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June 18, 2013, No. 103

PDAC’s Leadership Gains International Attention
PDAC and Transparency in the News
PDAC Launches CORE with great reviews
Improving the social and environmental practices of exploration companies
S-IMEW 2013
Online Interactive Map of Agreements with Aboriginal Communities
Aboriginal and Treaty Rights Information System (ATRIS) to be launched at the end of June
Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012
Proposed Navigation Protection Act
NWT Mineral Development Strategy
Deadline for comments: Yukon’s Mining Act
Convention 2014 Updates
OSC Panel Discussion
The Ring of Fire Community Partnership Program
WHERE Challenge Winners 2013
New Faces at PDAC

PDAC’s Leadership Gains International Attention

 The PDAC applauded Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s announcement last week that the Government of Canada will be establishing new mandatory reporting standards for Canadian extractive companies with a view to enhance transparency on payments that they make to governments.  This announcement confirms the Government’s support for a made-in-Canada framework developed by the PDAC, Mining Association of Canada (MAC), Publish What You Pay – Canada (PWYP), and Revenue Watch Institute (RWI) through consultations since September 2012.  "We believe our efforts on transparency provided the groundwork for the Prime Minister’s announcement today,” says Ross Gallinger, Executive Director. “PDAC now looks forward to building on the success of its activities through collaboration with the Government of Canada to establish new mandatory reporting standards.”  Read more

PDAC & Transparency in the News

On June 12 PDAC applauded Prime Minister Harper’s announcement that the Government of Canada will be establishing new mandatory reporting standards for Canadian extractive companies with a view to enhance transparency on payments that they make to governments. PDAC and the other members of the Resource Revenue Transparency Working Group have conducted its own consultation with industry and stakeholders to develop a Made-in-Canada solution that eases reporting processes and contributes to industry growth. Here is some of the best news coverage from PDAC’s announcement:

PDAC Launches CORE

The Association launched a new industry magazine as part of an effort to help communicate both the activities of the Association, and also interesting news from around the sector. “We are extremely proud of this publication and believe it sets a new standard for the industry,” said Steve Virtue, PDAC’s Senior Director, Public Affairs and Communications. “The magazine will replace the quarterly publication ‘In Brief’ and continue to provide our members and stakeholders with interesting, relevant and timely information.” The inaugural edition was distributed at the end of May and features a Q&A with Federal Minister Tony Clement, highlights from the PDAC 2013 Convention, along with cutting-edge green technologies. Read CORE, English / French.

PDAC Events

PDAC CSR Roadmap Improving the social and environmental practices of exploration companies


The PDAC is looking for input from members on its CSR Roadmap – a new five-year operational plan that will determine the activities it undertakes to improve the social and environmental practices of exploration companies. Click the link to complete a short survey -
http://pdac-csrsurvey.environics.ca - or contact [email protected] to register for workshops on the CSR Roadmap being held this month in Vancouver and Toronto.

S-IMEW 2013

The PDAC hosted the seventh annual Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW) in Sudbury, Ontario from May 4-17. Without the support of our 70 plus volunteers and industry sponsors, twenty-six geoscience students from across Canada would not have had this experience which bridges the gap between academia and the real world. Underground mine tours, smelter tours, mapping exercises and learning soil sampling techniques were just some of the firsts for many students. The multi-faceted nature of the workshop exposes students to all aspects of the industry with a mix of lectures and field visits while networking every day to begin building a successful career in the industry.  Listen to this short CBC interview.

