September 23, 2014
Volume 16 - Issue 6

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Inside AME BC
  • 13th Annual AME BC Photo Contest
  • Mineral Exploration Magazine - Fall 2014 Issue
  • News Release: AME BC Celebrates Commissioning of the Northwest Transmission Line
  • Northwest Community College and AME BC Deliver a New Field Assistant Program
  • Searching for the Silver Lining: Canadian Minerals Industry Federation Paper for the Energy and Mines Ministers Conference
  • BC Lions Ticket Discount
  • Honourable Service Roll Nominations
Mineral Exploration News
  • Fraser Institutes 13th Annual Survey - Participation Requested
  • BCIT Geographic Information Systems Students Available for Projects/Practica
  • Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU) Course:  Orogenic Gold Deposits: Global Distribution to Deposit Models to Exploration Methods.
Geoscience BC
  • Geoscience BC and BC Geological Survey release new surficial geology maps for central BC
In Memoriam

Employment Opportunities
Courses & Education
Upcoming Events and Conferences

Inside AME BC

13th Annual AME BC Photo Contest
New categories: More chances to win!

AME BC is pleased to announce its annual photo contest that will run throughout September with a deadline of Friday, October 3. The grand prize is $500, plus your photo on the cover of Mineral Exploration magazine. There are also five category prizes and a new social media favourite prize – seven prizes in total.

This year’s contest will be based on the Mineral Exploration Life Cycle (view the brochure here); accordingly, categories have changed for 2014. Submit your best photos for each or any of the following:

Prospecting & Early Exploration – Whether it is digging in the dirt for samples, hammering the rocks, reading maps, or simply casting an eye over prospective ground, we want to show what grassroots exploration looks like. 

Intermediate Exploration – Initial drilling, trenching and fly-in camps are just a few ideas for photographs.

Advanced Exploration – Definition drilling, bulk sampling and environmental studies are a few items covered in this category.

Mineral Development - Site development, engagement and consultation and activities that are part of the environmental assessment and are some topics covered here. Make planning come alive through your photos.

Restoration and Reclamation – In particular, photographs showing reclamation of drill pads, access roads and previously mined areas are needed. Before-and-after photographs are welcome may be submitted together as one entry.

For all the details and contest rules click here to go to the AME BC Facebook page.

To enter: S
ubmit your photos to Jasmine Beaudin, Manager, Communications, AME BC at

Mineral Exploration Magazine – Fall 2014 issue

The Fall issue of
Mineral Exploration magazine is now available online by clicking here. Read articles by Mineral Exploration Editorial Board members Rob McLeod, Libby Sharman and Darcy Baker on technology in the industry in addition to articles on academic research, corporate social responsibility, health and safety and a profile of John Thompson. The fall issue was mailed out to members along with the brochure for Mineral Exploration Roundup 2015.

If you would like a hard copy of the magazine and did not receive one, email Jonathan Buchanan.

AME BC Celebrates Commissioning of Northwest Transmission Line 
Power line along BC Highway 37 will serve communities, current and proposed mine projects

The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) celebrated the opening of the Northwest Transmission Line in Terrace in northern British Columbia. 

“Today’s official commissioning of the Northwest Transmission Line gives us the opportunity to reflect on how so people from industry, First Nations, communities and the provincial and federal governments have worked together to make this nation-building infrastructure possible,” stated Gavin C. Dirom, President & CEO of AME BC. “Today presents an opportunity to celebrate the hard-earned efforts of those who have contributed to this legacy project over the past ten years, to thank the provincial and federal governments for their leadership in providing funding, and to recognize and thank the hundreds of men and women who helped construct the power line over the past two years.”

To read the full release click here.

Northwest Community College and AME BC Deliver a Pilot Mining Exploration & Natural Resource Field Assistant Program

A new and unique program is responding to industry needs and helping to better prepare Aboriginal 
learners for work in the mineral exploration, mining and natural resources fields. 
Northwest Community College’s School of Exploration & Mining (NWCC SEM) delivered a pilot Mining Exploration & Natural Resource Field Assistant program in Smithers, BC July 7-­‐24, 2014 in partnership with the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC). AME BC is recognized as an expert in aboriginal and community engagement for the world-­‐leading mineral exploration and development sector based in BC. 
Nine graduates completed the intensive program that not only prepares graduates for field work in a variety of natural resource industries, but which also included resources to support Aboriginal inclusion and cultural content. Thanks to a $7,000 donation from AME BC, the program included an Aboriginal Instructor on the instructional team, brought elders into the classroom and hosted a celebration of learning to celebrate student success.   

