Join Us for three days of Conferences:
Nov 30th starting at 9:00am Projects in the Pipeline Conference. “Challenges and Opportunities facing the Mining Industry”.

Dec 01st starting at 9:00am - Workforce Needs of Mining Companies & Local Training Opportunities for Mining.

Dec 2nd starting at 9:00am - Indigenous Partnership Conference Conferences are free for everyone.

Below you will find short summaries of the topics. If you would like to participate (asking questions and getting reminders, and be part of the door prize be sure to register/login.)

November 30, 2021
Opening Remarks
Nov 30th 9:00am
John Mason
Thunder Bay
John Mason will open the event and provide a brief overview of mining in northwestern Ontario.

Stakeholder Engagement and Consultation: Best Practices
Nov 30th 9:10am
Graeme Wedge
Graeme Wedge from MNP will talk about the key considerations and best practices on how to engage and consult with stakeholders to help achieve your business objectives.

Magino Project – Building the Next Gold Mine
Nov. 30 10:00am
Roger Souckey, Victor Barua
Argonaut Gold
Roger and Victor will provide an update and status of the Magino Project – Building the Next Gold Mine.

Working with Agnico Eagle – About Us & Our Opportunities
Nov 30th 10:30am
Nathalie Belanger
Agnico Eagle
Agnico Eagle is a senior Canadian gold mining company that has produced precious metals since 1957. The Hope Bay property is located in the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut,...

Greenstone Mine – Start of full scale construction
Nov 30th 11:00am
Eric Lamontagne
Equinox Gold Greenstone Gold Mines
Greenstone Mine will be one of Canada’s largest gold mines. With the recent Groundbreaking Ceremony held, Eric Lamontagne will tell you about the shift to construction of...

Key mineral exploration projects in Northwestern Ontario
Nov 30th 11:30am
Paul Malegus
Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry
Key mineral exploration projects in Northwestern Ontario with an emphasis on those advancing toward the development stage

Nickel Prospectivity in Ontario’s Ring of Fire
Nov. 30th 12:30pm
Ryan Weston
Ontario’s Ring of Fire region is viewed by many in the mining and exploration industry to represent Canada’s next base metal mining camp. Between 2002-2017 exploration...

Advancing a Major New Gold Discovery in Canada’s High-Grade Gold Capital
Nov 30th 1:00pm
Chris Taylor
Great Bear Resources
Chris Taylor will be providing an update on Great Bear Resources’ Dixie Project in Red Lake, Ontario.

Springpole – One of Canada’s Largest Gold Projects
Nov 30th 1:30pm
Dan Wilton
First Mining Gold
First Mining is a Canadian gold developer focused on the development and permitting of the Springpole Gold Project in northwestern Ontario.

Lithium Battery Supply Chain
Nov 30th 2:00pm
Don Bubar
Avalon Advanced Material
Avalon Advanced Materials is a mineral development company focused on metals and minerals for use in clean energy and new technology.

Frontier Lithium Corporate Update
Nov 30th 2:30pm
Trevor R. Walker
Frontier Lithium
Trevor R. Walker, President and CEO of Frontier Lithium joined the company in 2010, and has played a key role in the companies PAK Lithium Project in Northwestern Ontario.

Talent & Technology
Nov 30th 3:00pm
Kirsty Liddicoat
Evolution Mining
Red Lake – a cornerstone Evolution asset being restored into a premier Canadian gold mine. The Red Lake operation is located in north-western Ontario and is situated in...

Alamos Gold
Nov 30th 3:30pm
Scott R.G. Parsons
Alamos Gold
Alamos Gold is a Canadian-based gold producer with a long-term track record of creating value for all stakeholders through solid financial performance, low-cost production...

Metals for the Clean Air Revolution
Nov 30th 4:00pm
Geoff Heggie
Clean Air Metals
Highlights on the current status of our Thunder Bay North Project, a multi-commodity (Pt-Pd-Ni-Cu) deposit located north-east of the city of Thunder Bay.

December 1, 2021
The Center of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration
Dec 1st 9:00am
Dr Peter Hollings
Lakehead University
Dr. Peter Hollings will highlight the work that CESME is doing to advance research activities at Lakehead University, particularly how we are building partnerships to...

