The Organising Committee extends a warm invitation to all participants of previous kimberlite conferences and potential first time delegates to attend the 12th International Kimberlite Conference which will be held in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

The location of the 12 IKC is particularly appropriate as Canada has become the third largest producer of diamonds by value after Botswana and Russia. The Northwest Territories is where it started and there are now three operating mines.

The design of the 12 IKC logo has the Canadian emblem, the maple leaf, inside a cut diamond shape to celebrate ‘30 years of Diamonds in Canada‘. Red and white are the official colours of Canada and also signify kimberlite magma and diamond. The Northwest Territories is where diamonds in Canada started and from its flag, the blue represents the many lakes and rivers and the white represents the winter ice and snow. We are excited to have this logo represent the conference and the role of diamonds in the Northwest Territories and Canada.

The conference will bring together geoscientists from both the academic and exploration/mining communities to share their knowledge, stimulate scientific debate and to further our understanding of the geology of kimberlites, diamonds and related subjects. The conference will include oral and poster technical sessions as well as field trips throughout Canada (conference flyer) and for the first time, short courses. The two adjacent conference hotels, the Explorer and the Chateau Nova, will host all of the technical sessions, maximizing the opportunity for delegates to network with the kimberlite and diamond community.

The 12 IKC technical sessions will cover five conference scientific themes, each with a keynote, which reflect current and future academic and industrial interest in cratons, kimberlites and diamonds.

IKCs have a proud history of awarding significant financial support, typically for about thirty individuals, primarily students, to attend each conference. The 12 IKC is pleased to continue this tradition.

We, the Convenors, along with the rest of the Organising Committee, look forward to welcoming you to Yellowknife, the capital of Canada’s spectacular Northwest Territories. Our gateway to the Canadian North is on the northern shore of Great Slave Lake, just 400 km south of the Arctic Circle. Here you will enjoy our friendly people and long summer days. The night sky returns to Yellowknife by mid-August, bringing with it the aurora borealis to join us in celebration of 30 Years of Diamonds in Canada.

Convenor: John Ketchum

Co-convenors: Tiffany Hall, Pam Strand

12 ikc northern light yellowknife diamonds conference
Aurora Borealis in Summer
12 IKC diamond map
Yellowknife, NWT, Canada