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Mining Industry Leaders Meet in Victoria to Discuss Responsible Mining

March 24, 2015

VICTORIA, B.C. – On March 24th more than 65 representatives from the B.C. mining industry, including representatives from the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC), the Mining Suppliers Association of B.C. and the Association of Mineral Exploration of B.C., coalesced in Victoria to meet with government officials as part of Mining Day at the Legislature 2015.

Organized by MABC, Mining Day at the Legislature is an opportunity for industry and government representatives to come together to discuss the challenges facing the sector and identify responsible opportunities for growth.

 “This is an important opportunity to bring together operators, industry partners and legislators to discuss a path towards prosperity for all British Columbians”, commented Karina Briño, President and CEO of the Mining Association of B.C.  The B.C. mining industry is comprised of global leaders in responsible resource development.  We are here to share our story and our commitment to safety, sustainability and continuous improvement”.

Minister Bill Bennett stated, “a thriving mining sector is essential for building a strong and diverse economy in our province and a successful mining sector relies on successful partnerships—partnerships between industry, government, communities and First Nations. It is through these partnerships that we will continue to make B.C. a mining success story and I’m happy that today our government is celebrating and supporting our partnership with this important industry.”

The MABC delegation is comprised of senior executives from B.C.’s mining and supplier operations, representing most of B.C.’s operating mines and an industry worth more than $8.5 billion in gross revenue and approximately 10,000 jobs, across every region of the province.  Together, the delegation represents a critical economic driver and job creator for B.C.

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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.   In 2013, B.C. mines invested capital expenditures worth $1.7 billion and made total payments to governments and government agencies amounting to $511 million.  The mining industry directly employs 11,000 British Columbians across every region of the province.