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November 18, 2013, No. 108

November and December Events at a Glance
Glenn Nolan Attends Fennoscandian Exploration and Mining (FEM) Conference
Minister Oliver Addresses the PDAC Board of Directors
PDAC Updates Federal/Provincial/Territorial (FPT) Officials on the Capital Crisis
House of Commons Finance Committee Posts PDAC Pre-Budget Submission
PDAC Offers High Frequency Trading Educational Seminar
Member Feedback from the Securities Reform Round-tables
PDAC Submissions to the OSC
Human Resource Development Roadmap
Amendments to Fisheries Act and Fisheries Act Regulations Coming into Force
PDAC Aboriginal Affairs Online Survey – Invitation for Feedback
Video Highlights the Aboriginal Program at the PDAC Convention
PDAC Joins Hundreds of Social Responsibility Leaders for SRMining 2013
CSR Roadmap Report
New Badge Requirements for 2014
Investors Exchange Exhibit Opportunities
PDAC 2014 Convention Student Program
Students Can Save Money by Volunteering at the PDAC 2014 Convention
CSR Event Series at the PDAC 2014 Convention
Save Money with the PDAC Sponsored Group Benefits Program
The World Gold Council Releases Responsible Gold Mining Report


Upcoming Events

November and December Events at a Glance

November 20: Executive Director Ross Gallinger will attend Mining Day on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

November 26: Executive Director Ross Gallinger will attend Boreal Leadership Council’s workshop on Free Prior and Informed Consent in Toronto.

December 10-12: President Glenn Nolan, First Vice President Rod Thomas, and Lesley Williams, Manager of Aboriginal Affairs & Resource Development, will participate in the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly in Gatineau, Quebec

December 12: President Glenn Nolan will address the guests at the AFN Winter Celebration Dinner in Gatineau, Quebec.

Up Front

Glenn Nolan Attends Fennoscandian Exploration and Mining (FEM) Conference


PDAC President Glenn Nolan recently travelled to Scandinavia for the 2013 Fennoscandian Exploration and Mining (FEM) Conference in Levi, Finland. At the conference, Glenn gave a keynote speech on Sustainable Mining - Working Alongside Indigenous People in Developing Projects .

While in Scandinavia, Glenn visited numerous mining sites and attended several industry events in Finland, Sweden and Norway, including Oslo and Helsinki.

Minister Oliver Addresses the PDAC Board

The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, addressed the PDAC Board of Directors on the benefits of the Canadian European Trade Agreement (CETA) to the mining sector.

PDAC President Glenn Nolan and Executive Director Ross Gallinger spoke with the Globe and Mail following the meeting, and they highlighted a few benefits he sees for the industry with CETA. The full article can be read here.

Visit the PDAC’s Facebook page for images from the event.

Public Affairs

PDAC Updates Federal/Provincial/Territorial (FPT) Officials on the Capital Crisis

Nadim Kara, PDAC’s Senior Program Director, presented on the capital crisis in mineral exploration financing to the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Mineral Statistics Committee in October. This presentation and the latest data on the capital crisis can be found here.

House of Commons Finance Committee Posts PDAC Pre-Budget Submission

The Federal Finance Committee has posted more than 300 submissions received during its consultations for Budget 2014. The PDAC submission is available here.  A summary of the submission is available on our Budget 2014 page. 

Financing and Capital

PDAC Offers High Frequency Trading Educational Seminar

PDAC’s Securities Committee hosted a special educational session on high frequency trading (“HFT”) in October. The committee has recognized the need to deepen its understanding on issues surrounding HFT to facilitate dialogue and analysis. Over 80 participants attended and approximately 20 joined online. The session was recorded and is available here.

Member Feedback from the Securities Reform Roundtables

Over the past year, the PDAC Securities Committee organized six round-tables (Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax) to engage members in a discussion about how to improve Canadian capital markets. Feedback from the six round-tables can be found here.

The PDAC Securities Committee will take these findings and undertake further research and analysis to support an advocacy strategy to reform Canada’s capital markets and ensure Canada remains the top jurisdiction in the world to raise mining equity capital.

PDAC Submissions to the OSC

The PDAC was recently invited to comment on several Ontario Securities Commissions (OSC) proposals.  Complete submissions to the OSC are available online, including the PDAC’s comment on Canadian Securities Administrations (“CSA”) proposed National Instrument 62-105 Security Holder Rights Plans, Staff Consultation Paper 45-710 Exempt Market Review and New Exchange Being Proposed by Aequitas Innovations Inc.

Human Resource Development

Human Resource Development Roadmap

The PDAC is organizing consultation sessions with members and industry stakeholders 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.  

These sessions allow members to provide feedback to help the PDAC address the human resource challenges facing the industry. Your feedback is valuable to us and we look forward to hearing from you.

A consultation session will be held in Vancouver on November 25 and 26. If you would like to attend a session please contact Krishana Michaud, Manager, Student Program, at [email protected] for more information.

If you are unable to attend a consultation session, you can participate in this process by completing a short online survey.

