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May 16, 2014, No. 114

PDAC Executive Director Ross Gallinger receives Distinguished Lecturer Award at CIM 2014
PDAC President Rod Thomas discusses association priorities in Ottawa
PDAC participates in Government of Canada’s consultation on revenue transparency
Submit your data for the Canadian Mineral Exploration Health & Safety survey
PDAC represents the exploration sector at key CSR events
The PDAC will hold a Mineral Exploration Roundtable on Lands and Regulations in Vancouver
PDAC 2015 exhibitor application dates
PDAC 2015 hotels
Government of Australia invests $125 Million in its energy and resource sector

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PDAC Executive Director receives Distinguished Lecturer Award at CIM 2014

PDAC Executive Director Ross Gallinger was honoured with a Distinguished Lecturer Award earlier this week at CIM’s 2014 Conference in Vancouver. CIM presents the Distinguished Lecturer Award to top industry leaders for their accomplishments in scientific, technical, management or educational activities related to the minerals industry.

Public Affairs

PDAC President discusses association priorities in Ottawa

PDAC President Rodney Thomas, along with Executive Director Ross Gallinger, attended meetings with elected officials and ministerial staff in Ottawa last week to discuss the association’s key priorities. They met with officials from Finance, Natural Resources Canada, International Development, International Trade, as well as the Chair of the NDP Mining Caucus. The PDAC will continue to meet with decision-makers as part of the association’s advocacy strategy.

Corporate Social Responsibility

PDAC participates in Government of Canada’s consultation on revenue transparency

In response to Natural Resources of Canada’s call for feedback on the development of mandatory reporting requirements for Canadian extractive companies, the PDAC has made two submissions.

The first is a joint submission with the members of the Resource Revenue Transparency Working Group, which builds on the framework released by the group in January 2014.

The second submission specifically addresses the government’s proposal to require disclosure of payments made to Aboriginal entities. This submission, made jointly with the Mining Association of Canada, raises a number of concerns and issues which the PDAC is encouraging the government to take additional time to consider before integrating in to disclosure requirements.

Submit your data for the Canadian Mineral Exploration Health & Safety survey

The PDAC and AME BC’s annual Mineral Exploration Health & Safety survey is now open. All mineral exploration companies, mining companies with exploration projects, government geological surveys, and diamond drilling companies in Canada are encouraged to submit their data for 2013 online. The survey is strictly confidential and helps to track health and safety trends nationwide, promote awareness of health and safety issues, and encourage companies to implement accident prevention measures. Click here to participate in this important initiative.

PDAC Represents the Exploration Sector at Key CSR Events

The PDAC recently participated in a multi-stakeholder workshop on a Canadian strategy to implement UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, organized by Ryerson University’s Institute for the Study of CSR.

On May 15 the PDAC will be attending the Mineral Outlook Dialogue organized by Natural Resources Canada in Ottawa, including participation on a roundtable to discuss CSR and international development.

Emily Nunn will present the importance of early stakeholder engagement as part of the International Finance Corporation’s Sustainability Exchange in Washington, DC, on May 22.

The PDAC will also be participating in a meeting to review the Corporate Social Responsibility Certificate Program at St Michael’s College, University of Toronto, on May 23.

For information on any of these events, please contact the PDAC’s CSR Manager, Emily Nunn at [email protected].

Lands and Regulations

The PDAC will hold a Mineral Exploration Roundtable on Lands and Regulations in Vancouver

The PDAC will hold a Mineral Exploration Roundtable on Lands and Regulations to solicit input on land access challenges in the mineral industry, and the measures necessary to overcome these challenges in order to ensure that Canada remains a competitive jurisdiction for mineral investment. 

The Roundtable will give industry members, and other interested parties, an opportunity to help develop the PDAC’s Lands and Regulations Roadmap—the operational plan that will shape the association’s activities in the area of land access over the next five years.

The next Mineral Exploration Roundtable on Lands and Regulations will be held in Vancouver on June 2, 2014 from 10 am to 12 pm at the offices of Faskin Martineau.

If you would like to participate in the Roundtable, please RSVP Vida Ramin at [email protected]Please note that space is limited. You will receive a confirmation email once you RSVP.

PDAC 2015 Convention

PDAC 2015 exhibitor application dates

Priority Renewal Exhibitors: Priority Renewal applications and floor plans will be available July 10 at 10 am EDT. Renewing Exhibitors have priority renewal over the exhibit space they occupied at PDAC 2014. The priority renewal deadline is August 15. After this date, un-renewed booth space will be opened to New Exhibitors.

Potential New Exhibitors: New Exhibitor application forms will be available August 28 at 10 am EDT. Once priority renewal assignments have been completed, all un-renewed exhibit space will be assigned to New Exhibitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

For information about exhibiting in the Trade Show, click here

For information about exhibiting in the Investors Exchange, click here.

PDAC 2015 Hotels

Reservations open on Wednesday, June 25 at 11 am EDT. A list of participating hotels, including their PDAC preferred rates, will be posted here by mid-June.

Industry News

Government of Australia invests $125 million in its energy and resource sector

The Government of Australia unveiled its 2014-15 federal budget on May 13. Included in the budget was a $125 million investment in the energy and resources sector—$100 million of which would be earmarked for the exploration and development of new mineral deposits.

To read more on the budget’s impact to Australia’s mineral exploration sector and Amec’s reaction, click here.