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Native participation, technical innovation to be highlighted at AME Roundup 2020

by Greg Klein | January 13, 2020

Reconciliation’s sudden prominence sometimes gives the issue a flavour-of-the-month aspect. But it’s a commitment that’s hardly new to the Association for Mineral Exploration. Continuing the work of past years, Roundup 2020 presents an example of native engagement through several presentations, discussions and speakers. That’s one of the topics that bring together indigenous communities, geoscience professionals, company executives, government reps, academics, students and something like 6,500 attendees from 37 countries at one of the industry’s most significant global events.

Native participation, technical innovation to be highlighted at AME Roundup 2020

Native music and ceremonies help
set the ambience for AME Roundup.

Roundup also places precious metals, base metals and energy minerals under scrutiny, both from geological and market perspectives. Recognizing the utility of good hard cash, the challenges of finance and capital markets come up for discussion.

Popular features like the Core Shack, Prospectors’ Tent and Project Generators’ Hub return, as does the annual AME Awards Gala that celebrates some standout success stories. Social events bring networking opportunities while the Exhibit Hall showcases miners, explorers, support industries and the new technology that’s taking mining into the future.

Over 650 companies involved in exploration, development and mining operations will take part, along with over 100 reps from governments, geological surveys and first nations.

Innovation is the emphasis of this year’s theme, Lens on Discovery. Artificial intelligence and machine learning provide some of the tools and techniques opening new opportunities in discovery, development and production.

Among many native-related events will be Tahltan: A History. Mining Hall of Fame inductee Jerry Asp and Tahltan central government president Chad Day will relate the band’s experience with mining and exploration, including the “trials and tribulations encountered along the way” as the Tahltan became industry leaders.

And Gathering Place returns, once again promising the exchange of a wide range of views on native issues.

Another priority will be youth, with several events intended to interest kids, teens and young adults in mining-related careers.

Two days of short courses precede Roundup, while the event ends with a TMX live market close.

Roundup 2020 takes place from January 20 to 23 at the Vancouver Convention Centre East. Click here for more info.

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