Survey questions have been tailored based on your affiliation to the industry
Students, click here to complete the survey
Educators, click here to complete the survey
Industry representatives, click here to complete the survey

Lands and Regulations

Amendments to Fisheries Act and Fisheries Act Regulations Coming into Force

Amendments to the Fisheries Act and the Applications for Authorization under Paragraph 35(2)(b) of the Fisheries Act Regulations will come into force on November 25, 2013. To read the PDAC’s submission on amendments, when proposed, please click here. To assist with the implementation of these amendments, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has released a number of policy and guidance documents, which may be found on Fisheries Protection Program website. These include:

 

 

Additional information and tools will be made available on the Fisheries Protection Program website over the next several weeks. 

 

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

Aboriginal Affairs 

PDAC Aboriginal Affairs Online Survey – Invitation for Feedback

The PDAC is seeking input on the development of a new operational plan for its Aboriginal Affairs program. We invite you to complete this survey and share your perspectives on issues related to Aboriginal Affairs and the mineral exploration and mining industry. Your insight and input into this survey will help shape the focus and activities of the PDAC’s work in the area of Aboriginal Affairs for the next five years.

Click here to take the survey: http://pdac-aboriginalsurvey.environics.ca/
The deadline to complete the survey is December 18, 2013

Video Highlights the Aboriginal Program at the PDAC Convention

The PDAC has launched a video that highlights the Aboriginal Program at the PDAC Convention. The video is now available on the PDAC Aboriginal Affairs website.

The PDAC has increasingly used the Convention as an opportunity to bring Aboriginal people together with the exploration and mining sector to enhance industry awareness of Aboriginal affairs and to showcase successful partnerships between Aboriginal communities and exploration and mining companies. 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, share knowledge and experiences, and create partnerships.

Join us for the 2014 Aboriginal Program at the PDAC Convention – March 2 – 5, 2014 in Toronto. For more information, please contact Lesley Williams, Manager, Aboriginal Affairs, at [email protected]

Corporate Social Responsibility

PDAC Joins Hundreds of Social Responsibility Leaders for SRMining 2013

The PDAC’s CSR Manager, Emily Nunn, attended the Social Responsibility in Mining conference in Santiago, Chile, from November 5-8. Hosted by the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (University of Queensland, Australia) and attended by hundreds of practitioners and stakeholders from around the world, the conference offered the PDAC a prime opportunity to connect with leading experts and discuss the social and environmental issues currently affecting the mineral exploration and mining industry. Presenters included human rights lawyers, host-country governments, civil society activists, mining companies, academics from universities in Europe, South America, Australia, and Canada, and members of the PDAC’s CSR Committee. For more information on SRMining 2013, visit www.srmining.com or contact [email protected]. 


CSR Roadmap Report

The PDAC is pleased to share a report summarizing the feedback received from members and stakeholders over a three month outreach process to inform the development of a new operational plan for our Corporate Social Responsibility program. Click here to read more. 

PDAC Convention 2014

New Badge Requirements for 2014

New this year, all convention attendees are required to register for a badge. Attendees may pre-register, or register onsite. Onsite badge pickup and the registration desks are located on Level 600 of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building. Attendees will not be permitted beyond Level 600 security without a badge. For a full list of registration passes and fees click here.


Investors Exchange Exhibit Opportunities

Potential New Exhibitors are invited to complete the New Exhibitor Application form, found here. Space is limited!

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

 

PDAC 2014 Convention Student Program

The PDAC has set up a Convention Travel Fund to help student groups cover the costs of getting to Toronto. Funding is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline to apply for funding is February 14, 2014.The Convention Travel Funding form is now available online. 


Students Can Save Money by Volunteering at the PDAC 2014 Convention

Volunteering during the convention is a great way to save money and meet industry professionals. In exchange for your time, you will receive a complimentary All Access Student Pass AND a ticket to one of our luncheons, plus  volunteer apparel, a food voucher, a gift card and a volunteer certificate in exchange for volunteering for two, four-hour shifts during convention. Sign up online.

The Student events at Convention are listed on our website. Be sure to use this as a guide when planning your time at the PDAC 2014.
 


CSR Event Series at the PDAC 2014 Convention

The PDAC will be offering eight sessions on CSR at the PDAC 2014 Convention. CSR sessions are free to attend and open to all registered convention delegates. Click here to see the full program for the 2014 CSR Event Series.

Membership Information

Save Money with the PDAC Sponsored Group Benefits Program

Is your Group Benefits Program renewal approaching? In partnership with Sterling Capital, the PDAC -sponsored group benefits program provides PDAC members with access to elements including enhanced health and dental, long-term disability and critical illness to both individuals and corporations. With both Administrative Services Only (ASO) and Fully Insured funding options, most existing plan designs can be grandfathered with immediate cost savings. For a competitive analysis of your Group Benefit program contact [email protected] or visit their website. 

Industry News

The World Gold Council Releases Responsible Gold Mining Report

The World Gold Council recently released a new research report, Responsible Gold Mining & Value Distribution.

The report covers 28 countries and analyses data from 15 companies with over 220,000 employees and contractors. It provides a global quantitative assessment of the value distribution associated with gold mining and profiles some of the positive social and community development impacts made by gold mining companies.