Canadian Mining Games bring students and industry together


Story and photo by Elle Crosby

Laurentian University mining engineering team at Canadian Mining Games 2018
Laurentian University’s mining engineering team prepares for a mine rescue challenge at the 2018 Canadian Mining Games.

Mining engineering students from ten universities across Canada gathered in Kingston, Ontario, from February 22 to 25 to compete in the Canadian Mining Games. Queen’s University hosted the 28th annual competition, which saw the University of Alberta team as the weekend’s winner.

The teams of 16 students squared off in various activities that sponsors created to test industry-related skills and give students hands-on experience with common mining problems. The 23 tests included challenges such as correctly identifying minerals in ore samples, plotting blasts, designing mines and executing a mine rescue course.

Sponsors graded the students on their activities and had the chance to network with the prospective hires throughout the challenges and during the evening social events.

CIM is a proud sponsor of the Canadian Mining Games and helps the organizing committee by lending leadership and experience as a member of its board and by managing its finances.

Several CIM Branches also sponsor individual teams, including the Montreal Branch, which sponsored the second-place McGill University team and the Vancouver Branch, which sponsored the third-place University of British Columbia team. 

Next year’s Games will be hosted by the University of Alberta in Edmonton.