Sponsored by AME BC thanks Clean Harbors for its generous sponsorship of the 2013 AME BC News
July 25, 2013
Volume 15 - Issue 7
Inside AME BC
- AME BC President and CEO Quarterly Message - April to June
- Survey – AME BC Member Benefit - Group Insurance Plan
- AME BC Awards Call for Nominations – Deadline: September 30
- AME BC Outreach Education Fund
- AME BC Honourable Service Roll
- AME BC Speaker Series 2013/2014 – Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Mineral Exploration News
- Mineral Exploration Roundup 2014 - Exhibitor Booth Space Waitlist
- Roundup 2014 – Hotel Conference Rates Now Available
- Application for the Core Shack
- Application for the Prospectors' Tent
- Minerals South 2013 - November 5 To 7 - Cranbrook, BC - First Circular and Call for Papers
- PWC Report Reveals BCAMTA Program Benefits Graduates and the Provincial Economy
- BC Mining HR Task Force Diversity-Women Newsletter Number 2
- Mining for Food a Success!
- Resources & Mining Global Salary Guide- Global Salaries and Recruiting Trends
- The B.C. Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation Presents - B.C.'s 37th Annual Mine Reclamation Symposium
- Geoscience BC TREK Project Update
- Important Update: Geoscience BC Report 2011-3
- Geoscience BC Awards Five Post-Graduate Scholarships
Courses & Education
Upcoming Events and Conferences
Inside AME BC
AME BC President and CEO Quarterly Message - April to June
- Gavin C. Dirom M.Sc., P. Ag. President & CEO, AME BC
We certainly had a very busy spring filled with everything from local government meetings, and our community fair and golf tournament, to an exciting provincial election! I am very proud to report that the Vote Mining 2013 campaign, industry’s non-partisan approach to the provincial election, successfully took much of the politics out of discussions about the industry. This campaign was a joint effort by AME BC, the Mining Association of BC, the Mining Suppliers Association of BC and the Coal Association of Canada. After completing the final count of all absentee ballots, Elections BC determined the final results of British Columbia's May 14 general election were the BC Liberals winning 49 seats, the NDP 34 seats, the Green Party of BC one seat and an independent taking one seat. Clearly, the B.C. election was won under the umbrella of the Liberal platform “Strong Economy, Secure Tomorrow.”
Following the election, AME BC sent out congratulation letters to all new and returning MLAs as well as our top issues and recommendation paper for 2013. This paper outlines how successful and socially responsible exploration can be encouraged by government policy in British Columbia, especially under tough economic and competitive conditions. We know that some explorers will be very successful, many not – but the mere act of prospecting and mineral exploration improves everyone’s understanding of geology and helps people better appreciate where most of the things they use on a daily basis actually come from...
To read the full quarterly message click here.
Survey – AME BC Member Benefit - Group Insurance Plan AME BC is looking into the option of a group insurance plan for members. This group insurance plan could include health, dental, life and disability insurance. Please take a moment to complete the short 4 question survey to help us determine the value to AME BC Members.
Click the link below to be directed to the survey. All responses are anonymous.
Survey Link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/X2XP7KD
AME BC Awards Call for Nominations – Deadline: September 30
Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the mineral exploration industry? Nominate them for an AME BC Award.
The AME BC Awards are presented annually to individuals or teams in recognition of their significant contributions to enhance the mineral resource, investment, and mineral exploration industry. The Awards are named in honour of eminent persons who are recognized for their distinguished service and contribution to the mineral exploration and mining industry and who were also long-time and loyal supporters of AME BC.
If you know of a great exploration individual or team that should be recognized for their work this year, email us at email@example.com and we will send you a nomination package.
The Awards are presented each year at AME BC’s annual Mineral Exploration Roundup conference in January, and are adjudicated by the AME BC Awards Committee.
Click here for more information on our awards and a nomination form.
AME BC Outreach Education Fund
The AME BC Outreach Education Fund is a corporate endowment dedicated to increasing the public’s appreciation and understanding of BC’s mineral exploration industry through the advancement of public education and community programs. This award is open to all BC-focused projects relating to mineral exploration. Priority will be given to British Columbia residents, communities, associations and organizations.
The deadline for 2013 applications is Monday, September 30, 2013.
