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October 6, 2006, No. 38

Thank you for responding to our membership survey

Over 700 of our members responded to our survey which was sent out over the summer. Thank you! The results of the survey were used during a recent strategic planning exercise conducted by the PDAC’s board of directors. The objective was to identify areas on which the association should focus over the next three or four years. Results will be distributed to you as soon as they are available. In the meantime, we are pleased to announce that the winner of the gold wafer is Merline Djouka Fonkwe.

Some PDAC Convention 2007 reminders

Deadlines are looming for Investors Exchange exhibitors and for people wanting to present a paper in the open session at next year’s convention [March 4-7, 2007].

For companies who exhibited in the 2006 Investors Exchange, the deadline for priority renewal is Friday, October 13, 2006. To keep your priority status, you must complete and return your renewal application form and payment. After the deadline, 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. You can also download the form and floor plan here.

The closing date for submissions for the open session is November 30, 2006. The selection committee is looking for policy and technical papers. Full details on how to submit a paper are here.

Graduate students invited to apply for Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award

Applications are now being accepted from graduate students for the third Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award. The award consists of $3,000 in cash and a certificate that is given annually to a graduate student at a Canadian university whose thesis incorporates geoscience mapping as a significant component. The deadline for applications is December 15, 2006. The presentation of the award takes place either at the PDAC’s annual convention or at the annual meeting of the Geological Association of Canada, depending on the winning student’s choice. Full details and application form are here.

PDAC mission delivers strong message to MPs and senior government officials in Ottawa

Nine PDAC representatives participated in a highly successful lobbying mission to Ottawa on September 20 and 21, the second of its kind held this year. The objective of the mission was to increase the federal government’s awareness of the importance of Canada’s exploration industry and to reinforce the association’s strategy for a strong exploration sector. Participants included the PDAC president, Patricia Dillon; directors Lynda Bloom, Don Bubar, Leni Keough, Anne Slivitzky, and Rob Whittall; and staff members Philip Bousquet, Kim MacDonald and MaryAnn Mihychuk. Over the two-day event, teams held 23 meetings with 14 MPs, 23 senior officials, and representatives of the Assembly of First Nations. The federal government was asked to extend the “super” flow-through program after March 2007, commit to funding the Cooperative Geological Mapping Strategies, update Canadian Exploration Expense, and streamline fisheries regulations. The association is organizing a letter-writing campaign to seek endorsement for components of the PDAC’s strategy. Please see the following item.

Letter-writing campaign to support our efforts in Ottawa

The PDAC believes that the importance of the ministers’ message cannot be ignored and is inviting members to participate in a letter-writing campaign to the federal government. We feel that a campaign of this kind will also add weight to our lobbying for an extension to “super” flow-through, funding for geological mapping, updating of CEE, and clarification in the Income Tax Act of the term “mine.” A draft letter as a word document for your use is here. Word file Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

New community engagement course based on e3 Environmental Excellence in Exploration

The PDAC is pleased to announce that a new course on community engagement is now available. The course, in six parts, is being offered in conjunction with InfoMine and is based on e3 Environmental Excellence in Exploration. The course qualifies for professional development credits. Full details.

Saskatchewan Mining Association is looking for a new executive director

The Saskatchewan Mining Association is looking for a new executive director to replace Phil Reeves who has announced his retirement. The position is located in Regina. Qualified candidates will have mining industry experience and an understanding of the industry culture, knowledge of government regulatory processes and an understanding of the culture of the various stakeholders with which the association is required to consult. The closing date for applications is October 16, 2006. Click here for full details.

CIM lunch invitation to students and industry members

The CIM Toronto Branch extends a warm invitation to members of the mineral industry and to second-year students enrolled in geoscience, earth science, or engineering programs to attend a student-industry luncheon on Thursday, October 19 at the Ontario Club, Toronto. The guest speaker will be Daryl Lake, CEO of the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT), whose talk is entitled Space, the Moon, and far out geology. Students and industry representatives are asked to register their acceptance of this invitation before October 17 by contacting Rick Hutson, CIM Toronto Branch education chair, [email protected]. Students attend the luncheon free. There is a small charge for industry representatives.