November 2008

Heading for the hills

By R. Pillo


Guests tour at the Zugg fossil beds near Cache Creek, B.C.

It was a record turnout for the CIM South Central British Columbia Branch 2008 AGM and Conference, held from September 10 to 12, 2008 at the Best Western Hotel. More than 200 delegates and guests were greeted by Kamloops mayor Terry Lake at the conference opening on Wednesday evening, while enjoying succulent dishes and sampling a variety of delectable wines at the ever-popular wine-tasting stations.

The technical sessions were held the following day and featured 11 informative and stimulating presentations, covering topics ranging from exploration and mine development properties, operations, environment and technology to mineral economics. While delegates reflected on the lecture topic at hand, guests embarked on a local adventure, tracking treasures at the Zugg Fossil Beds and discovering the region’s flavours and aromas at a nearby winery.

On Friday, over 100 golfers geared up for an afternoon of fun and light competition while taking in the breathtaking hillside views and scenic backdrop. That same evening, keynote speaker Don Lindsay, president and CEO, Teck, captivated the audience at the Branch Banquet with his presentation on mineral commodities. The festivities continued with a silent auction and dance and, in conjunction with the putting contest held the previous day, raised over $5,300. The proceeds will be donated to the MABC Mineral Resource Education Fund.

The South Central BC Branch is now setting it sights on a different venue site for 2009. It is eager to announce that it will be welcoming participants to next year’s conference at the picturesque Delta Sun Peaks Resort Hotel.

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