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Introduction to the Industrial Supervisor Course
June 15, 2017

Introduction to the Industrial Supervisor Fall 2017 Course Dates

 

Date and Cities:

September 19, 20, 21, 2017 - Saskatoon

October 17,18,19, 2017 - Regina

October 24, 25, 26, 2017 - Saskatoon

December 5, 6, 7, 2017 - Saskatoon

 

Instructor: Don Beahm, CRSP, CHSC, D.B. Safety Solutions Inc.

Cost: $749.00

To Register Email: db.safetysolutions@sasktel.net

 

 

Mining in Transformational Times
June 8, 2017

NEWS RELEASE

Mining in Transformational Times

Monday, May 29, 2017, Regina: The Honourable Dustin Duncan, Minister of Energy & Resources along with Jessica Theriault, Chair of the Saskatchewan Mining Association launched ‘Mining Week in Saskatchewan’ today at the Saskatchewan Legislature. Mining Week in Saskatchewan runs from May 28 – June 3, 2017.

Today, Saskatchewan is recognized as the world’s #1 jurisdiction for attracting mineral investment according to the annual Fraser Institute Survey of Mining Companies. “Saskatchewan provides a low-risk environment because of both the great geological framework, and also the considered regulatory and policy frameworks. SMA member companies have made multibillion dollar investments in Saskatchewan over the past decade. And because of these investments, mining remains a key pillar of Saskatchewan’s economy in these transformational times”, said Jessica Theriault, Chair of Saskatchewan Mining Association.

Earlier this month the Saskatchewan mining industry celebrated two major milestones – the grand opening of K+S Potash Canada’s Bethune Mine and the completion of the K3 Shaft at Mosaic’s Esterhazy K3 mine, which symbolically represents the next 50 years of potash mining. “Saskatchewan mining operations feed and fuel the world with their products, improving the quality of life around the world and at home, where indigenous people and companies are an integral part of exploration and mining operations as employees and suppliers”, said Pam Schwann, SMA President.

During Mining Week, the Saskatchewan Mining Association will have dozens of events in communities across the province, culminating with the 49th Annual Emergency Response/Mine Rescue Skills Competition, Saturday, June 3rd at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon.

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For further information contact: Tracey Irwin, SMA Manager, Communications and Membership (306) 591-7050 www.saskmining.ca

 

49th Emergency Response/Mine Rescue Competition Results
June 8, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE

49th Annual Emergency Response/Mine Rescue Skills Competition . . . A Test with Great Success!

June 4, 2017 Saskatoon: Teams of dedicated and highly trained emergency response/mine rescue personnel from fifteen mine sites around the province tested their skills at the 49th Annual Emergency Response/Mine Rescue Skills Competition held at Prairieland Park on Saturday June 3, 2017.

Underground and Surface Rescue teams displayed their highly qualified and proficient skills in 5 separate events, including Fire Fighting, First Aid, Proficiency Skills, Practical Skills and Simulated Surface and Underground Mine Problems.

The Overall winners of the 49th Annual Emergency Response Mine Rescue Skills Competition are:

OVERALL

Surface Winner - PotashCorp Patience Lake Runner Up – Cameco Key Lake

Underground Winner – Mosaic Esterhazy K1 Runner Up – PotashCorp Lanigan

 

The Individual Event winners of the 49th Annual Emergency Response Competition are:

FIRST AID

Surface Winner - PotashCorp Patience Lake Runner Up – Westmoreland Coal Poplar River

Underground Winner - PotashCorp Lanigan Runner Up – Mosaic Esterhazy K2

FIRE FIGHTING

Surface Winner – AREVA McClean Lake Runner Up – Mosaic Belle Plaine

Underground Winner – PotashCorp Allan Runner Up – Silver Standard Seabee

PROFICIENCY

Surface Winner - Westmoreland Coal Poplar River Runner Up – PotashCorp Patience Lake

Underground Winner – PotashCorp Lanigan Runner Up – Mosaic Esterhazy K1

PRACTICAL SKILLS

Surface Winner – Mosaic Belle Plaine Runner Up – Cameco Key Lake

Underground Winner – Mosaic Esterhazy K1 Runner Up – PotashCorp Allan

SURFACE FIELD PROBLEM

Surface Winner - Cameco Key Lake Runner Up – Mosaic Belle Plaine

UNDERGROUND MINE PROBLEM

Underground Winner – PotashCorp Rocanville Runner Up – Mosaic Esterhazy K1

 

The Saskatchewan Mining Association salutes these safety professionals who are a tremendous resource, both to the mines where they work and their home communities.

