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June 19, 2014
Volume 16 - Issue 5

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Inside AME BC
  • AME BC CSR Committee Presentation
  • AME BC Roundup 2015 - CSR Showcase Request for Abstract Proposals
  • Canadian Mineral Exploration Health & Safety Survey – Please Submit Online
  • Thank You to our New and Renewed Members!
  • Why Become a Corporate Member of AME BC?
Mineral Exploration News
  • BC Government News Release - Kitsault Mine Granted Mines Act Permit
  • Will You Play Hockey for Food?
  • 38th Annual BC Mine Reclamation Awards - Call for Nominations
  • BCIT - Centre for Mine Economics and Business - Courses for Mining Industry Professionals
Geoscience BC
  • Geoscience BC Releases First Geochemical Results from TREK Project
  • Geoscience BC Announces Bruce Madu as Vice President, Minerals & Mining
  • Request for Proposals: Minerals Geoscience 
In Memoriam

Employment Opportunities
Courses & Education
Upcoming Events and Conferences


Inside AME BC

AME BC CSR Committee Presentation

Sponsored by Pan American Silver

The AME BC Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee is pleased to invite you to an upcoming presentation from Joseph Ringwald, who will present on “Transparency of Extractive Industries Revenue to Governments”.
 
When: Tuesday, June 24, 4:00 – 5:30PM
Where: Xchange Centre 888 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver 2nd floor, Room A

Abstract: In January 2014, the Resource Revenue Transparency Working Group (RRTWG) released its recommendations for the development of a payment transparency standard for all publicly-traded companies in Canada. The recommendations are parallel to standards and regulations under development in the United States and Europe, leading to global standardization of reporting payments to governments. Implementation of these recommendations will increase transparency to will allow citizens to hold their governments to account for the revenues generated from mining activities and help to ensure that these revenues contribute to sustainable development and poverty reduction.
In June 2013, Prime Minister Harper announced that the Government of Canada will be developing mandatory reporting requirements for Canadian extractive sector companies within two years.
Joe’s presentation will review the events and work leading to the Government of Canada’s decision to implement transparency of revenues to governments, the current status of the initiative and the likely future for the initiative and the extractives industry.
 
Joe Ringwald - Bio
Joe Ringwald, President and CEO of Selwyn Resources, is a mining and mineral process engineer with over 25 years mining and construction experience including senior management positions in exploration, development and consulting companies. His career has taken him into five continents to work on underground and surface projects of various commodities including base and precious metals, uranium, coal, industrial minerals and diamonds. He has been on the national council of CIM, has chaired and co-chaired international mining conferences and events focused on Sustainable Development, is on the Executive Committee of the CSR Centre for Excellence, a past Director of Transparency International Canada, a member of the CSA’s Mining Technical Advisory and Monitoring Committee (MTAMC), a member of the CIM Standing Committee on Resources and Reserves Definitions and a member of the Standards Council of Canada’s mirror committee for anti-bribery. Joe is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and the CIM Distinguished Lecturer on CSR for 2014/2015.
 
There is no cost for this event. Limited seating, please RSVP to Silvana.costa@newgold.com  by Monday June 22, please use subject line “Resource Transparency.”


AME BC Roundup 2015 - CSR Showcase Session Request for Abstract Proposals

AME BC’s Roundup Committee is requesting abstract proposals from potential speakers who have a significant contribution to make to this year’s Roundup Showcase Session in January 2015. This year’s CSR Session theme provided below, explores the impactful value of early environmental planning and studies.

We are looking for a range of presentations from diverse perspectives (e.g. government, academia, industry, community and First Nations, Canadian as a well as international perspectives) as well as different aspects of early environmental planning and studies (e.g. innovative processes and systems, case studies, policy development, etc.).

Please submit a one page abstract describing the proposed topic along with a short speaker biography to mchoi@hemmera.com by July 30. Selected candidates will be informed after August 15, 2014.

