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December 5, 2007, No. 49

PDAC Convention 2008

Plans are well advanced for PDAC Convention 2008. Members will be receiving full convention information and registration details in the mail around mid-December, and copies will also be distributed in the December 10 edition of the Northern Miner. The planning committee has put together a very full and comprehensive program designed for as many interests and tastes as possible, and we think that convention delegates and exhibitors will enjoy the new, larger quarters of the south building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Convention details and online registration are available here.

PDAC Caracle Cup hockey tournament ? March 1 ? Toronto

The first annual PDAC Caracle Cup hockey tournament will be held on the Saturday before PDAC Convention 2008 at the Ice Gardens Complex, Toronto. The round-robin tournament, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., will include six teams, each with 10 players and a goalie. Whatever their skill level, players are invited to sign up their team to compete for the Caracle Cup. Proceeds from this event will support students and their education in the geosciences through donations to Mining Matters and the PDAC Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop. A sign-up sheet with more details is here.

Mining Day on the Hill

On Tuesday, November 20, a PDAC team of staff and volunteers joined Mining Association of Canada, company, and other association representatives for Mining Day on the Hill in Ottawa. Members of the PDAC team included president Patricia Dillon, vice-presidents Jon Baird and Scott Jobin-Bevans, and directors Don Bubar and Eira Thomas. Staff representatives were Tony Andrews, executive director, and Philip Bousquet, director of sustainability. Mining Day on the Hill is a key element of MAC’s Mining Works for Canada program. This year’s theme was aboriginal participation in mining. Some 70 mining representatives were organized into 13 teams and met with approximately 70 federal government decision-makers. Among the highlights were an address by AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine and a statement in the House of Commons attesting to the value of mining to Canada by David Anderson, parliamentary secretary to the federal minister of Natural Resources Canada.

Advocacy mission to Ottawa

The PDAC organized a mission to Parliament Hill on November 26 and 27 to advocate for funding for geoscience mapping, the continuation of the super flow-through program, and the need for securities regulatory reform. The objective was also to provide information and increase awareness about Canada’s exploration industry and to bring attention to aboriginal issues. Participants in the mission included directors Lynda Bloom and Glenn Nolan; Denise Lockett, Rob Whittall, and Raziel Zisman who are members of the aboriginal affairs, financial and taxation, and securities committees respectively, and MaryAnn Mihychuk. Meetings were held with 13 Members of Parliament, four senior department officials, one senator, and five political assistants.

Nominations invited for the PDAC’s new aboriginal award

The association is inviting nominations for its new aboriginal award, the Skookum Jim Award. Named after the aboriginal leader of the group that discovered the first gold in the Klondike, the award has been created to recognize aboriginal participation in the mineral industry. Recipients of the award will have demonstrated exceptional achievement and/or service in a Canadian aboriginal-run service business for the Canadian mining industry or a Canadian aboriginal exploration or mining company, or have made a significant individual contribution to the mining industry. The first Skookum Jim Award will be presented at the association’s 2008 awards evening on Monday, March 3. Deadline for nominations is December 31. Click here for nominating guidelines and selection criteria.

Deadline for nominations to board of directors is December 14

Members are reminded that the deadline for nominations to the PDAC’s board of directors is Friday, December 14. The board is responsible for the overall governance and stewardship of the association and for approving the PDAC’s position and policy on all major issues affecting the industry. Each nomination must be supported by six PDAC members in good standing and each nominated candidate must be a PDAC member in good standing who has consented in writing to serve as a director. There are seven board meetings a year and directors have the option of participating in the meeting in person or by telephone. Click here for full details and nominating guidelines.

Reminder to graduate students applying for the Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award

Another deadline! Graduate students applying for the 2008 Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award are reminded that applications are due in to the PDAC by no later than December 15. If this deadline is a problem, please contact us as soon as possible. The award is presented annually to a graduate student at a Canadian university whose thesis incorporates geoscience mapping as a significant component. The winning student receives a $3,000 cash award and certificate and has the choice of receiving her/his award at the PDAC convention or the annual meeting of the Geological Association of Canada. Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the appropriate organization. Click here for details and the application form.

Health and safety report now available

The second health and safety report of mineral exploration companies with projects in Canada is now available. The publication reports the findings of a survey that the PDAC conducts in partnership with the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia. An electronic version is here. Please contact us if you would like hard copies.

The report’s findings have been picked up recently by media. CBC Sudbury interviewed health and safety committee chairman Bill Mercer on November 27, and the Northern Miner published a summary of the survey results in its December 3-9 issue.

Recent presentations

Here is a summary of presentations made recently by PDAC representatives.

  • Flow-through share conference, Montreal ? Nov 7
    MaryAnn Mihychuk, director, regulatory affairs, made a presentation at the World Alternative Investment Summit, Canada 2007 on November 7 in Montreal. The title of her presentation was Mineral exploration and the flow-through share program.

  • NWT Board Forum, Yellowknife ? Nov 8
    Philip Bousquet, director, sustainability, made a presentation to the Northwest Territories Board Forum (which included the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board, the Land and Water Board, and other regional boards) in Yellowknife on November 8. His presentation covered PDAC activities and, more specifically, recent developments in e3 Environmental Excellence in Exploration, aboriginal affairs, and corporate social responsibility.

  • Manitoba Mining and Minerals Convention, Winnipeg ? Nov 16
    MaryAnn Mihychuk delivered the luncheon address at the Manitoba Mining and Minerals Convention in Winnipeg on November 16. Her presentation was entitled The commodity super cycle: Is Manitoba getting its fair share?

  • NRIA-DFO, Calgary ? Nov 20
    MaryAnn Mihychuk spoke on The best management practices guide to meet exploration industry needs at a meeting in Calgary of the Natural Resources Industries Associations (NRIA) and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

  • Export Development Canada, Ottawa ? Nov 23
    Executive director Tony Andrews made two presentations to Export Development Canada as part of a panel on corporate social responsibility and the extractive sector. The two presentations were made to the EDC Council on Corporate Social Responsibility and EDC senior management respectively.

  • 6th Fennoscandian Exploration and Mining conference, Finland ? Nov 27
    PDAC president Patricia Dillon was the keynote speaker at the 6th Fennoscandian Exploration and Mining conference in Rovaniemi, Finland. Her presentation, Continually improving performance – Providing leadership and tools for global exploration, discussed the current state of global exploration; the origins and growth of the PDAC; and the association’s future strategies. Click here for the full text.

Women in Mining

  • International website for women in mining
    A website for women in mining has recently been launched., which lists Women in Mining groups in Australia, Canada, South Africa, Tanzania, UK, USA, and Zambia, is designed for all professional women in the natural resources sector. Its principal aims are to provide information and business development opportunities and to be the first stop for news, events, seminars, jobs, who's who, contacts, education in mining, useful links, and topical articles. The website, which includes a blog, will enable all WIM groups worldwide to communicate with each other and build relationships regardless of location.

  • Women in Mining cocktail reception ? PDAC Convention 2008
    The Women in Mining Toronto Branch will be hosting a cocktail reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, during PDAC Convention 2008. The event is being sponsored by MiHR (Mining Industry Human Resources Council) and McMillan Binch Mendelson LLP and will feature a number of prominent women speakers. All convention delegates are invited. More details here.