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August 15, 2012, No. 93

Up Front

PDAC President Participates in 34th International Geological Conference

PDAC President Glenn Nolan was in Brisbane, Australia last week for the International Geological Conference (IGC). The International Geological Congress (IGC) is the premier meeting for the advancement of global Earth Science. Mr. Nolan spoke at the Canadian reception for the IGC 2020 Canadian Bid Committee, and met with various Australian government officials and heads of associations to discuss ways of collaborating to foster the health of the global mineral industry.

Canada’s bid to host the 36th IGC in Vancouver in 2020 was tabled at the Brisbane conference; however, India won the bid to host the conference. “The Canadian Bid Committee for the 2020 IGC worked hard to win the right to be the host in 8 years. They had a tough road but performed well under pressure and all of us should be proud of the effort put forward by the team,” said Mr. Nolan. “Congratulations to India for their successful bid. I am sure it will be a successful event.”

PDAC Op Ed in Chilean Mining Magazine

PDAC Executive Director Ross Gallinger had an op ed published in the Chilean mining magazine Mineria Chilena this month. In the article, Mr. Gallinger describes the relationship between Chile and Canada in the areas of mineral exploration and mining. He notes that Chile and Canada share similar challenges when it comes to developing their natural resources—access to land, access to capital and access to people. Mr. Gallinger also took the opportunity to discuss PDAC initiatives that address these issues, such as Mining Matters, S-IMEW and e3Plus, as well as initiatives the PDAC champions, such as the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit (METC). A pdf of the article can be viewed here.

Canadian Government Launches Fund Matching for Sahel

On August 7, the federal government announced that it will match dollar-for-dollar Canadian donations made to registered Canadian charities responding to the Sahel crisis through the Sahel Crisis Matching Fund. An estimated 18.7 million people in the Sahel region in West Africa are affected by a food and nutrition crisis due to drought, sporadic rains, poor harvests, soaring food prices and widespread displacement. As a result, more than 1 million children under the age of five are at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition.

Canada will match funds raised from August 7 to September 30, 2012. There is no limit on the amount of funds that are available through this program from the Government of Canada. The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will allocate these funds to established Canadian and international humanitarian organizations to support relief efforts that will benefit the people who are most affected by the food and nutrition crisis. For more information, visit CIDA’s website.

Lands and Regulations

The PDAC Meets with Chief Federal Negotiator on Nunavut Devolution

At the beginning of August, PDAC staff and members of the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines met with Dale Drown, Chief Federal Negotiator on Nunavut Devolution, to give the mineral exploration and mining industry’s perspective on Nunavut devolution and to discuss potential areas of concern. Mr. Drown was appointed in May 2012 by the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, to look at options related to the transfer of federal land and resource responsibilities in Nunavut to the Government of Nunavut.

The August 7th meeting was an initial discussion which is part of Mr. Drown’s ongoing consultations with a wide group of stakeholders. Issues discussed at the meeting were: clarity and certainty around land access and regulations; double bonding; capacity; and education and training of Inuit for the future.

Training Course on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) has developed a one-day training course to introduce the new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. The course will provide participants with an overview of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 and its regulations. It will also introduce the environmental assessment process and requirements applying to projects for which the CEAA is the responsible authority. The one-day course will be offered from September 2012 – March 2013 at various locations across Canada. For more information and to register for the course, please visit the CEAA’s website or contact [email protected].

Aboriginal Affairs

The PDAC Welcomes Re-election of Shawn Atleo as AFN National Chief

In response to the re-election of Shawn A-in-chut Atleo as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), the PDAC issued a news release on July 19 congratulating Mr. Atleo. “Mr. Atleo’s leadership has served the AFN well over the past three years. We look forward to continuing to work with him and the AFN to foster the relationship between the mineral industry and First Nations people,” said PDAC President Glenn Nolan in the news release. The release referenced the 2008 MOU signed between the PDAC and the AFN, and listed the types of initiatives the PDAC has embarked on as a result.
The news release can be found on the PDAC website.