AME BC Honourable Service Roll
The AME BC Honourable Service Roll was established to recognize and honour current and former AME BC members for their long-serving support and significant contributions to AME BC’s initiatives, activities, and Committee participation. via the AME BC Honourable Service Roll. The nomination deadline for 2013 is Friday, October 18, 2013. For information on the qualifications for Honourable Service Roll candidates and how to nominate someone, please click here.
AME BC Speaker Series 2013/2014 – Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Looking for year round sponsorship opportunities with AME BC? Check out the AME BC Speaker Series! We are going into our 10th series offering three events that attract over 400 members of the BC mineral exploration and mining community including AME BC members, senior government officials, and industry and business leaders. The first of the series will take place end of September.
Speaker Series sponsorships are available at the Premier and Partner levels. As a Premier or Partner sponsor to this event, your support is integral to our ability to continue to bring cutting-edge industry leaders and influencers to engage with members of our industry. Premier Sponsors also have an opportunity to speak at one of the events in the series. For more details, contact Morgen Andoff at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 604-630-3924. For other AME BC Sponsorship opportunities, click here for our 2013/2014 sponsorship brochure
This past year, we were pleased to feature Chief Clarence Louie (Osoyoos Indian Band), Diane Francis (Editor‐at‐Large for the National Post), and Ned Goodman (President and Chief Executive Officer of Dundee Corporation) as our keynote speakers. AME BC sincerely thanks the companies who sponsored the 2012/2013 Speaker Series.
Mineral Exploration Roundup 2014 - Exhibitor Booth Space Waitlist
Waitlist closes at 11:59 pm PDT on Friday, August 2 Mineral Exploration Roundup 2014 will take place January 27 - 30, 2014 at the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver.
If you would like to place your company on the Exhibitor Booth Space Waitlist, please click here for more details.
The waitlist process is as follows:
- Prospective exhibitors must purchase a 2013 AME BC Corporate Membership.
- Prospective exhibitors request to place their company name on the waitlist via email to email@example.com before 11:59 pm PDT Friday, August 2, 2013.
- Once AME BC determines the available booth spaces for Roundup 2014, space will be allocated via a lottery system. Available space will be determined following the first right of refusal period for returning exhibitors.
Roundup 2014 – Hotel Conference Rates Now Available
We are pleased to announce that in addition to The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, AME BC is also partnering with the Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel and the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel for Roundup 2014. Delegates and guests looking for accommodations for Roundup 2014 can book rooms today – just minutes away from the Westin.
Book your rooms today!
Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel
The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
Conference rates and booking codes with other area hotels will be available in the fall.
Apply to participate in the Core Shack at AME BC’s Mineral Exploration Roundup 2014
Application Deadline: September 30, 2013
A cornerstone of Roundup, the Core Shack showcases new discoveries, leading prospects, advanced projects, and operating mines from around the world. The Core Shack exhibits a wide range of new developments in the exploration and mining sectors. Each day, a new suite of the sectors’ most compelling projects will be displayed, with maps, cross‐sections, and the project’s technical representative on hand to answer questions.
For more information and to download the application form click here
Are you a Prospector? Apply to participate in the Prospector’s Tent at AME BC’s Mineral Exploration Roundup 2014
Application Deadline: November 15, 2013
The Prospectors’ Tent provides an opportunity for independent prospectors to present their diverse mineral properties to attendees of Mineral Exploration Roundup.
For more information and to download the application form click here
Minerals South South 2013 - November 5 to 7 - Cranbrook, BC
First Circular and Call for Papers
The ninth annual Minerals South Conference and Trade Show, being organized by the East Kootenay Chamber of Mines, will feature a short course, field trips and two days of high-calibre, wide-ranging talks with a focus on southern British Columbia and its world-class geology, mineralization and other advantages. The conference will be held at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort & Convention Centre.
Sponsors: Please contact Jason Jacob firstname.lastname@example.org
. There are lots of available opportunities, at a range of levels, for specific event and function sponsorships! All sponsors will receive high-profile acknowledgement as thanks for their contributions.
Trade Show exhibitors: Please contact Jason Jacob email@example.com
. Market your products, services and properties to mineral explorationists working across BC.
Booths will be adjacent to the presentation hall, and the Trade Show will be incorporated into breaks and other activities. Please book early as space is limited.
