Merger madness: Barrick Gold's acquisition of Equinox Minerals led the pack. Follow the link underneath this gallery to read the full list of 2011's biggest deals.
Barrick's Goldstrike mine in Nevada.
(Barrick Gold photo/Barrick Gold photo)
DO NOT USE THIS AGAIN, ONE-TIME USE ONLY! Cliffs Natural Resources' Northshore Mine in Minnesota.
(Copyright © 2011 Cliffs Natural Resources Inc./Copyright © 2011 Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.)
TMX Broadcast Centre manager Kris Backus walks in front of the centre's display board in Toronto on Monday May 16, 2011.
(Frank Gunn/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
RBC bank Branch in the U.S.
(RBC Bank photo/RBC Bank photo)
Windmills generate electricity in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near the town of Pincher Creek, Alberta September 27, 2010.
(TODD KOROL/REUTERS/TODD KOROL/REUTERS)
Intact Financial Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Charles Brindamour speaks during the annual general meeting of shareholders in Toronto May 4, 2011.
(MIKE CASSESE/REUTERS/MIKE CASSESE/REUTERS)
An employee walks at an oil storage site of the Sinopec Corp. on the outskirts of Taiyuan, the capital of north China's Shanxi province, Nov. 19, 2007.
photos of Eldorado Gold's Säo Bento Mine in Brazil.
(Eldorado Gold photo/Eldorado Gold photo)
A miner look at rock salt ore at Polkowice-Sieroszowice mine in Polkowice near Lubin, southern-western Poland July 29, 2011. Polkowice-Sieroszowice mine is a part of KGHM which is Europe's No. 2 copper producer.
(KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS/KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS)
BOLTON.ONTARIO.NOV.7.2005 Workers assembling an injection molding machine at Husky Injection Molding Systems' plant in Bolton, Ont.
(FRED LUM/The Globe and Mail/FRED LUM/The Globe and Mail)