Happy Holidays & 2013 Mining Conference Schedule

Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 in Favorites | 4 comments

Happy Holidays & 2013 Mining Conference Schedule

Hello Everyone!

First & Foremost – Merry Christmas to all who celebrate, and best wishes to those who don’t! For Christmas this year, I got myself a Lego Mining Truck set (note all the free gold in the ore that gets released simply with a blast!), hence the thumbnail picture :) Once I open and start playing with it, I will endeavor to make a stop motion film and post it on here!

I want to take this opportunity and thank everyone for your support, kind messages, participating in the blog, and continuing to strengthen our mining community. I have met some great people in writing this blog :) 2012 gave us Mine Expo with lots of new equipment & technologies being unveiled and as of writing this blog, gold closed at $1658.30 (Does anyone remember feasibility studies using $/oz at $600 back in 2006?). Personally, 2012 was a great year for me and I got an opportunity to go to some countries for the very first time – Madagascar, Israel+Palestine, UAE and Turks & Caicos.

For this blog post, I thought I would outline some mining conferences coming up in 2013 (in Canada/USA) that you may find interesting:

January: Mine Site Automation & Communication Forum – Tucson, USA

FebruarySME Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with CMA’s National Western Mining ConferenceDenver, USA

MarchPDACToronto, Canada

MayCIM Annual MeetingToronto, Canada

July: Oil Sands Heavy Oil TechnologiesCalgary, Canada

AugustWorld Mining Congress held in conjunction with the International Symposium on Automation & RoboticsMontreal, Canada (MSGC, Mining Standards & Guidelines Committee, will be holding an event in conjunction with EMESRT (The Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table) – stay tuned for details!)

SeptemberMEMO (Maintenance Engineering/Mine Operator’s Conference) – Kamloops, Canada

September: Oil Sands Trade Show, Fort McMurray, Canada

OctoberSME & CIM’s Safety & Reliability SymposiumToronto, Canada

December: Arizona Conference (no link info yet) – Arizona, USA

December: Northwest Mining Association (NWMA) Annual MeetingReno, USA

I’m sure there are a lot more, especially since I only focused on events happening in Canada/USA. For other locations, I find Marcus Evans to be a good source and organizer of mining summits globally. Although I live in Denver, I will unfortunately be out of town during SME. But as it stands now, I will be at WMC and NWMA in 2013. I hope to see you there. Please do let me know if you will be dropping in.

Going forward in 2013, I hope to have more time to blog so as always, feel free to send me blog article suggestions. If you are looking for new goals at work, check out my blog from Feb 2012 on creating an action plan to increase production & decrease costs at your mine site.  I will close this blog off with a quick safety share: During this holiday season, please remember to be safe, both at work and at home!



Vivien * X’mas 2012


  • Bekkel103

    Hi Vivien,

    You mean like this: http://youtu.be/O1e1fSniiR8?

    A bit basic, but then again my son only just turned 7! At least he is showing an interest to follow in his dad’s footsteps (both Lego and mining).

    Happy New Year!

    • Vivien

      Wow – That is awesome! Can’t believe your son is only 7 –  Thank you for sharing :)

  • Mikha Simanjuntak

    Happy Holiday Vivien..joyfull Christmas for you and your family there.
    God Bless

    • Vivien

      Thank you Mikha! All the best for you in 2013 :)