February 23, 2017, No. 147
Where the world’s mineral and finance industry meets
The world’s mineral exploration and mining community is preparing to gather in Toronto from March 5 to 8 for the annual PDAC 2017 Convention. Last year more than 22,000 attendees from 125 countries were represented. In a new, short video, PDAC Executive Director Andrew Cheatle explains the importance of the PDAC Convention, how it brings industry together each year, and why skipping it is not an option! Watch the video.

Finance & Taxation
New CEE guidelines 
In 2016, PDAC achieved a significant advocacy win when the Government of Canada agreed to treat certain costs related to environmental studies and community consultation as Canadian Exploration Expenses (CEE). On January 24, 2017 the Canada Revenue Agency revised its administrative guidelines as outlined in a blog post from Bennett Jones. Learn more. 
A financial snapshot of the industry
There were positive signs for the industry in the second half of 2016, with most analysts predicting stable or higher metals prices throughout 2017, according to the S&P Global Industry Monitor. In January 2017, the aggregate market cap of the industry’s Top 100 companies rose 15% to $1.47 trillion from $1.28 trillion. Global drilling activity also surged, with the highest number of distinct projects (232) reported since January 2014. Yet financing for exploration fell to $440 million (137 transactions) from $777 million (248 transactions) in December 2016. Learn more

PDAC Annual General Meeting and Board of Directors election
Members should have received an email with a personalized link to the 2017 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 1. Results will be announced at the AGM on March 5 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Room 202, North Building. If you did not receive your personalized link to vote, please email Lisa McDonald

PDAC escorts Minister Carr to Mexico
Glenn Mullan, PDAC President was invited by Canada’s Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr (pictured) on his recent visit to Mexico. Following the visit, the North American Energy Ministers Meeting was held in Winnipeg, where Carr signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mexico’s Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal. The MoU will cover geoscience, clean innovation and corporate social responsibility, and will promote sharing best practices in water management and the use of renewable energy. Minister Carr is attending the PDAC Convention for the second consecutive year. Learn more. 

Aboriginal Affairs
Bringing Aboriginal communities and industry together
A highlight of the PDAC Convention is the Aboriginal Program, which provides an important platform for fostering cooperative, respectful and mutually-beneficial relationships between Aboriginal communities and industry. It is a unique event where emerging issues can be discussed in order to fuel a successful mineral industry in Canada, while generating important opportunities for Aboriginal people. 
The 2017 Aboriginal Program consists of four sessions: 
  • The Mineral industry and Indigenous communities - Canadian and international experiences
  • The Aboriginal Forum: Reconciliation - the new context for relationship building in Canada
  • Aboriginal law, Indigenous frameworks and regulatory regimes: Examining the evolving landscape
  • Aboriginal communities and the mineral industry: Partnerships, leadership and perspectives
See the full 2017 Aboriginal Program for more details and list of speakers. Learn more.

Mining and metals, an economy booster
The Advisory Council on Economic Growth recommended several actions to the Government of Canada that will benefit the Canadian economy. Developing a national infrastructure strategy was one of the actions, with the mining and metals sector identified as having significant untapped potential requiring focus and attention. PDAC has advocated for investment in infrastructure, particularly in remote and northern Canada where mineral exploration and mining costs are significantly higher. Learn more. 

Core (Winter 2017)
PDAC’s latest issue showcases our 2017 Award Recipients, infrastructure in Canada’s North, and all of your PDAC 2017 Convention news. Read more.

PDAC 2016 Annual Report
Featuring all of PDAC's highlights from the past year, along with in-depth stories on the exploration and development sector. Read more

Responsible Exploration
Clean energy resources projects map
Natural Resources Canada released its second edition of the Map of Clean Energy Resources and Projects (CERP) in Canada. Seven new layers were added: exploring Canada’s biomass, geothermal and uranium resource potential, as well as clean technology incubators and accelerators, upcoming major clean energy projects, nuclear stations and geothermal heating facilities in Canada. The CERP map has also been updated to show clean energy test centres and energy generating stations for hydro, tidal, wind and solar. Learn more. 

Human Resource Development
Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award
Holly Steenkamp of Laval University is the 2017 recipient for her PhD thesis involving new regional bedrock mapping in an underexplored part of the south-central Rae craton, in the Tehery Lake–Wager Bay area of northwestern Hudson’s Bay, Nunavut. Holly is determining the areas regional tectonometamorphic history as recorded by supracrustal rocks. She will use results to evaluate the character, timing, and duration of metamorphic processes associated with the 1.86-1.83 Ga Trans-Hudson orogeny. Learn more.
Student events at PDAC 2017 Convention
The Student Program features a Resume Review with Patrick McAndless. Visit the new Student Hub from March 5-8 for a personal consultation. The Student-Industry Forum "Mentorship: Women in Mining" is back with a new panel of geoscientists to answer your questions. Other student events include PDAC Survival Skills, Student-Industry Networking Luncheon and the Student Minerals Colloquium. See the full line-up.
S-IMEW 2017 participants announced
Twenty-five geoscience students from post-secondary institutions across Canada have been selected to participate in the PDAC’s 11th annual Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW). From May 4-19, industry experts expose students to a wide range of topics such as geochemistry and geophysics, mineral economics, corporate social responsibility, and Aboriginal participation in mineral exploration. PDAC relies on industry support and sponsorship to host this important educational workshop for the future of the industry. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

PDAC 2017 Convention
See you in Toronto, March 5-8
February 24: After this date, only online registration will be accepted. Payment must be made online or onsite. Tickets for luncheons, evening events and Short Courses can only be purchased onsite at the Ticket Sales counter located at the MTCC, South Building, level 600 beginning Friday, March 3, 2017.

Schedule at a Glance | Registration BrochureFees 
Listen to 500 engaging presentations to gain valuable insights on the latest developments shaping the mineral and finance industries. Attend the Aboriginal Program, Capital Markets Program, Corporate Presentation Forum for Investors, CSR Event Series, Exploration Insights, Presentation & Reception Rooms, Student Program, and Technical Program.   
Exhibitor lists available
Visit over 900 exhibitors promoting technology, products, services, claim results, exploration, and investment opportunities in the Core Shack, Investors Exchange, Mining Marketplace, Prospectors Tent, and Trade Show & Trade Show North. 
Networking and ticketed events
Meet with over 22,000 mining and finance professionals from over 125 countries. Attend the Opening Day Reception, Trade Show Reception and all new Grand Finale - FREE with your convention pass. Purchase your tickets today for the Short Courses, Mineral Outlook Luncheon and Awards Gala & After PartyTickets are selling fast! 

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Want to come to PDAC 2017? You could win 1 of 2 prize packs featuring an ALL ACCESS PASS and ticket to the famed Mineral Outlook Luncheon featuring one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People, Dr. Dambisa Moyo!

There are two ways to enter:

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With over 900 exhibitors and 22,000 attendees from 125 countries, you won’t want to miss the world’s largest minerals and mining convention. Good luck! Terms & Conditions.
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