Presentation on theme: "NRCan/GSC 2011 update for CCCESD"— Presentation transcript:
1 NRCan/GSC 2011 update for CCCESD November 17, 2011
2 NRCan’s Mandate, Vision, and Strategic Outcomes … Enhance the responsible development and use of Canada’s natural resources and the competitiveness of Canada’s natural resource productsVisionImprove the quality of life of Canadians by creating a sustainable resource advantageStrategic Outcomes… to respond to economic and environmental imperatives driving the natural resource sectorsPolicy and Science & TechnologyImproving the Performance of the Regulatory System for Project ReviewsCompetitive Resource SectorsClean EnergyNuclear IssuesSustainable Development in the NorthManagementIntegrated Management ExcellenceModernizing Infrastructure and Systems
3 NRCan’s priorities continue to support Government’s agenda SFT CommitmentsNRCan PrioritiesNew measures that Canada needs to succeed in a modern economyImprove the performance of the regulatory system for project reviewsBuild the jobs and industries of the futureCompetitive resource sectorsSecure Canada’s place as a clean energy superpower and leaderin green jobsClean energyNuclear issuesRealize the vast potential ofCanada’s NorthSustainable 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 EARTH SCIENCE SECTOR Helping build the nation’s foundation … The Earth Sciences Sector’s (ESS) responsibilities can be traced back to before Confederation and are deeply rooted in Canada’s history – from opening the frontier to defining the nation’s territory:Geological Survey of Canada – founded in 1842Surveyor General for Canada – established in 1871National Atlas of Canada – first published in 1906Today ESS builds on that legacy, developing and using S&T to support competitiveness and stewardship:Attracting investment in energy and minerals through resource assessmentsMitigating impacts and risks to ecosystemsInforming land-use decisions, regulatory effectivenessSupporting public safety and sovereigntyEnabling innovation and competitiveness through the provision of sophisticated tools, technologies, data and analysisCanada at Confederation 1867The 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.Observing Canada from Space
5 Governing requires knowing your territory … For today’s 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 vistaunder 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 tomorrow’s boundariesCanada 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 combinedFor 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 offshoreThe Mapping Information Branch leads in the development and application of tools and technologies to advance our knowledge and use of digital spatial data and informationA View Along the 49th Parallel in the Kootenay RangeProperty BoundariesSatellite 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 nation’s 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 Federal ResponsibilityManagement of Canada Lands and issues of national interest:Sovereignty and Governance:Maintain the Canada-U.S. borderLegal surveys on Canada LandsSupport Natural Resource Development:Geoscience of Canada’s landmass and offshore of a national and regional natureInformed decision-making (e.g. land use; regulations; environmental stewardship, etc.):National geospatial databases, standards, policies and networks to link to provincial and territorial data systemsFederal Leadership:National leadership on geoscience/geomatics issuesCoordination with international geoscience/geomatics agenciesProvincial ResponsibilityManagement of natural resources and issues of provincial interest:Legal surveys on provincial landsGeoscience within provincial boundaries to manage natural resource developmentProvincial geospatial databases and networksProvincial leadership and coordination with local governmentsShared ResponsibilityManagement 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
8 Geological Survey of Canada: Canada’s National Geoscience Agency since 1842 Total of 490 staff, in seven locations across CanadaIQALUITCanada-Nunavut Geoscience OfficeQUÉBECGSC-QuébecHALIFAXGSC-AtlanticOTTAWAGSC-CentralGSC-NorthernHazard Info ServiceCALGARYGSC-CalgaryVANCOUVERSIDNEYGSC-Pacific8
9 GSC: What We Do GSC CONTRIBUTIONS TO…. …NRCAN PRIORITIES Map the geology of the North to modern standards (GEM)Complete mapping of the continental shelf to providesound scientific support for Canada’s UNCLOS submissionAdvancing Sustainable Resource Development in the NorthGEMUNCLOSDevelop new exploration methodologies for finding deep, hidden mineral deposits near existing mining infrastructure (TGI-4)Enabling CompetitiveResource SectorsTGIENERGY…GOVERNMENT OF CANADA OUTCOMESComplete mapping of 30 key regional aquifersProvide geoscience knowledge to:identify and explore feasibility of new energy sourcesunderstand and sustainably develop the offshoreminimize environmental impacts of resource developmentassess resource potential to inform land-use decisionsunderstand climate change impacts, and promote adaptationEconomic Affairs: A Clean and Healthy EnvironmentGWENVEAsSupport emergency response to natural hazards with emergency information servicesSocial Affairs: A Safe and Secure CanadaHAZARDSCLIMATE CHANGE
10 Geomapping for Energy and Minerals 10Geomapping for Energy and MineralsGEM is a major initiative of the Government of Canada’s 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.10
11 GEM Accomplishments to date 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.
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 TGI-4 FrameworkDevelop more robust exploration vectors that can more effectively identify fertile mineral systemsDevelop new knowledge and techniques to better model and detect Canada’s major mineral systems;Train students to increase the number of highly qualified personnel available to the mineral industry.
14 Increasing depth of cover Source: Hronsky March 2007
15 Intrusion-related (Cu-Mo, Cu-Au, Mo-W, Sn-In) Ni-Cu-(PGE)-Cr Ore system approach to project definitionTargeted Ore Systems:Intrusion-related (Cu-Mo, Cu-Au, Mo-W, Sn-In)Ni-Cu-(PGE)-CrPb-Zn SEDEXPolymetallic VMSLode GoldUraniumSpecialty MetalsMethod Development
17 Preparing highly qualified personnel… 17Preparing 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 scientists....by collaborating with universities17
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 staffContributionsCore activities focussed on ore systemsDuration: multi-year, leveragedSolicited and unsolicited proposals received; preparing to award first contribution agreementsGrantsAligned with TGI4 frameworkDuration: up to 4 years (FY to FY ) Annual Funding Limit: not to exceed $40K Deadlines: Letter of Intent – October 15th, 2011; next round early 2012website:
20 DISCUSSION… CCCESD the forum for cultivating our relationship Areas of mutual interest and collaborationMechanisms for collaborationCurrentFuture opportunitiesWe interact at different levels…