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PDAC 2019 information will be available in the fall 2018.

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Thursday, March 1

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Location
Category
Session
8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Short Courses

Geophysical and geochemical imaging of the continental upper mantle for mineral systems regional targeting

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Integration of geological, geophysical and geochemical information across a range of scales has been a massive enabler over the last 20 years contributing to a more holistic
understanding of mineral systems and their attendant ore deposits. In terms of continental evolution, we now recognise the critical role of the interaction between the global geodynamic system (including plate tectonics) and the Sub-Continental Lithospheric Mantle (SCLM). Partitioning of deformation, and the development of translithospheric structures, provide a focus for heat, magma and volatile transfer from the convecting mantle to the upper crustal environment. These processes leave geophysical and geochemical signatures in the SCLM that can be imaged using surface techniques, and all world-class deposits, and many other deposits are known to have anomalous mantle beneath them. Thus, broad scale geophysical and geochemical methods can be used for regional scale targetting of prospective areas, especially in regions of thick cover. Understanding the role of prior “fertilising” processes coupled with an ability to recognise key geodynamic triggers, means that mineral systems concepts can be systematically applied to maps of lithospheric architecture to generate opportunities for a breakthrough capability in mineral deposit discovery.

This course will be presented by six of the top experts in their fields of geophysics, geochemistry and tectonics.

PRESENTERS:

Alan Jones, Complete MT Solutions Inc.
Christopher Lawley, Geological Survey of Canada
David Snyder, Laurentian University
Juan Carlos Afonso, Macquarie University
Herman Grutter, SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc.
Graham Begg, Minerals Targeting International

LEVEL OF COMPREHENSION: ENTRY -LEVEL
Participants should have some knowledge of mineral systems
and mineral exploration.

Early rate:
Member $599.99 Non-member $699.99
Regular rate:
Member $799.99 Non-member $899.99
Student $229.99

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8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Short Courses

Health and safety in mineral exploration

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The field oriented health and safety (H&S) course has now run successfully for seven years and has constantly adjusted to participant comments to address key concerns of people running exploration field programs. These adjustments to the course material will continue as ideas in H&S evolve over time.

The objective of the course is to give participants sufficient training that they can understand the typical risks are in mineral exploration, how to run a simple risk assessment, an introduction to accident root cause analysis, the gathering and use of H&S statistics and some emphasis on the special higher risks associated with drilling (accidents) and helicopters (fatalities). The participants will have enough information to start an H&S program and given one existing at their company, they will understand better what a H&S program is attempting to achieve. Speakers include seasoned experts in H&S from exploration, management, drill company and aviation (helicopters).

PRESENTERS:
Brian Maeck, Boart Longyear Drilling
Bill Mercer, Avalon Advanced Materials Inc.
Corey Taylor, Universal Helicopters
Mark Wiseman, Avalon Advanced Materials Inc.

LEVEL OF COMPREHENSION:
ALL LEVELS

COURSE FEE:
Includes course material, continental breakfast and lunch

Regular rate:
Member $74.99 Non-member $169.99
Student $37.99

PDAC is pleased to offer this course at a special rate as part of the association’s ongoing leadership in Health & Safety and its commitment to improving responsible exploration.

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8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Short Courses

Mining financial modeling

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This is an interactive, hands-on course focused on the skills required to create a best-in-class financial model of a mining project. The course is case-based and uses an example of a company operating a mine producing precious metals.

Topics covered include:
· Design and structure a financial model
· Design and layout a financial model clearly and logically
· Discuss the need for a model to serve as a marketing tool
· Create clearly defined inputs and assumptions sections

Build powerful scenarios and cash flow projections
· Use switches to create effective scenarios and value drivers
· Forecast and build-up the project’s revenues and expenses
· Construct all necessary schedules, including:
· Commodity pricing (primary and secondary minerals)
· Production profile (includes mining and processing profiles)
· Variable and fixed operating costs (includes mining, milling and by-product credits)
· Development and maintenance capital costs
· Reclamation and closure costs
· Resource tax (includes regional resource tax rules)
· Develop a cash flow projection for the mining project

Evaluate the mining project
· Incorporate a schedule to evaluate the project’s value:
· Unlevered Free Cash Flow (UFCF)
· Net Present Value (NPV)
· Build a detailed summary page to display the results
· Use various sensitivity tools to sensitize the project’s returns
· Conditionally format output tables to highlight specified results

The Marquee Group is the leading provider of financial modeling and valuation training programs to all the major Canadian banks. They also provide training seminars to pension funds, commercial banks, corporations, professional organizations and universities.

