Release Date : October 26, 2012

Story by: Jessica Wallace

Photos by: Brandon Ziola

The Hanlon Centre for International Business Studies at the Edwards School of Business was pleased to have Eric Anderson, resource consultant and host of Rawlco Radio's Prosperity Saskatchewan, speak to University of Saskatchewan students for the first Saskatchewan International Mining Event on October, 26th, 2012.

Anderson discussed the impact of Saskatchewan’s mining industry on international business and was joined by:

    • Tom MacNeill, President and CEO of 49 North Resources
    • Bill Johnson, Director of Public Affairs for PotashCorp
    • David Doerksen, VP Strategy for Cameco
    • Reid McDonald, Manager of Operational Research for Great Western Minerals Group

Together, these mining industry experts shared their perspectives on international mining trends and their impact on the Saskatchewan economy. 

Students learned the ups and downs of Uranium, Potash, and Rare Earth Mineral mining. They also received tips on raising finances internationally to fund mining operations here in Saskatchewan. "Mining is a huge part of the Saskatchewan economy,” says Hanlon Center Director Nick Kokkastamapoulos. “In fact Potash is the largest export our province has. It alone exceeds our entire agricultural sector as a commodity export. Meeting with these gentlemen is an invaluable opportunity for students looking to impact the Saskatchewan economy in a meaningful way."

Johnson adds that the impact of the mining industry cannot be overestimated. "The more people understand the importance of [the potash] industry [to Saskatchewan], the better," he says. And the same applies to all mining in Saskatchewan. "Saskatchewan's uranium industry is important to the global energy industry. [Cameco] is growing to meet international demand. This is where Saskatchewan comes into play," says Doerksen.

Mining is one of Saskatchewan's most lucrative industries, with potash alone bringing in more money ($4.8 billion annually) than our entire agricultural sector. With the valuable abundance of assorted minerals found beneath Saskatchewan soil – potash, uranium, lithium, rare earth minerals, coal, gold, even diamonds - our province is already a major mining global player.

The presentation was well received by students, as was the informal after-event put on through a partnership between the Hanlon Centre and the Saskatoon Branch of the Canadian International Council.

About the WISER Series.  The Hanlon Centre for International Business Studies, the Canadian International Council - Saskatoon Chapter, and the Canadian Mining Institute (CIM) – Saskatoon Chapter are pleased to host Eric Anderson (Rawlco Radio Host) and Prosperity Saskatchewan’s “WISER Series”.  WISER – World’s Impact on Saskatchewan’s Extractive Resources - is a 12-part lecture series, unveiling numerous global events that impact Saskatchewan’s natural resources sector and thus economy. Events discussed range from supply and demand, to political, social, and natural events, and how such factors act as direct or indirect determinates.

The Hanlon Centre for International Business Studies serves the Edwards School of Business to help build and provide global business awareness and related skills training opportunities for its commerce students.  For more information, contact Nicholas Kokkastamapoulos (Hanlon Director) or Jessica Wallace / Brandon Ziola (Hanlon Media & Communications) by email at hanloncentre@edwards.usask.ca or telephone at (306) 966-1837.