Future looks bright for Sudbury mining


Mayor of Greater Sudbury Brian Bigger’s speech at 2018 PDAC conference


Mayor Brian Bigger, left, Vic Pakalnis, Kim Rudd, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, Nickel Belt MP Marc Serre and Michelle Ash, chief innovation officer for Barrick Mining, attended the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference. (Photo supplied)

PDAC, as always, is an opportunity for companies working in all aspects of mining to come together, showcase what they have been working on to government representatives, stakeholders and investors. This year in particular showed great signs of enthusiasm in the industry and once again Greater Sudbury’s presence was very prominent in the mining world. In fact, more than 80 companies and organizations from Greater Sudbury were on display and approximately 750 Sudburians were in attendance. Representatives from around the world were amongst the 25,000 attendees.

It’s tremendous to see how enthusiastic our local firms are about the future and I was pleased to hear that some of them are planning expansions. As was reported in the news earlier this month, Glencore, Vale, KGHM and IamGold are soon to be spending billions of dollars on nearby mine development and operations, through which many Greater Sudbury businesses will benefit. It’s the kind of upswing in the industry that I truly believe is being felt by many and businesses are excited, which is always a great thing to see.

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