November 17, 2016, No. 144
Meet the PDAC 2017 Award recipients
Industry leaders in seven categories will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the mineral exploration and mining sector with a prestigious PDAC Award. Congratulations to:
  • Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (Bill Dennis Award)
  • Neil Gow (Distinguished Service Award)
  • Teranga Gold Corporation (Environmental & Social Responsibility Award)
  • Peter Moses (Skookum Jim Award)
  • Women’s Association of the Mining Industry of Canada (Special Achievement Award)
  • Peter Megaw (Thayer Lindsley Award)
  • De Beers Group of Companies & Mountain Province Diamonds (Viola R. MacMillan Award)
Recipients will be honoured at the Awards Gala & After Party at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto on March 7 during the PDAC 2017 Convention. Find out more about the 2017 recipients and the stories behind their awards. Learn more

PDAC applauds Government of Canada's infrastructure plan
The Fall Economic Statement announced exciting plans for the establishment of a Canada Infrastructure Bank, something PDAC has advocated for since 2013. In his latest blog, PDAC President Bob Schafer applauded the development of this important initiative that is part of the Federal Government’s nation-building infrastructure plan. The Canada Infrastructure Bank is a way to develop and unlock the resource potential of northern and remote Canada. Learn more. 
PDAC advocates for 2017 Budget recommendations
On October 17, PDAC staff and members travelled to Ottawa for a roundtable with the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources to discuss challenges facing the mineral exploration and development sector. This was followed by an infrastructure workshop about mineral deposits in remote and northern Canada that remain undeveloped due to extreme operating costs. A recent study commissioned by PDAC Unlocking northern resource potential: The role of infrastructure was launched as part of this workshop. The following day, PDAC and its members met with Members of Parliament to advocate for the association’s 2017 pre-budget recommendations to raise awareness about the need to maintain the current flow-through share system, renew the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit (METC), and invest in northern and remote infrastructure to support resource development. Supportive feedback was received for these events. PDAC will continue advocacy efforts until Budget 2017 is tabled. 

Human Resource Development
Pilot Mentoring Program
Applications are being accepted for mentors to participate in an exciting new initiative to connect our student members with more experienced geoscientists. We need mentors in all areas of geoscience, including finance, academia, exploration, government and industry. If you or someone you know would like to participate in PDAC’s Mentoring Program, please submit an application form to [email protected]. Learn more
Save at the PDAC 2017 Convention
PDAC has set up a Convention Travel Fund to help student groups cover costs of getting to Toronto to attend the PDAC Convention. Funding is allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. The deadline to apply for funding is February 3. The Convention Travel Funding form is available online. Learn more.
Field trip funding
Applications for funding to support an academic field trip by a Canadian post-secondary institution are being accepted. PDAC is committed to supporting opportunities for students to experience different aspects of their program of study within the geosciences. Learn more
Call for applications: Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award
Applications for the 2017 Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award are open to graduate geology students enrolled in Canadian universities. The award is intended to encourage and support a graduate student in Canada whose thesis embodies the concept of increasing our knowledge of the geological history of Canada through mapping. Learn more.
Volunteer at the PDAC 2017 Convention
Volunteering at the PDAC Convention is a great way to save money and meet industry professionals. In exchange for your time, you will receive a complimentary All Access Student Pass, a ticket to the Mineral Outlook Luncheon, plus volunteer apparel, a food voucher, gift card and volunteer certificate. Learn more

See the list of PDAC 2017 Convention Student Program events
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Renew early and save
Renew your Core membership by December 31 and save $80. Annual fees for Core members are $90.48 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.
If you have not renewed your membership for 2017, please refer to the instructions below.
  • Login to your membership profile with username and password
    • Member Portal: https://events.pdac.ca
    • Username: First initial of your first name and first seven letters of your last name (lower case, no spaces)
    • Password: Your membership number. If you have forgotten your Member ID, click 'Forgot Password' and follow the instructions on the screen
  • Update contact information
    • Select ‘Update Individual Membership Profile’
  • Renew membership
    • Select ‘Renew 2017 Individual Membership’
A Individual and Student PDF Application can also be emailed to Florence MacLeod or faxed to 416-362-0101. 
PDAC sponsors first Young Mining Professional Awards
Young Mining Professionals (YMP), in partnership with The Northern Miner, will host the inaugural YMP Awards, sponsored by PDAC. The awards recognize two young mining professionals under the age of 40, a male and a female, who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and innovative thinking in their careers. Nominations for the Peter Munk Award (male) and the Eira Thomas Award (female) are open until January 15. Learn more

PDAC 2017 Convention
Need a reason to attend in 2017? 
We look forward to seeing you at the PDAC International Convention, Trade Show & Investors Exchange, March 5-8, 2017 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada.
  • Gain valuable insights on investing in the minerals and mining sector from industry leaders
  • Listen to 500 engaging presentations and informative courses led by industry experts, and earn professional development credits
  • Visit over 900 exhibits promoting technology, products, services, claim results, exploration and investment opportunities
  • Network with over 22,000 industry professionals and attend special events like the Mineral Outlook Luncheon and the Awards Gala & After Party
  • Enjoy free events including the Opening Day Reception, Trade Show Reception and Grand Finale
Visit www.pdac.ca/convention for the most current information.
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