February 28, 2014
Volume 16 - Issue 1

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Inside AME BC
  • Roundup 2014
  • AME BC Members Update - Board of Directors 2014
Mineral Exploration News
  • BC Ministry of Energy and Mines Discussion Paper - Mines Act Permit Fees
  • Genome BC Roundtable at Roundup 2014
  • 38th Annual BC Mine Reclamation Symposium
  • BCIT Mining and Mineral Exploration Technology Students Seeking Summer Employment
  • Women in Mining & VIP Reception during CIM 2014 Convention

Geoscience BC

  • Geoscience BC Releases First Results from TREK Project
  • Geoscience BC Releases Two Reports at Mineral Exploration Roundup
In Memoriam

Employment Opportunities
Courses & Education
Upcoming Events and Conferences

Inside AME BC

Roundup 2014

Mineral Exploration Roundup 2014: Resources for Life was a great success, with over 6,600 participants from 37 countries. Preparations are already been made for Roundup 2015 under the sails of Canada Place at Vancouver Convention Centre East from January 26-29, 2015. Visit amebc.ca/roundup for updates!

In the meantime, we wish to sincerely thank the sponsors that made Roundup 2014 possible.

Teck Resources Limited


Rio Tinto


Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
Alaska Structures
ALS Minerals
Canaccord Genuity
Eldorado Gold Corp.
Endeavour Silver Corp.
Evoque Event Management
Geotech Drilling Services Ltd.
Hecla Mining Company
Major Drilling
NovaGold Resources Inc.
Raymond James
Silver Wheaton Corp.

Acme Labs
Anglo American Exploration (Canada) Ltd.
ARANZ Geo Ltd.
Bank of Montreal
BDO Canada LLP
Capstone Mining Corp.
Dentons Canada LLP
Hy-Tech Drilling Ltd.
Imperial Metals Corporation
Kinross Gold Corp.
Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd.
McMillan LLP
Miller Thomson LLP
New Gold
PR Associates
Seabridge Gold Inc.
Tetra Tech
Vale Exploration Canada Inc.
Yukon Government

Accurate Mining Services Ltd.
Apex Diamond Drilling Ltd.
Atlas Drilling Ltd.
AuRico Gold
Avanti Mining Inc.
Black Diamond Group Limited
Caron Business Solutions Inc.
CGG Airborne
Coast Mountain Geological Ltd.
Duz Cho Construction Ltd.
Entrée Gold Inc.
Equity Exploration Consultants Ltd.
Ethos Geological Inc.
First Resources Impact Ventures Ltd.
Foundex Explorations Ltd.
Frontline Machinery
IDL Projects Inc.
Independence Gold Corp.
Kaminak Gold Corporation
Kivalliq Energy Corp.
Mining Plus
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
Northern Trailer
Northwest Community College
Norwest Corporation
Nuna Logistics Limited
Paradigm Capital Inc.
Peter E. Walcott & Associates Limited
Pretium Resources Inc.
Proteck Hazardous Material
Management Ltd.
Roca Mines Inc.
SNC-Lavalin Inc.
Stikine Energy Corp.
Summit Catering Ltd.
Taseko Mines Limited
TerraLogic Exploration Inc.

The Northern Miner

Copper Mountain
Dead Famous
Independence Gold Corp.


AME BC Members Update - Board of Directors 2014
Dear AME BC Member,

On behalf of the staff of the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) thank you for voting in the election of AME BC’s Board of Directors.  Please visit our website for profiles of your AME BC Directors.

Also, we are pleased to announce the lucky winner of the iPAD.  Congratulations to Ellen Hunter-Perkins who is a student at the University of Victoria and will be graduating this spring with a BSc in Earth Sciences and Biology.

We would like to extend a thank you to all of our members for voting, to the all the Directors for your support, all the members of the Nominating Committee, the Nominees and to welcome all the Directors on the board for 2014.    

AME BC’s mission is to support our members through clear initiatives, policy positions, events and tools that encourage a safe, economically strong and environmentally responsible mineral exploration and development industry.

