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Mining Association of BC Celebrates Mining Day at the Legislature 2014

February 19, 2014

VICTORIA, BC – Today more than 50 representatives from BC’s mining sector, including representatives from the Mining Association of BC (MABC), the Mining Supplier Association of BC and the Association of Mineral Exploration of BC, arrived in Victoria for Mining Day at the Legislature 2014.

Mining Day at the Legislature is an opportunity for industry and elected officials to come together to discuss the sector, identify the challenges, and celebrate the enormous opportunity the BC mining industry represents. 

The MABC delegation is comprised of more than 50 senior executives from BC’s mining and supplier operations, representing most of BC’s operating mines and an industry worth more than $9 billion in gross revenue.  Together, the delegation represents a critical economic driver and job creator for BC. 

“The mining industry,” noted Karina Briño, MABC’s President and CEO, “is a proud contributor to the BC economy and the high standard of quality of life that we have all come to expect in BC.  It is not just the backbone of resource communities all across the province,” said Briño, “but also the vibrant cities and economic centres, such as Vancouver where many mining companies call home.  Mining Day at the legislature is an opportunity to celebrate this industry and what it represents to the province and people of BC”.

Mining Day at the Legislature kicked off with a keynote address to the delegation from Minister Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines, at the industry breakfast event. 

"It gives me great pleasure to recognize today as Mining Day at the BC Legislature, with the MABC," said Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review. "Mining has provided well-paying family-supporting jobs for over one hundred years and is even more important today to our province than it was decades ago. The success of our BC Jobs Plan will depend in large part on the growth of the industry and so it is an honour for me and my cabinet and caucus colleagues to help celebrate this important industry today."

Breakfast is followed by meetings with elected representatives and senior bureaucrats to discuss the issues impacting the industry and how industry and government can work together to ensure a healthy and sustainable mining industry in BC for generations to come.   More than 60 of the 85 members of the legislative assembly are participating in meetings with MABC delegates, recognizing the value and importance of the mining industry.

Later in the day, MABC will be hosting a luncheon where Pierre Lebel, Chairman of Imperial Metals Inc. and MABC’s 2012 Mining Person of the Year, will address approximately 150 industry and government representatives.

This is the first time MABC has hosted the event since 2007 and due to an overwhelming level of interest expects this will become a signature annual event.

“The BC mining industry is poised to build on its past strength and continue to be an economic engine for British Columbia.  We look forward”, Briño concluded, “to continuing the discussion about how this important industry can continue to help grow a prosperous British Columbia”.

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About MABC

MABC represents companies involved in the exploration and development, mining and smelting of minerals, metals, coal and industrial minerals in British Columbia. It is regarded as the pre-eminent voice of mining in the province.

For more information:

Cailey Murphy

Director, Communications and External Affairs
604-681-4321 ext. 103