Published On: 11/24/2015

Keynote at annual meeting to address collaboration between industry, community and NGOs

Technical presentations will address challenges facing the minerals industry today

Mined materials sustain local communities and fuel global economic development. In today’s international society, the mining industry is facing the challenge of economically extracting minerals in an increasingly resourceconstrained world. At the same time, the industry must operate in a complex social environment that requires consideration of both local and global impacts.

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) 2014 Annual Meeting and Exhibit will host a special keynote session “Community Engagement: Building Partnerships for Mining.” This dynamic opening session will feature a professionally-moderated panel of experts who represent non-government organizations (NGOs) and mining companies who work to ensure a social, economic and environmental balance in the development of mines.

“In order to preserve its social license to mine, the mining and minerals industry must meet the highest possible standards for transparent and ethical decisions with a view toward future generations,” said SME Executive Director David L. Kanagy. “Success in today’s business environment mandates cooperation and collaboration between industry, community and NGOs.”

Panelists include senior executives representing the International Council on Mining and Metals, the Wildlife Habitat Council, Conservation International, Africare, Newmont Mining Corp., Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold and the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank. The panel will address the opportunities and benefits achieved through extraction, processing, the use of minerals and metals and an assessment of the economic, social and environmental costs and risks of doing so. In addition to the exciting keynote session, the SME Annual Meeting will feature over 675 papers, more than 750 booths, committee meetings and division luncheons, the SME Annual Awards Banquet and the SME Foundation Winter Fest Dinner Gala.

Registration is open for the event, “Leadership in Uncertain Times,” which will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center, February 23-26, 2014, in Salt Lake City, UT. 

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation) whose more than 15,000 membership represents all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 100 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange and professional development. SME's staff is located in Englewood, Colorado.

For more information contact John Hayden, Deputy Executive Director - Public Affairs and Government Relations, at (303) 948-4250 or