Canadian Executives Say Aboriginals must be “True Partners” in Resource and Energy Projects

The submission made by the Canadian Council of Executives (CCCE) to the Council of the Federation (COF) in advance of COF’s July meeting says Aboriginal peoples must be true partners in resource and energy projects, and Canadian companies should work with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities to help them realize the benefits of economic development. The report, Framing an Energy Strategy for Canada, calls on Canada’s premiers and territorial leaders to help build a national energy strategy. The CCCE is the senior voice of Canadian business, representing the CEOs and entrepreneurs of 150 leading companies. The report can be accessed on the CCCE website.


Complimentary Workshop on Voluntary Principles Implementation Guidance Tools

The International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) and the International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) have announced a second workshop on the Voluntary Principles Implementation Guidance Tools. The one-day workshop is open to all extractive industry companies and takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa, October 9, 10 and 11, 2012.

The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPs) were developed in 2000 by governments, companies in the extractive and energy sectors (companies) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The Implementation Guidance Tools (IGT) developed in 2011 help to break down the implementation of the VPs into concrete steps. This workshop is designed to help bring the VPs to life through learning how to use hands-on tools found in the IGT. For more information and to register, view the invitation or visit the IPIECA website.

ICMM Launches Updated Community Development Toolkit

The International Council on Mining and Metals launched its updated Community Development Toolkit in July. The toolkit includes 20 tools aimed at fostering constructive relationships among communities, companies and governments. The updated version features several new tools and draws upon work on sustainable development that has emerged since the 2005 version was published. Download the toolkit here.

Student Affairs

New Mineral Resources Program at Yukon College

Yukon College is introducing a new Mineral Resources Program to help meet the needs of the sector in the Yukon during the territory’s mining boom. The one-year certificate program will provide graduates with a solid foundation for work in the mineral exploration industry, and the two-year diploma program will provide graduates with a breadth of knowledge and experience that will in turn provide for greater career opportunities across the entire mining industry.

Program Coordinator Joel Cubley (winner of the PDAC’s Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award in 2010), says his major goal for the program is to provide students with on-the-ground experience at Yukon mines, exploration projects, and remediation sites, and to provide exposure to related mining service industries. Classes begin August 22 with a series of field exercises that introduce students to basic geological principles in an outdoor setting. There are still a few places available in the program. For more information, contact Joel Cubley at (867) 335-6664 or [email protected].

PDAC Convention 2013

PDAC 2013 Sponsorship Opportunities

A list of PDAC 2013 sponsorship opportunities will be posted on the Convention website on August 22, 2012. Sponsorship is confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis with payment received within 30 days of the invoice date. All sponsors receive a PDAC 2013 icon for use on their corporate website.

Apply for the PDAC 2013 Core Shack

Does your company have a project, property or discovery of significance that should be recognized?  Each year, the world’s latest discoveries are showcased at the Core Shack. To be considered for a complimentary Core Shack exhibit space, you must submit an application form including an abstract by Friday, November 9, 2012. For more information about the Core Shack visit the Convention website or contact Amanda Scriver, Convention Coordinator, at [email protected].

PDAC Convention Video Now Online

A promotional video for the Convention is now available on Vimeo. This short video endeavours to capture the magnitude of the Convention including the political interest and international appeal. The video is also on our Facebook site. Stop by and give us a like. 

Government News

B.C. Announces Mine Industry Training Initiative for First Nations

On July 17, the B.C. government announced mine training opportunities are being offered to more than 30 First Nations people in north central B.C. Twenty participants will have access to two 16-week Mining Industry Certification courses running concurrently at the College of New Caledonia's Fort St. James campus and Prince George campus, starting in October. Another 13 participants will have access to a 15-week Environmental Technician Certificate course delivered by Vancouver Island University on location in Prince George, starting at the end of August. Read the news release about the announcement here.

