November 29, 2012
Volume 14 - Issue 8
Inside AME BC
Roundup 2013 News
- Feedback Re: Exemptions from Mines Act Permitting Requested
- AME BC 100th Anniversary Gala - November 27
- AME BC Speaker Series with Diane Francis - November 1
- AME BC Photo Contest Winners
- AME BC strategic partner with UBC and SFU to establish new world-class
$25 million institute for extractive industries and development
- New Corporate Members
Mineral Exploration News
- Mineral Exploration Roundup: Early Bird Deadline November 30!
- Call for Prospectors
- Mineral Exploration Roundup: Opportunity for Children of AME BC Members to Participate in the Rockhounds Program
- Foreign Affiliate Dumping Rules
- Mineral Industry Partners Celebrate Opening of State-of-the-Art University of British Columbia Building
- Effects of Field Experience on Recruitment and Retention of Geoscientists in Canadian Mineral Exploration
- BCIT GIS Student Project or Practicum with Mining Companies
- Introducing Mark Messmer, Director Mineral Titles
Courses & Education
Upcoming Events and Conferences
Inside AME BC
Discussion Paper: Proposed Class Exemptions from Mines Act Permitting
The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas (MoEMNG) has released a discussion paper seeking your input on proposed exemptions from a Notice of Work permit for certain exploration work activities.
Further to the amendment made to the Mines Act in November, 2011, the MoEMNG is seeking feedback on proposed class exemptions for specific low-impact mineral and coal exploration activities.View article...
The Ministry intends to provide to the provincial Cabinet in early 2013 a final list of proposed activities and conditions for class exemption for review and approval.
Below is a link to a Discussion Paper and Feedback Form, publicly available for 30 days beginning, November 23, 2012, and ending December 24, 2012.http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Strategy2012/Pages/Streamlining.aspx
This paper results from amendments to the Mines Act in the fall of 2011 and the need to develop regulations that set out the specific exemptions. AME BC’s Land Use Committee has been engaged in this subject for some time and a working group of the Committee did review a very early position paper related to the exemptions.
AME BC urges you to review and comment on the discussion paper before the feedback period ends on December 24, 2012. You should not feel constrained in referring only to the four classes of proposed exemption and your comments should include other activities that are currently subject to a permit and that may be exempted in the future. Your participation is crucial to the success of achieving any exemptions in a timely manner and certainly to have these potential exemptions in place prior to the beginning of the 2013 exploration season. Note that AME BC will be making a submission regarding this important discussion paper as well.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding this request, please contact either Gavin Dirom at email@example.com
or Rick Conte at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 604.689.5271.
AME BC 100th Anniversary Gala – November 27
The Association for Mineral Exploration held its 100th Anniversary Gala on November 27, 2012. The event was a roaring success and sold out! Keynote Vaughn Palmer and Emcee Gloria Macarenko were fantastic. There were also surprises for the guests with a opening skit with the Character Guys actors and AME BC Chair Michael McPhie.
The 100th anniversary video and photos from the event will be available to AME BC members and Gala guests in the near future.
Thank you very much to everyone who was in attendance to help us celebrate this auspicious occasion. Click here
for more information.
AME BC Photo Contest Winners
The AME BC photo contest was popular as ever this year with over 40 entries. Our goal was certainly met to show audiences – both in the industry and in the general public – what mineral exploration and development are all about.
Overall Winner - "Grizzly bear near Porcupine glaicer" James Newby
Animals - "Two bull moose wade through Kadah Lake" Brian Kornichuk
Exploration Scenery - "Smoke from the Entiako Lake Fire looming over drilling on the Blackwater project" Lani Howarth
Health and Safety - "Site Reconnaissance of proposed tailings facility" Josie Speed
People at Work - "Taking Survey Notes - Schaft Creek" Stephen Zopf
To view the photos visit our Facebook page
AME BC’s Speaker Series Lunch - Thursday, November 1 - Diane Francis (National Post)
Our second installment for the 2012/2013 Speaker Series was held on November 1, 2012 at the Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver and featured Diane Francis. It was a sold-out event and very well received. Diane is well known across the country for her newspaper columns for the National Post. She also blogs on the Huffington Post, is a broadcaster and author of nine best-selling books. Diane's talk was titled, 'Staying On Course in Uncertain Times.' Photos are now available in the Speaker Series Photo Gallery. Click here
to view them.
