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Posted: October 26, 2015

Minerals South conference coming

More than 100 people from B.C.’s mining and natural resource sector will gather to network, exchange ideas and technologies, and share knowledge at the 11th annual Minerals South Conference and Trade Show, taking place November 3-5 at the Heritage Inn Hotel and Convention Centre in Cranbrook.

The conference is organized by the East Kootenay Chamber of Mines (EKCM), a non-profit organization actively promote mining interests in southeastern British Columbia.

EKCM President Jason Jacob says the conference is not only a chance to showcase industry innovation and cutting-edge technologies being developed and implemented in the region, but it is also offers professional development, business and employment opportunities for individuals and companies in the area.

“Whether you are new to the mining resource industry or have been in the business for a long time, this conference offers everyone – suppliers, workers, post-secondary students, employers – a chance to gain new knowledge and connections and keep up-to-date on the latest regulations. It is a much-anticipated opportunity to stimulate exploration in the East Kootenay. In addition to technical presentations on projects in the area, Minerals South offers mining companies and suppliers a common venue to discuss solutions to mining and exploration-related issues,” Jacob said.

As part of the conference, a free presentation open to the public will take place at 7:30 p.m. on November 3. Mike Hambalek of Caliper Machine & Hydraulics will be speaking on Innovation and Technology in Mining, followed by Mike Keefer of Tipi Mountain takes centre stage to present on State-of-the-Art Reclamation.

Other Minerals South highlights include a short course, two-full days of technical talks, a trade show, displays of drill core and field specimens of rock and ore, and a school program attended by elementary students.

The East Kootenay Chamber of Mines organizes and hosts the Minerals South Conference and Tradeshow every two years, alternating with the Chamber of Mines of Eastern BC. It is its primary fundraiser. To register, become a sponsor, or find out more visit

“EKCM has been the voice of the local mining industry for more than 40 years,” said Jacob. “We offer a wealth of information and resources, including a well-used core library built around an extensive collection of core from and around Sullivan Mine.

“We are committed to supporting and advocating for our diverse membership of prospectors, mining and resource companies, and support industries, many of which are based in southeast B.C.”


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