Networking Functions

Meet new acquaintances and reconnect with old friends by attending a 2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo and 91st Annual Meeting of the SME-MN Section Function. Find sponsored coffee breaks, networking luncheons and social receptions that help you make meaningful, lasting connections.


Attendees must register to purchase tickets for the 2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo and 91st Annual Meeting of the SME-MN Section social functions.
Multiple tickets for each event may be purchased.

Please check back for additional information on Networking Functions. Details will be added as events are confirmed.

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception

Sunday, Feb. 25 | 4:00pm-6:00pm | Minneapolis Convention Center
Kick off the conference with drinks and hors-d’oeuvres for the grand opening of the exhibit hall. With more than 800 exhibitors, this reception is a great time to start networking and learning what the exhibitors have to offer.

SME Foundation Gala Dinner and Silent Auction

Sunday, Feb. 25 6:00pm-11:00pm | Hilton Minneapolis
Guests will have a chance to win 5 - $500 door prizes. This event always sells out, so get your tickets with conference registration. Enjoy dinner, entertainment and a speakeasy. Learn more about the SME Foundation Dinner and other sponsored events in Foundation Functions.

Annual Spouse/Guest Brunch

Monday, Feb. 26 | 11:00am-1:00pm| Hilton Minneapolis
Wives, husbands and significant others of SME members, please mark your calendars for a light brunch on Monday! It’s the perfect time to relax, connect and meet others. This event is open to any registered spouse/guest of a conference attendee. Please RSVP for this event during the registration process.

Exhibit Hall Luncheon

Monday, Feb. 26 | 11:30am-1:00pm | Minneapolis Convention Center
This lunch on the exhibit hall floor allows you to grab a bite to eat and connect with our exhibitors before the technical program begins at 2:00 pm.

New Member Orientation & Reception

Monday, Feb. 26 | 5:00pm-6:30pm | Minneapolis 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 2017 or 2018 are welcome to join SME staff and the 2017 and 2018 SME Presidents to learn more about what all SME has to offer.

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

Tuesday, Feb. 27 | 7:30am | Hilton Minneapolis
Join other women from the mining and mineral industries for this breakfast and panel discussion. Traditionally the breakfast has addressed issues that are specifically facing women and the industry as a whole. This is a fun way to start off the day and to connect with other females in the industry.

Exhibit Hall Afternoon Social

Tuesday, Feb. 27 | 3:30pm-5:30pm | Minneapolis Convention Center
Take some time to relax and walk the exhibit hall on Tuesday afternoon during the Afternoon Social. All attendees are welcome to come and walk the hall during the social while enjoying a drink and light snacks.

MPD Scotch Nightcap

Tuesday, Feb. 27 | 8:00pm - 11:00pm | Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
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.

Exhibit Hall Continental Breakfast

Wednesday, Feb. 28 | 8:00am-9:30am | Minneapolis Convention Center
As the last official event in the exhibit hall for the 2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo and 91st Annual Meeting of the SME-MN Section, this is also your last chance to connect with exhibitors. Coffee, juice and a continental breakfast will be available for all attendees.

SME/AIME Awards Banquet

Wednesday, Feb. 28 | 6:00pm-10:00pm | Minneapolis Convention Center
As the closing event of the 2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo and 91st Annual Meeting of the SME-MN Section, 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 2017 SME President John Mansanti’s term and to welcome SME 2018 President Barb Arnold.