SMA Chair, Jessica Theriault presented the prestigious John T. Ryan National Safety Trophy for Select Mines to Mosaic Belle Plaine. The company had a most remarkable Injury Rate of “zero” – meaning they had no lost time injuries, or modified work injuries at their operations in 2016 representing almost 700,000 hours worked. This is a great safety achievement.

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For more information please contact:

Tracey Irwin, Manager, Communications and Membership, Saskatchewan Mining Association, (306) 591-7050

49th Annual Emergency Response/Mine Rescue Skills Competition
June 3, 2017
The 49th Annual Emergency Response/Mine Rescue Skills Competition will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon.  Attached are the Competition Guidelines , Competition Poster and Team Draw
First woman to take the helm of the Sask. Mining Association
May 25, 2017

First woman to take the helm of the Saskatchewan Mining Association

May 25th, 2017

Jessica Theriault of The Mosaic Company elected as Chair of the Saskatchewan Mining Association.

The Saskatchewan Mining Association (SMA) is very pleased to announce that Jessica Theriault, Director of Environmental Affairs, the Mosaic Company, has been elected as Chair of SMA for a two-year term. She is the association’s first female Chair in its 52-year history.

Ms. Theriault succeeds Neil McMillan, Chair of Cameco Corporation, and former CEO of Claude Resources, who served as Chair from February 2015 through until the SMA AGM in March 2017. At the SMA AGM, Tammy Van Lambalgen, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and General Counsel, AREVA Resources Canada, was also elected as SMA Vice-Chair.

Ms. Theriault’s appointment as Chair, and Ms. Van Lambalgen as Vice-Chair represents a significant milestone in signalling the growing leadership role of women in mining. It also shines a light on the diversity of rewarding careers for women in the mining sector in Saskatchewan, home to global mining and exploration companies and the top jurisdiction in the world for attracting mineral investment according to the annual Fraser Institute Survey of Mining Companies.

“It is a privilege to be elected as Chair of the Saskatchewan Mining Association,” said Ms. Theriault. Given the importance of mining to the Saskatchewan and Canadian economies, and the strength of our industry’s reputation, my focus as Chair will be to ensure that we continue to deliver, but also drive improvements across the sector.”

Ms. Theriault has been an active member of the SMA, serving as the Chair of the SMA Environment Committee from 2009 - 2011 and as a Mosaic representative on the SMA Board of Directors since 2013. “As Chair of the SMA, Jessica’s expertise in environmental leadership will serve the SMA well in the global transition to a lower-GHG emission economy” said Pam Schwann, SMA President.

Ms. Theriault holds an environmental engineering degree and MBA from the University of Regina.  Jessica has over 19 years of environmental experience in the potash mining industry in Saskatchewan and currently oversees the coordination and management of environmental regulatory relations for the Mosaic Potash Business Unit, as well as leadership in the devleopment of the Mosaic Potash Business Unit Sustainability Program.  

Jessica is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists in Saskatchewan.

Joining Ms. Theriault on the SMA Board of Directors are: Ms. Van Lambalgen (AREVA Resources Canada); Mr. Peter Jackson, Mr. Jason Tremblay (Mosaic); Mr. Larry Long, Mr. Trevor Berg, Mr. Rob Jackson (PotashCorp); Ms. Alice Wong, Mr. Liam Mooney, Mr. Andy Thorne, Mr. Scott McHardy (Cameco); Mr. John Sundquist, (Agrium); Mr. Eric Cline (K S Potash Canada); Mr. Rick Kusmirski (Skyharbour Resources Ltd.); Mr. Cameron Chapman (Silver Standard Resources) and Mr. Terry Morris (Westmoreland Coal Company).

