Ontario Minister of Education officially opens 2013 M4S show

ontario minister of education opens 2013 m4s show

CIM’s M4S (Mining for Society - the educational public show on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Materials) show got off to a terrific start as  Hon. Liz Sandals, Ontario’s Minister of Education, cut the ribbon officially opening the eighth annual event, held in Toronto on May 2.

“This morning you’re going to have the chance to discover that you can learn lots of stuff when you’re not in the classroom,” Sandals told the more than 150 students and teachers assembled. “You can come here today and learn about what happens in the mining industry.”

 The minister highlighted mining activity in Ontario, capturing the crowd’s attention. “Did you know that Ontario has more gold, more silver, more nickel and more platinum than any other province in Canada?” she asked, adding that mineral production in the province is worth $9.2 billion.

 The minister also highlighted the Specialist High Skills Majors program offered in Ontario high schools that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector – one of which is mining. “ I was in Timmins not too long ago and I was in a high school where they had Specialist High Skills Majors,” she said. “The kids were learning about skills they might use in welding and one of the students I was talking to was going on a co-op placement. And do you know where it was? It was in the underground repair shop of a gold mine. He was really excited because that was going to be part of his high school program.”

The opening ceremony was kicked off with an address by Marty Dregischan, the M4S chair for the CIM 2013 Convention, who spoke about the technical nature of the industry. “No matter what the process – whether it’s manual, mechanical or robotic – progress requires one key ingredient: imagination,” said Dregischan.

CIM executive director, Jean Vavrek, was also on hand. He spoke about how, increasingly, the world is looking to the Canadian mining industry as a positive example of sustainable mining practices.

The M4S show – a free educational public show that highlights the positive impacts  mining, minerals, metals and materials have on our daily lives – runs from May 2 to 4 at the Queen Elizabeth Exhibit Hall in downtown Toronto. It is expected to welcome 3,500 students, teachers and members of the general public over the course of three-days.

 M4S is held in advance of the CIM 2013 Convention, which takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from May 5 to May 8, and brings together influential speakers and industry executives from across the world.