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February 26, 2007, No. 41

PDAC publication on corporate social responsibility resources for exploration companies

The PDAC has published Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility: Tools, codes and standards for the mineral exploration industry. This 20-page publication, which is available in hard copy and pdf formats, contains summaries of 36 resources that have been produced over the last 25 years by various international organizations and associations on the topics of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. The PDAC is providing this publication as a service to its members and to the industry generally. Hard copies of the publication will be mailed to all members. Click here for more information and to download the publication in pdf format.

ParmenterUNB doctoral student wins 2007 Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award

Winner of this year’s Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award is Andrew C. Parmenter, a doctoral student at the University of New Brunswick. Andrew’s research project, The structure of the Cranberry Mountain region of the Thor-Odin dome, Monashee Complex, and its bearing on the tectonic evolution of the Canadian Cordillera in southeast British Columbia, won him the $3,000 cash award and certificate, both of which will be presented at the student-industry networking luncheon on Tuesday, March 6, during PDAC Convention 2007. Details here.

Convention 2007: Celebrating the PDAC’s 75th anniversary

This year marks the diamond or 75th anniversary of the PDAC. One of the commemorative events planned is the screening of the movie Let Me Call You Sweetheart, documenting the life and times of the PDAC’s longest serving president, Viola MacMillan (1944-64). The movie, which has been broadcast a number of times on national television, uses some of Mrs. MacMillan’s own film footage to tell her life story and record her prospecting and mining career. Just as fascinating is the visual history of Canadian mining in the 1930s and 40s. The movie will be shown on Monday, March 6 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the John Bassett Theatre at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Convention 2007: Your window on the world

Delegates attending the PDAC convention are given a great chance to learn about opportunities and developments in other parts of the world. The country presentation rooms, which are open for the duration of the convention, are well worth a visit. Country nationals will be eager to talk to delegates about the investment climate, geology, mining legislation and other aspects of their respective jurisdictions. Countries represented this year include Angola, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, and India. Full details here.

Convention 2007: CD-ROM free with delegate registration!

I wanted to hear a paper but wasn’t able to get there in time. The two sessions I wanted to attend were on at the same time. Why do delegates have to pay extra for a CD-ROM of the technical sessions? Just a few of the comments we have received after previous conventions. Well, we listened and this year we are giving all delegates with full registrations a free CD-ROM of the main and open technical sessions. The CD-ROM includes the speakers’ oral presentations together with their PowerPoint presentations (so you can hear and watch at the same time). The CD-ROM will be mailed after the convention.  For a demonstration, click here.

Convention 2007: Affiliated events

Because the PDAC’s annual convention is such a major attraction and thousands attend, the event is seen as a good opportunity by other organizations and companies to arrange meetings, workshops, seminars and other events. As a service to their organizers, we try to list as many of these affiliated events as possible. Go to the foot of this page and you will see some of them. Please send an email to [email protected] if you would like an event added.

Corporate governance workshop , Wednesday, March 7

A workshop on corporate governance guidelines, audit committee requirements, and disclosure requirements for public companies will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, at the offices of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. The workshop is free but registration is required. Details here.

AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine commends PDAC for resource revenue sharing study

In a recent address on the need to solve First Nations’ poverty in Canada, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine referred to the PDAC’s discussion paper on resource revenue sharing. Speaking to business leaders at the Economic Club of Toronto, National Chief Fontaine noted the importance of the resource industry in providing opportunities for First Nations employment, investment and business development. He quoted from the PDAC’s paper as follows, “sharing of the public revenues would increase the political stability and economic predictability that support long-term investment,” then said, “That sounds like a win-win to me… and it comes from the corporate community.” Click here for a full copy of National Chief Fontaine’s text.

Aboriginal Affairs Committee chairman participates in TVOntario debate on native poverty

Don Bubar, chairman of the PDAC’s Aboriginal Affairs Committee, participated in a debate on solutions to native poverty on TV Ontario's The Agenda on Monday, February 19. The program can be viewed online here. Go to Video on the left-hand menu of the page and click on Emile Therien/Native poverty and development. The debate took place in the second half of the program. After you have seen the program, you may want to go to the blog of the show’s producer, Susanna Kelley.