Mineral Exploration News

BC Ministry of Energy and Mines Discussion Paper - Mines Act Permit Fees 

The Ministry of Energy & Mines (MEM), Mines and Mineral Resources Division (MMRD) is pursuing the introduction of fees for Mines Act permits. A discussion paper describing proposed fees, payment methods, and background rationale is available at the following link:


You are invited to provide comments and feedback on the proposed introduction of Mines Act permit fees and the BC govenment thanks you in advance for taking the time to review the discussion paper and provide your input.

The comment period is open until March 31, 2014.  Comments should be sent to the following email address: mapa.fees@gov.bc.ca

Genome BC Roundtable at Roundup 2014

On January 28th a group of representatives from industry, academia and government were brought together to determine the level of interest in applying biological methods, specifically genomics, to improving operational and cost performance in the mining industry.

The use of biological methods to inform exploration, enhance metal recovery and remediation is not new but new technologies, including the ability to sequence microorganisms at rapidly declining costs, means that the application of biological tools could potentially expand reserve estimates, improve recovery of low-grade and refractory ores and provide new tools for monitoring process parameters.

Scientists gave concrete examples about discoveries that may lead to improved processes for treating wastes, recovering metals and maximizing mineral yield. Some of the examples include gold and copper extraction, bioremediation of wastewater using specific microbial communities and the application of organisms that bind to minerals to better separate them.

Future opportunities include extraction of rare earth metals, exploration for new deposits and applications of bioreactors in Northern Canada. Attendees of the roundtable all agreed that there is the will and technological expertise to move forward. Biological tools now have the ability to meet safety, environmental and economic challenges.

Follow-on activities will target meetings such as the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM)’s annual convention being held this May in Vancouver. Interested participants should contact Anikó Takács-Cox, Manager, Sector Development: Mining, Energy and Environment, acox@genomebc.ca.

38th Annual BC Mine Reclamation Symposium

The BC Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation invites you to submit Paper Abstracts for our 2014 Symposium.

This years BC Mine Reclamation Symposium will take place at the Prince George Civic Centre, B.C. from September 22 – 25, 2014.

Please note the deadline for the abstract is April 14, 2014.

The British Columbia Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation (TRCR) invites papers for oral presentation and posters that address a wide range of reclamation issues from planning to closure.

Please e-mail abstracts (approximately 300 words) by April 14th, 2014 to:
Dirk van Zyl, University of British Columbia
e-mail:  dvanzyl@mining.ubc.ca
Telephone 604.827.3462

Final papers are due by June 16th, 2014.

BCIT Mining and Mineral Exploration Technology Students Seeking Summer Employment 

BCIT has a group of Mining and Mineral Exploration Technology students who are currently seeking summer employment opportunities. These students are flexible, adaptable, willing to relocate and keen to quickly become productive employees. 

Previous employers have found hiring BCIT technology students to be an effective recruiting model, providing many benefits such as direct access to a pool of qualified and enthusiastic workers; a chance to evaluate potential employees without making a long term commitment and an opportunity to assist a student in developing the skills necessary for industry success.

Hiring a student is easy; just forward your job description directly to Judith_Hall@bcit.ca.  Our office will email you the student resumes for your review and hiring consideration. You select the students you wish to interview and our office will assist in making all of the arrangements to connect you with the students.

Our BCIT students will complete the first year of the Mining and Mineral Exploration Technology program in April and will be available to work in industry from the beginning of May until the end of August. Program information can be found by visiting our websites at http://www.bcit.ca/study/programs/6610diplt#details.

Women in Mining & VIP Reception during CIM 2014 Convention

Tuesday, May 13 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Vancouver Convention Centre. Room 221 - 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver

Guest speaker:
Anna Tudela VP, Regulatory Affairs & Corporate Secretary | Goldcorp Inc.
Tickets: $35 – Join us for a fantastic event and enjoy drinks, appetizers and a chance to win one of the amazing door prizes! Meet and network with a diverse group of people from the industry.
Buy your tickets: vancouver2014.cim.org
Proudly Sponsored by: Caterpillar

Geoscience BC  

Geoscience BC Releases First Results from TREK Project

Geoscience BC is pleased to announce the release of the TREK airborne magnetic survey, flown over the northern Interior Plateau region last summer and fall. TREK, short for Targeting Resources through Exploration and Knowledge, is Geoscience BC's newest multiyear minerals project focused on adding information to this underexplored region of the province.

