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April 19, 2013, No. 101

PDAC President Presents at CESCO

The Center for Copper and Mining Studies (Cesco) successfully hosted Cesco Week 2013 in Santiago Chile (April 8-12) and PDAC President Glenn Nolan presented the association’s position on sustainability in exploration and mining. Mr. Nolan presented his views amongst an array of speakers, including Michael Chender, CEO of Metals Economic Group (MEG), Rodrigo Vergara, President of the Central Bank of Chile, and David Lowell. During the same trip, President Nolan also presented on the importance of community engagement at EXPOMINAS 2013, in Quito, Ecuador (April 2-5).

CSR Event Series presentations available online

With more than 500 participants and 45 panelists, the CSR Event Series at the PDAC 2013 Convention provided a forum for learning and discussion on a range of topics related to CSR in the exploration and mining industry. Presentations from the CSR Event Series are now available on our website. Click here for more.

Mining Hall of Fame: Call for Nominations

The Mining Hall of Fame (CMHF) has issued its yearly call for nominations for the induction of a new group of individuals in January 2014. Candidates for induction into the CMHF must be individuals who have demonstrated outstanding lifetime achievements to the benefit of the Canadian and/or world mineral industry.

Anyone may nominate a candidate. However, nominations must be channelled through Sponsoring Organizations or Associate Sponsoring Organizations of the CMHF. Sponsoring organizations include the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, the Mining Association of Canada, The Northern Miner and the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada. Associate sponsoring organizations include the British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan mining associations, as well as the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia.

For further information:
Becky Bays, CMHF Coordinator
T: 647-726-3185
E: [email protected]

Mining Matters’ Resource Kits get the Green Light in Nunavut

The Nunavut Minister of Education Premier, Eva Aariak, has given the nod to Mining Matters’ curriculum-based resource kits to be used in schools across the territory. Thanks to a one-year old Memorandum of Understanding between Agnico-Eagle and the Government of Nunavut, the Mining Matters team has been participating in the development and delivery of activities related to Earth science and career development.

“I am very pleased that our partnership with Agnico-Eagle has brought stimulating learning and outreach opportunities to students in the Kivalliq, and excellent curriculum resource materials to their teachers,” said Minister of Education Premier Eva Aariak. “I look forward to providing Mining Matters to all our schools, giving our students outstanding learning material on Earth sciences that help them stimulate their interest in careers in the mining industry.”

From February 2012 to date, Mining Matters’ staff delivered teacher and student Earth science workshops at the following events:

  • Piliriqatiginniq 2012: Nunavut Teachers’ Conference
  • Kivalliq Science Fair
  • Kivalliq Science Culture Camp
  • Nunavut Department of Education Curriculum Working Group

Another busy year in Nunavut is on the horizon for the team as we prepare for teacher and student workshops in May.

PDAC Mining Matters Diamond in the Rough Golf Classic

Thursday, June 6, 2013
Woodington Lake Golf Club
Tottenham, Ontario

Download an information package for the 7th Annual Mining Matters Diamond in the Rough Golf Tournament.

A “must-do” spring event for the mining and financial communities, the Mining Matters Diamond in the Rough Golf Classic is held at one of Ontario’s finest golf courses, Woodington Lake Golf Club. Download the tournament sponsorship brochure and registration form. Sponsorships are limited and sell out early. Corporate sponsorships start at $2,500 and include a foursome of golf, power cart, breakfast, lunch, dinner, prizes, auction, entertainment, and marketing benefits. If your company is a returning sponsor, or you would like to join us for the first time, please contact tournament coordinators Denise or Martin Harding at 905-853-7283 or by email: [email protected]

Revenue Transparency Workshop - May 6, Toronto

The Resource Revenue Transparency Working Group will be holding a workshop from 9 am to 12 noon on May 6 in Toronto. Launched in September 2012 by the PDAC, the Mining Association of Canada, Publish What You Pay Canada, and the Revenue Watch Institute, the Working Group is developing a framework for the mandatory disclosure of payments to government by Canadian extractive companies. This workshop will provide an opportunity for industry practitioners and other stakeholders to comment on the draft framework and provide input on any outstanding issues. The Working Group intends to make a recommendation to government on the implementation of the framework in June, 2013. Click here for more information.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Roadmap Workshops in Vancouver

The PDAC will be holding two workshops on April 19 to seek input from exploration and mining companies on our new CSR Roadmap—the operational plan that will shape our activities in the areas of social and environmental responsibility for the next five years. The PDAC is looking to hear from companies on questions related to how you define responsible exploration, what are the drivers of improved CSR performance, and what support the PDAC can give your company in this regard. Two 90-minute workshops will be held the morning of Friday, April 19. Space is limited. Contact [email protected] to register.

Wilderness First Aid Courses

After a successful pilot in 2012, the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada is working with its sister associations across Canada to offer Wilderness First Aid courses in the following locations:
Vancouver, BC (May 2/3);
Sudbury, Ontario (May 2/3);
Flin Flon, Manitoba (May 2/3);
Iqaluit, Nunavut (May 7-9);
Timmins, Ontario (May 9/10);
Thunder Bay, Ontario (May 9/10); and
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador (May 9/10).

The courses will be offered by Sirius Wilderness in most locations and by Qikiqtaaluk Medical in Nunavut. Through classroom instruction, as well as outdoor simulations, participants will develop practical skills in long-term patient care, advanced wound management, accident prevention, and the management of environmental hazards. For more information on Wilderness First Aid, go to the Sirius Wilderness website.

For more details, and to register, click on the location you are interested in or visit the Sirius Wilderness course calendar! If you are a member of a mineral-industry association (either regionally or nationally) the cost to participate is $150. The cost for non-members is $295. All participants will receive a complimentary copy of the PDAC’s Field Safety Pocket Guide. To inquire further, please email [email protected].
Please forward to others who may be interested!

PDAC Securities Committee: Member Engagement Roundtables

The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada will be engaging its members in discussions about what actions can be taken by actors in the securities domain (e.g. Ministers of Finance, Securities Commissions) to streamline regulations and reduce compliance costs for PDAC members. For more information, or to participate, please contact Alissa Reed at [email protected]. Click here for more info.

Ryerson University Offers Intensive Mining Management Course

Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Canada’s leading provider of university-based adult education, is launching an intensive version of its Resource Valuation, Financing, and Investor Relations course (CZMM 420) in the Spring 2013 term. This concentrated format allows busy mining professionals to earn a 39-hour certificate credit course in one intensive week.

This course integrates mining sector skills in financial statement, economic, and quantitative analysis, taxation, and the valuation of equity and fixed income securities. Topics include the interrelation of economic and market conditions; security valuation techniques; specific requirements of individual and institutional investors; development of suitable investment policies; ethical investing; construction of multi-asset portfolios; and strategies for implementation, monitoring, response, measurement, and evaluation of plans, profiles, and performance.

CZMM 420 is part of The Chang School’s Certificate in Mining Management. This intensive, in-class offering runs from June 3–8, 2013. For more information and to enroll, click here.

Mark your calendars for PDAC 2014 March 2-5

The four-day annual convention held in Toronto, Canada, has grown in size, stature and influence since it began in 1932 and today is the event of choice for the world’s mineral industry. In addition to meeting over 1,000 exhibitors and more than 30,000 attendees from 125 countries, it allows you the opportunity to attend technical sessions, short courses, as well as social and networking events. We look forward to seeing you there!