COME SEE US AT PDAC 2017

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The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) will present a number of seminars at the 2017 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) annual convention at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, March 5-8. From geoscience expertise provided by the Ontario Geological Survey (OGS), to strengthening relationships with Indigenous communities, ministry staff will help you explore Ontario’s mineral development and investment opportunities.

Check out this year’s seminar schedule and be sure to visit the Ontario Pavilion. Please note that all sessions are being presented in English only.
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Seminar: Mineral Sector Investment & Opportunity: New Gold Horizons – Sunday, March 5, 11:30 a.m., Ontario Pavilion (Booth #637)

Moderator: Edmond van Hees, Regional Resident Geologist, Timmins & Sault Ste. Marie Districts

MNDM and private-sector partners will deliver joint presentations on mineral exploration and development activities in Ontario. Sessions will be moderated by staff of the Resident Geologist Program, Ontario Geological Survey. New Gold Horizons features both exploration projects in frontier areas that have not experienced a great deal of gold exploration in the past, as well as those areas that have traditionally not been considered prospective for gold.

  • 11:45 a.m.: Inventus Mining Corp.
  • 12:00 p.m.: GoWest Gold Ltd.
  • 12:15 p.m.: Union Glory Gold
  • 12:30 p.m.: Argo Gold
  • 12:45 p.m.: Harte Gold Corp.
  • 1:00 p.m.: International Explorers and Prospectors Inc.
  • 1:15 p.m.: Treasury Metals Inc.
  • 1:30 p.m.: Benton Resources Inc.
  • 1:45 p.m.: First Mining Finance Corp.
  • 2:00 p.m.: Green Swan Capital Group
  • 2:15 p.m.: GTA Resources and Mining Inc.
  • 2:30 p.m.: Canadian Gold Miner
  • 2:45 p.m.: Metals Creek Resources Corp.

Seminar: Building Effective Relationships with Ontario’s Aboriginal Communities – Sunday, March 5, 3:15 p.m., Ontario Pavilion (Booth #637)

Presenter: Aboriginal Affairs Branch, MNDM

MNDM’s Aboriginal Affairs Branch (AAB) will discuss the importance of strong, respectful partnerships as well as opportunities for effective collaboration with Ontario’s Aboriginal community. AAB will give an overview of their branch and its role in providing advice and support to internal and external stakeholders. The presentation will also review important legislation and regulations, Ontario’s commitment to reconciliation and key initiatives undertaken by AAB.

Seminar: Building Effective Relationships with Ontario’s Aboriginal Communities - Monday, March 6, 10:30 a.m., Ontario Pavilion (Booth #637)

Presenter: Aboriginal Affairs Branch, MNDM

MNDM’s Aboriginal Affairs Branch (AAB) will discuss the importance of strong, respectful partnerships as well as opportunities for effective collaboration with Ontario’s Aboriginal community. AAB will give an overview of their branch and its role in providing advice and support to internal and external stakeholders. The presentation will also review important legislation and regulations, Ontario’s commitment to reconciliation and key initiatives undertaken by AAB.

Workshop: A Primer on Ontario’s Aboriginal Participation Fund - Monday, March 6, 11:15 a.m., Ontario Pavilion (Booth #637)

Presenter: Rogan Harpur, Transfer Payment Coordinator, APF

MNDM’s Aboriginal Participation Fund (AFP) supports Aboriginal consultation capacity, education and relationship-building activities as they relate to mineral exploration and development.

The fund is designed to create new opportunities to build and strengthen relationships among Aboriginal communities and organizations, government and industry. Learn more about the program’s requirements and see how the APF can help your community manage its mineral development opportunities.

Workshop: The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund’s Role in Northern Ontario - Monday, March 6, 11:30 a.m., Ontario Pavilion (Booth #637)

Presenter: Bruce Strapp, Executive Director, NOHF Corporation

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is a crown corporation and development agency of the Ontario government that invests in northern businesses and municipalities through conditional contributions, forgivable performance loans, incentive term loans and loan guarantees. Find out how the NOHFC is focused on the growth of existing and emerging sectors identified in the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario and the government’s key priority of helping communities prosper.

