Policy Updates

The following are key public policy areas and issues where AME is taking a leadership role and developing position statements that reflect the broad interests and values of BC’s global mineral explorers and developers.

President’s Message Q4 2015

January 1, 2016

President & CEO’s Message
Gavin C. Dirom M.Sc., P. Ag. President & CEO, AME


We know times are tough for most AME members, but we also know that BC’s mineral exploration and development industry is comprised of smart, strong and innovative people who will not only survive, but will prosper yet again. As an association and as advocates for the industry, we will continue to work hard to protect and promote the interests of our almost 5,000 members, including more than 400 corporate members.

Successful Exploration: On January 13, AME will be opening the Toronto Stock Exchange and hosting an Explore for More BC Luncheon with Hon Bill Bennett, BC Minister of Energy and Mines to boost interest in BC and to promote AME’s Mineral Exploration Roundup 2016 conference. We recently presented to our members a draft of AME’s 2016 Top Policy Issues & Recommendations Paper that is used to express the views, concerns and recommendations of AME members to public policy and decision makers in government. We need your input to ensure that we are representing your interests. We welcome your feedback by January 18.

Aboriginal Relations and Engagement: AME was an early leader in building mutual understanding, respect and trust with Aboriginal communities. We have taken the principled and pragmatic position that a balanced and fully informed discussion should take place as the Province of British Columbia moves forward in advancing its reconciliation goals with First Nations. We believe it is equally important that all parties recognize that the Supreme Court of Canada’s decisions in Tsilhqot’in and other cases are intended to provide a balanced path forward, one which respects both aboriginal rights and title interests and broader societal interests. We accept that legal decisions alone will not be sufficient to achieve reconciliation. But we also believe that acknowledging and working within the relevant law is a precondition to achieving success through mutual understanding, trust and respect.

Public Awareness and Stakeholder Education: AME staff members recently attended the Minerals South conference in Cranbrook and the Alaska Miners Association fall convention in Anchorage. We also attended the Yukon Geoscience Forum in Whitehorse and the American Exploration & Mining Association convention in Spokane to raise awareness about AME and the successful BC mineral exploration and development industry.  
Socially Responsible Exploration: AME’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee held a Learning Series event in October and a Community of Practice event in November; the Committee has now held eight events since October 2014 in addition to its annual course and Show Case session at Roundup. These events are open to members and are a great way to learn about current trends, practices and expectations in social responsibility.
Membership Engagement:
On October 26, we held an inter-committee meeting to improve communications between the many working committees of AME, and all Committee Chairs were in attendance.  AME’s Christmas Open House  was held on November 26 at Moose’s Down Under. More than 250 people attended, and AME members brought in six boxes of food and raised $620 for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. On December 8, AME hosted Michael Campbell at the Hyatt Regency for our final Speakers Series lunch event of 2015. The business analyst and broadcaster shared his economic insights with more than 100 attendees.

AME’s 104th annual general meeting takes place during Roundup 2016. In accordance with the Bylaws, AME is conducting its annual election of its Board of Directors. In order to be eligible to vote, you must be a member of AME. The candidates for Elected Directors in 2016 are:

  • Marc Blythe, Alianza Minerals and Arcus Development Group
  • Scott Broughton, Santa Fe Metals Corp.
  • Chris Doornbos, MinQuest Ltd
  • David Gale (Incumbent), Independence Gold Corporation
  • Ken MacDonald, Ridgeview Resources
  • Dale Mah, Quintana Resources Capital
  • Robert McLeod, IDM Mining Ltd
  • Jill Pardoe, Consultant
  • Jason Quigley, Hunter Dickinson Inc
  • Libby Sharman, Sharpman Consulting
  • Robert Stevens (Incumbent), BCIT
  • Jill Tsolinas (Incumbent), Centre of Training Excellence in Mining (CTEM)

Candidate profiles can be found at AME Director Candidates for 2016. Voting opens on Monday, January 18, 2016 at 9:30 am and closes at noon on Friday, January 22, 2016.

Mineral Exploration Roundup: AME’s Mineral Exploration Roundup 2016 conference will be held January 25 to 28 under the Canada Place sails. Our 33rdannual conference will feature keynote talks as well as displays and presentations on more than 100 projects around the world. See https://amebc.ca/roundup for more details about Roundup 2016.

AME is pleased to announce the 2015 recipients of its annual awards presented to individuals or teams for significant contributions to the mineral exploration and development industry. The AME Awards Celebration of Excellence Gala will be held on January 27 during AME’s Roundup 2016 conference. Please click here for more details.

On behalf of the staff and the Board of AME, I thank the hundreds of dedicated volunteers and thousands of members of the Association for their valuable support and contributions. I wish you the very best in 2016 and that you have a safe day, everyday, wherever this message finds you!

Gavin C. Dirom, M.Sc., P. Ag.
President & CEOAssociation for Mineral Exploration British Columbia