About SMA

The Saskatchewan Mining Association is the provincial association representing mining and exploration companies operating in Saskatchewan, the top jurisdiction in the world for attracting mineral investment. Its members are global leaders in the safe and responsible exploration and production of a diversity of commodities and account for 100% of Canada’s potash and uranium production. Please visit www.saskmining.ca.

 

51st Annual General Meeting
March 3, 2017

The Saskatchewan Mining Association's 51st Annual General Meeting will be held Friday, March 3, 2017.  The theme is "Transformational Times".

 

 

2nd Annual Mine Safety Summit
March 2, 2017

The full day Summit was held in conjunction with the SMA AGM in March.  The date of the Summit was March 2, 2017.

The format of the Summit included case studies from SMA member companies and reviews of incident investigations, equipment/procedure evaluations, and best practice discussions. The case studies were grouped into themes which relates to activities and conditions that have been, or have the potential to have been, associated with serious injury and/or fatality. Themes for this year’s Summit were:

  • SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
  • SHAFT SAFETY
  • IMPROVING SAFETY THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
  • ELECTRICAL SAFETY

Following are the presentations from the Summit:

Tim Barnstable, PotashCorp Cory

Paul Cuthbert, BHP Billiton

Ed Dyna, Cameco Corporation

Dean Gerhardt, Mosaic

Brian Grossleg, BHP Billiton

Patrick Kurtz, Agrium

Mike Meadows, Mosaic

Dustin Orosz, Mosaic

Arnfinn Prugger, PotashCorp

David Scharbach, PotashCorp

Chad Sewell, AREVA Resources Canada

Dave Speerbrecker, Thyssen Mining

John Takala, Cameco

Mike Tomtene, PotashCorp Allan

Anastasia VanderMost, PotashCorp

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMA Environmental Forum
October 18, 2016

SMA Environmental Forum October 18 - 20, 2016. 

NOTE: October 18 is a workshop for SMA members only.

The Environmental Forum was initiated primarily as a professional development opportunity for environmental practitioners in the mining industry, consulting businesses, post-secondary researchers and government. With changing regulations and evolving technology it is important for environmental professionals to keep current, and move forward, in developing and identifying best practices related to environmental sustainability. The agenda offers high quality technical papers on a diverse range of topics related to tailings and mine waste management, environmental management and best practices, climate change, environmental monitoring, decommissioning and reclamation, groundwater and surface water management, energy and resource management, biodiversity and wildlife management, as well as regulatory and corporate social responsibility. The Forum also allows us a unique opportunity to network with each other and the Exhibits provide an excellent opportunity for suppliers to discuss and/or demonstrate some of their products and services.

Attached are documents related to the Forum:

  • Call for Papers
  • Abstract Template
  • Format for Papers, Presentations and Poster
  • Final Programme 
  • Final Book of Abstracts
  • Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Exhibitor Opportunities
  • SMA Environmental Forum 2016 Proceedings

For more information please contact Brad Sigurdson, bsigurdson@saskmining.ca

 

Challenge of Managing Carbon Emissions in Saskatchewan's mining and mineral sector
September 30, 2016

Challenge of managing carbon emissions in Saskatchewan’s mining and mineral sector with carbon pricing seen by Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

With stories recently appearing in the national media about the potential for the federal government to impose a carbon price nationally (The Globe and Mail, Ottawa to impose a national carbon price on the provinces, Sunday, September 18, 2016), it is timely the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy has published a policy brief (http://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/research/publications/jsgs-policy-brief.php) identifying the challenges such a move may present to Saskatchewan’s potash and uranium production.

The policy brief discusses the economic context in which greenhouse gas emissions from the province’s minerals industry should be measured in the policy debate over managing carbon emissions, as well as the policy landscape and considerations all governments should consider in coming to decisions on how to manage greenhouse gas emissions.

48th Annual Emergency Response/Mine Rescue Competition
June 4, 2016

The 48th Annual Emergency Response/Mine Rescue Skills Competition was held Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon.

