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October 15, 2012, No. 95

Up Front

PDAC President Speaks at Toronto Global Forum

PDAC President Glenn Nolan spoke at the Toronto Global Forum (TGF) on October 2 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This year’s summit was titled “Leading Economic Change: New Growth Opportunities – Energy, Natural Resources, Infrastructure, Finance and Trade.” Mr. Nolan spoke on the topic of “Mining in an Uncertain Global Economy: Prospects and Outlooks” on a panel with industry representatives from Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Kenya as well as the World Bank Group. 

“It was interesting to note that panelists from the African countries of Ghana, Ivory Coast and Kenya discussed how the mining sector is welcome in their countries. They talked of the rich mineral resources in their countries and the need to bring in experienced companies to explore and develop new opportunities. They want to assure companies that everyone can benefit under their new systems,” says Mr. Nolan.

Called the “Davos of the Americas,” the Forum brings together some of the world’s top policymakers, economists and business leaders to discuss strategies to accelerate growth in the global economy following the Great Recession. Keynote speakers included: Former US Secretary of State James Baker; the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources; Thomas A. Kloet, Chief Executive Officer, TMX Group; and Lucas Papademos, former Prime Minister of Greece.

PDAC Executive Director Presents at MBI East Africa 2012

PDAC Executive Director Ross Gallinger spoke at Mining Business Investment (MBI) East Africa 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya, September 27 – 28. Mr. Gallinger gave a presentation titled “Approaches to CSR: The Canadian Experience” at the conference. “MBI East Africa was a great opportunity to represent the PDAC, meet members, invite people to the convention, and meet with key government officials,” says Mr. Gallinger.

MBI East Africa is an annual event aimed at senior level executives and decision-makers in the East African mining industry. The event targets international, regional and local mining and exploration companies while attracting government officials from East Africa.

PDAC Executive Director Speaks at World Economic Forum Event

PDAC Executive Director Ross Gallinger spoke about responsible mineral development and new transparency initiatives in Canada at a special event on “Responsible Extractive Sector Development: Maximizing Value and Transparency” at the World Economic Forum, September 24 in New York. During a roundtable discussion, Mr. Gallinger offered his viewpoints on working with non-traditional partners on projects, and positioned the PDAC as an organization that provides leadership on collaboration between civil society and industry.

PDAC Invites Nominations for Directors

The PDAC invites nominations of individuals who are interested in volunteering their services on the PDAC Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is responsible for advancing the membership’s interests, particularly with various governments. It approves the association’s position and policy on all major issues affecting the industry and is responsible for overall stewardship of the association’s affairs.

Directors serve a three-year term and are elected at the PDAC’s annual general meeting. The next meeting will be held in March 2013.The deadline for nominations is November 15, 2012. For more information, please contact Alissa Reed at [email protected] or 416.362.1969 ext. 227.

John Larche (1928-2012)

The PDAC is saddened to note the passing of John Larche, a true legend in the exploration and mining industry. Although best known for the Hemlo discovery, he is also fondly remembered for his leadership and loyalty to the PDAC.

During his two years as President of the PDAC, he helped save flow-through share financing, and worked tirelessly to improve relations with numerous associations and groups throughout Canada. In addition, John increased association membership and revenues to improve the efficiency and research capability of the Toronto office, which in turn enabled the PDAC to provide better service to its members while furthering its advocacy work with both the federal and provincial governments. 

John’s unwavering loyalty and support for the PDAC as well as his contribution to the mineral exploration and mining industry will not be forgotten.

Notice to Members

An individual or company falsely claiming to be associated with the PDAC has been soliciting individuals by telephone and offering to send the program for the PDAC 2013 Convention if provided with an email address. The PDAC has no such arrangement with any external organizations, and is not responsible should any damages occur due to individuals giving out personal information to entities claiming to be affiliated with the PDAC.

Lands and Regulations

New Mining Regulations Released in Ontario

As part of the modernization of Ontario’s Mining Act, the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) announced on October 3, 2012, new regulations for exploration plans and permits, mine development and closure, assessment work, general provisions, and claim staking and recording. In addition, operational policies on Aboriginal consultation, assessment credits, dispute resolution, and the protection of sites of Aboriginal cultural significance have been released. The new rules take effect November 1, 2012 and become binding on April 1, 2013. 

