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May 22, 2014
Volume 16 - Issue 4

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Inside AME BC
  • 22nd Annual AME BC Golf Tournament
  • AME BC Speaker Series with Thomas Issac
  • AME BC Pleased to See New Funding for Geoscience BC
  • Government Mines Act Permit Fees Consultation Paper Released
  • AME BC’s Top Policy Issues and Recommendations 2014
  • Canadian Mineral Exploration Health & Safety Survey
  • Thank You to our New and Renewed Corporate Members
Mineral Exploration News
  • Environmental Assessment Office
  • PDAC Mineral Exploration Roundtable on Lands and Regulations
  • Minerals North Women in Mining Panel
  • UBC Science 'Balancing Realities in Mining' Panel - May 24
  • BCIT Mining and Mineral Exploration Technology Students Seeking Summer Employment
  • 12th Risk Mitigation & CSR Seminar
Geoscience BC
  • Geoscience BC Receives a $3 Million Commitment for Public Geoscience in BC
  • Request for Proposals: Minerals Geoscience 
  • Geoscience BC Announces New GIS Specialist
In Memoriam

Employment Opportunities
Courses & Education
Upcoming Events and Conferences


Inside AME BC

22nd Annual AME BC Charity Golf Tournament

The 22nd Annual AME BC Charity Golf Tournament will take place on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at Mayfair Lakes Golf and Country Club in Richmond.


The recipient charity for this year’s tournament is the School of Exploration and Mining at the Northwest Community College in Smithers, BC.

Since 2004, Northwest Community College School of Exploration and Mining has taken a leadership role in providing training for the minerals industry workforce in Northern BC communities. The school is delivering courses for job-ready skills to people, many of whom are First Nations and have more than 1300 graduates with 84% employment rate.

For more information on the tournament and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Fiona Matalon at events@amebc.ca


AME BC Speaker Series with Thomas Issac "Aboriginal Legal Issues in BC’s Exploration and Mining Sectors: Opportunities and Challenges"

Our second installment of the 2013/2014 AME BC Speaker Series Luncheons features Thomas Isaac, Partner and Leader National Aboriginal Law Practice of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.

Mr. Isaac’s talk will address key aboriginal-law concerns facing the exploration and development sector in BC, including some of the prevailing myths regarding aboriginal law in BC, current issues and their impacts on industry, and what opportunities and challenges the industry will be facing in the future.

Register now!

Event Details:
Date:           Friday, May 30, 2014
Time:          12 noon to 1:30 PM
Location:     Regency Ballroom D, Hyatt Regency Hotel Vancouver
                    655 Burrard Street
Deadline:    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

About the AME BC Speaker Series

The AME BC Speaker Series is a networking lunch event that provides invaluable opportunities for members and non-members to connect with industry leaders to gain first-hand accounts of current and upcoming issues in the mineral exploration and development sector.

For more information on this event, please visit: http://www.amebc.ca/news-and-events/speakerseries.aspx


AME BC Pleased to See New Funding for Geoscience BC
BC Government Announces $3 Million at Minerals North Conference

Vancouver, BC — May 22, 2014 — The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) today welcomed the announcement by the provincial government to commit $3 million in new funding for Geoscience BC. The Hon. Bill Bennett, BC Minister of Energy and Mines, made the announcement today at the Minerals North 2014 conference in Vanderhoof, BC.

“We congratulate Geoscience BC on receiving new funding to support its important work in mineral and energy geoscience,” said Gavin C. Dirom, President & CEO of AME BC. “Over the past nine years, Geoscience BC has demonstrated great success in partnering with governments, industry and academic institutions to deliver world-class results that provide the public and industry with advanced knowledge of BC’s mineral and energy development potential. We thank Minister Bennett for his vision and leadership and the provincial government for its continued commitment to Geoscience BC.”

To read the full release click here.


Government Mines Act Permit Fees Consultation Paper Released
The BC Ministry of Energy and Mines released its Mines Act Permit Fees Consultation Summary Report on May 13.

This report summarizes the consultation following the government’s discussion paper on Mines Act permit fees that was released February 21. The government received 477 responses in addition to meetings with six associations, including AME BC. On March 31, AME BC submitted its formal response and recommendations, which are located at http://amebc.ca/policy/permitting.aspx.

