Minimizing environmental impact - SOLD OUT

Friday, February 28, 2020
Room 803B
Organizer: Golder Associates Ltd.
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Minimizing environmental impact - SOLD OUT

The aim of this course is to assist exploration companies to minimize the impact of their field operations on the environment and in so doing lay down foundations for acquiring a “social licence to operate” from local communities, government agencies and other stakeholders, reduce costs, and add value. Using parts of the environmental toolkit from PDAC’s on-line guidance e3 Plus, a framework for responsible exploration, and drawing on the expertise of a number of experienced practitioners, the course will emphasize the practical aspects of operating in the field.

Attendees will receive a good grounding in what are potential environmental impacts, and related mitigation and management measures, associated with exploration field operations. It is intended that this course, and the PDAC Health and Safety Course, are separate but complementary.

The objective is to cover the main topics relating to mineral exploration impact on the environment from the point of view of an active mineral exploration program, including camp construction and management, access trails and roads, water resources, waste management, regulatory considerations and supporting governance for drill programs. Some aspects of community engagement related to environmental stewardship will be referred to but community relations will not be the focus of this course. It will be a how-to course both for those starting out in their exploration careers and for more experienced people who want to update their knowledge.

Participants could include geologists, diamond drillers, camp operators, and others.

Speakers will include geologists, environmental experts and a senior diamond drill company representative, all with decades of experience and knowledge in field operations. The course should appeal to Canadian and international participants. 

Amiel Blajchman, Cedar Water Strategy
Tim Bremner, Foraco Canada Ltd.
David Brown, Golder Associates Ltd.
Bill Mercer, Avalon Advanced Materials Inc.
Mark Wiseman, Avalon Advanced Materials Inc..

Some Knowledge of e3 Plus (available free of charge at would be helpful but not essential

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 as part of the associations ongoing leadership in sustainability and its commitment to improving responsible exploration.
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