Mining and exploration – resourceful professionals in today’s industry

37-3North Rim Exploration Ltd. (North Rim) is a vibrant and innovative Saskatchewan-based geoscience and engineering consulting firm focused primarily on potash exploration and resource definition.

Established in 1984, North Rim is an employee-owned company based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with predominantly female senior management backed by a reputable and energetic team. Presently, with more than 100 years of combined experience in the energy and resources industry, North Rim is unique as the only geological consulting firm in Saskatchewan, and the only potash-focused related consulting firm in Canada. Among only a handful of other firms qualified to execute Potash NI 43-101 Technical Reports in Canada, North Rim focuses on client satisfaction and delivering the highest in industry standards.

A professional approach is provided by the North Rim team, sharing their expertise, and collaborating with outside consultants and industry professionals and leaders to deliver clients with superior work. The team consists of 29 staff in total, including 10 professional geoscientists and one professional engineer. Geoscientists, geological engineers, geomatics mapping personnel, financial analysts, management, and administrative personnel compose the remainder of North Rim’s qualified group. The company’s formula for success is built on its people and industry relationships, stemming from its senior-level expertise and the integrated network of experienced senior-level specialists. This has allowed for solid foundations for successful growth and future development within the different industry sectors.

Diversified experience in potash, oil and gas, coal, uranium, and evaporite minerals and brines including trona and carnallite are currently present in-house at North Rim. Their skilled personnel assist existing producers, and early stage development and exploration companies with complex geological challenges as they continue to develop their resources and reserves.

Drawing on expertise and knowledge from Saskatchewan potash, North Rim’s unique skill sets have been applied to tackle challenging new evaporite deposits around the world, broadened their international portfolio. Potash exploration strategies, due diligence reviews, exploration studies, and full-service programs in Brazil, Arizona, Laos, the USA (Utah, Arizona), Australia, Spain, and Turkey summarize a few of the international achievements at North Rim, with future opportunities to expand into the Asian market. North Rim believes that in today’s global market, it is imperative to deliver the best possible returns, while maximizing investments and fiscal responsibilities of clients. This is in turn completed through the execution of projects on time and within budget.

North Rim has been instrumental in completing several well-known potash projects during their 28 years of industry service, including projects as large as the Esterhazy expansion and pilot-hole program for The Mosaic Company. Other potash project involvement includes completing the preliminary resource definition on the Jansen, Boulder, and Burr properties for the BHP Billiton Project and Athabasca Potash Inc.; drilling and resource definition for K+S Potash Canada’s Legacy Project; drilling and geological support resulting in a NI 43-101 Technical Report for Encanto Potash Corp.; scoping studies leading to drilling and exploration support, including a NI 43-101 Technical Report for Karnalyte Resources Inc.; potash mining integrity studies, including brine inflow for PotashCorp Lanigan and Cory Projects; and two full-service drilling management, geological support, and resource estimation programs for American West Potash between 2011 and 2012.


North Rim is currently engaged and responsible for the exploration program and design for Yancoal Canada Resources Co. Ltd. (Yanzhou Coal Mining Company Ltd. of China), a Saskatoon-based potash exploration company. North Rim has been involved with the program since the end of 2011 when Yancoal initiated their exploration program. North Rims’ drive for excellence is also prevalent in their community-support programs with local and national organizations. In 2012 North Rim contributed over $15,000 to the Ronald McDonald House through their Charity Golf Tournament proceeds. Other support has been to the Salvation Army of Saskatoon, Canstruction (Saskatoon Food Bank), Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association, and Adopt a Family (News Talk 650, Saskatoon). Local high schools and the University of Saskatchewan also receive support from North Rim.

Notwithstanding their community support, North Rim retains professional memberships in the following associations, with employees sitting on and contributing to several boards at the local and national level. North Rim is very excited to be an integral part of Saskatchewan’s booming resource community and the world’s existing sources of potash, uranium, oil and gas, and numerous other commodities.

As North Rim continues to support the work being done in Saskatchewan and develop an international sector, the company is dedicated to delivering recognized and valued high standards of due diligence and technical support.

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