals industry can get behind. To register contact Sonja Perih   or call 250-638-5490.  

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