Attached are the 2016 Competition Guidelines, Mine Rescue Competition Poster, Results News Release and the ERMRC Newsletter July 2016.

Guidelines

Rescue Competition Poster

News Release

Saskatchewan Mining Week 2016
May 29, 2016

Saskatchewan Mining Week was held May 29 - June 4, 2016.  Various events were held throughout the week culminating with the 48th Annual Emergency Response/Mine Rescue Skills Competition, Saturday, June 4 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon.

Attached is a schedule of Mining Week Activities and a new release.  

2016-mining-week-activities.pdf

2016 Mining Week Launch News Release

Introductory Industrial Supervisor Course Feb. 23, 24, 25, 2016
February 23, 2016

Location: Best Western Royal Hotel

1715 Idylwyld Dr N, Saskatoon, SK S7L 1B4

Description:

The SMA is offering a 3-day Introductory Industrial Supervisor Safety Course to SMA members and contractors, February 23, 24 & 25, 2016 at the Best Western Royal Hotel in Saskatoon.

Cost:

  • $630.00 plus 5% GST = $661.50/person
  • Does NOT include accommodation

Date & Time:

  • Tuesday February 23rd 2016 to Thursday February 25th 2016
  • 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • 1/2 hour lunch

Aditional Information:

  • Registration from Wednesday November 11th 2015 to Thursday February 18th 2016
  • Presenter: Don Beahm CRSP, CHSC, D.B. Safety Solutions Inc.
  • Class limit is 25 participants.
  • NOTE:  No shows will still be invoiced.
50th Annual General Meeting
February 12, 2016

The Saskatchewan Mining Association's 50th Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday, February 12, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel Saskatoon.

 Attached is the Program.

2016-agm-program.pdf

2017 SMA GeoVenture
January 17, 2016

Attached is information on the 2017 GeoVenture taking place August 14 - 19, 2017.  2017 GeoVenture

 

Click here to read our 2016 blogs.

 

47th Annual Emergency Response/Mine Rescue Competition
July 9, 2015

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Regina: Teams of dedicated and highly trained emergency response/mine rescue personnel from seventeen mine sites around the province tested their skills at the 47th Annual Emergency Response/Mine Rescue Skills Competition held at EVRAZ Place on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

Underground and Surface Rescue teams displayed their highly qualified and proficient skills in 5 separate events, including Fire Fighting, First Aid, Proficiency Skills, Practical Skills and Simulated Surface and Underground Mine Problems.

The Overall winners of the 47th Annual Emergency Response Mine Rescue Skills Competition are:

OVERALL

Surface Winner - PotashCorp Patience Lake
Runner Up – Mosaic Belle Plaine

Underground Winner – PotashCorp Lanigan
Runner Up – Mosaic Esterhazy K2

The Individual Event winners of the 47th Annual Emergency Response Competition are:

FIRST AID

Surface Winner - PotashCorp Patience Lake
Runner Up – AREVA Resources McClean Lake

Underground Winner - Cameco McArthur River
Runner Up – PotashCorp Lanigan

FIRE FIGHTING

Surface Winner – Mosaic Belle Plaine
Runner Up – Westmoreland Coal Estevan

Underground Winner – Mosaic Esterhazy K2
Runner Up – PotashCorp Cory

PROFICIENCY

Surface Winner - AREVA Resources McClean Lake
Runner Up – Mosaic Belle Plaine

Underground Winner – PotashCorp Lanigan
Runner Up – Cameco McArthur River

PRACTICAL SKILLS

Surface Winner – Cameco Key Lake
Runner Up – Mosaic Belle Plaine

Underground Winner – Cameco Cigar Lake
Runner Up – PotashCorp Cory

SURFACE FIELD PROBLEM

Surface Winner - PotashCorp Patience Lake
Runner Up – Cameco Key Lake

UNDERGROUND MINE PROBLEM

Underground Winner – Agrium Vanscoy
Runner Up – Mosaic Esterhazy K2

The Saskatchewan Mining Association salutes these safety professionals who are a tremendous resource, both to the mines where they work and their home communities.

