About the Conference

The Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum is the largest mining and petroleum conference and trade show 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.


44th Annual Forum (2016)

Attendance highAs these are perhaps the most challenging times for the resource industry, with an overly long period of depressed prices and reductions in investment,  attendance of 765 - 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 Celebrating 25 Year of Diamonds in the North; Diamond Geology & Exploration; Environmental Monitoring & Research; Geoscience & Exploration; Mining Update; Permafrost & Hydrogeology Interactions; Petroleum in Canada's North; Regional Mineral Development Strategy; Regulatory & Policy Update; Transport & Fate of Contaminants. Dr. Don Cummings, from DCGeo Consulting, provided the keynote lecture to attendees on Eskers: Nature, Origin, and Mineral Exploration.


Public event: The annual free public event is the Charles Camsell Lecture, which featured Dr. John Grotzinger, from California Institute of Technolgy, speaking on The World of Mars: A Close-up Perspective from NASA's Curiosity Rover. The event was held at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre on November 16, 2016.


Tradeshow: Ninety five Exhibitors showed off their wares at the tradeshow which was held in the Ed Jeske Arena of the Yellowknife Multiplex. There were some unique exhibits in the large facility, including a Hagglund all terrain vehicle! As in previous years, there was a free time for the public to attend the tradeshow for two hours on Thursday morning.


Workshops: There were several informative workshops on Designing for Northern Mine Closure; Mining 101; and Petroleum Geology 101.


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


Comments Received Post-Conference:

  • I thnk it was a successful conference and commend your staff for their superb organization efforts. It was a good mix of presentations and time at the trade
  • For us, the trade show was a great opportunity to reach a new market. Cheryl was incredibly helpful with getting us signed up at the last minute, and quickly convinced me that joining the Chamber was the right decision. I was very impressed by how smoothly everything went and I hope to participate again next year!
  • There really is nothing else like the Forum to get people together.


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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