Corporate Social Responsibility
Wednesday, January 28, 9:30AM – 11:30AM

Creating Value through Environmental Planning from Early Exploration to Project Development

Like saving for the future, small steps in environmental studies during early exploration can build tremendous project value compared to deferring studies to subsequent mine development stages.

For example, implementing short and long term environmental programs can help to build awareness around sensitive habitats and species, and define the relevance of environmental values to exploration infrastructure and construction. Other tangible benefits of early environmental studies include a more robust understanding of critical ecological components to inform the baseline scope for future assessments, building Traditional Knowledge as a resource tool to assess effects, training for community members and building partnerships with local communities for continued engagement and monitoring.

Incorporation of environmental values into early exploration is especially important given increasing regulatory and social expectations to protect the environment and minimize impacts at all stages of mineral exploration and development. Proactive studies, as explored in this session, are everyday small steps which ultimately lead to better incorporation of environmental and social values into resource projects, more tangible and meaningful relationships with communities of interest and provide a big step forward for all.


Canadian Mineral Exploration Health & Safety Survey – Please Submit Online

The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) and Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) are pleased to announce that the ninth annual health and safety survey form is now available online at http://64.114.94.36/survey.aspx?RD=1. If you had reportable incidents in 2013, please note that we have changed the incident reporting form compared to previous years.

These changes were made to address difficulties in filling out the online incident reporting form and in response to requests for a form that companies can use as an ongoing tool for managing incident reporting. Prior to filling out the online survey please:

1)    Fill out the incident report spreadsheet at the bottom of the survey page
2)    Save it to your computer
3)    Upload it as you complete the survey.

If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact Jonathan Buchanan at AME BC at 604.630.3923.

Have a safe day, every day!


Thank you to our new and renewed Members!

Our members are a valuable and integral part of our organization.  As a Corporate Member, you provide us with valuable feedback on how certain public policy issues will impact, or are affecting your ability to efficiently manage and conduct business in BC. As an Individual Member you provide us with important input and feedback on key matters from the perspective of an individual professional working within the global exploration and development industry.

The support of your membership makes it possible for us to continue to produce publications such as the Aboriginal Engagement Guidebook and the AME BC Safety Guidelines that are a valuable resource to the BC mineral exploration and development industry.  This would not be possible without your support.

Click here to see a complete list of our current Corporate Members!

Not a Corporate Member yet? Visit our Membership page for details on how to become a Corporate Member. 


Why Become a Corporate Member of AME BC?

AME BC has over 100 years of experience supporting mineral exploration and development in BC, through good times and bad, and through many changes in both the industry and the regulatory environment in BC. Get access to the experience, knowledge, relationships and credibility that come with being an AME BC member.

Your Corporate Membership helps us to:
  • Shape and influence exploration policy in BC creating a favourable business environment for your company to succeed.
  • Communicate with government, communities, First Nations and industry stakeholders on the issues that are important to you.
  • Raise awareness about the contribution mineral exploration and development make to communities and the economy in BC.
As a corporate member, you’ll meet other long-time members – at corporate member events, mixers and more – who understand the industry, know the business cycles and know how to navigate the challenges and issues every exploration and development company experiences. Learn from them, and put their knowledge to work in your business.


Mineral Exploration News

BC Government News Release - Kitsault Mine Granted Mines Act Permit

Victoria – Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review announced the $812 million Kitsault mine project located 140 kilometres north of Prince Rupert has received its Mines Act permit.

Kitsault will employ approximately 700 people during a two-year construction period and 300 full-time workers during operations. Avanti Mining Inc. is targeting 2015 for operations and expects the Kitsault molybdenum mine to produce 45,500 metric tonnes of ore per day during its 14-year mine life.

The project is located on Nisga’a traditional territory in the Nass Wildlife Area. The Province and the Nisga’a are currently in discussions regarding an Economic and Community Development Agreement (ECDA). ECDAs are agreements between B.C. and First Nations for sharing the direct mineral tax revenue on new mines and major mine expansions.

Avanti Mining Inc. was issued a provincial Environmental Assessment (EA) certificate for their Kitsault Mine on March 18, 2013 and there is Federal EA decision pending. 

