The importance of mining in everyday life is being highlighted during North Bay Mining Week. 

A series of workshops and events are taking place between Monday, November 15 and Sunday, November 21st. 

The goal is to bring awareness to the industry and accomplishments by local companies. 

The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) says mining is a major employer in the area with over 60 mining-related companies based in North Bay. 

“With so many interesting careers available in the mining industry, mining week is a great opportunity for our students to connect with the industry and explore what is available to them,” says Ryan Drouin, manager and career development of Sports and Wellness at Canadore College.

The Northern Gateway Branch of the CIM encourages local students to consider a job in mining by supporting initiatives like the Mining Specialist High Skills Major at Northern Secondary School and virtual career workshops at Canadore College.

The local branch has funded the delivery of the Mining Matters program providing both in-class and virtual workshops at local elementary schools. 

“Mining is all around us, and North Bay companies are at the forefront when providing the technology needed to make these mines run efficiently and safely,” says Mark Wagner, membership executive for the CIM Northern Gateway Branch.

Mining Matters educate students about minerals and rocks and how they are an important part of everyday life.