The trade show times for Minerals South 2017 which is "Open to the General Public" are as follows.

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 (10:00 AM - 4:30 PM)

Thursday, November 9th, 2017 (10:00 AM - 3:45 PM)

The final speakers list and schedule is now available for download.  You can download by clicking HERE.

In the interest of public safety, effective at noon Pacific Time on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, all Crown land within the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District is closed to public access due to the extreme fire danger rating, the number of unprecedented aggressive wildfires throughout the region and moderate winds forecasted over the next few days.

For more information, please click HERE.

Dr. Brian Chatterton, an expert on paleontology is giving a lecture on the Trilobites of the Bull River Valley.  The lecture will held at the Royal Alexandra Hall at the Cranbrook History Centre on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 7:00PM.

To view more information on the lecture, click HERE.



A Junior Paleontologist Summer Program is available for children ages 6-12.   For more information on program dates and costs, please see below.

program brochure


Minerals South 2017 will be held at the Heritage Inn Hotel and Convention Centre, Cranbrook, BC on November 7th, 8th and 9th.

Stay tuned to our website for more information!

April 19, 2017, Vancouver, BC: The Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC), Association for Mineral Exploration (AME), and Mining Suppliers Association of British Columbia (MSABC) launched the Vote Mining campaign today to raise awareness about the importance of the mineral exploration and mining sector to the provincial economy and to encourage citizens to ask their candidates how they will support BC’s mining industry. is the campaign’s official website and it provides British Columbians with the tools and knowledge to ask their candidates the important questions. The Vote Mining ‘Take Action’ tool will also facilitate voters’ ability to write to their candidates and ask how they plan to support mineral exploration and mining in BC.

“BC’s mineral exploration and mining industry remains a major driver for the provincial economy. As partners in the Vote Mining Campaign, we wish to provide British Columbians with factual information that will showcase how important it is for candidates and voters to support such a critical industry that creates local opportunities for people living in every region of the province.”, said Gavin C. Dirom, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Mineral Exploration (AME).

Rick Conte, Executive Vice President of the Association for Mineral Exploration, has requested feedback from Chamber members on a review by the Ministry of Energy and Mines of the "Financial Security Policy for Mine Reclamation".

His request was outlined in a letter to EKCM below,


AME has been asked by the Ministry of Energy and Mines to participate in a review of the financial security policy for mine reclamation. The security policy “…must have at its core the twin goals of protecting the taxpayer and industry competitiveness.“

You would see this policy matter in terms of the security bond that is required with the Notice of Work.

As part of the Land Access and Use Committee (LAUC) a survey has been created by the Association of Mineral Exploration of BC (AMEBC), that will track your experience with the current permitting system, what is working well, what needs improvement, delays, etc, so that the information can be used to help government build a better system.

The link to the survey is:

The survey will remain open until the end of August. If you have any questions, please contact Jill Pardoe who is in charge of this initiative. Jill can be contacted at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This survey provides a valuable opportunity to provide your feedback and experiences working within the current mine permitting process.

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting on June 30, 2016 at  6:00 PM at the East Kootenay Chamber of Mines Office located at:

Suite 201 #45; 16 - 11 Ave. S.
Cranbrook, BC, Canada

We look forward to seeing you there!

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