In the Community
Procon strongly believes it is its corporate social responsibility to:
- Contribute in a positive way to the communities in which we live and work and which we impact with our business
- Support and enhance communities, families and local businesses
Mining for Miracles: BC Children’s Hospital
BC Children’s Hospital is Procon’s charity of choice. We proudly participate in the Mining for Miracles Campaign every year. BC’s mining community has raised over $10.5 million for the hospital since 1987, including a record $1.9 million in 2007.
Additionally, Procon hosts a highly rewarding annual fundraising initiative that gets all our staff involved in supporting BC Children’s Hospital. Employees engage in the donation of items ranging from clothing to dishes to electronics. Donations are posted on a private “eBay” style site and we bid on them over a three-day period. The total dollar amount raised is matched by Procon. Everyone at Procon gets a great deal of satisfaction from contributing to this worthwhile cause.
2008 Canadian Mining Games
Since Procon employs numerous engineers from schools all across Canada, we were pleased to become sponsors of the 2008 Canadian Mining Games hosted by the University of British Columbia.
The Canadian Mining Games is an annual academic and hands-on competition between students from major mining engineering programs across Canada. The participating universities include École Polytechnique, the University of Alberta, the University of British Columbia, McGill University, Queens University and the University of Saskatchewan.
Each university sends the twelve students who best represent their school to compete in twenty events over a period of three days. As the Mining Games is a student-organized event that requires a significant amount of organization, funding and assistance, each university takes its turn to host the Games.
This annual event continues to serve as an opportunity for undergraduate students to network and develop lasting friendships with fellow mining students across Canada. It is also a powerful means to network within the industry. Participating students are the future of the Canadian mining industry and mark the next generation of mining engineers. They will eventually lead our industry and manage current and future mines.
2008 Arctic Winter Games
In March 2008, the Arctic Winter Games made its return to Yellowknife in Canada’s Northwest Territories to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this youth, cultural and sporting event. Procon, along with our joint venture partners KeTe Whii Ltd., was a proud sponsors of these games.
The first Artic Winter Games, held in Yellowknife in 1970, were attended by 500 athletes, participants and coaches. Originally the three participating regions were the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Alaska. Today the winter games are a circumpolar event with representatives from Alaska, Northern Alberta, Yukon, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Russia, Greenland and, more recently, the indigenous people of Finland and Norway. The Games now involve over 2,000 athletes, coaches, mission staff, officials and cultural performers and are attended by thousands of spectators.
The theme of the 2008 Arctic Winter Games, “Northern Stars – Inspired by Dreams,” recognizes the great potential of youth and provides a performance platform to encourage their dreams and promote their journey to personal success.