Modern Mining and Technology Week begins this weekend
For the second year, Sudbury's annual mining week will take a forward-looking approach to promote opportunities in the sector and dispel myths about the mining industry.
Lori Martin, chair of Modern Mining and Technology Sudbury, which organizes the annual event, said younger students in particular, have long had the impression that mining is “very rough and rugged.”
But Martin said the industry includes much more than underground work. The support systems and mining supply sector make up a big part of mining today, she said.
Sudbury’s Modern Mining and Technology Week kicks off Saturday with a showcase at the New Sudbury Centre.
Mining giants Vale and Glencore will have employees on hand to share their personal experiences with the mining industry.
Sudbury's three post-secondary institutions: Laurentian University, Cambrian College and Collège Boréal will also be present to promote their mining-related programs.
Visitors to the showcase will be able to receive free tickets for Dynamic Earth on May 3 and May 4.
Modern Mining and Technology Sudbury will be at Dynamic Earth both days for a special slate of mining-related activities.
On April 26 Dynamic Earth will host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival for mining week.
The festival will feature 10 films focused on adventure, the natural world and geology.
Martin said while the films are not strictly about mining, they promote the sorts of adventure the sector can also offer.
“If you're interested in adventure a career in mining will take you there,” she said.
May 3 and 4 Modern Mining and Technology Sudbury will host free two-hour tours of Sudbury, focused on the local mining industry and how it has evolved throughout the city's history. Stops will include re-greening sites, the first discovery of Sudbury ore, shattercones, and a close look at modern mining technologies.
Sudbury’s Modern Mining and Technology Week will run from April 26 to May 4.