The Honourable Andrew Scheer, MP Regina-Qu’Appelle and Speaker of the House of Commons along with SMA President, Neil McMillan also presented two National trophies to Saskatchewan mine sites. For the second consecutive year, the National John T. Ryan safety trophy for the best safety performance for the production of minerals in Canada, Metal Mines category, was awarded to Cameco McArthur River. The award is sponsored by MSA Canada. The Hatch- CIM Mining & Minerals Project Development Safety Award, for the safe execution of a project, where there are outstanding projection safety systems, culture and performance, was awarded to Mosaic Colonsay. Mr. Andrew Ochitwa was recognized as Emergency Response Person of the Year for his long-time dedication to the mine rescue community.

For further information contact:
Pam Schwann, Executive Director
Saskatchewan Mining Association
(306) 757-9505
pschwann@saskmining.ca

New Report Highlights Hiring Requirements and Available Talent Forecasts for Saskatchewan Mining Industry
May 28, 2015

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In the current market conditions, the mining industry will need to hire 12,900 new workers by 2024, according to the 2014 Saskatchewan Mining Industry Hiring Requirements and Available Talent Forecasts Report, released by the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR), in partnership with the Saskatchewan Mining Association (SMA) and the International Minerals Innovation Institute (IMII).

Demographics of the current Saskatchewan mining industry indicate that it has younger labour force, compared to the Canadian mining workforce, however retirements continue to pose a challenge to a stable labour market succession, with 12 per cent of the current mining workforce over the age of 55. Currently women and immigrants are underrepresented in the mining workforce compared to the overall workforce while aboriginal peoples comprise 10 per cent of the mining workforce.

MiHR’s available talent forecast shows that the mining industry can expect to attract about 6,900 new workforce entrants in 71 key mining occupations. The gap between the hiring requirements and available talent are largest in Technical Occupations, followed by Supervisors, Coordinators and Foreman and Professional and Physical and Science Occupations. While the gaps faced by the mining industry in Saskatchewan have narrowed for some occupations since 2011, employers are still struggling to match their recruitment needs with the skills of job-seekers in the province. For example, the employer survey deployed as part of this study suggests that Engineers are still among the top five most difficult occupations to recruit.

Fostering partnerships between industry and post-secondary institutions is an important strategy, particularly given the projected gaps between the need for skilled and educated workers and the supply of available talent. The collaborative partnership between the SMA and IMII is an example of how industry, government and post- secondary institutions can collaborate to align post-secondary training and education to career opportunities in the mining sector. Other strategies to attract and retain talent include promotion of career opportunities, increased participation of under-represented groups in non-traditional roles, developing mentorship and succession programs, identifying and grooming high potential employees for managerial and supervisory roles and incorporating leadership development in early career stages.

For further information contact:
Pam Schwann, Executive Director
Saskatchewan Mining Association
(306) 757-9505
pschwann@saskmining.ca

Mining – Fertile Ground for Saskatchewan
May 25, 2015

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Regina: The Honourable Bill Boyd, Minister of the Economy along with Neil McMillan, President of the Saskatchewan Mining Association launched ‘Mining Week in Saskatchewan’ today at the Saskatchewan Legislature. Mining Week in Saskatchewan runs from May 24 – 30, 2015.

“The theme of this year's Mining Week is ‘Mining – Fertile Ground for Saskatchewan,” said Neil McMillan, President of Saskatchewan Mining Association. “Geology made Saskatchewan “fertile ground” for mining, but even the most fertile ground is barren if not worked carefully by knowledgeable tenants. For half a century, the companies who work the “fertile ground” of Saskatchewan’s mineral resources have joined together as the Saskatchewan Mining Association, speaking as one voice to government, building public awareness of the importance and value of mining, and supporting one another in a myriad of ways” said McMillan.

Today, Saskatchewan is recognized as one of the world’s best jurisdictions for mining companies to invest in. These investments have made Saskatchewan one of the world’s strongest and most resilient economies.

The Saskatchewan Mining Association will have dozens of events in communities across the province celebrating Mining Week, culminating with the 47th Annual Emergency Response/Mine Rescue Skills Competition, May 30 at EVRAZ Place in Regina.

