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November 15, 2011, No. 84

PDAC presentation to Government pays quick dividend

PDAC Director Richard Moore, Chair of the Geoscience Committee, was called as a witness to the Federal Government’s Standing Committee on Natural Resources this month. As an industry representative, Moore explained the value and critical benefits of government investment and support for geoscience initiatives. His presentation outlined how this type of science can attract exploration investment by helping companies to identify areas of favourable mineral potential. “It makes exploration more efficient and effective,” noted Moore in his remarks to the Committee. “By reducing exploration costs and risk, public geoscience attracts investment, creates jobs and also increases government revenues.” 

In the days following the Committee presentation, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister of Health, announced that the resource industry can count on up-to-date geoscience data in the Northwest Territories to support resource exploration and development projects. “The Government of Canada recognizes that reliable information about mineral and energy deposits is essential to attract resource development and support the dynamic economic growth we are seeing across the North,” said Aglukkaq. “The data gathered from these projects will provide more certainty for industry and investors, create job and business opportunities for Northerners, and support land use planning.” 

Read the release here.

Going for Gold

The website for the CFES/FCST bid to host the 2020 International Geological Congress (IGC) in Vancouver is now live. The IGC is the "Olympics” of the earth science community as it takes place every four years and encourages the advancement of fundamental and applied research in the earth sciences worldwide. This bid provides a great way to market the skills and diversity of Canada's earth science community ranging from geology, geophysics and physical geography to hydrogeology and geo-engineering.

The IGC provides an incredible opportunity to showcase the host nation's geology, geography and expertise through a full program of field trips and conference sessions. In addition, it is a great opportunity to promote the petroleum and mineral potential in the country and to increase investment. Check out to find out more and how you can help support the bid.

Aboriginal Convention

The Aboriginal Program at PDAC Convention 2012 offers another excellent opportunity to bring Aboriginal people together with the exploration and mining sector. 

PDAC 2011 Aboriginal video presentation

Click here for more details.

Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award

This prize is awarded annually to a graduate student at a Canadian university whose thesis incorporates geoscience mapping as a significant component. Applications are available at the PDAC student website or at the Geological Association of Canada website. The 2012 winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship and recognition at the Convention. The application deadline is December 15, 2011. For more information, contact us

Participate in the 2011-2012 Survey of Mining Companies

The Fraser Institute is conducting its annual survey on how miners and explorers rate the investment climate of jurisdictions around the world. The goal is to identify the countries, states and provinces where policies create the greatest barriers to investment in the mining sector. Your involvement in the survey will increase the number of jurisdictions evaluated, thereby increasing the number of governments who get candid and anonymous opinions on their policies. You will automatically be entered in a draw to win $1,000. To complete the survey, please click here.

Sector Human Resourcing requirements and forecasts for 2011-2021

Attend one of MiHR's FREE webinars for extensive research and analysis on the Canadian mining labour market in your region. Learn about:

  • National mining economic overview
  • Mining labour market trends and how this impacts HR
  • Forecasted hiring requirements for Canada
  • Forecasted hiring requirements for your region
  • Hiring requirements for the Top 10 occupations in your region
  • What the gap analysis between the mining industry's hiring requirements and available talent means

For more information or to register go to:

And the winner is...

The second $500 PDAC bursary provided to Northwest Community College’s School of Exploration and Mining goes to Noelle Tufts. Noelle recently graduated from the seven-week Workforce Exploration Skills Training (WEST) Program at the Northwest Community College School of Exploration & Mining in Smithers, BC.

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 her by PDAC Director Sherri Hodder at the Celebration of Learning on October 14. Photos can be found here

PDAC Staff and Directors: On the Road

PDAC Staff and Directors have been on the road representing the association at a variety of conferences and meetings including:

  • PDAC had a booth at the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association Conference “Meeting Minds, Making Mines” in Vancouver. More details
  • Mining Matters once again provided leadership in developing activities of the Mining For Society component of the CIM Maintenance Engineering/Mine Operators (MEMO) conference in Saskatoon MEMO 2011 Flyer (PDF)
  • Understanding the Conflict Tool at The Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business' 6th Risk Mitigation & CSR in Africa and Emerging Markets seminar in Toronto. More details
  • The Ontario Exploration and Geoscience Symposium in Sudbury. More details
  • The Council for the Development of Native Officers (CANDO) conference in Vancouver. More details

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