As per the government’s summary paper, the Ministry has advised that it will:

  • Revise the fee structure eliminating fees for small scale junior exploration, placer, aggregate and quarries;
  • Propose a revised fee structure based on activities and production capacity rather than area of disturbance to better reflect the scale and cost of the mining program; 
  • Clarify criteria for all fee categories (the use of Section 9 committee reviews as a criteria for the large regional mine category, in particular); and,
  • Engage in further consultation with industry to ensure fees proposed for advanced exploration, large placer, aggregate, quarries, and major mines are reasonable.
On behalf of AME BC’s Board of Directors and members, AME BC’s ad hoc Mines Act Permit Fee review committee, which provided input for the March 31 response, will continue to reach out to AME BC members and regional exploration groups to better understand and represent the prospectors, explorers and developers on this important matter.

Immediate next steps for AME BC are as follows:

  • To establish a small industry-government technical working group to make specific recommendations regarding the proposed Mines Act permit application fees; and
  • To continue to keep AME BC members and regional exploration groups informed of the permit application fee consultation process with government.


AME BC’s Top Policy Issues and Recommendations 2014 

This paper is intended to provide a high-level review of the top policy issues facing British Columbia’s mineral exploration and development sector in 2014. It is in alignment with AME BC’s 5-year strategic plan and in general support of the BC government’s Jobs Plan and its 2012 Mineral Exploration and Mining Strategy to translate mineral exploration into the successful development and opening of new mines in British Columbia. The paper also offers specific recommendations that government and industry can work on together in order to address the issues and implement policy measures that will position the sector for recovery and success in 2014 and beyond. 

 

To read the full paper click here.


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 Corporate Members!

Our Corporate 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.

The support of our members also 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 the support of our members.  

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?

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.


Mineral Exploration News

EAO Fees Overview

The Environmental Assessment Office charges fees for a range of services, from undertaking environmental assessments through to inspections to ensure that companies are complying with the requirements set for them.

The fees provide partial recovery of the costs incurred by the Environmental Assessment Office in delivering high-quality and timely environmental assessments. Revenue from fees allows the organization to maintain appropriate staffing levels. The funding is also used to support other provincial agencies in their participation in the environmental assessment process.

Fee Schedule
Explanation of the various fees associated with environmental assessments and other services.
EAO Fee Schedule April 2014 [PDF]

The Environmental Assessment Fee Regulation
The following link is to the Order in Council establishing the Environmental Assessment Fee Regulation:
Order in Council establishing the Environmental Assessment Fee Regulation [PDF]

Environmental Assessment Fee Guidelines
Guidance and background on the payment of fees as set out in the Environmental Assessment Fee Regulation.
EAO Fees Guidelines April 2014 [PDF]


PDAC Mineral Exploration Roundtable on Lands and Regulations

The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) has identified improving access to lands as a long-term strategic priority.  The Lands and Regulations Program deals with a number of issues of import to land access, including land withdrawals and the designation of parks and protected areas, land use planning, permitting, environmental assessment and infrastructure. 

The aim of the Roundtable is to solicit input on (1) the land access challenges, relevant to the Lands and Regulations Program, facing the mineral industry and (2) the measures necessary to overcome these challenges in order to ensure that Canada remains a competitive jurisdiction for mineral investment.  An important outcome of the Roundtable discussions will be identifying the actions that can be taken by the PDAC to address priority issues facing the mineral exploration community.  

These discussions will provide industry members, and other interested parties, with an opportunity to help develop the PDAC’s Lands and Regulations Roadmap – the operational plan that will shape the Association’s activities in area of land access over the next five years.

The next Mineral Exploration Roundtable on Lands and Regulations will be held on June 2, 2014 at the offices of Faskin Martineau located at 550 Burrard Street, Suite 2900, from 10am to noon.  Light refreshments will be served.

If you would like to participate in the Vancouver roundtable discussion, please RSVP to: Vida Ramin at vramin@pdac.ca

Feel free to contact Vida at 1.416.362.1969 ext. 232 should you have any questions or require additional information.

Please note that space is limited. You will receive a confirmation email once you RSVP.


Minerals North Women in Mining Panel

Minerals North 2014 in Vanderhoof May 21 – 23  will include a panel discussion about Women in Mining on Friday,May 23 from 8:30 to 10:00 am at the Gospel Chapel (448 Vanderview Dr). If you are coming to Minerals North, please attend this panel for a chance to discuss careers in the industry and the industry’s commitments to hiring and promoting women.  Panel members include:

  • Amber Teed, New Gold
  • Danielle Smyth, Northwest Community College
  • Andrea Clifford, Geoscience BC
  • Lori Seymore, Red Chris Mine
High school students from Vanderhoof, Burns Lake, Fort St. James and Fraser Lake will be part of the audience. It’s a great opportunity to demonstrate to young woman with a wide range of interests that there is a place for them in the industry.


