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July 19, 2016, No. 140

PDAC
July 19, 2016, No. 140
FINANCING STILL ON THE RISE
CANADA`S INNOVATION AGENDA
ARE YOU ESTMA COMPLIANT?
PDAC 2017 CONVENTION
Nominations open for PDAC Awards
Submissions are open! The PDAC Awards Committee is accepting nominations for 2017 awards. The annual awards recognize outstanding contributions and excellence of individuals and organizations involved in the minerals industry. Awards are presented at a ceremony at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel as part of the PDAC Convention held in Toronto every March. See the 2016 award recipients. To submit a nomination for 2017, complete the online form and provide all requested supporting materials. Learn more.

Finance
Financing still on the rise
After an extended period of depressed market activity, junior and intermediate companies are finding increased support from investors since February 2016. According to the SNL Monthly Monitor this is likely the result of rising gold prices. Global drilling activity also rose to a seven-month high in June, made higher by strong growth in the number of active gold projects. Learn more.

Government
METC renewed, CEE changes implemented
PDAC has long advocated for changes to Canadian Exploration Expense (CEE) legislation, and we are pleased to share that Bill C-15 received Royal Assent on June 22. Included in this Bill were two key priorities encouraged by PDAC: renewal of the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit (METC) until March 31, 2017; and changes to legislation so that costs associated with community consultation and environmental studies are considered CEE. Learn more.
Canada’s Innovation Agenda
The Government of Canada is looking for Canadians to share their ideas for putting the country on a firm path to long-term growth across all industries. We encourage PDAC members and stakeholders to help make the mineral exploration and mining industry a priority on the Innovation Agenda. The government is focusing on six action areas during a summer-long period of public engagement that will result in an action plan. Learn more.

Corporate Social Responsibility
Ensuring Compliance with ESTMA
The final guidance, technical reporting specifications and reporting templates for the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA) were released on March 1, 2016. Companies subject to ESTMA must report annually on certain payments to all levels of government in Canada and abroad for financial years beginning after June 1, 2015. ESTMA reports are due 150 days after the reporting entity’s financial year-end. If your current year ends on June 30, your ESTMA report will be due 150 days later. Learn more.
Human rights challenges toolkit
The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) released the third edition of its toolkit Addressing Security and Human Rights Challenges in Complex Environments. It includes a new Chapter 4 – Working with communities and a fully revised and updated version of the first chapter. Learn more.

Membership
Bearing the torch as PDAC President
In his first blog since becoming the 35th PDAC President, Bob Schafer shares his views on what life is like since inheriting the position from Rod Thomas, and what he hopes to achieve during his two year tenure. Bob is a long-time PDAC volunteer and has a career spanning more than 35 years. In addition to his presidency, Bob currently sits on the PDAC Executive, International and Awards Committees. Learn more.
Canada second to Australia as most attractive mining jurisdiction
For the second consecutive year, Saskatchewan ranks as the top mining jurisdiction in Canada, finishing second worldwide behind Western Australia. The Fraser Institute Survey of Mining Companies 2015 rates 109 mining jurisdictions around the world based on a combination of their geologic attractiveness for minerals and metals and their policy attractiveness. Quebec ranks second for Canada and is the only other Canadian jurisdiction to make the top 10. Learn more.

Lands & Regulations
Government review of environmental and regulatory processes
The Government of Canada is undertaking a comprehensive review of federal environmental and regulatory processes. This review includes:
  • Reviewing federal environmental assessment processes.
  • Modernizing the National Energy Board.
  • Fisheries Act and the Navigation Protection Act.
An Expert Panel will be established to review federal environmental assessment processes associated with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012). The Expert Panel will engage broadly with Canadians, Indigenous groups and key stakeholders and develop recommendations to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change related to environmental assessment processes. Input is invited until July 20 on the draft Terms of Reference for the Expert Panel – a document that outlines its proposed mandate, timelines and procedures. You can also provide your input on environmental and regulatory processes through a questionnaire before August 30.

Geoscience & Innovation
Frank Arnott Award
Mineral deposits are becoming deeper and more difficult to target. As a result, exploration companies must find resourceful and sustainable new approaches to gaining and interpreting data. The Frank Arnott Award is a collaborative challenge that focuses on innovation in data integration and visualization. To be considered for the award, students, industry and other interested parties should collaborate and create a visual and technologically innovative database. Submissions are due by December 31. Learn more.

PDAC 2017 Convention
Mark your calendars
PDAC 2017 Convention will take place March 5-8, 2017 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto. Learn more.
Organize a Short Course
We invite all interested parties to submit a Short Course proposal for PDAC 2017. Short Courses are in-depth educational sessions led by presenters with expertise in a variety of different subject matters. The deadline to apply is August 12. Learn more.
Present in the Corporate Presentation Forum
This 15-minute presentation opportunity provides investors with information about the recent activities of a company. The Corporate Presentation Forum is open to companies that qualify to exhibit in the Investors Exchange. The deadline to apply is September 2. Learn more.

Are you a newsletter writer?
Newsletter writers are invited to present their charts, thoughts and ideas on how to select good investments in the resource sector. The deadline to apply is September 2. Learn more.
Exhibit opportunities
Renewing exhibitor application forms and floor plans for the Investors Exchange and Trade Show & Trade Show North will be available July 21. New Exhibitor Application forms will be available September 22. Learn more.
Showcase in the Core Shack
Core Shack provides a venue to display core from new, ongoing or historic exploration projects or mines that are generating exciting drilling results. The deadline to apply is November 4. Learn more.
Sponsorship opportunities
Launching August 22! The Global Sponsorship & Marketing Program creates exclusive marketing opportunities to build brand awareness and position your organization as an industry leader. Stand out from the competition at PDAC 2017. Learn more.
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