Seminar: Ontario’s Innovation Landscape – Monday, March 6, 12:20 p.m., Ontario Pavilion (Booth 637)

Ontario-made innovations in mining technology help the province remain a global leader in mineral exploration and development. These also contribute to the success of the global mineral industry and improve safety and productivity in projects worldwide. This seminar features private sector partners that – with support from the province’s NOHFC – are developing innovative solutions for the mining sector.

Presenter(s):

  • 12:20 p.m. : TesMan Inc.
  • 12:40 p.m. : Activated White Ltd.
  • 1:00 p.m. :  Drillco
  • 1:20 p.m. :  Clickmox Solutions Inc.

Ontario Pavilion Official Opening - Monday, March 6, 2:00 p.m., Ontario Pavilion (Booth #637)
The Honourable Bill Mauro, Minister of Northern Development and Mines

Join Minister Bill Mauro and special guests at the official opening of the Ontario Pavilion. This is an opportunity to meet ministry staff committed to supporting your mineral development activities in Ontario.

Seminar : Ontario Prospectors Association - Monday March 6, 2:30 p.m., Ontario Pavilion (Booth #637)

Presenter: Gary Clarke

Seminar: Mineral Sector Investment & Opportunity: Critical Minerals – Monday, March 6, 2:45 p.m., Ontario Pavilion (Booth #637)

Moderator: André Tessier, Regional Resident Geologist, Southern Ontario District

MNDM and private-sector partners will deliver joint presentations on mineral exploration and development activities in Ontario. Sessions will be moderated by staff of the Resident Geologist Program, Ontario Geological Survey. Critical Minerals showcases a variety of lesser-known, but critically important commodities such as graphite, lithium and rare earth elements, which are currently in high demand in high-tech industries.

  • 3:00 p.m.: Ontario Graphite
  • 3:15 p.m.: Avalon Advanced Materials 
  • 3:30 p.m.: Canadian Wollastonite
  • 3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. : Zenyatta Ventures Ltd.
  • 4:15 p.m.: Ardiden Ltd.
  • 4:30 p.m.: Frontier Lithium

Workshop: Mining Act Modernization – Important Information Claim Holders Need to Know About Bill 39 -
Tuesday, March 7, 10:30 a.m., Ontario Pavilion (Booth #637)

Presenter: Roy Denomme, Director, Project Lead, MAM

The Ontario government is now in its third phase of Mining Act Modernization (MAM). Legislation enabling the changes – the Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act (Bill 39) – is now before a standing committee at Queen’s Park. This initiative has two main components:

  1. Moving Ontario’s mining lands administration systems from ground staking and paper map staking to online registration of mining claims
  2. Creating an online Mining Land Administration System (MLAS) that would enhance client access to Ontario’s mining lands data and improve their ability to manage their files online.

MNDM’s MAM project lead will provide a progress update. Ministry staff will also present information about converting existing mining claims to cell and boundary claims and assessment work requirements post-conversion if Bill 39 is passed. This is the first of two PDAC sessions.

Workshop: Preparing for Ontario’s Mining Sector Red Tape Challenge - Tuesday, March 7, 11:30 a.m., Ontario Pavilion (Booth #637)

Presenter: Open for Business Team, Ministry of Economic Development and Growth

Ontario’s Red Tape Challenge wants businesses to save time and money. The province wants to know how to improve regulations to better protect consumers, employees and the environment. Feedback will help the government modernize business regulations to be outcome-focused and evidence-based. Sector consultations have been under way since spring 2016 with the Mining Sector Red Tape Challenge scheduled to run March 31 to May 31. Join us at PDAC to get an early look at how you can play a role in this challenge.

Seminar: Mineral Sector Investment & Opportunity: Gold in the Shadow of Headframes – Tuesday, March 7, 12:15 p.m., Ontario Pavilion (Booth #637)

Moderator: Mark Puumala, Regional Resident Geologist, Thunder Bay South District

MNDM and private-sector partners will deliver joint presentations on mineral exploration and development activities in Ontario. Sessions will be moderated by staff of the Resident Geologist Program, Ontario Geological Survey. Gold in the Shadow of Headframes will highlight companies that are investigating the untested potential that remains in well-established gold mining camps such as Red Lake, Timmins and Kirkland Lake.

