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Caught on camera: AME Roundup wraps up with over 6,100 attendees from 38 countries

January 24th, 2020

by Greg Klein | January 24, 2020

Another successful four-day event came to a close as the Association for Mineral Exploration Roundup Conference ended its 37th annual meeting on January 23. As one of the world’s top exploration-related events, Roundup attracted miners, suppliers, executives, experts, explorers and community representatives for a variety of programs that emphasized innovation and engagement.

This year’s theme, Lens on Discovery, brought to light new tools and techniques to uncover the deposits of tomorrow. Over 300 companies shared the Exhibit Hall with popular Roundup attractions like the Innovation Stage and Hub, Project Generators’ Hub, Core Shack and Prospectors’ Tent.

Gathering Place continued an AME tradition of encouraging dialogue between industry and natives. Among this year’s noteworthy presentations, Tahltan – A History related the band’s “exploration and mining history, trials and tribulations encountered along the way and how they have come to be leaders in the industry.”

The annual Awards Gala feted winners in 11 categories, showing the wide range of achievement necessary to supply the world with commodities luxurious, useful or essential. As AME chairperson Rob McLeod noted, “From exploration to finance, safety to sustainability, our members continue to make positive contributions to mineral exploration and mine development around the world.”

Roundup returns from January 18 to 21, 2021.


AME Roundup wraps up with 6,190 attendees from 38 countries

Innovation and engagement took priority at the four-day conference.


AME Roundup wraps up with 6,190 attendees from 38 countries

As usual, drill core came under intense scrutiny.


AME Roundup wraps up with 6,190 attendees from 38 countries

Exhibits displayed the work of budding explorers.


AME Roundup wraps up with 6,190 attendees from 38 countries

With each additional glass, the official beverage of geoscientists seemed to brighten industry prospects.


Kendra Johnston of the Association for Mineral Exploration acknowledges the work of Geoscience BC

January 22nd, 2020

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

January 13th, 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.

Conrad Black to address the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference in January

November 29th, 2019

by Greg Klein | November 29, 2019

Conrad Black to speak at the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference in January

Conrad Black

He was born rich, made himself richer, built a media empire, lost a media empire, wrote history, made history, disrupted Canadian journalism, got thrown into prison and returned as one of Canada’s most compelling social and political commentators.

That’s his short-form CV in one long sentence. But Conrad Black’s a writer who likes long sentences. He’s also a public speaker who’ll be appearing at the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference, held January 19 and 20.

This will be an opportunity to hear an uncategorizable voice in Canadian public discourse, with perspectives on a number of issues that affect resource industries. He’ll head a lineup of over 60 speakers including Rick Rule, Frank Holmes, Marin Katusa and Brent Cook, among others. Over 350 exhibitors and 9,000 investors are expected to attend.

The conference takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre West from January 19 to 20. Click here for more info on VRIC 2020.

VRIC conveniently overlaps the Association for Mineral Exploration’s Roundup 2020, held next door at the Vancouver Convention Centre East from January 20 to 23. Click here for more info on AME Roundup 2020.

Read Conscription, colonization, a gold-backed buck: Some Conrad Black remedies for Canada.

Association for Mineral Exploration names 2018 award winners as Roundup approaches

December 6th, 2018

by Greg Klein | December 6, 2018

As Roundup approaches, the Association for Mineral Exploration names 2018 award winners

The Chidliak discovery brings another potential diamond mine to Canada’s Arctic.
(Photo: De Beers)


Mine finders, financiers and builders will be honoured, but so will others including educators and a gold panner, as well as leaders in social and environmental responsibility and in health and safety. It takes a wide range of abilities to supply the world with the stuff we need and the Association for Mineral Exploration recognizes diverse achievements in its Celebration of Excellence awards. Winners were announced on December 6 in advance of AME’s annual Roundup conference scheduled for January 28 to 31 in Vancouver.

As Roundup approaches, the Association for Mineral Exploration names 2018 award winners

Yukon Dan Moore shares an award with geologist
and social responsibility practitioner Peter Bradshaw.

Al McOnie, Seymour Iles and Jared Chipman of Alexco Resource TSX:AXR win the 2018 H.H. “Spud” Huestis Award for Excellence in Prospecting and Mineral Exploration. The trio gets credit for the recent discovery and delineation of over 60 million silver ounces in the Flame & Moth and Bermingham deposits in Yukon’s Keno Hill Silver District.

