PDAC 2021: The World’s Premier Virtual Mineral Exploration and Mining Convention
The mineral exploration and mining industry will come together – virtually – on March 8-11, 2021, for the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) 2021 Convention. This year marks the 89th year for the iconic event.
“They say the only constant is change, and I could not agree more,” says Felix Lee, PDAC President. “What started as a small gathering at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto back in 1932 grew and moved to the Royal York Hotel in 1944, before shifting to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in 1997, where it became the PDAC Convention we know today.”
The PDAC Convention has always been unmatched in its ability to connect participants to the international mining and exploration community and keep them informed of the latest industry news and trends through extensive programming. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect travel and major gatherings, PDAC recognizes that staying connected is more important than ever before for members, exhibitors, sponsors, attendees, and numerous partners. The decision to move forward with a virtual event offers a safe and innovative solution for the industry to access the opportunities provided by the traditional in-person convention in Toronto.
“The PDAC Convention is the world’s premier mineral exploration and mining industry convention. We are excited to provide the high-quality programming attendees have come to expect by offering a fully virtual experience to participants for the first time,” says Lee. “We are encouraged by the prospect of reaching an even greater number of international attendees who may not be able to attend our event in person.”
Attendees can engage in more than 100 hours of high calibre content across a diverse spectrum of highly-acclaimed programs, including the Capital Markets Program, the Indigenous Program, Short Courses, the Sustainability Program, the Technical Program, the Keynote Program, and the new International Stage (formerly known as the Presentation and Reception Rooms) highlighting experts on commodities, mineral outlook post-COVID-19, as well as technological advances. Continued education will be accessible even beyond convention though the new presentation, content, which will be uploaded post-convention and available for three months.
The International Mines Ministers’ Summit (IMMS) — a unique event bringing together Mines Ministers from around the world — is returning for the sixth consecutive year. Co-hosted with the World Economic Forum, the IMMS provides a communal setting for sharing insights and taking part in discussions that are aimed at enhancing the positive impacts the industry can provide to communities and regions globally.
As the largest marketplace of its kind, PDAC 2021 will have the online exhibit hall featuring customized booths with downloadable content, company brochures, investor materials, videos and much more. Attendees will be able to book meetings with exhibitor representatives via video or text chat.
As the world’s number one mining and investment show, PDAC 2021 will offer personalized access to targeted contacts, while helping to strengthen ties with new and existing partners. After answering a series of questions, the matchmaking algorithm will suggest a list of other like-minded attendees, sessions that align with your interests and exhibitors matching your selected criteria. In addition, every attendee will be able to browse the attendee directory by name, company, country, and other criteria based on their goals. Meaningful connections can be made from anywhere on the platform in real time though text or video chats.
Enjoy the social side of PDAC 2021 with musical acts, exclusive tours, interactive events, and much more! A variety of engaging entertainment options will be showcased throughout the four days of convention. Earn rewards and win prizes just by participating! Visit select exhibitors, view sessions, learn about new products and more – there are a number of engaging ways to collect points and win.
NEW for 2021: All pass holders will have access to the Awards Gala (previously a ticketed event) and can connect with the Award recipients via live chat. Stay tuned for event details as they are announced.
“We are committed to providing a first-class experience to participants—wherever they are in the world,” says Lee. “Virtual or in-person, the PDAC Convention is where the world’s mineral industry meets.”
For more #PDAC2021 information and the latest programming details, head to www.pdac.ca/convention
The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is the leading voice of the mineral exploration and development community. With over 7,200 members around the world, PDAC’s work centers on supporting a competitive, responsible mineral sector. PDAC is known worldwide for its annual PDAC Convention — the premier international event for the industry — that has attracted over 25,000 attendees from 135 countries in recent years.