February 17, 2016, No. 135


PDAC recommends measures to support Canadian mineral exploration in pre-budget submission
In the PDAC‘s pre-budget submission to the Government of Canada, we outline the association’s priorities for Federal Budget 2016 to support Canada’s mineral exploration and development sector. The PDAC urges that the Government take action to improve the flow of capital to the junior exploration sector, and address the infrastructure deficit in northern and remote Canada. Read our recommendations.

PDAC 2016 Convention
Registration still open
There is still time to register for the PDAC 2016 Convention, March 6-9 in Toronto. An All Access Pass allows entry to all exhibits and exciting and informative programming. Register today.

Networking and social events
Space is still available to attend popular PDAC networking and social events. Don’t forget to purchase tickets to the Mineral Outlook Luncheon, Awards Evening, Panel Luncheon and Closing Party.

AGM and Board of Directors election
Members should have received an email with a personalized link to the 2016 AGM Notice and Board of Directors Election Ballot. If you have not already done so, please exercise your right to vote. The poll closes at 9 am (EST) on March 2. Results will be announced at the AGM on March 6 in Room 104DC, North Building, Metro Toronto Convention Centre. If you did not receive your personalized link to vote, please email Alissa Reed.

Core Magazine
Winter 2016 edition out now
Our latest issue of Core includes profiles on the 2016 PDAC Award recipients, a feature story on the mistakes, myths and misconceptions surrounding the METC, an overview of the complexities across Canada as it relates to the Duty to Consult, an in-depth look at Canada’s northern resource potential, as well as all of the latest news and highlights on the PDAC 2016 Convention. Read Core now.

Annual Report
PDAC releases 2015 Annual Report
The PDAC’s 2015 Annual Report is now available. The report includes in-depth stories and stats on the major activities of the association with highlights on the PDAC’s numerous program areas, and showcases all the significant developments that shaped the mineral exploration and development community in 2015. Read the report.

Aboriginal Affairs
PDAC examines Duty to Consult
The PDAC has undertaken research to examine the Duty to Consult as it relates to mineral exploration in Canadian jurisdictions. Read about some of the common areas of concern related to Crown consultation processes across Canada. Learn more.

Register for the Aboriginal Program
PDAC works to support greater understanding and co-operation between Aboriginal communities and the mineral sector in Canada. Don’t miss the Aboriginal Program March 7-8 at the PDAC 2016 Convention. Learn more.

Manitoba commits to GRRS
PDAC applauds Minister Dave Chomiak’s announcement that Manitoba is committing to share up to 25 per cent of mining taxes on new mines with Indigenous communities. PDAC has long encouraged Government Resource Revenue Sharing (GRRS) mechanisms. See our 2007 GRRS Position Statement and 2014 Report.

Recommendations on Northern Infrastructure and Aboriginal Economic Development
The National Aboriginal Economic Development Board (NAEDB) released its Recommendations on Northern Infrastructure to Support Economic Development. The recommendations address the significant infrastructure deficit in Canada’s North. Read the report.

Register for the Capital Markets Program
Canada’s capital markets play a critical role in supporting the financing of mineral exploration in Canada and around the world. The Capital Markets Program on March 8 at the PDAC 2016 Convention will focus on the evolving structural changes to the traditional mineral finance model. Learn more.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Mining & the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
A “Consultation Draft” of the Mapping Mining to the SDGs: A Preliminary Atlas prepared by the UN Development Programme, World Economic Forum, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network was released early this year. The consultation draft has been released to accept input and comment from a wider range of mining stakeholders. The consultation period closes April 8. Learn more.
Register for the CSR Event Series
The CSR Event Series March 6-8 at the PDAC 2016 Convention provides stakeholders with a platform for dialogue and learning on issues related to social and environmental performance of exploration and mining. This year proudly marks the seventh consecutive year of the CSR Event Series. Some discussions this year include: “Preparing for the rebound: strategic stakeholder engagement, Mining, exploration and the carbon driven economy” and “Responsible outward investments of Chinese mining companies”. Learn more.

Key capital raising prospectus exemptions in Ontario
Several new exemptions were introduced by the Ontario Securities Commission that could provide more efficient ways of raising capital for mineral exploration companies. See the summary of these new exemptions.

Health & Safety
Canadian Mineral Exploration Health & Safety Annual Reports
PDAC and the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) are pleased to present their annual industry environment, health and safety survey report for 2014. The report represents a cross-section of the health and safety performance of government geological surveys and companies active in, and supporting, exploration for precious and base metals, uranium, diamonds, coal and potash. Read the 2014 report.

Companies are now being asked to complete the Health & Safety Survey for their operations in 2015. Please fill out the survey if you are a:
  • Junior company
  • Major company
  • Government geological survey
  • Diamond drilling contractor
  • Geophysical contractor
  • Any other companies or contractors carrying out exploration-related activities in Canada.

Human Resource Development
2016 Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop
PDAC is excited to have selected 26 geoscience students from across Canada to participate in the 10th annual Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW) held in Sudbury, Ontario May 6-20. Industry experts will expose students to a wide range of topics such as geochemistry and geophysics, mineral economics, corporate and social responsibility, and aboriginal participation in mineral exploration. Learn more.
Student events at PDAC 2016 Convention
A Resume Review with Patrick McAndless will now be featured in the Student Program at the PDAC 2016 Convention. Sign up for a personal resume consultation in the Student Hub March 6-9. The Student-Industry Forum is back with a new panel of young geoscientists who want to answer your questions. Other events include PDAC Survival Skills, Student-Industry Networking Luncheon and the Student Minerals Colloquium. See the full lineup.

Winner of the 2016 Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award
Jordan McDivitt of Laurentian University is the winner of this year’s Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award. His M.Sc thesis focused on the structural and hydrothermal evolution of gold mineralization in the Missanabie-Renabie district in Ontario, Canada by integrating detailed field mapping with a number of geochemical techniques. The results contribute to furthering the understanding of gold metallogeny in the district in order to aid the mineral exploration industry. Learn more.

Public Affairs
Broader strategy to review environmental assessment process
On January 27, the Government of Canada announced five principles that will guide its decision-making on major natural resource projects while they undertake a review of Canada’s environmental assessment processes. This follows the Government’s Speech from the Throne commitment to introduce new environmental assessment processes as part of their efforts to restore public trust. PDAC will continue to monitor progress of this file. Learn more.
Events at a Glance
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