Our next speaker series lunch will take place in March 2013 – Stay tuned for further details!
AME BC strategic partner with UBC and SFU to establish new world-class $25 million institute for extractive industries and development
Vancouver, BC – November 23, 2012 – The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) is thankful to the federal government for selecting the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University to lead the establishment of the new Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development in Vancouver, British Columbia.
AME BC is a strategic partner in the successful UBC and SFU led coalition to establish and operate a new institute for extractive industries and development that will be funded by a $25-million grant from the Canadian International Development Agency. The creation of the institute was announced today by the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation.
To read the full news release click here
New Corporate Members (As of November 14, 2012)
Kesselrun Resources Ltd.
Kesselrun Resources Ltd. is a newly formed Thunder Bay, Ontario-based mineral exploration company focused on growth through property acquisitions and discoveries. Kesselrun's management team possesses strong geological and exploration expertise with particular experience in Northwest Ontario. For more information about Kesselrun Resources,please visit our website at www.kesselrunresources.comRalph’s Radio Ltd.
Ralph’s, founded in 1949, has been a family run business since 1953,currently owned and operated by brothers Dave and Tim Rurak. With locations in Vancouver and Victoria, Ralph’s specializes in stereo equipment for vehicles, marine and heavy equipment as well as cellular and satellite phones. Ralph’s also designs and manufactures ID signs for heavy equipment.www.ralphs.ca
Roundup 2013 News
Mineral Exploration Roundup – Early Bird Deadline November 30, 2012
Mineral Exploration Roundup 2013, "Resources for Life: Digging Deeper", will betaking place at the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver from January 28 to 31,2013. Join us at the world's premier technical mineral exploration conference.
The Early-Bird registration deadline is Friday,November 30, 2012. This will be the last day to register at the discounted registration rates. Prices for registration and the short courses will increase after November 30.
We’ve have had a great response to the conference so far with a number of sold out events including the CEO Breakfast and field trips to Myra Falls and Highland Copper Valley.
There are still great events awaiting you at Mineral Exploration Roundup 2013:
See the full lineup for Mineral Exploration Roundup 2013 and register today.
Contact us for general Roundup questions by,
- Phone - The Roundup Hotline at 604.630.3930 or toll free at 1.877.689.5554,
- Email - email@example.com.
Have a registration question? Call the CONEXSYS Event Registration line at 604.488.1435 or toll free at 1.877.307.6918.Roundup is brought to you by AME BC.
Are you a Prospector? ...Do you know someone that is?
AME BC is in the process of updating and growing its contact list of independent mineral prospectors.
This list will be used to send annual invitations to display mineral properties in the Prospectors’ Tent at AME BC’s Mineral Exploration Roundup conference in Vancouver. Prospectors can display inside the Core Tent using maps, rock samples, drill core, sketches, photographs, laptops and other media.
For more information and to apply to participate in the Prospectors’ Tent, please click here
Exploration Roundup: Opportunity for Children of AME BC Members to Participate in the Rockhounds Program
MineralsEd invites AME BC Members’ children to the Rockhound program on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.
On Tuesday, January 29 MineralsEd (Mineral Resources Education Program of BC) will hold their 10th annual,hands-on learning program (Rockhounds) for elementary students at Roundup 2013. Invited guests this year are four Grades 5-7 classes from Vancouver, Burnaby and West Vancouver schools, all of who will be doing major Earth Science or mining units in school this fall. The students’ projects will be on display in the Westin foyer and on the mezzanine level all week. Invited presenters and dozens of Roundup volunteers will be enlisted to deliver MineralsEd’s all day mini-conference for the students, a day that will include:
- Hearing from geologists about the exciting work in mineral exploration.