“As the national voice of the mineral exploration sector in Canada, the PDAC has been involved in each of the main phases of the provincial government’s initiative to amend the Ontario Mining Act. Throughout our involvement, we have consistently drawn attention to the need to clarify the respective roles of industry and the Crown with respect to Aboriginal consultation, among other issues,” says PDAC Executive Director Ross Gallinger. “We appreciate the clarification the new Aboriginal consultation policy attempts to provide around the duty to consult, and we’ll continue to work with the Ontario government to make further progress on addressing the complexities around consultation.”

For background information on the PDAC’s involvement in the Ontario government’s initiative to amend the Ontario Mining Act, click here. For more information on the newly announced regulations, click here.

Canada Releases Boreal Caribou Recovery Strategy

On October 5, 2012, the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment, announced the release of the final Recovery Strategy for the Woodland Caribou, Boreal Population (boreal caribou). The recovery strategy follows engagement with the public, Aboriginal communities, government, industry stakeholders, ENGOs and academia across Canada. In February 2012, the PDAC made a written submission to the Species at Risk Act (SARA) Public Registry outlining its concerns regarding the proposed national recovery strategy for boreal caribou. 

CEAA 2012 & Mineral Exploration Activities

CEAA 2012 is principally focused on the stages of mineral resource development that only occur after the existence of an economically viable deposit has been confirmed. As a result, the new federal environmental assessment regime is unlikely to have a wide-spread, direct impact on mineral exploration activities at the field level, other than by eliminating the need to refer routine permit applications, such as those authorized under subsection 35(2) of the Fisheries Act, for an environmental assessment. The Agency confirmed to the PDAC that exploration projects were not on the designated projects list; however, there may be some incidental projects related to an exploration site, e.g. building an air strip, which would be subject to CEAA 2012.

Aboriginal Affairs

Aboriginal Mining Education Forum

The PDAC is participating in the Aboriginal Mining Education Forum (AMEF) November 20 – 21, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency in Toronto. PDAC President Glenn Nolan is the keynote speaker for the forum, and the PDAC’s program director for Aboriginal Affairs, Scott Cavan, will be participating on the national panel. The event, hosted by the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR), will bring together representatives from Aboriginal organizations, education, and mining and mineral exploration.

“Understanding the best methods in preparing Aboriginal youth for the opportunities in the mineral industry is critical for the success of our industry. The AMEF is a positive step forward towards achieving this goal,” says PDAC President Glenn Nolan. The AMEF is intended to be a strategic networking event resulting in an improved understanding of the issues 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. 

PDAC Aboriginal Program Video Released

The PDAC released a promotional video for the Aboriginal Program at the PDAC Convention. The video, which highlights Aboriginal-related sessions from the 2012 Convention, can be viewed on the PDAC website. The Aboriginal Program is a highlight of the PDAC Convention and is a venue for Aboriginal communities and companies and the mineral industry to network, foster relationships, create partnerships and share knowledge.

2012 Aboriginal Entrepreneurs Conference and Tradeshow

The PDAC will be attending the 2012 Aboriginal Entrepreneurs Conference and Tradeshow in Ottawa, October 15 – 16, 2012. The conference will highlight the significant role Aboriginal people, communities and businesses will play in the future economic development of Canada, and provide an important opportunity for economic development players in the Aboriginal community to connect with major developers from the private sector and learn how to fully participate in the many lucrative projects currently being initiated in Canada. For more information, click here.

PDAC Presentation at the National Cando Conference & AGM

The PDAC will be participating in the 19th Annual National Cando Conference & Annual General Meeting October 22 – 25, 2012, in Membertou, Nova Scotia. The Cando conference provides a platform for leaders in Aboriginal economic development to be celebrated for their achievements and share the stories of their success to a national audience. Lesley Williams, PDAC Program Manager, Advocacy and Issues Management, will be speaking at the conference on the topic of "Aboriginal Opportunities and Advancements in the Mineral Sector.” For more information, click here.

20th Annual Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association Conference

Representatives from the PDAC will be attending the 20th Annual Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association (CAMA) Conference “Community Gems, Faceted Outcomes – Maximizing Community & Minerals Industry Resources to the Benefit of All,” November 18 – 20, in Toronto. The conference will address issues such as the education and training of Aboriginal youth; development of participation agreements; and ways to mutually prosper in the minerals industry. For more information, click here.