John McCluskey wins the Murray Pezim Award for Perseverance and Success in Financing Mineral Exploration. McCluskey played a crucial role in acquiring, financing and encouraging the discoveries of La India (Grayd Resources, bought out by Agnico Eagle Mines TSX:AEM in 2012), Mulatos (Alamos Gold TSX:AGI) and Kemess East (AuRico Metals, acquired by Centerra Gold TSX:CG in January), as well as his ongoing success as CEO of Alamos.

Eric Friedland, executive chairperson of Peregrine Diamonds (acquired by De Beers in September), Geoff Woad, former head of world diamond exploration for BHP Billiton NYSE:BHP and Brooke Clements, former Peregrine president, win the Hugo Dummett Award for Excellence in Diamond Exploration and Development for their part in discovering the Chidliak Diamond Province in Nunavut.

Tom Henricksen wins the Colin Spence Award for Excellence in Global Mineral Exploration  for “outstanding contributions to mineral discovery, and being involved in some monumental discoveries and/or acquisitions across the world.”

Matt Andrews and Monica Moretto win the Robert R. Hedley Award for Excellence in Social and Environmental Responsibility for their work with Pan American Silver TSX:PAAS.

Paycore Drilling wins the David Barr Award for Excellence in Leadership and Innovation in Mineral Exploration Health and Safety for the Paycore crew’s rescue operation following a helicopter crash.

Yukon Dan Moore and Peter Bradshaw share the Gold Pan Award for separate endeavours demonstrating “exceptional meritorious service to the mineral exploration community.”

As Roundup approaches, the Association for Mineral Exploration names 2018 award winners

Norman Keevil’s award honours his achievements
in B.C. and adjacent parts of the Cordillera.
(Photo: Teck Resources)

J. Greg Dawson and Victoria Yehl win the Frank Woodside Award for Distinguished Service to AME and/or Mineral Exploration for achievements that include Dawson’s research in land use planning and Yehl’s work as an AME organizer.

AME’s 2019 Outreach Education Fund grants $10,000 each to two groups: MineralsEd for the Kids & Rocks Classroom Workshop, and Britannia Mine Museum for its Education Program.

Norman Keevil, chairperson emeritus/special adviser for Teck Resources TSX:TECK.A/TSX:TECK.B and author of Never Rest on Your Ores: Building a Mining Company, One Stone at a Time, wins a Special Tribute for his achievements and contributions to exploration, discovery and development.

Congratulating the winners, AME chairperson ‘Lyn Anglin said, “The theme of AME’s 2019 Roundup conference is Elements for Discovery and these individuals and teams, through their remarkable efforts in elements of exploration, development and outreach, have generated discoveries and advancements which will bring benefits to the many diverse communities throughout British Columbia and Canada.”

Winners will be feted at the January 30 Awards Gala, part of AME Roundup from January 28 to 31 at the Vancouver Convention Centre East. Two days of short courses precede the event. Discounted early bird registration remains open until 4:00 p.m. December 14. Click here to register.

Read more about AME’s Celebration of Excellence award winners and their achievements.

Jonathan Buchanan of the Association for Mineral Exploration comments on B.C.’s substantial increase in activity

March 29th, 2018

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B.C. explorers boost spending for first time since 2012

March 5th, 2018

by Greg Klein | March 5, 2018

Despite a bad year for wildfires, it’s British Columbia’s first mineral exploration spending increase in four years and a substantial increase at that. The sector spent over $41 million more in 2017 than the previous year, a 20% jump to total $246 million province-wide. Most of the activity took place in two regions, with the northwestern Golden Triangle accounting for more than $11 million of the $41-million increase, showing a regional total of $82 million. In the southern Interior’s Cariboo, exploration increased by $19 million, 70% more than in 2016.

The data comes from the second annual British Columbia mineral and coal exploration survey released at PDAC on March 5 by EY, B.C.’s Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, and the Association for Mineral Exploration. Twenty prospectors and 175 companies contributed responses.

“Although still considerably down from the peak years of 2011-12, there is cause for optimism that the upward trend will continue given the outlook for continued price stability, an overall strengthening of global market sentiment towards exploration, improvements in the capital markets for financing mineral and coal exploration, and a more favourable future market outlook,” the report stated.

The 2017 bleak spot was the province’s northeast, where exploration plunged 75% to $2.4 million last year, mostly due to diminished demand for Peace district coal.

Diamond drilling in B.C. more than doubled from 300,000 metres in 2016 to over 600,000 metres last year, accounting for 37% of total exploration spending.

