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January 23, 2008, No. 50

Congratulations to this year’s PDAC awards winners

The board of directors is pleased to announce this year’s awards winners, selected on the recommendation of the awards committee. Presentation of the awards will take place on Monday, March 3, at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto, during the PDAC’s annual convention. Recipients of the awards are the following:

  • Thayer Lindsley International Discovery Award: The exploration team of Aurelian Resources Inc., led by Patrick Anderson, Keith Barron, and Steve Leary

  • Bill Dennis Prospector of the Year Award: Sean Roosen, Robert Wares, and John Burzynski, Osisko Exploration Ltd.

  • Viola R. MacMillan Developer’s Award: Lukas Lundin, Lundin Mining Corporation

  • Distinguished Service Award: Maureen Jensen; Donald Mustard

  • e3 Environmental Excellence in Exploration Award: Fonds Restor-Action Nunavik

  • Skookum Jim Award: Athabasca Basin Development Limited Partnership

Click here for full descriptions of the awards and details of the recipients.

De Beers Canada Inc. wins annual safety award

De Beers Canada Inc. is to receive the annual safety award of the PDAC and the Association for Mineral Exploration BC for the highest performance in health and safety in mineral exploration in Canada in 2006. The company logged 257,235 hours without a lost workday incident. The award will be presented during AME BC’s Roundup on Monday, January 28 in Vancouver and during PDAC Convention 2008 on Monday, March 3.

Ontario study demonstrates the economic benefits of a representative mine

Towards the end of last year the Ontario Mining Association released a study entitled Ontario mining: A partner in prosperity building – The economic impacts of a ‘representative mine’ in Ontario. Developed by Peter Dungan and Steve Murphy of the Institute for Policy Analysis at the University of Toronto, the study concludes that the overall economic impacts of such a mine are extremely large. In its opening or construction phase, the mine adds an estimated $140 million to the province’s GDP and generates almost 2,000 jobs annually. In its production phase, for each year of operation, the mine adds approximately $280 million to Ontario’s GDP and increases Ontario’s employment by almost 2,300. Government revenues also benefit. Some $49 million annually is collected during the construction stage, this sum rising to $84 million per year when the mine is producing. The provincial government’s share is $19 million during the first phase and over $32 million during the production phase. This is a carefully designed study that could serve as a template for other jurisdictions. The study is available here in pdf format.

Northern Regulatory Improvement Initiative – Industry open forum – Vancouver - Jan 28

The Northern Regulatory Improvement Initiative is a federal government strategy aimed at improving the current regulatory regime in northern Canada, particularly in the Northwest Territories. A working group, which includes Philip Bousquet of the PDAC, is developing a mineral industry response to the strategy and is holding an open forum on the afternoon of Monday, January 28, in the Marine Room, Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, from 1 pm to 3 pm to inform participants of its progress. Participants will be able to discuss their specific concerns on the topic or put forward their recommendations for inclusion in the industry’s response. Click here for background information and a preliminary list of issues related to mineral exploration and mining operations. For further information, please contact contact us.

Continuous disclosure and financial reporting – Vancouver seminar – January 31

A seminar on continuous disclosure and financial reporting for mineral companies is being organized by Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP and will be held from 2 pm to 4 pm on Thursday, January 31 at the Bentall 5 Conference Centre, 550 Burrard Street, Vancouver. The session is targeted towards mining issues and will be of interest to chief financial officers and other individuals responsible for financial reporting, investor relations personnel and senior management of public companies. There is no charge. However, registration is required. Please register with Kim MacDonald, telephone 416 362 1969, ext. 247. More details are here.

Paul Hébert to be executive director, Federated School of Mines, Ontario

The Federated School of Mines in northern Ontario has announced the appointment of Paul Hébert as its executive director. Formerly with the Mining Industry Human Resources Sector Council (MiHR), Hébert will take up his new appointment on February 25. The Federated School of Mines was established in 2006 by Cambrian College and Northern College-Haileybury School of Mines. Its goal is to attract people to northern Ontario, to strengthen communities through access to education and training, to encourage learners to stay in the North, and to help the mineral industry with its educational needs. Click here for more details.

ICMM is offering free community development workshop – March 4 – Toronto

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has developed a community development toolkit. The kit contains practical tools to help mining companies, government, communities, and NGOs work together to enable sustainable community development activities in areas where there are mining operations. The ICMM is offering a one-day training workshop to introduce participants to the kit and its tools for assessment, planning, relationship management, program management, and monitoring and evaluation. The workshop will be held from 9 am to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4 in room 205D, north building, Metro Toronto Convention Centre. There is no fee but people interested in attending should register with Claire White. Registration, which is limited to a maximum of 30 participants, will be on a first come, first served basis. Click here for further details.

Resettlement training program – March 6 & 7 – Toronto

A two-day training program on issues surrounding community resettlement is being offered by Environmental Resources Management from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, March 6 and 7, at the Novotel Toronto Hotel, North York (a 20-minute subway ride from downtown Toronto). The course draws on the company’s extensive experience in developing resettlement action plans that comply with World Bank/IFC standards and in managing the implementation of resettlement programs around the world. Case studies are a core element of the training. The $1,800 course fee includes course material, breakfasts, lunches and nutrition breaks. A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at a special group rate for participants. Click here for more information or contact Vince Deschamps by email or by telephone at 416 646 3613.

Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir – St. David’s Day Concert – March 1 - Toronto

The Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir will present a St. David’s Day Concert - Cyngerdd Dydd Gwyl Dewi - in Toronto on Saturday, March 1, at 7.30 pm. The concert will feature CBC’s Christopher Thomas as Master of Ceremonies; the Northumberland Orchestra; soloist Shannon Mercer; Merched Dewi; organist Clement Carelse; and carillonneur Gerald Martindale for the evening's celebration of Welsh culture. Tickets for the event, which will be held at the Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen Street East, Toronto, are $25.00 and can be purchased here. Alternatively, you can contact Bonnie Booth, the publicist for the event, by telephone at 416 410 2254 or by email. For more details about the choir, click here. Sounds like a wonderful evening!