Don’t Miss the In-Person Return of the Award-Winning World’s Premier Mineral Exploration and Mining Showcase!
Within the mineral exploration and mining world, the Prospector’s & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) Convention is the industry’s big game – its Super Bowl. This annual event won the “Floor13 Business Event Award” at the 2022 Canadian Tourism Awards, so it is a reputation that is well deserved.
Since 1932, hundreds of thousands of attendees from across the globe have travelled into Toronto for outstanding programming, business and investment opportunities, networking, and fun. This year, spread over 600,000 square feet of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC), PDAC’s annual event will be one of the largest in its 91-year history.
Guided by a Convention Planning Committee – a group made up of volunteers and professionals from across the mineral exploration and mining industry – an exciting lineup of content will make the 2023 event bigger and better than ever. Included will be hundreds of hours of acclaimed programming such as Capital Markets, Indigenous, Student & Early Career, Sustainability and Technical programs, which return alongside Short Courses, Master Class Series, Keynote Program and Exploration Insights.
“While the shift in focus towards critical minerals by governments has been swift, it is an opportunity PDAC and the industry has recognized for many years, and we are pleased to see that Canada is being positioned to benefit for the long term,” says Alex Christopher, PDAC President. “The PDAC 2023 Convention has a full roster of speakers and programs that are expected to provide exceptional insight into our industry’s future.”
This year’s event in Toronto will see a wide range of speakers, industry experts and facilitators offering their knowledge, strategies, new concepts and case studies. There will be more panel discussions than ever before, featuring additional and extended Q&A opportunities, plus real-time polling, quizzes and more.
Networking receptions – such as the prestigious Awards Gala honouring the industry’s most outstanding contributors, and an Opening Ceremonies that had its highest attendance ever in 2022 – are returning once again. As well, more intimate gatherings that focus on meaningful connections and fun will be offered, such as the New Member Networking Event and The Network with Dueling Pianos.
If you’re looking for a bit more adrenaline, the Letter Writer Presentations for Investors should be on your agenda. Restructured for 2023, attendees can witness a “cage match” where presenters battle each other to defend opposing opinions.
A bigger and better-than-ever PDAC-SEG Student Minerals Colloquium will move to the exhibit show floor during all days of the convention – where previously students displayed their research in a secluded area for just one day. Participation by students and early-career individuals has been made a priority by the Convention Planning Committee, which includes advocating for attendees from abroad. International attendees represented almost 30% of participants in 2022, which is something PDAC wants to build upon.
Indeed, with attendees from over 120 countries there will sure to be innovative and exciting opportunities across both the North and South Building of the MTCC. So don’t miss the event-of-choice for the world’s mineral industry, taking place from March 5-8, 2023. For updates and more information on #PDAC2023 head to www.pdac.ca/convention.
PDAC 2023 Awards
Now in its 45th year, the annual PDAC Awards showcase individuals, teams and companies who are exceptional leaders of the industry. Recipients will be celebrated at a prestigious Awards Gala in Toronto on Tuesday, March 7, during the PDAC 2023 Convention. Tickets can be purchased in December once PDAC Convention registration is open.
Congratulations to the following PDAC 2023 Award Recipients for their outstanding accomplishments.
Chris Taylor and the Great Bear Resources Exploration Team (Bill Dennis Award)
For the discovery of the Dixie gold deposit when others believed all the multi-million ounce deposits in Ontario’s Red Lake camp had been found.
Glenn Nolan (Skookum Jim Award)
For his leadership in fostering economic opportunities for First Nations on their traditional lands, and for his long history of volunteerism.
The Lundin Foundation (Sustainability Award)
For creating an organization funded by mining revenue with the sole purpose of providing lasting benefits for communities surrounding Lundin Group of Companies’ operations.
Chalice Mining’s Kevin Frost & Morgan Frejabise (Thayer Lindsley Award)
For the Julimar Nickel-Copper-PGE discovery under cover near Perth, Australia in 2020.
Alamos Gold’s John A. McCluskey (Viola R. MacMillan Award)
For showing leadership and a willingness to take risks in the acquisition and development of the Island Gold Mine in Northern Ontario.
“PDAC Awards can be considered the Golden Globes of mineral exploration and development, and I am proud to announce the five deserving recipients that were selected for 2023,” said Alex Christopher, PDAC President. “We know that our industry is vital for the social and economic strength of Canada, and by honouring excellence through PDAC Awards, we can showcase the responsible ways that mineral exploration and mining makes modern life possible today, tomorrow and into the low carbon future we are headed.”
PDAC’s Board of Directors select award recipients based on recommendations of the association’s Awards Committee. More information about PDAC 2023 Award Recipients is available on our website.
Please visit the website for information about PDAC Awards and 2024 nominations.
About the PDAC
The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is the leading voice of the mineral exploration and development community, an industry that supports 719,000 people in direct and indirect employment and contributes $106 billion to Canada’s GDP every year. Representing over 4,400 members around the world, PDAC’s work centers on supporting a competitive, responsible, and sustainable mineral sector.