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November 18, 2015

MANITOBA MINING AND MINERALS CONVENTION CELEBRATES 47TH YEAR


Manitoba Top Location for Investment: Minister Chomiak

Industry professionals from across the country are gathered in Winnipeg today as the three-day Manitoba Mining and Minerals Convention begins, Mineral Resources Minister Dave Chomiak announced today.

“Manitoba is home to groundbreaking geosciences activities that position our province as one of the top locations in the country for mineral resource exploration and development,” said Minister Chomiak.  “This event allows the latest information and innovations to be shared in the sector with the people it affects most, so the industry can keep moving in a positive and sustainable direction.”

The convention is in its 47th year and is expected to draw 800 visitors to the RBC Convention Centre over the next three days for discussion, networking, and education, the minister said.  He added event highlights include:

  • a public open house where visitors can meet with geologists and visit the family-friendly Manitoba Rocks! activities area featuring gold panning, rock polishing, a fossil dig adventure and much more;
  • a tradeshow and property showcase with 82 exhibitors including mining companies, mining towns and mining service providers;
  • industry experts speaking on a variety of topics including updates on projects in Manitoba mining regions, Manitoba Geological Survey activities, and more; and
  • an Indigenous engagement session this afternoon to showcase how First Nations, the minerals industry and governments collaborate to build stronger relationships and develop sustainable results that benefit all stakeholders

Premier Greg Selinger will deliver the keynote address at tomorrow’s luncheon, the minister added.

The convention provides a forum for stakeholders throughout the mining industry to exchange information, discuss trends affecting production and exploration, and network with potential business partners, the minister said, adding the success of mining and mineral development in the province is due to the level of engagement between industry groups.

 “The fact that mining companies and First Nations sit at a table resolving issues of revenue sharing and consultations issues is one of the main reasons Manitoba has been recognized for its achievements in moving forward,” said Minister Chomiak.

The minister noted Manitoba is experiencing a positive period of mine development with two new mines in production and several gold mines set to re-open within the next 12 to 36 months.  Mining exploration expenditures in Manitoba have increased 30 per cent since last year, totalling $36.4 million.  In the petroleum sector, Manitoba has more than 4,464 producing oil wells.

More information on the event can be found at www.manitoba.ca/iem/convention/index.html.

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