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January 18
, 2013

Volume 15 - Issue 1


Inside AME BC
  • AME BC Roundup Office Hours
  • Ross River Dene Council vs. Government of Yukon Update for AME BC Members
  • AME BC Board of Directors Election
  • AME BC 2013 Membership Renewal - Available Now
  • AME BC 2013 Corporate Membership
  • AME BC 2013 Individual Membership
  • Club AME BC
Roundup 2013 News
  • Roundup Registration Update - Short Courses & Special Events
  • PSA Testing Returns to Mineral Exploration Roundup 2013
  • Free Tours of new Earth Sciences Building at UBC during Roundup on Wednesday, January 30th 9am-1pm
Mineral Exploration News
  • News Release: BC Mining HR Task Force Announces Innovative Career Exploration Project
  • Society of Economic Geologists Whistler 2013: Geoscience for Discovery – Call for Abstracts
    In Memoriam

    Employment Opportunities
    Courses & Education
    Upcoming Events and Conferences

    Inside AME BC

    AME BC Roundup Hours

    Please not that the AME BC office will be closed for Roundup on Wednesday, January 23 and will reopen on Wednesday, February 6 at 8:30am.

    The Charles S. Ney Library will be closed from Monday, January 21 and will reopen on Wednesday, February 6.

    The AME BC main office line will be closed on Friday January 25 and will be monitored again from Wednesday February 6 @ 8:30am.

    Ross River Dena Council vs. Government of Yukon Update for AME BC Members

    The Yukon Chamber of Mines (YCM), as interveners in the Ross River Dena Council vs. Government of Yukon case, is leading this file on behalf of their members operating in Yukon. The case is in regard to Yukon Government’s duty to consult prior to granting mineral claims in a part of the Kaska First Nation traditional territory in Yukon referred to as the Ross River area. We are encouraging the Yukon Government, First Nations and Yukon Chamber of Mines to work together to resolve this issue in a practical way that brings certainty to everyone. AME BC is supporting YCM and following this important file closely. The Government of Yukon has been given 60 days to determine if it will appeal the decision to the Supreme Court of Canada. At this time, the Government of Yukon has not made a public statement about its plans. 
    Here is information related to the case for your information:
    AME BC Board of Directors Election

    The election of the 2013 Board of Directors is scheduled for January 14-25, 2013 and will be conducted by electronic means only; there will be no paper ballots. Every AME BC member will be emailed instructions and a unique Personal Identification Number prior to January 14. You will be able to vote by telephone following the voice prompts or by logging into the internet to access the website voting site.  Please exercise your right to vote!

    AME BC 2013 Membership Renewal - Available Now

    We would like to take an opportunity to say thank you for your valuable support and contribution as a 2012 Member of AME BC.

    For the last 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 almost 5,000 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 2013 as we continue this work in the exciting year ahead.

    It is now possible to renew your Individual and/or Corporate Membership for 2013.

    See below for the different types.

    AME BC 2013 Corporate Membership

    If you would like to renew or purchase a Corporate Membership for 2013 please download and complete the Corporate Member form on our website by clicking here.

    If you would like to know more about becoming a Corporate Member and the benefits associated with membership, please click here to view our membership brochure or contact Roxanne Finnie at 604.630.3927 or rfinnie@amebc.ca.

    AME BC Individual Membership

    If you will be attending Roundup in January 2013, please purchase your AME BC 2013 Individual Membership with your Roundup registration through our Mineral Exploration Roundup 2013 registration site.

    Purchasing your AME BC 2013 Individual Membership with your Roundup 2013 registration will allow you to receive a discount on your Full Delegate registration to Roundup. Please note this discount applies only to AME BC Individual Memberships and not AME BC Corporate Memberships.

    If you will NOT be attending Roundup you can purchase or renew your 2013 AME BC Individual Membership at: http://reg.conexsys.com/amebc13mo.

    Thank you again for your support in 2012. We look forward to a safe and prosperous 2013 for our members.

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    Roundup 2013 News

    Roundup registration hours:
    Sunday, January 27 from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Monday - Wednesday, January 28 - 30 from 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, January 31 from 7:00 am - 3:00 pm.

    Roundup Registration Update - Special Events

    Registration for Roundup continues to grow and items are selling out. Make sure to register to not miss out on another full and exciting slate of Technical Sessions, Special Events and Short Courses.

