The Canadian Mining Expo kicks off in Timmins tomorrow with the grand opening ceremonies at 10:30am in the Mac. Also on tomorrow’s agenda is a rededication of Kidd Creek Ore Monument and Time Capsule, the Jackleg Drilling competitions, and welding competitions.

Mayor Steve Black says having the Canadian Mining Expo in Timmins means a wide variety of people from the region come out to support or learn more about the mining industry. He says you get everyone from families bringing their kids out to learn more about what mom or dad does, to people looking for work, to companies and suppliers marketing their products. Black also says having the investor’s forum is new this year, which is an opportunity for anyone looking to get involved in the industry.

The Big Event this year marks a special one for Kidd Mine, as they are continuing to celebrate 50 years of production. David Yaschyshyn, the 50th anniversary co-chair, says this is an important year for the company as they are celebrating the world class mining and metallurgy right here in Timmins. He says they will have a booth at the mine expo, and are encouraging all of their retirees, current employees, and the general public to come out and say hi. Yaschyshyn also says they’ll have a special 50th anniversary magazine for anyone who attends.

Director of the Big Event, Jay Corneleson, says another big draw this year is an investment forum called Billions in the Ground, which features a speech from the head of Noront, Alan Coutts. He says Noront Resources controls most of the Ring of Fire, dubbed the “Jewellery Box of Canada”, by former Timmins Mayor Victor Power. Cornelson says the speech from Coutts will talk about that development, which he calls one the biggest potential economic developments in Canada.

A full event calendar and registration details are all online, on the Canadian Mining Expo website.