Vancouver, Canada – January 25, 2022 – The final day of the AME BC Roundup Conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre was a showcase of ingenuity and forward-thinking in the mining sector. With a focus ranging from the intricacies of gold-rich porphyry deposits to the pressing issues of environmental and social governance, the conference underlined the mining industry’s diverse and evolving landscape.
The day began with a comprehensive session on Gold-Rich Porphyry Deposits, led by David Cooke from the University of Tasmania’s CODES program. Cooke’s presentation delved into the key characteristics of Au-rich porphyry deposits, providing valuable insights with examples from both British Columbia and Australia. He emphasized the geodynamic settings crucial for sub-province selection, highlighting the importance of mineralogical features and their relationship to geophysical signatures at a district scale. Attendees gained a deeper understanding of the geochemical and mineralogical associations vital for rock type, alteration assemblage characterization, and fertility assessment.
The Environmental, Social, and Governance session opened with remarks from Deb Bryant of ERM. The session featured an impressive lineup of speakers, each bringing unique perspectives to the table. Natalie Cook from Galore Creek Mining Corporation and Cooper Quinn of CO2 Lock Corp discussed social responsibility and climate change mitigation in mineral exploration, respectively.
Kay Jollymore from Kleanza Consulting Ltd. shared best practices for heritage collaboration, while Deanna Higginson of Two Worlds Consulting outlined principles for fostering better relationships and projects. Jill Tsolinas, the Executive Director of CTEM, and Dana Imbeault from the Mining Industry Human Resources Council, focused on workforce skills development. Lynda Smithard of McCue Engineering Contractors, the AME Robert Hedley Award recipient, explored the value of clean water in the mining industry.
The bustling Exhibit Hall, described as the heart and soul of the conference, was back to full capacity. The hum of energy and conversation filled the air as attendees walked through the exhibits. The Poster Display, Canada’s premier venue for applied mineral deposit and exploration geoscience research, hosted presenters from leading research organizations.
The regional focus session featured Pierre Landry of SLR Consulting, who set the stage with opening remarks. The session included insights from Matt Dumala of Archer, Cathro & Associates, and Robin Tolbert from Northisle Copper and Gold Inc., who discussed the Northwest Expo Porphyry Related Copper-Gold Deposit. C. Paul Jago of Pacific Ridge Exploration Ltd., Steve Israel of Goliath Resources, Thomas Mumford of Scottie Resources, Thomas Branson of Snowline Gold, and Jack Milton of Fireweed Metals also shared their valuable experiences and recent project developments.
Farewell Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
A farewell pizza lunch in the Exhibit Hall offered attendees a chance to network one last time and bid farewell to the exhibitors. It was a fitting end to a conference that not only highlighted the current state of the mining industry but also paved the way for future developments and collaborations.
Closing Ceremony and Market Close
The AME Roundup 2024 concluded on a high note, featuring noteworthy addresses from Hon. Josie Osborne, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, and Andy Creech, Managing Director of TSXV Listings at the TSX Venture Exchange. Their engaging and insightful speeches added significant value to the event. Andy Creech’s profound knowledge and insights on TSXV listings particularly resonated with those in attendance. The conference wrapped up with a ceremonial closing led by the Chair of the AME Board of Directors, who took a moment to reflect on the enlightening and eventful past four days. The finale was marked by the ceremonial closing of the market on the Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange, symbolizing a triumphant conclusion to the AME BC Roundup Conference.
The AME BC Roundup Conference’s final day was a testament to the dynamic and multifaceted nature of the mining industry, emphasizing innovation, sustainability, and collaboration as key drivers for the future.