CSR

PDAC Presenting at McGill Executive Program in Corporate Social Responsibility

Karen Mulchinock, PDAC CSR Manager, will be a speaker for McGill University's executive education certificate program, “Corporate Social Responsibility: Creating Value Through Collaborative Sustainable Development,” November 5 – 9, 2012. Ms. Mulchinock will be giving a presentation on the importance of CSR for the mineral exploration industry, e3 Plus, and the role associations play in improving CSR performance. The program is designed to prepare participants to work in the growing field of corporate social responsibility. For more information, click here.

Colombia Minera 2012

The PDAC will be participating in Colombia Minera 2012, in Medellin, Colombia, October 17 – 19.
PDAC CSR Manager Karen Mulchinock will give a presentation titled “The Importance of Junior Mining and CSR: A Canadian Perspective.” In 2011, the event attracted over 6,000 people.

Canada has been a key partner of the event for the past 7 years. During 2012, Canadian participation will include CAMESE, the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, the Canada - Colombia Chamber of Commerce, the Toronto Stock Exchange, as well as dozens of other Canada-based entities/firms.

BSR Conference 2012: Fast Forward

The PDAC will be attending the Business of Social Responsibility (BSR) conference, October 23 – 26, in New York. The conference will bring together experts in sustainability and business to discuss the latest opportunities and challenges in responsible business strategies. For more information about the conference, click here.

ICMM Health and Safety Conference 2012

The PDAC will be participating in the International Council on Mining and Metal’s (ICMM) second international Health and Safety Conference in Santiago, Chile, November 13 – 16.The conference theme, “Sharing Successes and Challenges – Learning from Each Other,” recognizes the need for organizations to continually improve health and safety performance and the benefit of sharing lessons learned from others.

New Guidance Document for Tailings Management in the North

Mining Environmental Neutral Drainage (MEND) and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) have released a report about tailings management in the Canadian arctic. The report, Cold Regions Cover System Design Technical Guidance Document, is intended to be a resource for guiding cover system designers in evaluating a wide range of possible solutions for tailings management in the north. AANDC anticipates that they will implement cover systems at some mine sites within the next two years. For more information, visit MEND’s website.

Oxfam Says Oil and Mining Industries More Committed to Human Rights

Oxfam America released research at the end of September that finds oil and mining companies are increasing their stated commitments to human rights, including in some cases adopting policies in favor of securing community approval prior to projects moving forward. The research backgrounder reviews the public policies of 28 oil and mining companies with particular attention paid to their commitment on Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC). For more information, visit Oxfam’s website.

Student Affairs

Graduate Students Invited to Apply to Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award

The PDAC is inviting graduate geology students enrolled in Canadian universities to apply for the $5,000 Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award. The award is presented annually to a student who undertakes a geosciences project with a significant geological mapping component. The deadline for applications is December 15, 2012. Applications are online at www.pdac.ca/students and www.gac.ca.

“As a result of being awarded the Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award, I received cold-calls from geologists in the exploration industry and was approached by academics at conferences. The award has brought attention to my research, and the contacts I have met as a result of this award have been especially valuable,” says Brett Hamilton, recipient of the 2011 Mary-Claire Ward Award. Mary-Claire Ward was a PDAC Director and a leader in geosciences, who died in 2004. She was a passionate advocate for the preservation and expansion of Canada’s geoscience knowledge base.

PDAC Student Outreach Efforts Have Begun

On October 3, Scott Jobin-Bevans, PDAC Immediate Past-President, spoke to a group of students, graduates and faculty at Western University in London, Ontario about careers in the mineral exploration industry and the importance of corporate social responsibility. This event kicked off the 2012-2013 PDAC student outreach efforts.

The next student presentation will take place on October 31 at Memorial University, in St. John’s Newfoundland—Lawrence Winter, a PDAC board member and alumnus of Memorial University, will address geoscience students. The PDAC is also pleased to be a sponsor of the annual Atlantic Universities Geoscience Conference, hosted at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 18 – 20, and will be participating in the Student-Industry Lunch. 

