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July 19, 2013, No. 104

PDAC Applauds Federal Cabinet Shuffle
Public Affairs
CIDA Merges with DFAIT
PDAC President Glenn Nolan to Speak at Atlantic Council of Canada
Interactive Map of Agreements with Aboriginal Communities
Last Chance to Participate in Exploration Health & Safety Survey
Expanded PDAC Sponsored Insurance Program for Members
PDAC 2014 Convention Updates
Queen’s University Offers Unique Professional Development Certificate
Large Meteorite Impacts and Planetary Evolution Conference V  

PDAC Applauds Federal Cabinet Shuffle

PDAC offered its congratulations to new and returning Ministers following the Prime Minister’s cabinet shuffle on July 15, 2013, and looks forward to continuing to work with Federal Ministers to support Canada’s leadership in exploration and mining. “The new cabinet signals the Prime Minister’s continued support for the exploration and mining industry. It also opens doors for new work by the industry to create jobs and economic development for the prosperity of Canadians,” says Ross Gallinger, Executive Director of the PDAC.
For the full news release, please click
here. A brief overview of the cabinet changes is below.

Cabinet Shuffle Details

Prime Minister Stephen Harper shuffled his cabinet on July 15 creating one of the largest in Canadian history with 39 members, including 12 women and eight new members. Many of the key portfolios remained unchanged, with Joe Oliver remaining Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Flaherty remaining Minister of Finance, John Baird as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bernard Valcourt as Aboriginal Affairs Minister, Ed Fast in International Trade, Tony Clement as President of Treasury Board, and Gerry Ritz as Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food.  

Ministers who changed roles include Leona Aglukkaq, who was appointed Minister of Environment, Minister of Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister of the Arctic Council. Christian Paradis was named Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie, while Minister Julian Fantino moved to Veterans Affairs. Lisa Raitt, who held previous posts as Minister of Labour and Natural Resources, was appointed Minister of Transport, while Denis Lebel will serve as Minister for Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, as well as Minister for Northern Quebec Development Agency. Jason Kenney was appointed Minister of Employment and Social Development, which replaced Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), and Gail Shea was named Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. Also relevant to the mineral exploration industry was Greg Rickford’s appointment as Minister of State for Science and Technology, and Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, which includes responsibility for the Ring of Fire. 

Public Affairs

Parliament rose for the summer on June 19 and is scheduled to return in the fall. However, there is wide speculation that the Prime Minister will ask the Governor General to prorogue Parliament in the fall, allowing the PM an opportunity to begin the session with a Throne Speech that will outline the government’s agenda going into the next federal election in 2015.

Status of Legislation

On June 26, 2013, Bill C-60 received Royal Assent, making official the amalgamation of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAIT). The newly created Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development will function with six Ministers, including John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development.

Liberal MP John McKay’s Private Member’s Bill C-474, Transparency of Payments Made by Mining, Oil and Gas Corporations to Foreign Government Act, reached a second reading on May 24, 2013. This bill would require mining, oil and gas corporations to submit annual transparency reports that disclose all payments provided by them or their subsidiaries to a foreign government for the purpose of further mining, oil or gas industry activities. It includes penalties for failing to comply. While debate may resume in the fall, should the Prime Minister prorogue Parliament as expected, the bill will not pass.  

PDAC President Glenn Nolan to Speak at Atlantic Council of Canada

Glenn Nolan will be presenting his views on mining within the Commonwealth August 8 at the University of Toronto. Join Glenn and other business leaders who will discuss why Canadian companies consider a Commonwealth country first (India, Australia, the UK, South Africa, etc.) when looking to invest or expand their business. Senator Hugh Segal, Canada’s Special Envoy to the Commonwealth, will preside over the event and host a lively discussion and debate with members of Canada’s Mining and Financial industries. More event details and registration can be found here, or contact:
Robert Baines
416 979 1875
[email protected] 

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 here:

Last Chance to Participate in Exploration Health & Safety Survey

The PDAC and the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) are conducting the Canadian Mineral Exploration Health & Safety Survey for exploration work conducted in 2012. The survey aims to capture all work carried out by mineral exploration companies, mining companies with exploration projects, government geological surveys, and diamond drilling companies in Canada in 2012. Individuals who fill out this survey will be entered in a draw to win a 32GB iPod Touch, courtesy of Hy-Tech Drilling. Fill out the survey here.

