Top Ten Reasons to Attend

The 2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo and 91st Annual Meeting of the SME-MN Section is the leading conference for international collaboration and growth in the mining industry. The extensive technical program and expansive exhibit hall make it one of the top performing conferences in the industry. Here are some of the reasons why you can't afford to miss this innovative conference:


  1. Network, Connect & Reconnect

    This is “THE” conference to attend to meet industry professionals just like you! Whether you are looking to reconnect with old acquaintances or wanting to expand your professional network, this conference provides the opportunity to do both through the expansive exhibit hall, networking functions, and fun social activities.

  2. Refresh & Recharge

    Take some time to break away from the daily routine and surround yourself with thought provoking speakers, technical sessions and short courses that will have you thinking outside the box.

  3. See the Latest Innovations

    Our expansive show floor is sure to impress with more than 725 exhibitors displaying the latest in industry technological advancements from around the world.

  4. Thought Provoking Sessions, Short Courses & Field Trips

    Gain exclusive access to the brightest minds in the mining industry. Our impressive lineup of conference sessions, short courses and field trips will inspire you to do more within your organization.

  5. Professional Development

    Looking for ways to continue your education? Make sure to register for courses that will provide you with the continuing education credits that you need.

  6. Meet Industry Thought Leaders

    It's not what you know, but who you know, and that's why we are bringing together some of the brightest minds in the mining industry today to provide you with the insight and know-how to get things done.

  7. Cultural Experience

    The international reach of SME creates a culturally diverse conference that brings nations and countries together to explore the latest trends and topics on a global scale.

  8. Inside View into Trending Industry Issues

    Our experienced professionals attending, exhibiting, sponsoring and speaking at the 2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo & 91st Annual Meeting of the SME-MN Section create a dynamic view of the future of mining, helping your organization to better understand industry changes.

  9. Real Value. Measurable ROI.

    Take away valuable ideas and insight that can be put into practice at your organization.

  10. Connect with the Next Generation of Hiring Professionals

    Immediately put to use all of the fresh ideas and strategies you’ve learned — and positively affect your bottom line.