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June 23, 2006, No. 36

75th PDAC anniversary celebration

Mark you calendar to join us March 4-7, 2007, for our International Convention, Trade Show and Investors Exchange. Plans are underway for special activities to celebrate PDAC’s 75th diamond anniversary at the convention. Watch for details.

PDAC 2007 call for papers

PDAC invites policy and technical papers for presentation during the Open Session at the 2007 Convention. All interested individuals are welcome to apply. Click here for details and online submission form.

Invitation to participate in 2007 Core Shack

Do you have exciting drilling, trenching and/or outcrop samples to show to your fellow explorers and developers? Why not display your maps and technical information alongside your best rock samples in the PDAC 2007 Core Shack? Details and online submission form are here.

Metals Economics Group seeks exploration data

Metals Economics Group is a primary source of information on exploration and mining statistics and is currently collecting information from companies about their 2006 non-ferrous exploration budgets. If your company has not been contacted by MEG for this information, would you please send your name, company, and telephone number to [email protected], and a researcher will call you. The deadline for submitting the information is August 11, 2006. Click here for further details.

Standing Committee on Natural Resources

The federal Standing Committee on Natural Resources has been re-constituted and met for the first time on June 1 to receive some basic information about the mineral industry and the current challenges it faces. Executive Director Tony Andrews was a member of a panel which also included representatives of the Mining Association of Canada, Natural Resources Canada and Mining Watch. Mr. Andrews gave a presentation on Canada’s exploration sector. We do have a full transcript of the meeting which contains the text of the presentations and questions and answers. However, the text is long [over 30 pages]. If you would like a copy emailed to you, please contact us.

Presentations and papers

On April 27, Tony Andrews presented a paper, Canada: A leading contributor to international exploration and development, to the 15th Calgary Mining Forum, organized by the Calgary Mineral Exploration Group.

On June 5, MaryAnn Mihychuk, Director, Regulatory Affairs, delivered a paper on the implications of the 2006 federal government budget for the mineral industry to the Insight Mining Business and Investment Forum in Toronto.

On June 8, President Patricia Dillon made a presentation, Global trends in the exploration business: A PDAC perspective, to the Australian National Mining Congress 2006 in Perth, Australia.  Click here for press coverage of her presentation.

PDAC represented in St. Petersburg

Past president Bill Mercer and Deborah McCombe, chair of the International Affairs Committee, represented the PDAC in an NRCan delegation that attended mineral industry events alongside the St. Petersburg Economic Forum in Russia, from June 14-16. Russian officials are keenly interested in attracting exploration investment to their country and to learn more about how the Canadian junior exploration sector operates.

Geoscience mobility research papers now available

In early 2006, the PDAC commissioned the Institute On Governance (IOG) to conduct background research on the issue of the professional registration of geoscientists in Canada. The research papers are available for review and comment. The working paper summarizes the views of the regulatory organizations and proposes options for improving mobility and is available here. The survey report offers the views of practising geoscientists and is available here. Please contact us for more details.

Roundtables on corporate social responsibility

In our last e-newsletter, we reported on the preparations being made for a series of cross-Canada roundtables on corporate social responsibility. The first one took place in Vancouver in mid-June. Tony Andrews and director Dennis Jones represented the PDAC. The subject under discussion at these roundtables is vitally important for exploration and mining companies, particularly those working outside Canada, and the PDAC is hoping for more participation from the mineral industry. The next one will be held in Toronto; the date has not yet been announced. Please contact us, for more details.

PDAC provides funds for university earth science students

The PDAC has contributed $50,000 to the Geological Association of Canada’s Logan Student Trust Fund. The trust fund supports and encourages earth science students at Canadian universities through a network of student chapters, formerly known as GAC student chapters and now re-named Logan student chapters. These chapters are eligible to apply each year for funds to help support student activities such as field trips, field schools, and conference participation. To create a student chapter and to qualify for funding, a student earth science club at a university should have at least ten student members of either the PDAC or the GAC and a faculty or community advisor who is also a PDAC or GAC member. Further details.

Maureen Jensen is new APGO president

PDAC director Maureen Jensen became president of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario on June 1, 2006. The APGO is the licensing body for Ontario’s professional geoscientists, geoscientists-in-training and student members.