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North Bay Mining Week is approaching

'With so many interesting careers available in the mining industry, mining week is a great opportunity for our students to connect with the industry and explore what is available to them'
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Mining will be front and centre in North Bay from November 15 to 21.   

The event, hosted by the Northern Gateway Branch of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy will highlight the importance of mining in everyday life through a series of workshops and events throughout the week. 

Organizers say North Bay is home to 60 mining-related companies and has become a major employer in the area. 

Event organizers believe Mining Week will aim to bring awareness to the industry and feature the accomplishments of local companies.

The Northern Gateway Branch of the CIM encourages local students to consider a job in mining by supporting such initiatives as the Mining Specialist High Skills Major at Northern Secondary School and supporting virtual career workshops at Canadore College.

“With so many interesting careers available in the mining industry, mining week is a great opportunity for our students to connect with the industry and explore what is available to them,” says Ryan Drouin, manager and career development of Sports and Wellness at Canadore College in a release. 

The local branch has funded the delivery of the Mining Matters program providing both in-class and virtual workshops at local elementary schools. Mining Matters educate students about minerals and rocks and how they are an important part of everyday life.

“Mining is all around us, and North Bay companies are at the forefront when providing the technology needed to make these mines run efficiently and safely,” says Mark Wagner, membership executive for the CIM Northern Gateway Branch.

With an estimated reach of over 30 workshops in the current year, CIM says they have engaged hundreds of students and teachers as part of Mining Matters and Canadore College initiatives.

“We are grateful for this important partnership opportunity and thrilled to return virtually into classrooms during Mining Week to help build mineral literacy through STEM Education and celebrate the significance of the mining industry in the region,” says Laura Clinton, Executive Director of Mining Matters.

The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) is the leading not-for-profit technical society of professionals in the Canadian minerals, metals, materials and energy industries. CIM’s members, convened from industry, academia and government, help shape, lead and connect Canada’s mining industry, both within our borders and across the globe.