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March 27, 2006, No. 33

Convention 2006 broke all previous records

The 2006 International Convention, Trade Show and Investors Exchange of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada broke all previous records at its 74th meeting earlier this month and lived up to its reputation as the leading venue for people involved in global mineral exploration. A record 14,500 people from across the world packed the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for this annual event which has become a high point in the mineral industry’s calendar. Click here for a summary.

Health and safety in mineral exploration

A survey on health and safety in mineral exploration in Canada is currently being conducted by the PDAC and the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia and has been emailed and mailed to companies with exploration projects in Canada. We encourage all those who received the survey to complete and send it in as soon as possible. Even if you did not receive the notice, we would welcome your response. The survey is online at and should take no more than ten minutes to complete. Submission deadline is April 28, 2006. All responses received by that date will be put into a draw for a grand prize: one free booth at PDAC Convention 2007 [value $3,000]. All information collected will be kept confidential. For more information, contact us..

BC’s ranking for policy attractiveness jumps

The Fraser Institute’s ninth annual Survey of Mining, released on March 22, reports that, “for the first time in the survey’s history, British Columbia ranks in the top half of policy attractiveness. Until last year, British Columbia had languished in the bottom 10 spots on the ranking and was typically in the bottom five.” The PDAC contributes $20,000 to the production of the survey, which ranks jurisdictions in and outside Canada using the following indexes: policy potential; current mineral potential; and best practices mineral potential. The survey also calculates which jurisdictions have room to improve their regulatory environments. Full survey and accompanying media release.

BC organizes mining investment mission in Toronto

A mining investment mission, headed by Richard Neufeld, British Columbia Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, is being organized in Toronto on Wednesday, April 19. Representatives from a number of BC exploration and mining companies and First Nations will accompany the minister. A luncheon forum on that day will present mineral exploration and mining investment opportunities. The forum will be of interest to mining company CEOs, senior exploration and corporate development managers, mining consultants, and members of the investment community. Full details and registration information.

Enter the e3 photo contest!

We need your photos! Help us to demonstrate the good practices being developed and followed by the mineral industry. Prizes (gold Maple Leaf) will be awarded for photographs related to environmental and community engagement aspects of mineral exploration worldwide. The deadline for submission is end of day, Friday, April 28, 2006. Full contest details are here. For more information, contact us.

Survey on professional registration and mobility

The PDAC has contracted the Institute On Governance [IOG] to research the issue of professional registration and mobility. At this year’s convention, IOG conducted a brief survey to determine geoscientists’ awareness of the registration issue. The online version of the survey, available in English and French at, will remain open until March 31, 2006. This will allow us to reach more geoscientists and obtain data from a wider range of professionals, including those who work outside the mineral exploration industry. The results of this study will be made available to all of the professional and technical geoscience organizations in Canada. Please take a few moments to have your say on this important issue and help us to inform others in the geoscience community. Click here for more details.  For more information, contact us.