The 6th Annual World Mining Competition
October 26 – 29, 2017| Saskatoon, SK

The World Mining Competition, presented by PotashCorp, is an established not-for-profit organization, bringing together students from national and international universities to compete in Canada’s first ever mining strategy case competition. For the competition’s sixth year, the academic theme of “Utilize the Past, Redefine the Future” represents the current transformational nature of the mining industry, and the inclusive strategies needed to enable organizations to be more progressive moving forward.

Last year, the World Mining Competition hosted 60 delegates from 11 schools across 4 countries. Team’s competed in the most high-level and multi-disciplinary case in the competition’s history. Business & Economics, Geology & Earth Sciences, and Engineering students worked together to solve the case, and come up with what they believed to be the best solution. These teams demonstrated their ability to cross-collaborate, communicate, and simulate the problems of a fictitious company within the global mining industry. Last year’s theme “Diversity in Balance” challenged teams to take a diverse approach to yield the most effective and lasting solution to a challenge presented in the mining industry.

In 2017, the upcoming competition will feature the theme “Utilize the Past. Redefine the Future”. We hope to illustrate the challenges and successes of the mining industry, both past and present. We are putting emphasis on combining this knowledge to innovate and plan for the future. WMC creates an environment that facilitates this relevant and robust approach to problem solving. The 2017 World Mining Competition exemplifies an industry where the future is dependent on past history and expertise, as well as current and future technology and innovations. The 2017 World Mining Competition dates are set: October 26 – 29, 2017, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

2017 World Mining Competition Winners

The World Mining Competition

The Academic Case

The World Mining Competition has for years produced one of the most academically challenging cases, focused on current issues in the global mining industry. Business, Geology, and Engineering students work in teams of 4 to solve the case within 48 hours, followed by preliminary and final presentations. The Organizing Committee brings you the new 2017 competition theme: Utilize the Past. Redefine the Future.

Networking Opportunities

Over the weekend, delegates are given ample opportunities to network with some of the most prestigious companies in the mining industry. Several past delegates have made careers out of competing in the World Mining Competition, and are continuing to earn from their success. With the opening ceremonies, challenges, a sponsor reception, and the awards gala, delegates are given ample time to connect with industry professionals!

Saskatchewan’s Mining Industry

Since the World Mining Competition’s inauguration, the competition has been hosted in one of the world’s healthiest and fastest growing mining economies, Saskatchewan. Currently, Saskatchewan is ranked #1 in the world in the mining industry. Home to several of the world’s largest potash and uranium producing organizations, Saskatchewan’s industry expertise has contributed greatly to the success and development of The World Mining Competition.

International Presence

In 2015, the former National Mining Competition, was renamed to be the World Mining Competition. This name encompasses not only the presence of the delegates, but also the importance of international collaboration and global governance within the current mining economy. Schools from Canada, The United States, India, Germany, and The United Kingdom have competed multiple times in the World Mining Competition. The Organizing Committee is always looking to grow this roster!

WMC In 2017:
Competing Teams



The competition outline, tentative information on the competition.


This document goes over the scope of the World Mining Competition. Information on delegate fees and a tentative timeline are provided in the prospectus. The case is briefly discussed in terms of its structure and focus. The 2017 prospectus is now available!

2017 Prospectus


Schedules, Locations, Past Schools, Case Information, Events, Hotel and Sponsors.

Delegate Handbook

The delegate handbook provides every detail on the 2017 World Mining Competition. A full breakdown of the case structure, itinerary, and venues / hotel / locations are provided in the handbook. This is an excellent summary of the competition.

2017 Handbook


The rubric for delegates' performance and case presentation for the WMC 2017 competition.


Scorecards are the rubric for the judges to provide feedback to the WMC 2017 delegates throughout the competition.

2017 Scorecards


Rules, Regulations, and Instructions for the 2017 World Mining Competition!


The Rulebook provides you the World Mining Competition's rules and regulations that must be followed by all delegates. Refer to this to ensure that you are participating professionally and with integrity all throughout the competition!

2017 Rulebook

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