Expanded PDAC Sponsored Insurance Program for Members

PDAC understands that members are primarily focused on exploration and mining, not insurance, therefore PDAC has established and sponsored three exclusive insurance programs designed specifically for the membership. The program, originally established in 2007, has undergone a revitalization to reflect the changing market conditions and to ensure you continue to have access to appropriate and cost effective insurance with a high level of service.

Click on the links below to contact our insurance partners directly to inquire about coverage and rates.

The NEW Group Benefits Program provides access to enhanced health and dental benefits as well as life, long-term disability and critical illness to both individuals and corporations.

The Consultants Package includes professional liability insurance and general insurance products for individuals and consulting firms working in the Canadian mineral exploration and earth sciences sectors.

The
Mining/Contractors Package is aimed at addressing the needs of any and all Canadian mining companies, private or public, exploration or operating, and mining contractors/equipment providers.

Convention 2014 Updates

Hotels

Reservations are now open for PDAC 2014. The most up-to-date list of participating hotels, and their PDAC preferred rates, is available here. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Exhibits

Priority Renewal Exhibitor application forms and floor plans are now available. Renewing exhibitors have priority renewal over the exhibit space they occupied at PDAC 2013. The priority renewal deadline is August 16. After this date, unrenewed booth space will be opened to New Exhibitors. To renew your PDAC 2013 exhibit space, click here.

Sponsorship

PDAC 2014 Sponsorship opportunities will be posted on the Convention website in August. Sponsorship is confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis with payment received within 30 days of the invoice date. All sponsors receive a specially designed PDAC 2014 icon for use on their corporate website.

Innovation Forum

The Innovation Forum online submission form is now available (click here). New for 2014: exhibiting companies as well as service/supply companies who are not exhibitors, plus CAMESE members will be given the opportunity to apply and take part in the Innovation Forum. The deadline to apply is Monday, November 11, 2013, at 5:00 pm EDT.

Core Shack

The Core Shack exhibitor application form is now available on the Convention website. This is a great opportunity to apply for a free booth space to display your maps and technical information alongside your best rock samples. The deadline to apply is Friday, November 15, 2013, at 5:00 pm EDT.

Media

Media Partnership online submission forms are now available (click here). To become a 2014 media partner, apply no later than Friday, September 13, 2013, at 5:00 pm EDT.

Professional Development Opportunities

Queen’s University Intensive - Preliminary Program Graduate Certificate in Community Relations for the Extractive Industries

The certificate program in Community Relations for the Extractive Industries is the first of its kind in North America.  Adapted to reflect industry needs, community challenges and the political realities of North America, the certificate program at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, is based on the structure and design of the successful University of Queensland program in Australia. 

Exploration, mining, oil and gas companies working in Canada, the U.S. and abroad face the challenge of building constructive and mutually-beneficial working and living relationships with communities affected by their activities and operations. The shortage of skilled and experienced community relations practitioners has become a critical and high risk issue for responsible and sustainable mineral resource development throughout the world.  This program was conceived to help address this gap. 

The program runs August 26-30, 2013

Check out the brochure here

Program Contacts

Anne Johnson  
Program Coordinator
The Robert M Buchan Dept of Mining
Goodwin Hall, Room 354
Queen’s University
Kingston, ON, Canada, K7L 3N6
Phone: 613.533.2230
Email: [email protected]
Website

Large Meteorite Impacts and Planetary Evolution Conference V

Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON
August 5 – 8, 2013
Registration deadline:  July 26, 2013

The Large Meteorite Impacts and Planetary Evolution V meeting will be returning the series to Sudbury, ON, at Laurentian University, August 5 - 8, 2013. An opening reception will be held at Dynamic Earth on August 4, featuring Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, the last person to walk on the Moon. Field trips are planned for August 4 and 9 and a short course on modeling impact processes will occur on August 9 and 10.

The process of impact cratering, its planetary effects, and its environmental implications have been the subject of four previous LMI conferences, which were hosted, respectively, in Sudbury, Canada (1992 and 1997); Nördlingen, Germany (2003); and the Vredefort Dome area in South Africa (2008). Since LMI IV, several major international drilling and field projects of terrestrial impact structures, as well as new spacecraft missions to the Moon, neighboring planets, asteroids and comets have begun to deliver important new insights into cratering processes within the solar system. LMI V will provide a forum for discussion of these results as well as recent advances based on experimental and numerical simulation studies.

Please visit the website for additional information.