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NRCan/GSC 2011 update for CCCESD November 17, 2011.

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1 NRCan/GSC 2011 update for CCCESD November 17, 2011

2 NRCans Mandate, Vision, and Strategic Outcomes … Policy and Science & Technology Improving the Performance of the Regulatory System for Project Reviews Competitive Resource Sectors Clean EnergyNuclear Issues Sustainable Development in the North Management Integrated Management ExcellenceModernizing Infrastructure and Systems Mandate Enhance the responsible development and use of Canadas natural resources and the competitiveness of Canadas natural resource products Vision Improve the quality of life of Canadians by creating a sustainable resource advantage Strategic Outcomes … to respond to economic and environmental imperatives driving the natural resource sectors

3 NRCans priorities continue to support Governments agenda SFT CommitmentsNRCan Priorities New measures that Canada needs to succeed in a modern economy Improve the performance of the regulatory system for project reviews Build the jobs and industries of the future Competitive resource sectors Secure Canadas place as a clean energy superpower and leader in green jobs Clean energy Nuclear issues Realize the vast potential of Canadas North Sustainable resource development in the North We must combine the best of our intellectual and natural resources to create jobs, growth and opportunity Speech from the Throne, March 2010

4 The Earth Sciences Sectors (ESS) responsibilities can be traced back to before Confederation and are deeply rooted in Canadas history – from opening the frontier to defining the nations territory: Geological Survey of Canada – founded in 1842 Surveyor General for Canada – established in 1871 National Atlas of Canada – first published in 1906 Today ESS builds on that legacy, developing and using S&T to support competitiveness and stewardship: Attracting investment in energy and minerals through resource assessments Mitigating impacts and risks to ecosystems Informing land-use decisions, regulatory effectiveness Supporting public safety and sovereignty Enabling innovation and competitiveness through the provision of sophisticated tools, technologies, data and analysis EARTH SCIENCE SECTOR Helping build the nations foundation … Canada at Confederation 1867 Observing Canada from Space The Minister is responsible for the scientific examination and survey of the geological structure and mineralogy of Canada and to prepare and publish maps, data, etc. to illustrate the reports of investigations and surveys -- Resources and Technical Surveys Act.

5 Governing requires knowing your territory … For todays borders… The Surveyor General for Canada under the International Boundary Commission Act works with the U.S. to jointly maintain the international boundary line and vista under the Canada Lands Surveys Act provides legal surveys on Canada Lands to support property transactions and land development, devolution of the territories and implementation of Aboriginal land claim agreements …and tomorrows boundaries Canada is collecting scientific data to define the outer limits of its continental shelf under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), an area equivalent in size to Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta combined For observing landmass and environment in real time, and over time … The Canadian Centre for Remote Sensing uses satellite imagery, remote sensing and other innovative and sophisticated tools and technologies to advance our understanding and knowledge of the Canadian landmass, including the offshore The Mapping Information Branch leads in the development and application of tools and technologies to advance our knowledge and use of digital spatial data and information A View Along the 49 th Parallel in the Kootenay Range Property Boundaries Satellite Receiving Station

6 … and the geology of its landmass … The Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) undertakes the scientific examination and survey of the geological structure and mineralogy of Canada to support the sustainable development of the nations natural resources … Geological Map of Canada … and understand and mitigate the risks of resource development on the environment to build social license and inform regulatory decisions.

7 … and working with all levels of government Provincial Responsibility Management of natural resources and issues of provincial interest: Legal surveys on provincial lands Geoscience within provincial boundaries to manage natural resource development Provincial geospatial databases and networks Provincial leadership and coordination with local governments Shared Responsibility Management of common data and information and issues of interprovincial or regional interest: Common jurisdictional boundaries (e.g. Interprovincial Boundary Commissions) Intergovernmental Geoscience and Geomatics Accords; governments have agreed to share available data Federal Responsibility Management of Canada Lands and issues of national interest: Sovereignty and Governance: Maintain the Canada-U.S. border Legal surveys on Canada Lands Support Natural Resource Development: Geoscience of Canadas landmass and offshore of a national and regional nature Informed decision-making (e.g. land use; regulations; environmental stewardship, etc.): National geospatial databases, standards, policies and networks to link to provincial and territorial data systems Federal Leadership: National leadership on geoscience/geomatics issues Coordination with international geoscience/geomatics agencies

