The Geo-Resources Strategic Sector Strengthening UK Shared Prosperity Funded Project supported eight CMA members to attend the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) in Toronto from 2-5 March 2024.

Funding was granted to SMEs, sole traders, and early career staff, with the aim to provide networking experience and to strengthen the geo-resources workforce in Cornwall. These companies included MineSmartWardell Armstrong InternationalPetrolab, Gravity Mining Limited manufacturers of Multi Gravity Separators, Paterson & Cooke, Global Mine Design Ltd, 3DMSI Ltd, and KMO-Fleet.

The Cornwall Trade & Investment Team (CTI) had a booth where the Geo-Resources Project and it’s supported delegates shone a light on Cornwall, uniting public and private sectors to showcase why our region has been designated a 'High Potential Opportunity' in Mining by the Department for Business and Trade.

The Geo-Resources Project chaired a panel discussion with CMA representatives as a part of British Day. This was held on 4th March 2024 and was arranged by the Department for Business and Trade. The invited panellists from Petrolab, KMO Fleet and Wardell Armstrong International had a chance to discuss how the innovations/services from their companies can support the green energy transition.

Most people know that St Piran is the patron saint of tin miners and every 5th March, in Cornwall and around the world, people celebrate what it means to have a connection to the county. This day was recognised at PDAC with a flag raising ceremony held on top of Toronto's Town Hall. The team were also joined by the British Consul General to Toronto Fouzia Younis at the Cornwall (CTI) stand.

St Pirans flag raising ceremony in Toronto

The event was truly a success, and we thank all who contributed and applied to attend.

There will be future opportunities of financial support at other important global events before March 2025 for members of the CMA, and we will be sure to keep all members informed.

CMA participation at this event was funded by the Geo-Resources Strategic Sector Strengthening project, which is a partnership between the University of Exeter, the Cornish Chamber of Mines and Minerals and Cornwall Mining Alliance. This project has received £960k from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK by investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit here.

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