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December 15, 2011, No. 85

Up Front

PDAC President on the Road —Finland, Germany, Quebec and Saskatchewan

This past month, PDAC President Scott Jobin-Bevans represented the PDAC as far as Helsinki, Finland, as well as at events in Canada. In early November, he was in Helsinki to present at Mining Day Helsinki and then in Lapland for the Fennoscandian Exploration and Mining Conference (FEM). He gave the keynote address at FEM: “Current Trends in Global Exploration and Mining." 

Mr. Jobin-Bevans had another European stop in November—Berlin—where he took part in a panel discussion at a conference on German-Chilean and German-Canadian cooperation in the raw materials sector.

On November 18th, Mr. Jobin-Bevans gave a talk titled "A Career in Mineral Exploration: Bringing Canadian Values to International Projects" at the department of geology’s seminar series at Lakehead University.

On November 30th, Mr. Jobin-Bevans gave a presentation at the Saskatchewan Geological Survey Open House, “Maintaining Canada’s International Leadership in Mineral Exploration.” He told the audience gathered for the open house that “The exploration and mining sector is a leading industry in the Canadian economy and as we know, has a long history, with our roots going back at least as far as 6,000 years ago when our First Nations were trading the native copper mined in the Lake Superior region.”

At the end of November, Mr. Jobin-Bevans hosted the annual PDAC-AEMQ breakfast at Québec Exploration. The breakfast was well-attended by members of both organizations.

PDAC Executive Director Participates on Judges Panel at Schulich International Case Competition

PDAC Executive Director Ross Gallinger was among top industry executives on a panel of judges at the Schulich International Case Competition (SICC)on November 26th in Toronto. This year’s competition, the inaugural year for the SICC, focused on sustainability issues in the mining industry. The competition coincided with the launch of Schulich’s new MBA specialization in Global Mining Management. 

The competing teams had two weeks to work on a case study which featured a complex business and sustainability issue facing the mining industry. A team of MBA students from the Schulich School of Business won against 16 teams from leading business schools in the U.S. and Canada. 

Mr. Gallinger says he was impressed by the level of analysis students gave in their presentations, given the complexity of the case study and the short time frame the students had in which to work on the problem. “The unanimous feeling among the judges was that if these students are the business leaders of tomorrow—we are in good shape.”

PDAC Executive Director Speaks at Deloitte’s North American Mining Conference

On November 28th, PDAC Executive Director Ross Gallinger spoke to Deloitte’s mining practitioners—including partners and senior managers from across the country—at Deloitte’s annual mining summit. Mr. Gallinger was invited to make a presentation on the PDAC’s strategy, goals and objectives and to share his insights on the Canadian mining sector. “The workshop was a great opportunity to talk to those involved in Deloitte’s mining practice about the role of the PDAC, as well as to shed some light on emerging trends and issues in the sector,” says Mr. Gallinger.

Québec Exploration 2011

The PDAC participated in Québec Exploration 2011, November 21st - 24th. This year’s conference focused on the theme “From Knowledge to Discovery”—highlighting the importance of knowledge as the shortest road to discovery in mining exploration. The PDAC and the Association de l’exploration minière du Québec (AEMQ) brought together board members of the two associations as well as representatives from the Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife to discuss topics of mutual interest such as Plan Nord and Mining Matters.


Mining Day on the Hill

On November 22nd, PDAC Executive Director Ross Gallinger participated in Mining Day on the Hill. “Mining Day supplements the PDAC’s ongoing advocacy work and provides us with another opportunity to engage with cabinet ministers, MPs and senior government officials on the important issues affecting our members,” says Mr. Gallinger. “It also demonstrates important sector collaboration and a unified voice of the industry on diverse issues ranging from exploration to mine closure.” 

This annual event organized by the Mining Association of Canada is aimed at educating parliamentarians about the opportunities and challenges the mineral exploration and mining sector face on a day-to-day basis. During his speech at the Mining Day on the Hill Luncheon, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver acknowledged the work of the PDAC. The full text of the speech is available here.

PDAC President and 1st Vice President Appear Before House Committee on Human Resources

On December 8th, PDAC President Scott Jobin-Bevans and 1st Vice President Glenn Nolan appeared before the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills Development, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities as part of its study on “Skills Development in Remote Rural Communities in an Era of Fiscal Restraint.” 

During a discussion of the PDAC’s Mining Matters program, Mr. Nolan told the committee that Mining Matters goes into communities with as few as 28 or 30 children, and that the program is about “providing the idea that there are other options for the children. Most children don't see geologists. They don't see engineers. They don't experience what the industry has to offer in their community because there are limited employment opportunities. This provides them with a larger picture from which they can now start to choose, when they start to consider opportunities.”

PDAC Executive Director Appears Before House Committee on Foreign Affairs

On November 17th, PDAC Executive Director Ross Gallinger appeared before the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development for its study on “The Role of the Private Sector in Achieving Canada's International Development Interests.” In his introductory remarks to the committee, Mr. Gallinger spoke of the ability of private companies to relieve poverty in developing countries: “Rather than our saying ‘I'm going to build you a school’ or ‘I'm going to build you a hospital,’ we should say ‘How can we work together so that you can build your livelihood, your capacity, and you can use this operation and what we're doing as a springboard to going forward’?” For the full transcript of Mr. Gallinger’s testimony click here.

2012 Federal Budget and the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit

The Mineral Exploration Tax Credit (METC) program is due to expire on March 31, 2012. The METC is a significant factor in the success of the mineral industry in Canada, helping to increase exploration financing by providing an incentive for Canadians to invest in exploration. The PDAC is advocating for the METC to be extended and to be made a permanent feature of the tax system. The PDAC is encouraging members to contact the Canadian government to state the importance of the METC. Click here for contact and background information to support correspondence. For further information, please see the PDAC’s submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and contact us.

