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Policy Analyst, Geoscience & Innovation

PDAC Full-Time  Toronto, Ontario, Canada 31 Jul 2018

Job Description



The position supports PDAC efforts to ensure Canada is the top mineral investment destination globally through improved geoscience knowledge and development and adoption of innovation in exploration.

This position will also support PDAC efforts to promote responsible exploration by building the capacity of junior exploration companies to improve their health & safety performance and achieve zero harm.



Research and Analysis

  • Monitor and analyze issues related to geoscience, innovation, and health & safety performance of the mineral exploration industry, including:
    • The role of government geoscience in supporting the mineral exploration industry
    • Document successful use of public / government geoscience with respect to mineral exploration activity and deposit discoveries
    • Identifying and disseminating leading practices regarding the development / adoption of new tools / techniques related to mineral exploration and extraction
    • Identifying leading practices related to the role of government in supporting innovation
  • Providing advice on any advocacy efforts related to geoscience, innovation and health & safety
  • Contribute to the planning / implementation of appropriate programs at the PDAC Convention
  • Prepare briefing materials in support of PDAC media relations and government relations work
  • Prepare policy position papers and other forms of thought leadership


  • Support development of PDAC advocacy, government relations and media relations strategies related to geoscience, innovation, and health & safety performance.
  • Identify and conduct research to provide the evidence base for policy / advocacy positions.

Member Services & Outreach

  • Engage PDAC members in research, dialogue and collaborative problem-solving
  • Develop and implement tools for members to advance PDAC goals
  • Support the design and execution of the Health & Safety course at the annual PDAC Convention
  • Organize / attend meetings, events, conferences and workshops related to PDAC priorities
  • Develop and maintain a network of contacts within industry, government departments, academics, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders, particularly PDAC members
  • Support PDAC efforts to build and strengthen relationships with federal, provincial and territorial geological surveys

Project Management

  • Develop well-scoped proposals for project work within the program areas
  • Supervise external consultants, students and/or volunteers, and managing related contracts

Organizational Development

  • Provide organizational and administrative support to relevant PDAC Committees, including the development and implementation of the annual work plan and budget for program areas
  • Maintain current, accurate and well-organized paper / electronic files related to program areas

Undertake other duties, as reasonably required, based on PDAC needs. Some travel will be required.



  • A degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study or a combination of equivalent education, job-related training and/or experience
  • Three years of experience in either policy analysis and advocacy (mineral industry related) or mining / mineral exploration field experience with exposure to data management and analysis
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of/experience with at least two of the following areas:
    • Mineral exploration / development and applications of geosciences and technology
    • Design and implementation of health & safety and / or sustainability strategies
    • Design and implementation of projects, in partnership with a diversity of stakeholders


  • Project Management:
    • Produces high quality deliverables on time / budget while managing multiple priorities
    • Experience with outcome-based evaluation frameworks
    • Self-starter who identifies and actions steps required to accomplish goals
  • Analytical Capacity:
    • Able to synthesize and analyze large volumes of complex information
    • Able to distill key priorities and focus/align program activities with organizational goals
    • Strong numerical analysis and spreadsheet manipulation skills
  • Interpersonal Skills:
    • Able to build relationships with key partners, allies and stakeholders
    • Able to work in teams to achieve shared goals, build consensus
    • Able to manage conflicts and maintain strong working relationships
    • Capacity to thrive in a fluid environment with various influences on decision-making
  • Communication Skills:
    • Superior written, editorial and verbal communications skills
    • Able to speak with confidence and clarity on exploration related issues
    • Strong public speaking skills (e.g. conferences, industry groups, stakeholder sessions)
    • Culturally sensitive and able to work with diverse partners and stakeholders


  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills. Other languages an asset


Only submissions consisting of a C.V. and cover letter will be considered for the position.

Please email your application, including a C.V. and cover letter to

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