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July 15, 2012, No. 92

Up Front

The PDAC Participates in Nature Conservancy Event in Brazil

On June 29, PDAC first vice-president Rod Thomas spoke at an event organized by Nature Conservancy, Brazil. The event brought together industry representatives from energy, mining, tourism, transportation, finance, pharmaceuticals and forestry to discuss good business practices with respect to Indigenous peoples, and to create a positive agenda to minimize risks and maximize opportunities among Indigenous peoples and business. 

Mr. Thomas gave a presentation to a group of over 50 people in the morning, and presented a case study in the afternoon to a smaller group. During his morning presentation, he spoke about e3 Plus, the PDAC’s Aboriginal Affairs work, the natural partnership that exists between Canada’s mineral industry and Aboriginals, and opportunities and successes.

PDAC Members Among Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations in Canada

In June, Maclean’s magazine published “Canada’s Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations,” selected on the basis of their performance across a broad range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) indicators tracked by the organization Sustainalytics. The top five companies within 10 major industry groupings who have demonstrated strong performance in areas such as environmental initiatives, impact on local communities, treatment of employees and supply chain management were identified. In the category of “Materials: Gold, precious and diversified metals, mining, packaging,” PDAC members Iamgold Corp., Kinross Gold Corp. and Inmet Mining were included. For details on the list, click here.

Mining Matters Summer Camps in Ontario

Through the month of July, Mining Matters’ Aboriginal Education and Outreach Programs are facilitating a number of camps throughout Ontario. At the beginning of July, program leaders are in Wunnimun working with youth and delivering activities ranging from crystal structure making to discovering what minerals are in everyday products. Later in July, camps in North Caribou and Red Lake will be delivered by Barbara Green Parker and her dedicated team. These programs are designed to engage youth in Earth sciences and mineral resources, giving them the opportunity to learn about the contribution of mining and minerals to their everyday lives, as well as possible career paths in the sector. Camps will continue in August with programming in Cochrane, Rainy River, Attawapiskat and Thunder Bay.

Aboriginal Affairs

The PDAC to Participate in AFN Annual General Assembly

The PDAC will be participating in the Assembly of First Nation’s (AFN) Annual General Assembly, taking place from July 17 – 19 in Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Both the PDAC and Mining Matters will have booths at the event’s trade show. At the Wednesday evening event, Indigenation, an Indigenous art and music showcase, PDAC President Glenn Nolan will be speaking. The PDAC is a sponsor of the event which is being held at Revival Bar at 9:00 pm. 

“The relationship that has been fostered between the PDAC and the AFN over the last 4 years demonstrates the importance of the mineral industry working collaboratively with First Nation communities,” says Mr. Nolan. “It will be an honour to participate in Indigenation to celebrate the artistic and creative gifts of First Nation people.”

The PDAC’s ongoing work in Aboriginal affairs includes initiatives that reflect the commitments made under the historic MOU that the PDAC signed with the AFN in March 2008. This work includes participating in regular dialogue with the AFN and First Nations communities, supporting training and education initiatives, and advocating on public policy issues that affect First Nations people.

New Report Highlights the Importance of Aboriginals to the Mining Industry

A report released by the Conference Board of Canada in July says that Aboriginal workers can help address the labour and skills shortages that many Canadian businesses face, especially those located in northern regions where resource development is creating a growing demand for workers. The report, Understanding the Value, Challenges, and Opportunities of Engaging Métis, Inuit, and First Nations Workers, further says that integrating more of the Aboriginal population into the Canadian workforce will require improving educational outcomes—especially high school completion rates—and providing better opportunities to gain work experience. The report outlines strategies that can help to support the recruitment, hiring, and retention of Aboriginal peoples in Canadian workplaces. To access the report, click here.

CSR

ICMM Launches Series of Reports on Mining’s Contribution to Sustainable Development

From June to November 2012, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) is launching seven publications in its Mining’s Contribution to Sustainable Development series. Three papers have been released so far: the first paper provides an introduction to the series and introduces the concept of contribution analysis; the second paper focuses on the role of minerals and metals in a low carbon economy; and the third paper discusses human rights, social development and the mining and metals industry. Read the ICMM’s news release about the series here.

Health & Safety

Emergency Response Guide (ERG2012) Now Available

ERG2012 is a guide to aid first responders to quickly identify the specific or generic hazards of the material(s) involved in an incident, and to protect themselves and the general public during the initial response phase of an incident. The guide was developed jointly by Transport Canada (TC), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Secretariat of Transport and Communications of Mexico (SCT), with the collaboration of Centro de Informaciòn Quìmica para Emergencias (CIQUIME) in Argentina, for use by fire fighters, police, and other emergency services personnel who may be the first to arrive at the scene of a transportation incident involving dangerous goods. 

ERG2012 does not address all possible circumstances that may be associated with a dangerous goods incident. It is primarily designed for use at a dangerous goods incident occurring on a highway or railroad; there may be limited value in its application at fixed facility locations. For more information or to download or obtain a copy of the guide, click here. For further details on Emergency Response Plans (ERPs) as specifically applicable to mineral exploration, please visit the e3 Plus website.

