76th AGM and Convention

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This years’ AGM and Convention will be taking place in St.John’s Newfoundland June 2nd – June 4th. St.John’s is known for its warm, welcoming and storytelling culture. This years convention will not only take place in St.Johns’ but will also include events and activities that share in the spirit of Newfoundlands’ fun and unique atmosphere.

Did you know Maclean’s magazine thinks Newfoundland and Labrador has one of the Top 10 Friendliest Cultures in the World?!

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“I thoroughly enjoy hearing the stories of contractor groups coming together at the conventions and just having fun.  Silly pranks, late nights and some of the best stories told.” 
Ryan SamisGeotech Drilling LTD

Keynote Speaker

Our keynote speaker this year is Candace Carnahan, Candace was involved in a devastating workplace incident in which she lost her lower left leg at only 21.

“It was an incident that might also have taken her life, but most important to Carnahan – it was preventable. As she grew aware that ‘tomorrow’ is a guarantee for no one, she adapted quickly – mentally and physically – to mobilize herself from a potentially paralyzing situation. ”

Today Candace has inspired numerous enterprises, governments and non-profit organizations to pursue an improved safety record through her safety presentations.

“With irrepressible energy, she taps into her own experiences to inspire audiences to realize their full potential. Candace shares her belief that having the courage to care through standing up for others is a transformational concept – “If You See Something. Say Something”.

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Companion Tour

Join Newfoundland’s award-winning boat tour Iceberg Quest as we depart from the heart of downtown St. John’s. The tour is walking distance from the CDDA convention hotel.

 Witness the world’s largest concentration of humpback whales, watching as they thrust their massive 40-ton bodies into the air. Steam through the passageway of 12,000-year-old icebergs and view the elegant Atlantic Puffin.

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Delegate Pub Crawl

This years’ delegate reception will be taking place on the famous George Street in St. John’s Newfoundland. Drilling and Mining Contractors, Manufacturers, Suppliers, Industry Trainers and more will travel to four different venues on the street,  at each venue there will be limited complimentary drinks and appetizers available. More information will be announced in the upcoming months.

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Deep Sea Fishing Tour 

Join us on a Deep Sea Fishing Tour. Fish for world class sea run brown trout, Atlantic salmon, eastern brook trout and deep-sea species including codfish with experienced and cordial licensed guides. Record brown trout within close proximity of the city, Atlantic salmon on the Avalon Peninsula, central, west, south coast and Labrador. Don’t miss this unique networking experience!

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Call for CDDA Lifetime Member Nominees 

The Canadian Diamond Drilling Association wishes to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the Association’s goals and objectives. Member firms are invited to nominate these individuals for the “Lifetime Membership” award. Nominees should be retired from an active role in the industry.

All nominations are presented to the Board of Directors. Upon approval, the recipient would be awarded with a lifetime membership at the following CDDA Annual General Meeting and Convention. The registration fee to the event would be included with the award. Please fill out the following form, if you would like to submit a nomination.

Lifetime membership Nomination Form 

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Call for Safety Video Submissions 

Are you a member of the CDDA and have a great safety video your company has produced and would like to share?

The CDDA is looking for the best industry safety video to award an Oscar to at the A.G.M. in St.John’s, Newfoundland. The videos will be showcased on the CDDA website with the Safety and Environment Committee selecting the winner. The videos will also be shown at all the Eastern and Western Safety Group meetings and other CDDA events prior to the A.G.M.


Must be a CDDA member.

  • Must be created specifically for your company.
  • Must promote a safety initiative and not product based.
  • Must be willing to share with all CDDA members.
  • Must be submitted to the office no later than May 10th, 2019.

Submit your videos to today!!

