About Last Year's Conference

The Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum is the largest mining and petroleum conference in the Northwest Territories. The joint initiative of the NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines and the Government of the NWT's Department of Industry Tourism, and Investment attracts hundreds of delegates and exhibitors excited to share their knowledge, to learn from others, and to show off their wares. The event is held in Yellowknife, the capital city of the Northwest Territories, and is held annually in mid- to late-November.


46th Annual Forum (2018)

Attendance highThe minerals industry have been experiencing challenging times, with an overly long period of depressed prices and reductions in investment,  attendance of 736 - was very encouraging. Attendance by community members is a sign of changing times as mining's importance is growing.


Great speakers: Attendees heard talks of their choice provided by an exciting slate of over 100 presenters. Talks were given in all three theatres of the Capitol Theatre, under themes including Regulatory & Policy Updates; Mining Updates; Energy in Canada's North; Environmental Monitoring & Research; Geoscience; Diamond Geology & Exploration; Innovation, Community Engagement, & Education, Impacted Envireonments; and Geoscience, & Exploration.


Public event: The annual free public event is the Charles Camsell Lecture, which featured Ryan Silke, from Yellowknife Historical Society, speaking on A  "WHAT IF" History of Yellowknife. The event was held at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre on November 21, 2018.


Tradeshow: Nearly ninety exhibitors attended the tradeshow, held in the Ed Jeske Arena of the Yellowknife Multiplex. As in previous years, the public was able to attend for two hours on Thursday morning.


Workshops: There were several informative workshops - Mining 101; Land & Resources Management in the NWT; and Geothermal Energy.


Sponsorships:  Many sponsors helped to make the conference possible. We value and appreciate their contributions and support.


Comments Received Post-Conference (2018):

From Remote Helicopters (exhibitor)

  • "This is our favourite show to attend."
  • "Having food and beverages included with the cost of registration is a wonderful treat."
  • "We really like the laid back atmosphere of the show, and how friendly everyone is."

From Potti Corp. (exhibtor)

  • "We plan to attend the 2019 show as we found we were able to secure some good leads from the show."


Watch for it! We will continue to build on our past year's successes and look forward to seeing you at this coming year's event!  If you would like further information, contact the Chamber of Mines' conference coordinator at conference@miningnorth.com, Tel: 867 873 5281. 



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