Talk and poster presenters: Please contact Dave Grieve firstname.lastname@example.org
. We are open to all geology and exploration topics, from across British Columbia.
For general enquiries, to volunteer, or if you have any ideas or suggestions for Minerals South 2013, please contact Jason Jacob email@example.com
Minerals South hope to see everyone in Cranbrook, whether as a presenter, sponsor, exhibitor or delegate. In the meantime, please mark your calendars and monitor the chamber website
for updated information.
PwC Report Reveals British Columbia Aboriginal Mine Training Association Program Benefits Graduates and the Provincial Economy
July 24, 2013 - A Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP (PwC) report - Impact Assessment of BC AMTA's Mine Training Programs - commissioned by the British Columbia Aboriginal Mine Training Association (BC AMTA) has revealed the dollars invested in training an Aboriginal job candidate for a career in mining have resulted in a 285 percent increase in annual post-graduation wage, from an average of $13,754 to $52,959. This in turn has positively impacted British Columbia's GDP by $106,804 per person through higher wages and increased spending.
BC AMTA partners with Aboriginal communities and industry to develop and deliver job-relevant training for Aboriginal people to enter the mining sector. The assessment was designed to measure the program's economic impact and return on investment to families, communities, industry and government. PwC measured the increase in average annual earnings that program graduates receive as a result of training, and the subsequent direct and indirect contribution to the provincial economy.
"This report validates what we have been seeing - that the value of investing in training Aboriginal people extends beyond the individual, and the dollars are returned to society and to government," says Laurie Sterritt, BC AMTA Chief Executive Officer. "But equally important are the benefits that a career and a permanent, full time, well-paying job bring to an individual. In addition to the obvious financial benefits, it provides them with confidence, empowerment, hope and possibilities, which changes lives."
To read the full media release click here.
BC Mining HR Task Force Diversity-Women Newsletter Number 2
Diversity Women: Newsletter Number 2
The focus of the Task Force is to foster the supply and retention of a
diverse workforce in the face of significant labour shortages predicted
over the next ten years.
Women are one of these under-represented groups.
Today, women comprise only 16% of the exploration and mining workforce
in BC, well below the provincial participation rate of 62%. In the
non-traditional operational areas such as trades and equipment operation
the participation rate is lower at 5%. This information along with a
further wealth of knowledge comes out of an extensive research study
conducted by the Diversity-Women sub-committee, and the resulting report
WOMEN: An Unmined Resource report published in November 2011. From this
research the strategy was developed and the sub-committee is actively
engaged in executing on initiatives that will increase the attraction,
recruitment, advancement and retention of qualified women within our
industry. The Diversity-Women sub-committee is comprised of industry
volunteers with diverse backgrounds and extensive industry experience.
Stay tuned for further developments from their dedicated team, who are focused on practical and innovative approaches to building a pool of talent for our industry’s prosperity.
Mining for Food a Success!
Mining For Food successfully raised over 11,000 lbs of food for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank
On July 20, the first ever Mining For Food
Challenge was held in conjunction with Five Hole For Food at the 800
block of Granville Street in Vancouver, BC. This round-robin type
street hockey tournament attracted many interested participants from the
East Coast to the West Coast playing ball hockey for local food banks.
This year, Mining for Food met its goal of raising 11,037 lbs of food
for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Special thanks to all the corporate
and personal donations, players, volunteers and fundraisers in the
For more information please visit http://www.fiveholeforfood.com/miningforfood/
Resources & Mining Global Salary Guide- Global Salaries and Recruiting Trends
From December 2012 to January 2013 Hays Resource and Mining polled over 10,000 individuals and asked them a range of questions on their world of work within the resources and mining industry.
Utilising both the database of Hays Resources & Mining and that their partners, Infomine, they were able to engage with professionals and skilled workers in the industry throughout the world, and this has resulted in over a quarter of a million separate pieces of data. It is the first time that such a comprehensive worldwide study of remuneration trends in the resources industry has been concluded.
Click here to view the salary guide.
The British Columbia Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation presents – B.C.’s 37th Annual Mine Reclamation Symposium
AME BC is a proud sponsor of this event.
The British Columbia Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation (TRCR) is holding their 37th Annual Reclamation Symposium. This year's event will be held at the Sheraton Wall Centre hotel in beautiful Vancouver, BC, from September 16 to 19.
