By cailey on Competitiveness September 2, 2015

Redesign of the Large General Service Rate

September 2, 2015
By cailey


In the third quarter, MABC continued its work with the Association of Major Power Customers (AMPC) in considering the redesign of BC Hydro’s Large General Service (LGS) rate, which would affect some MABC coal and industrial mineral operations.

By cailey on Competitiveness, Health & Safety, Human Resources August 31, 2015

WorkSafe BC Preliminary 2016 Rates

August 31, 2015
By cailey


WorkSafe BC has released their 2016  preliminary rates for all Classification Units (CUs) and there is some good news. Rates for all 3 of the main mining CUs are proposed to decrease significantly as per the table below:


Classification Unit

2015 base rate

2016 proposed rate

% change

CU 704005 – Open Pit Coal Mining




CU 704006 – Open Pit Metal or Mineral Mining




CU 704013 – Underground Mining






Teck Celebrity Pie Throw Raises $1.1 Million for Mining for Miracles

May 13, 2015
By cailey

On Thursday, May 7th hundreds coalesced outside the Vancouver Art Gallery for the annual Teck Celebrity Pie Throw.  This year the Pie Throw raised an astounding $1,066,184 in support of Mining for Miracles and the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

The afternoon was, as always, wildly fun, lighthearted but at its core focused on the very important initiative of raising funds to support BC’s sick kids.  This year 100% of the funds raised are dedicated to opening a new CAUSES clinic at the BC Children’s Hospital which will use one genetic test to help diagnose kids with rare diseases, saving time, money, travel and stress on the families by getting to a diagnoses and treatment faster.

Karina Briño was once again paired up to go against Gavin Dirom and although Karina’s final total of $18,200 raised overcame Gavin’s $14,000, a little surprise was in store!

Mining Day at the Legislature 2015

March 27, 2015
By cailey

A number of Mining Day at the Legislature delegates outside the steps to the legislative buildings.

On Tuesday, March 24, 67 senior mining executives, mining suppliers and MABC partners arrived in Victoria for Mining Day at the Legislature.  I am very pleased to say that the day was received by participants and government as an unqualified success.

Last year in February, we hosted our inaugural Mining Day at the Legislature as a team.   We brought 48 mining representatives and had 48 meetings with elected and senior government officials.  Our objective was to leave a good impression and be invited back.

Having met our goal, this year we aimed to grow the event beyond our initial success.   I am happy to report that with 67 delegates, and 60 meetings with 74 government representatives, we executed what has been described as one of the largest coordinated lobby days in the province.

By cailey on Competitiveness February 20, 2015

Canadian Securities Regulators propose derivatives reporting rules

February 20, 2015
By cailey

The securities regulatory authorities in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan (participating jurisdictions) published for comment proposed rules to form a derivatives reporting regime that is largely harmonized with regimes previously implemented in Manitoba, Ontario and Québec.

The proposed rules are available here:[MI_Proposed]_210115/

The comment period closes on March 24, 2015.

The BC Securities Commission will be hosting a webinar for those interested in more information about the proposed rules on February 26 at 8:30 – 10:30 AM.  Click here to register for the webinar.

By cailey on Aboriginal & Community, Communications, Competitiveness November 4, 2014

Get out and vote in your municipal election!

November 4, 2014
By cailey

Municipal elections are currently underway across the province.  To give you increased opportunities to get to the polls, advance voting will take place over eight days, from November 4 to November 12.

General local election voting will take place on November 15.  Our communities are an important part of the fabric of our province, click here to get to learn more about your local candidates and their vision for your community.

By cailey on Communications, Competitiveness, Events & Outreach July 25, 2014

MABC 2020 Planning

July 25, 2014
By cailey

MABC  is currently undergoing a strategic planning process to map out the Association’s priorities for the next five (5) years.  We have engaged MNP to facilitate the process.  Over the next six weeks we will be meeting with member and stakeholders, as well as issuing a survey to gather information and feedback on the Association’s strategic priorities going forward.

The Mining Industry in BC 2013

May 16, 2014
By cailey

On May 15th PwC released its annual survey of BC mines.  This is the 46th edition of this annual report which paints a picture of the BC mining landscape from the year previous. 

The report indicates a softer year for BC’s mining industry with gross revenues coming in at approximately $8.5 billion.  Payments to government increased to $511 million and employment jumped to 10,720 direct employees in BC’s mining industry.