PRESENTER:
Duncan McKeen, The Marquee Group

LEVEL OF COMPREHENSION: INTERMEDIATE
Participants should have basic knowledge in mining, accounting, finance and Excel. Participants are required to bring a laptop (PC preferred) equipped with MS Excel to the course.

Early rate:
Member $499.99 Non-member $599.99
Regular rate:
Member $699.99 Non-member $799.99
Student $269.99

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Friday, March 2

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Location
Category
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8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Short Courses

Applied structural geology of gold and base metal bearing hydrothermal mineralizing systems (Two days)

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This short course will provide a series of lectures which will address the structural styles and controls on Au and selected base metal deposit types, as well as methodologies for their assessment in exploration and mining environments.  Presentations will review the structural characteristics of orogenic gold deposits, epithermal deposits, and VMS deposits, and examine how the location and morphology of orebodies are controlled by fluid pressure regimes, deformation process, stress states, structural settings, and the effects of post-ore deformation.  In addition, field relationships and workflows  for data acquisition and interpretation at core-, deposit- and district-scale will be reviewed, illustrating the variety of structural features that may be used to constrain deposit-scale geological models. On completion of this course, participants will have received a grounding in the principles of structural control on mineralization and examples of good practice in data acquisition and analysis. Although Au and VMS deposit types will be specifically discussed, the information presented here also may be of benefit to workers in other structurally-controlled, or modified mineral deposits.

PRESENTERS:
David Rhys, Panterra Geoservices
Stephen Cox, Australian National University
Bruno Lafrance, Laurentian University
James Siddorn, SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc.
Wayne Barnett, SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc.

LEVEL OF COMPREHENSION: INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED
Participants should have basic understanding or interest in the structural geology of ore deposits,

Early rate:
Member $899.99 Non-member $999.99
Regular rate:
Member $1099.99 Non-member $1199.99
Student $399.99


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8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Short Courses

Concepts and application of machine learning to mining geoscience: A practical course (Two days)

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Over the last 5 years Machine Leaning (ML) has been a growing subject of conversation in the mining industry. From targeting of mineral deposits to connected mining environment, there is no doubt that artificial intelligence will play a key role in our industry in the near future. However, the subject can seem obscure and is often hard to grasp, which creates apprehensions from geoscientists.

This workshop will introduce the participants to the applications and evaluation of Machine Learning in mining geoscience. The main concepts and best practices for applied Machine Learning to exploration and mining will be reviewed. The course will be set in a practical framework, with a focus on the understanding and usage of different algorithms without detailing the mathematics behind each algorithm. Through a series of case studies, examples and hands-on exercises the attendees will learn how to best apply Machine Learning to different datasets and most importantly, evaluate the results
produced by the algorithms.

PRESENTERS:
Jean-Philippe Paiement, Mira Geoscience
Guy Desharnais, Osisko Gold Royalties
Martin Blouin, Geolearn
Antoine Cate, SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc.
Erwan Gloaguen, INRS-ETE Quebec

LEVEL OF COMPREHENSION:
ENTRY-LEVEL
Participants should have a strong interest in either statistics, modelling or data analysis. No prior coding or data science knowledge is required. Exercises will be completed using a user-friendly and intuitive interface for data mining and Machine Learning. Participants are required to bring their own laptop.

Early rate:
Member $699.99 Non-member $799.99
Regular rate:
Member $899.99 Non-member $999.99
Student $399.99

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8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Short Courses

The art and science of effective community engagement

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This course will provide personnel involved with exploration and early development projects with a comprehensive understanding of good practice for successful engagement with host communities. It will build on guidance provided by e3Plus and incorporate the collective knowledge of some of the most experienced practitioners working in the mining sector.

The day will be built around three elements for constructive engagement:
• Knowledge: basic concepts and tools that can be used for
engagement purposes
• Skills: practical engagement skills such as asking questions
and listening
• Behaviour: that leads to desired outcomes when approaching the public, the media, NGOs or local community leaders. 
 
