AEMA Heywood-minBy Steve Fiscor

More than 1,800 mining professionals attended the American Exploration & Mining Association’s (AEMA) conference this week in Reno, Nev. The theme for the annual meeting, which was AEMA’s 129th, was Mining Meets the Moment – Which Is Now. The event featured a technical program with continuing education sessions along with an exhibit where more than 250 companies showcased their products.

Tim Crowley, vice president, of government and external affairs for Lithium Americas delivered a keynote, Thacker Pass: Getting It Done Through Key Partnerships. He provided an update on all the activities taking place at the Thacker Pass lithium mine, located in northern Humboldt County.

Before the keynote, the AEMA recognized several people and companies with service awards. The outgoing 2023 AEMA Chairman Mike Satre (Hecla Mining) passed the torch to the incoming 2024 AEMA Chairperson Carolyn McIntosh (Squire Patton Boggs). Immediately after the keynote, AEMA Executive Director Mark Compton recognized a retiring Pat Heywood for her 30 years of service to the association.