January 18, 2018   No. 158
Mentor a student today!
PDAC is renewing its Mentoring Program for another year. Applications are being accepted for mentors to participate in this exciting initiative. Help us connect student members and recent graduates with experienced industry professionals to help facilitate a seamless transition into the workforce. We are searching for mentors in all areas of expertise such as finance, academia, exploration, engineering, government, and industry. If you or someone you know would like to participate, email [email protected], or submit your profile on our Mentoring page. 

Government establishes Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, announced the creation of the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE), as well as the establishment of a multi-stakeholder Advisory Body to advise the Government and the CORE on responsible business conduct abroad. Read the PDAC’s press release here
Finance Standing Committee report recommends 3-year METC
On December 8, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance released its report of recommendations for consideration by the Minister of Finance for the 2018 federal budget. The Committee’s report includes the recommendation to “Facilitate decision-making in the mineral sector by renewing the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit for a three-year period”. PDAC has been advocating for a number of key priorities to enhance the mineral industry’s competitiveness, including maintaining the flow-through share regime and renewal of the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit (METC) for a minimum three years. Read PDAC’s recommendations for the 2018 federal budget. 

Geoscience & Innovation
NRCan accepting applications for TGI Program
Natural Resources Canada is searching for research scientists to apply to their Research Affiliate Program (RAP) as it relates to federal Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI) programming. Applications from bachelor, masters and doctorate students will be accepted. Possible roles for applicants includes field and lab work. Learn more 
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 

Capital Markets
Industry projections 2018
Last year marked the beginning of a sustainable recovery in the mineral sector. Looking forward, six top executives from leading mining companies provided their views on 2018 to BNN. With depleting reserves top of mind, they expect more focus on exploration and inter-company collaboration to develop assets. But opinion is split on whether miners will be able to grow, or even maintain production, without letting the hard-won cost discipline of past years fly out the window. Learn more 
Big mining's surge in value
Big cap diversified miners are riding a wave of optimism as global growth prospects – especially in manufacturing – continue to strengthen. The manufacturing index has now signalled expansion for a record 82 months in a row. Copper, zinc, nickel, iron ore and other key commodities have completed an impressive recovery from the lows of January 2016. The bullishness is even more evident in share prices of sector heavyweights with investors piling into stocks that were decimated at the bottom of the cycle. Learn more 
Copper price powers on
The price of copper ended 2017 near a four-year high of US$3.30 a pound (US$7,260 per tonne) extending the red metals “bull run” for a second year. Measured from its multi-year lows struck at the beginning of 2016, copper has gained more than 70% in value, due to recovery in economic activity. Learn more 

Health & Safety
Safe at Work Ontario
The Ministry of Labour in Ontario is conducting outreach to mining stakeholders to help shape the future direction of its occupational health and safety enforcement strategy. These discussions will take place on January 29 in Sudbury, Ontario. Visit the website  for more information and to register.

“Goin’ south” for PDAC 2018
In his latest blog, President Glenn Mullan compares the annual PDAC Convention to “Club Med” for those living in Canada’s north. He also shares some recent international travels, what the reputation of PDAC looks and sounds like from foreign shores, and why the PDAC Convention is still the world’s premier mineral exploration and mining event that can’t be missed. This year marks his 43rd consecutive PDAC Convention in a row! Learn more 

Human Resource Development
A career in mining means more than you think
Mining sector employers and job seekers are invited to participate in an innovative virtual career fair hosted by the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) on February 6 and 7. Employers can connect with top talent from across the country and increase brand awareness. Job seekers can take the first step towards an exciting career by connecting with potential employers and browsing available positions. Visit the event website and register today. Early bird pricing for employers ends January 15. Spread the word using hashtag #CareerInMiningVCF. 
PDAC 2018 Convention Travel Funding
PDAC has set up a Convention Travel Fund to help student groups cover the costs of getting to Toronto for its annual convention. Funding is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline to apply for funding is February 2. Learn more about the Student Program and apply online
Volunteer at PDAC 2018 Convention
PDAC offers students a unique opportunity to volunteer their time at the Convention in exchange for a complimentary All Access Student Pass, a ticket to a luncheon, food vouchers, volunteer apparel, and a volunteer certificate. More information and the application can be found online

PDAC 2018 Convention
Latest news and updates

Convention key dates 

Current participation opportunities
Presentation opportunities: Presentation & Reception Rooms 
Networking Events

This is your chance to network!

Opening Ceremonies (new date & time) March 4 | Opening Day Reception March 4 | Trade Show Reception March 5 | Mineral Outlook Luncheon March 5 (ticketed) | Student-Industry Networking Luncheon March 6 | Awards Gala & After Party March 6 (ticketed) | Grand Finale March 7 


Aboriginal Program | Capital Markets Program | Corporate Presentation Forum for Investors | CSR Event Series | Letter Writer Presentations for Investors | Other Programming | Short Courses (ticketed) | Student Program | Technical Program 

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

Connect with students

Meet students when you participate in a guided tour of the Trade Show and Investors Exchange. This is your opportunity to promote your company, project or jobs to a group of post-secondary students. Tours run from March 4-6. Register online 

Events at a Glance
  • Visit the PDAC booth at AME Roundup 2018 in Vancouver, January 22-25. 
  • Glenn is part of the official Canadian Delegation at 2018 Mining Indaba in Cape Town, South Africa, February 5-8. Visit the PDAC booth in the Canada Pavilion.