SME Executive Director Dave Kanagy and other industry leaders will address the 116th National Western Mining Conference & Exhibition, to be held April 15-17 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO. Sponsored each year by the Colorado Mining Association (CMA), the conference will emphasize Colorado’s leading role in mineral development worldwide. The show is expected to draw more than 1,000 attendees and 110 exhibitors from around Colorado and the world. The conference theme – “Moving Forward from the World’s Mining Capital” – will address both the opportunities and challenges the industry faces not only in Colorado, but throughout the world.
The preliminary program is available on the Association’s web site, www.coloradomining.org. The deadline for advance reservations at the CMA block rate at the Colorado Convention Center is March 13, 2014. Advance registration ends April 4.
“Although Colorado has a rich mining heritage, many are unaware that the city of Denver and surrounding area is home to one of the largest infrastructures of mining companies, support organizations, and technical expertise located anywhere in the world,” Stuart Sanderson, CMA President, said in a January statement. For that reason, he added, “Colorado is a worldwide mining hub and organizations like SME play a critical role in helping to advance the industry worldwide.”
Kanagy will address the joint CMA/MMSA breakfast on workforce and infrastructure challenges facing the mining industry in the years ahead. A tighter work force will result from increased international competition for qualified personnel, Kanagy told a conference in Broken Hill, Australia last year, especially if the number of mining education institutions continues to recede. “Skilled miner labor is going to be a pretty scarce resource,” especially as the work force continues to age, he told the Australia conferees. At the CMA show, Kanagy will provide the latest update on how the industry expects to overcome challenges that include replacing more than 78 percent of its workers by 2029.
The opening session of the 116th CMA conference will also feature presentations by leaders in the mining industry, including Ron Largent, CEO, International, AngloGold Ashanti. He will assess the challenges facing the industry and what companies are doing to create sustainable cash flows in the face of lower commodity prices. Mike Duncan, CEO, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a leading advocacy group headquartered in Washington, DC, will outline his vision for coal’s future in the face of a regulatory onslaught that puts coal-based electricity generation at risk.
For more about the conference, including a complete program, visit www.coloradomining.org.