The Reclamation Symposium provides a forum to foster the exchange of information and ideas on reclamation. This year’s conference activities will include a field tour of the Sechelt Sand and Gravel Mine, a Towards Sustainable Mining Biodiversity Workshop, the Annual BC Mine Reclamation Awards, as well as two days of presentations covering a broad spectrum of reclamation issues.
Click here for more information and to register.
External Event Calendar
Geoscience BC TREK Project Update
The data purchased is comprised of several helicopter-borne magnetic surveys flown over Amarc's Galileo and Hubble properties. The purchase of this industry data has allowed Geoscience BC to extend the TREK airborne magnetic survey boundaries to the west and northwest (see map below). The Amarc data will be merged with the larger fixed-wing survey data that will be collected by Aeroquest Airborne Ltd. this summer and fall, and publicly released in early 2014.
The TREK Project, launched in early 2013, is focused on a highly prospective area for mineral resources that remains underexplored due to complicated and poorly understood bedrock geology and overburden. In addition to the airborne survey, the TREK Project will include several other exploration geoscience activities including regional geochemical sampling (stream, lake, soil and till), biogeochemical sampling, geological mapping plus mineral deposit studies as well as sampling designed to evaluate geothermal potential in the region. The geochemical sampling program began in mid-June and is expected to wrap for the season in September. For more information, visit our project page at www.geosciencebc.com/s/TREK.asp
Important Update: Geoscience BC Report 2011-3 "The application of surface organic materials as sample media over deeply buried mineralization at the Kwanika Central Zone, North-Central British Columbia"
It has come to Geoscience BC's attention that there was an error in GBC Report 2011-3, "The application of surface organic materials as sample media over deeply buried mineralization at the Kwanika Central Zone, North-Central British Columbia (NTS 93N)".
On page 18 of the report, under the header "Laboratory Methods", subheader "Sample Preparation", the text originally read:
"Ah samples were air dried at 35° to 40°C and milled to -80 mesh."
The text has now been revised to read:
"Ah samples were air dried at 35° to 40°C and screened to -80 mesh."
To access the full updated report, go to www.geosciencebc.com/s/2011-03.asp.
Geoscience BC Awards Five Post-Graduate Scholarships
Geoscience BC is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Geoscience BC Scholarship Award in Applied Geoscience. The scholarships, valued at $5000 each, are awarded to deserving post-graduate students working on a mineral, oil & gas, coal or geothermal thesis topic directly relevant to exploration or development in British Columbia.
The students were evaluated on their project's technical merit and ability to attract resource development investment to British Columbia as well as their academic qualifications, work experience, and future goals.
"We are pleased to award five scholarships to graduate students working on B.C.-focused projects," said 'Lyn Anglin, President & CEO of Geoscience BC. "Geoscience BC's scholarship program is designed to support the development of our up-and-coming geoscientists, and we are proud to assist them and their research programs to add to the future of resource exploration and development in BC."
Go to www.geosciencebc.com/s/Scholarships.asp to learn more about the 2013 Geoscience BC Scholarship Award winners.
William Webb Cummings (1926 - 2013)
William passed away peacefully surrounded by loving members of his family at the New Denver Hospital Pavilion after a short illness and after a very full and rewarding life.
He was a professional engineer specializing in mining geology and worked throughout Canada and occasionally in other parts of the world. Born in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, he served in the Signal Corps in World War II, then completed his education in 1949 at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. He married Marjorie Freeman in 1948 and the growing family were always a very integral part of the various towns where "Webb" (as his family and most friends knew him) and Marj resided, including but not limited to, South Porcupine, Invermere, Tungsten, Ashcroft and finally New Denver, British Columbia. A resident of the Slocan Valley from the late 1970s to the end of his life, he was widely associated with the natural beauty and wonders of the environment, and equally with the history of the region. He served on the Boards of various local societies including the Silvery Slocan and Sandon museums, and the Kohan Gardens.
Webb Cummings is survived by five adult children, Sheila (Roger Smith), Louise, Bruce (Neva Low), Kathy (Arthur Platt) and Lorraine (Rick Unwin), and by eleven loving grandchildren. His wife Marjorie passed away in April, 1994 and his older brother Sandy died in 1996, and he is survived by his sister Margaret Lemoine.
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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
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Upcoming Events & Conferences
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