Big Event Northern Mining and Exploration Expo returns to The Mac.
Mark Prior, The Daily Presshttp://www.thedailypress.ca/ArticleDisp ... ?e=3552033
The Big Event Northern Mining and Exploration Expo is getting bigger yet again for 2012 ... can you dig it?
The expo has 400 confirmed exhibits and expects and attendance of 10,000 for this year’s event.
With the theme of mining is your future with opportunity for all, the event will take place May 16 and 17 at the McIntyre Community Centre, Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. And Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The main partners of the project all met and revealed the itinerary for this year’s event.
Glenn Dredhart, expo show manager for Canadian Tradex is impressed at how the show has grown over the years.
“I’m so proud of this show and what it achieves,” he said. “The event started small scale and it just keeps growing. And as it’s growing, we’re learning and listening to what our clients have to say. Timmins is known as Canada’s gold capital.”
Don Gagnon, senior vice-president of operations for Lake Shore Gold, expressed his amazement in the growth of the mining industry, specifically in Timmins.
“If you look at Lake Shore Gold and the area, in 2009 we were 70 people and today as we speak we are 200 people between the two mines and the mill, which is roughly 500 full-time employees and the rest of them are contracted employees, mostly local,” he said.
“We spend nearly $30 million in exploration yearly and we feel like we can keep going.
“We are proud of this event because it highlights our industry and the city.”
Gagnon explained the need to reach out to possible future employees.
“We are also looking to recruit people at this event and the competition will also, we can all be in one room and discuss technology, the equipment required, make contacts and talk to the youth,” Gagnon said.
“Hopefully the schools will organize something to bring the youth so we can show them the opportunities in the industry.
“It’s not all about the need for miners, we need engineers, geologist, nurses, accountants, lawyers and we need everything in our industry. Events like this will help us get to our goals.”
The 100th Anniversary of the City of Timmins celebrations will be honouring the mining industry as the grand opening ceremony will begin Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
All three parking lots surrounding the MacIntyre Complex will be filled up with heavy mining and construction equipment with a giant indoor Tradex featuring more than 400 suppliers from around the world in the arena and curling club.
A temporary pavilion is to be established to accommodate the access of exhibits.
A new component this year will be the mining career aspect, which is to include an education and training fair. More than 39 mining and exploration companies, universities and colleges, equipment training providers and job placement companies are expected to be present to inform those in attendance of the apparent opportunities in the mining industry.
On Wednesday, manufacturers and service groups have an opportunity to meet with 25 Quebec firms in a one-on-one meeting fashion at the MacIntyre Ballroom from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., followed by the Jackleg competition registration at 11:30 a.m. and actual contest which begins at noon. A ladies Jackleg competition is scheduled to commence at 1 p.m. followed by a “King Jackleg” competition with professionals from 2-5 p.m.A novice course on how to become a licensed prospector will begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday.
Mayor Tom Laughren shared his thoughts on the event and joked around with his infamous Jackleg contest mishap last year.
“This is a huge show for us and I congratulate Glenn and his group because this is all about having Timmins look good and making that first impression,” he said. “I have ringer ready to go in case I’m not able to make it. “If I’m going to challenge other mayors, I think I need to read more of the rules because last year I actually got disqualified for drilling through.”
Thursday’s events will feature an exploration investment PowerPoint seminars with the Top 10 Northern Ontario exploration companies in the McIntyre Auditorium from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Craig MacFarland will have a speaking session at 1 p.m.
Regular advance registration as well as complimentary pass for miners and their families are available for the entire event is available at the website http://www.canadianminingexpo.com