December 22, 2016, No. 145

Registration open for PDAC 2017
The PDAC Convention is the world’s leading event for companies and organizations in, or connected with, mineral exploration and finance. Meet with over 900 exhibitors and 22,000 attendees from 125 countries and attend technical sessions, short courses and networking events. The four-day annual convention held in Toronto, Canada, has grown in size, stature and influence since it began in 1932. 

Register before February 3, 2017 for early registration rates. PDAC Members receive special rates. Register now

Aboriginal Affairs
Aboriginal Program at PDAC 2017
Planning for the 2017 Aboriginal Program is underway, and we are pleased to announce that Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada, will deliver the keynote at the foundational session at the Aboriginal Forum. The forum will focus on ReconciliationThe New Context for Relationship Building in Canada. The full schedule will be available January, 2017. Register for an All Access Pass to attend the Aboriginal Program sessions. Learn more. 
PDAC appears before Standing Committee on Natural Resources
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Natural Resources has undertaken a study on the Future of Canada’s Oil and Gas, Mining and Nuclear Sectors: Innovation, Sustainable Solutions. PDAC presented to the Committee on the evolving landscape related to Aboriginal communities and the minerals industry in Canada. Learn more

Regulatory Affairs
Review of environmental assessment
The Government of Canada is undertaking a review of federal environmental and regulatory processes. The Minister of Environment and Climate Change established an Expert Panel to undertake the review and submit a report by March 31, 2017, which will be available for public comment. The Government will review the Expert Panel’s report and recommendations to consider options for potential legislative, regulatory or policy changes. Learn more.
PDAC appears before Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans
On December 6, PDAC presented to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, to lead the federal government’s review of the Fisheries Act. Learn more

Capital Markets
Industry continues to see improvement
Mining equities continued to rebound in November, with S&P Global’s aggregate market value of industry’s listed companies rising to almost US$1.22 trillion, its highest since June 2015. In exploration finance, after falling sharply in October, the number of financings by junior and intermediate companies rebounded to 181 in November, up from 168 the previous month, but still far from a high of 304 in June. The total amount raised rose 41% to US$563 million from US$400 million in October. Learn more. 

Our members by the numbers
PDAC represents more than 8,000 corporate and individual members around the world, and to showcase our domestic and international reach, we developed a new infographic. PDAC is the recognized voice of the mineral exploration and development industry and membership includes many benefits extending beyond substantial discounts to the world's largest industry event, the annual PDAC Convention. If you are already a member, be sure to renew before December 31, 2016 to benefit from a discounted “Core membership”. Learn more. 
Free subscription to The Northern Miner
The Northern Miner is offering PDAC members a chance to read the weekly digital edition of the mining industry's leading news provider for free. Stay on top of the most essential mining news written by their team of award-winning reporters. This offer is exclusive to PDAC members who can access the publication online. Get it now. 

Human Resource Development
Engage with students at PDAC 2017
PDAC features a unique Student Program with events geared toward post-secondary students and recent graduates, with a commitment to raise awareness of the many opportunities that the exploration and development industry have to offer. The Student Program relies on industry professionals to help encourage today's students to become tomorrow's leaders. Learn more
Call for abstracts: PDAC-SEG Student Minerals Colloquium
PDAC has partnered with the NSERC-CMIC Footprints Network, the Goodman School of Mines, and the Society of Economic Geologists Canada Foundation to sponsor the Annual Student Minerals Colloquium at the PDAC 2017 Convention. This event—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 are encouraged to submit their posters by January 6, 2017. Learn more
Volunteer at the world's largest mineral exploration convention
Students have a unique opportunity to volunteer at the PDAC 2017 Convention in exchange for a complimentary All Access Student Pass, ticket to a luncheon, food vouchers, volunteer apparel, and a certificate. Make an impression, build on your knowledge and develop your network with a series of events designed especially for students. Learn more
Convention travel fund for student groups
To help student groups cover the costs of getting to Toronto for the annual PDAC Convention, a travel fund was created. Funding is allocated by PDAC on a first-come, first-serve basis. The deadline to apply is February 3, 2017. Learn more

PDAC 2017 Convention
Advertising opportunities
Market your company to over 22,000 local and international attendees in the official convention program. Only 4 opportunities remain. For more information email [email protected]
Listen to 500 engaging presentations to gain valuable insight on investing in the minerals and mining sector. Attend Technical Program, CSR Event Series, Short Courses and Student Program
Exhibit opportunities
Visit over 900 exhibitors promoting technology, products, services, claim results, exploration and investment opportunities. Don’t miss Investors Exchange, Mining Marketplace, Prospectors Tent, Trade Show & Trade Show North.
Networking events
Meet with over 22,000 mining and finance professionals from over 125 countries at Opening Day Reception, Mineral Outlook Luncheon, Trade Show Reception, Awards Gala & After Party, and all new Grand Finale
Connect with us on social media
Our social media accounts are the fastest way to get information in the lead-up to and during the PDAC 2017 Convention. Connect with us and use the hashtag #PDAC2017 to make sure we—and everyone else—see your posts!
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