    Special Events still available:
    T3 - AME BC Finance Lunch with Ronald Thiessen, Chief Executive Officer, Hunter Dickinson Inc. (HDI)
    T4 - AME BC Lunch with Donald R. Lindsay, President and Chief Executive Officer, Teck Resources Limited
    T5 - AME BC Health and Safety Awards Breakfast with Denis Gourde, Corporate Director – Regulatory and External Affairs, Agnico-Eagle Mines,
    T7 - AME BC Awards Dinner with AME BC 2012 Award Winners (please note the AME BC Awards News Release)
    T8 - AME BC-CIM-MEG Lunch with Pierre Lassonde, Chairman, Franco-Nevada

    Click here to register for special events, technical sessions and short courses.

    General questions? Phone the Roundup Hotline at 604.630.3930 or toll free at 1.877.689.5554, or email roundup@amebc.ca

    Registration questions? Phone CONEXSYS Event Registration at 604.488.1435 or toll free at 1.877.307.6918.


    PSA Testing Returns to Mineral Exploration Roundup 2013

    AME BC is pleased to announce that Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) testing will return to Mineral Exploration Roundup 2013 for a seventh year. The Prostate Cancer Foundation BC will provide education, and Providence Health Care - St. Paul’s Hospital will provide prostate cancer screening.

    Need to know:

    When: Offered on Tuesday, January 29 and Wednesday, January 30 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Who: Men aged 50 to 70 are most likely to benefit from PSA testing.
    Cost: Free to Roundup participants.
    Need to know information: Results will be released to the participant’s doctor; and as such, participants must provide their physician’s name at Roundup. The test cannot be administered to people without a physician. PSA testing is recommended for men who have been fully informed of the benefits and risks of PSA testing; see the BC Cancer Agency’s Pros and Cons of PSA Testing brochure.

    Visit http://www.bccancer.bc.ca/HPI/CancerManagementGuidelines/Genitourinary/Prostate/PSAScreening/default.htm for further up-to-date information from the BC Cancer Agency.

    AME BC wishes its members a safe day, everyday. Mark your calendars for PSA testing at Roundup.

    Free Tours of new Earth Sciences Building at UBC during Roundup on Wednesday, January 30 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Join fellow Roundup attendees on a tour of UBC's newest building: the Earth Sciences Building, including the Mineral Deposit Research Unit, the Pacific Museum of the Earth, and the Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research.

    Free transportation by bus from the Westin Bayshore to UBC's beautiful Point Grey campus.

    Register online for 9 am or 10:30 am departure from the Westin Bayshore at http://www.doodle.com/d8ytccyru4iv5zqe.  Tours and refreshments will last for approximately 90 minutes.

    Mineral Exploration News   

    News Release: BC Mining HR Task Force Announces Innovative Career Exploration Project

    January 8, 2012 - Grade 8 students in School District No. 27, Cariboo Chilcotin will have the opportunity to participate in an innovative pilot program that will provide insight into career opportunities in the mining sector.

    The pilot, endorsed  by the BC Mining HR Task Force: Exploration, Mining, Stone, Sand & Gravel, will see Thompson Rivers University – Williams  Lake campus deliver an interactive 4 day camp for 40 youth, engaging them in the discovery of the mining sector and its vast employment opportunities.  This “hands on” camp, intended to build awareness of the opportunities that exist within the mining sector, will help youth make more informed course choice decisions as they work through to graduation.
    Dr. Ray Sanders, Executive Director, Thompson Rivers University – WL is pleased that TRU – Williams Lake was chosen to deliver this pilot project. 

    “We are excited to be able to provide a hands-on camp to help students make better decisions about careers here at home.  It is our belief that this camp will provide students the motivation and information to stay engaged in school, graduate, and enter a meaningful career in mining, ” Sanders said.

    School District 27 is equally pleased to have been included in this educational project being delivered by the local campus of Thompson Rivers University.

    To read the full news release click here

    To learn more about the BC Mining HR Task Force go to: http://www.acareerinminingbc.ca/

    Society of Economic Geologists Whistler 2013: Geoscience for Discovery – Call for Abstracts

    The Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) and the SEG Canada Foundation are pleased to announce that a major conference, Whistler 2013: Geoscience for Discovery, will be held at the Whistler Conference Centre from September 24 - 27, 2013 in Whistler, BC, Canada.   
    Abstract submission is now open for oral and poster presentations.  The Technical Program Committee invites you to submit an abstract for presentation at the conference.