Asin Certificate in Geology & ISTEM Access Programs
Dec 1st 9:25am
Denise Baxter, Lisa Primavesi
Lakehead University
This presentation will introduce two new pathways into STEM studies: the Indigenous STEM Access Program, being piloted this year, and the Asin Certificate in Geology, which...

The Earth Resources Technician Co-op
Dec 1st 9:50am
Dr Joanna Hodge
Fleming College
Fleming College’s Earth Resources Technician Co-op (ERT) program provides pathways to a broad range of geoscience careers. Unique amongst Ontario College geology programs,...

Mitacs funding for research & innovation internships
Dec 1st 10:15am
Wilson Luo, Bill Maloney
Mitacs/Lakehead University
An overview of our different funding programs, eligibility requirements, and how to apply. Details on the process of working with Lakehead University on Mitacs new Business...

ImmersiveLink: Staying Ahead of the Curve
Dec 1st 10:40am
Melissa Hardy-Giles
ORIGIN’s vision is enhancing identity, purpose and connection to career and culture. ORIGIN is the creator of ImmersiveLink (IL) which is a comprehensive, Virtual Reality...

Work Integrated Learning and Co-op Opportunities
Dec 1st 11:05am
Caitlin Reeves , & Sierra Lemonius-Walker
Lakehead University
Student Success is built on relationships with both students and employers. Through academic and career focused partnerships the SSC facilitates the growth and development...

WorkSCAPE Northwest / Mining Employment Visual Timeline
Dec 1st 11:30am
Madge Richardson
Superior Workforce Planning Board
WorkSCAPE Northwest is a suite of labour market tools that provides an extensive representation of the labour market in the NSWPB region.

Collaboration of Industry & Confederation College – Meeting Labour Needs Part 1
Dec 1st 12:30pm
Nick Lachetta, Carol Cline
Confederation College
Carol is the Dean of Workforce Development at Confederation College, the department provides literacy and basic skills upgrading, employment services and contract training...

Collaboration of Industry & Confederation College – Meeting Labour Needs Part 2
Dec 1st 1:00pm
Marie-Helen Gelinas
Equinox Gold
Marie-Hélène Gelinas, Manager, Human Resources and Community Relations brings over 15 years of Human Resources Management experience in mining operations and mining projects.

Skilled Trades and Technology Programs At Confederation College
Dec 1st 1:30pm
Colin Kelly, John Kantola
Confederation College
An overview of skilled trades and technology programs for in demand sectors.

Collaboration of Industry & Confederation College –Meeting the Labour Needs Part 3
Dec 1st 2:00pm
Tonia Oldford / Pauline “Pinky” McCrae
Northwest Employment Works
Pinky McRae has been working for Northwest Employment Works/Confederation College since 2016. She was initially hired as Outreach and Service Specialist and is now an...

The Future of Shipbuilding in Ontario
Dec 1st 2:30pm
Ted Kirkpatrick, Curtis Lavoie & Shaun Padulo
Heddle Ship yards
A focus on the shipbuilding industry in Ontario and the opportunity for skilled trades jobs within the sector. We will also be highlighting the National Shipbuilding...

December 2, 2021
Welcoming remarks from the ABPA, land acknowledgement
Dec 2nd 9:00am
Jason Rasevych
Anishnawbe Business Professional Association
The Anishnawbe Business Professional Association (ABPA) is a non-profit, member-based organization with an office in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The ABPA primarily serves the...

ESG - increasing importance of S in our “just transition”
Dec 2nd 9:15am
Jason Rasevych
Anishnawbe Business Professional Association
ESG - increasing importance of S in our “just transition” – changing landscape with need to generate social licence for projects to succeed Critical Minerals The need...

Partnering Together for Mutual Benefits
Dec 2nd 9:35am
Rachael Paquette ,Fiona Bondin
J.D. of Paquette & Associates
Partnering Together for Mutual Benefits –Rachael Paquette, J.D, of Paquette & Associates and Fiona Blondin, Director of Indigenous Strategy, Cormorant Utility Services and...

Promoting Change Through Action
Dec 2nd 10:30am
Jason Thompson
Owner of Superior Stategies
Promoting Change Through Action: How to be more inclusive of Indigenous Business in the mining supply chain

Guidelines to working with Indigenous Business
Dec 2nd 11:30am
Brian Davey
Anishnawbe Business Professional Association
Guidelines to working with Indigenous Business in Northwestern Ontario