British Columbia's Mining Industry Set for a New Renaissance in Mining

The Mining Association of British Columbia celebrates new wave of mining

KAMLOOPS, BC, May 4 /CNW/ - The Mining Association of British Columbia celebrated the renaissance in B.C's mining sector today at a business luncheon co-hosted by the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, Teck Resources and New Gold.

"After years of weathering a tough economy the mining industry is poised to make a strong impact on today's modern society," says MABC President Pierre Gratton, "mining has had a long and significant history within B.C. and once again the industry is set to shape the economic landscape of our province." Business leaders from numerous sectors turned out to hear how mining will continue to shape the provincial economy. Speakers included MABC President Pierre Gratton, Tk'emlups te Secwepemc Chief Shane Gottfriedson, Mining for Miracles Chairman Colin Joudrie and Kamloops Chamber of Commerce President Peter Aylen.

"In the next few years B.C. is poised for a mining renaissance. Several major metal mines, including Roca's MAX Molybdenum mine, Teck's Highland Valley Copper mine and New Gold's New Afton mine are making significant impacts on how Canada does business with overseas markets," says Pierre Gratton. "A mining renaissance is good news for B.C., as just one major new mine can generate the same revenue as the recent 2010 Winter Olympic Games."

The Chamber luncheon also helped support the B.C. Children's Hospital. "Through the Mining for Miracles campaign, BC's mining community is one of the hospital's largest, most generous, and longest-standing donor groups," says Mining for Miracles Chair, Colin Joudrie. "The campaign first started in 1988 and what's even more interesting is that the leadership for this initiative during those early years came from these parts of the province. We can truly be proud as an industry that we have played a part in helping to build centres of excellence in health care at BC Children's Hospital." During the luncheon, participants had the opportunity to be photographed with authentic Olympic medals, courtesy of Teck Resources, with the proceeds going to the Children's Hospital. Mining for Miracles mascot "Buddy" was also on hand to meet and greet the participants.

The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce luncheon is the first of many events scheduled in May as the mining industry gets set to celebrate B.C. mining week across the province.

About B.C. Mining Week:

As declared by the Legislature of British Columbia, May 9-15, 2010 is BC Mining Week. Mining is one of BC's largest and oldest industries and BC Mining Week is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the importance of the modern industry to British Columbians. Activities are planned for Vancouver and communities around the province. For more information, and a schedule of events go to www.mining.bc.ca

SOURCE MINING ASSOCIATION OF BC

For further information: For further information: Media inquiries: Ryan Tessier, PR Associates, Telephone: (604) 681-1407, Email: RTessier@prassociates.ca

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