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August 30, 2006 No. 37

CSR roundtables – Toronto, Calgary, and Montreal

Thanks to all of you who responded to our urgent appeal for industry participation at the upcoming roundtable on corporate social responsibility in Toronto on September 12 and 13. As a result, there will be more of a balance between exploration and mining representatives and civil society, which is what we were hoping for. There are still spaces for presentations on the evening of September 12. To make a presentation [maximum 7 minutes], you must register online. Registration for the Toronto event closes at noon on Friday, September 1. Full details on how to register are here and a background summary of the roundtables is here. By the way, you should still register if you want to attend as an observer. Similar roundtables are scheduled for Calgary in mid-October and for Montreal during November. We shall send you more details as soon as we have them.

Deadline for responses to membership survey is September 5

We very much appreciate the survey responses that we have received from our members. Just a note to those members who haven’t responded yet. If you would like your name to be put into the draw for the gold wafer, then we need your completed survey by the end of the business day, Tuesday, September 5. The survey, which takes about ten minutes to complete, is online here or you can fax in the hard copy which was mailed to all members. Please contact us, if you would like a copy faxed to you.

PDAC represents exploration industry at Mines Ministers’ Conference

Canada’s mines ministers met earlier this week in Whitehorse, Yukon. During her presentation of the PDAC’s brief, President Patricia Dillon called for the implementation of a long-term strategy to assure high and sustained levels of mineral exploration in this country. “Canada’s ability to meet the global demand for mineral commodities and for Canadians to benefit from this demand,” she said, “are contingent on the ability of our mineral industry to discover new mineral deposits.” Click here for an English version of the brief and here for a French version.

Mining Aboriginal Information Kit now available

President Patricia Dillon took part in the launch of the Mining Information Kit for Aboriginal Communities during this week’s conference of Canada’s mines ministers in Whitehorse, Yukon. The kit is designed to inform aboriginal communities about the stages of the mining cycle, from early exploration to mine closure, and to identify the many opportunities that exploration and mining can bring to communities. The kit is a product of a partnership between the Government of Canada (Natural Resources Canada and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada), the PDAC, the Mining Association of Canada, and the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association. Copies of the kit are available in English and French online. If you would like a hard copy, please contact us.

Call for papers for PDAC Convention 2007

We are inviting policy and technical papers for presentation during the open session at next year’s convention [Sunday, March 4-Wednesday, March 7, 2007] in Toronto. Full details on how to submit a paper and deadlines are here.

Deadline approaching for Trade Show booth renewal

Just a reminder that the deadline for priority renewal for those companies that were exhibitors in the 2006 Trade Show is Friday, September 15, 2006. To retain your priority status, you must complete and return your renewal application form and payment. After this date, all remaining booths will be made available to other exhibitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Your renewal package was mailed to you in July. Extra forms and a floor plan are here.