Industry leaders, academics and government officials will discuss advances and challenges in Nova Scotia’s mining industry during Geology Matters, Nov. 12-13, in Halifax.
Mining adds $420 million to the provincial economy every year and employs 5,500 people directly and indirectly according to research by consultants Gardner Pinfold, in 2012.
“We see the mining sector as one with great potential in our province,” said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. “Mining is critical to our provincial economy and the revenues help government provide schools, hospitals and critical services for Nova Scotians.”
Mr. Churchill said the government will start phasing in a fuel-tax rebate program for mining and quarrying vehicles, and introduce a revised Mineral Resources Act, in 2015.
About 250 conference attendees will hear about mineral exploration and innovation opportunities in the province and general developments in the industry.
Ross Large, a leading expert on gold deposit research at the University of Tasmania, will be the keynote speaker and give a half-day seminar on gold exploration.
Geoscience students can also get valuable tips on finding work in the mining industry from speaker Patrick McAndless, former vice-president of exploration of Imperial Metals Corp.
Mr. McAndless will advise students on getting their career started after graduation by describing the key qualities of successful geoscientists and a proven, step-by-step process towards employment. Students will learn how to market themselves in a competitive job environment, and receive coaching on effective interview and networking techniques.
David Acker, first vice-president, CIBC Woody Gundy, and Carl Weatherell, CEO and executive director of the Canadian Mining Innovation Council, will also speak at the luncheon.
The conference is being held at the Westin Hotel. Attendees will get to meet prospectors and staff from mining companies and the Department of Natural Resources.