Jade Fever

Winter 2018

Cast Info

Claudia Bunce
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Claudia Bunce

“We are on our way to the penthouse…or the outhouse.” – Claudia Bunce

Born in Pforzheim, Germany, Claudia Bunce’s family moved to British Columbia when she was very young. In the 1960s, Bunce’s father Steve, a jade miner himself, moved his family to the area now known as Jade City. It was during her childhood that Claudia fell in love with jade. As an adult, she returned to Jade City, eventually taking ownership of the Cassiar Mountain Jade Store and helping set up the Dease Lake Jade Mining company. Now with the help of the 35 townspeople, Bunce and her husband Robin are trying to realize their dream: to establish Jade City as the jade capital of Canada. Unofficially the town mayor and mother, Bunce keeps everything running smoothly and is never afraid to stand up for what she believes in. Beneath her tough exterior though, is a woman who loves her family first and jade second.

Fun facts about Claudia: She is a hoarder of all things, loves to paint, and collects children’s books and cookbooks.

Robin Bunce
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Robin Bunce

“I sure hope my wife knows what she’s doing.” – Robin Bunce

 Robin Bunce was born in Prince George, British Columbia, where he met Claudia while she was working on his sister’s food truck. The two fell in love, got married, and had two sons named Justin and Joshua. Bunce may not always wear the pants in the family, but as the mine manager, he keeps the mine operations on track – working tirelessly to find the million-dollar boulder that could change their lives. Bunce has a love for anything automotive and the talent to fix and refurbish anything with an engine and four wheels.

 Fun facts about Robin: He loves energy drinks and is known to have Rockets (the candy) on hand at all times.

Joshua (Josh) Bunce
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Joshua (Josh) Bunce

“How many high school dropouts are making the kind of money I am…other than my mom and dad.” – Joshua Bunce

 Joshua (Josh) Bunce is Claudia and Robin’s youngest son and loves to run his mouth as much as he loves to run his pickup truck. Bunce learned most of what he knows from his mom and dad, and spent his youth in Jade City – a playground for fishing, snowmobiling, and mining. Bunce lived and worked in Smithers before moving back home to run heavy machinery for his parent’s company. His passion for jade runs deep, but his temper could prevent him from taking over the family business, something he hopes to do one day.

Fun facts about Joshua: Josh loves trucks, his dog Cooper, and tattoos. He’s tough as nails but runs the other way when he sees a spider.

Guy Marital
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Guy Marital

Guy Martial loves a lukewarm beer in his hand and good friends by his side. This French Canadian likes to keep life simple – friends, family, his dog, hard work, and his favourite …beer. If Marital could make enough money during the jade mining season to relax until the next season starts, he feels he’d have it made. In the meantime, he drives trucks on the ice roads in Northern B.C. in the off-season.

Justin Bunce
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Justin Bunce

The eldest Bunce son, Justin, has been involved in mining his whole life. Last year, his mid-season arrival to Wolverine helped score some of the biggest jade finds of the year. Now, the “Jade Whisperer” is branching out on his own. Bunce and childhood friend Mike Mee have started a new company – Quartz Creek Development Ltd, and the two have their targets set on opening a new market for industrial grade jade products using techniques never seen before in jade mining. Bunce has Claudia’s strong will and Robin’s no-nonsense approach to mining and he’s determined to shake up the jade industry.

Mike Mee
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Mike Mee

Mike Mee is returning to Jade City this summer with ambitious plans for the Dynasty mine site. Two years ago, he was a part of Claudia and Alan’s drill program that had limited success at the hard rock site. Now, Mee and childhood friend, Justin, have plans to capitalize on the industrial grade surface jade. Mee wants to employ new techniques to jade mining that have usually been reserved for marble quarrying. It’s a big gamble but he’s confident they can pull it off.

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