To read the full press release click here.

Searching for the Silver Lining: Canadian Minerals Industry Federation Paper for the Energy and Mines Ministers Conference

The Canadian Minerals Industry Federation, composed of national and provincial associations representing the mineral exploration and mining industry, presented its annual paper, “Searching for the Silver Lining”, at the 71st Energy and Mines Ministers Conference in Sudbury in August. AME BC was one of the 20 organizations contributing to the paper, which highlights key issues and recommended actions for provincial and federal ministers.

Click here to read the submission paper. 

BC Lions Ticket Discount

BC Lions exclusive ticket offer to AME BC members!  Save up to $10 off per ticket and receive a free BC Lions souvenir.  If you are planning on making it out to a game, get your tickets at the discount rate available.  Please call Sharon at BC Lions at 604.930.5453 or by email at  
GAME DATES: Friday, October 11th at 7PM vs the Ottawa Redblacks and Saturday, November 7th at 7PM vs the Calgary Stampeders  

Honourable Service Roll Nominations:

Would you like to recognize and honour an AME BC member for their long-serving support and significant contribution to AME BC’s initiatives, activities, and Committee participation? Nominate them for the Honourable Service Roll! They will be recognized for their contributions at the AME BC AGM in January, in the AME BC annual report and on the AME BC website. Deadline for nominations is Friday, October 17, 2014.

Click here for more details and the nomination form. 

Mineral Exploration News

Fraser Institutes 13th Annual Survey - Participation Requested

The Fraser Institute’s 13th annual survey of mining companies is now underway and will continue until the middle of November. The data collected will allow the survey team to identify those provinces, states, and countries that pose the greatest barriers to investment in the mining sector, as well as the reasons underlying any significant shifts in the jurisdictional rankings from a year ago. 

The report on the findings of last year’s survey, Survey of Mining Companies 2013, can be downloaded by clicking here.

The Fraser Institute is asking for your help in encouraging AME BC members to participate in the 2014 survey. Greater participation will help to ensure that the results reflect the views of professionals with first-hand knowledge of the mining investment climate in countries around the globe. Broad involvement in the survey will also increase the number of jurisdictions evaluated, thereby providing more governments with candid and anonymous opinions on their mining policies.

The survey can be completed in less than 15 minutes. Participants will be thanked by receiving an electronic copy of the survey at the time of its release, as well as being entered into a draw to win $1,000 (USD) if they provide their contact information. All information collected through the survey remains confidential.

Officers, managers, and other experts with mining exploration and development companies, and their advisors, are asked to complete the 2014 survey questionnaire with respect to jurisdictions about which they are knowledgeable. Participation is electronic, at:

BCIT Geographic Information Systems Students Available for Projects/Practica

Every year, the BCIT Geographic Information Systems (GIS) students undertake a project or a practicum with a municipal government agency, or other agency, to fulfill their diploma. In past years, some of the mining companies that had a BCIT GIS student do a project/practicum are:

  • Teck Resources Limited
  • Gold Fields Canada
  • MMG
  • Castle Peak Mining, and
  • Skyline Gold
The current year of BCIT GIS students will start their classes the first week of September. Part of their course load is to locate a sponsor, who will undertake a project or practicum with them in the January – May 2015 timeframe. Would you consider having a BCIT student undertake a project or a practicum with you?  The student(s) can help you with a project that you may not have time to develop, or can work on your daily mapping needs as you require.  We need to match our students with a sponsor by the end of October at the latest.

Click here to view the Sponsor Guidelines PDFs for projects and practica: 

There is no cost to the sponsor for a GIS Practicum or Project. For more information, contact: Karl Kliparchuk, M.Sc., GISP, British Columbia Institute of Technology, tel: 604.432.8737, email:

Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU) Course:  Orogenic Gold Deposits: Global Distribution to Deposit Models to Exploration Methods.

