February 21, 2012
Volume 14 - Issue 1


Inside AME BC

  • Mineral Exploration Roundup 2012 A Smashing Success!
  • AME BC Thanks Roundup Committee
  • President’s Message - 2011 – Q4
  • AME BC/PDAC Health and Safety Survey
  • AME BC 2012 Corporate and Individual Membership and Membership Renewal Now Available
  • AME BC Exploration Safety Workshops
    Mineral Exploration News
    • Editorial: The Vancouver Sun - "Jobs Plan Key to Clark's 'Family-First Agenda" 
    • AME BC Contributes to BC Aboriginal Mine Training Association (BC AMTA) - More Funding Needed...
    • BC Exploration, Mining and Aggregate Producers Workforce Information Survey
      Geoscience BC News
      • Geoscience BC Website Updates: Roundup Posters and Exploration Undercover Workshop Presentations
      • Geoscience BC Releases First Results from QUEST - Northwest Project - January 23, 2012
      • Report 2012-1: Summary of Activities 2011
      In Memoriam

      Employment Opportunities

      Courses & Education
      Upcoming Events and Conferences

      Inside AME BC

      AME BC's Roundup 2012 a Smashing Success!

      AME BC’s annual conference, Mineral Exploration Roundup, took place January 23-26, 2012 at the Westin Bayshore Vancouver. 2012 marks the 100th Anniversary of AME BC and our 29th annual Roundup event was our largest conference to date. We shattered our 2011 attendance record of 7,000 with over 8,300 registrants! Record breaking exploration expenditures, continued strong commodity prices and enthusiasm for a busy 2012 field season permeated the conference.

      Roundup presented many opportunities for delegates to learn and connect and featured an impressive line-up of technical session speakers, keynote speakers, and short courses. A total of 42 companies participated in the Core Shack, 12 in the map tent and 24 prospectors participated in the Prospectors’ Tent. Almost 250 companies participated in the trade show, representing a wide cross section of companies and organizations affiliated with the mineral exploration industry. We are very thankful for the support of almost 80 companies who sponsored the conference.

      The feedback we have received so far has been overwhelmingly positive with comments such as “remarkable”, “seamless” and “smooth. If you would like to share your feedback, please email us at roundup@amebc.ca.

      Mark your calendars! Roundup 2013 will take place at the Westin Bayshore January 28-31; this conference will be special as it is our 30th annual event in conjunction with completing the 100th anniversary year of AME BC.

      The 2013 Roundup Exhibitor Booth Waitlist is now open! Click here to read about the important changes to the waitlist process

      AME BC Thanks Roundup Committee

      AME BC would like to extend a special thank you to the Roundup Organizing Committee for their efforts in organizing the 2012 conference. In particular, AME BC would like to thank the Committee Chair Sue Craig, Vice-President Corporate Development, Skyline Gold Corporation for her work on the Committee. Sue was supported by Vice-Chair Vicki Yehl, Manager, Geology - Teck Energy, Teck Resources Limited.
      AME BC has been advised that Sue will be stepping down from the Committee for Roundup 2013. Sue has been a member of the Roundup Organizing Committee for 10 years (her first involvement in 1998), including service as Chair of the 2012 and 2011 conferences, and Vice-Chair of the 2010 and 2009 conferences. 

      AME BC President's Message - 2011 - Q4

      While at the Northwest Mining Association conference in Reno, Nevada in November, I witnessed ‘gold rush fever’ and excitement in the mineral exploration and development potential of British Columbia. The word is out that B.C. is a great place to look for, and develop, new mineral deposits. And with an estimated $450-500 million spent in 2011, last year could go down in history as a record breaker for mineral exploration expenditures in the province. Even with the turbulent global economic conditions and the prolonged permitting challenges that many AME BC members faced in 2011, this level of investment is significantly higher than the $322 million recorded in 2010 and represents a level of spending not seen since the 1980s. In addition, B.C.’s share of the overall Canadian investment in mineral exploration is increasing as well. Today, thousands of people are working at more than 350 mineral exploration sites and 25 potential new mine projects spread throughout every region of the province. And there’s a very real trend emerging with major mining companies returning to B.C., making venture agreements with junior exploration companies and undertaking advanced drilling programs. In 2011, for instance, an estimated one million metres were drilled in search of that very rare and special mineral deposit that just may develop into a viable mine.

