December 18, 2014, No. 121



PDAC at the Vancouver Board of Trade

PDAC President Rod Thomas will be giving anaddress to The Vancouver Board of Trade on January 29, 2015. His address will outline the vital role that the exploration and mining sector play in both the British Columbian and the Canadian economy. Global market conditions, increased competition, and the contraction of risk capital are dramatically reshaping the junior mining sector, leaving Canada at risk of losing our competitive advantage. While the sector is facing unprecedented challenges, Mr. Thomas will discuss how it is also an era of great opportunity for the sector, and the country. Register to attend the event. 

Public Affairs
Finance Committee Makes Recommendations to Support Mineral Exploration Industry

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance has tabled their Federal Budget 2015 recommendations in the report Towards Prosperity: Federal Budgetary Priorities for People, Businesses and Communities. The report includes two recommendations to support the mineral exploration and development industry, which closely mirror PDAC recommendations. The committee recommends renewal of the Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI), which the PDAC recommended, and asks the federal government to consider making the 15% Mineral Exploration Tax Credit permanent. The Federal Budget 2015 is expected in late February or early March of 2015. 

PDAC 2015 Convention
Attendee Registration is now open!

PDAC 2015 Convention attendee registration is now open. Register before February 6 and save up to $200. Purchase an All Access Pass to attend all 19 Technical Sessions, featuring 110 speakers, the Aboriginal Program and CSR Event Series, as well as the Trade Show. The Open Session schedule is now available online. There’s something for everyone at PDAC 2015!

New to PDAC 2015, exhibit space in a Feature Area located in the Investors Exchange will be available this year to Trade Show eligible companies. Limited space is still available to exhibit in the Investors Exchange and the Prospectors Tent, so apply today. The Prospectors Tent provides a venue for self-employed individuals with a project or property to display results and samples. Applications for both the Investors Exchange and the Prospectors Tent are processed on a first-come, first-served basis and spaces are limited.

Take part in the PDAC 2015 Global Sponsorship & Marketing Program. The sponsorship sale ends on January 16, 2015! Act now to differentiate your company from its competitors at PDAC 2015. For more information, click here

PDAC Membership
Renew Membership Early and Save Money!

Apply for Core membership by December 312014 and save $80. Annual fees for Core members are $90.48, as compared to $166.67 for Regular members. Core members qualify for a number of benefits, including substantial discounts on PDAC Convention registration fees and Short Courses. Payments made after December 31, will be treated as Regular members.
After 25 years as a Core member, and at the age of 65, Core members qualify for free membership. Core members are key contributors to the well-being of the mineral exploration and development industry, and support PDAC in accomplishing its advocacy efforts successfully.

If you have not yet renewed your 2015 Membership, please contact PDAC's Membership Coordinator,Florence MacLeod or renew online

Human Resource Development
S-IMEW 2015:Sponsorship Opportunities

Profile your company at S-IMEW while supporting the next generation of exploration industry leaders. S-IMEW gives top geoscience students from across Canada a practical and business perspective of mineral exploration not available in the classroom by exposing them to all aspects of the industry.

From May 1 to 15, 2015, students will participate in lectures, field trips and hands-on sessions that include exploration and mapping techniques, mineral deposits, geophysics, geochemistry, regulatory requirements, health and safety, and more. Review sponsorship opportunities and learn more about the workshop by visiting our website.

Special thanks to Barrick Gold Corporation, Foraco International and SRK Consulting (Canada) for renewing their sponsorship for 2015. 

PDAC 2015 Convention: Student Orientation Webinar

Join us on January 16 at 12:00 pm EST for A Student’s Guide to the PDAC 2015 Convention. The webinar will provide an overview of the PDAC Convention, new additions to the convention, the Student program, as well as a networking refresher and Q&A.Use this link to join the webinar on January 16, 2015. The session will be recorded and posted on the PDAC student website for your viewing convenience afterwards. 

Call for Abstracts: PDAC-SEG Student Minerals Colloquium

PDAC is pleased to partner with the NSERC-CMIC Footprints Network and the Society of Economic Geologists Canada Foundation to sponsor the Annual Student Minerals Colloquium. This event is hosted by the SEG Student Chapters at Laurentian University, and the Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Centre will feature 100 poster presentations highlighting current research on mineral deposits and related studies by students from across North America. Students working on projects with a link to mineral deposits (mapping, mineralogy, geochemistry, environmental) are encouraged to prepare posters for this event and apply by January 18, 2015
Aboriginal Affairs
PDAC has released a report examining Government Resource Revenue Sharing with Aboriginal Communities 
New National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Perry Bellegarde, is welcomed by PDAC 
PDAC recently made a Resource Revenue Transparency Presentation to the Toronto Geological Discussion Group 
PDAC provided a written submission to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada regarding the Federal Government's interim Comprehensive Land Claims Policy 
Human Resource Development
Call for student volunteers at PDAC 2015 Convention 
Student groups can apply to PDAC’s Convention Travel Fund to help cover your travel costs 
Ryerson University offers new Business of Mining Winter 2015 courses 
Capital Markets and Finance & Taxation
PDAC recently submitted a consultation draft of the Provincial Capital Markets Act (PCMA) and Capital Markets Stability Act (CMSA) to the Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System 
PDAC presented on the capital crisis, and the higher costs of northern exploration and mining to the Federal/Provincial/Territorial (FPT) Committee in Ottawa 
Four industry associations, including the PDAC, came together to conduct research to better understand the cost differential faced by exploration and mining companies operating in the territories. Preliminary findings can be found here 

Industry News
PDAC President Rod Thomas recently returned from a State visit with Canada’s Governor General to the Republic of Chile and the Republic of Colombia 
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