October 23 – 24, 2014

Richard Goldfarb, U.S. Geological Survey
David Groves, Prof. Emeritus, University of Western Australia

Orogenic gold deposits, or gold deposits in metamorphic rocks, are the most spatially and temporally widespread gold deposit type, defining important deposits and exploration targets in Precambrian shields and in Phanerozoic orogenic belts.  Detailed knowledge about this globally important deposit type will be provided.  Examples of world class deposits and districts across the globe will be presented. The course is aimed for geoscientists from industry and academia, as well as students of economic geology, who desire a comprehensive understanding of modern concepts on the geology of gold deposits.

October 23 – 24, 2014
Vancouver, British Columbia
For more information, or to register, click here

Geoscience BC

Geoscience BC and BC Geological Survey release new surficial geology maps for central BC

Geoscience BC is pleased to announce the release of Geoscience BC Report 2014-09 / BCGS Geoscience Maps 2014-01 & -02 "Surficial geology of the Nadina River and Colleymount map areas (NTS 093E/15 and 093L/01), British Columbia".

The report can now be accessed through Geoscience BC's website at

About Geoscience BC Report 2014-09 / BCGS Geoscience Maps 2014-01 & 2014-02
T. Ferbey, BCGS

The Nadina River and Colleymount map areas are in the Nechako Plateau, a subdivision of the Interior Plateau with flat to gently rolling topography. The area has an extensive drift cover and sparse bedrock outcrop. These maps are an ancillary product of earlier work devoted to till geochemistry (GBC Reports 2010-10 and 2011-09, or BCGS Open Files 2010-07 and 2011-06), and are based on air photo interpretation and widely spaced ground observations.

These maps are the final deliverables for Geoscience BC Project "Till Geochemistry of Tahtsa Lake District North and Adjacent Areas, West-Central British Columbia -- A Key Ingredient for the Discovery of New Porphyry, VMS, and Polymetallic Vein Mineralization", a Geoscience BC -- British Columbia Geological Survey partnership project. For more information on this project, including previous reports, go to

In Memoriam
R.J. (Bob) Cathro (1935 - 2014)

Bob was born in Dauphin, MB and died at home in Chemainus, BC, surrounded by his loving family. He was a proud, independent person known for his honesty, integrity, community service and great sense of humour. He will be greatly missed as a husband, father, grandfather, friend and mentor. He leaves behind his wife of 53 years Pat (nee Scott), his three sons Mike (Suzi Tevendale), John (Kare) and Gary (Jessie Pratt) and five grandchildren Claire, Callum, Zack, Reed and Fynn. Although raised in Winnipeg and Chilliwack, much of Bob's identity was defined through his career in northwestern Canada. After graduation from UBC in Geological Engineering in 1959, Bob worked in underground mines in NWT and Yukon. In 1966, he and Al Archer struck out on their own, founding the consulting firm Archer, Cathro and Associates Ltd. Specializing in Yukon mineral exploration, "AC" is still going strong after almost half a century, and has launched hundreds of summer students and "dirt-baggers" into careers as geologists, prospectors, engineers, mining executives, professors, and helicopter pilots. His passion for research and history flourished in retirement, when he had the time to write and publish dozens of articles on the history of mining in Canada, and the science of economic geology. He also helped edit numerous technical and historical books. Researching his Scottish ancestry was of particular interest. 

To read more about Bob and to read about the Robert Cathro Fund for Geology at UBC click here.

Donald Low (1923 - 2013) Life Member

Don Low was born in Elbow, SK, to William and Bertha Low, the 6th of nine children. In 1937 the family moved to Aldergrove, B.C., where he completed his high school, and entered the work force as a bank clerk in down town Vancouver. Shortly after, he was conscripted into the armed forces, and served overseas during WWII, at a Canadian Army Hospital in Great Britain. Prior to leaving Canada, at age 19, he met and fell in love with Harriet Ackersviller of Stratford, ON. Their long- distance romance continued for the duration of the war, and they were married in 1947 and moved to Vancouver where they raised their two children, David and Sharon. During these years Don worked in several capacities, finally becoming a realtor in 1959, - a position which he proudly held until age 90. Along with his brother Ray, he developed and established the recreation resort of Sunshine Valley. Don was well known for his outgoing personality, sense of humour and most of all by his delight in knowing Jesus Christ as his personal saviour and his desire to share this message with others. Don was predeceased by his first wife, Harriet, and is survived by his wife Joyce, son David (Dorothy) and daughter Sharon, four grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. He was also predeceased by his two sisters and two brothers, and is survived by brothers; Bill, Maurice and Norman (Ray), and his sister Margaret Lungren. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. 

