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April 14, 2014, No. 113

PDAC 2014 Convention statistics
Access to speaker presentations
Mark your calendars for PDAC 2015, March 1-4
Update on Private Members’ Bills
Canadian Mineral Exploration Health & Safety Survey
CSR Event Series – presentations now available
Maureen Jensen, 2014 WIM Canada Trailblazer, keynote at S-IMEW
S-IMEW sponsorship opportunities still available
Expanded PDAC Sponsored Insurance Program for Members
April and May events at a glance

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PDAC 2014 Convention

PDAC 2014 Convention Statistics

This year’s convention attracted 25,122 attendees from 103 countries.  For a complete list of statistics from this year’s convention, please visit our website.

Access to speaker presentations

The Live Learning Centre for PDAC 2014 is now available. Email instructions on how to access videos from the Technical Program and Open Sessions, which are synchronized to speakers’ PowerPoint presentations (as released by the presenters for inclusion), have been sent to All Access Pass holders. For more information, please click here.

Mark your calendars for PDAC 2015, March 1-4

The PDAC Convention has grown tremendously in stature and influence since its inception in 1932 and is the event of choice for the world’s mineral industry. Meet with over 1,000 exhibitors and more than 25,000 attendees from over 100 countries. With Technical Sessions, Short Courses and networking events, there’s something for everyone!

Public Affairs

Update on Private Members’ Bills 

On March 31, 2014, Ève Péclet, MP from La Pointe-de- l'Île, QC , introduced a Private Member’s Bill C-584, An Act respecting the Corporate Social Responsibility Inherent in the Activities of Canadian Extractive Corporations in Developing Countries. This Bill pushes for the creation of an Office of the Ombudsman that would be responsible for developing guidelines on best practices for extractive activities, and would require corporations to report to it on their extractive activities. This enactment is intended to ensure the extractive activities of Canadian corporations in developing countries respect Canada’s commitments under international law and the International Bill of Rights. 

On Oct. 16, 2013, NDP MP Paul Dewar re-introduced his Private Member’s Bill C-486, An Act respecting corporate practices relating to the extraction, processing, purchasing, trade and use of conflict minerals from the Great Lakes Region. This enactment would require Canadian companies to exercise due diligence in respect of the exploitation and trading of designated minerals to ensure that no armed rebel organization or criminal entity or public or private security force that is engaged in illegal activities or human rights abuses has benefited from any transaction originating in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. This Bill is before the House and as of April 3 it is currently being debated at Second Reading.

John McKay, MP from Scarborough-Guildwood, ON, introduced a Private Member’s Bill C-474, An Act respecting the promotion of financial transparency, improved accountability and long-term economic sustainability through the public reporting of payments made by mining, oil and gas corporations to foreign governments. The Bill was defeated, 145 to 122, at Second Reading on April 9, 2014. This enactment would have required 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 furthering mining, oil or gas industry activities.

The PDAC continues to track the status of Bill C-584 and Bill C-486, as well as other government legislation that may impact the exploration and mining sector. 

Corporate Social Responsibility

Canadian Mineral Exploration Health & Safety Survey 

The PDAC and AME BC’s annual 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. The survey is strictly confidential and helps to track health and safety trends nationwide, promotes awareness of health and safety issues, and encourages companies to implement accident prevention measures. Click here to learn more and submit your data for 2013.

CSR Event Series – presentations now available!

The CSR Event Series at the PDAC 2014 Convention brought together more than 800 participants and 35 presenters to discuss issues related to social and environmental performance in the mineral exploration and mining industry. Click here to download presentations and session materials from a number of our CSR sessions from PDAC 2014.

Student Program

Maureen Jensen, 2014 WIM Canada Trailblazer, keynote at S-IMEW 

The closing keynote speaker for the PDAC’s Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW) will be Maureen Jensen, Executive Director and CAO of the Ontario Securities Commission and recipient of the 2014 WIM Canada Trailblazer Award. Maureen’s talk and the Closing Dinner will take place on May 15, at Science North in Sudbury, ON.

To purchase tickets for the Closing Dinner, or for more information about the workshop, please contact Krishana Michaud, Manager, Student Program.

S-IMEW sponsorship opportunities still available

Sponsorship opportunities for S-IMEW 2014 are still available. The continued success and ongoing viability of the workshop is largely dependent on the continued generosity of its sponsors. This workshop would not be the success that it is without the sponsors and the efforts of our volunteers who generously give of their time and expertise to our students. Sponsorship of the workshop is an excellent means of not only raising the profile of your organization but also having access to top Canadian talent. Sponsorship opportunities.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Krishana Michaud, Manager, Student Program.

Membership Information

Expanded PDAC Sponsored Insurance Program for Members

PDAC understands that members are primarily focused on exploration and mining—not insurance.  Therefore, PDAC 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 that are private or public, exploration or operating, and mining contractors/equipment providers.

Upcoming Events

April and May events at a glance

May 3-4: PDAC Executive Director Ross Gallinger will attend S-IMEW in Sudbury, ON

May 15-16: PDAC President Rod Thomas will attend S-IMEW in Sudbury, ON