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.


43rd Annual Forum (2015)

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, increased attendance - at 768 - was very encouraging. The increased 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 125 presenters. Talks were given in all three theatres of the Capitol Theatre, under themes including Geoscience & Exploration, Diamonds, Petroleum in Canada's North, Regulatory and Policy Updates, Community Engagement & Education, Mining, Environmental Monitoring and Research, and Infrastructure and Innovation. Dr. Thomas Stachel from the University of Alberta provided the keynote lecture to attendees on Diamond Formations in Earth’s Mantle.


Public event: The annual free public event is the Charles Camsell Lecture, which this year featured Parks Canada’s Jonathan Moore speaking on The Search for Franklin’s Lost Ships and the Discovery of HMS Erebus. The event was held at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre on November 24, 2015.


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 Surficial Geology Applied to Drift Exploration, Energy Well Integrity, and Introduction to the Mining Regulations.


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


Comments Received Post-Conference:

  • Congratulations on your creativity to move the trade show to the MultiPlex – it was the best one yet!
  • I go to about 20-25 trade shows around Canada each year and your conference had the best food for delegates/exhibitors I’ve experienced.  Not only that, but the layout was great as there was lots of room for the booths and there were some really good contacts made.  Anyway, just a little appreciation for all the groups that put the show 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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