Geoscience Forum The Chamber organizes the Geoscience Forum, the largest northern minerals conference ‘North of 60’ each November. Held in Yellowknife, the GeoScience Forum provides an opportunity for the industry to catch up on mining and exploration developments, new geological research results, and issues the north is facing. The Forum provides a venue for sharing new ideas in the minerals industry, new sites being discovered, and what new technologies are being developed. Events include informative talks and meetings, a trade show, and lots of opportunities for conference networking. Web Page
Nunavut Mining Symposium The Chamber also participates in the organization of the Nunavut Mining Symposium held annually in Iqaluit, Nunavut. This Symposium attracts representatives professionals from Inuit organizations, regulatory agencies, various levels of government, and exploration and mining companies. Events include conference sessions, a one-day trade show, hospitality suites, entertainment, and a gala dinner and awards evening to celebrate the mining and exploration industry in Nunavut. Web Page
NWT Mining Week Mining Week in Yellowknife is a promotional event sponsored by the Chamber, to celebrate our industry with the public. Held during the second week of June each year, Mining Week allows us to show the public some of what we do and how our industry benefits Northerners and Canadians in general. Combined with the Annual Mine Rescue Competition, events include gold panning, and our BBQ picnic to be held June 2, 2018. It’s a fun time with lots of events for young and old alike.
In 2017, the NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines announced the inaugural 2017 MAX Awards recipients, recognized for their excellence in mining and exploration in the Northwest Territories. MAX Award recipients have all played an enormous role in responsible and successful resource development; generating opportunities and demonstrating leadership in their respective categories. Their contributions include finding and developing resources, engaging with the public and governments, ensuring Indigenous participation, creating jobs and business benefits, and training northerners, all of which adds to the well-being of the Northwest Territories. Recipients of the 2017 MAX Awards were:
- Distinguished Service – Aurora Geosciences
- Economic Leadership – Ekati Diamond Mine and Diavik Diamond Mine
- Environmental & Social Responsibility – Diavik Diamond Mine and TerraX Minerals
- Indigenous Achievement Awards – Joe Rabesca and Darrell Beaulieu
- Special Achievement Awards – Mine Training Society and Altaf Lakhani
The 2017 MAX Awards selection and celebration is a partnership of the Chamber of Mines and the Government of the Northwest Territories. The 2017 MAX Awards coincided with the Chamber of Mines’ 50th anniversary and the 45th Annual Geoscience Forum, and were presented Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife.
Pictured are (left to right) Gary Vivian (Aurora Geosciences), Patrick Evans (TerraX Minerals), Chantal Lavoie (Dominion Diamond), Darrell Beaulieu (Denendeh Investments Incorporated), Al Harman (Mine Training Society), Rebecca Alty (Diavik), Jessica Kozian (Diavik), and Altaf Lakhani (Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency. Far right is Wally Schumann, Government of the Northwest Territories Minister of Industry, Tourism, and Investment, who spoke and presented at the event held in Yellowknife. The awards were sponsored by the NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines and the Government of the Northwest Territories. Joe Rabesca, Tlicho Government, was unable to attend and is missing from photo.