GeoBreak attended the Western Canada Chapter of the ISEE’s 27th Conference & Annual General Meeting on April 4th – April 7th.The conference is filled with Blasting Training, a tradeshow with a variety of exhibits, golf tournament, detonating cord plant tour at Orica’s site in Tappen, clay shoot, banquet, and casino night & fundraiser. The conference gives those in the industry an opportunity to share stories, educate through training and paper presentations and network!


The International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE) is the world’s largest professional association for expolosives engineers. There are more than 4,000 members across 45 chapters in more than 90 countries.


At this year’s conference, the honorary keynote guest speaker was Dr. Calvin Konya who has over 40 years of field experience in blasting for mines, quarries, construction and demolition. Dr. Konya spoke on the use of stiffness ratio for blast hole spacing and precision pre-split design.


Saturday is the jam-packed day where there are presenters speaking throughout the day as well as the tradeshow. Those in attendance get the opportunity to visit tradeshow booths in between speakers which provides enough time to visit booths which allows for attendees and exhibitors to connect. GeoBreak attended as an exhibitor for the second year displaying their involvement as a supplier, trainer and consultant for sensitive blasting operations as a supplier of Expanding Grout and Nxburst. We also had the opportunity to sell Mining for Miracles Diamond Draw tickets at our booth in support of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Natural Resources Canada, Transport Canada, and WorkSafeBC concluded the day of presentations with a regulatory workshop refreshing and updating the blasting community on existing and future regulations applying to storage, handling, transportation, training and use of explosives.


We would recommend anyone involved in the blasting community to attend the AGM to network, learn and have some fun at the same time. See you again next year!