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SEG October 2014 Enews Update

Life for most of us is back to its usual busy schedule and that includes Smithers Exploration Group. We launch a new season of Rocks 'n Rambling in just over a week on Friday October 3. The annual golf tournament drew 80 golfers with some folks like ERM’s Wade Brunham pictured above finding a new use for his clubs. The NWCC School of Exploration & Mining is teaching a record number of programs simultaneously.  Planning ahead - the Christmas party is December 6 and the Roundup booth could use some staffing volunteers. Speaking of Roundup the application deadline for the Prospectors’ Tent is October 17. And Rock Talk 2015 will be February 18 – 20.

Rocks ‘n Rambling Friday October 3

A new season of Rocks ‘n Rambling starts in a week, with the first RnR slated for Friday October 3 at the Eagle Peak/Gavin Mines office.

Date: Friday October 3

Time: 4:30 pm to 6:30pm

Place: Gavin Mines Inc. office at 3431 - 19th Ave


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

SEG golf tournament success

SEG’s annual golf tournament was its usual fun event with 80 golfers and 112 for dinner afterwards at the Smithers Golf and Country Club. Carly McIntyre from Seabridge Gold  won the Gerry Auger trophy for having the most fun.  SEG’s Judi L’Orsa was awarded the new Joyce Warren award in recognition of her dedication, enthusiasm, energy and high spirits, toward ensuring a fun-filled and successful annual golf tournament. Cheers to Carly and Judi.  Thanks to all the sponsors which you can see at http://www.smithersexplorationgroup.com/about/partners/

Next year’s golf tournament will be posted once the date is set.

NWCC School of Exploration & Mining 2014 Summer/Fall Programs

SEG’s partnership with the Northwest Community College School of Exploration & Mining (SEM) continues to produce excellent results with some very interesting contracts to train far and wide.  The following update provides some details:

  • Delivered a pilot Mining Exploration & Natural Resources Field Assistant program July 7-24, 2014 in partnership with AME BC who donated $7,000 towards resources to support Aboriginal inclusion and cultural content. The program is the result of a comprehensive review conducted in 2014 in consultation with 21 industry experts from different areas of the natural resources sector and education. The program equips students with a transferable skill-set that maximizes employment options for field positions in a range of areas including mineral exploration, environmental services, initial stages of LNG development, and forestry.  Nine graduates that represent six First Nations bands in BC completed the intensive program.
  • Second delivery of the Dual-Credit Environmental Monitor Assistant Program (EMAP) began September 2nd. Eighteen students from Smithers and Houston Secondary make up the class. The class will attend the Annual Mine Reclamation Symposium in Prince George September 22-25, 2014. This is the first time in the event's 38-year history that high school students will attend. The student’s attendance and travel to the Symposium is sponsored by the BC Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation (TRCR), Geoscience BC, Minerals Ed BC, and the Bulkley Valley Credit Union.
  • A customized version of the Mining Exploration & Natural Resources Field Assistant program is delivered September 10-30, 2014 to seven students in Kugluktuk, Nunavut, in partnership with the Kitkmeot Inuit Association and the Mine Training Society of the Northwest Territories.
  • Mining Fundamentals is being delivered September 22-26, 2014 to 12 students in Greenville.
  • The pilot Mineral Processing Operator (MPO) program began September 2, 2014 at the Houston Campus. Seven students are taking the twelve week entry-level job training program that follows industry-defined National occupational Standards and will prepare them to be employed as Mineral Processing Operators. The students will also complete a week-long practicum at the Huckleberry mine as part of the program. 

Christmas Party December 6

I know it’s far too soon to be talking about Christmas….but all you have to do is pencil in the date. Join us on Saturday December 6 to kick off the festive season. Details for tickets etc. will be available in late fall.

Roundup 2015 January 26 - 29 SEG booth volunteers Prospectors’ Tent

Mineral Exploration Roundup 2015 will be in its new venue next year the Vancouver Convention Centre East, under the sails of Canada Place January 26 – 29, 2015.  SEG will have its booth at Roundup on Monday January 26 and Tuesday January 27. Of course we’ll be in a new location at the convention centre – no longer at the entrance to the trade show.

Norma Jean Adzich has enthusiastically taken on the job of chair to co-ordinate the SEG booth. She’s already getting the booth crew lined up. If you’re going to be at Roundup, drop her a line and volunteer to help staff the booth -  normajean.adzich@gmail.com;  250-847-4657, 778-210-0669

AME BC has also put out the word on this year’s Prospectors’ Tent:

The Association for Mineral Exploration BC (AME BC) is putting out a call for applications to the Prospectors’ Tent for Mineral Exploration Roundup 2015. Distribution of this information to your members would be greatly appreciated.
AME BC is pleased to present Roundup 2015, January 26-29 at the Vancouver Convention Centre East, under the sails of Canada Place. This event has established itself as the largest technical mineral exploration conference in the world and provides an unprecedented venue to promote mineral exploration and mining in BC and the Yukon. The 2014 conference hosted over 6,000 participants from 36 countries.
The Prospectors’ Tent provides an opportunity for independent prospectors to present a selection of their diverse, hard-earned, mineral properties.  It will be located in the Exhibit Hall and prospectors will present on a two-day rotation. Each station will be comprised of one rolling pinboard, one skirted and covered 6’ table, and two chairs. The schedule of confirmed prospectors will be posted on the conference website, as well as in the conference Daytimer
The application deadline is October 17, 2014. The application form can be found at http://amebc.ca/roundup-2015-home/core-shack-technical-displays/prospectors'-tent.
If there are any questions, please forward them to me at ronbilq@hotmail.com <mailto:ronbilq@hotmail.com>  or to AME BC at roundup@amebc.ca <mailto:roundup@amebc.ca> .
Thank you,

Ron Bilquist
Chair, Prospectors’ Tent, Mineral Exploration Roundup 2015
Email: ronbilq@hotmail.com
Phone: (250) 247-8363
Prospector tent Roundup – Rob B email

Rock Talk 2015 February 18 to 20

Planning is underway for Rock Talk 2015 in Smithers. Pencil these dates into your calendar.

Feb 18th – Education Day

Feb 19th – Technical Talks

Feb 20th – Core Shack/Ski Day.

Check the SEG website in January for more information.

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