Steve Radvak (1928 - 2014)

Steve was born the youngest of four boys in Olsinkov, Slovakia on May 17, 1928 and died on June 15, 2014 at the age of 86 in West Vancouver. He came to Canada in 1939 at the age of ten with his parents and oldest brother John. His brothers Andrew and Bill were held back due to the war, and the family did not meet again for 32 years. Steve was predeceased by his parents, John and Helen (Hamilton, ON) brothers John (Hamilton, ON) Bill (Czech Republic) and Andrew (Slovakia). Predeceased by his son, Michael, in January 2014, Steve is survived by Clarisse, his wife of 57 years, daughters Joanne Lustre (Tony), Marie Whelan (Steve Kitson), and sons Steve (Silvia) and Bill (Ann Marie), as well as 16 treasured grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Robeen and Lily, who was just born on June 6. Steve was the quintessential self-made man. As a teen, he noticed in his small Quebec mining town that the mine managers lived in the big houses on the golf course – this shaped his early dreams and life-long accomplishments. A high school education in his small town was not an option, so Steve worked very hard at a variety of odd jobs, won a few good poker hands and set out on his own to get his high school education. His grand plan required an engineering degree, so he completed his first year at Queens University in Ontario and, during a summer job, discovered the beauty of British Columbia. He moved his studies to UBC and, as a proud 1956 engineering alumni, he encouraged his children and grandchildren to follow in his footsteps. No matter their path, Steve was immensely proud of all his children and grandchildren. Steve and Clarisse married in 1957 and had five children by 1964, moving from Quebec – Gaspe, Labrador, Chibougamou, Montreal – to his dream job of mine manager in Osoyoos, BC and, finally, to West Vancouver 45 years ago. 

Read the full obituary here.  

Leonard William Saleken (1944 - 2014)

Leonard William Saleken 1944 - 2014 Len passed away on June 12, 2014, in Vancouver, a month after his 70th birthday. He was a geologist, a prospector, and a tomato and western movie aficionado. He is survived by his wife Gwen; his sons Corbin and Brinsley (Debra); his mother Nora; his sister Elaine (Jim); his grandchildren Rhys, Audrey, and Will; and the family cat Tess

Tadeusz Ulrych (1935 - 2014)

Tad Ulrych breathed his last in the loving company of his son, Jason, and his daughter, Lyza. The four months from the cancer diagnosis to his death were both too short and a blessing. He never lost sight of the great good fortune he had enjoyed in, what he called, 'the stochastic adventure of life.' He was filled with gratitude for the medical staff at VGH, for the old joys and current comforts of family and friends, and for his deeply satisfying and successful career at UBC.

Tad was a passionate teacher who had something to say and knew how to say it. He especially enjoyed mentoring his graduate students, many of whom he said were 'so fine I just pretend to myself that I am supervising them.' In the Recorder, the official publication of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists,  (April, 2008), Tad warmly acknowledges his admiration for no less than 46 colleagues. It's a remarkable record of a generous man's love for his professional community. 

As a theoretician, Tad made major contributions to his field for which he earned too many invitations, accolades and awards to mention more than few here. In 2004, the international Society of Exploration Geophysicists presented him with 'Honorary Membership' -- one of its highest awards. In 2008, SEG named him Distinguished Lecturer and sent him on a worldwide speaking tour. In 2013, the CSEG sponsored a day-long symposium in his honour, at which he was presented with a lifetime award for his contributions to geophysics in both research and education. 

The fruits of Tad's scholarship and teaching remain. But we have lost, and will sorely miss his spirit -- his exuberant energy, his pleasure in our company, his old-world gallantry, and his truly endearing humility. 

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

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