SEG – Smithers Exploration Group

Bursaries

EG awarded two $1,000 and one $500 Graduating Student Bursaries for students entering into further education that could lead to a career in the minerals industry.  Arielle Koenig was awarded $500 and was going to the University of BC into the Faculty of Forestry to work towards a Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Resources Conservation, Hannah Pow was awarded $1,000 to attend the University of BC’s Bachelor of Science program, Liam Tweedie was awarded $1,000 to attend the University of Alberta’s Engineering program. This is not part of SEG’s AME funded outreach program but is sponsored directly by SEG.

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

Bulkley Valley Fall Fair

The BVX is an annual event that is hosted by the Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Association every year towards the end of August. It is a family friendly event which includes a parade, rodeo, amusement rides, kid areas, concerts, dance, a variety of competitions, food, shopping and in 2018 we also had Yukon Dan. The Smithers Exploration Group booth is located in the “mall” and has interactive displays, information on projects in the area, metals in our daily lives displays including a display linked to the theme from wagon wheels to ferris wheels and a “Guess the Gold” competition. The attendance was up in 2018 due to free entrance being offered to people who were evacuated due to wildfires, mostly people from the southside of Francois Lake.

Lorie Farrell and Ted Vanderwart had photo props of an old time gold panner and modern miner set up outside of the booth, a “Guess the Gold” competition, rocks to handle from local and historic mines, fossils and minerals and giveaways.

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

Electric Vehicle Event at Bugwood Bean

The Community Energy Association (CEA), in collaboration with the Town of Smithers, hosted this public Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive Event.

People could come learn about the Highway 16/97 EV Network Project, current EV technology, the benefits of driving an EV and provincial incentives for EVs and charging stations and could check out the town’s new level 2 charging station at the coffee shop.

Chris Ogryzlo and Barry MacCallum with the Smithers Exploration Group had displays with where people could learn about the role metals mining plays in EV technology.

Electric vehicles were onsite with option to test-drive some of them.

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

Geocrawl

A geocrawl brochure that is available at the tourism booth, Chamber of Commerce, museum and library. It highlights the use of mined items that can be found around downtown Smithers that we may take for granted every day and not realize are from mined materials. People could pick up a brochure with questions about mined items to answer at specific location that could be found using either a map or GPS. They could enter the completed form in a draw to win a mineral.

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