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December 9, 2008 - No. 59

Online registration is now available for PDAC Convention 2009

Registration is now open for PDAC Convention 2009. Members may register online for the convention and for short courses. Facilities are also available for the purchase of luncheon and other event tickets. Delegates registering by February 6, 2009, not only receive a substantial discount on registration fees but also qualify for a draw for a Canada Goose diamond. Sponsored by Diaco Inc., the 1.10 carat diamond, with a retail value of $16,300 (Can.), bears the Canada Goose trademark symbol and a unique serial number. Brochures with full convention information, including technical program, short courses, and social events, are being mailed to all members this week. The same information is also on our website. To go directly to the registration page, click here. To obtain information about the convention, start here or click here for a copy of the convention brochure in pdf format.

Your views invited on proposed measures to help exploration companies survive downturn

Later this month and into the New Year, the PDAC’s finance and taxation committee will be presenting MPs and senior federal government officials with a series of proposed measures to help companies in the exploration sector survive the current economic downturn. Officials from Natural Resources Canada and Finance Canada have asked to meet representatives of the PDAC during the week of December 15 to discuss the impact of the current fiscal crisis on the sector. Members are asked to do two things: a) submit your views on the proposed measures; and b) send in information on how your company is responding to the current financial situation. The recommendations are here and a fuller discussion of the proposed measures is here.

PDAC welcomes new program director, community and resources development

Jason Wilson has been appointed program director, community and resources development, effective December 1. His responsibilities cover aboriginal affairs, land use planning and resource management, and geoscience issues. Jason is Ojibwe and was born and raised in Rainy River First Nations. He has spent much of his career on the political staffs of various aboriginal organizations in Ontario and Manitoba, and has also worked as a political staff member for former Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada Robert Nault and for the National Director of the Aboriginal Peoples Commission in the Office of the Prime Minister. Jason’s most recent position was program advisor for the Response and Reconciliation Unit in the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs. Jason can be reached by telephone at 416 362 1969, ext. 229 or by email at [email protected].

Mining women ’s contest offers private meeting with mining moguls as prize

A fundraising campaign launched by the Women in Mining (WIM) networks in Toronto and Vancouver is rewarding contributors with a chance to have a one-hour, private meeting with Frank Giustra, Rob McEwen or Eric Sprott. The Meet the Mining Mogul contest is part of the campaign, the aim of which is to raise $250,000 for The Townships Project, a registered Canadian charity supporting microfinance institutions in township areas in South Africa. The institutions make modest loans to entrepreneurs, mainly women, to enable them to operate small businesses. A lead donation of $50,000 has already been made by Canadian coal miner Homeland Energy. Full details are here.

BC association seeks director, policy and communications

The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) is seeking a director, policy and communications for its Vancouver-based office. The incumbent “engages directly, and builds partnerships, with AME BC members, First Nations, representatives of government, industry associations, regional exploration groups and the public.” Full details here.

Learning Together Inc. holds official launch gala ? Toronto ? January 20, 2009

The purpose of Learning Together Incorporated is to close the divide between aboriginal communities and mining/exploration companies. The activities of this not-for-profit aboriginal organization, which is based in Garden River, Ontario, include an annual Learning Together conference and other activities, e.g., forums, workshops, and networking sessions, designed to build longterm business relationships between the mineral industry and aboriginal communities. The board of directors of Learning Together Inc. is launching a gala event on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, at the Metropolitan Hotel, Toronto. The cost is $350 per person or $3,000 for a table of ten. Details are contained in this brochure. More information about Learning Together is available here.

Shared office space for rent in downtown Toronto

Four offices are available for rent at Yonge and King in downtown Toronto. The offices, which are furnished, can be rented individually. Full details here