- Learning how diamonds form and how geologists search for them.
- Learning how to pan for gold with Yukon Dan.
- Viewing superb displays of rocks, minerals and fossils (and peering down microscopes).
- Exploring the trade show to learn about exploring, mining and all related supply and service providers.
- Trying to Stump the Geologist by bringing their own prized rock and mineral specimens to our guest geologists to take a look at and identify.
This year MineralsEd is extending a special invitation to same-age children of AME BC members to take part all day (9:30am-3:00pm) in these special programs.
To involve your child he/she must be in Grade 4, 5, 6,or 7 and must be accompanied by a parent for the entire day. Together they will join in with a group of 6-7 other children and parent chaperones from the invited classes.
Pre registration with MineralsEd is required and spaces are limited! Deadline Friday, December 21, 2012.
If you would like your child to attend, please email details about your child (name, grade, age, school, child’s t-shirt size) to Sheila Stenzel: stenzel@MineralsEd.ca
or phone 604.682.5477. Details will be sent in reply.
Foreign Affiliate Dumping Rules
The federal government is proposing to change the federal tax act to close certain tax loopholes by adding “foreign affiliate dumping rules”. These rules are contained in a Bill that is expected to become law before year-end. The PDAC, working in concert with various stakeholders in the community, including AME BC, the Mining Association of Canada, Fasken Martineau, PwC, KPMG and others, has advised the government that these changes apply too broadly and will likely have a dramatic and devastating impact on Canadian mineral exploration and mining firms as well as Canada as an attractive destination for exploration and mining investment.
For your information and further reading, the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada provides a link to various background materials on this issue.
AME BC has joined the PDAC in asking that you help take action to halt the proposed changes in favour of the alternative version of the rules that industry have proposed to officials at the Department of Finance. In support of this, we would ask that you send Minister Flaherty the email below, encouraging him to pause and fully evaluate the potential impact these changes will have on the sector.
The Honourable James Flaherty M.P.
Minister of Finance
House of Commons Centre Block Building - Room 435-S
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Minister Flaherty,
On behalf of our company, (insert company name here), I am writing this letter to express concerns about the negative impact that the Foreign Affiliate Dumping (FAD) measures, as tabled in the second Budget Implementation Bill, would have on Canadian junior mineral exploration and mining companies.
Generally speaking, junior companies have no assets other than their exploration projects. They have no income other than limited amounts earned from the disposal of lesser projects and rights to claims or land holdings. In order to fund their exploration activities and their Canadian management teams, juniors must secure financing.
Since juniors have no income stream, they do not have the same capacity to borrow from financial markets or banks as companies operating in different business circumstances. As such, juniors are heavily reliant on their ability to raise capital through collaboration with other companies. This collaboration is often in the form of a foreign major mining company investing in them (e.g. through the purchase of shares, through a loan or through outright acquisition) so that exploration projects abroad can be financed with the goal of becoming producing mines.
Minister, we understand that you have received correspondence from the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada who, in collaboration the Mining Association of Canada and other key stakeholders, have suggested certain amendments to your proposed FAD measures. We agree with the position that these groups have taken and encourage you to work with them to find a positive outcome to this situation. We believe that, as proposed, the measures you are recommending will have negative consequences for Canada’s economy and for the investment prospects of Canadian mineral exploration and mining firms.
Mineral industry partners celebrate opening of state-of-the-art University of British Columbia building
The University of British Columbia, on November 16, officially opened the new Earth Sciences Building, a state-of-the-art facility that will provide modern learning spaces for more than 7,000 students each year and leading-edge laboratories for hundreds of researchers.
UBC’s Earth Sciences Building was made possible by a $37.5-million investment from the BC Government, and to date, more than $26 million from the mineral exploration and mining communities as part of UBC’s start an evolution campaign. Lead donors include Ross Beaty, Goldcorp Inc., Teck Resources Limited, Lundin Mining Corporation and Pan American Silver Corp.
