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January 29, 2007, No. 40

PDAC announces annual awards for 2007

PDAC President Patricia Dillon has announced the winners of this year’s annual awards. Receiving awards at the PDAC’s awards banquet on Monday, March 5 will be: Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. (Thayer Lindsley International Discovery Award); Ted and Allan Keats for the Keats-Stares prospecting family (Bill Dennis Prospector of the Year Award); James Gill, president and CEO, Aur Resources Inc. (Viola R. MacMillan Developer’s Award); Canada’s government geoscientists (Distinguished Service Award); Gabriel Resources Ltd. and Polaris Minerals Corporation (e3 Environmental Excellence in Exploration Award); and Tom Schroeter, chief government geologist in British Columbia (Special Achievement Award). Full details here.

Register before February 5 and save $160.00 on convention fees

Just a reminder to members planning to attend the PDAC convention [March 4-7] at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre] that it will pay you to register before February 5. Members who will be registering as regular convention delegates, i.e., not seniors or students, will save $160 if they register by the early bird deadline. Our online registration system is safe and efficient and is always accessible. Here’s the link.

Seven excellent workshops offered at this year’s convention

Metallogeny of the circum-Arctic, drilling 101, geophysics and corporate social responsibility are just a few of the topics covered by the short courses and workshops taking place at this year’s convention.  For detailed course descriptions, click here.

It is worth noting that the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO) supports participation by its members in these courses as acceptable continuing professional development activities.  Spaces are limited. Register before February 5 to receive the lowest fees.

Members and convention delegates will receive 75th anniversary publication

Many of you will probably have seen the PDAC 75th anniversary publication which was distributed with a recent edition of the Northern Miner. The association will be distributing copies to all convention delegates in March. Members not attending the convention will receive their copies by mail after the convention. Here are a few of the comments we’ve received about the publication:

  • The book was a great chronicle of events, and sure brought a wash of great memories over me. Thanks for that!

  • What a GREAT magazine -- a real keeper.

  • What a fabulous, informative and entertaining magazine for our 75th anniversary.  I just spent the last couple of hours scanning it and look forward to getting into the meat of the book. So many stories, memories and familiar faces should make this one of the top reads this year in the industry. 

Annual N. B. Keevil Memorial Hockey Game

This year’s N. B. Keevil Memorial Hockey Game (the 17th) will be played at the Varsity Centre (Arena) 299 Bloor St. West, Toronto, on Sunday, March 4 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Members interested in playing should contact coach Bruce Reid at [email protected]. Thanks to Jim Priest for providing this information.

Spring advocacy campaign

The PDAC is planning a spring advocacy campaign in anticipation of the upcoming federal budget. Volunteers are being asked to visit their MPs in their local constituency offices and to discuss the need for extending the ‘super’ flow-through program, funding for the Cooperative Geological Mapping Strategies, and updating the definitions of Canadian Exploration Expense. For more information, contact us.

Student-industry mineral exploration workshop – Sudbury, Ontario -  May 2007

The first PDAC student-industry workshop will be held at Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, from May 6-18. The top 20 third or fourth year Canadian geoscience post-secondary students will be selected to attend this workshop, all expenses paid. Organized by the student affairs committee, the workshop aims to educate students about the wide variety of careers in the industry and the adventure of being a geoscientist through lectures, presentations, hands-on courses and field trips to Timmins and Rouyn-Noranda. The PDAC is the major financial supporter of this workshop. However, industry is invited to contribute funds to ensure the success and sustainability of the workshop, which will be held every year. Many thanks to contributors to date, including: Barrick Gold Corporation; Adanac Molybdenum Corporation; Anglo American Exploration (Canada) Ltd. Full details.

Student-industry luncheon – Toronto – February 15

Another event for students to hear about careers and opportunities in the mineral industry will take place on Thursday, February 15, when the CIM Toronto Branch holds its annual student-industry luncheon and networking session.  Industry members are invited to meet the students after a presentation by Louise Corriveau of the Geological Survey of Canada on The latest ideas and concepts on iron oxide copper gold deposits. More information.

NI 43-101 : Standards of disclosure for mineral projects – Friday, March 2

A one-day seminar on National Instrument 43-101: Standards of disclosure will be held on Friday, March 2 at the Dominion Club, 1 King Street West, Toronto. There is no charge for this event, which is sponsored by the TSX and PDAC. However, you do need to register to attend. Click here for more details.