Other News & Events

Teacher’s Mining Tour Educates Teachers about Modern Mining

The third annual Teacher’s Mining Tour took place at the Canadian Ecology Centre (CEC) August 6 – 10.
The innovative professional development event, which seeks to educate teachers about modern mining and introduce mining into school curricula, is a hands-on workshop which includes a visit to a mine site. During the workshop, teachers were exposed to PDAC Mining Matters teaching kits, and learned about mineral exploration, mine development, geology and sectors of the economy supported by mining.

New Study to Forecast Labour Market Needs in Northern Ontario

The Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) is partnering with local workplace planning boards in northern Ontario to produce reports on the labour needs of the mining industry throughout the region. The Far Northeast Training Board (FNETB) in Timmins and Workforce Planning for Sudbury & Manitoulin (WPSM) are two of the groups involved in the study. The total cost of the project is $200,000 and the Ontario government is contributing $85,000 to the project. The project will provide customized regional mining labour market forecasts for 66 mining and mining-related occupations. For more information, visit MiHR’s website.

Ernst and Young Report on Mining and Metals

A recently released report by Ernst and Young says that due to rising capital costs and softening commodity prices, the value and volume of Canadian mining and metals are down 41% and 26%, respectively. “Global economic uncertainty and market volatility subdued deal value and volume in 1H 2012 in Canada and abroad,” said Richard Crosson, Partner in Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Services practice, in a news release. “In the first six months of 2012 deal value and volume in Canada fell by 41% and 26% year over year.” To view the report, visit Ernst and Young’s website.

CFES Newsletter

Click here to read the latest issue of the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences’ (CFES) newsletter. CFES works to raise awareness of the importance of earth science in Canadians' daily lives, and to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the role of Earth Sciences in environmental, natural hazard and climate studies and in securing and responsibly developing Canada's energy, mineral and water resources.

10% Discount Off Snowden’s Professional Development Courses for PDAC members

Snowden is offering PDAC members a 10% discount off its public training course registration fees. Please see the 2012 Training Programme for the courses that will be available to PDAC members at the discounted rate.

Looking Ahead

PDAC to Present at Mining Business Investment East Africa 2012

PDAC Executive Director Ross Gallinger has been invited by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and the High Commission of Canada to Kenya to attend Mining Business Investment (MBI) East Africa 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya, September 27 – 28. Mr. Gallinger will give a presentation on corporate social responsibility at the conference. MBI East Africa 2012 is an annual event aimed at senior level executives and decision-makers in the East African mining industry. The event targets international, regional and local mining and exploration companies while attracting government officials from East Africa.

Free Short Course on Mining Being Offered in Campbell River, B.C.

Geoscience B.C. is presenting a free short course August 28 – 29 in Campbell River titled, “Mining—What’s It All About?” This free, interactive two-day workshop is aimed at giving First Nation communities a look into modern mineral exploration and mining. The course is recommended for First Nations community leaders, councilors, Elders, personnel involved in land use and planning, community relations, and economic development officers. For more information, visit Geoscience B.C.’s website.

65th Canadian Geotechnical Conference - GeoManitoba 2012

The Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) and the Manitoba Section of the Canadian Geotechnical Society are hosting the 65th Canadian Geotechnical Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, from September 30 to October 3, 2012. The conference theme of “GeoManitoba 2012 Building on the Past” is based on the heritage of geotechnical engineering in Canada and how its past will help the field to go forward in new research, developments and advancements in geotechnical engineering. For more information, visit the conference website.

Mining Business Risks Summit 2012: 10% Discount for PDAC Members

CRU Group and the Fraser Institute are hosting the annual Mining Business Risks Summit November 1 – 2, 2012, in Toronto at the InterContinental Toronto Centre. Topics to be discussed at the conference include: assessing emerging trends in mining royalties and taxation—what’s the impact on investment?; mining costs escalation—how tight will margins get squeezed?; understanding the potential impact of local decisions on enterprise risk; and weighing the importance of different types of risk—how can risk management be improved? For more information and to register, click here. PDAC members receive a 10% discount for the conference.