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February 17, 2015, No. 123

February 17, 2015, No. 123



PDAC AGM Notice and Board of Directors Elections
On January 30, 2015, PDAC members in good standing were sent an email that contained a personalized link to the 2015 AGM Notice and Board of Directors Election Ballot. If you have not already done so, please exercise your right to vote. The poll will close on February 26, 2015, at 9:00 am (EST). The results of the election will be announced at the Annual General Meeting, which will be held on March 1, 2015, at 9:00 am (EST) in Room 104DC, North Building, Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

If you did not receive the email containing your personalized link to vote, please contact Alissa Reed at [email protected]

PDAC 2015 Convention
Register for an All Access Pass and attend the Aboriginal Program, CSR Event Series and the Technical Program at PDAC 2015. For more information and to register, click here.

After February 20, only online registration is accepted and payment must be made online or onsite.

Trade Show North

Be sure to visit Trade Show North at PDAC 2015!

Trade Show North features:
  • Approximately 120 Trade Show Exhibitors
  • Core Shack
  • Great North Eatery and The Beer Market
  • Welcome Reception on Sunday, March 1 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Trade Show Receptions on March 2 and March 3 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Complimentary access to the Trade Show North in the inaugural year.Attendees can visit the Trade Show North with all pass types, including the complimentary Investors & Select Presentations Pass.

PDAC 2015 Convention's Aboriginal Program

The Aboriginal Program at the PDAC 2015 Convention provides a platform for discussion on fostering cooperative, respectful and mutually beneficial 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 2015 Aboriginal Program sessions take place from March 2 – 3, 2015. The full agenda and list of speakers can be found online.

Student Events at PDAC 2015 Convention

The Student Program at PDAC 2015 Convention features a new talk: “The Thrill of Prospecting and its Role in Exploration” on March 3 by Bjorkman Prospecting. Members of the Bjorkman family of prospectors will share their experiences about prospecting as a full-time career.

Other student events include PDAC Survival Skills, Student-Industry Networking Luncheon, and the Annual Minerals Colloquium. Click here for the full lineup.

Public Affairs
PDAC Holds Successful Convention Preview Event in Ottawa
On February 3, PDAC hosted ambassadors, Members of Parliament, Senators, government staff and Ottawa-based industry members at its annual reception in Ottawa. The event celebrated the contributions of the mineral exploration and development industry and previewed the upcoming PDAC 2015 Convention.

PDAC President Rod Thomas and The Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of Natural Resources and Minister of the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, delivered remarks at the reception. Minister Rickford discussed the importance of the mineral exploration and development industry, the opportunities it provides Canadians and encouraged his colleagues to attend convention. The Minister also spoke to the reputation PDAC enjoys in Ottawa and the willingness of government to continue to work with the PDAC to support the mineral exploration sector.

PDAC looks forward to continuing to build on the success of its annual reception in Ottawa, and to hosting members of government at the upcoming convention. Photos of the event can be viewed here.

Human Resource Development
2015 Winner of the Mary-Claire Geoscience Award
This year’s winner of the Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award is Jesse Reimink, a PhD student at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Alberta. His PhD project is focused on early Earth processes as recorded in the ~4.0 billion-year-old Acasta Gneiss Complex in the Northwest Territories.

Specific questions that are being addressed relate to the nature and tectonic setting of crust formation on the early Earth, as well as secular trends documented within the ~600 million years of magmatism present within the Acasta Gneiss Complex. Jesse will receive his award at the 2015 Joint Assembly to be held May 3 – 7, 2015 in Montreal, QC.

2015 Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW)
Twenty-six geoscience students from post-secondary institutions across Canada have been selected to participate in the PDAC’s 9th annual Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW).

The workshop takes place in Sudbury, ON, from May 1 – 15, and includes a four-day field trip to Val d’Or and Noranda, QC. Over the course of the two weeks, industry experts expose students to a wide range of topics, such as geochemistry and geophysics, mineral economics, corporate social responsibility, and Aboriginal participation in mineral exploration. Mapping exercises and mine tours are alsoincluded. Social events and industry presence are important components of the workshop to help students make connections and practice their networking skills.

PDAC relies on industry support and sponsorship to help continue to host this important educational workshop for the future of the industry. View all sponsorship opportunities on the website.

PDAC Membership
PDAC’s Winter 2015 issue of CORE is now out.
Industry News
The 10th annual Canadian Mineral Exploration Health & Safety Survey is now available.
MiHR has launched a national discussion survey on Workplace Culture and Career Paths in Mining. Survey closes March 5.
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