The course will be designed to appeal to both Canadian and international participants and reflect the reality that junior and mid-tier companies are not only the organizations that most often engage with communities and other stakeholders on the ground but also have limited resources. It will emphasise practical approaches, use case histories to show application (and limitations) and will be of value to both operational personnel and managers, and also relevant to the concerns of company board members.

PRESENTERS:

Ian Thomson, Shinglespit Consultants Inc.
Luc Zandvliet, Triple R Alliance
Ed O’Keefe, Synergy Global Consulting

LEVEL OF COMPREHENSION: ENTRY-LEVEL, INTERMEDIATE
Participants should have basic familiarity with the operation of
mineral exploration and early development projects.

COURSE FEE:
Includes course material, continental breakfast and lunch

Regular rate:
Member $74.99 Non-member $169.99
Student $37.99

PDAC is pleased to offer this course at a special rate as part of the association’s ongoing leadership in Sustainability and its commitment to improving responsible exploration.

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9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Short Courses

Geology, genesis, and exploration for magmatic and magmatic-hydrothermal ore deposits

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The mining industry continually needs new ideas and models to focus scarce exploration funds to the most prospective areas containing the next generation of ore deposits. This course will provide a state-of-the-art update on the geology, genesis, and exploration for magmatic and magmatic-hydrothermal ore deposits, including ultramafic-mafic associated Ni-Cu-(PGE), PGE-(Cu)-(Ni), Cr, and Fe-Ti-V systems, and intermediate-felsic associated porphyry Cu-Mo-Au, Sn-W, IOCG, pegmatitic/REE, and intrusion-related Au systems. Each topic will include theory (magma fertility, magma emplacement, metal transport, deposition) and world-class case studies. Emphasis will be placed on updated/expanded interpretations of relatively new deposit types (e.g., conduit-hosted Ni-Cu-PGE and Cr systems, post-subduction porphyry Cu-Au) and variations to models that may open new exploration opportunities.

PRESENTERS:
Michael Lesher, Laurentian University
Jeremy P. Richards, Laurentian University
Daniel J. Kontak, Laurentian University
Michel Houle, Geological Survey of Canada

LEVEL OF COMPREHENSION: INTERMEDIATE
Participants should have a BSc in Geology.

Early rate:
Member $449.99 Non-member $549.99
Regular rate:
Member $649.99 Non-member $749.99
Student $249.99



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9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Short Courses

Saturday (Day 1) - Fundamentos de Estimación de Recursos Minerales

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RPA and the PDAC will present the popular “Fundamentals of Mineral Resource Estimation” course in Spanish.

Este curso, presentado por un equipo de expertos profesionales de RPA, introduce los fundamentos de estimación de recursos minerales. El contenido se ha preparado para una audiencia de geólogos de exploración y mina ya que estos son los principales
responsables en el descubrimiento, definición y producción de depósitos minerales. El propósito de este curso es delinear los componentes clave y las consideraciones de importancia en la estimación de recursos minerales para que la audiencia puede
incorporar lo aprendido a su trabajo.

El curso comienza con bases de datos de perforación y avanza cubriendo dominios de recursos, análisis de tendencias, análisis exploratorio de datos, técnicas de estimación,
cálculo de leyes de corte y criterios de clasificación. Se explorarán consideraciones específicas para el modelo de recursos minerales, incluyendo aspectos prácticos como el método de minado propuesto y el equipo, así como aspectos geoestadísticos tales como criterios en la selección adecuada de dominios. RPA explicará los fundamentos y la importancia de cada paso, y mencionará riesgos y errores comunes.

Los ejercicios que complementan el contenido del curso pueden incluir: interpretación geológica, verificación de base de datos, tratamiento de valores extremos, cálculo de leyes de corte, análisis exploratorio de datos, estimación de ley de bloques, estrategias para elipses de búsqueda, clasificación y verificación de modelos de bloques.

PRESENTERS:
Sean Horan, RPA Inc.
Jose Texidor Carlsson, RPA Inc.
Rosmery Cardenas, RPA Inc.
Hugo Miranda, RPA Inc.