Aboriginal Affairs

PDAC Participates in the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly

PDAC President Scott Jobin-Bevans and 1st Vice President Glenn Nolan, along with several PDAC staff, attended the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly in Ottawa, December 6th – 8th. Representatives from the PDAC attended sessions and workshops and networked with Chiefs and First Nation community members. 

PDAC and AFN staff discussed the ongoing relationship between the two organizations and future collaboration. The meetings were capped off with a gala dinner and dance; the PDAC was a sponsor of the evening’s entertainment which included performances by various Indigenous artists. At the gala, Mr. Jobin-Bevans and Mr. Nolan addressed the audience, and the PDAC Aboriginal Program video was played.

Manitoba Mining and Minerals Convention/Aboriginal Mining Workshop

PDAC 1st Vice President Glenn Nolan was the moderator for the Aboriginal Mining Workshop on November 18th in Winnipeg. The workshop, titled “Working Together to Explore Opportunities,” was a half-day workshop focusing on Aboriginal economic development opportunities in the mining sector. Panelists included Aboriginal community and industry leaders.

PDAC Staff Attend Conference on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

On November 29th, PDAC staff attended the “United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Milestone but What Next?” one-day conference at Ryerson University. The goal of the conference was to explore the legal, political and business impact of Canada’s endorsement of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), one year later. Phil Fontaine, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, gave the keynote address.

PDAC Convention 2012

Registration for PDAC Convention 2012 Now Open

Registration for the convention is now open—online registration can be accessed on the convention website. Registration can also be completed by fax (905.463.1854) or via mail (PDAC member’s convention registration brochures are in the mail). This year’s convention promises to live up to its reputation as the world’s leading convention for the mineral exploration industry. Early indicators show that interest in the convention is incredibly strong again this year!

Corporate Social Responsibility Event Series

The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Event Series will be in its third year at the 2012 PDAC Convention. The CSR Event Series provides practical insight into a range of issues affecting exploration and mining companies in Canada and abroad. All sessions are free to attend and no registration is required. The complete program is available here.

Student Affairs

New Earth Resources Technician Co-op Program at Fleming College Seeks Placement Opportunities

Students in the new Earth Resources Technician Co-op Program at Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario are seeking placement opportunities for 2012. The co-op work term starts in April and ends in early October. Approximately 35 students are seeking a paid co-op work opportunity for this period.  

The co-op program has official standing with both the Ontario government and the federal government—employers can take advantage of the associated tax benefits. This link provides information on co-op education tax credits for employers. To find out more about this opportunity contact Brian Gerry at [email protected] or Grant Bashford at [email protected].

Inaugural Mineral Exploration and Mining Virtual Career Fair

The PDAC and the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) are launching a virtual career fair that will allow employers to showcase their companies to job seekers outside their immediate region. The Mineral Exploration and Mining Virtual Career Fair goes live on February 8th and 9th, 2012, and will be open until February 17th. 

The fair will feature personalized virtual interactive 3D booths, along with an online, real-time chat forum that will enable employers to interact with job seekers via written, audio or video messaging.  

To register for the fair visit the fair’s website. The registration deadline is January 26th. Early bird pricing is available. PDAC corporate members receive a 10% discount off the regular rate. For more information about the fair contact us.

Mining Matters - Yukon Rocks!

Mining Matters delivered a public outreach program and a hands-on learning program for grade 6 students and high school students during the Yukon Geoscience Forum & Trade Show, November 19th – 23rd. Students toured the trade show floor and participated in a half-day program of cookie mining, mineral crystal cluster activities, and learned about the importance of rocks, minerals, metals and mining to everyday life.

Industry News

Metals Economics Group Releases Annual Report on Corporate Exploration Strategies

Halifax-based Metals Economics Group (MEG) released the 22nd edition of its Corporate Exploration Strategies (CES) report at the end of November. The report estimates that the total 2011 budget for nonferrous metals exploration surged to $18.2 billion. For more information on the report visit the MEG website.

Deloitte Reports on Top 10 Mining Trends for the Year Ahead

Deloitte released a report on November 28th, Tracking the Trends 2012, which provides an analysis of the top 10 trends expected to impact the mining sector in the year ahead. The report is available here.

IUGS e-Bulletin

The International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) publishes an e-bulletin six times a year which is available on their website. IUGS is a scientific organization with 121 national members, including Canada, that promotes development of the Earth sciences.

Government News

B.C._Announces_Funding">B.C. Announces Funding for the Mineral Exploration and Mining Sector

On DOn December 2nd, the B.C. government announced over $1 million in funding to help meet the increasing demand for skilled labour in B.C.’s mining sector. A total of $1,069,000 will go to the Association for

Looking Ahead

PDAC Executive Director to be Faculty Member for Osgoode’s Mining Law Certificate

PDAC Executive Director Ross Gallinger will be a faculty member for Osgoode Hall Law School’s certificate in mining law program, running from January 23rd - April 24th, 2012, and is the featured speaker for the program. For more information about the certificate program click here.

Annual CMHF Induction Dinner

The 24th Annual Canadian Mining Hall of Fame Induction Dinner will be held on Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at the Fairmont Royal York. The 2012 Inductees are: Ned Goodman, Phillip G. Hallof, PDAC Past President John A. Hansuld, Robert Hunter and Robert Dickinson. For more information email [email protected]

CMIC Signature Event

On January 31st, 2012, the Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) will be holding a day-long meeting in Toronto to discuss innovation in the Canadian mining industry. The meeting is aimed at senior executives and decision-makers in mining and exploration companies, consulting companies, manufacturers, academia and government. Early registration ends on December 16th. To register or for more information visit the CMIC website