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CDDA Lifetime Member Recipients 

Deceased Lifetime Member Recipients 

  • Andy Attwater
  • Al Clarke
  • Arthur Murdy
  • Bill Mundle
  • Bob Morgan
  • Brenda Patterson
  • Bud McDonald
  • Clarence Watson
  • Clement Paquet
  • Gary Pipher
  • Harvey Tremblay
  • Jim Savage
  • Peter Bremner
  • Richard Kemshall
  • Russel Laporte
  • Tony Graham
  • Wallace Bradley
  • Andrew Lyon
  • Brian Warriner
  • Dare Fowler
  • Don Hosking
  • Graham Ennis

Convention Registrations

  1. Michelle White (Epiroc)
  2. Brent Kubish    (Epiroc)
  3. Sheri Kubish (Companion)
  4. Glen Sigstad (Team Drilling)
  5. Cara Sigstad ( Companion)
  6. Daniel Misiano (MBI Drilling Products)
  7. Lison Lavoie (Companion)
  8. Nicholas Dilman (Epiroc)
  9. Alan Lamy (Team Drilling)
  10. Karen Howson- Lamy (Companion)
  11. Ryan Samis (Geotech Drilling- President of Board of Directors)
  12. Leah Samis (Companion)
  13. Mike Garton (Boart Longyear)
  14. Brenda Garton (Companion)
  15. Don Dupuis (SurveyTECH Instruments and Services)
  16. Denise Plante-Dupuis (Companion)
  17. Andrew McEntee (SurveyTECH Instruments and Services)
  18. Kim McEntee (Companion)
  19. Patrick Salvador (Epiroc)
  20. George Demers (Vital Drilling)
  21. Kim Demers (Companion)
  22. Guy Gauthier (Vital Drilling)
  23. Annyse Menard (Companion)
  24. Mark Duckworth (Baroid Industrial Drilling Products)
  25. Mario Rouillier (Forages M.Rouillier Drilling inc)
  26. Marie-Josee Tardif (Companion)
  27. Brian Maeck (Boart Longyear)
  28. Chris James (Boart Longyear)
  29. Robert Neil (Epiroc)
  30. Volker Neth (VWN Ice Engineering)
  31. Kathy Karbonik (Major Drilling)
  32. Ross Karbonik (Companion)
  33. Barry Zerbin (Major Drilling)
  34. Alison Zerbin (Companion)
  35. George Pressault (Team Drilling)
  36. Steve Perrin (Pilot Diamond Tools)
  37. Dwayne Ross (Hy-Tech Drilling)
  38. Heather Ross (Companion)
  39. Ryan Boeshe (Di-Corp)
  40. Alex Wagenarr (Di-Corp)
  41. Lynn Crick (Reflex Instrument)
  42. Mike Sweeny (Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations- A Glencore Company)
  43. Taylor-Faith Mundee (MIHR)
  44. Dana Imbeault (MIHR)
  45. Kory Hnidan (Team Drilling)
  46. Kimberly Gariepy (Companion)
  47. Greg Cyr  (Cyr Drilling International Ltd)
  48. Dennis Holmes (MME Multiurethanes)
  49. Derek Sunderland (Bryson Drilling Limited)
  50. Crystal Sunderland (Companion)
  51. Brian Sunderland (Bryson Drilling Limited)
  52. Cindy Sunderland (Companion)
  53. Neil Bortis (Bryson Drilling Limited)
  54. Wanda Bortis (Companion)
  55. Andrew Raftis (International Directional Services)
  56. April Raftis (Companion)
  57. John Pike (Boart Longyear)

Paper Registrations 

  • Keynote Speaker: Candace Carnahan- Safety at the Workplace
  • Andrew Rafitis- TBA-International Directional Services
  • Brian Maeck – Critical Risk Management- Boart Longyear
  • Chris Drenth- Drill Rods & Deviated Holes- Boart Longyear
  • Bernie Robertson- Topic TBA- Knox Hutchison Insurance
  • Michelle White- New DiscovOre head assembly- Epiroc 
  • Kory Hnidan- Topic TBA- Team Drilling
  • Volker Neth- Topic TBA

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CDDA - Canadian Diamond Drilling Association

Canadian Diamond Drilling Association
City Centre Building, Suite 337, 101 Worthington Street East,
North Bay, Ontario P1B 1G5
Tel: (705) 476-6992 Fax: (705) 476-9494