The Big Event Adds Demo Site for 2015
By Alan S. Hale, The Daily Press
For the First time, the Timmins annual mining expo will require a second site to host the ever-expanding Big Event. The Expo takes place May 27 & 28.
TIMMINS - Canada’s largest gold mining convention is returning to the Timmins next month with a slate of new events and activities that can no longer be contained on the grounds of the McIntyre Arena.
The aptly named, Big Event Canadian Mining Expo is the premier mining industry event of the year and has just kept getting bigger year after year.
Space at the arena has become so tight that organizers decided to set up live equipment demonstrations at an off-site location along the back road to South Porcupine — the use of which is being donated by a local company. The venue will be accessible using a shuttle service provided for attendees at the expo.
“We’re setting up a demonstration of a junior mining camp where companies will be doing demos. So you’ll see how they set up a mining camp in a remote area. We’ll have helicopter landing; the whole set-up,” said expo organizer Glenn Dredhart. “It will be a 10-minute shuttle-bus ride from the McIntyre.”
The 2015 expo will have over 400 mining industry businesses setting up booths and is expected to draw up to 8,000 visitors over the course of the two days. Registration is free, but the trade show will be collecting donations this year for the Good Samaritan Inn homeless shelter and the Next Step Farms addictions program.
“It’s a pretty well-rounded event. It lets the suppliers know where the industry is at, what the mines’ shortfalls are and where suppliers can help them,” said Dredhart.
Besides the off-site equipment demonstrations, other new additions to this year’s expo include technical sessions that will be held at the arena. A delegation from the mining industry in India is expected to attend those as part of the Ontario government’s trade negotiations with that country.
The Indian delegates “have been mandated to educate the mining operations in India on why Northern Ontario has been so successful in mining over the last 100 years,” explained Dredhart. “In India, the deepest operation they have is 150 feet while ours is 9,000 feet. So they’re just scratching the surface on their mining operations, and they want to learn how to go deeper.”
The ones best able to help them do that, said Dredhart, will be the suppliers at the show, which means there will be opportunities for those businesses to start selling to the emerging Indian market.
Also new this year will be an Aboriginal forum to discuss business opportunities and partnerships with First Nation communities, as well a new junior mines pavilion that will help educate people considering investment in the gold mining industry.
“Right now, our gold market is down. The best time to buy is when prices are down, and the best time to sell is when prices are high,” said Dredhart. “So there’s no better time to buy and talk to these companies to find out where they’re at and what they anticipate achieving in terms of production.” The 2015 Big Event Canadian Mining Expo is scheduled for May 27 and 28.