The 2024 Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW) will take place May 1 -16, 2024! 

Meet the 2024 students!

From May 4-16, 22 geoscience students from across Canada traveled to Sudbury, Ontario to partake in a unique experience where they applied their academic knowledge to real world scenarios! Students participated in regional and exploration mapping exercises within the Greater Sudbury Area, were taught various methods of geophysical exploration, toured the Geo Labs and learned about various geochemical exploration methods. They toured Glencore’s Nickel Rim South Mine, visited a Foraco diamond drill, toured various core sheds and learned about the geology of the world-class Sudbury Basin.  

Over the course of the two weeks, students were privy to presentations ranging from a myriad of geoscience topics by experts in their field. Such topics included: prospecting & bush safety, capital markets and critical minerals, geophysical methods, resource & 3D modelling, environmental assessments, community engagement, and a number of career presentations by S-IMEW alumni.

The group embarked on a four-day field trip to Kirkland Lake, where they not only learned about the local geology, but also went underground at Agnico Eagle’s Macassa Mine and Alamos Gold’s Young Davidson Mine. At the Young Davidson mine the students toured the mill to experience first hand how gold is processed. 

En route to Kirkland Lake, the group stopped at IAMGOLD’s Côté Gold Project where they got hands-on experience in core logging in the Core Shack with the exploration team. 

On the way back to Sudbury, the group explored Cobalt, Ontario where they learned about the rich Canadian mining history and stopped in Temagami to visit a number of unique rock formations.   

Students attended multiple networking events during the Workshop where they had the opportunity to mingle with many industry professionals. These events included the Welcome Reception at Dynamic Earth, sponsored by Barrick Gold, (with an insightful keynote presentation by Glenn Nolan, PDAC Past President and VP Indigenous Enterprises, Ring of Fire Metals), Geophysics Evening, sponsored by Teck Resources, at Respect is Burning Restaurant (featuring guest speaker, Brian Bengert) and Geochemistry Evening, sponsored by SGS, at Verdicchio Ristorante (featuring guest Speaker, Dr. David Pearson).  Over 80 individuals, including sponsors, speakers, students & local industry professionals gathered at the Timberwolf Golf Course to celebrate the completion of the workshop. 

The success of the workshop relies heavily on the support and sponsorship from our industry partners. We are grateful to our many speakers who volunteered their time to make the workshop a truly memorable experience for the students!

We thank all our sponsors and speakers for their support of this important workshop. Many thanks to Osisko Mining Inc. for their continued support as the Premier Sponsor of S-IMEW.  View list of 2023 Sponsors.  


To view photos from previous workshops visit the S‑IMEW Media Gallery 

For more information contact Krishana Michaud, [email protected]

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S-IMEW 2023 students exploring the geology around Kirkland Lake .