8 8 Total of 490 staff, in seven locations across Canada OTTAWA GSC-Central GSC-Northern Hazard Info Service HALIFAX GSC-Atlantic QUÉBEC GSC-Québec IQALUIT Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office VANCOUVER SIDNEY GSC-Pacific CALGARY GSC-Calgary Geological Survey of Canada: Canadas National Geoscience Agency since 1842

9 GSC: What We Do …NRCAN PRIORITIESGSC CONTRIBUTIONS TO…. Economic Affairs: A Clean and Healthy Environment Complete mapping of 30 key regional aquifers Provide geoscience knowledge to: identify and explore feasibility of new energy sources understand and sustainably develop the offshore minimize environmental impacts of resource development assess resource potential to inform land-use decisions understand climate change impacts, and promote adaptation Advancing Sustainable Resource Development in the North Enabling Competitive Resource Sectors Develop new exploration methodologies for finding deep, hidden mineral deposits near existing mining infrastructure (TGI-4) Map the geology of the North to modern standards (GEM) Complete mapping of the continental shelf to provide sound scientific support for Canadas UNCLOS submission Social Affairs: A Safe and Secure Canada Support emergency response to natural hazards with emergency information services …GOVERNMENT OF CANADA OUTCOMES GEM UNCLOS TGI ENERGY GW ENV EAs HAZARDS CLIMATE CHANGE

10 10 Geomapping for Energy and Minerals GEM is a major initiative of the Government of Canadas Northern Strategy. $100 million over 5 years to lay the knowledge foundation for economic development in the North ( ). Filling prioritized knowledge gaps in the public geoscience knowledge base that is required by the private sector to make strategic exploration investment decisions in new energy and mineral resources in the North. Projects focused in the North, however up to 25% can be spent in the northern parts of the Provinces on a cost-shared basis. Helps enable Northerners to make informed decisions about their future economy and society, delivers fundamental public geoscience knowledge that supports evidenced-based land use decision-making.

11 To date, the GEM program has completed: 4 successful field seasons with 20 projects in three territories and the northern parts of six provinces; 24 regional geophysical surveys have been completed; 424 open file releases of new geoscience maps have been published; more than 377 presentations have been delivered at venues frequented by industry, government, and NGOs; GEM results have influenced private-sector investment decisions across the north for gold and other precious metals, diamonds, nickel, rare earths, iron, uranium, and petroleum resources. GEM Accomplishments to date

12 Targeted Geoscience Initiative 4 Geoscience for enhanced effectiveness of deep exploration A collaborative federal geoscience program which will provide industry with the next generation of geoscience knowledge and innovative techniques allowing more effective targeting of buried mineral deposits.

13 Develop more robust exploration vectors that can more effectively identify fertile mineral systems Develop new knowledge and techniques to better model and detect Canadas major mineral systems; Train students to increase the number of highly qualified personnel available to the mineral industry. TGI-4 Framework

14 Source: Hronsky March 2007 Increasing depth of cover

15 Ore system approach to project definition Targeted Ore Systems: Intrusion-related (Cu-Mo, Cu-Au, Mo-W, Sn-In) Ni-Cu-(PGE)-Cr Pb-Zn SEDEX Polymetallic VMS Lode Gold Uranium Specialty Metals Method Development

16 Proposed Research Sites

17 17 Preparing highly qualified personnel… Through its bursary program and associations with universities, GSC is contributing to the preparation of the next generation of highly qualified personnel (HQP). GEM:38 students on their way to complete their graduate degrees with northern experience. GEM:50 undergraduate students have also been trained. Early evidence suggests industry is welcoming these young collaborating with universities

18 GEM Grants and Contributions Total available Grants and Contributions funds under GEM (5 years): 2,45 million$, 80% approx. currently committed. New series of G&Cs, focused on developing knowledge transfer tools to actively communicate GEM knowledge and GEM data to Northern communities. Call for Letter of Intents currently posted on-line, submission deadline of November 22, 2011 for G&Cs. Open to non-profit organizations and educational institutions. Website:

19 TGI-4 Grants and Contributions Grant and Contributions Program- total envelope of $1.8M; eligibility: University/College research staff Contributions Core activities focussed on ore systems Duration: multi-year, leveraged Solicited and unsolicited proposals received; preparing to award first contribution agreements Grants Aligned with TGI4 framework Duration: up to 4 years (FY to FY ) Annual Funding Limit: not to exceed $40K Deadlines: Letter of Intent – October 15th, 2011; next round early 2012 website:

20 DISCUSSION… CCCESD the forum for cultivating our relationship Areas of mutual interest and collaboration Mechanisms for collaboration Current Future opportunities We interact at different levels…

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