Aboriginal Affairs

Online Interactive Map of Agreements with Aboriginal Communities

The Minerals and Metals Sector (MMS) of Natural Resources Canada has just released an  Interactive Map of Aboriginal Mining Agreements. Over the last few decades, Aboriginal-industry relationships and partnerships have evolved tremendously through the conclusion of various types of agreements related to mine development that have proven to be successful in securing benefits for many Aboriginal communities. The Interactive Map, developed in partnership with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, illustrates where these agreements have been signed across the country and provides specific information on exploration projects and mines, Aboriginal communities, and the types of agreements signed between communities and mining companies. You can access the Map at:

http://www2.nrcan.gc.ca/mms/map-carte/MiningProjects_cartovista-eng.html

Aboriginal and Treaty Rights Information System (ATRIS) to be launched at the end of June

In late June 2013, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) Consultation and Accommodation Unit (CAU) will be launching The Aboriginal and Treaty Rights Information System (ATRIS). It is a Web-based information system that displays, using a mapping interface, the location of Aboriginal communities and publically available information pertaining to their potential or established Aboriginal or Treaty rights. The purpose of ATRIS is to provide an intuitive and comprehensive information system relating to Aboriginal and Treaty rights to assist federal departments and agencies in determining their duty to consult. ATRIS also provides users with available information on Aboriginal communities such as contact information, information on community level leadership, membership to other organizations such as tribal councils, information on treaties and agreements of which a community is a beneficiary and links to community websites and other public resources. The PDAC will keep its members updated on any further developments and information on the tool.

Regulatory News

Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012

The new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 ("CEAA 2012") replaces the former legislation, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, S.C. 1992, c. 37. CEAA 2012 makes considerable changes to the federal environmental assessment process:
  • Applies only to projects described in the Regulations Designating Physical Activities or by ministerial order and reduces the scope of assessments;
  • Adjusts the environmental assessment process and establishes timelines for the overall review process;
  • Reduces the number of responsible authorities from 41 to 3: the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission or the National Energy Board;
  • Provides a greater role for Cabinet;
  • Introduces deadlines and penalties for non-compliance; and
  • Establishes mechanisms for enhanced coordination and cooperation with provincial authorities.  

A more detailed overview of CEAA 2012 can be found here A copy of the Act, and regulations made pursuant to CEAA 2012, can be obtained here.  The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is offering information sessions on CEAA 2012 across Canada between June 11 and September 17, 2013.  To see a schedule of the upcoming sessions and register, please visit www.ceaa.gc.ca/014/index-eng.aspx

PDAC Contact: Vida Ramin, Director, Lands and Regulations at [email protected].

Proposed Navigation Protection Act

The Navigation Protection Act (NPA) will replace the Navigable Waters Protection Act (2009) and is expected to be brought into force in early 2014.  The name change represents a shift in focus, by Transport Canada, from the protection of navigable waters to the protection of navigation.  The primary changes are as follows:
  • The new regulatory regime applies mainly to waterways listed in a Schedule to the Act;
  • The new Act provides for enhanced ministerial powers, including the authority to designate safety zones around works; the authority to authorize the building, alteration and removal of works in emergency situations and; the authority to require a form of security;
  • More clearly defined responsibilities for owners of works, including a requirement to notify the Minister of possible or imminent dangers and take corrective actions;
  • Revised minor work orders; and
  • A new enforcement regime, including the introduction of monetary administrative penalties for non-compliance.

Information sessions on the NPA are being held by Transport Canada in June and July.  For a schedule of NPA information sessions, click here. For more information on the NPA and to register for an information session, please contact: Elisabeth Bertrand, Chief, Regulatory Affairs, Transport Canada at (613) 993-4515 or [email protected]. PDAC Contact: Vida Ramin, Director, Lands and Regulations at [email protected].

NWT Mineral Development Strategy


The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has embarked on the development of a strategy to support responsible and sustainable mineral development in the territory.  The NWT Mineral Development Strategy (MDS) is being developed by the government in collaboration with the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines. In January 2013, the GNWT released a discussion paper that sets out a number of issues requiring consideration in the strategy, including measures to enhance the competitiveness of the NWT; improving geosciences information; enhancing regulatory certainty; increasing the capacity of northern businesses; and the development of the NWT workforce. 