Student Affairs

New PDAC Bursary Announced

The PDAC will now be offering a $1,000 bursary for a student enrolled in the Mineral Resources Certificate Program at Yukon College in Whitehorse. This is the first PDAC bursary offered at a school in northern Canada. The program offers students a solid background in the fundamental geological disciplines with particular focus on those fields most closely linked to the mineral exploration industry. It also offers a comprehensive introduction to field techniques to equip students with the hard skills needed to work efficiently in a remote setting. (An interesting side note: the program’s coordinator, Joel Cubley, won the PDAC’s Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award in 2010.) For more information about the program, click here.

PDAC Bursary Awarded to WEST Graduate

Each year, the PDAC awards two $500 bursaries to graduates from the Workforce Exploration Skills Training (WEST) program at Northwest Community College School of Exploration & Mining (NWCC SEM) in northern B.C. The bursaries are awarded to two graduates of the 7-week bush camp training program who demonstrate exceptional leadership and academic excellence. Anderson Leung was awarded the bursary from WEST’s first session this summer. Mr. Leung achieved the highest overall academic standing of any NWCC SEM graduate on record, and plans to continue his training to become a geologist after spending the summer working. Since its inception in 2004, NWCC SEM has graduated more than 900 students—more than 70% of these have found employment or pursued further education.

PDAC Convention 2013

Corporate Presentation Forum for Investors: New Application Procedure

There is a new application procedure for the Corporate Presentation Forum for Investors: Investors Exchange exhibitors will not be automatically considered to present—exhibitors who wish to be considered to be presenters at the forum must complete the online application form. In addition, companies who are not exhibitors at the Investors Exchange can apply to be considered to present at the forum. The deadline to submit the online application is October 1, 2012. To access the online application, click here. For more information on the Corporate Presentation Forum for Investors, click here.

Core Shack Applications Now Available

Does your company have a project, property or discovery of significance that should be recognized? Each year, the world's latest discoveries are showcased at the Core Shack, where companies are invited to display their latest core samples, maps, charts and technical information. To be considered for a complimentary Core Shack exhibit space, you must submit an application form including an abstract by Friday, November 9, 2012. Core Shack application forms will be posted to the convention website on Friday, July 13, 2012. The Core Shack Selection Committee will review all applications and extend invitations to exhibit. All Core Shack applicants will receive notification in December 2012. For more information, click here, or contact Amanda Scriver, Convention Coordinator, at 416.362.1969 ext 291.

Innovation Forum Organized by CAMESE

Are you a Trade Show exhibitor who has a new product, service, exploration development, discovery, or recent technical or commercial success to announce? The Innovation Forum allows registered Trade Show Exhibitors an additional opportunity to inform convention attendees about their innovations. Presentations must impart sound technical or business content and be innovative and/or newsworthy. To be considered for a presentation opportunity in the Innovation Forum, companies must submit an application form including an abstract by Friday, November 16, 2012. Innovation Forum application forms will be posted to the convention website on Friday, July 13, 2012. The Innovation Forum Selection Committee will review all applications and extend invitations to presenters. All Innovation Forum applicants will receive notification in December 2012. For more information, click here, or contact Amanda Scriver, Convention Coordinator, at 416.362.1969 ext 291.

Government News

Geoscience Pilot Project Announced in B.C.

Government, industry and First Nations have invested $930,000 to develop the North Vancouver Island Exploration Geoscience Project to support mining and create jobs. The projects aims are: to generate new, leading-edge, technical geoscience data for northern Vancouver Island; to increase knowledge and understanding of the mineral potential of northern Vancouver Island; to attract mineral exploration interest and investment to northern Vancouver Island; and to provide First Nations and communities on northern Vancouver Island with more up-to-date geoscience information on their region. $530,000 for the project came from Geoscience BC and $400,000 from the Island Coastal Economic Trust.

Federal Government Call for Proposals for CIIEID

On June 20, the federal government launched the Call for Proposals to determine the host university for the new Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development (CIIEID). The goal of the CIIEID is to help strengthen natural resource governance in resource-rich developing countries in order to support their sustainable economic growth, create jobs, and reduce poverty. The Institute will be hosted at a Canadian university and will act as a centre for Canadian and world-class expertise in improving and strengthening in-country resource governance and management. For background information on the CIIEID, click here.

Responsible Resource Development Receives Royal Assent

On June 29, the Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity Act, which includes key elements of the Responsible Resource Development plan, received Royal Assent. Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver said that the plan will help promote business confidence and capital investment, and will allow Canada to better tap into the incredible appetite for resources in the world’s dynamic emerging economies. Responsible Resource Development aims to improve Canada’s regulatory system in four ways: making project reviews more predictable and timely; reducing duplication of project reviews; strengthening environmental protection; and enhancing consultations with Aboriginal peoples. For more information about the plan, click here.

