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September 16, 2011, No. 82

PDAC Invites Nominations for Directors

The PDAC invites the nomination of motivated individuals who are interested in volunteering their services on our Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors is responsible for advancing the membership’s interests, particularly with various governments.  It approves the association’s position and policy on all major issues affecting the industry and is responsible for overall stewardship of the association’s affairs.

Directors have an unparalleled opportunity to work with dedicated professionals from across the country who have a broad range of expertise on many of the issues confronting the industry today.  Directors serve a three-year term and are elected at the PDAC’s annual meeting.  The next meeting will be held in Mar. 2012.

The deadline for nominations is Nov. 15, 2011. For more information, please contact us.

Special Offer for PDAC members – Mining Business Risks Summit 2011

PDAC members will receive a 10% discount for the Fraser Institute’s Mining Business Risks Summit 2011. This event is specifically designed to help miners assess the dangers, their potential costs, and minimize these above-ground risks.  Miners once needed to worry about little more than the below-ground geological risks. The world has changed and this summit is designed to help you deal with these changes.

4 reasons to attend this conference:

  • Understand how risks are developing in the 'new' and 'old' supplier nations.
  • Analyze the implications of mining business risks from real world examples.
  • Develop proactive solutions for political, fiscal, social, environmental and infrastructure risks.
  • Network with senior mining executives responsible for company strategy and risk management.

We encourage PDAC members to check out for more information and to register.

  • Enter Promo code: PDAC11

Webinar Canadian Exploration – High Demands for the Future Workforce

The American Geological Institute (AGI) and the Mining Industry Human Resources (MiHR) Council have co-organized a webinar to discuss the outstanding career opportunities that exist in mineral exploration. Join Scott Jobin-Bevans, president of the PDAC, Dr. Martha Roberts, director, Research at MiHR, Melanie Sturk, director, Attraction, Retention & Transition, at MiHR, and a student panel as they share industry findings and experiences.

Date:  Sept. 29, 2011 1-2pm EST

Register now 

Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award call for applications

Applications will be posted soon for the prestigious Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award.  The award honours the memory of Mary-Claire Ward, a passionate advocate for the geociences, who died in 2004. The Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award is intended to encourage and support a graduate in Canada whose thesis will contribute to our knowledge of the geological history of Canada.

Brett Hamilton, a Ph.D. geology student at the University of Calgary, is the 2011 winner of the Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award, with his research project titled “Metamorphism and tectonics of Cumberland Peninsula, Nunavut.”

The 2012 winner will receive $5,000 and a certificate to be presented at either the annual PDAC Convention in Toronto, March 2012, or the joint annual meeting of the GAC-MAC in St. John’s, Nfld., May 2012. 

The application can be found on the PDAC student web site or at the Geological Association of Canada website.  The application deadline is December 15, 2011.  For more information contact us.

Scott Cavan, Aboriginal Affairs Director

Scott Cavan

The PDAC is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Cavan as the PDAC’s Program Director, Aboriginal Affairs.   Scott came on board on Sept. 6 and has worked as a senior public relations advisor for a First Nations Band Council, as director of communications for the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation and as a senior advisor on communications and policy with the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs in Ontario.

Convention 2012 Open Session

PDAC invites policy and technical papers for presentation during the Open Session at the 2012 Convention.  All interested individuals are welcome to apply.  The types of papers chosen for presentation vary from year to year.  Please note:  presentations of a company promotional nature are not appropriate for this forum. 

To apply:  Please submit an abstract using the online application form

Do not apply by fax or email. Applications submitted by fax or email will be disregarded.

Deadline for submissions is Nov. 30, 2011.  Space is limited.  Selected applicants will be notified of their acceptance in January 2012.  For more details, please click here

Past President Fenton Scott, 1927 – 2011

Former PDAC President Fenton Scott, 83, died peacefully surrounded by his family on August 12, 2011, at Baycrest Hospital in Toronto following a lengthy illness.

He will be sadly missed by his wife of 61 years Vilma (McCallum), his daughters Dawn (Michael Harris), Sharon ( Jaboo Bell ) and Jill (Peter Walker), his son Graeme Scott, his brother Mitchell Scott and all his cherished grandchildren, Jeffrey, Kaitlin, John, Christopher, Evelyn, Danielle, Rebecca, Mitchell and Stanley. He was predeceased by his brother Stanley Scott.

Fenton was born in Fredericton on October 22, 1927.  He grew up in New Brunswick and lived in Quebec and Manitoba before settling in Toronto in 1957.  He was a geologist and professional engineer, and his work took him to all parts of Canada, as well as to the United States, Asia, Europe and South America.

Fenton participated in the discovery of more than 20 mines and ore deposits across Canada during his 63-year career and served as PDAC President from 1991 – 1992.

To read Fenton’s complete obituary, please click here.

PDAC’s Ross Gallinger a Featured Speaker at the 2011 CBSR Summit

PDAC Executive Director Ross Gallinger is a scheduled speaker at the 9th Canadian Business for Social Responsibility Summit on Corporate Social Responsibility.  The event is a great opportunity to learn new ideas and best practices through discussions with business leaders concerning expectations and responsibilities, opportunities and risks in the global context. 