"This survey will help to make this area of the province more attractive for mineral explorers to dig into," said Hon. Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review. "We've seen how Geoscience BC projects have encouraged mineral exploration and investment to BC in the past and I am looking forward to seeing the economic potential that will be uncovered by TREK data in the future."

TREK is a $4.1 million project developed by Geoscience BC to generate new information in an area considered highly prospective for mineral resources. The more than 24,000 square kilometre project area stretches south from Fraser Lake and Vanderhoof to Anahim Lake and west from Quesnel. It also includes the active Blackwater Gold District. Project partners include the Nazko First Nation, the Ministry of Energy and Mines (BC Geological Survey), the Mineral Deposits Research Unit at the University of British Columbia, PK Geophysics, Noble Exploration Services Ltd. and Aeroquest Airborne Ltd.

"We are supportive of the new TREK project and excited about the new information it will generate in our area," said Nazko First Nation Councillor Stuart Alec. "We believe that the TREK data will bring economic benefits and reveal the potential for renewable energy, which will enhance our social and environmental conditions."

To see the full results and read the full release click here.


Geoscience BC Releases Two Reports at Mineral Exploration Roundup


Geoscience BC is pleased to announce the release of the following two reports during the Mineral Exploration Roundup Conference in Vancouver: 

Geoscience BC Summary of Activities 2013, Report 2014-01

Summary of Activities is Geoscience BC's annual technical publication, and provides updates on new, ongoing and recently completed Geoscience BC-funded projects. Print copies will be available from Geoscience BC's Roundup Booth (F27) on January 29 and 30 (Wednesday and Thursday) at no charge. The full volume and individual papers will be available for download from Geoscience BC's website.

This and past Summary of Activities volumes are available on Geoscience BC's website at: http://www.geosciencebc.com/s/SummaryofActivities.asp?ReportID=358403.

Geoscience BC Report 2014-03: Regional Stream Sediment Geochemical Data, Sample Reanalysis (INAA), Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Geoscience BC Report 2014-03 presents reanalysis results from stream sediment samples collected during a 1988 geochemical survey completed in the Alert Bay and Cape Scott map sheet areas by the British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources (MEMPR). The samples were reanalyzed by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) to update the original 1989 release of analytical results.

This report is the final component of the Northern Vancouver Island Exploration Geoscience Project. The project was partially funded by the Island Coastal Economic Trust, through matching funding provided to Geoscience BC. The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Rivercorp also provided support for the project.

For more information on the Northern Vancouver Island Exploration Geoscience Project, go to http://www.geosciencebc.com/s/NorthernVancouverIsland.asp.

In Memoriam 
Michael James Casselman (1946-2014)

Mike passed away at Vancouver General Hospital surrounded by an outpouring of love and compassion from his dearest friends and family. Mike was raised in Trail, BC. He received his BSc from UBC and his MSc from Carleton. Mike was an exceptional geologist, and his career highlights include finding and exploring several deposits at Hackett River, NWT, Tulsequah Chief, BC and at the Pebble Copper porphyry in Alaska. In 1969, he began his over 30-year tenure with Cominco. Notably, he spent two years in Chile where he managed an extensive copper exploration program. He has since served as a director, vice- president and technical advisor with the Candente Group of companies, and was a board member with Savant Explorations Ltd. Mike's instincts and expert analysis won him the respect and admiration of his colleagues and friends, with whom he cheerfully debated everything from politics to golf and hockey. Mike loved adventure and was never without his wife, Caroline. From the far north to Chile, and Palm Springs to China they wandered not one, but many roads less traveled. Recently, Mike's happiest days were spent at Christina Lake with his family and many of his original Warfield Mountaineers. Mike's abounding generosity, attentiveness, and fierce loyalty made him a consummate mentor. He was, simply put, the best. He leaves behind his wife and best friend, Caroline, his two daughters, Marcie (Greg) and Elysa (Daryl), his grandchildren: Sebastian, Emilia, Ryerson, Marcus and Olivia, his sister Jane (Darrel). A true inspiration, Mike filled our hearts with joy and wonder, and he will be missed by many more than any of us dare to count. So many pictures left to paint