 

To read the full release click here.
Will you play hockey for food?

The Vancouver mining community has teamed up with the charity, Five Hole For Food in efforts to raise donations for local food banks by playing street hockey in the "Mining For Food" campaign.

Five Hole for Food (FHFF) is a non-profit that travels through 13 cities coast-to-coast in July organizing street hockey tournaments raise food for the local food banks.

Five Hole For Food travels across the Canada beginning July 2 in St. John's and finishing July 19 in Vancouver.  If your are interested in participating please email:  Rasphal: rashpal@fiveholeforfood.com


38th Annual BC Mine Reclamation Awards - Call for Nominations

 
The BC Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation (TRCR) is seeking nominations of worthy recipients for the Annual BC Mine Reclamation Awards.
 
The awards will be presented at the 38th Annual BC Mine Reclamation Symposium being held September 22-25, 2014 in Prince George, BC.
 
Nominations are being sought in the following categories:

  • Metal Mines
  • Coal Mines
  • Sand and Gravel or Quarries
  • Placer
  • Mineral Exploration
  • Coal Exploration

 
Please see the attached or www.trcr.bc.ca for the Terms of Reference and additional information.
 
The deadline for nominations is August 15, 2014.


BCIT - Centre for Mine Economics and Business - Courses for Mining Industry Professionals

Vancouver is widely recognized as the top destination for mineral exploration and mining, with the world’s leading cluster of exploration companies. Courses at the Centre are aimed at technical professionals, including geologists, engineers and technologists as well as business professionals, including accountants, lawyers, directors, business and investment professionals, corporate executives, and government and community leaders.  Having this diversity of learners’ skill-sets will create a unique and dynamic learning environment.

The following courses will be offered starting this fall at BCIT’s Downtown Campus (555 Seymour Street, Vancouver):

In addition to these courses, the Department of Mining and Mineral Exploration at BCIT will be offering a variety of technical part-time studies course, see www.bcit.ca/mining

To register directly, click the course title above.  For more information on our instructors and content, click here.


Geoscience BC  

Geoscience BC Releases First Geochemical Results from TREK Project

Geoscience BC releases Geoscience BC Report 2014-10, "Regional Geochemical and Mineralogical Data, TREK Project, Interior Plateau, British Columbia." This report contains the first geochemical results from the TREK project. Short for Targeting Resources through Exploration and Knowledge, TREK is Geoscience BC's newest regional project focused on BC's Interior Plateau, an underexplored area that is considered highly prospective for mineral resources.

The report is now available for download through Geoscience BC's website at www.geosciencebc.com/s/DataReleases.asp.
About Geoscience BC Report 2014-10
W. Jackaman and D. Sacco

Geoscience BC Report 2014-10 contains digital data files of field observations and analytical results from the 2013 TREK Geochemistry program, which focused on the eastern portion of the TREK project area. The digital data includes site location information, field observations and analytical data for 677 basal till samples and 281 lake sediment and water samples collected as part of the 2013 TREK Project. The data files include the following:
  • till survey trace metal data
  • till survey gold grain data
  • till survey PCIM data
  • till survey pebble count
  • lake survey trace metal data
This information can be combined with the 2013 TREK Geophysical survey data and the Basal Till Potential Maps (BTPMs), that when combined, form a powerful tool for mineral exploration.

For more information about the TREK Project, go to http://www.geosciencebc.com/s/TREK.asp.


Request for Proposals: Minerals Geoscience
Geoscience BC is pleased to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for applied minerals geoscience projects. We encourage proposal submissions from First Nations, communities, governments, industry, academia, or non-profit organizations for geoscience projects related to mineral exploration in BC.

2014 RFP - Minerals Geoscience: Proposals that will be considered should be of an applied and innovative nature and relate to geology, mineral deposits, or metallogeny of BC, or address an exploration method or technique that will enhance exploration interest and success in BC.

