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Vancouver Mining Exploration Group

The M.E.G. was formed in response to political events in 1957, when the provincial government, under the Social Credit leadership of the Honourable W.A.C. Bennett and his Minister of Mines, Ken Kiernan, decided to bring in royalty legislation and a tax on iron ore in the ground. At that time, Chris Riley, who was president of the British Columbia and Yukon Chamber of Mines, a consulting geologist, decided that a group of individuals separate from the Chamber and separate from the Mining Association of B.C. should join to fight the proposed legislation.

With the strengthening of the mining industry globally over the past few years, the mining community based in Vancouver has rebounded to its vibrant status; the M.E.G. is proud to be part of this important resource. Since the M.E.G. was organized, I estimate that over 500 luncheons have been held. In retrospect, it is unfortunate that all of these talks were off the record; however, if we had been more formal, we might have lost the frank comments we have enjoyed. The M.E.G. has been a valuable "bulletin board" and has disseminated ideas, which have occasionally sparked staking rushes and in general furthered exploration.

The M.E.G. has maintained its informal atmosphere for 54 years now and is still going strong - thanks to ALL of the volunteers over the years, including the speakers. The venues and prices have changed, but as a lifetime member, introduced at a M.E.G. meeting, you will be welcomed anytime/anywhere! People remain the key to success and the M.E.G. still offers one of the best exploration NETWORK opportunities. The M.E.G. is thriving and encourages a strong membership support, as well as welcoming new members. 

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