“This magnificent building will enable us to provide undergraduate and graduate students with an unparalleled education in the earth sciences, as well as to continue developing knowledge and expertise in sustainable natural resource management to serve the industry in British Columbia and around the world,” says UBC President Stephen Toope.
Read the full press release here: http://science.ubc.ca/news/667
High resolution photographs of the building available at:
UBC Faculty of Science
Effects of Field Experience on Recruitment and Retention of Geoscientists in Canadian Mineral Exploration
The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada has hired the Mining Industry Human Resources Council to undertake a study on the impacts of field experience on the flow, recruitment and retention of talent from education in geosciences to the mineral exploration industry. This research builds on the recommendations from the 2011 national sector study Unearthing Possibilities which was conducted in partnership between MiHR and PDAC.
The purpose of this study is to better understand graduates’ career choices, what influences graduates career decisions, and to stimulate a proactive approach to addressing the retention challenges facing the exploration sector.
As part of the research process we are seeking information from recent alumni of geoscience university programs from across Canada.
if you have graduated from a university geoscience program within the last ten years, please click here to take the survey.This project has been reviewed and approved according to MiHR’s Research Ethics protocol.
If you wish more information on this or other research at MiHR please contact Martha Roberts, Director of ReBCIT Geograhic Information Systems Program. Every year, the BCIT Geographic Information Systems (GIS) students undertake a project or a practicum with a municipal government agency, or other agency, to fulfill their diploma. In past years, some of the mining companies that had a BCIT GIS student do a project/practicum are:
search, MiHR at email@example.com
or 613.270.9696 ex.21.
BCIT GIS Student Project or Practicum with Mining Companies
The current year of BCIT GIS students will start their classes the first week of September. Part of their course load is to locate a sponsor, who will undertake a project or practicum with them in the January – May 2013 time frame. Would you consider having a BCIT student undertake a project or a practicum with you? The student(s) can help you with a project that you may not have time to develop, or can work on your daily mapping needs as you require.
- Teck Resources Limited
- Gold Fields Canada
- Castle Peak Mining, and
- Skyline Gold
There is no cost to the sponsor for a GIS Practicum or Project.
For more information, contact:
Karl Kliparchuk, M.Sc., GISP
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Introducing Mark Messmer, Director Mineral Titles
Ms. May Mah-Paulson, Chief Gold Commissioner announces that as of November 28, 2012, Mr. Mark Messmer has joined the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas as the Director of the Mineral Titles Branch.
Mark has an undergraduate degree in forestry and a graduate degree in economics, both from the University of Alberta. For the past 24 years, his work has ranged from timber harvest operations to the valuation of standing timber and other natural resources.
Mark will be based out of the Branch’s Vancouver office located at Suite 300, 865 Hornby Street.
Ed Angus (1926 - 2012)The third oldest son of Scotty and Nancy Angus, Ed was born in Kitchener, Ontario May 5, 1926 and raised at Big Chute, Ontario on the Severn River. Growing up in the bush he learned many vital skills from his father Scotty, which would serve him well in his life as a prospector. Ed served in the Canadian Army from 1944-46, and in June 1946, set out from Big Chute on a lifelong adventure as a prospector. Convinced of making his fortune exploring for minerals, Ed travelled by foot, car, freight train, and barge to Yellowknife on Great Slave Lake, where he began his adventure searching for minerals. For the next six decades, Ed learned and practiced his trade, covering thousands of kilometres of bush, mountains, lakes and tundra, all across Canada. He was part of many of the great Canadian exploration camps, Yellowknife, Uranium City, the Highland Valley and many more. He loved the bush and being in the outdoors, but enjoyed the camaraderie of the working men around him even more. His positive, optimistic outlook endeared him to all whom he met along the way. He met and married his wife of 55 years, Dorothy, in Flin Flon, Manitoba in 1957. They had three sons, Trent, Scott and Craig, and in the early 60s Ed took a permanent job with McIntyre Porcupine Mines Ltd as a western field man. He moved his family to Crescent Beach B.C where he would settle and build strong roots in the community. After 25 years with McIntyre, Ed retired and served on the boards of many public companies, including as a founding director of Nevsun Resources Ltd., while continuing to stay active with his sons as an entrepreneur/ prospector.