The 2011 CBSR Summit happens October 26 from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency in Toronto. 

For more details, click here.

Canadian Embassy in Tokyo to hold Mining Investment Seminar

The Canadian Embassy in Tokyo will hold a Mining Investment Seminar at the Embassy on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011.  With a focus on base metals, the seminar will provide Japanese companies and government agencies with an overview of Canada’s mining industry and give Canadian companies an opportunity to showcase their properties to Japanese investors and importers.

Japan is eager to secure a safe and sustainable supply of natural resources and views Canada as a country offering strong foreign direct investment potential, including opportunities tied to the mining sector.

Scheduled prior to the China Mining Congress and Expo on November 6 to 8 in Tianjin, China, the Mining Investment Seminar in Tokyo offers an excellent opportunity to reach out to Japanese investors.  Space is limited so potential participants are asked to indicate their interest by emailing Ms. Mariko Takahashi at [email protected] as soon as possible but no later than Wed. Sept. 21, 2011.  Please also include a brief summary of your specific area of interest in your email.

For more details, please contact Sue Rauth, of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, at 416-973-5188 or at [email protected].

Upcoming International PDAC Speaking Engagements:

October 4 – 6 Scott Jobin-Bevans
World Indigenous Business Forum (WIBF), New York City

The WIBF is designed for entrepreneurs, First Nation Chiefs and Council members, Tribal and Nation leaders, boards of directors, global corporations and educators.  This conference provides a unique learning experience and the opportunity to network with other global Indigenous leaders.

For more details, please click here.

November 1 – 3 Scott Jobin-Bevans
Fennoscandian Exploration and Mining - FEM 2011. 

Levi, Lapland, Finland

The FEM conference is held every other year and has become one of the most important of its kind in Europe.  The Fennos Canadian Shield is the most prospective ground in Europe and the FEM conference provides a tremendous opportunity to network, make new contacts, learn about the mineral potential of the area, and obtain an understanding of the operational aspects in this part of the world.

For more details, please click here.

First PDAC VP Glenn Nolan Featured on Nation Talk

PDAC First Vice-President Glenn Nolan recently spoke with Nation Talk, Canada's national Aboriginal newswire and employment service, about his past experience as the Chief of the Missanabie Cree First Nation, his background in the exploration and mining industry, his role at the PDAC and the path to becoming the association’s first Aboriginal president in 2012.

He also discussed the PDAC’s Skookum Jim Award, its support for Aboriginal affairs and increased Aboriginal participation in the industry, and the importance of encouraging youth to pursue careers in exploration and mining.

To hear Glenn’s interview please click here.

PDAC Mining Matters on TV at Thunder Bay’s Confederation College

TB News recently covered PDAC Mining Matters’ highly successful education camp for Aboriginal youth at Confederation College in Thunder Bay.  The summertime camp features five days of hands-on learning about the mineral industry while giving participants an opportunity to explore potential related careers. 

The program also introduces participants to industry professionals and, by visiting North American Palladium’s nearby Lac des Iles Mine, some of the most advanced mining technology in action.

To see the TB News television report please click here.

And the winner is...

One of this year’s winners of a PDAC bursary is Owen Nisyok.

Owen Nisyok

Owen 18, is of Nisga'a Nation heritage and lives in Houston, British Columbia.  He recently graduated from the seven-week Workforce Exploration Skills Training (WEST) Program at the Northwest Community College School of Exploration & Mining in Smithers, B.C.

Owen was selected by the WEST staff for achieving one of the highest overall academic marks and for the strong leadership and support he provided to fellow students.

The WEST program takes place in the Ganokwa training camp, which closely resembles a working exploration camp where students live and learn in an experiential environment.  The $500 award was presented to him by Judi L'Orsa from the Smithers Exploration Group (on behalf of the PDAC) at the Celebration of Learning on August 17. 

Shortly after completing the program, Owen began working with New Nadina Explorations Ltd at their Silver Queen Project as a drill core technician.  “He is a big help and his personality is awesome,” says Ellen Clements, the company’s president and CEO and Owen’s new employer.

Congratulations to Owen.

The next $500 PDAC bursary will be presented at the Celebration of Learning that takes place October 14 at the end of the next WEST cohort.

Chilean Miners Back Dance Tour

Two of the Chilean miners who were trapped underground for more than two months last year are coming to Canada to lend their support to a dance troupe that will tour this country in September and October.

Omar Reygadas, the 17th miner of the 33 to be rescued, and Franklin Lobos, the 27th to emerge from the San Jose mine, will be in Toronto Oct. 1 to 4 to promote the presentation of BAFONA (the National Folkloric Ballet of Chile).  BAFONA will perform at the Sony Centre on Oct. 19.

The troupe’s Canadian tour is a fundraising effort to support the rebuilding of Nóbeles de Chile, a rural school in Marchigue in southern Chile. 

BAFONA is also scheduled to perform in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Quebec City, Montreal and Ottawa.

For more performance details and ticket information, please click here.