Topics of work that will be looked upon favourably include, but are not limited to:
  • Integration of Geoscience BC data with existing publicly available or industry-available geoscience data, including existing geophysical, geochemical and geological datasets, drill hole information from ARIS reports and MINFILE information
  • Analysis of new Geoscience BC data to increase its usefulness, i.e. geophysical inversions
  • New projects focused on understanding geological processes; i.e. geochemical transport, biogeochemical transport and hydrogeochemical studies
Other value-add projects to complement publicly available datasets.

For more details on the RFP and proposal guidelines, please download the following:


The RFP closing date is June 30, 2014 at 12pm (Pacific). Proposals received on or before noon on May 20, 2014 will have the greatest potential to receive funding for part of the 2014 field season. Proposals that do not conform to the submission guidelines will be disregarded.


Geoscience BC Announces Bruce Madu as Vice President, Minerals & Mining


Geoscience BC is pleased to announce the appointment of Bruce Madu as Vice President, Minerals & Mining.

Bruce will provide minerals and mining-related scientific and technical leadership to Geoscience BC and direct new and existing Geoscience BC initiatives related to the exploration and development of mineral resources in British Columbia. He will work closely with First Nations, communities, governments, industry and Geoscience BC's advisors to identify project opportunities, design and deliver new projects and collaborate with partner organizations. Bruce will also engage with the public and industry to provide information on Geoscience BC and its role in promoting B.C.'s mineral resources.

Bruce is a professional geoscientist (P. Geo.) registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, and recently served as the Director of the BC Geological Survey, Mineral Development Office (MDO) in Vancouver. The MDO promotes opportunities in the province's minerals and coal industry and its geological and geoscience advantages. He has held several positions as a geologist within the Provincial government in the Kamloops, Prince George and Smithers regions. His work duties have included missions to the countries of Peru, China, Japan, Korea and India to transfer knowledge and share information about BC's resource opportunities. Bruce has additional experience in various positions across the province with crown land and water management.

To read the entire release click here to access the Geoscience BC web page directly.


In Memoriam
John Loretto (1927 - 2014)

John passed away on May 26, 2014. John was born in England, educated at Caterham School and graduated from The Royal School of Mines, London in 1947. He spent the next 20 years in various countries in Africa where he was involved in a number of mining operations and consulting work. In 1953 he took up flying, which he loved, and which enabled him to visit and become familiar with most of the countries in the southern part of Africa. At one point he was responsible for rescuing and transporting to safety, three people whose plane had gone down in the African bush and who had been given up for dead. In 1967 he moved to Canada and worked as a mining consultant for several Canadian companies. Later he became an independent Mining consultant.


Jack Gordon Souther PhD (1924 - 2014)

 

Jack died after a long and courageous battle with cancer, leaving behind Betty, his loving wife, best friend and partner through sixty years of an adventure-filled life, and his three daughters Anne, Barbara (Bob) and Janet (Robert), grandchildren Chevar, Jarone, Tara and Bryce (Richelle) and great grandson, Logan, and extended family members in Alberta and B.C. Jack was first and foremost a scientist. He had a successful, enjoyable career with the Geological Survey of Canada, working in spectacular wilderness locales, primarily in Northwest B.C., the Yukon and the Canadian Arctic. He became Canada's first volcanologist. In retirement he spent much of his life in Whistler where he volunteered as a Mountain Host at Whistler/Blackcomb. Jack wrote many natural history and travel articles for PIQUE Newsmagazine and made many friends in the community. His interests and talents were numerous and diverse. We will greatly miss him, but he left us all with many tangible creations and indelible memories.


Donald William Tully (1919 - 2014)

Donald passed away on May 29, 2014 at the Capilano Care Centre following a lengthy illness. He is predeceased by his parents William and Jean, loving wife Iva and four siblings Anne, Dan, Art and Jack. Donald is survived by his loving companion Margaret Brown, his two daughters Nancy (Gilles Breton), Janet (Colin Pinkerton) and two grandsons Neil and Robert Pinkerton, and two brothers Peter (Margaret) and Russel (Trudy) plus numerous nieces and nephews. Donald grew up on a dairy farm but decided that being a farmer was not the life for him and went to McGill University graduating 1943. He spent his life working as a geologist specializing in hard rock mining throughout Canada. He was well respected in the BC mining community for his knowledge and expertise. He retired in 1995 but continued his interest in mining by enjoying the ups and downs of penny stocks and maintaining his membership in various Mining Organizations.