NIVEL DE COMPRENSIÓN: PRINCIPIANTE A INTERMEDIO

Los participantes deberían tener un entendimiento de depósitos minerales y un nivel básico de exploración minera, incluyendo perforación.

Precio del Curso:
Incluye material del curso, desayuno continental el Sábado y el Domingo, almuerzo de tres platos el Sábado y café ambos días.

Early rate:
Member $599.99 Non-member $699.99
Regular rate:

Member $799.99 Non-member $899.99
Student $399.99
 


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Saturday, March 3

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Location
Category
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8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Short Courses

Disclosure dos and don’ts: Avoiding the fatal flaws in your public reporting

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Although NI 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects has been in place for over 17 years, regulatory staff at the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) and Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) continue to observe common public reporting problems that trip up exploration and mining companies.

This course, presented by technical staff from the OSC and the TSX, will pull back the curtain and discuss how disclosure reviews are conducted by securities commissions, exchanges, and IIROC. Presenters will cover both good and bad examples of public reporting by companies at various stages in the development of a mineral project from exploration to production.

The course is designed to provide qualified persons, management, and investor relations personnel with tips and advice on how to avoid the disclosure snags that may require the company to retract or issue a clarifying news release and potentially amend and refile documents.

Presenters will cover disclosure challenges with required public filings posted on SEDAR, such as material news releases, as well as voluntary reporting, such as company websites and corporate presentations. Technical report disclosure issues will focus on common problems that may cause the technical report to be amended and re-filed. New SEC rules for mining disclosure adopted in late 2018 will also be covered. 

The popular question and answer session will also be incorporated at the end of the course.

PRESENTERS:
Luc Arsenault, Toronto Stock Exchange
Craig Waldie, Ontario Securities Commission
James Whyte, Ontario Securities Commission

LEVEL OF COMPREHENSION: INTERMEDIATE
Participants should have a basic understanding of NI 43-101.

COURSE FEE:
Includes course material, continental breakfast and refreshments

Rates:
Member $199.99 Non-member $239.99
Student $129.99


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8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Short Courses

Reporting and benchmarking resource projects: From exploration through to development (0.5 days)

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Develop a simple framework for the balanced assessment and presentation of a resource project’s development status relative to similar projects.

This course discusses the risks and errors inherent in resource project information from exploration through to development. Presenters will examine the confidence in exploration results, resource and reserve estimations, and reporting; the interdependence of resource-to reserve conversion assumptions and modifying factors; and the considerations associated with different technical-economic study types. Case studies will show attendees how to develop and use a simple framework to assess and summarise available project information and provide transparent and balanced reporting to stakeholders relying on technical reports and other company announcements. The course will include an interactive workshop session in which attendees can apply the framework concept.

This course will benefit technical and non-technical people involved in the reporting, interpretation, assessment, or valuation of mineral assets for developing projects.

PRESENTERS:
Mark Noppe, SRK Consulting (Australasia)
Mark Campodonic, SRK Consulting (UK)
Erik Ronald, SRK Consulting (Denver)
Cliff Revering, SRK Consulting (Vancouver)

LEVEL OF COMPREHENSION: ALL LEVELS

COURSE FEE: Includes course material, continental breakfast and refreshments

Rates:
Member $199.99 Non-member $239.99
Student $129.99


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9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Short Courses

Recognizing the impact of political risk on mining operations, corporate strategy and investment decision-making (0.5 days)

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Mining companies often make substantial investments in foreign countries as part of the process of finding, developing and operating mining projects. In addition to financial and
technical mining uncertainties, these investments are exposed to political risk or the possibility that an investment’s performance is adversely affected by the unexpected actions of the host country and other actors such as the local community or transnational organizations. Recent examples of political risk events include mining royalty and tax changes, punitive environmental or tax penalties, restrictive downstream processing or concentrate export requirements, and local community protests. Traditionally, mining companies have recognized political risk by attaching an additional risk premium
on the discount rate they use to assess an investment. However, forward-thinking mining companies have begun to manage political risk through a formal program that:

1. Explicitly recognizes political risk as a cash flow effect when
assessing possible investments,
2. Actively monitors and responds to political risk events
affecting operating mines and development projects, and
3. Assesses the combined effect of multiple political risk
exposures on a company’s project portfolio and long-term
corporate strategy.

