U of S competes in third annual national mining competition

Teams from the United Kingdom, United States, India, Germany and Canada come together in Saskatoon this week to compete in Canada's first mining strategy case competition, an event that has been entirely organized by University of Saskatchewan students.

The National Mining Competition (NMC) is an established not-for-profit organization that brings together business, engineering and geology students to apply their skills in a 36-hour mining challenge.

The competition is held at the Delta Bessborough, University of Saskatchewan and TCU Place from October 30 to November 2. The top six teams will present to a panel of judges in the industry:

  • Wayne Brownlee, chief financial officer, PotashCorp

  • Gerald W. Grandey, former CEO of Cameco Corporation

  • Colin Braithwaite, vice-president health, safety and security, K+S Potash Canada

  • Derek Meates, partner, energy, and natural resources, KPMG

  • Bruce Sprague, partner, EY

  • June Verhelst, vice-president construction, Graham Construction

  • Mark Fracchia, president PCS Potash, PotashCorp

"The National Mining Competition is on track to being the most successful iteration yet with a now international presence of prestigious universities and top mining schools attending, as well as a panel discussion featuring Canadian mining company magnates at our awards gala," said co-chair internal Chris Chovin.

"We are very excited to once again be hosting this innovative competition in Saskatoon," said Cooper Meadows, co-chair external for the games. "The mining community in Saskatchewan is incredibly supportive of the competition and we really want to showcase the province as a great place to work to the competing students."

The awards gala will be hosted at TCU Place on Nov. 2 at 6 pm, featuring a panel discussion moderated by Pam Schwann, executive director of the Saskatchewan Mining Association.

For further information about the National Mining Competition, please visit www.nmcompetition.com


For more information, contact:

Dean Villeneuve

VP Marketing

National Mining Competition 2014


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