All who crossed his path, whether in the bush, the boardroom, at a hockey game or in his travels, admired Ed. He was an incredible man to be around and made those in his company feel good about themselves. He had plenty of stories to share and they were always entertaining. Ed would always see the good in people and focused on the positives in life. Ed was one of a kind, one of the last of a great generation of Canadian mining men, and all whom he loved will greatly miss his presence
Andre Charles Beguin (1922 - 2012)
Passed away on October 19, 2012 in Kelowna at the age of 90 years. Born in Kaslo, on Kootenay Lake on April 8th, 1922 the son of Charles Beguin and Ruth Bauen, the 1st settlers of Argenta, BC. He was the youngest of 4 children and is predeceased by sisters Irene, Helen and brother George and by his wife Florence of 55 years. He is survived by his son Jim, and daughter-in-law Karen. Andre graduated from UBC with a degree of Bachelor of Applied Science - Metallurgical Engineering in 1947 and was class valedictorian. He married Florence McEachern of Hedley, BC - a fellow UBC graduate - on May 20th, 1949. Following graduation Andre worked near Wasa in the Kootenay's at Estella Mines and at Torbrit Mines north of Prince Rupert before joining Cassiar Mining Corp and lived in Cassiar from 1953 -1968 while advancing to GM in Toronto. In 1975 he began work in Australia at Woodsreef near Barraba, NSW and then onto Greece from 1980 - 1983 at Zidani working for Kilbourne Engineering of Vancouver. Andre greatly enjoyed the outdoors in his younger years and in his later years could be found enjoying his hikes and bridge games at his retirement home in Kelowna. He will be greatly missed.
Peter Le Couteur (1940 - 2012)
Peter passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family on Sunday after a short battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 43 years Penny, his sons Tim (Janna) and Alan (Jennie), and his grandson Owen. He is also survived by his two brothers, Allan and Bill (Rosie).
Peter was born in Dunedin, New Zealand and grew up in Auckland. He moved to Vancouver in 1966 to earn his PhD in Geology from UBC. Over the course of his career as an exploration geologist, he worked on every continent. He hiked, flew and sailed through some of the most remote and rugged parts of the world, living in camps, yurts and huts of every kind. He ran his own consulting practice and also co-founded a successful business processing till samples for diamond exploration in northern Canada.
He loved to travel with his family, and lived for periods in New Zealand and Indonesia with them. At home he enjoyed squash and field hockey, spending time with his boys, and working on rocks with the scanning electron microscope in his home lab. He lived a full and adventurous life, and leaves us with many fond memories. We are all richer for having known him.
James (Jim) Laird (1955 - 2012)
Jim sadly passed away following a courageous battle with a lengthy illness. Jim is survived by his two sons Chris and Brendan, fiance Deborah Brandon, siblings Bob Laird (Irene), Joanne Laird (Andrew), Kathryn Quon, Leslie MacFarlane-Varga (Don), John MacFarlane, Marian Julie MacFarlane-Smith (Terry), and Donna Turenne (Donald), plus many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends. Jim was predeceased by his parents, Diane, Bud and Marlene Laird, grandparents Mal and Jo McMillan, grandparents David and Annie Laird.
Jim was a brilliant prospector and an awesome dad, who enjoyed outdoor life to the fullest.
Special thanks to Dr. A. Early, Dr. J. Lea, Dr E Kroll, Dr E Tam and Dr. J Yang, Joanne Oben, the staff at 4East at Lion's Gate Hospital, staff in ICU at VGH and the Transplant Team.
