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June 30, 2011 - No. 80

Changes to National Instrument NI 43-101:  Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects

On June 30, 2011 amendments to National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”) will become effective. There will be an updated and more flexible rule (“New NI 43-101”) in place for mining issuers. New NI 43-101 reflects issuer and regulator experience with NI 43-101, and changes in the mining industry that have occurred over the years.  For a detailed report, click here.

PDAC Student Activities now on Facebook

Find the latest PDAC student news, activities, photos, events and other mineral exploration info on the new PDAC Student Activities Facebook.  Watch for information on the Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW), geoscience scholarships / bursaries and the Mary Claire Ward award. Check it out and Like the page. Ask us questions, share information or job postings and any other relevant information. Contact us for more details.

TGDG presents mini-symposium on porphyry-copper deposits ? July 28 ? OBA Conference Centre ? Toronto

The Toronto Geological Discussion Group, in collaboration with the Society of Economic Geologists, presents an upcoming mini-symposium on porphyry-copper deposit characteristics and exploration strategies. The event takes place Thurs., July 28, from 2:30 – 6:30 pm at the OBA Conference Centre, Suite 200, at 20 Toronto Street. Speakers include Dr. Glen Masterman (Kinross, SEG Thayer Lindsay lecturer) and Dr. Jeffrey Hedenquist (Consultant, Ottawa; SEG past president). Registration required. Contact Blair Walkowiak at 416.601.1445 or [email protected].

PDAC Members Get 50% Off Regular Data Metallogenica Subscription Cost

Individual PDAC members can gain unlimited access to the Data Metallogenica (DM) website for half the regular price of US$200 a year.  Data Metallogenica’s database features more than 3,000 mineral deposits from more than 70 countries, and high-quality photographs of more than 70,000 representative rock samples from around the world. DM also contains descriptions, maps, cross-sections, field and mine photographs supplied by mining companies; spectral mineralogy of altered rocks; complete research theses on mineral deposits; and a database listing of 10,000 Australian geoscience theses. Currently used by almost 50 universities world-wide, DM is striving to become a reference base for both younger and experienced geologists, and a major repository for much of the valuable data otherwise being progressively lost to the industry.  For an application, click here.

2011 Convention Delegates Offered Free Access to Technical & Open Session Presentations

The PDAC offers all fully registered regular, student, senior and business class delegates at the PDAC 2011 International Convention free access to the audio from our speakers’ technical and open session presentations. To access our speakers’ audio presentations, click here

PDAC President to Speak at the World Indigenous Business Forum ? Oct. 4 ? New York

PDAC President Scott Jobin-Bevans and Former National Chief Phil Fontaine are among the scheduled speakers for this year’s World Indigenous Business Forum (WIBF) in New York on Oct. 4, 2011. A one-day extension to the World Business Forum taking place on Oct. 5-6, the WIBF promises to provide a unique learning and networking experience for global Indigenous businesses and leaders. Hosted by the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute, the event includes a reception at New York’s Roosevelt Hotel where speakers will provide the latest insights on the economy, trends and change; leadership, performance and people; as well as strategy, innovation and communication.  For more details contact Barb Bruyere, director of programs at the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute, at 204.940.1708 or at [email protected].

And the 2011 PDAC Student Bursary Winners Are ...

This year’s $1,000 PDAC Student Bursary Awards go to Kaylie Riopel, an outstanding second-year student in the Mining Engineering Technician program at Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ont., and Donovan Desjardins, another exceptional student who attends Cegep de l’Abitibi Temiscaminque in Quebec

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Ed Toivonen, a professor in Cambrian College’s mining engineering program, presents Kaylie Riopel, a second-year student in Cambrian’s Mining Engineering Technician program, with a 2011 PDAC Student Bursary Award. 


Michael Rosatelli, PDAC representative and vice president of Golden Valley Mines, presents Donovan Desjardins, a student at Cegep de l’Abitibi Temiscaminque in Quebec, with the second of two 2011 PDAC Student Bursary Awards.


Canadian miner's gift to be highlighted at Diamond Jubilee exhibition

A Canadian miner's 1947 wedding gift to the future Queen Elizabeth — a magnificent pink diamond that became the centrepiece of the Queen's famous Williamson Brooch — will highlight a special exhibition celebrating her Diamond Jubilee next year, Buckingham Palace has announced. The huge, glittering stone was discovered by Quebec-born geologist John Williamson at his mine in present-day Tanzania and was later set at the heart of one of the Queen's favourite pieces of jewellery — the flower-shaped diamond brooch she has worn on countless occasions during her soon-to-be 60 years on the throne, including various visits to Canada and the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.  For more details, click here.

Calone Breaks Ground on Construction Site of New School in Sierra Leone

Senior management from CALONE and several local dignitaries took part in a sod-turning ceremony in the spring to launch the construction of a senior secondary school in Mansumbirie Village in Sierra Leone. The Hon. Emmanuel O.K. Tholley, a member of parliament in Sierra Leone, thanked Calone Mining – which is a subsidiary of Golden Valley Mines – for selecting their community for mining exploration.  Also on hand was Pa Hassan Tholley, the chief of Mansumbirie, who said the new school will help reduce the number of girls who drop out of school while strengthening the community’s ability to produce the next generation of local leaders.  David Allen, Calone’s managing director, said that, in addition to building the school, the company plans on repairing roads and bridges both within and outside the chiefdom.

MiHR Recognizes the First Mining Workers to Receive National Certification

In May, the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) recognized the inaugural group of 95 workers to receive certification under the Canadian Mining Credentials Program.  Developed by MiHR, the new Canadian Mining Credentials Program provides national certification by assessing and documenting workers’ skills and years of experience in four key mining occupations:  underground hard rock miner; surface miner; minerals processing operator; and diamond driller. Until now, there has been no national system for recognizing work experience in these occupations, which has hindered recruitment and advancement within the industry. According to MiHR, the Canadian Mining Credentials Program will help attract and retain the approximately 100,000 new workers needed by 2020 to support industry growth and replace retirees.  For more information and to register click here.

ICMM Report Mining Contributing to Local and National Development in Lao PDR

Mining is “making some striking contributions at both local and national levels” in Lao PDR, according to a new report by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM).The report, entitled “Utilizing mining and mineral resources to foster the sustainable development of the Lao PDR,” found that mining represents 80% of foreign direct investment and contributes 45% of total exports; 12% of government revenues and 10% of national income.  Ensuring public financial management transparency and fluctuating international commodity prices are among several key challenges identified in the report.  To read the report, click here.