For it’s first appearance in Canada, the World Mining Congress (WMC) will be bigger and more involved than ever. The 23rd installation of the annual event will be held in conjunction with a trade show for the first time in its history, as the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) has paired WMC with the International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining (ISARC), and the two events will run simultaneously Aug. 11 to 15 at the Palais des congress de Montreal Convention Centre in Montreal. “We have a really big trade show, which is different from any other World Mining Congress because it offers an opportunity for attendees to follow up on their problem-solving experiences,” says Jean Vavrek, executive director of CIM. “With ISARC, the focus on automation and miniaturization will be stronger than it has been in the past.” Robotics and automation will be just two topics fresh on the minds of the 1,000 delegates descending on Montreal for this year’s congress. WMC also will feature a 12-track technical program of peer-reviewed papers in addition to the more than 300 exhibitors on the ISARC showroom. According to Vavrek, the fact the WMC has come to Canada is a boon for the nation’s ability to attract similar international events. He believes this will lead to more international trade shows taking a look at what Canadian cities have to offer. “We really felt that our membership needed to interact more on a global scale like the World Mining Congress,” Vavrek says. “We really needed to showcase what goes on here with the World Mining Congress, so it made a lot of sense to bring it to North America.” Along with a new location and a trade show, Vavrek says the 2013 WMC will address topics long ignored by the international mining community. He lists social responsibility, diversity and gender inclusion as topics of discussion at this year’s event. As a media partner for the WMC, Energy & Mining International will provide ongoing coverage in its print edition, this blog and on Twitter leading up to the Aug. 10.


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