Ontario and Webequie First Nation Sign Memorandum of Co-operation

On June 14, the Ontario government announced it has signed an updated Memorandum of Co-operation with Webequie First Nation to work together on development in the Ring of Fire. The Memorandum commits the province to work with Webequie to advance discussions with the federal government to ensure communities are prepared to fully participate in Ring of Fire developments. Ontario says it is committed to providing Webequie with social, community and economic development supports and resource revenue sharing associated with Ring of Fire developments. The Memorandum of Co-operation builds on a previous one signed in 2004.

Other News & Events

BC Mine Training Society Open for Business

The June issue of e-News reported that the British Columbia Aboriginal Mine Training Association (BC AMTA) announced it was being forced to close after failing to secure ongoing funding for its operations. At the beginning of July, BC AMTA announced it is back in business, having reached an agreement under the federal government's Skills Partnership Fund for BC AMTA to deliver another three-year training and employment program. BC AMTA provides skills upgrading and training to Aboriginal people looking for employment in the mining sector. The program has generated employment for more than 330 people and stimulated Aboriginal participation in the provincial and federal economies.

New Prospectors Association for NL

The new Newfoundland and Labrador Prospector’s Association held its fifth organizational meeting in Stephenville, Newfoundland on July 11. In advance of the meeting, the group issued a news release in that outlined the context for the creation of the group and the group’s mandate. The association is being formed in response to the rapid growth and expansion of the mineral exploration sector in the province, and it aims to act as a strong independent voice for prospectors in NL. It’s estimated that the value of mineral production in the province is expected to be close to $6 billion in 2012. Close to 120 prospectors have joined the new association.

Ernst & Young Annual Report on Business Risks Facing Mining and Metals

Ernst & Young’s annual Business Risks Facing Mining and Metals report again ranked resource nationalism as the number one risk for mining and metals companies around the world. The global skills shortage retained the second spot, and infrastructure access was again third. The report finds that while the rankings haven’t changed a lot since last year, the risks facing the sector have become more extreme and more complex over the past 12 months due to the fast changing investment and operational environment. To access the report, click here.

Canada’s Bid for the 2020 IGC

The Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences (CFES) has put forward a bid for Canada to host the 36th International Geological Congress (IGC) in Vancouver in 2020. The International Geological Congress (IGC) is the premier meeting for the advancement of global Earth science. Since its inception in 1876, there have been 33 IGC events organized in 24 countries. The scientific sponsor of the event is the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS). IUGS is the largest and most active non-governmental scientific organization in the world representing 121 member nations and one million Earth scientists. Canada’s bid will be tabled at the 34th IGC in Brisbane in August 2012. For more information, please click here.

WGM Raises Funds for Mining Matters

On June 14, Mining Matters was presented with a cheque for $21,000 at Watts, Griffis and McOuat Limited's 50th Anniversary Celebration, held at the Teck Suite of Galleries in the Royal Ontario Museum. In honour of the firm's Golden Anniversary, WGM matched individual and corporate donations made by guests in support of PDAC Mining Matters. 

Wanted: Mining Songwriters

The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame (CMHF) is sponsoring a Mining Song Contest. The contest is open to individuals in the industry across Canada. The songs should deal with mining lore, and can be either a parody (words to a familiar tune) or an original song. Deadline for submissions is October 15, 2012. Entries should be mailed to CMHF Song Contest, c/o Don Worth, 2679 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M2L 1C1, or faxed to: 416-447-1701.

Contest winners will be advised before year end, and will be awarded a prize at the 25th Annual CMHF Dinner on Thursday, January 10, 2013, held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. There will be three cash prizes for each category (Parody and Original): 1st Prize $1,500, 2nd Prize $700 and 3rd Prize $300. Prizes are sponsored by CMHF inductee Mike Muzylowski.

Coal Association of Canada’s New Website

The Coal Association of Canada has a new website aimed at being the primary online source of information on coal in Canada. The association’s new website is easier to navigate and contains up-to-date information on coal. The website also incorporates the association’s new brand which was launched earlier this year. Additional information and links will be added in the coming months.

Looking Ahead

New TV Show Launching: Mining Your Future

Mining Your Future is a TV mini-series that will showcase the diverse career opportunities in BC’s mineral exploration and mining industry. The show will follow three jobs each week for eight weeks. Episodes will include a peek at some of the most beautiful and remote areas of British Columbia. The eight episodes will air on CTV starting September 8, 2012. For more information, click here.

Mining Business Risks Summit 2012

CRU Group and the Fraser Institute are hosting the annual Mining Business Risks Summit November 1 – 2, 2012, in Toronto at the InterContinental Toronto Centre. Topics to be discussed at the conference include: assessing emerging trends in mining royalties and taxation—what’s the impact on investment?; mining costs escalation—how tight will margins get squeezed?; understanding the potential impact of local decisions on enterprise risk; and weighing the importance of different types of risk—how can risk management be improved? For more information and to register, click here.