Movers, shakers, even rock-breakers meet for mining conference in St. John’s – by Stephanie Kinsella (CBC News Newfoundland and Labrador – November 5, 2017)

Old meets new at the Mineral Resources Review in St. John’s — billed as the largest event of its kind in Atlantic Canada, with more than 700 delegates and exhibitors.

The four-day conference, which started Thursday, has courses, technical sessions and a trade show — and it’s a chance for participants to network and show their strengths.

CBC caught up with a couple of them: prospectors who are keeping it in the family, and the creator of a new app for rock enthusiasts or the curious types. Prospecting might seem like a trade of the past, but it’s still very much alive. Just ask Mark Stockley who, with his brother Stephen and cousin Troy, “go out in the woods, cracking open rocks” in Gambo.

“I love it,” Stockley told CBC’s On the Go. He said events like this are where they show off their finds in the hope of cashing in. “We’ll say, ‘We got gold in the ground here, but we’re kind of poor, we got no money to take this project any further,'” Stockley said.

“So we’re looking for junior mining companies to help us out, whether they put a hole in the ground, a drill core, take it to the next step, to make a mine.”

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