Saskatchewan Mining Association to assume responsibility for potash group

The Saskatchewan Potash Producers Association (SPPA) is transitioning its activities and responsibilities to the Saskatchewan Mining Association (SMA), effective immediately.

The SPPA was formed in 1983 and has been in operation for 37 years. The SPPA was founded when potash mining in Saskatchewan was still developing as an important industry in Canada. The potash industry, at the time, had a significant number of small players and saw the need for a joint voice for discussions with the government.

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The SPPA now has three producing members: Mosaic, Nutrien and K+S Potash Canada. These companies are also members of the Saskatchewan Mining Association. After careful thought and discussion, the member companies have decided to incorporate the responsibilities of the SPPA into the SMA.

The integration of responsibilities between the two organizations will eliminate overlap and duplication between the role of the SPPA and the SMA and create efficiencies that will continue to support the potash industry.

“Member companies felt that continuing with a separate industry association for potash was no longer necessary and therefore we have worked with the SMA to assume the SPPA responsibilities”, said Sam Farris, director of the board of the SPPA. “We believe the amalgamation of responsibilities through the SMA will create efficiencies and reduce overlap between the two associations.”

“The SMA has represented many of the interests of the Saskatchewan potash mining sector for over 50 years. We look forward to undertaking the additional responsibilities that will be transitioning to the SMA from the SPPA and continuing to effectively represent these members’ interests,” said SMA chair Tammy Van Lambalgen.

Any future questions or inquiries regarding the interests or positions of the Potash Industry in Saskatchewan should be referred to the Saskatchewan Mining Association (SMA).

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