      AME BC/PDAC Health and Safety Survey

      AME BC and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) are conducting the 7th annual Canadian Mineral Exploration Health & Safety Survey for exploration work conducted in 2011. We are seeking your input to help plan safety programs and work toward a goal of zero fatalities and incidents with lost time. 

      We respectfully request that all organizations active in mineral exploration in Canada take the estimated 5 to 10 minutes to complete the confidential questionnaire. 

      To review the questions before filling out the survey, view the pdf survey in the 2010/2011 Health & Safety Annual Report here. If you have any questions regarding the survey please contact Jonathan Buchanan at 604.630.3923 or jbuchanan@amebc.ca
      AME BC 2012 Corporate and Individual Membership and Membership Renewals Now Available

      Interested in becoming a 2012 Corporate or Individual Member of the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia? 

      AME BC is a leading mineral exploration association with a century of experience. Individual and corporate members benefit every day from our advocacy efforts as well as from networking and other promotional and sponsorship opportunities. We are committed to promoting a healthy environment and business climate for the mineral exploration and development sector in British Columbia, Canada and globally. This is made possible through the continued support and input from our valued members. AME BC membership program runs from January to December. 

      If you are interested in becoming a corporate or individual member, Click here to view our membership brochure or click here to fill out membership form or please contact: Roxanne Finnie at 604.630.3927 or email rfinnie@amebc.ca

      AME BC Exploration Safety Workshop for Project Managers & Introduction to
      Exploration Safety Workshop

      The AME BC Health & Safety Committee presents two Health and Safety workshops. 
      The first is an introduction workshop on exploration safety. This workshop is specially designed for student assistants and recently graduated geoscientists.

      The second is an annual workshop on exploration safety for project managers. The goals are to draw attention to safety awareness, particularly with respect to contractor and employee management, and to ultimately eliminate unsafe incidents and build a culture of safety in the workplace.  Currently the outline is being reviewed and will be posted shortly.

      Click here for more info

      Mineral Exploration News     

      Ministry of Energy and Mines Wishes Anne Currie Goodbye, and Good Luck

      Email from David Morel, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy and Mines:
      Anne Currie has accepted a job with Rescan Environmental Services and her last day in the Ministry of Energy and Mines is  February 17, 2012.  Anne’s responsibilities included the positions of Chief Gold Commissioner and Executive Director of Policy and in that role she was responsible for the Mineral Titles Branch.  
      Anne has made a significant contribution to the Minerals Division over the last year and in her twenty three year career in the  provincial government.   Anne has been very helpful in introducing me to the Division and the mining and minerals sector and I will miss her great sense of humour and commitment to public service.   

      I plan to hold a competition to fill the Executive Director Position as soon as possible.    Until the competition is completed, I have asked Ed Collazzi to take on the role of Acting Chief Gold Commissioner and for Nathaniel Amann-Blake to be the Acting Executive Director of Policy.  Both will report directly to me and sit on the  Division Executive. 

      Anne, Good luck in the future and thanks! 

      Derek Sturko Welcomed to Environmental Assessment Office

      The Provincial government has announced that Mr. Derek Sturko has been appointed as Associate Deputy Minister of the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO).  Mr. Sturko comes to the EAO with 27 years of government service in various senior management roles.

      Mr. Sturko has already met with the Association for Mineral Exploration BC and with the Mining Association of BC.

      Editorial: The Vancouver Sun - "Jobs Plan Key to Clark's 'Family-First' Agenda"

      "The ever beaming, upbeat Premier Christy Clark is the perfect foil for some jaded, cynical journalists. Every pronouncement earns their opprobrium, each sentence scrutinized for spin.

      To be sure, it is the job of the fourth estate to serve as a public watchdog, expose wrongdoing and condemn corruption. But on those rare occasions when politicians deliver on a campaign promise, hit the right policy note, or give substance to a slogan, their accomplishments should be acknowledged.

      Some scribes ridiculed Clark’s “family-first” agenda as empty rhetoric, but she put meat on the bones by raising the minimum wage, scaling back BC Hydro rate increases and vigorously pursuing a jobs action plan.

      Recognizing the obvious fact that households in which one or more members are employed are far less likely to face poverty than where no one is working, Clark has made creating and retaining jobs a top priority..."

