Newfoundland Branch Manager Kevin McEvoy and Business Development Manager Greg Brown attended the first-ever MINEx Conference held in Labrador City September 11-13th.
Organized and hosted by the Labrador West Chamber of Commerce, MINEx showcased a number of new and pending developments in the “Labrador Trough”, a vast region of Labrador and the Province of Quebec which is home to Canada’s largest known deposits of iron ore.
Labrador MINEx brought together the region’s major mining companies, industry suppliers, government officials and elected representatives to learn about proposed new mine developments, innovations being implemented by existing industry players and the general state of mining in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Conference presented a variety of speakers on topics ranging from the market outlook for mining in the region and on-going efforts to establish new mining operations as well as re-open formerly active facilities such as the Wabush Mine. Sustainability and innovation were also major themes with presentations on climate change, mining automation and the future energy requirements for expansion of the mining sector in Labrador.
Attendees included Yvonne Jones, MP for Labrador and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, the Honourable Siobhan Coady, Minister of Natural Resources for the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and Karen Oldford and Colin Vardy, the mayors of Labrador City and the Town of Wabush, respectively. A highlight of the event was several funding announcements by MP Jones on behalf of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency for various economic development initiatives underway in Labrador West.
Guildfords was pleased to participate in the event and congratulates the Labrador West Chamber of Commerce on a successful event which is expected to be an annual gathering to support the Chamber’s priority of establishing western Labrador as the “Mining Hub” of the Province.