S-IMEW 2013

The 2013 Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW) call for nominations is open to eligible upper year geoscience students studying at a Canadian post-secondary institution. Click here to watch a short video of students talking about their experience at S-IMEW 2012, and here to watch a video of the students discussing the value of engaging with industry during the two-week workshop. For more information about S-IMEW, visit the PDAC student website. If you are interested in participating in S-IMEW 2013, talk to your Faculty advisor or email Krishana Michaud, PDAC Student Liaison, at [email protected]

Mining Matters

Teacher Training and School Programs

This fall, Mining Matters continues to expand its presence in Quebec with a presentation at a precursor event to Quebec Mines and at the Arundel Nature and Science Centre in Arundel, Quebec. Mining Matters also put on a workshop for teachers in Whitehorse, Yukon, at the end of September, made possible with the help of EdGeo

September marked the launch of the Mining Matters WHERE Challenge, a contest run in partnership with Earth Sciences Canada. The WHERE Challenge asks youth ages 9-14 to creatively explain and present what and where the objects they use in their everyday life come from. The contest runs until March 1, 2013, awarding over $10,000 cash in different regional and national prize categories.

Public Outreach

Mining Matters continues to engage the general public and mining sector through its outreach programming, having recently attended the Cambridge House Toronto Resource Investors Conference, in addition to running activities with over 140 attendees at the Ancaster Gem and Mineral Show in Ancaster, Ontario. Upcoming events include the Science Fun Fest in Ottawa, and the Waterloo Gem and Mineral Show in Waterloo, Ontario. 

Aboriginal Education and Outreach Programs

Since the beginning of September, Mining Rocks Earth Science camps and activities have been delivered to First Nations and Inuit communities in Baker Lake, Nunavut, as well as in Constance Lake and Sagamok, Ontario. Also, Mining Matters’ Barbara Green Parker delivered a keynote speech on the employment opportunities available in Ontario’s mining industry at the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program Conference in Thunder Bay. 

PDAC 2013 Convention

Open Session Call for Papers

Are you interested in speaking at the PDAC Convention? The PDAC invites policy and technical papers for presentation during the Open Session at the 2013 Convention. All interested individuals are welcome to apply. The call for papers is open until November 15, 2012. For more information and to apply, click here.

Apply for the PDAC 2013 Core Shack

Does your company have a project, property or discovery of significance that should be recognized? Each year at the PDAC Convention, the world's latest mineral discoveries are showcased at the Core Shack; companies are invited to display their latest core, maps, charts and technical information. To be considered for a complimentary Core Shack exhibit space, you must submit an application form including an abstract. For more information and to apply, click here.

Perrin Beatty to Speak at PDAC 2013 Innovation Luncheon

The PDAC has confirmed that Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, will be the guest speaker at the Innovation Luncheon, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. At the luncheon, Mr. Beatty will discuss “How Canada has transformed its resource endowment into a global competitive advantage.” His presentation will focus on Canada’s innovation and competitiveness in the global market. Tickets go on sale December 2012.

Sponsorship—Building Your Brand at Convention

Whether you’re a junior exploration company, consulting firm or industry giant, the PDAC 2013 Global Sponsorship and Marketing program can put your name in front of more than 30,000 international attendees, clients and shareholders. If you are interested in achieving a higher level of visibility, competitive edge and first-rate logo exposure, take advantage of the PDAC Convention’s Sponsorship and Marketing program. Opportunities, including the Innovation Luncheon, are posted here. Increase your exposure and distinguish your company from its competitors at PDAC 2013. 

Other News

Study Released on the Potential of Mining in Ontario

A recently released regional economic study provides a glimpse of mining’s future potential to boost Ontario’s society and economy on a province-wide basis. Mining in Northwestern Ontario: Opportunities and Challenges focuses on the employment, infrastructure development and tax generating potential of nine advanced mineral projects in the region, which are anticipated to begin production between 2013 and 2017. 

NL Prospectors Association Holds First AGM

The Newfoundland and Labrador Prospectors Association held its first annual general meeting in Gander, Newfoundland at the end of September. Issues discussed at the meeting in Gander include the province’s “genuine prospectors designation,” land use, permitting, and government grants, as well as education and training. 