For further information contact:
Tracey Irwin
SMA Manager, Communications and Membership
(306) 591-7050
www.saskmining.ca

Saskatchewan Mining Week 2015
March 24, 2015

Saskatchewan Mining Week was held from May 24 - 30, 2015.

Attached is a Schedule of Mining Week Activities, News Release on Mining Week Launch and available speaker presentations.

2015-launch-news-release.pdf

2015-mining-week-activities.pdf

mihr-mining-week-presentation.pdf

pam-schwann-sma-sk-forum-presentation.pdf

peter-hall-edc-let-s-talk-exports.pdf

Saskatchewan Mining Association and Saskatchewan Polytechnic launch contractor safety training program
March 16, 2015

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Today, the Saskatchewan Mining Association (SMA) and Saskatchewan Polytechnic announced the Standardized Contractor Safety Training program. The program will be coordinated through Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Centre for Minerals Innovation (CMI). It will establish common provincial training standards for all contractors working at SMA member companies.

“For contractors, this will mean one set of training standards reducing repetitive training, saving time and facilitating mobility between SMA member sites,” said Cristal Glass-Painchaud, Saskatchewan Polytechnic director of the Centre for Minerals Innovation.

Pam Schwann, SMA executive director indicated that the SMA Safety Committee has been exploring ways to improve contractor safety performance for a number of years. “For SMA member companies, the Standardized Contractor Safety Program will provide assurance that all contractors working at sites will consistently have the knowledge and training to provide safe work,” said Schwann. “We are very pleased that Saskatchewan Polytechnic has agreed to be our partner on this important project.”

Initial offerings available for registration April 1 include WHMIS and general mine safety. Additional courses such as confined space entry, fall protection, hoisting and rigging safety among others will be rolled out as they become available. The CMI is working with regional colleges and approved third-party training providers to ensure that the standardized training is available throughout Saskatchewan. Contractors interested in the program can visit saskpolytech.ca/cmi or call the CMI at 306-659-6968 for more information.

The CMI is an operational unit within Saskatchewan Polytechnic that works with mining and minerals stakeholders through developing and sharing resources, facilitating access to leading-edge educational services, providing and supporting high quality training programs, and facilitating opportunities for innovation through applied research partnerships.

The Saskatchewan Mining Association (SMA) is the voice of the mining industry in Saskatchewan. The association represents and supports a safe, responsible and growing Saskatchewan mining industry.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 26,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.

For more information, contact:

Saskatchewan Mining Association Pamela Schwann
Executive Director
Office: 306-757-9505 Email: info@saskmining.ca

Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Adam Lehmann
Saskatchewan Polytechnic Communications and Marketing Office: 306-691-8513
Cell: 306-630-9968
Email: adam.lehmann@saskpolytech.ca

Information about the Saskatchewan Mining Association can be found at www.saskmining.ca. Information about Saskatchewan Polytechnic can be found at www.saskpolytech.ca.

2015 SMA GeoVenture
January 1, 2015

Click here to read our 2015 blogs

46th Annual Emergency Response/Mine Rescue Skills Competition . . . A Test with Great Success!
June 1, 2014

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Saskatoon: This past weekend teams of dedicated and highly trained emergency response/mine rescue personnel from seventeen mine sites around the province tested their skills at the 46th Annual Emergency Response/Mine Rescue Skills Competition held at Prairieland Park on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

Underground and Surface Rescue teams displayed their highly qualified and proficient skills in 5 separate Events, including Fire Fighting, First Aid, Proficiency Skills, Practical Skills and Simulated Surface and Underground Mine Problems. The Honourable Don Morgan, Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, and SMA President Trevor Berg presented the awards to the Overall Surface and Underground teams.

