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April 19, 2011 - No. 79

IFRS webinar for junior mining companies  Online  April 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm EDT

Recognizing that financial reporting for junior mining companies is substantially different than for most other types of companies, the PDAC and the Guidance and Support Group of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) will hold a free webinar to address International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) application issues that will affect exploration companies. More details and registration available here.

Geoscience careers in mineral exploration webinar  Online  April 21, 2011 1-2 pm EDT

The American Geological Institute’s GeoConnection service will hold a webinar, with sponsorship from the PDAC, on geoscience careers in mineral exploration. Speakers will include:  M. Stephen Enders, President, Society of Economic Geologists; Dave Groves, Newmont Mining Corp.; Professor Bill Chavez, Department of Mineral Engineering.  For more information and to register click here.

Request for comment on e3 Plus reporting survey before April 28 deadline

The PDAC is developing a reporting system for e3 Plus: A Framework for Responsible Exploration, which will be used by exploration companies to monitor and enhance their performance in the areas of social responsibility, environmental stewardship, and health and safety. In addition to feedback gained by a series of consultation sessions and focus groups, a survey is available online for stakeholders who want to add their voice to the discussion. The survey will be available until April 28. To take the survey click here. More information on e3 Plus is available here.

Industry communication initiatives grow

In the wake of Bill C-300’s defeat last October, a number of industry leaders began considering communications and other initiatives aimed at revitalizing the mineral industry’s image with Canadians. Here are some of their early projects:

  • Ottawa newsletter updates MPs, senators and key officials on company contributions

    A group of industry organizations, including the PDAC and several companies, with the assistance of Bluesky Strategy Group of Ottawa, is providing a newsletter about the mineral industry to MPs, senators and select public officials. 
    The first issue is available here: in English; in French
    Second issue: in English; in French

  • Minalliance’s TV commercials inspire pride in Quebec’s mining industry

    Minalliance was set up last year to improve the public’s awareness of the mineral industry and its contribution to the socio-economic growth of Quebec.  The Québec Mineral Exploration Association (AEMQ) and the Québec Mining Association (QMA), as well as companies involved in mine exploration, operation and services, equipment suppliers, and financial institutions joined forces to create the organization. Minalliance’s objective is to make the mineral industry a source of pride for Quebeckers. It has produced and aired two 30-second TV commercials, and Minalliance’s director general Claudine Renauld says the response has been very positive. The ads are in French, but their message is clear. To watch the commercials, click here.

  • PDAC award videos showcase compelling stories from the mineral industry

    The PDAC debuted a new communications initiative in Calgary last week when President Scott Jobin-Bevans spoke to the opening reception of the Calgary Mineral Exploration Group’s (MEG) annual Mining Forum. The presentation, titled If the mining industry is unwilling to talk about its achievements, how can we expect Canadians to understand and value it?, featured two short videos that tell industry success stories. The videos describe prospector Shawn Ryan’s exciting gold discovery in the Yukon and IAMGOLD’s leadership in CSR.  Ryan and IAMGOLD won, respectively,the Bill Dennis Award for prospecting success and the Environmental and Social Responsibility Award at PDAC 2011. The initiative began as a result of PDAC public affairs committee’s recommendation that the award videos receive a wider audience. The presentation is available here.

Request for Proposals : Review of regulations for submitting mineral exploration assessment data

The PDAC geoscience committee is initiating a project to investigate ways to improve the quality and ease of access to mineral exploration assessment files and data. The study will examine the exploration reporting requirements of federal, provincial, territorial and state geological surveys or natural resource departments in Canada, Scandinavia, Australia, Mexico and Chile. We are currently looking for applicants who are interested in working on this study. To view the RFP, click here.

