Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC)

Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC)

January 23, 2008 15:11 ET

AME BC: More Than 6,000 Delegates Expected to Attend Vancouver's Mineral Exploration Roundup Conference

World's Premier Technical Mineral Exploration Conference Celebrates 25 Years

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 23, 2008) - Record gold prices, turbulent stock markets and an eroding US economy are providing an intriguing backdrop for the 25th anniversary of the Mineral Exploration Roundup conference, which will be held at Vancouver's Westin Bayshore hotel from January 28 to January 31.

Last year's Roundup conference attracted more than 6,000 participants from over 30 countries. Hosted by the Association for Mineral Exploration BC (AME BC), Roundup is the world's premier technical mineral exploration conference. This year's Roundup conference, "From Discovery to Development", features international speakers on Canada's most promising mineral discoveries, exploration activities around the world and industry developments ranging from the outlook for commodities to building better relationships with communities and First Nations.

"This has been a stellar year for the global mineral exploration industry, which is reflected by the overwhelming response we've had to our conference," said Randy Turner, Mineral Exploration Roundup Chair & President and CEO of Diamondex Resources Ltd. The Roundup trade show, which will feature 238 companies, was sold out in August and presently there are 147 companies on the waiting list for exhibit space.

Keynote speakers for the four-day conference include: Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse, President and CEO, NovaGold Resources Inc., Dr. Norman Keevil, Chair, Teck Cominco Limited, Peter Marrone, President and CEO, Yamana Gold Inc., and Graham Brown, Head of Base Metals Exploration, Anglo American.

Chief Ian Campbell, Squamish First Nation, will open the conference on Monday, January 28, followed by opening remarks from Hon. Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources Canada (via video), Hon. Kevin Kreuger, BC Minister of State for Mining and Donald Lindsay, President and CEO, Teck Cominco Limited, among others.

Mineral exploration and mining is a vital economic driver in British Columbia. Sixty per cent of Canadian exploration and mining companies are based in BC, which has the world's largest concentration of exploration companies and mining professionals. Mineral exploration expenditures in BC reached nearly $416 million in 2007, a 57 percent increase over the previous year. There were 472 mineral exploration projects underway in the province last year. Total exploration drilling reached about 1.254 million metres last year, up over 51 per cent from the previous year. Mineral tenure acquisition (claim staking) is projected to reach approximately 6 million hectares for 2007, on par with 2006.

For full program details on the 25th Mineral Exploration Roundup conference please visit the AME BC website at www.amebc.ca.

About AME BC

AME BC represents over 4,100 members including geoscientists, prospectors, engineers, entrepreneurs, exploration companies, suppliers, mineral producers, and associations who are engaged in mineral exploration in BC and throughout the world. Through leadership, partnerships, and advocacy, AME BC promotes a healthy environment and business climate for the mineral exploration industry. AME BC is regarded as the predominant voice of mineral exploration in British Columbia.

Journalists interested in covering the Mineral Exploration Roundup Conference are asked to contact Martin Livingston for media accreditation.

Contact Information

  • AME BC
    Dan M. Jepsen, RPF
    President & Chief Executive Officer
    (604) 818-7878
    or
    Mineral Exploration Roundup Conference
    Randy Turner
    Chair
    (604) 687-6644
    or
    Living Communications Inc.
    Martin Livingston
    Principal
    (604) 657-8234