The committees of AME are the driving force and expertise behind our advocacy work and are key contributors to the overall success of the Association.

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Awards Committee

The AME Awards Committee solicits, receives, and adjudicates nominations for the Annual AME Awards. These awards include the H.H. “Spud” Huestis Award, E.A. Scholz Award, Murray Pezim Award, Hugo Dummett Diamond Award, Colin Spence Award, and the Robert R. Hedley Award.

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They formally recommend recipients of awards to the AME Board of Directors, preserve the integrity and promote the significance of the AME Awards, and manage the AME Outreach Education Fund.

Staff lead: Helena Tse 604.630.3930

Communications and Marketing Committee

The AME Communications and Marketing Committee assists AME and its Board in providing timely and effective communication to its members and other key audiences such as government, the public, and other communities of interest.

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The Committee provides regular reports on communications initiatives and issues as well as Committee activities, and recommends actions regarding communication initiatives at AME Board meetings. It includes the Mineral Exploration Editorial Board and Roundup Communications Planning Sub-Committee.

Staff lead: Jonathan Buchanan 604.630.3923

Environment, Health & Safety Committee

The Environment, Health & Safety Committee works with members, government, and other associations to ensure that the mineral exploration community is able to work safely and productively.

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The Committee was formed in October 1980 by the late David Barr following a particularly tragic year in exploration in western Canada when nine individuals, including two pilots, lost their lives in separate helicopter accidents. The Committee produces Safety Guidelines for Mineral Exploration in Western Canada, collaborates with PDAC on the annual Canadian Mineral Exploration Environment, Health & Safety Survey, and holds annual mineral exploration safety workshops. The Committee also presents the David Barr Award for leadership and innovation in health and safety in the mineral exploration sector.

Staff lead: Jonathan Buchanan 604.630.3923

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee acts on behalf of the Board when the Board is not in session. In this role, the Executive provides leadership to the Association by supporting the President, Vice President(s), staff and committees with direction, advice, and planning and, as required, by Board-level decision making.

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Staff lead: Edie Thome 604.630.3920

Finance Committee

Members of the AME Finance Committee review, on behalf of the Board of Directors, the preparation of the annual operating budget and the quarterly and annual financial statements, as well as our returns on investment assets and other related matters.

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Staff lead: Patricia Morrison 604.630.3922

Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Committee

The Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Committee was created to assist AME members in understanding and addressing First Nations’ and Indigenous peoples’ priorities, challenges and issues, particularly in BC, as well as to assist First Nations and Indigenous peoples in understanding the mineral exploration and mining sector.

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This committee encourages positive relationships with First Nations and Indigenous peoples and assists AME to develop initiatives and programs that will further the interests of its members and of Indigenous peoples.

Staff lead: Edie Thome 604.630.3920

Integrated Social Responsibility Committee

The AME Integrated Social Responsibility (ISR) Committee is a group of industry, government and consulting representatives and practitioners engaged in mineral exploration, development and mining in Canada and internationally. Through educational events, networking and outreach, the Committee supports AME’s members with the resources to augment the value of their exploration and development projects through the adoption of industry best-practices in socially responsible exploration.

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AME collaborates with institutions such as Canadian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (CIM), Mining Association of Canada (MAC), Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), and other partners on socially responsible industry initiatives. Sharing best practices and adopting high standards of environmental and social responsibility supports our industry in developing coal and mineral properties successfully, and creating enduring economic development to support the wellbeing of local communities. Watch for periodic ISR Committee Community of Practice and Learning Events throughout the year.

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Staff lead: Tracey Sexton 604.630.3919

Land Access & Use Committee

The Land Access and Use Committee facilitates AME’s Board of Directors in advocating for continued and certain access to land sufficient to maintain a successful and sustainable coal and mineral exploration and development industry in BC.

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The Committee’s work includes tracking and reviewing land use, access and planning initiatives and challenges and preparing position papers for the Board as required.

Staff lead: Glen Wonders 604.630.3928

Membership Committee

The purpose of the Membership Committee is to provide and demonstrate AME member value and identify and address topical issues with respect to attracting new members and retaining current members (both corporate and individual).

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The Committee shall be a conduit between the Board, other committees and members by communicating and liaising regularly with AME members to encourage input and feedback on issues related to mineral exploration and development and AME activities. The Committee shall also recognize the achievements of AME members for the Honourable Service Roll nominations as well as coordinate applications for AME Life Memberships.

The Membership Committee includes the Old-Timers Committee, whose responsibilities include maintaining the AME Old-Timers’ list and advise on the planning of AME Old-Timers’ events as necessary.

Staff lead: Roxanne Finnie 604.630.3927

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee identifies and recommends Directors for election or appointment to the AME Board of Directors.

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Staff lead: Roxanne Finnie 604.630.3927


Roundup Organizing Committee

The purpose of the AME Roundup Organizing Committee is to plan and execute all technical components of the conference program and to procure and liaise with speakers and programming for the annual Association for Mineral Exploration (AME) Roundup Conference, including The Gathering Place.

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Staff lead: Simone Hill 604.630.3921

Taxation, Securities & Investment Committee

The Taxation, Securities and Investment (TSI) Committee is tasked with providing expertise in the areas of tax, securities law and capital investment as it relates to the mineral exploration and mining industry, with an objective to grow AME’s collective knowledge in those areas and advise on appropriate public advocacy.

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The TSI Committee will provide support, advice and planning as required by the Board. This Committee was approved as a standing Committee on June 23, 2015.

Staff lead: Glen Wonders 604.630.3928