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      AME BC Contributes to BC Aboriginal Mine Training Association (BC AMTA) - More Funding Needed...

      The Association of Mineral Exploration British Columbia continued its on-going support of the British Columbia Aboriginal Mine Training Association in 2012. Over the past three-years AME BC had supported the efforts of AMTA in training and updating the skills of Aboriginal workers in the mineral exploration and mining fields. 
      BC AMTA also received funding from New Gold Inc. and Seabridge Gold to continue their services however, BC AMTA has yet to secure sufficient funding to continue their programs past March 31, 2012

      They are seeking corporate sponsorship and investments from other BC exploration and mining companies where our programs will directly assist with their hiring commitments to First Nations communities.

      BC Exploration, Mining and Aggregate Producers Workforce Information Survey

      The Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR), in partnership with the BC Exploration and Mining Labour Shortage Task Force, the Mining Association of BC, the Aggregate Producers Association of BC and the Association for Mineral Exploration BC, is conducting a survey of employers to better understand the BC exploration, mining, and aggregate producers’ workforces. 

      Findings from this research will inform the development of a customized labour market forecast and report for exploration, mining, and aggregate production in BC.

      Deadline is Friday March 9, 2012. More information on the survey can be found here

      To take part in this important survey please download your copy here.

      Geoscience BC News   

      Geoscience BC Website Updates: Roundup Posters and Exploration Undercover Workshop Presentations

      Almost all of the 25 Geoscience BC-affliated posters displayed at AME BC's Mineral Exploration Roundup 2012 conference can now be downloaded from Geoscience BC's website. These posters highlight much of Geoscience BC's ongoing work around the province, including:

      • QUEST-Northwest Project (new geophysics plus mapping and regional geochemical program) 
      • Joint Geoscience BC - MDRU initiatives 
      • Quaternary geology projects in central and northwest BC 
      • Geoscience BC's work on oil & gas projects in BC, including work in Northeast BC and the Nechako Basin.
      The posters can be downloaded here . Additional posters will be posted to this website as they become available.

      Geoscience BC Releases First Results from QUEST - Northwest Project - January 23, 2012

      Geoscience BC released the first results from the $3 million QUEST-Northwest Geoscience Project, at the Mineral Exploration Roundup Conference in Vancouver, B.C. The QUEST-Northwest Project combines high-resolution airborne magnetic surveys, regional geochemistry, and bedrock mapping, with the goal of enhancing mineral exploration investment and activity in northwest B.C. 

      "The data published today provides the mineral exploration community with opportunities to identify new target areas for potential exploration," said Rich Coleman, Minister of Energy and Mines. "By supporting and partnering with Geoscience BC over the past seven years, the B.C. Government is helping stimulate new investment to British Columbia, bringing jobs and economic activity to our communities."

      Geoscience BC Releases Report 2012-1: Summary of Activities 2011

      This annual technical publication includes sixteen papers which highlight the work of new, ongoing and recently completed Geoscience BC projects. The entire volume is accessible online.

      To access the Summary of Activities 2011 volume, go here. Please note that the just-released Geoscience BC Reports 2012-2 and -3 (QUEST-Northwest Airborne Magnetic Surveys) can also be accessed through this link.

      In Memoriam       

      Alexander Harry Lenec (1931-2011)

      Alex Lenec, a well-known promoter in the Vancouver mineral exploration community, passed away peacefully December 8, 2011 at Peace Arch hospital in White Rock, BC after a long struggle with diabetes and heart disease. He is survived by his wife Roxsane, his daughter Sandra, and sons James, John, Michael and David, extended families, relatives and friends. He will be dearly missed by all those he met and touched throughout his life. Alex's life was full of many ups and downs, dreams and adventures which were always pursued with his endless positive energy, persistence and belief. From the hills of Hope, to the halls of John Oliver and UBC (where he achieved a B. Comm. degree and later became a Chartered Accountant), to the early days of Howe Street which included the Pyramid Mining discovery and onward into his later years, he always looked at the glass (and life) as overflowing.

      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 $200, 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

      External Event Calendar


      AME BC News is a newsletter released by the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia. Please send any suggestions, news, or ideas for articles to Jasmine Beaudin, Manager, Communications:

      800-889 W. Pender St.
      Vancouver, BC V6C 3B2
      Tel. 604.630.3925 Fax: 604.681.2363