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October 11, 2013, No. 107

October Events at a Glance
Minister Fast Holds Roundtables on Extractive Sector
Implementing Devolution in the Northwest Territories
2014 Mary-Claire Ward Award
Human Resource Development Roadmap
Field Trip Funding
Land Access Roundtable – St. John’s, Oct 30
Federal Government Launches the Aboriginal and Treaty Rights Information System (ATRIS)
Core Shack Application
Global Sponsorship and Marketing Program
Innovation Forum Applications
Investors Exchange Exhibit Opportunities
Prospectors Tent Applications
Free Seminar on Company-Community Conflict – Toronto, Oct 31
ICMM Launches Good Practice Newsletter
Mining Matters: 2014 WHERE Challenge

 

October Events at a Glance

October 3: Ross Gallinger presented Policy and Regulation: Is it Killing the Industry? at the Northwind Professional Institute’s 2013 Mining Invitational Forum

October 7 - 11: Ross Gallinger and Glenn Nolan attended the Bi-Annual Members’ Meeting of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) in London, England

October 28 - 31: Glenn Nolan will give a keynote speech, Sustainable Mining - Working Alongside Indigenous People in Developing Projects at the 2013 Fennoscandian Exploration and Mining (FEM) Conference in Levi, Finland

October 28 - November 1: Ross Gallinger will attend the Annual General Meeting of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development in Geneva, Switzerland

Public Affairs

Minister Fast Holds Roundtables on Extractive Sector
The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, launched a series of cross-country extractive roundtables in September. PDAC President Glenn Nolan participated in the Toronto consultation on September 30. The minister was interested in discussing policies that would support the Canadian extractive sector abroad.


The PDAC suggested the government reduce risks associated with doing business in foreign countries by developing Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (FIPA), particularly in countries with substantial amounts of resource-related Canadian investments, as well as strengthening the role of Trade Commissioners. The PDAC supported the development of a mandatory reporting framework for the sector, as developed by the Resource Revenue Transparency Working Group, and encouraged the government to continue efforts to build the capacity of host governments. To view the full submission, please click here

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada invites input on how to advance opportunities of the Canadian extractive industry abroad until November 15, 2013. For information on submitting comments, please click here.

Public Affairs Contact:
Deanna Pagnan,
Manager, Public Affairs
Email: [email protected]

Implementing Devolution in the Northwest Territories
The Government of the Northwest Territories has redesigned its organizational structure to facilitate the implementation of the Northwest Territories Lands and Resources Devolution Agreement. The agreement will transfer decision-making and administration for land and resource management from the Government of Canada to the Government of the Northwest Territories. The territorial government will become responsible for the management of onshore lands, issuance of onshore oil, gas and mineral rights, and collection of royalties. The federal government will retain responsibility for the remediation of existing contaminated waste sites, issuance of offshore rights and interests, negotiation of land claims, as well as environmental assessments.


The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) will be responsible for the management of mineral resources and administering Northwest Territories Mining Regulations. To accommodate these new functions, ITI has made several human resource and structural changes, including:

  • Creating an Assistant Deputy Minister position that will oversee mineral (as well as petroleum) resources management
  • Adding a new division—Financial Analysis and Royalty Administration—to manage royalty calculation, collection and auditing
  • Adding a new unit—Client Services and Aboriginal Relations—to support industry and communities in taking advantage of mineral resource development opportunities by providing information and guidance on regulatory and consultation requirements
  • Creating a separate division supporting secondary industries in the diamond sector 
It is expected that devolution in the Northwest Territories will have an effective date of April 1, 2014.

For more detailed information on the new organizational structure of the GNWT, click here.      

Human Resource Development

2014 Mary-Claire Ward Award
Applications are being accepted for the 2014 Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award. The annual award honours graduate geology students enrolled in a Canadian university whose thesis incorporates mapping to increase our knowledge of Canada’s geological history. Please submit your applications by December 15, 2013.

To learn more about the award and download the application form click here . The award can also be found on the GAC’s website.

Human Resource Development Roadmap
The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is hosting a series of engagement sessions across Canada as part of its Human Resource Development program Roadmap – the operational plan that will shape the association’s activities in this area for the next five years. PDAC members are encouraged to attend these sessions to share their thoughts on how the organization can help address the human resource challenges facing the industry.


Consultation sessions will be held on October 18 in Thunder Bay, ON, and on October 30 and 31 in St. John’s, NL. Please contact Krishana Michaud, Manager, Student Program, at [email protected] for more information.

Field Trip Funding
The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada is committed to supporting opportunities for students to experience different facets of their program of study within the geosciences. We are accepting applications for field trip funding from Canadian post-secondary institutions to support academic field trips. Visit our website for more information.