The Overall winners of the 46th Annual Emergency Response Mine Rescue Skills Competition are:

OVERALL

Surface Winner - PotashCorp Patience Lake
Runner Up – Westmoreland Coal Poplar River

Underground Winner – PotashCorp Rocanville
Runner Up – PotashCorp Lanigan

The Individual Event winners of the 46th Annual Emergency Response Competition are:

FIRST AID

Surface Winner - PotashCorp Patience Lake
Runner Up – Westmoreland Coal Estevan

Underground Winner - Mosaic Colonsay
Runner Up – PotashCorp Cory

FIRE FIGHTING

Surface Winner – Westmoreland Coal Poplar River
Runner Up – Mosaic Belle Plaine

Underground Winner – Mosaic K2
Runner Up – PotashCorp Lanigan

PROFICIENCY

Surface Winner - AREVA Resources McClean Lake
Runner Up – PotashCorp Patience Lake

Underground Winner – PotashCorp Rocanville
Runner Up – PotashCorp Lanigan

PRACTICAL SKILLS

Surface Winner – PotashCorp Patience Lake
Runner Up – Mosaic Belle Plaine

Underground Winner – PotashCorp Rocanville
Runner Up – PotashCorp Cory

SURFACE FIELD PROBLEM

Surface Winner - Westmoreland Coal Poplar River
Runner Up – PotashCorp Patience Lake

UNDERGROUND MINE PROBLEM

Underground Winner – PotashCorp Rocanville
Runner Up – Mosaic Colonsay

The Saskatchewan Mining Association salutes these safety professionals who are a tremendous resource, both to the mines where they work and their home communities.

Cameco McArthur River was also presented with the National John T. Ryan safety trophy for the best safety performance in the Metal Mines category in 2013. The John T. Ryan Award is a national safety achievement award that symbolizes excellence with respect to the safe production of minerals in Canada. The award, sponsored by MSA Canada, was presented by Mrs. Kelly Block, MP for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources. Two individuals were also recognized for their long-time dedication to the mine rescue community. Mr. Larry Erickson and Mr. Cam Marit were recognized as Emergency Response Persons of the Year.

For further information contact:
Pam Schwann, Executive Director
Saskatchewan Mining Association
(306) 757-9505
pschwann@saskmining.ca

Mining For Food and Energy: Core to Saskatchewan’s and the World’s Economy
May 26, 2014

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Saskatoon: The Honourable Don Morgan, Minister of Education and, Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety along with Trevor Berg, President of the Saskatchewan Mining Association launched ‘Mining Week in Saskatchewan’ today at SIAST Kelsey Campus, Mining Engineering Technology Building. Mining Week in Saskatchewan runs from May 25 – 31, 2014.

“The theme of this year's Mining Week is ‘Mining for Food and Energy: Core to Saskatchewan’s and the World’s Economy,” said Trevor Berg, President of Saskatchewan Mining Association. “Growth in the mining industry is based on strong fundamentals aligned with the needs of emerging economies. With an expanding global population, the world needs more food, and potash helps supply that. And it needs more clean, reliable energy, and that's the connection to Saskatchewan’s uranium and developing clean coal technology” said Berg.

The Saskatchewan Mining Association initiated a new Education Outreach program this year called the “Digging Deeper Challenge”. Students in Grades 4, 7 and 9 to 12 were asked to submit a 2 minute video or PowerPoint Presentation on: What are the benefits of mining to you? What are the benefits of mining to your community? And what are the benefits of mining to Saskatchewan? The winners were announced and awards presented to students from the following schools: John Lake School (Grade 4/5) in Saskatoon, Outlook Elementary School (Grade 4), Ecole Massey (Grade 7) in Regina, St. Dominic Savio School (Grade 7) in Regina, and Wynyard Composite School (Secondary).

The Saskatchewan Mining Association will have dozens of events in communities across the province celebrating Mining Week, culminating with the 46th Annual Emergency Response/Mine Rescue Skills Competition, May 31 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon.

For further information contact:
Tracey Irwin
SMA Manager, Communications and Membership
(306) 591-7050
www.saskmining.ca

2014 SMA GeoVenture
January 1, 2014

Click here to read our 2014 blogs

45th Annual Emergency Response/Mine Rescue Skills Competition . . . A Test with Great Success!
June 2, 2013

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Saskatoon: This past weekend teams of dedicated and highly trained emergency response/mine rescue personnel from fourteen mine sites around the province tested their skills at the 45th Annual Emergency Response/Mine Rescue Skills Competition held at Prairieland Park on Saturday, June 1, 2013.