Although the report cautions that it’s too early for a conclusion, the results seem to indicate the province has set a “reset” button on the mining cycle, as projects advance through the early stages. Grassroots work accounted for 41% of activity in 2016 but only 23% in 2017. Instead, last year saw an increase to 60% of exploration at the early and advanced levels, described by the report as the two stages following grassroots and preceding stages four and five: mine evaluation and mine lease.

The quest for gold accounted for 87%, or $37 million, of the province’s $41-million increase. Silver exploration spending more than doubled to $9.8 million, while zinc saw a nearly 50% leap to $8.2 million.

“It’s reassuring to see exploration spending returning to B.C., particularly as resource depletion returns to the list of industry risks,” commented AME director of corporate affairs Jonathan Buchanan. “We’re also encouraged to hear survey respondents remain committed to working with First Nations when sourcing new resource deposits to ensure benefits extend to the local or surrounding communities.”

Noting that the province’s mining revenues are “expected to approach $9 billion annually,” Gordon Clarke of the B.C. Mineral Development Office added, “It’s important to identify new development opportunities and encourage the continued development of a robust exploration industry.”

Among other encouraging signs for the sector, a November PricewaterhouseCoopers report pronounced an increase in market caps, financings, M&A and IPOs for TSXV-listed mining/exploration companies.

Download the British Columbia mineral and coal exploration survey 2017.

Wanted: Your input

January 5th, 2018

Geoscience B.C. seeks stakeholders’ advice to help guide its future

by Greg Klein

Often forgotten in the quest for the next big discovery are the wide-ranging advantages of learning more about planet Earth. With a mandate to gather intel for the public domain, Geoscience B.C. has undertaken about 160 projects studying British Columbia’s portion of the planet and what lies beneath its surface. Now the non-profit’s reaching out to the public for guidance on its upcoming five-year strategic plan.

Geoscience B.C. seeks stakeholders’ advice to help guide its future

In addition to smaller-scale and often innovative surveys,
Geoscience B.C.’s regional programs have covered vast swaths
of British Columbia. (Photo: Geoscience B.C.)

Late last month the organization began a three-part program comprising an online survey, focus groups and phone interviews “to get as much feedback as possible on how we’re doing and what sort of work people think we should be doing over the coming years,” says director of external relations Richard Truman. “We want to make sure we’re heading in the right direction and the work we’re doing is answering the right questions for people.

“Most of our funding is public funding and our core funding comes from the province of B.C.,” he adds. “I think it’s important to show we’re delivering good value and therefore we have to demonstrate that we’re answering the questions people have, whether they’re indigenous leaders, someone from a mining company or someone from the oil and gas companies. That’s one of the ways we demonstrate our value as an organization.”

The results will help guide the organization’s next five-year plan expected by April.

The easiest way to take part comes through an online survey that takes about eight minutes to complete. But don’t put this off. The survey closes January 26.

Interested in taking part in a short phone interview? You can submit your name to to talk with a Geoscience B.C. researcher.

Finally, there’s a series of focus groups tentatively scheduled for seven cities, with registration available through the following links:

The one non-B.C. event heads beyond the Rockies to hear from Calgary-based companies active in the northeastern oil patch.

As for the focus groups, they’re expected to attract governments at three levels, “municipal governments especially because they tend to use our information in their land planning process or to try to bring investment into their areas, especially in the north of B.C.,” Truman explains.

[Native groups are] interested in land planning and, on the oil and gas side, figuring out where water use might be appropriate or not for fracking. Or on the minerals side, where mineral deposits might be so they can decide whether future development might be appropriate and whether they want to be involved.—Richard Truman

Other participants will include native groups. “They’re usually interested for reasons similar to the municipal governments,” he adds. “They’re interested in land planning and, on the oil and gas side, figuring out where water use might be appropriate or not for fracking. Or on the minerals side, where mineral deposits might be so they can decide whether future development might be appropriate and whether they want to be involved.

“There’s academia as well, because we’re funding a lot of the work they do, and they have some good ideas about what we should be doing. And then you have the resource sectors themselves, minerals and mining, oil and gas, and we work on geothermal energy too. Generally speaking, those are the core people who show interest in what we do, so we want to hear from them about whether we’re headed in the right direction.”

Certainly the organization’s 160 projects so far show ambitious, even innovative undertakings. “At any time we’ve got an awful lot going on,” Truman notes. One project that’s just finished is Search Phase III, a helicopter-borne magnetic and radiometric survey that covered 9,600 square kilometres flying at an unusually low 80 metres above ground.

