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October 6, 2010 - No. 74

Duke report demonstrates that government geoscience is a public good

Canada’s geoscience database has long been regarded as one of this country’s competitive advantages. A report commissioned by the PDAC’s geoscience committee and undertaken by Murray Duke bears this out. Duke’s analysis suggests that six out of ten government mapping projects have an immediate impact in terms of claim staking or new exploration activity. He states further that, while the formula of every $1 spent on public geoscience will result in $5 in private sector exploration is difficult to quantify, it nevertheless would appear to be a reasonable expectation over the medium term. The full report has been distributed widely with copies being sent to mines ministries across the country. It is available here.

Request for executive search firms for executive director’s position

After over twenty successful years leading the PDAC, Tony Andrews, executive director, will be leaving the organization at the end of his current contract. The PDAC’s board of directors has established an executive director search committee to retain and work with an executive search firm on its behalf. Proposals are invited from prospective search firms. This request for proposals outlines the requirements and process for consideration.

Call for nominations for the PDAC board of directors

Nominations are now invited for the PDAC’s board of directors. 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. As far as possible, the 48-member board represents the full spectrum of professions making up the mineral industry and the geographic regions in Canada. Directors are elected at the PDAC’s annual meeting in March and serve a three-year term. There are generally seven board meetings a year, six in Toronto and one in Vancouver. Directors may attend these meetings either in person or by telephone.  Full nominating details are here.

PDAC supports Yukon Chamber of Mines on Peel Watershed regional land use plan

In a brief submitted earlier this month, the PDAC endorses the position taken by the Yukon Chamber of Mines that the proposed Peel Watershed regional land use plan contains serious deficiencies and that approval of the plan’s contents would not serve the public interest. In the PDAC’s view, the draft plan lacks a reasonable and balanced reconciliation of environmental, social and economic objectives and should not be adopted until a full analysis of the region’s mineral potential has been undertaken. Other points raised about the draft plan include the lack of fair treatment for existing tenure holders, the absence of a mechanism for amendment, and the almost doubling of the total area to be withdrawn from development from 14% to close to 26%. The full submission is here.

Economic Guidelines for Mineral Exploration ? December 5-10 ? Kingston, Ontario

The Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, is offering its popular professional development seminar, Economic Guidelines for Mineral Exploration, in December. This five-day course, led by Michael Doggett and held at the Four Points Sheraton, is intended for industry professionals who wish to develop the evaluation skills to translate geological and technical expertise into economic criteria and to understand the economic evaluation principles used in mineral investment decision making. The cost, which includes the course itself, accommodation, and meals, is $4,200 plus HST. The full program and application form are here.

UNESCO names Stonehammer, NB, as North America’s first global geopark

The Stonehammer Geopark, covering a large swath of land along the Bay of Fundy coastline in southern New Brunswick, has become the world’s latest global geopark and North America’s first. The announcement was made by the UNESCO-supported global geoparks network on October 2 at a conference in Greece. Stonehammer becomes the 77th member of the network of geoparks which are located in 24 countries throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, and the Middle East. A geopark is an area with one or more sites of geological importance and also archaeological, ecological or cultural value. Click here for the announcement.

Funding available to support science and/or technology internships

The Canadian Association of Science Centres is running an outreach project for science interns. The program, which pays 50% of an intern’s salary up to a maximum of $1,100 per month, is open to any non-federal government organizations. The objective is to provide recent graduates in science or engineering with the opportunity to gain work experience and professional skills. The deadline for applications is October 15, and the program runs until March 2011. Click here for the announcement about the program and application details.

Seminar on risk mitigation & CSR in Africa and emerging markets ? October 27 ? Toronto

PPDAC members are being offered a discount on registration for an upcoming seminar on risk mitigation and CSR in Africa and emerging markets. The day-long seminar, organized by the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business, will take place on Wednesday, October 27, in the Huron Room, Macdonald Block, 900 Bay Street, Toronto. The discounted registration rate for members is $160, including HST. The program includes Peter Van Loan, federal minister of international trade, and topics range from the PDAC’s e3 Plus program, through a variety of case studies, to a paper entitled, China vs. Canada – Battleground Africa. The full program, comprising 19 expert presentations, is here, and the registration details are here.

China Mining Congress & Expo ? November 16-18 ? Tianjin, China

PDAC members qualify for a 20% discount on delegate passes to the 12th annual China Mining Congress and Expo, to be held in Tianjin, China, November 16-18. The theme of this year’s event, which is hosted by the China Ministry of Land & Resources and the Tianjin Municipal Government, is ‘The world and China in mining consolidation: Co-operation, responsibility and development.’ Last year’s event attracted more than 3,500 delegates from 55 countries and featured 420 booths. Full details of this year’s event are here.