March 5, 2009 | Posted in Business Development

2009 Nunavut Mining Symposium

The twelfth annual Nunavut Mining Symposium will be held in Iqaluit from March 31 – April 2, 2009. This theme of this year’s Symposium is Looking Forward: Translating Challenges to Opportunities, and will highlight the last ten years of Nunavut, as well as anticipating what the next decade will bring to the mining and exploration industry.

The Nunavut Mining Symposium attracts professionals from Inuit organizations, regulatory agencies, various levels of government, and exploration and mining companies. Events include conference sessions and workshops, a one-day trade show, hospitality suites, entertainment, and a gala dinner and awards evening to celebrate the mining and exploration industry in Nunavut.

April 30, 2009 | Posted in Presentations

2009 presentations available online

Presentations from the 2009 Nunavut Mining Symposium are now available online. Please note that not all presentations are available. If there is anything in particular you are looking for, please contact us for further information.

The 2009 Nunavut Mining Symposium was held from March 31 – April 2, 2009 in Iqaluit, Nunavut.

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March 31, 2009 | Posted in Town Hall Meeting

Town Hall Meeting

Town Hall Meeting

Date: 4/1/2009 Time: 3:00:00 PM

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We encourage you to participate in the Town Hall by posing questions and submitting to at any time up to and including during the live webcast. This interactive Town Hall meeting will explore challenges and solutions for the mining and exploration industry in Nunavut.

For further information please contact the coordinators, Brenda Mercer, at (613) 477-2919 or Melanie Abbott at (867) 979-2194.

March 14, 2009 | Posted in News & Events

Latest schedule posted

Plans are well underway for this year’s Nunavut Mining Symposium, and the schedule is nearly complete. There may be some last-minute changes to presentations and venues, so a final program will be available at registration. Please have a look through some of our blog posts for updates to speakers, and special events and highlights of this year’s Symposium.

March 14, 2009 | Posted in News & Events

Looking Forward: Translating Challenges to Opportunities

The 2009 Nunavut Mining Symposium will be Looking Forward: Translating Challenges to Opportunities. Speakers and events include:

  • the Honourable Eva Aariak, Premier of Nunavut, who will speak to delegates during opening remarks on Tuesday, March 31
  • Patricia Mohr, Vice-President, Economics and Commodity Marketing Specialist, The Scotiabank Group, as our luncheon speaker on Tuesday, March 31
  • the Town Hall meeting at the Astro Theatre to hear participating expert panelists
  • Exploration updates will be provided by industry on Tuesday, March 31 and Thursday, April 2 at the Astro Theatre

Don’t forget the Canadian North Nunavut Mining Awards banquet on Thursday, April 2, with keynote speaker Rob Huebert from the University of Calgary. The banquet is jointly sponsored by Canadian North and Agnico-Eagle Mines.

March 13, 2009 | Posted in Training & Education

Training for the future

How is Nunavut training for the future? Hear about the new programs being delivered in the territory, through business and government, to prepare our labour force for the future. Mike Shouldice, Kivalliq Dean of the Nunavut Arctic College will chair the Education and Training session on the afternoon of Thursday, April 2.

March 13, 2009 | Posted in Regulatory Issues

The Road to Improvement

On July 17, 2008, the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development released The Road to Improvement, the report from Neil McCrank, Special Representative for the Northern Regulatory Improvement Initiative. McCrank offered several recommendations in this report on how to improve the northern regulatory system. Stephen Traynor will speak to this at his Regulatory Improvement Initiative talk on Tuesday, March 31.

March 13, 2009 | Posted in Community Engagement

Community engagement

What are industry and government doing to connect with the communities where they work? Discover the new Nunavut’s rocks and minerals teaching kits. What are Baffinland and Newmont doing to engage community members in the Kitikmeot and Qikiqtani? Come and learn about these initiatives and more during the Community Engagement sessions on Tuesday, March 31.

March 13, 2009 | Posted in Projects

What’s new in mineral and exploration in Nunavut?

2008 saw decreased expenditures, but more focused research. What are the plans for 2009? Learn more at the Exploration Update talks on Tuesday, March 31 and Thursday, April 2 at the Frobisher Inn Conference Centre.

March 6, 2009 | Posted in News & Events

Town Hall Panelist: Honourable Peter Taptuna

Minister of Economic Development & Transportation

Honourable Peter Taptuna

Honourable Peter Taptuna, Minister of Economic Development & Transportation, will be participating as a panelist at this year’s Town Hall Meeting.

Prior to being elected to the third Nunavut Legislative Assembly, Minister Taptuna was a community leader in Kugluktuk. He graduated from Nunavut Arctic College with a diploma in Management. Minister Taptuna is a trained heavy duty mechanic, and was employed with Echo Bay Mines and spent many years in the oil and gas drilling industry, both onshore and off. Minister Taptuna worked for several years for the Kugluktuk HTO. He has served as a Hamlet Councillor and Deputy Mayor for the Hamlet of Kugluktuk, and has served as Director and Chair for the Kitikmeot Corporation, and as a Board Member for the Nunavut Development Corporation.

Minister Taptuna was elected to the Third Nunavut Legislative Assembly this past November and was chosen by his peers to sit in Cabinet. Premier Eva Aariak appointed him Minister of Economic Development & Transportation.

March 6, 2009 | Posted in Town Hall Meeting

Town Hall Panelist: Paul Quassa

Paul Quassa was born in an igloo, north of the community of Igloolik. He attended a residential school for nine years, both in Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut and Churchill, Manitoba. In 1973 he graduated from Algonquin College in Ottawa.

Mr. Quassa was Chief Negotiator from 1989 to 1993 and was the first President of Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated from its inception on and off until 2001. From 2006 to 2009 he was mayor of Igloolik, and president of the Nunavut Association of Municipalities from 2008 to 2009. For the last three years, Mr. Quassa has been Vice-Chairperson of the Nunavut Planning Commission, Vice-Chair of NITC, and was appointed Board Member for the Nunavut Broadband Development Corporation by the Government of Nunavut.

Mr. Quassa lives in Igloolik with his wife and six children.