October 27, 2017, No. 155
Core (Fall 2017) – out now!

Our latest edition examines the industry’s next bull market, the always popular Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW), and includes all your PDAC 2018 Convention news and and highlights. Read it now 


Geoscience & Innovation
New tool helps collect and share data
PDAC’s Exploration Assessment Digital Data Formats (EADDF) guidelines is a way to help improve discovery rates of mineral exploration in Canada. The guidelines propose a uniform national standard for digital data submission for jurisdictional mine recording offices. While each jurisdiction has its own formatting requirements there are few for data submitted in digital form. Learn more 
Mining project named in supercluster
The Federal Government has chosen a clean resources project by the mining industry as one of the nine so-called “supercluster” proposals that could qualify for a piece of the $950 million fund to help boost job creation and the economy. Up to five consortiums will be eligible for a piece of the fund which will be spent over five years. Learn more 


Advancing northern infrastructure
The NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines says it is encouraged by advances in several northern infrastructure projects that will generate socio-economic benefits for northern residents and communities. The transportation infrastructure defict in remote Canada makes it significantly more expensive to explore and mine. Support for remote and northern Canada remains  a PDAC priority and is one of five federal budget recommendations. Learn more 

Capital Markets
Recovery of exploration expenditures
New data by S&P Global Market Intelligence confirms the view held by many analysts and pundits; that the mining exploration sector is firmly, but cautiously, emerging from a protracted downturn. Preliminary analysis shows that the annual global nonferrous exploration budget has increased for the first time since 2012, rising by more than 14% year-over-year to $9.94 billion. Learn more 

Responsible Exploration
Mining transparency measures take effect in Québec
Regulation related to transparency in Québec‘s mining industry came into force on August 3. The legislation requires some enterprises to declare certain payments to payees. The measures are intended to discourage corruption and to foster the social acceptability of projects. Learn more 
CIRDI study explores determinants of conflict
Effective resource governance can stimulate sustainable economic growth, enhance equitable distribution of national wealth, broaden public engagement, ensure access to justice and protect human rights. However, a rich endowment of mineral resources can lead to conflict, with the social drivers and political determinants of these conflicts poorly understood. A new project by an interdisciplinary team of academics and professionals seeks to apply, mobilize and disseminate new research on the processes, pathways and dynamics of conflicts near projects. Read phase 1 of the study, “The Rise in Conflict Associated with Mining Operations: What Lies Beneath?” 

Past President to join Hall of Fame  
The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame has announced that four more industry champions will be welcomed in 2018. Ross Beaty, Bob Gannicott, Terry MacGibbon and Ed Thompson will join the prestigious group of 177 mining Hall of Famers. The PDAC Awards Committee is proud to have nominated Ed Thompson, a Past President and long-time volunteer of the association. Congratulations to all of the inductees. Learn more 
Join the PDAC Board of Directors
Nominations are being invited to join the PDAC Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for the overall governance and stewardship of the association and represents the full spectrum of professions making up the minerals industry. Directors are elected at the annual meeting in March and serve a three-year term. November 15 is the deadline to apply.

Take part in mining industry survey
The Fraser Institute conducts an annual global survey of mining industry executives and managers to rank jurisdictions around the world based on their attractiveness for exploration and mining investment. After a year behind Australia, Canada returned to the top spot in 2016, with Saskatchewan and Manitoba coming in at number one and two respectively. To participate in this year's survey, send your name, job title and email to [email protected]

Human Resource Development
Realities of Canadian mineral exploration
The Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) and PDAC conducted a pilot study on the exploration industry. Based on responses from the national survey, the report helps fill a gap in labour market information, allowing for a more refined and accurate reflection of Canada’s mineral exploration sector. This research will support stakeholders in creating strategies to increase the industry’s ability to engage new pools of talent in mineral exploration. Read the report 
S-IMEW: call for nominations
PDAC is accepting applications for the annual Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW) held in Sudbury in May. This two-week expense-paid workshop exposes upper-year geoscience students to all aspects of the mineral exploration industry. Nominations are being accepted until December 8. Learn more on our website or email [email protected]
Call for applications: Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award
Applications are being accepted for the 2018 Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award. Graduate geology students enrolled in Canadian universities are eligible to apply. 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. To learn more about the award and to download the application form visit the website 
Field trip funding
PDAC is committed to supporting opportunities for students to experience various aspects of their program of study within the geosciences. Applications for field trip funding are now being accepted from Canadian post-secondary institutions to support an academic field trip.

PDAC 2018 Convention
Latest news and updates
Save the Date! March 4-7
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto.

Registration opens in December 2017.

Current participation opportunities
Don't miss out on preferred rates for 2018! Reservations are open. Please book directly with the hotel. PDAC does NOT use third party housing bureaus. 

Networking Events
This is your chance to network! Save the dates! 

Events included with your convention pass: Opening Ceremonies (new date & time) March 4 | Opening Day Reception March 4 | Trade Show Reception March 5 | Student-Industry Networking Luncheon March 6 | Grand Finale March 7 

Ticketed events
Mineral Outlook Luncheon March 5 | Awards Gala & After Party March 6 

Visit www.pdac.ca/convention for the most current information. 

Events at a Glance