Targeting west-central B.C. regions, the earlier phases flew 24,000 square kilometres and 6,700 square kilometres respectively. Phase III extended the study eastward.

Results will be announced on January 23 at AME Roundup 2018, the Association for Mineral Exploration conference held in Vancouver this year from January 22 to 25. With the data likely complementing this year’s theme of New Generation of Discovery, Geoscience B.C. intends to “present the results with some analysis to give people an idea of what they can actually do with this information.”

Back to the survey, participants have three ways to take part but, Truman emphasizes, the online questionnaire ends January 26.

Read more about Geoscience B.C. and its Search program.

Read more about AME Roundup 2018, to be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre West from January 22 to 25.

Saskatchewan Mining Association chairperson Jessica Theriault signals “growing leadership role of women in mining”

May 25th, 2017

by Greg Klein | May 25, 2017

The director of environmental affairs for The Mosaic Company NYSE:MOS, Jessica Theriault has been elected to lead the Saskatchewan Mining Association board. A former SMA director and member of its environment committee, she has an environmental engineering degree and MBA from the University of Regina, along with 19 years of environmental experience in Saskatchewan potash mining.

Saskatchewan Mining Association chairperson Jessica Theriault signals “growing leadership role of women in mining”

Jessica Theriault

Theriault succeeds Neil McMillan, who serves as chairperson of Cameco Corp TSX:CCO.

“Given the importance of mining to the Saskatchewan and Canadian economies, and the strength of our industry’s reputation, my focus as chair will be to ensure that we continue to deliver, but also drive improvements across the sector,” said Theriault.

Elected as SMA vice-chairperson was Tammy Van Lambalgen, VP of corporate affairs and general counsel for AREVA Resources Canada.

Although the SMA already has a female president in Pamela Schwann, the association noted that Theriault will be the first woman to lead its board. Her election, along with that of Van Lambalgen, “represents a significant milestone in signalling the growing leadership role of women in mining,” the SMA stated. “It also shines a light on the diversity of rewarding careers for women in the mining sector in Saskatchewan, home to global mining and exploration companies and the top jurisdiction in the world for attracting mineral investment according to the annual Fraser Institute Survey of Mining Companies.”

The news follows last week’s appointment of Edie Thome as president/CEO of the British Columbia-based Association for Mineral Exploration, which already had a female chairperson in Diane Nicolson. But in 2002, when the position of AME president was voluntary and the executive director was the staff lead position, Shari Gardiner served as president.

That province lost a prominent female industry spokesperson in April, however, when Karina Briño stepped down as B.C. Mining Association president/CEO to take on a mining role in her native Chile.

Earlier this month Saskatchewan mining companies pledged $1 million to the International Minerals Innovation Institute to help encourage greater employment of women and natives in the industry.

Edie Thome takes the helm at the Association for Mineral Exploration

May 16th, 2017

by Greg Klein | May 16, 2017

A new leader from outside mining but with a highly complementary background nonetheless, Edie Thome joins the Association for Mineral Exploration as president/CEO on June 19.

Edie Thome takes the helm at the Association for Mineral Exploration

Edie Thome

She “brings a wealth of experience in government relations, permitting and public affairs as well as on-the-ground experience working with stakeholders, First Nations, elected officials and land owners on projects in the resource sector,” AME announced. “Through her work, she is familiar with advocacy efforts at both the provincial and federal levels and, specifically, how the legislative and regulatory framework can support or hinder productive, responsible resource development within British Columbia and Canada.”

Most recently she’s been BC Hydro’s director of environment, permitting and compliance, aboriginal relations and public affairs, holding those responsibilities for the Site C dam megaproject. Previous roles included risk management, environment, operations and customer service for BC Hydro, as well as VP of customer service, airport operations and corporate communications for Harmony Airways. Since 2014 Thome has chaired the non-profit Canadian Hydropower Association.

Welcoming her, AME chairperson Diane Nicolson said, “With her experience in stakeholder engagement and government affairs as well as association management, she is well-positioned to lead AME as it continues to work with First Nations, local communities and government in ensuring mineral discoveries can be advanced and developed into new mines, providing important economic opportunities here in British Columbia and around the world.”

Thome replaces Gavin C. Dirom, who leaves to pursue other opportunities. In a February statement announcing his departure, Nicolson thanked him for eight years of service, “especially through the prolonged downturn and into the current recovery in the industry. Under Gavin’s leadership, AME has been a stabilizing factor and a strong advocate for mineral exploration and development.”

AME represents over 415 corporate and 4,200 individual members active in B.C. and internationally.