Herbert David Drechsler (1929 - 2014)

Herb passed away due to flu complications on January 4, 2014 in Seattle, Wa. His loving wife Linda Lehr and his family were at his side. Herb was born March 4, 1929 in Chicago, Ill. His parents were Pearl and Max Drechsler. Herb graduated from Crane Technical high school where he studied metallurgy. Herb 's father had wanted his son to be a pharmacist but Herb was more interested in mining and engineering so he went to study at the Montana School of Mines, in Butte, Montana. Tuition at the time was $37.50 for two terms. Herb graduated in 1952 and went to work for Anaconda Copper Mine as a mining engineer sampling particular veins and doing measurements. Herb then worked at the Armour Chemical Co. in Chicago. This is where he met his first wife Carol Whitmore. He moved to Michigan where he worked for White Pine Copper as a shift boss. There the mine shaft went under Lake Michigan which was dangerous. Carol joined him in Ironwood and they were married in 1954. Soon after, Herb and Carol moved to Leadville, Colorado where their 4 children were born. In Leadville, Herb worked at the Resurrection Mining Co. taking ore samples. When the ore ran out, he started working for the Climax Mining Co. in Climax, Colorado in an entry level position. After several promotions he assumed a senior position in New York City with the American Metal Company. Herb evaluated and made recommendations regarding the value of mines worldwide. He was particularly proud of discovering an ore site in Western Australia which is now known as the Whaleback Mountain mine - one of the world's largest iron ore mines. Herb's 6 months of traveling a year was taking a toll on his family. Herb decided to change careers at 38 years of age so he could spend more time with his family. He went back to school to advance his education and received his PHd at Columbia University in NYC in 1972. Herb moved to BC to become a UBC professor in the field of international business. He eventually started his own consulting firm called HDD Consulting. Herb's first wife Carol died in 1985. In 1986 Herb married his second wife, Linda, whom he had met at the Jib Set sailing school. Herb was a gregarious and kind hearted man with multiple interests: sailing, skiing, golfing, motorcycling, cooking, wine tasting, going to Canuck games, attending the opera. Herb also focused on stocks and financial investing. Herb cared deeply about growing his knowledge.

Craig Finnigan

Craig Finnigan, Chief Geologist of Kaminak Gold Corporation for eight years, passed away suddenly shortly after receiving the H.H. “Spud” Huestis Award with his colleagues at the AME BC Awards Dinner on January 29.

AME BC expresses its sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. "Craig will be remembered by all who had a chance to work with him as a passionate geologist and a dedicated explorer who took great pride in his work and involvement with Kaminak,” stated John Robins, Chairman of Kaminak Gold Corporation. “Craig was intimately involved with the Company, from its inception as a grassroots project generator, through to the discovery of the Coffee gold deposits and beyond.  He was a respected and valued member of our team and will be greatly missed.”

For the full Kaminak release click here.

Peter Lawrence Gordy (1930 - 2014)

Peter was born in Kimberley BC.  Growing up in the mountains created a life long love of the outdoors and a passion for exploring. The family moved to Vancouver and lived on Hawks Avenue in Strathcona. He attended Britannia High School where he excelled in science, and was the backbone of the Senior English Rugby and Canadian Football teams. After high school, Peter enrolled in UBC to study geology. He lived in rooming houses, rode the street cars, and relied on bursaries and seasonal work in the coal mines of the Elk Valley to pay his way.

