AME is the lead association for the mineral exploration and development industry based in British Columbia. Established in 1912, AME represents, advocates and promotes the interests of almost 5,000 members who are engaged in mineral exploration and development in BC and globally. AME encourages a safe, economically strong and environmentally responsible industry by providing clear initiatives, policies, events and tools to support its membership in delivering responsible projects that advance reconciliation and provide benefit to all British Columbians.

Our Vision

Through leadership, advocacy, and partnerships, AME will protect and promote the interests of mineral explorers and developers operating, or based, in BC.

Our Mission

Modelling leadership in alignment with our values, AME will create and deliver events, initiatives, policy, and guiding principles. This work will assist AME’s membership in furthering responsible exploration and development that promotes economic viability, safety, environmental and social responsibility, reconciliation, and collaborative partnerships.

Our Core Values

How we complete work is just as important as what we achieve. Our Core Values give guidance on behaviours for how we work together, make decisions and achieve our goals.

  • Show Respect
  • Be Focused
  • Be Effective
  • Be Informative
  • Be Inclusive

Strategic Plan 2018 – 2022

As the mineral exploration and mining sector continues to grow and expand, AME’s Board of Directors conducted a strategic review of how the association can provide the best possible support to the sector and its members. In 2018 an online survey was held for AME members and Roundup 2018 attendees during the last two weeks of January to help guide the strategic planning process and objectives.

The purpose of the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan is to guide the Association’s activities and the allocation of resources for the benefit of AME members.

Each year, AME staff will develop and implement an Annual Work Plan to further the specific goals and priorities of the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan.

Goals and priorities may be revisited at any time and changes will be based on feedback from the membership at large, Committees, Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs or staff and will be subject to final approval by the Board of Directors, under the advice of the Executive Committee.

Key Areas of Focus

1. Successful Exploration

Successful projects are developed expediently for the benefit of all British Columbians making BC the most favoured jurisdiction in Canada for mineral exploration and development


  • Increase regulatory predictability
  • Increase economic viability and confidence
  • Integrate social responsibility
  • Promote relevant and useful geoscience

2. Public and Stakeholder Awareness and Education

Successful projects are developed expediently for the benefit of all British Columbians making BC the most favoured jurisdiction in Canada for mineral exploration and development


  • Create and leverage partnerships
  • Leverage marketing and communications expertise of members
  • Expand audiences to those outside of the industry

3. Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

Successful projects and partnerships provide mutual benefit and support efforts towards reconciliation


  • Build respectful relationships
  • Enable dialogue and understanding
  • Lead the industry by example

4. Membership Benefits and Services

Leadership, networking and access to expertise


  • Provide policy leadership and progress
  • Provide tools and best practices for members
  • Increase membership value proposition by progressing key issues
  • Increase awareness of full value proposition to membership

5. Mineral Exploration Roundup

Technical excellence and learning in all aspects of mineral exploration and development


  • Leverage the vast expertise in BC
  • Maintain and increase technical expertise
  • Encourage diversity

See the Bylaws.