Brian Bigger is the Mayor of the City of Greater Sudbury.
I would like to provide an update to the community on my very productive and successful trip to Toronto for the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference at the beginning of last month.
PDAC, as always, is an opportunity for companies working in all aspects of mining to come together, showcase what they have been working on to government representatives, stakeholders and investors. This year in particular showed great signs of enthusiasm in the industry and once again Greater Sudbury’s presence was very prominent in the mining world.
In fact, more than 80 companies and organizations from Greater Sudbury were on display and approximately 750 Sudburians were in attendance. Representatives from around the world were amongst the 25,000 attendees.
It’s tremendous to see how enthusiastic our local firms are about the future and I was pleased to hear that some of them are planning expansions. As was reported in the news earlier this month, Glencore, Vale, KGHM and IamGold are soon to be spending billions of dollars on nearby mine development and operations, through which many Greater Sudbury businesses will benefit.
It’s the kind of upswing in the industry that I truly believe is being felt by many and businesses are excited, which is always a great thing to see.
There’s certainly no doubt in my mind that Greater Sudbury is a world leader in mining and what was on display at PDAC just reinforces that fact. It was wonderful to host the Sudbury mining cluster reception on Tuesday and feel that excitement and confidence in the room.
Close to 400 guests attended the reception, which provided a unique networking opportunity between mining companies, local suppliers and mining sector stakeholders. I would like to thank city staff for their hard work in fostering the Greater Sudbury connection throughout PDAC.
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