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Mining Week Kicks off in Newfoundland and Labrador

Natural Resources
October 28, 2013

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are encouraged to find out more about the mining industry through a variety of events happening from October 30 to November 2 as part of Mining Week, including the Women in Mining Forum, Geological Survey Lecture, and Mineral Resources Review Day.

“The mining industry makes a significant contribution to the growth of our economy, and creates jobs for many residents in rural communities throughout our province where mining operations are centred,” said the Honourable Derrick Dalley, Minister of Natural Resources. “Mining Week is an opportunity to work together with our partners to raise awareness and understanding of the industry, and to highlight the employment and business opportunities available for many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.”

Mining Week will conclude with the annual Mineral Resources Review conference and trade show, a joint venture between the Department of Natural Resources and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum’s Newfoundland Branch. Approximately 800 delegates from the mining industry in the province and from across Canada are expected to attend.

“Given the significant role of mining in the history and future of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Mineral Resources Review is a prime opportunity to showcase the valuable contribution this sector is making to the province’s economy,” said Heather Bruce-Veitch, Honorary Chair of Provincial Mining Week. “With sustainable growth and continued expansion happening throughout the mining operations in the province, this multi-billion dollar industry will continue to provide great opportunities for future generations.”

Further information on Mining Week’s events is provided in the backgrounder below.

Newfoundland and Labrador is home to 11 active mines producing iron ore, nickel, copper, zinc, cobalt, and gold. The mining industry is a major contributor to the provincial economy with forecasted mineral shipments in 2013 of approximately $4.3 billion.

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Media contacts:

Diana Quinton
Director of Communications
Department of Natural Resources
709-729-5282, 631-8155
dianaquinton@gov.nl.ca
Heather Bruce Veitch
Director External Relations
Iron Ore Company of Canada
709-722-4200
Heather.bruce-veitch@riotinto.com

BACKGROUNDER
Newfoundland and Labrador Mining Week 2013
Calendar of Events

Public Events

Women in Mining Forum
St. John’s Convention Centre, Marconi Hall
Wednesday, October 30
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The Geological Survey Annual Public Lecture
Delta St. John’s Hotel and Convention Centre, Salon B
Thursday, October 31
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Mineral Resources Review Visitor Day Pass
Delta St. John’s Hotel and Conference Centre
Thursday, October 31 and Friday, November 1
Admission is free and gives visitors all-day access to the trade show and exhibits.

Industry Event

Mineral Resources Review 2013
Delta St. John’s Hotel and Conference Centre
Thursday, October 31 – Saturday, November 2

Trade Show, Mines Branch Exhibits, Core Shack, and Prospectors Tent
Delta St. John’s Hotel and Conference Centre
Thursday, October 31 and Friday, November 1
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Service Providers Forum
Delta St. John’s Hotel and Conference Centre
Thursday, October 31 and Friday, November 1
Thursday 1:50 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Friday 9:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

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