Dave Chomiak

Dave Chomiak

 

Manitoba’s Second-largest Primary Resource Industry Showcased As Exploration Investment Hits New High 

Members of the world’s mining community will converge on Winnipeg today until Nov. 21 to attend the annual Manitoba Mining and Minerals Convention, showcasing Manitoba’s mineral resources and mining industry, Innovation, Energy and Mines Minister Dave Chomiak announced today. 

“The convention provides the ideal forum to learn more about exploration and mining in our province,” said Chomiak. “Manitoba’s world-class mineral deposits are rich in opportunities and it is important the movers and shakers in the industry meet to explore our investment options and develop new partnerships.”

The Manitoba Mining and Minerals Convention is held annually in November. This year the convention will feature: 

–  a trade show,     

–  business and technical presentations on recent geological findings and exploration projects in Manitoba,

 –  the sixth annual Aboriginal mining workshop, and 

–  the Manitoba Rocks! school tour program.

Chomiak noted the convention will be free to the public on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Manitobans can learn more about the province’s mineral resources and mining industry through the presentations, trade-show exhibits and posters displayed at the convention. 

Manitoba’s mining industry makes a significant contribution to the provincial economy, the minister said. In 2008, mineral production totalled $2.5 billion – $1.7 billion for metal and industrials and $800 million for petroleum. Employment averaged 5,200 in 2008, an increase of two per cent from the year before. 

Natural Resources Canada reports that company spending on exploration in Manitoba reached $152.1 million in 2008, an all-time high. 

More information about the 41st Manitoba Mining and Minerals Convention is available at http://www.gov.mb.ca/stem/mrd/minerals/convention/index.html?.

The backgrounder to this news release is available here.