Canadian Mining Hall of Fame nomination deadline approaches

Ed Thompson, chair of the PDAC’s awards committee, invites suggestions for potential candidates to the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame (CMHF). Nominations must be submitted through a sponsoring organization like the PDAC for CMHF induction awards that recognize and honour legendary mine finders and builders.  To have a candidate considered for the 2012 presentation, please contact the PDAC as soon as possible. The Hall of Fame’s 2011 inductees were: Mike Muzylowski; Bert Wasmund and John T. Williamson. View the list of all inductees here
Nominating criteria are here. To discuss the nomination process, contact us.

Information on Fred W. Thompson sought for Hall of Fame nomination

The PDAC is looking for supporters of a Canadian Mining Hall of Fame nomination being developed for Fred W. Thompson, co-discoverer of the Thompson-Lundmark gold mine in the Northwest Territories and discoverer of the Island Mine in Manitoba and the Bloom Lake iron deposit in Quebec. If you have any information about him and are willing to submit a letter of endorsement for this nomination, please contact us.

Canadian federal election and the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit (METC)

As reported in the last issue of e-news, the March 22 federal budget included a commitment to extend the METC for one year to March 31, 2012. However, the budget was not passed and the future of the METC will be determined following the federal election on May 2. As a member of the PDAC, you can help to inform candidates and parties of the importance of the Canadian mineral exploration and mining industry. For details on the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit, contact information for your local candidates for Parliament and updates on party platforms, click here. For more information, please contact us

PDAC Mining Matters 5th Annual Diamond in the Rough Golf Classic  Tottenham, ON June 2, 2011

Please join Mining Matters at Woodington Lake Golf course for a challenging day of golf, professional networking and fun on the green in support of PDAC Mining Matters. Test your shot at the chance to win $10,000 in the putting challenge or enjoy a taste of the Caribbean at the “jerk and rum punch” hole. 
For more information and to register click here. For sponsorship opportunities contact tournament manager Martin Harding at [email protected]

PDAC president delivers opening keynote at CESCO conference in Chile

President Scott Jobin-Bevans was a keynote speaker at the 4th International Exploration Forum, CESCO (Centro de Estudios del Cobre y la Minería) in Santiago, Chile, on April 4. His presentation covered Canada’s leadership in exploration as well as three PDAC programs of interest in Latin America.  Scott had a number of meetings during his stay in Santiago. On April 5, he met with Mario Fuentealba, the second miner rescued from the San José mine, who is on a campaign (Levantar Chile nuestro papel) to raise awareness and money for Chile’s poor. On April 6, he was a top-table guest at the CESCO dinner, and on April 8, he took part in a meeting at the Canadian Embassy where he met Sarah Fountain Smith, Canada’s ambassador to Chile, Peter Furesz, senior trade commissioner, and Gonzalo Munoz, trade commissioner. He also met with members of CESCO’s board.  To view Scott’s presentation click here.

Red Cross recognizes the Hall of Fame awards dinner’s contribution to Haiti earthquake relief funds

PDAC awards committee chair Ed Thompson and communications director Saley Lawton have been nominated for a Red Cross Partnership Award for spearheading a fundraising effort during the 2010 Canadian Mining Hall of Fame Induction Banquet. Eight hundred people attended the dinner and a total of $900,000 was raised for Haiti’s relief effort. It was the single largest fundraising effort held in Ontario for Haiti.

Aboriginal focus group contributes to development of e3 Plus reporting system

The PDAC will be hosting an Aboriginal focus group on the development of a reporting system for e3 Plus. The reporting system will be used by exploration companies to monitor and enhance their performance in the areas of social responsibility, environmental stewardship, and health and safety. Following three multi-stakeholder consultation sessions held across Canada earlier this year, the Aboriginal focus group will meet on May 3 to ensure the perspectives of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis representatives are understood and incorporated into the system. 
For more information on e3 Plus click here or contact [email protected]

Webinar on Mining in Panama: Lessons in CSR Best Practices ? Online ? May 12th, 1:00- 2:00pm EDT

Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR) and Export Development Canada (EDC) are hosting a free webinar to share findings from a multi-stakeholder workshop conducted in Panama. The workshop will focus on exploring the challenges and opportunities faced by companies entering into an emerging mining industry in Panama, and best practice examples of how different mining companies have approached the issues of community relations, biodiversity and inclusive environmental monitoring.
For more information and to register click here.

