"Canadian companies already run much of the mining operations there, so it makes sense to have more Canadian supply companies go there to do business," said Paul Bradette, SAMSSA's director of business development.
Bradette explained SAMSSA put together a catalogue of the Canadian companies and sent it in advance to the American companies to pick and choose who they wanted to speak to.
Some of the companies already had business interests in Nevada, but this mission allowed SAMSSA to open more doors for participating members.
He added most people are not even aware of what the SAMSSA acronym stands for.
SAMSSA has increased membership overall in all those communities, Bradette said.
The partnership is just getting started, but Franklin said they are already working toward 2019 to promote the portal and get more SAMSSA members connected.
The platform will cast a large net for SAMSSA members, covering everything from trade partners to recruitment.
Another first happening that night was the announcement of the first woman president of the board of directors of SAMSSA. Alicia Woods will take over in the new year.
He returned home to be involved in more local pursuits, including seats on councils and boards that support the future generations of mining in the region, including SAMSSA, the Blue Sky cluster, NORCAT, and Nipissing University.
Baird said the SAMSSA
study, while important, followed different parameters than his organization's report, and didn't include the sector's gross domestic product contributions.
As for the Canadian Association of Mining Equipment and Services for Export study, DeStefano said any information that echoes SAMSSA
's findings will be a good thing.
Changes to Vale's procurement system will result in new jobs and opportunities in Sudbury, said the executive director of the Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Association (SAMSSA