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Statement from the Mining Association of Canada re: Datametrex Press Release dated June 24, 2020

On June 24th, Datametrex published a press release entitled Datametrex Completes Shipping of Second $500,000 Purchase Order to Canadian Mining Company that included a quote from Pierre Gratton, the President and CEO of the Mining Association of Canada (MAC).

MAC and its members are aggressively applying all tools, including test kits and remote labs, to protect employees and community members in response to COVID-19. However, MAC wants to make it clear that the association had no prior knowledge of this media release and the attributed quote was manufactured without Pierre Gratton’s input or consent. MAC does not promote any specific COVID-19 testing company for Canada’s mining industry, and anything indicating the contrary is false. It is important that our association go on the record to disavow its inclusion in Datametrex’s media statement.

For information on how Canada’s mining industry has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, including details on screening and testing, visit

 The mining industry is a major sector of Canada’s economy, contributing $97 billion to national GDP and responsible for 19 percent of Canada’s total domestic exports. Canada’s mining sector employs 626,000 people directly and indirectly across the country. The industry is proportionally the largest private sector employer of Indigenous peoples in Canada and a major customer of Indigenous-owned businesses.

 About MAC

The Mining Association of Canada is the national organization for the Canadian mining industry. Its members account for most of Canada’s production of base and precious metals, uranium, diamonds, metallurgical coal, mined oil sands and industrial minerals and are actively engaged in mineral exploration, mining, smelting, refining and semi-fabrication. Please visit



For more information, please contact:

Cynthia Waldmeier

Director of Communications, the Mining Association of Canada

Phone: 613-233-9392 x225 or 613-894-2128 (cell)



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