Key players from the mining industry in B.C. gathered in Sparwood at the Causeway Bay Hotel on Friday to celebrate the start of Mining Week.
Guests at the event, hosted by the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce in partnership with BC Mining Suppliers Association, included Alec Morrison from the BC Mining Suppliers Association, Brian Cox, vice president of BC Mining Association, Ian Anderson, manager of Line Creek Operations for Teck, and Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett.
“Mining is such an important part of our heritage in this region and it is something we are extremely proud of,” said Norma McDougall, manager of the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce. “We wanted to mark the start of B.C. Mining Week with an event that allowed everyone involved in the industry to come together to discuss the current developments within the industry and celebrate what mining does for all of us in the Valley.”
Over 80 attendees listened to presentations on the current mining market from Ian Anderson and Minister Bill Bennett, as well as having the opportunity to ask questions of the Minister.
“We were delighted at the turnout and very encouraged to welcome the mayors from Fernie, Elkford and the District of Sparwood, as well as representatives from all three councils and the managers from each of the Chambers of Commerce within the Elk Valley,” added, McDougall.
The Elk Valley is home to five coal mines operated by Teck and enjoys a vibrant economy consisting of a high proportion of mine supply companies working to support the various operations.