On behalf of the Yukon Chamber of Mines and our Board of Directors, I am pleased to welcome local, national, and international colleagues to take part in the 50th Annual Yukon Geoscience Forum and Trade Show and to the traditional territory of the Ta'an Kwäch'än Council and Kwanlin Dün First Nation.
This year marks our ‘Gold’ Anniversary – 50 years we have been bringing folks involved in the most important sector in our Territories economy together to discuss best practices, share stories and move our industry forward.
With that in mind, this year our theme of Resources, Resilience and Relationships bring emphasis towards where we have been, what we had to overcome, and those connections that will lead our industry into the future. I encourage you to take in the technical talks and keynote speakers which are sure to be both interesting and informative.
The success of our Geoscience Speaker Series showed the strength of the technical program and we are excited to be able to experience the talks in person this year. Results of recent mapping and research conducted by the Yukon Geological Survey and other geoscientists will be presented along with exploration overviews by our neighbouring jurisdictions and results of exploration programs from industry and prospectors.
The Geoscience Trade Show is back with exhibitors from around the world showcasing their services and their work over the next four days. Delegates are encouraged to interact with vendors through such events as the ice breaker reception and lunches occurring on the trade show floor. You can access a floor plan and exhibitor list at https://www.yukongeoscience.ca/ to learn more.
At this time 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 and of course thank you to all delegates for allowing us to make this event a 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 our 50th Annual Yukon Geoscience Forum and Trade Show Golden in both opportunities and potential!
On behalf of the Government of Yukon, welcome to the 50th Yukon Geoscience Forum and Tradeshow.
2022 is a milestone in the evolution of this annual event, and I am excited to celebrate the history of the minerals industry in the Yukon, as well as to celebrate the future of this industry.
The Yukon’s past and our way forward are intertwined with the natural resources of the territory. Whether it is in the precious metals that continue to support our economy, or the critical minerals needed in the transition to a green economy, the Yukon must remain on the cutting-edge of the technology at the forefront of sustainable development principles.
Our government is proud of our work with Yukon First Nations and stakeholders on new mining legislation and our efforts on land use planning. Improving the regulatory environment and reducing red tape for a more streamlined assessment process will build a Yukon that supports certainty for the industry in the long term.
Our government remains dedicated to positive ongoing collaboration and meaningful consultation with Yukon First Nations as we forge this new path forward together. The Yukon’s mining industry has the distinct opportunity to show the world how meaningful reconciliation and community involvement can be achieved through respectful engagement and mutual economic advancement.
Thank you to the Yukon Chamber of Mines, event organizers, delegates and the participating venues for once again making the Yukon’s mineral resources showcase possible this year.
I look forward to learning more about the latest in mining innovations and opportunities. I wish you all a successful Yukon Geoscience Forum in 2022.
BMC is very proud to be a member and supporter of the YCM and Geoscience. 50 years of Geoscience is itself a testimony to the YCM’s Resources, Resiliency, and Relationships as without any one of these the Chamber would not be successful in its endeavors of which Geoscience is but one.
Our industry faces challenging times in the coming years but being able to come together at Geoscience to discuss those challenges and celebrate our successes, while having the YCM working hard on our behalf, gives me confidence that we will meet those challenges and continue to play a key role in the continued evolution of the Yukon as a premier mining jurisdiction.