Following the release of the Discussion paper, the GNWT established a three-person Stakeholder Engagement Panel to conduct consultations on the MDS.  The results of the Panel’s consultation efforts are synthesize in Pathways to Mineral Development, Report of the Stakeholders Engagement Panel for the Northwest Territories.  The Report, which makes 38 recommendations on how best to promote a sustainable mineral industry in the NWT, can be accessed here . For more information, please contact Tom Hoefer, Executive Director, NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines at [email protected]
PDAC Contact: Vida Ramin, Director, Lands and Regulations at
[email protected].

Deadline for comments: Yukon’s Mining Act


The Yukon Department of Energy, Mines and Resources has released a discussion paper  for public consultation proposing draft amendments to the Class I Mining Land Use Regulations of the Quartz and Placer Mining Acts. Industry members are encouraged to provide their feedback on the proposed changes - submissions / comments will be accepted and reviewed by the Yukon government until July 31, 2013. The discussion paper is a result of a review of the mining legislation to address: concerns about the lack of information around Class 1 exploration programs and Class 1 placer land use operations; the ongoing development of regional land use plans; Yukon’s obligation to work with First Nations and mineral rights holders; and, the recent decision of the Yukon Court of Appeal in the Ross River Dena Council v. Yukon case. The key amendments that are being proposed are:

  • Requirements for notification prior to the commencement of a Class 1 program
  • Establishment of a review period for Class 1 exploration activities with the ability to extend the period if needed
  • Establish the regulatory power for the Minister to define certain areas that would qualify as ‘identified areas’ in the legislation

The discussion paper, an addendum and a notification process chart can be found here.

To provide comments, for more information, or to request a meeting, please contact the Mineral Resources branch through the information below:

Mineral Resources:
Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  867.667.3422
Fax:  867.456.3889

Mailing Address:
Yukon Energy, Mines and Resources
Mineral Resources Branch
Suite 300, 211 Main Street
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2B2

If you have comments on the discussion paper and the proposed changes, please keep the PDAC informed or send us a copy of your submission.

Convention 2014 Updates

Technical Sessions

Hear the experiences of industry experts and your peers on next and best practices. PDAC 2014 Technical Session themes are now available. Click here. More detailed information will be posted in September.

Short Courses

The online submission form for Short Course proposals is available here. All interested parties are invited to submit a Short Course proposal for PDAC 2014. The closing date for submissions is Friday, August 30 at 5:00pm EDT. The PDAC will contact selected course organizers.

Exhibit Renewals

New for 2014 – Priority Renewal application forms will be processed before New Exhibitor application forms are available. With this change, booth assignments will be confirmed earlier for PDAC 2014. 

Priority Renewal Exhibitors

Renewing Exhibitor application forms and floor plans will be available July 11 at 10 am EDT. Renewing exhibitors have priority renewal over the exhibit space they occupied at PDAC 2013. The priority renewal deadline is August 16. After this date, un-renewed booth space will be available to New Exhibitors. 

New Exhibitors

New Exhibitor application forms will be available on the Convention website starting August 22 at 10 am EDT. Once priority renewal assignments have been completed, all un-renewed exhibit space is assigned to New Exhibitors on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Industry News and Events

OSC Panel Discussion

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced today that the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) will host a panel discussion on July 23, 2013 to focus the dialogue on the issues identified in CSA Consultation Paper 33-403 – The Standard of Conduct for Advisers and Dealers: Exploring the Appropriateness of Introducing a Statutory Best Interest Duty When Advice is Provided to Retail Clients

The panel discussion is part of the CSA’s ongoing effort to explore the potential benefits and competing considerations of introducing a statutory fiduciary, or ‘best interest’, standard for advisers and dealers when they provide advice to retail clients. The CSA has already scheduled roundtables on June 18, 2013 ( investor focus), and on June 25, 2013 (industry focus).

