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News Release - Manitoba

November 16, 2012

EXPERTS GATHER FOR 44TH ANNUAL MANITOBA MINING AND MINERALS CONVENTION


Province Launches New, Enhanced GIS Map Gallery: Chomiak

Approximately 1,000 mining experts, geologists, Aboriginal leaders, government officials, investors and academics have gathered at the Winnipeg Convention Centre to share insight on the latest developments, opportunities and challenges facing the exploration and mining sector.

“We’re showcasing our mineral resource potential and related economic development opportunities, and building stronger industry, government and community relationships that enable us to move forward together,” said Innovation, Energy and Mines Minister Dave Chomiak.  “With two new mines under construction and several projects advancing toward development, Manitoba’s mining industry is poised for significant growth.”

Highlights of the convention include a trade show, a property showcase, and a variety of business and technical presentations including:

  • the latest findings on Manitoba’s geology, providing new insight on the province’s mineral potential to foster exploration in frontier areas, support further development in established mining districts and assist with community land-use planning and economic development efforts;
  • industry updates on exploration and mining activity in the province and overviews of industry trends;
  • Aboriginal-industry sessions on the business of mining and community engagement aimed at increasing Aboriginal participation and creating mutually beneficial partnerships; and
  • demonstrations of new online services.

The convention also features a public open house from 8:30 a.m. to noon tomorrow.  Activities will include panning for gold with champion panner Yukon Dan, digging for fossils with the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, free access to the property showcase highlighting Manitoba’s mineral investment opportunities and free access to the trade show, which features the latest industry products and services.

The minister also announced the launch of the new, enhanced geographic information system (GIS) Map Gallery, completely redesigned to improve reliability and functionality, and provide online access to informationthat helps define the province’s mineral potential, which is critical to attracting investment in exploration and mine development. 

“Our minerals strategy includes the enhancement and expansion of web-based services to increase our effectiveness in today’s global marketplace,” said Chomiak.  “Online services like the new Integrated Mining and Quarrying System and the completely redesigned GIS Map Gallery that provide geoscientific and mineral tenure information are key to helping companies move their projects forward or target new investment opportunities in the province.”

Mining and petroleum industries make up the second-largest primary resource industry in Manitoba’s economy, with 2011 production values of more than $3.2 billion and estimated capital expenditures of $1.3 billion, Chomiak said.  The industries account for approximately seven per cent of provincial gross domestic product and 13 per cent of total exports.  Annual employment over a recent three-year period averaged 5,800 people directly, with many others employed through the service sector and spinoff businesses.

For more information on the Manitoba Mining and Minerals Convention and the GIS Map Gallery, visit www.mineralsconvention.com and www.manitoba.ca/iem/mrd/geo/gis/index.html.

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Backgrounder
Manitoba Mining Industry Highlights - http://www.gov.mb.ca/asset_library/en/newslinks/2012/11/Mining_Convention.bkg.doc