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February 14, 2014, No. 111

PDAC Launches New Mobile Convention Website
New Badge Requirements for PDAC 2014 Convention
Short Courses at PDAC 2014
Technical Program at PDAC 2014
Aboriginal Program at PDAC 2014
Student-Industry Forum at PDAC 2014
Over 150 Attendees Preview PDAC 2014 in Ottawa
Federal Budget 2014 Supports Mineral Industry
PDAC Backs Canadian Securities Administrators Capital-Raising Efforts
PDAC Calls for Improved Support to Sustain Canadian Grassroots Exploration
PDAC Supports First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act

NRCan and the PDAC to Host Mineral Exploration Industry Workshop on TGI-4

Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award Winner Announced

2014 Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop Participants Selected

PDAC and MiHR Recommend Industry Improve Student Field Training Programs  

PDAC 2014 Convention

PDAC Launches New Mobile Convention Website

Check out our new Mobile Convention Website on your smartphone or tablet. Planning your time and navigating the PDAC Convention has never been easier with PDAC’s new Mobile Convention Website.  The site allows you to build your convention schedule by syncing it to your smartphone calendar and allowing you to view convention floor plans, bookmark information on exhibitors, presentations and Short Courses, as well as many of the social and networking events. Access the new Mobile Convention Website using the free Wi-Fi service throughout the MTCC, South Building (excluding the exhibit halls).

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.

Short Courses at PDAC 2014

Attending a Short Course is a great opportunity to learn, or brush up on, new industry practices and trends. PDAC will be offering 13 Short Courses this year. All courses will be held in the MTCC, South Building. Register early to avoid disappointment as space is limited.   For more information on Short Course descriptions and fees, click here. Student rates are available.  

Technical Program at PDAC 2014

Register today for an All Access Pass and attend 19 Technical Sessions, featuring over 120 speakers. There’s something for everyone! For a full list of the Technical Sessions, click here 

Aboriginal Program at PDAC 2014

The Aboriginal Program at the PDAC 2014 Convention provides a platform for discussion on fostering mutually cooperative, respectful and successful relationships between Aboriginal communities and the mineral industry. The sessions bring Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal-owned companies together with the mineral industry to share experiences and learn more about working together successfully.

The 2014 Aboriginal Program sessions take place from March 3–4, 2014 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  A full agenda and list of speakers can be found online.

Student-Industry Forum at PDAC 2014 Convention

The Student Program at the PDAC 2014 Convention features a new lineup for the Student-Industry Forum on Monday March 3. This year the forum is back with a panel that focuses on the various roles involved in an exploration program. David Palmer, President  & CEO of Probe Mines Ltd., will be leading the panel.

Plan your visit to the convention well in advance using planning tools such as the Student Convention Webinar,  and the PDAC 2014 Convention video.

Public Affairs

Over 150 Attendees Preview PDAC 2014 in Ottawa

On February 11, PDAC held an event to celebrate the mineral exploration and development sector and  provide MPs, Senators, government staff,  diplomats and Ottawa-based industry members a taste of what they can expect at PDAC 2014.

The PDAC was pleased to host over 150 members, diplomats, MP and ministerial staff, Senators, public servants and members of the media. Thirty-three Members of Parliament attended, including Chief Government Whip John Duncan, Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt, Speaker Andrew Scheer, and Minister of State Greg Rickford. PDAC President Glenn Nolan, Executive Director Ross Gallinger, and Minister Greg Rickford delivered remarks. Minister Rickford spoke to the value of the sector, the success of Convention and encouraged MPs of all political stripes to attend.

The PDAC looks forward to continuing to build on the success of this event. 

Federal Budget 2014 Supports Mineral Industry

On February 11, 2014, Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty tabled Economic Action Plan 2014. PDAC applauded the budget, which contained a number of initiatives to support the mineral exploration and development sector. Key among the supports was the extension of the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit (METC) for an additional year. Renewal of the METC was a key pre-budget recommendation of the PDAC and the association is pleased to see this important policy tool renewed.

The Budget also included initiatives to stimulate economic growth in Canada’s remote regions and support for job growth and strengthening the workforce was a key theme of the Budget. Budget 2014 promised investments in First Nations education, skilled trades apprenticeships, and internships and measures to address the skills shortage.

Budget 2014 in its entirety can be viewed here. 

Financing and Capital

PDAC Backs Canadian Securities Administrators Capital-Raising Efforts
 
PDAC strongly supports proposal MI 45-312 that would (subject to certain conditions) allow issuers listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV) to raise money by distributing securities to their existing security holders.  Our submission is available online.  

PDAC Calls for Improved Support to Sustain Canadian Grassroots Exploration
 
PDAC continues to raise awareness about the capital crisis facing mineral exploration companies, and advocates for improved fiscal supports for grassroots mineral exploration in Canada. Grassroots exploration discovers the mines of the future—to ensure the economic benefits of mining are sustained for generations to come.  Our presentation to the intergovernmental working group on minerals and metals, during the 2014 Mineral Exploration Round Up in Vancouver, is available online.

Aboriginal Affairs

PDAC Supports First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act
 
PDAC supports the Government of Canada and Assembly of First Nation’s (AFN) collaborative commitment to reform First Nations education. On February 7, Ross Gallinger, PDAC’s Executive Director, and Lesley Williams, PDAC’s Manager, Aboriginal Affairs & Resource Development, joined the AFN and the federal government in Alberta as they came together to introduce of the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act to reform education in an effort to improve K-12 education outcomes for First Nation students. 

Geoscience

NRCan and the PDAC to Host Mineral Exploration Industry Workshop on TGI-4

NRCan (Earth Sciences Sector and the Geological Survey of Canada) and the PDAC will be co-hosting an exploration industry workshop, focusing on the topic of: Identification of key geoscience knowledge gaps that act as barriers to successful mineral exploration.  

The workshop will allow the mineral exploration industry to collectively share views, ideas and information on the geoscience issues of pertinence to the industry, and will also be used to help inform the development and direction of ESS/GSC mineral deposit-related activities. It will take place on Thursday March 6, 2014, from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, in Room 715 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building. 

Space is limited to 40 participants. Please RSVP to [email protected], if you are interested in attending. 

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

Student Program

Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award Winner Announced
 
This year’s winner of the Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award is Diane Skipton, a PhD student in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Ottawa, whose thesis is entitled “Paleoproterozoic metamorphism and deformation on Hall Peninsula, Baffin Island, Nunavut”.  Diane will receive her award at the 2014 GAC-MAC annual meeting, to be held in Fredericton, NB, May 21–23, 2014. 

2014 Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop Participants Selected
 
Twenty-six geoscience students from post-secondary institutions across Canada have been chosen to participate in the PDAC’s 8th annual Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW).  The workshop takes place in Sudbury, ON, from May 3–16, and includes a four day field trip to Val d’Or and Noranda, QC. More information about the workshop and sponsorship opportunities can be found here

PDAC and MiHR Recommend Industry Improve Student Field Training Programs

 
The PDAC and The Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) recommend that Canada’s exploration industry improve student field training programs to heighten recruitment and retention of geoscientists. PDAC and MiHR recently released a study on the impact of post-secondary field experience on the flow of talent from education in the geosciences to the mineral exploration industry, which identified four key areas the industry should focus on to attract and retain geosciences graduates.

The full report on the study and its findings can be found on PDAC’s website, Effects of Field Experience on Recruitment and Retention of Geoscientists in Mineral Exploration.