May is a busy month – Mining Week lunch, R&R, Minerals North and job posting at NWCC SEM.
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SEG May 2015 Enews Update

With all the activity during May, we thought you would appreciate an opportunity to fill in your dance card early - hence a May newsletter in April. The big ticket items include: SEG booth at Northwest Trade Expo in Smithers May 1 and 2; a challenging, important  job opportunity at the NWCC School of Exploration and Mining deadline May 1; Mining Week luncheon with Smithers Chamber of Commerce Friday May 8; Rocks ‘n Rambling also on May 8;  NWCC SEM Prospecting course May 26-30; SEG offers two $1000 bursaries in School District 54; and Minerals North in Mackenzie May 27-29;

Smithers Mining Week luncheon May 8

At the end of next week we’ll celebrate Mining Week 2015 with our annual Smithers luncheon on Friday May 8.  Get your ticket now from Smithers District Chamber of Commerce for only $25.  Call 250-847-5072 or e-mail

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 from across the province and the northwest. This year we have an added feature with an open  bar from 11:30 to noon, hosted by the Mining Suppliers Association of BC, so arrive on time and partake of the refreshments.

The lunchtime program will focus on how businesses in the Bulkley Valley and on the lower Mainland depend for their success on the minerals produced by mining.

  • Mining Association of BC President and CEO Karina Briño will set up the program with an overview of the minerals industry in BC in 2014.
  • The Executive Director of Resource Works Stewart Muir will present a recent report that demonstrates how Vancouver business depends on natural resources from the Rest of BC.
  • A panel of Smithers businesses will pick up that theme to talk about how they depend on minerals in everything from selling underwire bras and bikes to making cheese and alternative energy.

Please join us on May 8 at the Hudson Bay Lodge in Smithers. Don’t delay – get your tickets for only $25 and help celebrate the minerals industry in your business and life.

If you’re not going to be in Smithers, consider taking in one of the many other events around the province. Check out  for listings in Vancouver and the rest of the BC.

Rocks ‘n Rambling May 8

The May Rocks ‘n Rambling is scheduled for Friday – May 8.  Our thanks to Gavin Mines for offering its location on 19th Avenue in Smithers. Stewart Muir from Resource Works is keen to join us, and this will give everyone a chance to chat with him about the work they do in promoting the importance of natural resources to BC's economy.

Date: Friday May 8
Time:  4:30 to 6:30 pm
Place: Gavin Mines/Metal Mountain Resources 3431 19th Avenue, Smithers BC

As usual RnR is a chance to get together to look over some rocks and exchange war stories.

Northwest Trade Expo May 1 and 2

The Smithers district Chamber of Commerce stages its  annual Northwest Trade Expo this week.  The trade show runs Friday May 1 from 3 to 9 pm and Saturday May 2 from 10 am to 6 pm at the two Smithers arenas. Look for the award-winning SEG booth. If you can drop by to help staff the booth, that would be appreciated.

NWCC School of Exploration and Mining News • Job Opportunity May 1 • Prospectors Course May 26 – 30 • Fund Raising Golf Tournament

NWCC’s School of Exploration & Mining Is Hiring a Regional Contracts Officer for its Smithers-based office!

Are you a solutions-oriented, creative and strategic thinker with strong entrepreneurial skills? Do you have exceptional project management skills and experience leading complex projects from concept to implementation? Are you searching for meaningful work in a fast-paced environment? Then this could be the opportunity for you!

Join a dynamic, passionate team in providing innovative educational programs and skills training for exploration, mining and natural resource industries.

You can view the posting by going to 

Resumes and cover letters can be emailed to by the closing date of Friday May 1. 

Thanks Tlell

We at SEG also want to take a minute to thank Tlell Glover for her work as co-ordinator with SEM. Tlell has recently accepted a position with the Province of BC as a Senior Resource Coordination Officer in the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation based at the Smithers Office. She promises to remain active with SEG where she is secretary and volunteer par excellence.

Tlell has been wonderful to work with and has brought a wide range of skills to her position at the school.  She’s inventive, positive and hard-working. The SEM advisory committee will miss her but the industry will benefit from having someone with her level of industry understanding working with the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

Introduction to Prospecting and Geology Course May 26 – 30

Interested in prospecting for fun and profit? This six day course provides the basic information required to become a successful prospector but may also be of interest to amateur rock hounds, students and field assistants.  For details, go to

Support NWCC bursaries

NWCC Smithers/Houston/Hazelton is organizing its first ever fundraising golf tournament for June 19, 2015. They are raising funds for an endowment that will provide scholarships and bursaries for NWCC students in the area.  The college hopes  that local businesses will  see a way to support the tournament, either through participating, providing item(s) for a silent auction table, sponsoring the event, or a combination.

SEG bursaries - $1000 May 26

if you have a son or daughter graduating from Grade XII in School District 54 this year, SEG is offering two $1000 bursaries for students who will attend a post-secondary institution to pursue a career connected to the minerals industry. The deadline is May 26th.   Click here for details on the 2015 bursaries.

Minerals North Mackenzie May 27 - 29

Minerals North 2015 will be in Mackenzie May 27 – 29, just two weeks after the Smithers Mining Week luncheon.  For a sneak preview of a really excellent program, go to

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