November 21, 2017   No. 156
Meet PDAC's 2018 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. 

Recipients will be honoured at the Awards Gala & After Party at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto on March 6 during the PDAC Convention. More information about the 2018 recipients and the stories behind their awards is available on our website.

Geoscience & Innovation
New tool helps collect and share data
PDAC’s Exploration Assessment Digital Data Formats (EADDF) guidelines are 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 that is submitted in digital form. Learn more
Call for applications: Geo-Mapping for Energy & Minerals (GEM)
The second phase of NRCan’s GEM program – GEM-2 – is calling for grant proposals for multidisciplinary projects that will be complete by March 31, 2018. This program helps to financially support the development of innovative approaches and tools to facilitate the use of GEM data in northern regions of Canada. The program provides grant funding up to $25,000. The deadline to apply is December 1.
Applications open for Junior Exploration Assistance Program (JEAP)
JEAP encourages junior exploration companies to foster training and capacity building for new and potential prospectors, and encourages Indigenous Peoples to become more involved in prospecting or gain employment in the mineral development sector. JEAP allows the Ontario Prospectors Association to supply grants to qualifying companies to complete early-stage exploration on properties in Ontario. The fourth round of funding is open until December 15.
Learn more 

Capital Markets
Iron ore prices forecast to drop
According to a new BMI report, iron ore prices will drop from $70 per tonne (2017) to $50 per tonne next year, due to decreased demand from China. The report says that the refocusing of Chinese economic growth away from heavy industry to services will dampen Chinese demand for iron ore. When combined with simultaneous elevated global supply, this will put a lid on prices in the coming years. Learn more
Glencore and Canadian pension fund close to launch royalty firm
Swiss miner and commodities trader Glencore is expected to close a $700 million deal with the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan to create a new base-metals royalty firm. The Canadian fund will contribute around $350 million in capital to allow the new firm to acquire further royalty streams from other projects. The company’s plan is to emulate the model of companies such as Franco-Nevada, which does not own any mines but instead makes money by reselling a percentage of other firms’ output. Learn more 

'Never Rest on Your Ores’ a book by Teck's Norman B. Keevil
Teck Chairman Norman B. Keevil has published a book titled ‘Never Rest on Your Ores – Building a Mining Company, One Stone at a Time’. It presents a detailed look at how Teck – a PDAC member and Diamond Sponsor of the PDAC Convention – was built and covers 100 years of Canadian mining and business history.  Learn more 
Renew your membership 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 processed as Regular members.

If you have not renewed your membership for 2018, please refer to the instructions below

  • Login to your membership profile with username and password
    • Login Portal: https://events.pdac.ca
    • Username and Password: If you have forgotten your user credentials, click “Recover my Username” or “Forgot my Password” and follow the onscreen instructions.
  • Update contact information
    • Select ‘Update Individual Membership Profile’
  • Renew membership
    • Select ‘Renew 2018 Individual Membership’
Individual and Student PDF Applications can be emailed to Florence MacLeod or faxed to 416-362-0101.

Life Members are not required to pay membership renewal fees.

Human Resource Development
Applications open for S-IMEW 2018
PDAC is accepting applications for the Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW), held annually in Sudbury in May. This two-week expense paid workshop exposes upper-year geoscience students to all aspects of the mineral exploration industry. Apply before December 8. For more information or to sponsor the workshop, visit pdac.ca/students or email [email protected]. 
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. Visit the website to learn more and apply. 
Volunteers needed for PDAC 2018 Convention

Volunteering is a great way to save money and meet industry professionals at the PDAC Convention. In exchange for your time, you will receive a complimentary Student All Access Pass, ticket to the Student-Industry Networking Luncheon, volunteer apparel, food vouchers, a gift card and a volunteer certificate. Sign up.

Student Program events at the PDAC 2018 Convention are listed on the website.

Save money on travel to PDAC 2018 Convention

PDAC has set up a fund to help student groups cover costs of travelling to Toronto for the PDAC Convention. Funding is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline to apply is February 2. Apply for Convention Travel Funding online.

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

Registration opens December 2017 

Current participation opportunities
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  

Technical Program Short Courses 

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

Andrew Cheatle has left the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) to move on to new challenges in his career. PDAC and its Board of Directors wish Andrew all the best in his future endeavours.

Effective November 13, 2017 Lisa McDonald is acting as Executive Director (Interim). Ms. McDonald has been with PDAC since 1996 and has served the association as its Chief Operations Officer since 2008.
Events at a Glance
  • PDAC President Glenn Mullan is at Quebec Mines in Quebec City, November 20-23. Stop by booth 420 and say hello! 
  • PDAC Director of Policy & Programs Lesley Williams will participate in the Mining Association of Canada’s Mining Day on the Hill in Ottawa, November 21-22. 
  • PDAC Past President Rod Thomas will speak at the Saskatchewan Geological Open House in Saskatoon, November 28-30.