Networking Functions

Meet new acquaintances and reconnect with old friends by attending conference functions. Find sponsored coffee breaks, networking luncheons and social receptions that help you make meaningful, lasting connections.

Attendees must register to purchase tickets for the 2019 SME Annual Conference & Expo and 121st National Western Mining Conference social functions.

Multiple tickets for each event may be purchased.


Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception

Sunday, Feb. 24 | 4:00 pm-6:00 pm | Colorado Convention Center

Kick off the conference with drinks and hors-d’oeuvres for the grand opening of the exhibit hall. With more than 750 exhibitors, this reception is a great time to explore the new products and integrative solutions offered by our exhibitors.

Food and Beverage sponsored by Jennmar Corporation


SME Foundation Gala Dinner and Silent Auction

Sunday, Feb. 24 | 6:00 pm-11:00 pm | Hyatt Regency Denver

Kick off your SME Annual Conference week and "Celebrate Rocky Mountain  Style in Colorful Colorado" while supporting the essential programs of the  SME Foundation. Guests will have a chance to win 5 - $500 door prizes. This event always sells out, so get your tickets with conference registration. Enjoy a wonderful evening with dinner, networking and entertainment.

Learn more about the SME Foundation Dinner and other sponsored events in Foundation Functions.

Gala Wine Sponsored by Black & Veatch, Gala Reception Sponsored by Metso Minerals Industries, Inc.

Exhibit Hall Luncheon

Monday, Feb. 25 | 11:30 am-1:00 pm | Colorado Convention Center

Grab a bite to eat and connect with our exhibitors as lunch is served on the exhibit hall floor before the technical program begins at 2:00 pm.

Food and beverage sponsored by Jennmar Corporation


New Member Orientation & Reception

Monday, Feb. 25 | 5:00 pm-6:30 pm | Colorado Convention Center

One of the key benefits of being a member of SME is connecting with peers and the New Member Orientation & Reception is a perfect place to meet the other new members. Attendees who have joined SME in 2018 or 2019 are welcome to join SME staff and the 2018 and 2019 SME Presidents to learn more about what all SME has to offer.


Women of SME, WAAIME, and WIM Breakfast and Panel Discussion

Tuesday, Feb. 26 | 7:00 am-9:00 am | Hyatt Regency Denver

Join other women from the mining and mineral industries for the breakfast and panel discussion that addressed issues important to both women and the industry as a whole. This is a dynamic way to start off the day and connect with other females in the industry.

Rock Your Career: Beliefs & Behaviors of Highly Successful People
Workshop Speaker/Facilitator: Maureen Berkner Boyt, Founder, The Moxie Exchange


Roll up your sleeves and get ready to laugh, learn and take action on growing yourself and your leadership abilities. Part speech, part learning workshop this session is not a spectator sport, it’s more like full body contact.



You will leave with:

  • A clear understanding of five growth and success factors (and what can be holding you back) of high performing women.
  • A bonus “1/2” success factor that just may be the secret sauce of successful women
  • 5+ tools you can begin using and applying immediately (starting in the session!) to drive your success
  • A renewed or enhanced sense that you really are capable, brilliant and ready to grow and perform at the highest levels

Listen to Inspirational Stories of Successful Women in Industry

Participate in a Learning Session on Empowerment and Skill Building
Julie Shuttleworth, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Fortescue Metals Group Ltd.


*This dynamic session welcomes and encourages men to participate and collaborate.

Co-Sponsored by FLSmidth and Freeport McMoRan





2019 Barrick Operator’s Forum

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 4:40 pm Colorado Convention Center

Ultimately, leadership is all about helping people and organizations develop and reach their potential. This powerful program explores the principles of achievement and the leadership practices critical to achieving organizational results and a resilient, spirited workforce especially during challenges times.

Join us for the exciting 2019 Operator's Forum, sponsored by Barrick. The Operator's Forum will feature a talk by speaker David Rabiner on “Leading Through Challenging Times.”


Exhibit Hall Afternoon Social

Tuesday, Feb. 26 | 3:30 pm-5:30 pm | Colorado Convention Center

Take some time to relax and walk the exhibit hall on Tuesday afternoon during the Afternoon Social. Enjoy a drink and light snacks while exploring the exhibit hall. All attendees are welcome.

Food and beverage sponsored by Jennmar Corporation


CMA Sustainability Reception and Awards Presentation

Tuesday, Feb. 26 | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm | Hyatt Regency Denver

Help CMA honor the regions' leaders in sustainable practices and creators of a positive public perceptions of our modern mining industry during this evening reception.

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages while mingling with your peers in a casual setting. Learn more about how your colleagues are working with government agencies and other organizations to create and maintain sustainable practices in the mining industry by visiting our sustainability partner tables. We’ll wrap up the evening by recognizing the Best of the Best in Environmental Sustainability for 2018 with an award ceremony.