Underground and Surface Rescue teams displayed their highly qualified and proficient skills in 5 separate Events, including Fire Fighting, First Aid, Proficiency Skills, Practical Skills and Simulated Surface and Underground Mine Problems.

The Overall winners of the 45th Annual Emergency Response Mine Rescue Skills Competition are:

OVERALL

Surface Winner - Mosaic Belle Plaine
Runner Up – PotashCorp Patience Lake

Underground Winner – Cameco McArthur
River Runner Up – PotashCorp Rocanville

The Individual Event winners of the 45th Annual Emergency Response Competition are:

FIRST AID

Surface Winner - Mosaic Belle Plaine
Underground Winner - Mosaic Colonsay

FIRE FIGHTING

Surface Winner – Mosaic Belle Plaine
Runner Up – Sherritt Coal Poplar River

Underground Winner – PotashCorp Rocanvill
Runner Up – Mosaic Esterhazy K1

PROFICIENCY

Surface Winner - PotashCorp Patience Lake
Runner Up – Mosaic Belle Plaine

Underground Winner – Mosaic Esterhazy K2
Runner Up – PotashCorp Rocanville

PRACTICAL SKILLS

Surface Winner – PotashCorp Patience Lake
Runner Up – Mosaic Belle Plaine

Underground Winner – Agrium
Runner Up – Esterhazy K1

SURFACE FIELD PROBLEM

Surface Winner - Mosaic Belle Plaine
Runner Up – PotashCorp Patience Lake

UNDERGROUND MINE PROBLEM

Underground Winner - Cameco McArthur River
Runner Up – PotashCorp Cory

The Saskatchewan Mining Association salutes these safety professionals who are a tremendous resource, both to the mines where they work and the communities in which they reside.

At the Emergency Response/Mine Rescue Skills Competition Awards Banquet, Mosaic Belle Plaine was also presented with the Regional John T. Ryan safety trophy for the best safety performance in the Select Mine category in 2012. The John T. Ryan Award is a national safety achievement award that symbolizes excellence with respect to the safe production of minerals in Canada. Two individuals were also recognized for their long-time dedication to the mine rescue community. Mr. Jack Danylczuk was recognized as Emergency Response Person of the Year, and Mr. Nick Asmundson, one of the first certified mine rescue persons in the province, was recognized posthumously for his many years as a team member competitor, coach and judge.

For more information please contact:

Pamela Schwann, M.Sc., P.Geo.
Executive Director
Saskatchewan Mining Association
(306) 757-9505

Mining: Growth Through Challenging Economic Times
May 27, 2013

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Regina: The Honourable Tim McMillan, Minister Responsible for Energy and Resources along with Steve Fortney, President of the Saskatchewan Mining Association launched ‘Mining Week in Saskatchewan’ today at Mosaic Tower at Hill Centre III in Regina. Mining Week in Saskatchewan runs from May 26 – June 1, 2013.

“The theme of this year's Mining Week is ‘Mining: Growth Through Challenging Economic Times,” said Steve Fortney, President of Saskatchewan Mining Association. “Growth in the mining industry is based on strong fundamentals aligned with the needs of emerging economies. With an expanding global population, the world needs more food, and potash helps supply that. And it needs more clean, reliable energy, and that's the connection to Saskatchewan’s uranium and developing clean coal technology” said Fortney.

“In spite of growth we need to remain aware of the challenges the industry faces, including increasing project and operational costs that are not supported by commodity prices and a tight labour market,” said Fortney. The outlook for the mining sector in 2013 remains strong if mining companies are strategic in their actions.

Between 2008 – 2028 mining companies will be investing over $50 Billion in Saskatchewan operations. This translates to new investments of $6 Million a day.

The Saskatchewan Mining Association will have dozens of events in communities across the province celebrating Mining Week, culminating with the 45th Annual Emergency Response/Mine Rescue Skills Competition, June 1 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon.

For further information contact:
Tracey Irwin
SMA Manager, Communications and Membership
(306) 591-7050
www.saskmining.ca

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