President’s Message

Mike Burke

On behalf of the Yukon Chamber of Mines and the Board of Directors, I am pleased to welcome colleagues, delegates and exhibitors to the 44th Annual Yukon Geoscience Forum & Trade Show.

Yukon Geoscience Forum & Trade Show is an opportunity to celebrate relationships and build partnerships, while keeping up to date on trends and the industry’s best practices. With First Nations, Territorial and Federal government representatives, and industry together under one roof, and an agenda that focuses on geopolitical themes and technical talks, delegates are encouraged to interact with each other. Some themes for this year’s Geoscience Forum include First Nations partnerships, innovation and technology, infrastructure development and environmental reclamation. The anchor of Geoscience Forum, organized by Yukon Geological Survey, will continue to be the technical talks and updates from industry, geologists and prospectors on their Yukon projects, as well as exploration overviews from our neighbouring jurisdictions in British Columbia and Alaska, providing you with exciting developments on the exploration front. Results of recent mapping and research conducted by the Yukon Geological Survey and other geoscientists will continue to provide the foundation which has made the Yukon Geoscience Forum one of Canada’s leading geoscientific meetings.

The Geoscience Trade Show is sold out for the 10th consecutive year with over 60 exhibitors from around the world participating over the four days. Conveniently located at the Yukon Convention Centre, adjacent to where you will find the technical talks and presentations, delegates are encouraged to tour the Trade Show while taking in our many networking events occurring on the trade show floor. Technical posters, prospector tables, drill core and rock displays will also be located on the Trade Show floor, so please support all our exhibitors. To learn more, you can access a floor plan and exhibitor list through the pages of this website.

In line with Geoscience tradition, we have included several community outreach elements such as an auction fundraiser for the Yukon Imagination Library, as well student tours for our Yukon schools. As part of these student tours, you will see groups of students led by volunteer guides, touring the trade show and participating in sessions. The Yukon Chamber of Mines strives to engage students early and inform them about the benefits and opportunities of the industry.

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Yukon Chamber of Mines to thank all of our partners, sponsors, speakers, exhibitors and organizers. On behalf of the Chamber, I would also like to extend my sincerest gratitude to all our delegates who make this event a huge success. Through your support, the Yukon Chamber of Mines will continue to strengthen its voice as a representative of Yukon’s modern, responsible mining industry.

Thank you and I hope you find this year’s Geoscience Forum most beneficial, helping you succeed in exploring and developing your projects in Yukon. If you are not currently active in the territory, you will leave with a new understanding of the opportunities and potential our Yukon provides. And for those of us that call Yukon our home, you can be proud of the modern, responsible exploration and mining industry that will be showcased at this year’s forum. I encourage you to inform your friends and neighbours of the great work and great people that you have met at Yukon Geoscience Forum and look forward to seeing you again in 2017.