VANCOUVER - The BC & Yukon Chamber of Mines (BCYCM) board and members have approved changing the organization's name to the ASSOCIATION FOR MINERAL EXPLORATION BRITISH COLUMBIA (AME BC). Its new logo will be unveiled to the industry on Jan. 23 during the opening ceremonies of the 23rd annual Mineral Exploration Roundup conference at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver.
The new name more accurately reflects the association's membership and its role as the association representing the interests of the mineral exploration community exploring or based in British Columbia. "Rebranding the former BC & Yukon Chamber of Mines as AME BC was necessary for two main reasons," said AME BC president David Caulfield. "First of all, our organization does not officially represent Yukon explorationists, as there is a local association, the Yukon Chamber of Mines, with that mandate. Finally, our membership's interests are mainly focused on mineral exploration and not mining, as our former name implied."
AME BC has evolved through its 94-year history. The association was established in 1912 as The Vancouver Mining Club, changing its name later that year to the Vancouver Chamber of Mines. In 1921, the Vancouver Chamber of Mines became the British Columbia Chamber of Mines and was renamed the British Columbia & Yukon Chamber of Mines in 1945.
The association's new website will be www.amebc.com. In the meantime, visit www.chamberofmines.bc.ca.