    Submit an abstract for one of the following topics:
    • Global View - Tectonics, Terranes and Metallogeny
    • Regional View - Metallogenic provinces and belts
    • Deposit View - Discovery

    SEG student members whose abstract is accepted are eligible to apply for financial support to attend the conference. The deadline to submit an abstract is April 1, 2013. Submit your abstract online at www.seg2013.org

    Pre- and post-conference Field Trips and Short Courses, an exhibition, and an exceptional Social Program are being planned. Information will be available at www.seg2013.org as the trips, courses and conference details are confirmed.

    Visit the conference website for more details and to sign up for the conference e-newsletter to stay current on conference developments.

    Conference website: www.seg2013.org
    Conference Secretariat: seg2013@seatoskymeetings.com

    In Memoriam

    Wendy Burdon McDonald CM OBC LL.D. (Hon.) D.Tech. (Hon.) (1922 - 2012)
    Wendy B. McDonald (nee Stoker) born June 13, 1922, peacefully passed away December 30, 2012. From her childhood days growing up and working on the family farm in North Vancouver, B.C. to her days as a leading business woman, philanthropist and community leader, Wendy displayed her value of hard work while enchanting everyone she met with her sense of adventure, caring attitude and exuberant love of life.

    One of her greatest joys was her family. Married and widowed three times, Wendy had 10 children and was known as Tutu to 27 grandchildren and as Nui Tutu to 36 great-grandchildren. Wendy served over 60 years as a leader in her family-owned international industrial distribution company, BC Bearing Engineers Limited, and later as BCB Corporate Services Ltd. for Norcan Fluid Power Ltd & BC Bearing Chile SA. Under her leadership, BC Bearing was recognized with a number of awards, including Power Transmission Distributor of the Year, twice as one of the Top 50 Best-Managed Private Companies in Canada, and Canadian Association of Family Enterprise's Jaguar Achievement Award.

    The Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals were presented to her in commemoration of Her Majesty's accession to the throne and in recognition of Wendy McDonald's contributions to Canada. She was appointed a member of the Order of Canada and a member of the Order of British Columbia. She received the Veuve Cliquot Award of Distinction as Canadian Business Woman of the Year, a YWCA Women of Distinction award, the RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Award, and was inducted into Sales and Marketing Executives International's Academy of Achievement Hall of Fame. In her devotion to the community, she served as a trustee for the Schenley Awards, University Hospital at UBC, the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame and as a director of the B.C. Paraplegic Foundation, and the CH.I.L.D. Foundation. She served as President of Bearing Specialists Association, Chair of Pacific Corridor Enterprise Council, as Chair and, later, Governor for the Vancouver Board of Trade, Chair of the Canadian Council of the Americas (B.C. Chapter), as Governor with B.C Institute of Technology, and as a Director with Sandwell Inc., Zurich Canada, Canada West Foundation among others. Between all of her family, business and community commitments, she enjoyed swimming, gardening, fishing, golf, and tennis, often at her cherished summer home in Halfmoon Bay, B.C. Her passion for soccer was huge. Having been part of the ownership team of the original NASL Vancouver Whitecaps, she continued to be a proud supporter of Vancouver soccer up to its current MLS team.

    She received an Honorary Doctorate in Technology from B.C. Institute of Technology and an Honorary Doctorate in Law from Simon Fraser University. When conferring the Degree on Wendy, the Chancellor at Simon Fraser University noted "in a world where so often profit seems the sole measure of a company's worth, Wendy McDonald has proven that, even in an exceptionally competitive business, loyalty to employees and personal integrity can be and are rewarded with success, the love of her family, the respect of peers, and with the affection of community.


    Hugh Morris (1932 – 2012)
    Father, grandfather, great-grandfather, husband, geologist, business leader, and friend of the sciences - was born in Rangoon, Burma, to Violet (nee Reynolds) and Thomas Owen Morris. As a boy, living in Wales, he loved reading, travel, music, sport and sailing, past-times that remained dear to him throughout his life. He was admired and respected by all who knew him - for his integrity and for his love of family.

    Educated at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa, Hugh came to North America on a geology scholarship from the South African Chamber of Mines. Over the years, he worked for Cominco, GeomexlE&B Metals, Imperial Metals and Eldorado Gold, achieving renown as an innovator of exploration and a visionary businessman. He served on numerous boards as a director and Chairman, and in 1989, represented British Columbia at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
    Hugh was a life-long friend of the sciences in Canada. In addition to his memberships in the Geological Association of Canada (GAC), and numerous other scientific societies, he served for seventeen years as a member of the Canadian Geological Foundation, a charitable foundation promoting earth science-related activities. For his extraordinary service to the GAC, Hugh was honored with the Ambrose J. Willis Medal in 1993. He became a 'Distinguished Fellow' of the GAC in 1995, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada in 1997.

