Since 1987, KEG has held one of B.C.’s highest quality mining and exploration conferences. In addition to the two-day technical conference highlighting exploration successes and issues, KEG offers short courses and field trips that are frequently over subscribed. We also have an ice breaker social and a popular hockey game where teams compete for the Kilderkin Cup.
The Ron Wells Award is presented for recognition of outstanding service and contribution to the Kamloops Exploration Group.
Ron Wells Award Past Winners
2016 Fred Daley
2015 Mike Cathro
2014 Jutta Jealouse
2013 Leo Lindinger
2012 Frank Pezzotti
2011 Royanna Wild
The Gold Pick Award
The Gold Pick Award is presented in recognition of outstanding service and contribution to the mineral industry.
Gold Pick Award Past Winners
2016 Patrick McAndless
2015 JoAnne Nelson
2014 Yukon Dan Moor
2013 Jim Oliver
2012 Rudi Durfeld
2011 Paul Wodjak
KEG is now accepting nominations for these two awards presented during the banquet at the KEG Conference & Trade Show on April 5th 2017. These awards were created to recognize dedication and commitment. To nominate a deserving individual for either award, please send your contact information along with a biography of the individual and the reasons for their nomination. Please email your submission to kamloopsexplorationgroup@ gmail.com
PAST 2016 Conference Summary:
29th Annual KEG Conference and Trade Show Highlights
Thank you to all KEG Directors, volunteers, sponsors and delegates for making the 2016 KEG Conference and Trade Show a huge success. We would also like to thank Jen Barter for all her work with the conference. The 29th Annual conference saw 421 registered delegates, 109 students in the educational program, and close to 100 members of the public in attendance. Trade show booths, the WIM South Central Wine Reception, the Banquet and the New Afton New Gold Mine Tour were all sold out. Thank you to the talks committee and everyone who presented. We would also like to thank all the staff at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre for, as always, great service and hospitality.
Thank you to all of the 29th Annual KEG Conference and Trade Show sponsors. KEG could not host this event every year with out your generous support.
New Gold Inc.
Activation Laboratories Ltd. (Actlabs)
Colorado Resources Ltd.
IBEW Local 993 Northern BC & Yukon
Foraco Canada Ltd.
IRL Supplies Ltd.
KGHM Ajax Mining Inc.
Prosper Gold Corp
District of Logan Lake
Eagle Mapping Ltd.
& Drilling Supplies Ltd.
Multi Power Products Ltd.
Robertson Mfg. Ltd
Clinton W. Grey amazing the crowd with his magical talents
A beautiful evening for the patio
Before dinner, KEG Vice President and MC John Dormer welcomed everyone and thanked all our sponsors before introducing Minister of Energy & Mines and Minister responsible for Core Review, The Honourable Bill Bennett. Minister Bennett once again gave an inspiring speech to the attendees. KEG President Colin Russell joined The Honourable Bill Bennett in presenting the 2016 Gold Pick Award and the 2016 Ron Wells Award. After dinner, the amazing and talented Clinton W. Grey, put on an amazing show which included magic, getting out of a straight jacket and magically chopping off attendee, Anna's, hand. The ALS Hospitality Suite was a packed house once again.
Clinton W. Grey wowing the full house at the 2016 banquet
Clinton W. Grey is magically chopping off Anna's hand
The KEG is pleased to announce the 2016 winners of these awards which were created to recognize dedication and commitment.
The 2016 Ron Wells Award was presented to Fred Daley in recognition of his outstanding service and contribution to the Kamloops Exploration Group.
Past Winners: 2015 Mike Cathro, 2014 Jutta Jealouse, 2013 Leo Lindinger, 2012 Frank Pezzotti, 2011 Royanna Wild
Minister of Mines, The Honourable Bill Bennett, KEG President Colin Russell
and Karin Gerke present Fred Daley with the 2016 Ron Wells Award
The 2016 Gold Pick Award was presented to Patrick McAndless in recognition of his outstanding service and contribution in the mineral industry.
