March 20, 2014
Volume 16 - Issue 2

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Inside AME BC
  • AME BC Exploration Safety Workshops - Registration Now Open
  • Renew your AME BC Corporate Membership by March 28th to be included in the AME BC Buyer’s Guide
  • Why AME BC Corporate Membership? 
Mineral Exploration News
  • DEADLINE SOON - BC Ministry of Energy and Mines Discussion Paper - Mines Act Permit Fees
  • MDRU Research Day - April 1, 2014
  • NRCan - PDAC Mineral Exploration Industry Workshop (Vancouver)
  • MineralsEd at Roundup 2014!
  • BCIT Mining and Mineral Exploration Technology Students Seeking Summer Employment
  • Women in Mining & VIP Reception during CIM 2014 Convention

Geoscience BC

  • Geoscience BC Sponsors 2014 KEG Conference & Trade Show
Employment Opportunities

Courses & Education
Upcoming Events and Conferences

Inside AME BC

AME BC Exploration Safety Workshops - Registration Now Open

The AME BC Health & Safety Committee presents two Health and Safety workshops.

The AME BC Health & Safety Committee presents its fourth annual workshop on exploration safety for senior management and project managers. Our goal is to foster responsible and adaptive safety leadership in the mineral exploration sector. Effective safety leaders are the building blocks of a strong culture that strives for everyday safety and zero harm. Course date is March 28, 2014.


The second is an introduction workshop on exploration safety. This workshop is specially designed for student assistants and recently graduated geoscientists. Course date is March 29, 2014.

Click here for more info and to register.

Renew your AME BC Corporate Membership by March 28th to be included in the AME BC Buyer’s Guide

The AME BC Members Directory & Buyers’ Guide is a directory of businesses and services involved in the mineral exploration and development sector. It is included in the summer 2014 issue of AME BC's publication Mineral Exploration Magazine. Over 5,500 copies will be distributed to AME BC members and delegates of Roundup. Listings are free to AME BC Corporate Members and to paid advertisers. Renew by March 28th to take advantage of your free listing!

Click here to renew your Corporate Membership for 2014.
Questions? Email Roxanne Finnie, AME BC Manager Member Relations at or call 604.630.3927.

Why AME BC Corporate Membership?

The backing of AME BC'sCorporate Members strengthens our overall advocacy efforts on issues that affect the mineral exploration and development industry and the success of companies and organizations operating within it.

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.
For over 100 years, the Association has advocated on behalf of the mineral exploration and development sector based in British Columbia. The support of each one of our Corporate Members from across British Columbia, Canada and many parts of the world continues to make AME BC one of the best industry advocacy associations for mineral exploration and development in the world. We look forward to your support in 2014 as we continue this work in the exciting year ahead. 

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:

NRCan - Developing Mandatory Reporting Standards for the Extractive Sector Consultation

As part of NRCan's development of mandatory reporting standards in the extractive sector, we are conducting cross-Canada consultations. The first sessions took place on the margins of PDAC at the beginning of March and will continue in Ottawa and Montreal.

NRCan plans on hosting an industry session in Vancouver, on March 25, 2014 from 9:00 -12:00 at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, in the Cheakamus Room NRCan - PDAC Mineral Exploration Industry Workshop (Vancouver).

To read the consultation paper click here

To read the consultation backgrounder click here

Contact: Ron Lyen - Senior Policy Advisor / Conseiller principal en politiques to participate

MRDU Research Day - April 1 , 2014

Please join the MDRU researchers and students on Tuesday April 1, 2014 to participate in MDRU Research Day where the scope, scale and results of many of our recently completed projects will be presented. In addition, find out more about our new and upcoming projects and research opportunities.

When: Tuesday 01 April, 2014
Where: UBC Robson Square 800 Robson Street, Downtown Vancouver
Time: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
This event is free and open to the public

To register click here.

NRCan - PDAC Mineral Exploration Industry Workshop (Vancouver)

The Geological Survey of Canada (GSC), in conjunction with Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), will be holding an exploration industry workshop on the topic of: Identification of key geoscience knowledge gaps that act as barriers to successful mineral exploration.

The workshop will allow the mineral exploration industry to collectively share views, ideas and information on the geoscience issues of pertinence to the industry and will also be used to help inform the development and direction of ESS/GSC mineral deposit-related activities.

When: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Where: GSC Boardroom, 15th floor, 605 Robson St., Vancouver.
Contact: If interested in attending, please email:
Space is limited to 30 participants.

MineralsEd at Roundup 2014!

2014 marks MineralsEd's 11th year partnering with AME BC to host students and teachers in special educational programs at Mineral Exploration Roundup,  a vibrant event that provides a fantastic opportunity to connect young people and educators with our industry.  MineralsEd was delighted with how well everything went again this year, and are very grateful for the support of everyone involved, including the AME BC staff and our many outstanding guest speakers and volunteers who made MineralsEd's programs meaningful and enjoyable.

Each of our programs is summarized below:

  • Twenty-seven Grade 11 and 12 students joined us for our Secondary Student Career Exploration Day. Guest speakers, including Alterra Power Vice Chairman, Donald McInnes, spoke about their career paths and offered advice based on lessons learned along the way.
  • MineralsEd hosted 117 Grade 4-7 Roundup Rockhounds  who were joined by their teachers and parents for an all-day program of interactive and hands-on activities that capped their classroom units on mining and Earth science.
  • Twenty-three educators participated in our Teachers’ Day program to learn from renowned BC geologists, Dr. Bob Turner, Dr. John Clague, Dr. Catherine Hickson, and Mr. Bruce Madu, who shared their knowledge of geologic processes and phenomena, inspiring everyone to incorporate new information into their classroom teaching
To read more about all the MineralsEd initiatives and sign up to recieve their updates click here.

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  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

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:
Proudly Sponsored by: Caterpillar

Geoscience BC  
Geoscience BC Sponsors - 2014 KEG Conference & Trade Show
Geoscience BC is pleased to highlight the following conference, which will take place April 8th & 9th, 2014 at the Coast Conference Centre in Kamloops, BC:

27th Annual KEG Conference & Trade Show
Kamloops Exploration Group Society
April 8-9, 2014
Coast Conference Centre, Kamloops, B.C.
KEG is also offering short courses and field trips - one of which will be sponsored by Geoscience BC!

Click here to register and read more.

Employment Opportunities

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 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