December 15, 2015, No. 133


PDAC honours industry leaders with 2016 awards
Industry leaders in seven categories have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the mineral exploration and mining sector. More information about the awards and the recipients is available on our website. The recipients will be honoured at the annual Awards Evening at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto on March 7, 2016, during the PDAC 2016 Convention. Tickets on sale now.

Corporate Social Responsibility
Supporting responsible exploration
PDAC undertook a series of interviews with junior exploration and mid-tier mining companies operating around the world in order to understand the issues being raised by stakeholders at each project site. Read the findings in Supporting Responsible Exploration Globally.

World exploration budgets drop 19%
It is another rough year for exploration according to new data from SNL. Globally, exploration budgets fell by 19% to $9.2 billion, the lowest total since 2009. Canada experienced similar declines as exploration budgets fell from $1.5 billion in 2014 to $1.2 billion in 2015. Metals experiencing most of the budget declines are platinum, nickel and copper. Read PDAC’s own mid-year review.

Lands & Regulations
PDAC presents at 43rd annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum
Nadim Kara, PDAC’s Senior Program Director, presented on the importance of infrastructure to unlocking the resource potential of northern Canada at the 43rd annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum, November 24-26. Read the presentation.


Renew early and save
Apply for Core membership by December 31, 2015 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, and at the age of 65, Core members qualify for free membership. If you have not renewed your membership for 2016, please contact Hiba Maheen or renew online.

PDAC meets with Saskatchewan members
PDAC held a networking event for members during the Saskatchewan Geological Open House on December 2. The Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy participated in the event. The event was well-attended and provided a venue to discuss the minerals industry and the current landscape, as well as to meet with other industry professionals and PDAC Executive Director Andrew Cheatle.

Aboriginal Affairs

Aboriginal Program at PDAC 2016
The Aboriginal Program at the PDAC Convention provides an excellent opportunity for Aboriginal communities, companies and the minerals industry to share knowledge, foster relationships and create partnerships. Watch the video to learn more or email Lesley Williams. More information.

Human Resource Development

Student Orientation Webinar: PDAC 2016 Convention
Join us for A Student’s Guide to the PDAC 2016 Convention. With more than 1,000 booths, a myriad of technical sessions, presentations, short courses, workshops, student events and more, we can help you prepare. Bookmark this page and join us on January 12, 2016 at 3:00 pm. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the PDAC student website for future viewing.
Call for Abstracts: PDAC-SEG Student Minerals Colloquium
PDAC is pleased to partner with the NSERC-CMIC Footprints Network, the Goodman School of Mines, and the Society of Economic Geologists Canada Foundation in sponsoring the Annual Student Minerals Colloquium at the PDAC 2016 Convention on March 7, 2016. This event will feature 100 poster presentations. Students working on projects with a link to mineral deposits (mapping, mineralogy, geochemistry, environmental) are encouraged to submit their posters. Applications close January 10, 2016. Call for Abstracts.

PDAC 2016 Convention travel fund for student groups
The PDAC has set up a Convention Travel Fund to help student groups cover the costs of getting to Toronto for the annual PDAC 2016 Convention from March 6-9, 2016. Funding is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline to apply is February 5, 2016. Learn more or apply.

Volunteer at convention
PDAC offers a unique opportunity to volunteer at the PDAC 2016 Convention in exchange for a complimentary All Access Student Pass, a ticket to a luncheon, food vouchers, volunteer apparel, and a volunteer certificate. Learn more.

PDAC 2016 Convention

Registration is now open
Register before February 5, 2016 and save! Purchase an All Access Pass to access the Technical Program, CSR Event Series, Aboriginal Program and much more! You can also purchase tickets for Short Courses, Luncheons, Awards Evening and Closing Party: PROM NIGHT (formerly Gala). Register now.

Need hours to maintain your professional designation?
Upon request, PDAC will provide a certificate of completion for Short Courses and the Technical Program to help you meet your PD hour requirements. The Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO) supports participation of its members in the Short Courses as an acceptable Continuing Professional Development activity.

Global Sponsorship & Marketing Program
Join the list of our proud PDAC 2016 Sponsors. Don’t miss the opportunity to stand out from your competition and gain valuable corporate visibility at PDAC 2016. Sponsorship opportunities close in 30 days. Learn more.

Advertising opportunities
Market your company to over 23,000 local and international attendees in the official convention program. Only six opportunities left. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Exhibitor lists now available
Check out the exhibitor lists for the Investors Exchange, Trade Show & Trade Show North, Mining Marketplace and the Prospectors Tent.

Get the most out of your social media at #PDAC2016
We created a social media guide to help exhibitors get the most out of PDAC 2016. Don’t forget to connect with us first. PDAC posts important news and information on its social media accounts daily. If you haven’t already done so, connect with us now:

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