Dina Quenneville, Executive Director of GEDC, led the delegation that manned the booth at the Valhalla. She has been attending for 10 years herself, she said, and she guessed that GEDC attended the 5 years before that. “Visitors had a lot of questions,” she said, “about the Ring of Fire and about Premier Gold.”
The number of exhibitors expanded dramatically this year, and many had to be turned away. The GEDC delegation took turns manning the booth and working the crowd to make and cultivate contacts. They noticed a large number of First Nations dropping by the booth.
The delegation received many inquiries from businesses interested in relocating or establishing a presence in the region to service the mining industry, and from people looking into future job prospects.
Among the exhibitors were Imexko Greenstone Enterprises of Geraldton and Spirit Stone Creations of Beardmore. At the former booth, Peter Kathmann and Karen MacDougall said they had been exhibitors for 7 years running, and at the latter, Herb Goodman and Theresa Nelson said they had attended for 6 years.
The theme of this year’s Symposium was “25 million ounces of gold”, referencing the current deposits outlined by junior and intermediate exploration companies in Northwestern Ontario.
Edgar J. Lavoie
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