The association was formed in response to the rapid growth and expansion of the mineral exploration sector in NL; it’s estimated that the value of mineral production in the province is expected to be close to $6 billion in 2012. Membership was at 180 at the time of the meeting, but association president Norm Mercer estimates that the membership will reach 200 by the end of October.

CAMESE Mining Supply and Services Survey

During October, CAMESE is conducting a survey designed to demonstrate the economic impact of the mining supply and services sector in Ontario. For more information about the survey, contact Spencer Ramshaw at 905.513.0046, ext. 304 or [email protected].

PwC Report: Canada at the Forefront of M&A Activity

PricewaterhouseCoopers released its global mining deals mid-year report for 2012, When the Going Gets Tough, at the end of September. The report finds that Canada was at the forefront of M&A activity in the first half of 2012. The report also covers the top 10 deals during the first half of 2012, gold’s dominance in M&A transactions, and China’s growing momentum.

Report: Canada Most Attractive Mining Jurisdiction

In a new report exploring the impact of regulatory regimes and other issues in mining investment in some of the world’s key mining jurisdictions, Canada stands out for its competitive tax structure, stable political landscape and well-developed capital markets. The report, produced by Baker and Mckenzie LLP, surveyed more than 300 industry leaders in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Indonesia and South Africa.

Looking Ahead

PDAC President to Attend China Mining Conference

PDAC President Glenn Nolan will be attending China Mining in Tianjin, China, November 1 – 8, 2012. Mr. Nolan will be presenting on Indigenous /Aboriginal issues affecting mining. Since the first time China Mining was held in 1999, the scope and influence has increased each year; China Mining 2011 attracted more than 5,000 delegates from 55 countries and nearly 400 exhibitors. 

Workforce Planning in Mining Conference

The Workforce Planning in Mining Conference, being held October 24 – 26, 2012, in Toronto, is an industry focused event, specific to Senior Executives in Workforce Planning, Workforce Management, Human Resources and Talent Management. The theme of the conference is “Aligning Workforce Planning Initiatives with Business Strategy for Improved Operational Efficiency.” For more information, click here.

Mineral Resources Review 2012

Mineral Resources Review 2012 (MRR), to be held in St. John’s Newfoundland, November 1 – 3, will showcase all aspects of the mineral exploration and mining industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. MRR is Eastern Canada's largest mineral industry conference and trade show, attended by about 1000 registered delegates, trade show exhibitors and visitors. For more information, click here. MRR 2012 is the anchor event for NL Mining Week, October 28 – November 3, 2012.

Mining Business Risks Summit 2012: 10% Discount for PDAC Members

The Fraser Institute, Canada’s leading public policy think tank and CRU Group, the leading independent business analysis and consultancy group focused on metals and mining, are holding the third Mining Business Risks Summit in Toronto, November 1 – 2, 2012. For more information and to register, click here. PDAC members receive a 10% discount for the conference.

Atlantic Council of Canada Business Forum

On November 13, the Atlantic Council of Canada (ACC) will hold a Business Forum titled Investment and Trade Opportunities in South Eastern Europe. The Forum will take place in Toronto at One King West Hotel. The Forum is expected to bring together up to 300 delegates and aims to create a platform for greater business cooperation and communication for Canadian and South Eastern European businesses and investors. For more information and to register, click here.

Ottawa U Course: Introduction to the Physics and Chemistry of Hydrothermal Ore Deposits

Registration opens October 15 for an 8-day modular course that will examine the physical and chemical controls on the origin and evolution of ore-forming fluids—from drill core to phase diagrams—and the implications for exploration. The course is being delivered through the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Ottawa. Click here for more information or email [email protected].

2012 Exploration, Mining and Petroleum New Brunswick Conference

The New Brunswick Department of Energy and Mines, Minerals and Petroleum Development and Geological Surveys branches is holding the 2012 Exploration, Mining and Petroleum New Brunswick conference November 4 – 6 at the Delta Hotel in Fredericton, New Brunswick. For more information, click here.

CIM Launches Second Cohort of Leading in Mining Program

Join the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum’s (CIM) Leading in Mining program and improve your leadership skills to better face the challenges of leading in today’s global mining industry. CIM’s Leadership Development program is specifically designed for mining, minerals & materials industry professionals. CIM will launch a second cohort in November 2012. The 12-month program includes three workshops and intersession work on the job. For more information, click here