Mining for Society/M4S ? Montreal ? May 23-25, 2011

The popular Mining in Society show, now known as M4S, a show on Mines, Minerals, Metals and Materials , will be held in Montreal next month. Organized by the CIM, the show engages families with information and creative activities about the importance of mining in everyday life.  More information is here.

S-IMEW students to tour Osisko’s new Canadian Malartic mine

The PDAC’s fifth annual Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW) in Sudbury will host 25 top geosciences students from across Canada as well as patron sponsor Barrick Gold’s young geologist, Nathan Eck, from Salt Lake City, Utah. The workshop will run from May 6 to 21 and will introduce students to a variety of career opportunities and provide practical information about the business of exploration. This year the group will tour Osisko’s new Malartic mine in Quebec, which has just poured its first gold, as well as Agnico Eagle’s Laronde and Lapa mines, QuadraFNX’s McCreedy West mine, Trueclaim’s Scadding gold mine and the Xstrata nickel smelter.
To see this year’s student list click here.
To read about how S-IMEW opens doors for geosciences students click here.
Sponsorship information here
For information on student activities contact us.

4IPGC conference ? January 22-24, 2012 ? Vancouver

The 4th International Professional Geology Conference in conjunction with the Association of Mineral Exploration of British Columbia’s (AMEBC) annual Mineral Exploration Roundup next January.  Earth Science – Global Practice is the title of the conference. Professional geologists from 10 constituent associations and Geoscientists Canada will meet to discuss issues of interest to geoscientists and to increase participation and communication among countries where geoscience is a self-regulated professional discipline.
For more information: in English ; French ; Spanish
Organizers invite suggestions for themes or technical sessions and welcome sponsorship interest. 
To offer ideas, contact Geoscientists Canada at 604-412-4888 or [email protected]

SME and CIM organize joint conference on technological advances

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) and the Canadian Institute for Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) are planning to hold a joint annual conference beginning this fall and running through 2016. The conferences will encourage the sharing of the best technological advances and help members to gain new information and insight. The first conference will be hosted by the CIM and held in Calgary this fall.  In 2012 it will be held in Denver, Colorado, and be hosted by the SME. More information here.  

PDAC Mining Matters hosts professional development workshop for Scientists in School

PDAC Mining Matters provided a one-day professional development workshop for 11 Scientists in School (SiS) presenters to showcase the Canadian mineral exploration and mining industries, use of technology, environmental management, and career opportunities. PDAC past president, William Mercer delivered a presentation about corporate social responsibility and the importance of the traditional role of Aboriginal peoples in land and resources management.
SiS is a charitable organization that delivers science-based, curriculum-aligned workshops to elementary students, including the earth science topic Rocks and Minerals for Grade 4 students. PDAC Mining Matters and SiS have joined forces to reach more teachers and students with information about  Canada’s geology and mineral resource endowment.  

Mineral resources student workshop series begins in Newfoundland and Labrador

April marked the launch of PDAC Mining Matters’ mineral resources student workshop series, presented in partnership with the Geological Survey of Newfoundland and Labrador Outreach Program. Workshops provide a rich hands-on experience and introduce students to earth science role models and future career possibilities. The workshop series also provides teachers with the training and classroom resources they need to deliver their earth science curriculum. In May, the mineral resources student workshop series will continue in five coastal Aboriginal communities in Labrador. More information about Mining Matters click here

e3 Plus News highlights convention’s CSR activities

Corporate social responsibility and e3 Plus, the first comprehensive CSR program for mineral exploration in the world, again played an important role at the PDAC 2011 convention. For more, click here.

Note to readers: Previous issues of e-News and Activities are available at the PDAC website under ‘Publications’ or by clicking here.