After graduating from UBC in Geology in 1954, Peter joined Shell Canada’s Exploration department in Calgary, AB becoming a well-respected expert in the structural geology of the Rocky Mountains.  He was a frequent presenter on the Distinguished Lecture Tour, and also authored numerous scientific papers. Peter retired after an eminent career to his much beloved Bowser, BC.  Peter had many interests, including fishing, woodworking, traveling in his RV, golf and bridge, a game in which he became a life master.

In 2001, Peter suffered a life altering spinal cord injury. Through sheer strength of will and stubborn determination, he fought valiantly to regain his mobility. Peter Gordy was a proud and strong man. He loved the grandeur of the mountains, the inspiration of classical music, the satisfaction of working with his hands, the stimulation of intelligent discourse, and always...a good scotch.

Angus Ross MacDonald  (1925 - 2013)

Angus Ross passed away on December 30, 2013 following a courageous battle with cancer. Angus was born in Alexandria, Ontario on July 23, 1925. As a young man he assumed the role of man of the family for his mother and six siblings, working on the family farm after his father's passing. At the age of 15 Angus joined the Canadian Army where he served for 4 years. After his service, he worked his way across Canada earning just enough money to survive. He was very careful to ensure that even in those days without work or food he had hidden away a hundred dollars in his sock for emergencies. Angus' last stop before settling on the coast was Kamloops, where he found a steady job and met his future wife, Jean Dempsey, whom he married in 1949. For the next 61 years, Angus and Jean's homes included Campbell River and the Lower Mainland. Although life included many work camps away from home, his family was always a constant. During his successful career, he was an open pit mining contractor, developer and entrepreneur. Never one to retire, Angus returned to the Thompson Nicola area 20 years ago to build his cherished Sky High Ranch. He later became a founding director of Nicola Lakeshore Estates. Angus was referred to by many as the unofficial mayor of Nicola Lake. He was proud of this title and was also known to wear a sheriff's badge along with his mayor's hat. Shortly after his 88th birthday, he finished building the cowboy cabin by the lake he had always dreamed of having. 

Anthony (Tony) Mochinski (1932 - 2014)

Tony passed away peacefully on February 4th at home with his family at his side. Tony was born in Hardisty, Alberta and resided in Burnaby and later in West Vancouver. He spent much of his early years traveling and working in the Construction Industry. Tony held many senior positions during his career with Commonwealth Construction including time spent in the Philippines on the Marcopper Mining Project. In 1983 he started his own company, Merit Consultants, which provided project and construction management services worldwide. His love of sports, fishing and boating brought him much joy. His leisure time was spent aboard his yacht the "Happy Ours" with his family and friends. When he was not fishing or boating he was with his hunting buddies at their country hunting lodge that is now named after him. Tony leaves an indelible mark on all who knew him and now lives on in our hearts and memories. Survived by his loving wife Lorna, sisters Elizabeth Boyco, Olga (John) Lakusta, Eva Allegretto, Mary Mah, and brother Lawrence (Frances), son Tony Dale Mochinski, daughter Debbie Anna Mochinski and grandchildren Clint (Jodie) Mochinski, Brett Mochinski and great-grandchildren, Carter Mochinski and Emma Mochinski. The family would like to extend our deepest appreciation to all our family and friends for their love and support during Tony's brief illness.

Ted Turton (1929 - 2013)

Born to Alfred and May in Brandon (Manitoba), Ted enjoyed his formative years there but left at an early age to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams. They proved to be many and varied but early instincts focused on resources and resource finance, participating in two major events – the discovery of the rich Pyramid lead/zinc deposit and the formation of the Brenda Mines group. Shortly thereafter he bought a small, local brokerage firm which, together with partner Peter Brown, grew to become Canaccord Financial.

A true gentleman, Ted always found and thought the best of those he met. He mentored others by living his values of honesty, loyalty and integrity. As he prospered, he never forgot his humble beginnings or failed to share his prosperity. There are many who owe their business success to this kind and gentle executive and equally as many less fortunate who were touched by his generosity. Ted will be deeply missed and forever remembered for his compassionate nature, kind spirit and generous heart.