  • 12:30 p.m.: Osisko Mining
  • 12:45 p.m.: Premier Gold Mines Limited
  • 1:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.: Red Pine Exploration
  • 1:30 p.m.: West Red Lake Gold Mines Inc.
  • 1:45 p.m.: White Metal Resources Corp.
  • 2:00 p.m.: Moneta Porcupine

Seminar: Mineral Sector Investment & Opportunity: Nickel-Copper-PGMs – Tuesday, March 7, 2:15 p.m., Ontario Pavilion (Booth #637)

Moderator: Robert Cundari, District Geologist, Thunder Bay North District

MNDM and private-sector partners will deliver joint presentations on mineral exploration and development activities in Ontario. Sessions will be moderated by staff of the Resident Geologist Program, Ontario Geological Survey. Nickel-Copper-PGMs will include companies engaged in looking for nickel, copper and associated platinum group metals from Sudbury to the Far North.

  • 2:30 p.m.: Transition Metals
  • 2:45 p.m.: Sudbury Platinum Corp.
  • 3:00 p.m.: New Age Metals Inc.
  • 3:15 p.m.: Wallbridge Mining Company Limited
  • 3:30 p.m.: Noront Resources Ltd.

Seminar: Building Effective Relationships with Ontario’s Aboriginal Communities - Tuesday, March 7, 4:00 p.m., Ontario Pavilion (Booth #637)

Presenter: Aboriginal Affairs Branch, MNDM

MNDM’s Aboriginal Affairs Branch (AAB) will discuss the importance of strong, respectful partnerships as well as opportunities for effective collaboration with Ontario’s Aboriginal community. AAB will give an overview of their branch and its role in providing advice and support to internal and external stakeholders. The presentation will also review important legislation and regulations, Ontario’s commitment to reconciliation and key initiatives undertaken by AAB.

Workshop: Mining Act Modernization – Important Information Claim Holders Need to Know About Bill 39 –
Wednesday, March 8, 10:30 a.m., Ontario Pavilion (Booth #637)

Presenter: Roy Denomme, Director, Project Lead, MAM

The Ontario government is now in its third phase of Mining Act Modernization (MAM). Legislation enabling the changes – the Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act (Bill 39) – is now before a standing committee at Queen’s Park. This initiative has two main components:

  1. Moving Ontario’s mining lands administration systems from ground staking and paper map staking to online registration of mining claims
  2. Creating an online Mining Land Administration System (MLAS) that would enhance client access to Ontario’s mining lands data and improve their ability to manage their files online.

MNDM’s MAM project lead will provide a progress update. Ministry staff will also present information about converting existing mining claims to cell and boundary claims and assessment work requirements post-conversion if Bill 39 is passed. This is the last of two PDAC sessions.

Aboriginal/Industry “Meet and Greet” – Wednesday, March 8, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Oakville and Caledon Rooms, Intercontinental Hotel (Pre-Registration Suggested)

Host: Aboriginal Affairs Branch, MNDM
Facilitator: Lana Eagle, Chair, AME BC Aboriginal Relations Committee

The Aboriginal-Industry Meet & Greet hosted by MNDM’s Aboriginal Affairs Branch (AAB) provides an opportunity for industry and Aboriginal peoples to build relationships, further discussions and learn from one another.

This unique opportunity will provide diverse perspectives to relationship development in the resource sector. Lana Eagle, an internationally respected Aboriginal relations strategist, will deliver a keynote address.

Ontario Aboriginal communities and industry partners will also discuss how they have built and maintained strong working relationships throughout the mining sequence. This event is designed to facilitate new and ongoing conversations among communities and industry.

For more information or to register for the Meet & Greet, please contact MNDM’s AAB at aab-mndm@ontario.ca.

Resident Geologist Program: Here's Where to Find Us at PDAC

Investors Exchange: Mining Marketplace (Booth #3300), From Sunday, March 5th to Wednesday, March 8th Staff from MNDM's Resident Geologist offices will again be on the ground at PDAC, available to clients and delegates to provide information related to mineral potential and recommendations for exploration across Ontario. Visit our booth and get the latest news on mineral sector activity in Ontario and find out what's going on at the Ontario Geological Survey’s eight Resident Geologist Offices across Ontario.