Co-sponsored by Mountain Coal Company, Newmont Mining Corporation and Trapper Mining, Inc.

Climax Molybdenum, A Freeport-McMoRan Company and Colorado School of Mines
Sustainable development has become a critical component of many professional university degree programs and is particularly important in preparing graduates for the extractives industries. Colorado School of Mines students are flexing their creative muscle on a real-life challenge to work with Climax Molybdenum, a Freeport-McMoRan company, in envisioning innovative ways to repurpose the Henderson mine following the eventual depletion of the mineral resource, and the social and economic transition of the mine and surrounding communities.

Trout Unlimited
In order to promote our mission of conserving, protecting and restoring North America's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds, Trout Unlimited’s Western Water and Habitat Program has completed 30 successful abandoned mine restoration projects across six different western states. These projects have restored habitat and water quality in nearly 200 stream miles and reconnected roughly 65 miles of tributary streams and floodplains.

Mountain Coal Company, LLC, West Elk Mine and the US Forest Service
Mountain Coal Company, LLC, West Elk Mine working jointly with local US Forest Service staff, has continued a program over the past several years to annually conduct field reviews a year prior to proposed road and site construction on the National Forest. This program works to better ensure that the sites and roads fit the actual conditions in the field and results in less overall land disturbance and minimizes resource impacts. If changes are needed to the planned and previously approved permit applications, any needed revisions can be more timely prepared and submitted well in advance of the next construction season.

The mining industry is leveraging drone data to transform the way they operate by combining accurate drone programs with powerful data analytics platforms to understand the true status of their site, thereby reducing their risk of not knowing and allowing them to predict and plan for costs.

Simark Controls Ltd.
Eco-friendly Fuel Cell Solar power solutions are a smart technological alternative to traditional fuel gas genset and standalone solar off-grid power systems. The dual power supply provides superior reliability, a streamlined footprint and significantly lower total cost of ownership with zero maintenance and months or years of system autonomy. Fully autonomous EFOY Pro Hybrid solutions packaged for stationary or mobile applications improve operational efficiencies, minimize yearly operating costs and can be dependably operated in harsh climatic and industrial environments making them the perfect solution for mining applications.

Trapper Mining Inc. and Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Trapper Mine received a 2018 Good Neighbor Award presented by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement for their work with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Recognizing the ecological diversity present at Trapper Mine including elk, bear, antelope, deer and sharp-tailed grouse, the organizations work to continuously create a sustainable habitat for these animals. Trapper Mine plays host to nature enthusiasts from around the globe hoping to observe the choreographed mating rituals of the sharp-tailed grouse, adding a unique spin to day-to-day operations.

When Everything Matters
When Everything Matters (WEMCo) is a Whole-Systems Business Consulting firm. Our commitment to responsible Innovation, provides expertise in Multi-Stakeholder Strategic Planning and Engagement, Embedded Sustainability, Cultural Integration, Social Responsibility, and Outside-in Thinking. We future-proof businesses through Stakeholder Journey Consulting.



MPD Scotch Nightcap

Tuesday, Feb. 26 | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm | Hyatt Regency Denver

Proceeds from this event support MPD’s scholarship and award funds, helping those who want to make a career in the industry and recognizing those who have made extraordinary contributions to the industry. In addition to the scotch tasting, there will be light snacks, desserts, cocktails and other drinks. And back by popular demand is live music by BASS METALS, with "The Full Circle" concert. Come and see for yourself what all the buzz is about!

Executive Sponsor: Weir Minerals
Title Sponsors: Thyssenkrupp and Outotec
Supporting Sponsors: Polydeck, FLSmidth and Moly-Cop


Exhibit Hall Continental Breakfast

Wednesday, Feb. 27 | 8:00 am - 9:30 am | Colorado Convention Center

As the last official event in the exhibit hall for the 2019 SME Annual Conference & Expo and 121st National Western Mining Conference, this is also your last chance to connect with exhibitors. Coffee, juice and a continental breakfast will be available for all attendees.

Food & beverage sponsored by Jennmar Corporation


CMA Reclamation and Safety Awards Luncheon

Wednesday, Feb. 27 | Noon - 2:00 pm | Colorado Convention Center

Join us for the last opportunity to mingle with your peers as we join with the Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety to recognize the accomplishments of the industry and hear updates from local government officials.

Sponsored by Pinnacol Assurance, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.


SME/AIME Awards Banquet & Reception

Wednesday, Feb. 27 | 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm | Hyatt Regency Denver

As the closing event of the 2019 SME Annual Conference & Expo and 121st National Western Mining Conference, the SME/AIME Awards Banquet brings together hundreds of industry professionals to look back and recognize the leaders of the industry. This formal banquet is a time to connect and celebrate 2018 SME President Barb Arnold’s term and to welcome SME 2019 President Hugh Miller.