This course provides an overview of political risk in the mining industry and the strategies that companies can use to manage this exposure. We discuss how political risk can be measured, describe a framework that a company can use to assess prospective investments, manage existing investment exposure, and aggregate political risk at a corporate level. The course will also introduce a quantitative model to explicitly
recognize the investment impact of political risk and a case study involving a fictitious company developing and operating a number of mines globally.

PRESENTERS:
Michael Samis, SCM Decisions
John Seddon, Control Risks
Iain Donald, Control Risks

LEVEL OF COMPREHENSION: ENTRY-LEVEL

COURSE FEE: Includes course material, continental breakfast and refreshments

Rates:
Member $199.99 Non-member $239.99
Student $129.99


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Tuesday, March 6

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9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Short Courses

Holistic exploration in covered terranes: An example applied to the Cu-Mo porphyry prospectivity of Quesnel, eastern British Columbia (0.5 days)

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Modern mineral exploration requires discovering deposits that are increasingly difficult to detect. This is challenging the geoscience community to develop new methods and
technologies to locate deposits in under-explored localities. In an effort to stimulate the development of new approaches to exploration, and to inspire collaboration across the
geosciences, the Frank Arnott Award Challenge was created. This short course showcases the winning submission from Challenge’s 2017 “Experienced” category and will highlight collaborative exploration for copper porphyry targets in the Quesnel Terrane in British Columbia, Canada.

This session aims to provide an overview of the methodology and implementation of integrating diverse, publically available geoscientific datasets (structural, geological, geochemical, geophysical, and surficial) applied to the search for undercover
deposits. Innovative exploration tools within in each geoscientific discipline will be demonstrated to highlight key mineralization signatures for various geoscientific datasets.

Tools include:
 - Post-processing and transformations of geophysical datasets
for 3D lithological interpretation and structural delineation
- Principal Component Analysis (PCA) for lake and stream
sediments
- Conditional probability (CP) for lake and stream sediments
- Geological interpretation of porphyry systems under cover

These signatures will then be integrated using a simple, knowledge-based prospectivity analysis technique to identify prospective regions in an area covered by glacial till. The
construction of a regionally-extensive 3D model will also be demonstrated by combining geological and geophysical data. The session aims to facilitate knowledge sharing, as well as to promote discussion of multidisciplinary interpretation and modeling to improve exploration techniques in challenging settings.

PRESENTERS:
Rebecca Montsion, Laurentian University
Vicki Tschirhart, Targeted Geoscience Initiative
Benoit Saumur, Université du Québec à Montréal
Pedro Acosta-Gongora, Geological Survey of Canada
Michael Gadd, Geological Survey of Canada
Peter Tschirhart, Paterson, Grant & Watson Ltd.

LEVEL OF COMPREHENSION: ENTRY-LEVEL, INTERMEDIATE

COURSE FEE: Includes course material, hot buffet breakfast and refreshments

Rates:
Member $219.99 Non-member $279.99
Student $149.99



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9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Short Courses

Spectral geology: Fundamentals, recent advances and case histories

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Over the past decade, spectral geology has seen increased application in all stages of mineral exploration, and in geometallurgy and geotechnical engineering. This short course
will bring subject matter experts to review the fundamental capabilities and limitations of infrared spectral technologies for core logging, outcrop and pit high wall mapping; practical considerations such as sampling, field workflow and QAQC; recent advances and, case histories of field applications. It is intended for exploration geologists, geochemists, metallurgists, mining engineers, exploration managers as well as students and researchers.

PRESENTERS:
Xiaodong Zhou, Spectral Geology and Remote Sensing Consulting
Phil Harris, TerraCore Geospectral Imaging
Cassady Harraden, Corescan Pty Ltd
Sasha Pontual, AusSpec International
David Coulter, Spectral Xplorer

LEVEL OF COMPREHENSION: ENTRY-LEVEL, INTERMEDIATE

COURSE FEE:
Includes course material, hot buffet breakfast, 3 course lunch
and refreshments

Early rate:
Member $499.99  Non-member $599.99
Regular rate:
Member $699.99  Non-member $799.99
Student $229.99

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Saturday, March 2

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8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Networking Events

Mining Matters Hockey Tournament

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Location: Scotiabank Pond, Downsview Park, Toronto

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