Field Notes
Jan. 1, 2015

10. Young workers lining up for lucrative, 'hands-on' mining jobs
CBC News
Oct. 2, 2014: Young people are turning to the mining and mineral exploration industry to land what they perceive is a well-paying job and a chance to do hands-on work. The executive director at Laurentian University's Goodman School of Mines said he's noticed more students interested in mining and geology. "People increasingly are seeing it as a good job to get. As a wage sector, it's much higher than a lot of other sectors," Bruce Jago said. The Mining Association of Canada reports mining is the highest paid industry of all industrial sectors in Canada.More

9. Combined Compensation and Benefits Study 2013 — APGO | OGQ | APGNS
Gord White, CEO
March 20, 2014: APGO, in collaboration with the Ordre des geologues du Quebec and the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Nova Scotia are pleased to offer a combined compensation and benefits study of our sector for 2013. 3,327 emails were sent out in June 2013 and 1,123 were returned in response. The survey ended on August 26, 2013. Previous surveys included Ontario and Quebec and we believe that the inclusion of Nova Scotia's P.Geo. cohort strengthens the overall data.More

8. APGO highlights CIM's 2014 Best Geological Paper
Oct. 2, 2014: APGO is very pleased to have been granted permission by The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) to share with its members the geological paper entitled "Structure, Stratigraphy, U-Pb Geochronology and Alteration Characteristics of Gold Mineralization at the Detour Lake Gold Deposit, Ontario, Canada." This paper is a result of a collaborative work of geoscience professionals who have spent many years of their careers in the exploration industry. The paper, published in 2012, was awarded the 2014 Barlow Medal for the Best Geological Paper at CIM's 2014 Convention in May in Vancouver.More

7. Geoscientists Canada continues work on professional admissions and labour mobility
Keith Johnson, BA, MBA, and Oliver Bonham, P.Geo., FCG
April 10, 2014: While it seems like no time ago, almost five years have passed since the Premiers of Canada's 13 provinces and territories agreed together to revise and change Chapter 7 of the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT). The 2009 revisions to AIT marked a significant moment for all regulated professions in Canada, wherein those licensed and registered by a professional association in one province or territory, upon application, can be recognized and re-registered for the same professional occupation in any other province or territory, provided they are in good standing. More specifically, it states that re-registration should occur "without any requirement for any additional training, experience, examinations or assessments."More

6. Changing the landscape: Geoscientists embrace 3-D printing
EARTH Magazine
Sept. 4, 2014: The rapid proliferation of 3-D printing technology that began in the early 2000s sent ripples of excitement through the tech world and beyond; some pundits predicted 3-D printing would transform everything about modern life. Until a few years ago, however, the high price of printers put them out of reach for most academic researchers and hobbyists. Now, more affordable printers have broken this barrier, and geoscientists have started testing the waters.More

5. How much does it really cost to mine an ounce of gold?
The Globe and Mail
Sept. 25, 2014: A scan of major gold producers' earnings suggests the cost of mining gold has risen dramatically over the past few years. Part of that is a true increase, owing to inflation and the expense of digging out tough-to-reach grades. But most of it is due to a change in the cost metric that gold miners emphasize in their reports to the investing community. More

4. 12th Annual General Meeting & Conference
July 17, 2014: APGO would like to thank everyone who attended the 12th Annual General Meeting & Conference on June 12th. Here are the highlights of the event.More

3. APGO introduces Life Membership to retirees
Oct. 9, 2014: They say that geoscientists never retire. We do, however, eventually, get longer in the tooth and less inclined to scale cliffs and wade swamps. Or perhaps, as is happening currently in the mineral exploration field, work has simply dried up, with little near-term relief in sight. We at APGO have recently had an uptick in questions about retirement and the non-practicing membership category, so here's an attempt to provide a bit of clarity on the subject. More

2. Welcome and congratulations, new APGO members!
Feb. 6, 2014: APGO would like to congratulate its new practising and limited and geoscientist-in-training members, as well as those receiving certificates of authorization. Welcome!More

1. Hopes for Ontario's Ring of Fire doused
The Globe and Mail
Oct. 30, 2014: Ontario's "Ring of Fire" mineral belt was supposed to be a $60 billion natural resources treasure trove that would bring employment and economic prosperity to a remote part of the province's north. It hasn't worked out that way. The project's key player has given up, leaving the future of the deposit in question and hurting prospects that it will ever reach the lofty expectations of politicians. More