George Lewans (1932 - 2012)
George Lewans of Prince George, BC died on November 1, 2012 from complications of rheumatoid arthritis from which he suffered most of his life. He was 80 and living in retirement at Shaunavon, SK since 2006. He was best known in the Prince George area as an ambitious logging contractor. He was also an avid gold miner in the Barkerville - Quesnel area and in the Yukon. He spent some time on the executive of the B.C. Placer Gold Mining Association. He also spent several months in Equador as a gold mining consultant where he made friends with the workers who had previously been treated as slaves. He was born on the family farm near Shaunavon, SK in 1932, one of 12 children.
Ed Rugg (1922 - 2011)
Edwin (Ed) Stanton Rugg, died July 18, 2011 in Surprise, Arizona. He was 89. Ed was born in Denver, Colorado and attended the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado where he graduated with an Engineer of Mines degree in 1943. Shortly thereafter he was inducted into the US Navy where he then undertook a ‘crash course’ in naval operations at the naval academy in Annapolis, Maryland. After graduating in September 1943, he was assigned to submarine chaser duty off the east coast of the USA. He was promoted to commanding officer of SC-1013 in February 1945 and left active service in June 1946. He then started a career in mineral exploration that spanned almost 60 years before he formally retired in 2005.
Following his departure from the Navy, Ed worked in a variety of jobs in Alaska, western USA and Texas, both in the minerals and oil industries. To meet a prearranged employment opportunity in Fairbanks, Alaska at a placer gold operation, he drove alone in a Ford Model T from Denver, including across the Alaska Highway at a time when military permits were still required. In 1950 he returned to the Colorado School of Mines with assistance from the GI bill where he enrolled in the Department of Geology MSc program. His thesis project was an assessment of an old gold mine in the Gold Brick district NE of Gunnison, Colorado. He stayed on campus with his new family for two years before re-entering the workplace in 1952. He was awarded his second degree from CSM in 1956. After a short stay in Pioche, Nevada, he moved to Nye, Montana where he worked at the Mouat chromite mine for Goldfield Consolidated Mines Company, San Francisco, California until mid-1959. During this period, Ed was required to spend six months in Ethiopia undertaking a series of property assessments along with staff from the Newmont Mining Company. The field conditions were primitive and just traveling from site to site was challenging. On one occasion, the field party needed to cross a major river and but lacked a suitable boat to ferry them. Air mattresses were deployed to shuttle the crew and Ed had to stand the first watch with his rifle to fend off river alligators from attacking the very vulnerable party.
In 1961, he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah and joined a mining consulting firm Shenon and Full (named after the two partners). This lasted for three years during which time he undertook two additional six month ‘expeditions’ to assess phosphate resources in Peru and Jordan.
In the November 1963, he moved to Vancouver to join the Utah Construction Company of San Francisco, California as District Geologist for Utah’s Canadian and Alaskan exploration efforts. Ed recalled he was given a ‘lean & mean’ budget that was much smaller than what many of the local Canadian companies were spending. While the focus was on iron ore and coal, the group was expected to be opportunistic and in 1967, a property submittal came in from a prospector working on northern Vancouver Island. The prospector, Gordon Milbourne, had found chalcopyrite in a tree stump blown over in a major storm. Milbourne took the opportunity to a number of mining companies but they all felt that a major copper deposit in this location was unlikely. Ed however, was able to convince his management to take up the option. After several years of exploration work, a major porphyry copper deposit was discovered and Utah developed what became the Island Copper mine which produced from 1971 until 1995.
Ed left Utah Construction in 1977 and moved to Reno, Nevada in 1978 where he lived until 2005, when he then moved to Surprise (Phoenix) Arizona. During his time in Reno he ran an exploration office for Dome Mines prior to their merger with Placer Development in 1987. He then consulted for various clients, primarily in the western USA.
Ed had a geographically diverse career that took him to places which at that time, were still very much frontiers with little of the knowledge and services that most world travelers have come to expect. He had a great love of the outdoors and deep respect for the people he met along the way. In many ways, he was a last-of-a-kind explorer who was able to see and appreciate remote parts of the world before civilization arrived.
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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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