Mining Month 2021

As a foundational industry that helped build our province’s cities and towns—and is now essential to build electric vehicle, iPhones and clean technology—innovation has always been key to our success. 

Throughout Mining Month, we will take the opportunity to share stories of innovation and change within our industry, in the past, the present and future. We will highlight the exceptional people, ideas and technologies that have advanced our industry, and with it, British Columbia. We will also peer into the future, where today’s innovation and technology is reducing environmental impacts, enhancing operational efficiency and generating more sustainable value creation for all British Columbians. 

During May we will show how BC’s mining industry is playing a leadership role in providing the minerals and metals the world needs to transition to a cleaner, low carbon future; mining sustainably and safely; and advancing economic reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. And we will demonstrate how our industry is embracing Innovation as the world pivots to a lower carbon future with greater emphasis on environmental, social and governance performance.   

New to Mining Month, MABC is hosting a series of online, lunchtime, panel discussions with industry experts focused on Innovation and ESG, including: 

Diversity and Inclusion in Mining – Wednesday, May 5  - 12 noon to 1:00 pm

Through a partnership with Women in Mining BC, this timely panel discussion features BC mining leaders who will share their experience and perspectives on increasing diversity and inclusion at the mine site, in the C-suite and the boardroom. Fiona Famulak, President and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce will moderate. Panelists include: 

  • Tara Hassan, Vice President, Corporate Development, SilverCrest Metals 
  • Bob Quartermain, Founder and Former Chairman, Pretium Resources 
  • Christy Smith, Vice President, Indigenous & Stakeholder Engagement, Falkirk Environmental Consultants    

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Environmental Innovation and Decarbonization in Mining – Wednesday, May 12 - 12 noon to 1:00 pm 

Join industry experts and thought leaders for an informative discussion on how our industry is reducing its carbon footprint and preparing for the net zero mine. Moderated by Hayley Woodin, Executive Editor, Business in Vancouver. Panelists include: 

  • Ali G. Madiseh, Assistant Professor, Canadian Research Chair in Advanced Mine Energy Systems, Norman B Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
  • Scott Maloney, Vice President Environment, Teck Resources 
  • Patrick Marshall, Vice President of Product Development, MacLean Engineering
  • Merran Smith, Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada

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Indigenous Peoples in Mining – Wednesday, May 19 - 12 noon to 1:00 pm

Knowledge keepers and subject matter experts will discuss reconciliation, UNDRIP and what’s required to advance meaningful relationships and partnerships to achieve shared objectives between Indigenous peoples and Industry. Dave Nikolejsin, Strategic Advisor, McCarthy Tetrault will moderate. Panelists include:

  • Mark Podlasly, Director of Economic Policy and Initiatives, First Nations Major Projects Coalition
  • Justin Himmelright, Vice President, Sustainability, Skeena Resources
  • Nalaine Morin, Principal, Arrowblade Consulting

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These panels are complimentary, and we anticipate they will fill up fast. Please go to our registration page to book your spot.  

Traditional Mining Month events will take place online, including PwC’s annual BC mining report and our President’s annual keynote address hosted by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.

Throughout May we will also join with our industry partners in support of the Mining for Miracles’ Pie Throw, the AME Awards Gala, the Smither’s Exploration Group’s Mining Panel, the Kamloops Exploration Group’s Prospector Showcase, the Geoscience BC and AME Mineral Projects Webinar, and the popular MineralsEd Virtual Scavenger Hunt.

Keep an eye on our social channels (TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook) throughout the month, where we’ll highlight the innovative spirit that has led BC to become a leading global mining centre.

Click here to check out the various events happening during May and join us during Mining Month.