Diamonds in Canada Editorial: The next diamond boom – by Alisha Hiyate (Northern Miner -June 18, 2018)

We’ve timed the release of our June issue to coincide with Diamonds in Canada’s first-ever event. The inaugural Diamonds in Canada Symposium, hosted by The Northern Miner, will take place on June 11 at the Royal York in Toronto.

The event will look at the diamond market and industry trends, and involve some of the biggest players in the sector — including Grenville and Eira Thomas.

Each had a central role in the founding and building of Canada’s diamond sector: Gren Thomas was the founder of Aber Diamond (now Dominion Diamond) and is still deeply involved in diamond exploration through North Arrow Minerals. His daughter Eira Thomas was part of the exploration team at Aber that found the Diavik mine, as well as a founder of Stornoway Diamond and Lucara Diamond.

A passion for diamonds clearly runs deep in the Thomas family. It also runs deep throughout the diamond exploration and mining sector— a tiny fraternity in mining that may finally be on the verge of expanding in a significant way for the first time in 25 years.

Some of the world’s biggest diamond mines are slated for closure in the next decade. Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine in Australia is in its last years of production, while the mine life at its 60%-owned Diavik mine ends in 2025.

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