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April 19, 2017, No. 149

PDAC
April 19, 2017, No. 149
 
TAKE THE H&S AND EXPLORATION  LABOUR MARKET SURVEYS
 
PROGRAM SUCCESSES AT PDAC 2017 CONVENTION
 
PDAC 2018 AWARD SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN
 
PDAC CONVENTION UPDATES
 
Mining Cumbre, investing in Latin America
PDAC is a proud partner of Investing in LatAm Mining Cumbre in Santiago, Chile from July 11-12. This event is brought to you by the same people as Mining Indaba and features an impressive lineup of speakers. Over half of the world’s mineral exploration and mining projects are Canadian with many undertaken in Latin America. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with government officials and investors from Latin America. PDAC members receive a 10 per cent registration discount. Use promo code: MC10PDAC. Learn more.

Human Resource Development
 
Exploration labour market survey
If you work in, or employ people who work in mineral exploration, take the Canadian Mineral Exploration Labour Market Survey by PDAC, the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR), and other stakeholder groups. The survey will help identify and address human resource and labour market issues facing the exploration sector and assist in finding ways to stimulate a proactive approach to addressing the challenges. Take the survey (prizes up for grabs!) 
 
Gearing up for S-IMEW 2017
The 11th annual Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW) will take place May 4-19, kicking off at Dynamic Earth in Sudbury with a keynote by Keith Barron, Chairman & CEO of Aurania Resources Ltd. S-IMEW 2017 will provide the 25 top upper-year Canadian post-secondary geoscience students with the opportunity to learn about the variety of careers in the mineral exploration industry and the adventures of being a geoscientist. Thank you to our generous sponsors and volunteers who make this workshop possible. Learn more about 2017 sponsorship opportunities.

Tax Policy
 
NWT Mining Incentive Program
Funding for the Northwest Territories (NWT) Mining Incentive Program (MIP) was increased to $1 million for 2017-18. The MIP provides funding to prospectors (up to $25,000) and exploration companies (up to $200,000) who propose new exploration projects or are already carrying out NWT mineral exploration work. The MIP is intended to stimulate and sustain mineral exploration activities throughout NWT and reduce risks associated with grassroots mineral exploration. The application deadline is April 29. Learn more.
 
Manitoba Mineral Exploration Tax Credit continued
The 2017 Manitoba Budget extended the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit to December 31, 2020. This credit, which is available to Manitobans who invest in flow-through shares of qualifying mineral exploration companies, is equal to 30 per cent of investments in flow-through shares. Previously, this credit was due to expire on December 31, 2017.

Health & Safety
 
Annual mineral exploration survey
PDAC and AME conduct an annual survey to gain insight into the health and safety performance of government geological surveys and companies active in exploration for precious and base metals, uranium, diamonds, coal and potash. Complete the 2016 survey if you are a: Junior company, major company, government geological survey, diamond drilling contractor, or a company or contractor carrying out exploration-related activities in Canada. See the 2015 survey results. 

Aboriginal Affairs
 
Aboriginal Program success
More than 500 self-identified Aboriginal attendees participated in the PDAC 2017 Convention. The Aboriginal Program attracted more than 700 attendees from the mineral industry, Aboriginal communities, organizations and businesses, governments and academia from Canada and around the world. Held over two days, and with 30 speakers, the Program featured presentations and panel discussions on topics such as reconciliation, community engagement, environmental management, capacity building and partnership development. PDAC is now seeking feedback from attendees to develop next year’s program.

PDAC Awards
 
Nominations open for 2018
Know a person or company deserving recognition for outstanding contributions to the mineral and mining industry? Nominations for PDAC 2018 Awards are now being accepted. The annual awards recognize leaders and organizations that go above and beyond. Hear the stories of the 2017 Award Recipients. To submit a nomination for 2018 complete the online form. Learn more

Responsible Exploration
 
CSR Event Series at PDAC 2017
This year marked the eighth consecutive CSR Event Series at the PDAC Convention, attracting more than 600 attendees from across the world. Programming featured presentations and panel discussions highlighting key aspects of social and environmental performance. Sessions focused on topics such as the importance of a multi-stakeholder approach to development, the mining sector’s "social contract", tools for minimizing social conflict, effective company-community water management, and the impetus for gender equality in the mining sector. Learn more 

Regulatory Affairs
 
Current reviews underway
A number of federal reviews are currently in progress. PDAC continues to monitor and engage on their developments.

Capital Markets
 
PDAC 2017 Capital Markets Program
With 2016 marking a pivotal year for many commodity prices, the PDAC 2017 Capital Markets Program created a forum for learning and dialogue. The two opening sessions focused on financiers’ perspectives, hosting heads of mining groups from all major Canadian banks and leading private equities. The third session gathered a panel of industry veterans who debated the common assumptions and approaches that executives, investors and other stakeholders adopt regarding country risk and how it affects their decisions. The Program concluded with a panel discussion on proxy fights and other actions taken by activist shareholders, and how to approach such situations. Learn more

PDAC Convention
 
Convention update
  • Enjoy pictures from PDAC 2017. Share your favourite photos on social media with the hashtag #PDAC2017
  • See the PDAC 2017 Convention statistics
  • The convention website has a new design – take a look
  • Save the date! PDAC 2018 March 4-7 Toronto, Canada
  • Hotels – PDAC 2018 participating hotels and rates will be posted in the fall of 2017. Hotels will NOT be taking 2018 reservations before that time. Please book directly with the hotel as PDAC does NOT use third party housing bureaus. 
 
Events at a Glance
 
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