EKCM – East Kootenay Chamber of Mines

Minerals South 2019

The Minerals South Conference is hosted by EKCM and takes place in Cranbrook. During the conference, Minerals Ed went into Elementary schools in Cranbrook where they initiated a mineral and rock program before the classes came down to attend the conference.  AME, MEM and the East Kootenay Chamber of Mines also hosted the“Permitting, Reclamation Practices” Workshop, and was well attended by delegates. In the evening,  public lectures were given by local residents, including Guy Santucci on “Recent Paleontology finds of the East Kootenays” and Rohanna Gibson with “Mining History of the East Kootenays”.  At the Minerals South Banquet, President & CEO Gavin Dirom received an appreciation award for Geoscience BC’s continued support for the EKCM Core Library Project. A new award ceremony was introduced by Mr. Scott Broughton to acknowledge certain individuals that have contributed to the exploration and development of our industry throughout the East Kootenays and BC in general.

Student events included;

  • The Junior Miners Delegates Program
  • Minerals Ed “Cookie Mining” class.
  • Tradeshow and  Rock/Minerals display room.
  • The EKCM Minerals South 2019 field trip to the Sullivan Core Display museum (and visit to the old Sullivan Mine Powerhouse) and the East Kootenay Chamber of Mines Core Library near Fort Steele.

AME Strategic Plan component(s): Public Awareness and Stakeholder Awareness and Education;

Teacher Pro Day

Teacher Pro Day was held at the Cranbrook History Centre at the EKCM, where Guy Santucci presented to the Elementary, Middle and High School teachers. The teachers were given a geology and paleontology session in the museum which included hands-on explanations of the local rock types and minerals found here in the East Kootenays. The formation of the Rocky Mountains was discussed along with how the Sullivan Mine deposit was created on the early ocean floor by massive black smokers. The teacher’s sessions were over a span of five hours with the
6 teachers planning on having the Chamber do one to two-hour talks in their classrooms over the school 2019 – 2020 school year.

AME Strategic Plan component(s): Public Awareness and Stakeholder Awareness and Education;

Jobs Career Fair

The Job and Career Fair was put on by Black Press and was to stimulate possible employment within the East Kootenay region. The East Kootenay Chamber had a booth space with information on the careers that are available in the local mines and quarries, these included the major five Coal mines in the Elk valley but the other industrial mines like Northern Silica, Baymag Mines and CertainTeed Gypsum Canada. The table display educated the public about possible careers within the Exploration and Mining sector with AME brochures and booklets that highlighted the opportunities within the mining industry. EKCM also had a display with the local minerals and mining that is taking place locally around the communities that they live in. Not only was the public made aware of the opportunity of possible employment in the local mines, but also the social impact of the economic scale the local mines play in the revenue to the BC.

AME Strategic Plan component(s): Public Awareness and Stakeholder Awareness and Education;

28th S.E.B.C. Coal Symposium

The annual coal symposium in Sparwood has been an ongoing event for 28 years running, focusing on coal mining in the Elk Valley and new technological innovations in the world coal marketplace. A selection of six informative presentations centered on the coal industry. Talks included:

  • Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Crushing Equipment Options,
  • Geordi Edmiston, Global Product Manager, McLanahan Corporation.
  • North Coal – Update on the Michel Coal Project Resource Development, Dave Thompson, chief Geologist, North Coal.
  • BC Mining & Exploration Overview 2017-18.
  • Fiona Katay, Regional Geologist, BC MEMPR, Cranbrook office.
  • Overview of the Alberta Clear Hills Oolitic Iron Ore and Vanadium Deposits, Bruce smith, P.Eng., Managing Director of EnerPro Energy Ltd.
  • Sedimentology, Ichnology, Sequence Stratigraphy, and vertebrate Paleontology of the Belly River group, Southwestern Saskatchewan.
  • Megan Gilbert, PhD Geology, Line Creek Operations.

The symposium was approximately four hours long, and the viewing participants were not disappointed in the selection of information that was exchanged during the symposium. The EKCM is looking forward to next years Coal Symposium 2020 in Sparwood.

AME Strategic Plan component(s): Public Awareness and Stakeholder Awareness and Education; Successful Exploration in increasing economic viability and confidence

Sam Steele Days Parade

The Sam Steele days parade has been a yearly ongoing event for 56 years in the City of Cranbrook, B.C. The Sam Steele days parade is one of the easier high visible events to showcase the Chamber and the value of exploration activity that is going on around the area, and to remind people of the importance of mining. This 2019 parade had a record attendance with over 80 floats and participants. The EKCM was by happenstance, also lucky enough to have two of the Below BC people, Allegra and Jacob who lent a helping hand on the Chamber float. Jacob Moffat driving the pickup truck and Allegra Whistler helping to hand out candy to the public. Below BC was in Cranbrook taking 3D images of the EKCM rock and minerals display in the chamber office and at the Cranbrook History Center’s paleontology exhibit. The Chamber float was also in the running for an award but lost out. Although two years ago the EKCM did win best Float for clubs and organizations. The EKCM is looking forward to Sam Steele Days 2020 next year.

AME Strategic Plan component(s): Public Awareness and Stakeholder Awareness and Education

Jr. Paleontology Summer program

After such a successful summer program for the last two years, the EKCM once again partnered with The Cranbrook History Center to put on a kid’s fossil program. This program ran every Saturday at the museum from 10:30 till noon for kids ages 6-12. The kids would be drop off at the museum where the learned about Cambrian era trilobites. What they were, what they ate, how they lived and why they are called trilobites. Then the kids don their safety glasses and had a chance to break soft rocks and find some trilobite fossils for themselves. Each child left with a booklet on fossils, a Presentation with hands-on learning Education Awareness yearly Cranbrook History Center, AME and TECK certificate, badge and bag of their own trilobite fossil finds. It was great to see the kids break open a rock and find their first trilobite. EKCM hopes to have another bunch of future “Rock Hounds”.

AME Strategic Plan component(s): Public Awareness and Stakeholder Awareness and Education

Cranbrook Boys and Girls Club

The Cranbrook Boys and Girls club asked the EKCM if they would like to host a one-day Trilobite fossil hunt for the participants of the Cranbrook club. On August 1st with two vans in tow, the EKCM took the adult instructors and the 20 children 32km up the Bull River to a fossilized Cambrian site full of McKay Formation Trilobites. After a brief lunch the children were exposed to looking and finding the different species of Trilobites. During the hunt the children are told of the importance of these sites, and that they can keep the trilobites that they find. But they are now responsible to look after them on behalf of the province of British Columbia. This really made them all feel extremely important and they all promised to take care of them. The adult instructors and the kids were amazed at what they had found and even though they were all quite young felt very lucky to have them in their possession. The EKCM is now planning on doing this one day program with other youth organizations throughout the East Kootenays.

AME Strategic Plan component(s): Public Awareness and Stakeholder Awareness and Education