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August 11, 2011, No. 81

Accommodation for the PDAC 2012 International Convention

The PDAC is currently reserving blocks of rooms at downtown Toronto hotels that are close to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).  Additional hotel properties and their rates will be posted throughout the rest of the year.

We have negotiated preferred room rates for the duration of the Convention.  However, these rates will apply to a limited number of rooms, which are available on a first-come first-served basis until Friday, February 3, 2012.

Reservations received after this date will only be accepted as they become available at the hotel’s published rate.  It is very important to keep in mind that many of these hotels may sell out before Friday, February 3, 2012.

Don’t be disappointed.  Reserve your accommodation early! 

To take advantage of preferred rates at participating hotels for PDAC 2012 click here.

PDAC’s Ross Gallinger a Featured Speaker at the 2011 CBSR Summit

Incoming Executive Director Ross Gallinger is a scheduled speaker at the 9th Canadian Business for Social Responsibility Summit on Corporate Social Responsibility.  The event is a great opportunity to learn new ideas and best practices through discussions with business leaders concerning expectations and responsibilities, opportunities and risks in the global context.  The 2011 CBSR Summit happens October 26 from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency in Toronto.  For more details, click here.

The PDAC Launches CSR Communication Survey

The PDAC is reviewing how we communicate with members about our corporate social responsibility (CSR) program.   Your feedback will enable us to better share information on this important issue.

To take our 5-minute online survey, please click here.

Former PDAC Executive Director to Receive Award from Fraser Institute

Tony Andrews, former executive director of the PDAC, will be honoured at the Fraser Institute’s Mining Business Risks Summit 2011 in October.  The Fraser Institute will celebrate Tony’s 25 years of leadership at the PDAC and his 36 years in mining.  He is also a featured speaker and his presentation is entitled:  “How has political risk evolved over the past 40 years?”

The Mining Business Summit 2011 takes place October 25 and 26 at the Hyatt Regency in Toronto.  Tony will receive the award and present on his topic on October 25 at 9:30 am.  For more information, click here

The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia Launches Permitting Survey

The Board of Directors for the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia has discussed concerns about critical delays in mineral exploration permitting at its last meeting in June.  In response, the Board approved a motion to create a special permitting committee to review the extensive delays being reported throughout the province.

The AME BC has created a survey to facilitate this review.  The PDAC supports these survey efforts and invites members to participate by providing examples of work delays.

To access the survey on the AME BC website, please click here and scroll down to the section called Inside AME BC:  Mineral Exploration Permitting – Submit Your Example.

Submitted information will not be used as a direct example without approval.  Please indicate whether you want your information to remain confidential.  The Committee will conduct a focused review leading to direct discussions with government to develop both short-term and longer-term solutions to permit issuance.

Please send your completed survey form to:

Rick Conte
Vice President, AME BC
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: 604.630.3926

Red Cross to Recognize the Mineral Industry’s Generous Support for Haitian Relief Effort

The Canadian Red Cross will extend its gratitude to members of the mineral industry for generously supporting relief efforts in Haiti at a special luncheon in Toronto on Friday, August 19.  PDAC awards committee chair Ed Thompson and former communications director Saley Lawton will be particularly recognized as they will receive the distinguished Partners in Humanity Award for spearheading a fundraising effort during the 2010 Canadian Mining Hall of Fame Induction Banquet.  Close to 800 people attended the dinner and a total of $900,000 was raised, making it the single largest fundraising effort held in Ontario for Haiti.

Upcoming International PDAC Speaking Engagements:

September 5 – 7Scott Jobin-Bevans
Mining – Exploration Convention and Trade Show, Federation of Indian Mineral Industries
Bangalore, India

October 4 – 6Scott Jobin-Bevans
World Indigenous Business Forum, New York City 

November 1 – 3Scott Jobin-Bevans
Fennoscandian Exploration and Mining - FEM 2011
Levi, Lapland, Finland

The OMA’s So You Think You Know Mining Winners

The Ontario Mining Association announced earlier this summer the winners of the 3rd Annual So You Think You Know Mining video competition, which challenges high school students to tell imaginative stories about the benefits of mining to society.

More than 80 high-quality videos from across the province were evaluated to determine the winning entries in seven categories, with prize money ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.  To view the winning videos, click here.   

2011 Mineral Industry Recommendations to Canada’s Energy and Mines Ministers

Kananaskis, Alberta, July 2011

The PDAC, the Mining Association of Canada, and other members of the Canadian Mineral Industry Federation (CMIF) jointly submitted policy views and recommendations to the July 2011 Mines Ministers’ Conference in Kananaskis, Alta.  The CMIF members represent the majority of companies engaged in mineral exploration, mining, and processing – accounting for most of Canada’s production of base and precious metals, uranium, diamonds, metallurgical and thermal coal, potash and mined oil sands.   For more details, click here.

PDAC Board Member Discusses Opportunities and Challenges at the Mines Ministers Conference

Don Bubar, who is a PDAC Board member and current chair of the PDAC Aboriginal Affairs Committee, as well as the president and CEO of Avalon Rare Metals Inc., spoke on the risks and opportunities in the mineral exploration sector during the Mines Ministers Conference in July.  To see Don’s presentation, click here.

PDAC First Vice President Speaks of Opportunities at Indigenous Summit on Energy and Mining

The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) joined more than 800 Indigenous leaders and citizens,  and representatives from government and industry from across North America and the world in Niagara Falls, Ontario, for the first-ever International Indigenous Summit on Energy and Mining.

The three-day summit, which took place June 27 - 29, was hosted by the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI).  It featured presentations and dialogue on key subjects related to resource development including:  international partnerships and trade opportunities, sustainable development, engagement and consultation, green energy, education, and the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

PDAC First Vice President Glenn Nolan, of the Missanabie Cree First Nation, addressed the summit’s audience during the opening ceremonies.

“I am a testament to the possibilities that are available to our people,” said Nolan.  “I have moved my way through the industry from a labourer, to a business owner and now vice president – soon to be president – of the PDAC. Ten years ago or so, you might not have seen an Aboriginal person in the role that I am in now. But we are now in a new era where Aboriginal peoples are starting to play a larger and more significant role in the industry.”

Glenn Nolan has been a member of the PDAC Board of Directors for more than nine years and was instrumental in the formation of the Aboriginal Affairs Committee, which works towards bringing the industry and Aboriginal people closer together.