UBC Science 'Balancing Realities in Mining' Panel - May 24

Whether motivated by government regulation, public demand, or a desire to do the right thing, mining companies are increasingly focused on corporate social responsibility. However, can mining ever fully benefit people and the planet while delivering profits? Can it afford not to?

Join industry executives  Ross Beaty, Randy Smallwood, John Smith and Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse  as well as representatives from UBC’s Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences as they discuss how to balance planetary stewardship, social needs, and economic realities in mining.

Date:
May 24, 2014
Time: 12:45-2:15pm, Doors open at 12:30
Where: Ross Beaty Lecture Theatre, Earth Sciences Building, 2207 Main Mall, UBC Point Grey Campus
Register here:  https://event-wizard.com/balancingminingrealities/0/register/

To read more about this event 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 fmclafferty@bcit.ca.  The BCIT offices will email you the student resumes for your review and hiring consideration. Potential employers will select the students they wish to interview and the BCIT offices will assist in making all of the arrangements to connect you with the students.

The 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 the BCIT website by clicking here.


12th Risk Mitigation & CSR Seminar

with Premier Sponsor Hatch

AME British Columbia is pleased to again be a partner in the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business’ acclaimed 12th Risk Mitigation & CSR Seminar in Vancouver on Thursday June 5, 2014. The seminar will explain in detail how you can mitigate your risk in all resource jurisdictions around the world - from Canada to Latin America to Africa - through the implementation of effective CSR programs. The program features expert speakers, questions and answers, case studies by successful companies and excellent networking opportunities.

When: June 5, 2014 8:30am to 5:00pm
Where: Simon Fraser University Vancouver Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue Strategy Room 320 580 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC

AME BC members attend at a discounted rate of $135 versus the regular rate of $195.
Register online at the member rate by clicking here.

For more information
Wayne Floreani
Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business
wayne@mineafrica.com


Geoscience BC  

Geoscience BC Receives a $3 Million Commitment for Public Geoscience in BC 

Geoscience BC today thanks the provincial government for its commitment of $3 million in new funding to support mineral and energy geoscience in British Columbia, which was announced earlier this morning.

"We're very pleased to make this contribution to Geoscience BC and continue our support of the great work the organization has been doing over the past nine years to stimulate mineral and oil and gas investment in our province," said Honourable Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines. "We are committed to continue working with Geoscience BC to reach the goal of establishing long-term and predictable funding."

"In this time of financial restraint, the government has shown an ongoing support of Geoscience BC and the continued delivery of programs focused on attracting investment in British Columbia," said Robin Archdekin, President and CEO of Geoscience BC. "The funding will be put toward new projects that contribute to the public geoscience framework to promote BC's minerals and oil & gas exploration and development sectors."

Past Geoscience BC initiatives across the interior and on Northern Vancouver Island have led to increased mineral staking. The new TREK project started in 2013 and is adding new information to BC's underexplored Interior Plateau region. In Northeast BC, Geoscience BC water monitoring and sourcing projects have helped enable the significant natural gas opportunity and have led to more than $100 million in industry investment in infrastructure to facilitate sustainable water use.

Established by the Province in 2005, Geoscience BC is a non-profit organization mandated to attract mineral and oil & gas investment to British Columbia through generating, interpreting and publicly distributing geoscience data in partnership with First Nations, communities, governments and industry.

 

To read the full release click here.

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 New GIS Specialist


Geoscience BC is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Hamilton as GIS Specialist to provide GIS and cartographic services to Geoscience BC, its project consultants and its clients. The duties of this role include designing and developing a web mapping application that serves as Geoscience BC's data discovery and dissemination portal. In addition, he will design and produce maps in support of geoscience project design, communications, and data distribution.

Jeff has a technical background in mining and mineral exploration and is a graduate of the Geographic Information Systems advanced diploma program at BCIT. As a student, he focused on ways to leverage GIS for natural resource industries including applying mineral prospectivity modeling and predictive mapping techniques to real-world datasets. Jeff's work experience includes providing support to field crews through the collection of geological, geochemical, and geophysical data in regional and advanced exploration projects throughout Nunavut, British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec.

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


In Memoriam
Allan Frederick Wilcox (1947 - 2014)


Allan passed away peacefully on May 10, 2014. Predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Marjory, he will be greatly missed by his sister and step-sister, Catherine (Crom) and Katherine; children, Alec (Carlie) and Jen; nieces, Susan (David), Tobi (Keith) and Brittany; grandchildren, Athan and Cavan, as well as numerous extended family and friends.


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 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