Networking Functions

Meet new acquaintances and reconnect with old friends by attending conference functions. Find sponsored coffee breaks, networking luncheons and social receptions that help you make meaningful, lasting connections.

Attendees must register to purchase tickets for the 2019 SME Annual Conference & Expo and 121st National Western Mining Conference social functions.

Multiple tickets for each event may be purchased.


Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception

Sunday, Feb. 24 | 4:00 pm-6:00 pm | Colorado Convention Center

Kick off the conference with drinks and hors-d’oeuvres for the grand opening of the exhibit hall. With more than 750 exhibitors, this reception is a great time to explore the new products and integrative solutions offered by our exhibitors.


SME Foundation Gala Dinner and Silent Auction

Sunday, Feb. 24 | 6:00 pm-11:00 pm | Hyatt Regency Denver

Kick off your SME Annual Conference week and "Celebrate Rocky Mountain  Style in Colorful Colorado" while supporting the essential programs of the  SME Foundation. Guests will have a chance to win 5 - $500 door prizes. This event always sells out, so get your tickets with conference registration. Enjoy a wonderful evening with dinner, networking and entertainment.

Learn more about the SME Foundation Dinner and other sponsored events in Foundation Functions.


Exhibit Hall Luncheon

Monday, Feb. 25 | 11:30 am-1:00 pm | Colorado Convention Center

Grab a bite to eat and connect with our exhibitors as lunch is served on the exhibit hall floor before the technical program begins at 2:00 pm.


New Member Orientation & Reception

Monday, Feb. 25 | 5:00 pm-6:30 pm | Colorado Convention Center

One of the key benefits of being a member of SME is connecting with peers and the New Member Orientation & Reception is a perfect place to meet the other new members. Attendees who have joined SME in 2018 or 2019 are welcome to join SME staff and the 2018 and 2019 SME Presidents to learn more about what all SME has to offer.


Women of SME, WAAIME, and WIM Breakfast and Panel Discussion

Tuesday, Feb. 26 | 7:00 am-9:00 am | Hyatt Regency Denver

Join other women from the mining and mineral industries for this breakfast and panel discussion. Traditionally the breakfast has addressed issues that are specifically facing women and the industry as a whole. This is a dynamic way to start off the day and to connect with other females in the industry.


Exhibit Hall Afternoon Social

Tuesday, Feb. 26 | 3:30 pm-5:30 pm | Colorado Convention Center

Take some time to relax and walk the exhibit hall on Tuesday afternoon during the Afternoon Social. Enjoy a drink and light snacks while exploring the exhibit hall. All attendees are welcome.


CMA Sustainability Reception and Awards Presentation

Tuesday, Feb. 26 | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm | Hyatt Regency Denver

Help CMA honor the region's leaders in sustainable practices and creators of positive public perceptions of our modern mining industry during this evening reception. Cheers!
Sponsored by Newmont Mining Corporation


MPD Scotch Nightcap

Tuesday, Feb. 26 | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm | Hyatt Regency Denver

Proceeds from this event support MPD’s scholarship and award funds, helping those who want to make a career in the industry and recognizing those who have made extraordinary contributions to the industry. In addition to the scotch tasting, there will be light snacks, desserts, cocktails and other drinks. And back by popular demand is live music by BASS METALS, with "The Full Circle" concert. Come and see for yourself what all the buzz is about!


Exhibit Hall Continental Breakfast

Wednesday, Feb. 27 | 8:00 am - 9:30 am | Colorado Convention Center

As the last official event in the exhibit hall for the 2019 SME Annual Conference & Expo and 121st National Western Mining Conference, this is also your last chance to connect with exhibitors. Coffee, juice and a continental breakfast will be available for all attendees.


CMA Reclamation and Safety Awards Luncheon

Wednesday, Feb. 27 | Noon - 2:00 pm | Colorado Convention Center

Join us for the last opportunity to mingle with your peers as we join with the Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety to recognize the accomplishments of the industry and hear updates from local government officials.
Sponsored by Pinnacol Assurance


SME/AIME Awards Banquet & Reception

Wednesday, Feb. 27 | 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm | Hyatt Regency Denver

As the closing event of the 2019 SME Annual Conference & Expo and 121st National Western Mining Conference, the SME/AIME Awards Banquet brings together hundreds of industry professionals to look back and recognize the leaders of the industry. This formal banquet is a time to connect and celebrate 2018 SME President Barb Arnold’s term and to welcome SME 2019 President Hugh Miller.