Past Winners: 2015 JoAnne Nelson, 2014 Yukon Dan Moore, 2013 Jim Oliver, 2012 Rudi Durfeld, 2011 Paul Wodjak
Minister of Mines, The Honourable Bill Bennett and KEG President Colin Russell
present Patrick McAndless with the 2016 Gold pick Award
Congratulations to you both, and thank you for your dedication.
The Women In Mining South Central Branch Wine And Cheese Reception was once again a wonderful event. Thank you to KGHM AJAX Mining Inc. for your generous sponsorship. This was a sold out event and was attended by Minister of Energy & Mines, The Honourable Bill Bennett. The group is looking forward to growing the number of members and to start being active in the community with career planning, socials and networking. You can become a member by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
WIM South Central Executive pose with The Honourable Bill Bennett
During lunch on Tuesday, attendees came together to share stories of founding KEG member Ab Ablett. Thank you to Denis Delisle who chaired this event. Thank you to Bruce Bried who donated 2 original drawings by Ab. These were auctioned off to raise money for the New Life Community Kamloops, which is the charity benefiting from the September 24th Ab Ablett Memorial KEG Golf Tournament.
Denis Delisle shares his stories during the Ab Ablett lunch event
Bev Quist receives the $1000 Travelwise GC from
KEG President Colin Russell in the grand prize draw
Bree receives 10 1oz silver bars from
KEG President Colin Russell for the passport grand prize draw
Attendees made their way to Spences Bridge to meet world champion gold panner Yukon Dan. the work was tough, but everyone found the incurable gold fever. Thank you to Yukon Dan and his volunteers for an amazing day in the sun finding lots of flake gold. Thank you to Reg Devick and Jasmine Beaudin for sharing their pictures.
Delegates spent the day touring the underground mine at New Afton, checking out the new facilities and looking at core samples in the core shack.
The Annual KEG Hockey Game has started new traditions this year. There is no more Interior VS The Coast. The new names are now Blackjacks and Lemons.
The two teams were named after a pair of infamous prospectors in the legend of the Lost Lemon Mine. The legend holds that two prospectors (Lemon and Blackjack), discovered a gold vein in the vicinity of Crowsnest Pass in the year 1870. The discovery was made in late fall, and the two argued that night whether to remain there through the winter or to return in the spring. In a fit of insanity, Lemon crawled out of his bed that night, grabbed an axe, and split the head of his partner in two. The death of Blackjack was blamed on the native Blackfoot folks, and a fellow by the name of McDougall was dispatched to bury the unfortunate prospector. He was later commissioned to lead a group of prospectors to the location of their camp; however, on his way to meet them, he stopped in at a bar in Montana and drank himself to death. Later a fellow by the name of Lafayette French wrote to a friend claiming to have found the mine. Unfortunately for him, he burned to death in the cabin he was staying in. Prospectors have been searching for the mine ever since. Some people believe that Lemon and Blackjack were nothing more than hijackers who had robbed a group of miners in BC. Others believe the mine exists and is cursed by the ghost of Blackjack. During the game, the Lemons seemingly buried the hatchet and went up by a score of 4 to 1, but they appear to have suffered the curse of Blackjack and lost the game 4 to 6.
Plan to attend next years game and cheer on these players to see who will win the new Kilderkin Cup donated by Arc Geoscience.
Ray Chenier is awarded the Kilderkin cup from Phil Gordon of Arc Geoscience
Thank you to Yukon Dan, The Logan Lake Rock Club, sponsors, volunteers and delegates who made this years education program a huge success. Over 85 elementary students took part in a full day of hands on education on Tuesday, while 22 high school students took part in a career day on Wednesday. This is an important part of the conference and we could not do it with out all of you, so thank you!
Volunteer Brian May identifies junior delegates rocks
Students toured the trade show to ask industry reps questions
Students learned about mine rescue and fire fighting and even toured the truck
Young professionals discussing their journey in mining with Senior Delegates