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April 15, 2012, No. 89

Up Front

PDAC Executive Director Named one of Top 80 Influencing Canada’s Foreign Policy

PDAC Executive Director Ross Gallinger was named one of the top 80 influencing Canada's foreign policy in the March 28, 2012, issue of Embassy magazine. Mr. Gallinger was named in the “Business Representatives” category, along with Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney, Canadian Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Perrin Beatty, and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters President and CEO Jayson Myers, among others. Embassy chose the list “through frank conversations with government insiders and policy analysts.”

PDAC Attends ICMM Bi-Annual Meeting

PDAC Executive Director Ross Gallinger attended the International Council on Mining and Metals’ (ICMM) bi-annual meeting in London at the end of March. Mr. Gallinger says there were discussions on the contribution minerals make to society and to the green economy. “The discussions around how minerals power the green economy were very interesting and something we will be looking at in a Canadian context,” he says. ICMM hosted a CEO panel at the PDAC 2012 convention, Linking Strategy to Sustainability, where industry leaders shared their knowledge on sustainable development and mining activities.

Convention Stats

In case you missed it, the total number of convention participants for 2012 was 30,369, up from 27, 714 in 2011. Of these participants, 25% were international, with an increase in the number of countries represented in 2012—125—up from 120 in 2011. Similar to the 2011 convention, outside of Canada the largest number of delegates came from: the U.S., Australia, England, China and Peru. There was a major increase in student delegates—a total of 1680 students attended the convention this year, up 53% from last year’s 1100—and an increase in self-identified Aboriginal delegates—over 500, up from 2011’s 400. Click here for more convention statistics.

Aboriginal Affairs

The PDAC Appears Before Parliamentary Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

PDAC Senior Program Director Philip Bousquet and PDAC Program Director for Aboriginal Affairs, Scott Cavan, appeared before the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (AANO) on March 27, 2012, for its study of Land-Use and Sustainable Economic Development. Mr. Bousquet and Mr. Cavan appeared before the committee alongside Paul Hébert, Vice-President, Government Relations, Mining Association of Canada, and Ryan Montpellier, Executive Director, Mining Industry Human Resources Council.

In his remarks, Mr. Bousquet told the committee that the PDAC advocates for clarity and consistency with respect to land access and permitting regulations. “The PDAC maintains that mineral exploration, mine development, and mining operations can be conducted in keeping with the principles of sustainable development and in harmony with the environmental, social, and economic priorities of aboriginal and non-aboriginal Canadians.”

The PDAC Participates in Learning Together Conference

The PDAC participated in the 7th Annual Learning Together Conference in Yellowknife, March 29th – 30th. PDAC President Glenn Nolan spoke at the conference about the PDAC’s programs and activities. Mr. Nolan is the founder of Learning Together and sits on its board of directors. Workshops and talks at the conference focused on areas such as education related to mining and First Nations, best practices, and exploring opportunities for First Nations and industry.

Advocacy

Extension of Mineral Exploration Tax Credit in 2012 Federal Budget

The PDAC welcomed the inclusion of the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit (METC) in the federal budget tabled on March 29th. The METC was scheduled to expire on March 31, 2012. Economic Action Plan 2012 proposes to extend the credit for an additional year, until March 31, 2013. “We believe this is a budget that demonstrates continued support for the mineral exploration sector,” said PDAC Executive Director Ross Gallinger. “The PDAC has been a champion of the METC and continues to work with the Federal Government to advocate for measures that support the industry.” Click here for more information on the PDAC’s advocacy work with the federal government on finance and taxation.

Lands and Regulations

Proposed Regulations under Ontario’s 2009 Mining Act Open for Public Comment

As part of phase II of the Mining Act Modernization (MAM) initiative, the Ontario government has posted for public comment six draft regulations on Ontario’s Regulatory and Environmental Registries. The PDAC, along with the Ontario Prospectors Association (OPA) and regional prospector associations, sits on the Minister’s Mining Act Advisory Council (MMAAC), which was formed to help guide the new regulations as they are being developed. In order to supplement this work, the PDAC is preparing a detailed submission on the proposed regulations, which, among other points, will advocate for clarification on Aboriginal consultation and the role of industry proponents. For background and more information on the PDAC’s activities related to the Ontario government’s review of the Mining Act, click here.

Interested parties are invited to comment on the proposals before the postings close on May 1, 2012. The PDAC is encouraging members to comment on the proposed regulations. For more information on the proposals and on how to submit your comments, click here. In addition to the detailed submission, the PDAC will also produce a template letter in advance of the May 1st deadline for members to download and send in to the registry. The template letter will highlight key recommendations relating to the proposed regulations. The template letter will be available to download from the PDAC website, or contact us.

CSR

Wilderness First Aid Training for Mineral Exploration Field Workers, May 5th & 6th 2012

Wilderness first aid extends beyond urban-based first aid courses and is specifically designed to deal with hazards and illnesses encountered in the backcountry and remote work sites. If you are preparing to work in the field or on a remote work site, this is a great opportunity to obtain your Wilderness First Aid certification. The course will be offered in 7 locations: Toronto, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Winnipeg, Gatineau, Val d’Or and Yellowknife. The 2 day course is $150 for PDAC members and $295 for non-members. The cost includes CPR training and certification. Course spots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so book now! To download the registration form, click here.

PDAC Field Safety Pocket Guide Now Available in English, French and Spanish

The PDAC’s new Field Safety Pocket Guide is a valuable and handy information resource for field workers in the mineral exploration industry. Waterproof, tear-resistant and designed to fit easily in your high vis jacket, the guide provides useful information on safe fieldwork practices. The goal of the Field Safety Pocket Guide is to increase safety awareness in the field by providing useful information on the risks, hazards and dangerous situations inherent in exploration work. Order your copy of the guide today—the first five copies are free. Click here to order. You can also download the Pocket Guide in EnglishFrench and Spanish.