    Hugh's contributions to the sciences encompassed service on several committees for the National Research Council of Canada and the National Research Council of the United States. He chaired both 'Lithoprobe', a major seismic research project on the earth's crust, and the Canada Global Change Program, a joint initiative of the Royal Society of Canada and Environment Canada devoted to the study and mitigation of climate change. In addition, he was Chairman of the Pacific Institute of Mathematical Sciences (PIMS), and Chair of the Board of the Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS), a Canadian Networks of Centres of Excellence.

    Following the death of Pat, his beloved wife of 47 years, Hugh established the Kimberley Foundation, devoted to the promotion of education and the geosciences. In 2011, he endowed the lecture series in mathematical sciences that now bears his name, through PIMS and the University of British Columbia. In addition, he was an enthusiastic patron of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

    Daniel Evans Pegg (1923 - 2012)
    Daniel was born in Oxbow, Saskatchewan, and passed away too soon after a short battle with cancer in the Cowichan District Hospital. He had only recently moved to Duncan to be closer to his son's family, Michael, Sibylla and cherished granddaughters Alexandra and Natasha. He loved sharing their busy lives and frequently accompanied them to watch them ski at Mt. Washington. His visits often coincided with massive snowfalls to the delight of his family and friends. Dan was predeceased in 2008 by his beloved wife May of 50 years, whom he met in an underground mine in the Yukon. He was also predeceased be seven siblings: Harry, Robert, Ada (Russell), Margaret (Cameron), Helen, Marion (Goodwin) and Edgar. He is survived by his brother Douglas (Nipawin, Sask) and many, many nieces and nephews and their families across Canada. Daniel loved his career as an exploration geologist which required him to be in remote wilderness areas first in northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba and also in the NW Territories and especially in the Yukon and northern BC. He started with the Hudson's Bay Mining and Smelting Co. and later worked for Noranda and finally for the BC & Yukon Chamber of Mines. He passed on his passion for the outdoors to his son and was especially proud to see his granddaughters choose to take up back packing and wilderness hiking. Dan will be missed by all his big family and close friends who experienced his desire to stay connected and to celebrate family events near and far. 

    Robert Lucius Roscoe (1920 - 2012) 

    Robert Lucius (Bob) Roscoe died in Chilliwack B.C. at 92 years. He was born on 12 October 1920 in Nickelton (Sudbury), Ontario. In 1944, in Noranda, Quebec, he married Delight Strickland, who predeceased him. In 1944, Bob graduated from Queens University with a BSc. in Mining Engineering. He worked for many years for Boyles Brothers drilling company until he decided he'd had enough of labour relations. He embarked on an independent career as a mining exploration consultant characterizing himself as a "Packsack Engineer". This was an adventurous life in isolated northern Canadian mining sites. He had endless stories of hair-raising bush-pilot flights, colourful characters in the mines, and wilderness experiences. Bob was always a devoted and loving father. He is survived by sister Jeanne Sheridan and his daughters Kerry Langley, Shelley Roscoe, and Holly Roscoe. Grandchildren Talei, Joshua, Kaytlynn, Kila, Wyatt, and Christina, and great-grandchildren, Ché and Silas, all remember "Grandpa Bob" fondly. His legacy is the love and respect for the natural world he fostered in his children and grandchildren. A celebration of life will be planned for later in 2013.

    Barbara Soucie (1938 - 2013)

    Barbara journeyed home peacefully on January 4 after a short battle with lung cancer. She is survived by husband Al Soucie; and three children, Holly McNeil-Hay (Jeff Hay), Roland (Tracy Anderson) and Daniel (Becky). Also by seven beloved grandchildren: Shani Wendell, Tyson and Curtis McNeil-Hay; Shaelyn, Brooklyn, Jayme, and Devin Soucie; and two great-granddaughters. Barbara is also survived by her best friend, sister Gloria Hecimovic; and many other friends and family in Stewart and Terrace.

    She was predeceased by two other dear sisters, Shirley and Beverley; and her parents Vera and Allan Lawrence.

    Barbara was born in Vancouver but moved to the small northern mining community of Stewart, BC, at the age of 8. She stayed for a lifetime. A quintessential generous, hardworking, energetic northerner, she raised her children there and then took an enthusiastic hand in the raising of her Stewart grandchildren. She was office manager for the family’s heavy construction and deep sea port companies until a couple of months before her death.

    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

    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