The panel discussion on July 23, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. will focus the dialogue, building on the roundtables in June, with a panel discussion designed to reflect the diversity of views on this issue. Panelists will be selected to reflect the various perspectives on a ‘best interest’ standard. The session will take place on the 22nd floor of the OSC’s offices located at 20 Queen Street West in Toronto, Ontario. Further details, including the final agenda, will be provided closer to the event date.

Those interested in observing the panel discussion are asked to send an e-mail to [email protected] by Monday, July 8, 2013. The CSA, the council of the securities regulators of Canada’s provinces and territories, co-ordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian capital markets. Learn more here.

PDAC Mining Matters Updates


The Ring of Fire Community Partnership Program

July kicks off with the Aboriginal Education and Outreach Programs team delivering eight Mining Rocks Earth Science Camps in First Nation communities throughout the Ring of Fire region.  Approximately 30 Aboriginal youth in each community will participate in hands-on activities related to geoscience and the mining cycle and will learn about the diverse career opportunities in the minerals industry. The camps are funded in partnership with the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) - Ring of Fire Secretariat, Bank of Montreal, Cliffs, Hatch and SNC-Lavalin. This is the first-year of a two-year initiative with MNDM which will see the Mining Rocks Earth Science Camps delivered throughout the Ring of Fire region in 2014.

WHERE Challenge Winners 2013

Congratulations to this year’s WHERE Challenge participants.  The Challenge, sponsored by Kinross, requires students from across Canada to answer the questions “What on Earth is in your stuff” and “Where on Earth does it come from”.  A total of $7,000 was awarded to 20 students in regional and national prizes as well three top school winners.  Judges reviewed a variety of creatively inspired submissions from 9 – 14 year olds that ranged from videos, books and even a video game.  Our school winners are:
  • Chief Poundmaker School (Saskatchewan)
  • Queen of All Saints Elementary School (British Columbia)
  • Georgetown District High School (Ontario)
For more information go to http://earthsciencescanada.com/where/

New Faces at PDAC

Director of Lands and Regulations

The PDAC is pleased to announce the arrival of its new Director for Lands and Regulations, Ms.Vida Ramin.  Ms. Ramin will work with the PDAC’s partners to assess how land access for exploration activity in Canada is being affected by regulatory decisions (e.g. licenses and permitting), land-use issues (e.g. land withdrawals, land-use planning initiatives) and infrastructure issues (geosciences, transportation, energy).  She will proactively identify potential issues that might restrict land access, as well as opportunities to enhance land access, and advocate for desired solutions.

Ms. Ramin has more than a decade of experience with the public, private and non-profit sectors developing and implementing policies and providing strategic advice on a wide range of land and resource management issues, with a particular emphasis on the mineral industry.   Previously, Ms. Ramin was the principal of Nth Degree Consulting, providing research, management and advisory services to privately held and publicly traded junior mining companies in the areas of strategic planning, regulatory affairs and external relations.  Prior to that, she served as the Manager of Lands and Aboriginal Policy and as Senior Mineral Land Analyst with the Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy, in the Mineral, Lands, and Resource Policy Division. She has a Master of Public Administration (Public Policy) from the University of Regina and has studied earth and environmental sciences at the undergraduate level. 

Manager of Public Affairs

PDAC is pleased to announce the hiring of Ms. Deanna Pagnan as the Manager of Public Affairs. Ms. Pagnan will work to achieve PDAC’s advocacy objectives by building and maintaining productive relationships with elected officials, public servants and industry leaders. By maintaining effective two-way communication with decision-makers, Deanna will ensure that PDAC interests are considered as policies, regulations and legislation is developed. Deanna will also proactively identify potential challenges and opportunities for PDAC and, together with the PDAC team, determine an appropriate course of action. 

Deanna most recently served as Director of Policy and Government Relations at the Canadian Trucking Alliance and Ontario Trucking Association where she managed policy development, communications and government relations strategies on issues including infrastructure, labour, customs and trade at the provincial, national and international levels.  Deanna holds a Bachelors of Management Organizational Studies from the University of Western Ontario and a postgraduate certificate in public relations from Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.