Canadian Mineral Exploration Health & Safety Survey 2011/2012

The PDAC and AME BC are conducting the 7th annual Canadian Mineral Exploration Health & Safety Survey for exploration work conducted in 2011. The survey is strictly confidential and will be used by the PDAC and AME BC to develop our 7th annual Canadian Mineral Exploration Health & Safety Report. This report provides facts and figures about the causes of incidents, the nature of injuries, trends, and safety statistics by province. It also acknowledges companies for the Safe Day Everyday Award—awarded to a company that has operated without a lost workday. Complete the survey here.

Student Affairs

6th Annual Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop

May 14 – 19, 2012, senior earth science students from across Canada will converge on the Greater Sudbury area for the PDAC's annual Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW).The two-week, all expenses-paid gathering will give the students, hand-picked from post secondary institutions across the country, an opportunity to experience the many facets of the mineral exploration industry.

Scott Jobin-Bevans, PDAC past president and co-founder of the workshop, says “the event is designed to attract students to the mineral exploration industry and to give them a practical and business perspective of mineral exploration not generally available in the classroom. This country is a world leader in mineral exploration. If we are to retain this predominant position, we must do everything we can to encourage highly qualified young people to enter the industry. The students attending this workshop are our future leaders.”

With an anticipated demand of over 90,000 qualified industry personnel in the next decade, there is an increased need to attract and retain skilled workers in order to maintain a strong and vibrant industry. The PDAC relies on industry support to continue to host this important educational workshop. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact us. Details and highlights of this year’s program are available here.

Behre Dolbear Provides Scholarships to PDAC Students for the ABCs of Mining Workshop

For the fourth year in a row, Behre Dolbear provided scholarships to four PDAC student members to attend the ABCs of Mining course at no cost. The ABCs of Mining is an annual educational initiative of Behre Dolbear for participants in the mineral industry who do not have a formal, technical education in the mineral sciences. The two-day program provides an overview of the fundamentals of the mining industry with an emphasis on the business of mining. It is presented in mining centres around the world, most recently in London, Hong Kong and New York.

Government News

HRSDC Skills and Partnership Fund Call for Concepts

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) is launching a third intake process for the Skills and Partnership Fund (SPF).This Call for Concepts is focused exclusively on partnership-based projects in the energy and mining sectors to help respond to labour shortages in those areas. The deadline for submitting concept papers is May 17, 2012. Priority consideration will be given to projects focused on training-to-employment activities with concrete employment outcomes. Projects focused on skills development or service delivery improvements may also be considered. Funding cannot exceed $10 million per project.

Although applicant organizations must be Aboriginal, partnership is a core element of the SPF. Applicants are required to identify and engage with partners that will play an active role in the development and delivery of projects. Potential partners may include private sector energy or mining companies, other industry organizations, provincial or territorial government ministries, and colleges and training institutions. For more details on the Call for Concepts application process, including the guide and template, click here.

PM Touts Canada’s Mining Industry at Summit of the Americas

At a business summit running parallel to the Summit of the Americas, April 14th – 15th, in Cartagena, Colombia, Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave a speech on resource development with a focus on Canada’s mining sector. The Prime Minister spoke of the contribution mining makes to the Canadian economy: “Our natural resource sector is of vital importance in ensuring solid job creation and economic growth in Canada…mining alone is an important part of that, mining alone contributed 50 billion dollars to GDP in 2011.” He also spoke at length about Canada’s reliable, low-tax regime creating a favourable investment climate, and about the government’s plans to streamline the regulatory review process to further stimulate investment and economic growth. To read the full speech, click here.

Other News & Events

MiningFacts.org Launched

MiningFacts.org is a new Fraser Institute website devoted to examining the Canadian mining industry's activities and impacts on the environment, communities, and economies in Canada and around the world. Mining Facts examines the issues and debates surrounding the activities of Canadian mining companies, both in Canada and abroad. It is intended to be a mining information resource that answers questions about the impact of mining activity.

Aboriginal Mining Education Forum

The Aboriginal Mining Education Forum (AMEF) will take place at Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario, June 11 – 12. The event, hosted by the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR), will bring together representatives from Aboriginal organizations, education, and mining and mineral exploration. The AMEF is intended to be a strategic networking event resulting in an improved understanding of Aboriginal education as it applies to workforce planning in mining and mineral exploration and the economic development of Aboriginal communities. Click here for more information—registration closes June 1st.

Looking Ahead

PDAC Executive Director Speaking at CESCO Week 2012

PDAC Executive Director Ross Gallinger will be speaking at the Center for Copper and Mining Studies (CESCO) Week in Santiago, Chile, April 16 – 19, 2012. The topic of Mr. Gallinger’s presentation is “Successes and Challenges of Responsible Exploration: A Canadian Perspective.”

The PDAC Congratulates the Public Policy Forum on its 25th Anniversary

The PDAC is a sponsor of the Public Policy Forum’s 25th anniversary celebration, which includes the Annual Testimonial Dinner & Awards and a Lecture Series. The testimonial dinner will bring together over 1,000 leaders from all sectors of society to pay tribute to extraordinary Canadians who exemplify the Forum’s commitment to achieving greater understanding and cooperation between the public and private sectors, and to improve the quality of government in Canada. The event will be held in Toronto on May 3rd. For more information, click here.

Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Conference

The PDAC is participating in the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) Conference & Exhibition in Edmonton the first week of May. The PDAC will be holding an interactive educational activity for students at Mining for Society (M4S)—an educational show featuring career opportunities in the industry. Last year’s show attracted over 6,000 visitors, almost 85% of whom were students between 10 and 16 years of age. For more information about the conference, click here.