May 9th, 2018 ~ Vol. 89 No. 19
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Month-long mining celebration
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
The mining industry and workforce will be celebrated all throughout British Columbia for the entire month of May.

This month-long celebration recognizes the important role the mining industry plays in communities throughout the province.

"We will use that entire month to get out there and talk to British Columbians about what this industry has contributed, what it is contributing now and what those incredible opportunities are for us to continue to contribute. It's really about telling the story and engaging with British Columbians about how interconnected our economy is and how much the mining industry truly does touch every single community in the province, even if some people might not see it," says Bryan Cox, President and CEO of the Mining Association of British Columbia. "We are an industry that touches every single corner of the province. We are Canada's largest producer of copper, largest exporter of steel-making coal, second largest producer of silver, so we are a very important player in the world of mining globally and have really great operations."

B.C.'s mining industry touches Albertans as well, with a number of local workers employed at B.C. mines or suppliers providing services.
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"It's not a B.C. story, it's a Canadian story and I think it servers us all to recognize the ties that bind our jurisdictions together, realize how interconnected we are and that the success of one jurisdiction helps the success of another," says Cox. "Mining is one of those great industries that shows how connected we are as Canadians and how connected our economy is. When an industry like mining is strong, we all benefit. It goes back to that network of suppliers. There are certainly many direct jobs that come to the Crowsnest Pass, but also with the supplier community, many of those come from all over the province."

Previously, mining was celebrated during B.C. Mining Week that usually took place at the beginning of May, but the Mining Association of British Columbia decided to extend it to an entire month for the first time this year.

"Over the years, we've seen B.C. Mining Week and the events that were happening around it growing so organically and falling outside the week because communities were really taking the opportunity to organize events celebrating the industry," says Cox. "When we started looking at Mining Week coming up, I thought, well, we really need a month. We're a foundational industry to the province, we deliver so much to every single corner and British Columbians want to talk about it."
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Community events will be taking place all across the province, with local fairs, a reception highlighting women in mining, Teck's annual celebrity pie throw on May 24, Family Fun Day at the Britannia Mine Museum and other enticing activities during the celebration.

A ceremony honouring the Mining Person of the Year took place on May 1. This year, the award was bestowed on Dr. Robert Quartermain, Executive Chairman of Pretivm Resources for the work he did in leading the Brucejack Mine to get into production.

Closer to Crowsnest Pass, Sparwood will host a Mining Month Luncheon on May 10 and a Mining Month BBQ on May 30. In Cranbrook, the Chamber of Commerce Luncheon where Cox will deliver an address will take place on May 15 and from May 14 to May 17, Teck will be offering mine tours at the operations in the Elk Valley.

For a complete list of events, visit events.mining.bc.ca.
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