Lands & Regulations

Land Access Roundtable – St. John’s, Oct 30
The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada has identified improving access to lands as a long-term strategic priority. Over the next several months, the PDAC will hold a series of roundtable discussions to solicit input on the land access challenges facing the mineral industry, and the measures necessary to overcome these challenges in order to ensure that Canada remains a competitive jurisdiction for mineral investment. These discussions will provide industry members, and other interested parties, with an opportunity to help shape the PDAC’s Land Access Roadmap—the operational plan that will shape the association’s activities in this area over the next five years.   The PDAC and Mining Industry NL will host the first roundtable discussion on Wednesday, October 30 from 2 - 4 pm at the St. John’s Convention Centre, Brown Room, 50 New Gower Street. Light refreshments will be provided.

Please note that space is limited. If you would like to participate in the St. John’s roundtable discussion, please RSVP to: Vida Ramin at [email protected]. You will receive a confirmation email once you RSVP.

Aboriginal Affairs

Federal Government Launches the Aboriginal and Treaty Rights Information System (ATRIS)
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) has launched 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. 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 system is aimed to help levels of government in determining their consultation obligations with Aboriginal groups, and could also assist companies in their engagement efforts.

Click here to access ATRIS
Click here for the ATRIS FAQs

PDAC Convention 2014

Core Shack Application
Display your maps and technical information alongside your best rock samples at the PDAC 2014 Core Shack. Demand is high and space is limited for these complimentary two-day booths! 
The Core Shack is divided into two sessions of two days each. Each successful applicant will be assigned a spot in either Session A (Sunday, March 2 to Monday, March 3), or Session B (Tuesday, March 4 to Wednesday, March 5). Core Shack displays must consist of drill core, demonstrably economic deposit or other samples of mineralization.

The deadline to apply is Friday November 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm EST
.  For more information and to apply, click here.

Global Sponsorship and Marketing Program
Over the past 15 years, the PDAC Global Sponsorship and Marketing program has created exclusive marketing opportunities that build brand awareness and generate positive recognition for sponsoring companies. If your goal is to grow and differentiate your brand from the competition at PDAC 2014, select one of the many PDAC sponsorship opportunities that deliver results. The PDAC Global Sponsorship program will put your name in front of more than 30,000 international attendees, clients and shareholders, and extend your global reach through our social media channels. For more information on how to enhance your visibility at PDAC 2014, contact Lynne Beckett, Program Manager, at [email protected] or 905 336 3529.

Innovation Forum Applications

The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada and the Canadian Association of Mining Equipment and Services for Export (CAMESE) have joined forces again to organize the Innovation Forum. The Innovation Forum gives companies an opportunity to share their innovations with convention attendees. This year’s forum will take place on Sunday March 2, 2014.

New for PDAC 2014:
Exhibiting companies, companies who are not exhibitors and CAMESE members will be given the opportunity to apply and take part in the Innovation Forum.

The application deadline is Monday, November 11, 2013 at 5:00 pm EST
. For more information and to apply, click here.  

Investors Exchange Exhibit Opportunities
Potential New Exhibitors are invited to complete the New Exhibitor Application form, found here.
Why exhibit?
  • Discuss your company's activities with mining analysts, fund managers and bankers
  • Make important links with a worldwide audience
  • Meet face-to-face with high net worth individual investors
  • Reinforce relationships with existing investors
  • Reveal investment potential and conditions
  • Seek out new business opportunities   

Prospectors Tent Applications
The Prospectors Tent applications are now available for the 2014 Convention.

The Prospectors Tent provides a venue for self-employed individuals with a project or property to display results and samples. Space will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and there are a limited number of exhibit spaces available.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Free Seminar on Company-Community Conflict – Toronto, Oct 31
The Institute for the Study of CSR at Ryerson University and the Office of the Extractive Sector CSR Counsellor are hosting a public seminar, Addressing Mining - Community Conflict: What Can We Learn? with Luc Zandvliet, Director at Triple R Alliance and Senior Associate with Shift Project in Toronto on October 31. Space at the seminar is limited. Please register here to reserve your seat.    

ICMM Launches Good Practice Newsletter
The first issue of the International Council on Mining and Metals’ (ICMM) Good Practice newsletter looks at the ability of the industry to contribute to sustainable development beyond the mine with an article on supply chain sustainability. Read more here.  

Mining Matters: 2014 WHERE Challenge

The Mining Matter’s WHERE Challenge is back for its sixth year! Sponsored by Kinross Gold Corporation, and endorsed by the Earth Sciences Canada, the 2014 WHERE Challenge is designed to educate young people about earth sciences. Students aged nine to 14 years are asked to answer the following questions: What on Earth is in your stuff and WHERE on Earth does it come from? The challenge runs until March 7, 2014 with thousands of dollars in regional and national prizes to be won!

For more details, please visit www.earthsciencescanada.com/where or email [email protected]. Follow the challenge on Twitter, @WhereChallenge and @MiningMattersCA, and like the WHERE Challenge Facebook page.