As part of Minerals South 2017, delegates will have a unique and possibly last opportunity to visit the Coal Mountain Operations near Sparwood, BC as it was supposed to have been shutdown at the end of Summer 2017.    The tour of the mine site (hosted by Teck), has been confirmed for for Friday, November 10th and departs from Cranbrook at 8:00 am on Friday morning and returning to Cranbrook at 3:30 pm Friday afternoon.   The cost for the field trip is $50.00.  Minerals South attendees can find information on registration for the field trip within the Minerals South Delegates package which can be downloaded HERE.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE – November 7th – 10th

                (Please check back soon for updated events)

Short course Tuesday Nov 7th: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm  

Fred Cook, Salt Spring Geophysics - Putting the 'geo' back into geophysics (one survey at a time)


Public Talks Tuesday night: 7:15 pm to 8:20 pm

Guy Santucci – "A Brief Summary of Time": Geology and Paleontology of the East Kootenays.

Paul Ransom – Geology of the Sullivan: A monster in the abyss

Technical speakers Wednesday Nov 8th and Thursday Nov 9th: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tentative list of Speakers, will be updated and finalized soon! 




Linda Caron

Margaux Resources Ltd.

Orogenic gold in the Kootenay Arc - Margaux Resources' Sheep Creek and Bayonee properties

David Makepeace

Klondike Silver Corp.

Silvana Mine - A New Beginning - 2017 Update

George Simandl

British Columbia Geological Survey

Tantalum and Niobium - Geology, Resources, and the Supply Chain – Implications for Prospectors

Gordon Clarke

Mineral Development Office

A Summary of 2017 British Columbia Geological Survey Activities and Core Programs

Trygve Hoy & Ron Sangster


Cambrian-hosted sedex deposits in southern British Columbia: setting, controls and deposit models

John Keating

PJX Resources Inc.

Gold Potential on the Zinger Property

John Mirko

Rokmaster Resources

Unlocking Hidden Treasures in the Duncan - a New Zinc-Lead-Silver Mine in the Kootenays

Bruce Madu


Lasers, Drones and Goats - what Geoscience BC did this summer

Steve Petroni

Hecla Silver Valley Inc.

Revett-hosted Silver-Copper Deposits in Northwest Montana

Bob Thompson



Fred Cook

Salt Spring Geophysics


Mike McCuaig

Eagle Plains Resources Ltd.

Iron Range 2017 Project Update

Heather Cullen

Ministry of Energy and Mines and Petroleum Resources

Implementation of the New Regional Mine Reclamation Bond Calculator

Mike Dufresne

APEX Geoscience Ltd.

Gold in the Historic Alder Gulch District, Montana.” Implications for Gold in Metamorphic Terranes, Purcell Group and Southern BC?

Murray Allan

Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU) - UBC

Orogenic gold mineralization of the eastern Cordilleran gold belt of British Columbia:
Structural ore controls in the Cariboo, Cassiar and Sheep Creek mining districts

Yao Cui

British Columbia Geological Survey

MapPlace 2: tools for prospecting

David Brett

Engold Mines Ltd.

Lac La Hache project

Devin Wade

New Gold Inc.

Geology and Mineralization of the New Afton Porphyry Cu-Au Deposit, British Columbia

Marty Henning

New Gold Inc.

Block Cave Mining at New Afton

Eoin Cross

Teck Resources Limited

Geology and Update on the Pend 'Oreille Mine

Sarah Smith

Teck Coal Limited

Challenges of Mining through Historical Underground Workings

David Thompson

CanAus Coal Ltd.

Coal Exploration techniques and Resource Estimation

Fiona Katay

Ministry of Energy and Mines and Petroleum Resources

Exploration highlights of the Kootenay-Boundary

Ted Sanders


TBD - Geophysical targeting at the Pakk-Sinclair

Mo Kaufman


TBD - History of exploration/mining, from distant past to present

Bryan Cox

Mining Association of BC (MABC)

MABC Update

Edie Thome

Association for Mineral Exploration (AME)

British Columbia Mineral Development and Mining, 2017 and Beyond - Working Together  

Tracey Meintjes

Moose Mountain Technical Services

TBD - Moose River Consolidated Project

Sue Bird

Moose Mountain Technical Services

TBD - Gibraltar

Jesse Aarsen

Moose Mountain Technical Services

TBD - Ixtaca

Thomas Ullrich

Aston Bay Holdings Ltd.

Gravity on the Storm Project

Peter Holbek

Copper Mountain Mining Corportation

TBD - Copper Mountain


Golden Dawn Minerals Inc.

TBD - Greenwood

Field Trip Friday, November 10th: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Mine Tour: Coal Mountain Mine, Teck Coal Ltd

                Sponsored by Teck Coal Ltd.

Social Events:

1)      Icebreaker Session – Tuesday, November 7th, 5:30 pm.

Sponsored by Eagle Plains Resources Ltd. and Terralogic Exploration Inc.

2)      Evening Banquet – Wednesday, November 8th, 6:30 pm.

Sponsored by Rokmaster Resources Corp.

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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