Allan Frederick Wilcox (1947 - 2014)

Allan  passed away peacefully on May 10, 2014.

Allan graduated from Carleton University in 1971 and began his career working for Noranda Mines Ltd. and Manitoba Department of Mines. He then worked at Canmet, the Geological Survey of Canada and Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, before joining the British Columbia Geological Survey (BCGS) in 1981. Allan was instrumental in developing and implementing the first version of MINFILE, an electronic database of mineral occurrences, and later the Assessment Report Indexing System.  

As Senior Mineral Assessment Geoscientist at the BCGS, Allan delivered the Mineral Assessment Report program, including timely review of client submissions, and management and distribution of over 34,000 coal and mineral reports. He expertly guided the compliance of mineral assessment reporting by the exploration community for government. Over the past thirty years, Allan built a strong working relationship with clients in both industry and government. Prospectors and exploration geologists working in British Columbia have long been accustomed to calling him for helpful advice.

Allan’s valuable contribution to the Survey was recognized by his inclusion in the team that was the 2012 Finalist in the Premier Award for Innovation for MapPlace, the world leading online tool developed by the BCGS.

In his off hours, Allan was very active in community activities. He was often seen at the local arena, assisting disabled clients attending shows and events. For many years, Allan volunteered and sat on the board of directors for community theatres and cultural societies.He also had a 33-year association with Scouts Canada.

A celebration of Allan's life and memory, held on May 17, was attended by his friends, colleagues and family, including his children Alec and Jen.


Employment Opportunities

Current postings:

BC Ministry of Energy and Mines, Vancouver

Director, BC Mineral Development Office

The Director is a key Ministry contact with the mineral exploration and mining industry in Vancouver and plays the primary role in distributing and marketing technical geoscience products of the BC Geological Survey; and leads the Ministry’s technical marketing efforts to promote investment in British Columbia’s mineral and coal resources.

The Director manages the BC Geological Survey’s Mineral Development Office (MDO) and provides advice to senior government officials and supports industry clients. Responsibilities include proactively providing information and assistance to industry stakeholders; building and using an extensive network of stakeholders to track the health and trends of the minerals industry in BC; preparing major presentations for large audiences of senior industry and/or government executives; preparing technical marketing materials including co-ordination of the geoscience outputs of the Regional Geologists program; organizing government geoscience activities in Vancouver; monitoring competing jurisdictions; and providing occasional technical expertise to other Provincial Ministry agencies to incoming/outgoing trade missions to enhance economic development in the mining sector.

To see the full posting, as well as how to apply, click here.


Want to Post an Ad on the AME BC Job Board?
If you are an employer and would like to post a job, use the post a job function here. The cost for each posting is $190, which will remain active for 45 days. AME BC corporate members receive one free posting with a yearly membership or renewal, with all subsequent postings at a 50% member discounted rate.

 

To use your free posting, please email the complete job posting information to info@amebc.ca. To use your subsequent 50% discount, simply make sure you are logged in and let the payment calculator do the rest.


Courses & Education
AME BC’s tradition of education for the mineral exploration sector dates back to 1918, when it held its first prospecting seminar. Since then, thousands of students have received training in prospecting, mineral exploration, health and safety, and aboriginal engagement through AME BC. Click here to view AME BC’s Education and Professional Development section.


Other Professional Development Opportunities

Several of AME BC’s Corporate Members have professional development programs geared toward our diverse membership. Current offerings are available here


Upcoming Events & Conferences

AME BC helps to facilitate and promote external events that benefit our members. Use this calendar to see what events are on the horizon and get detailed information.

AME BC Events Calendar