March 7, 2018
Attendance at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) 2018 Convention totalled 25,606 — a clear sign that the mineral exploration and mining industry has regained its swagger and is building momentum.
The annual PDAC Convention in Toronto — the world’s premier mineral exploration and mining convention — attracted investors, analysts, mining executives, prospectors, geologists, Indigenous peoples, government officials, and students from over 125 countries.
“This year’s convention was full of energy and excitement for the year ahead,” says PDAC President Glenn Mullan, referring to sold out exhibitor space, panel discussions, courses, workshops, and networking events such as the prestigious Awards Gala. “After experiencing several years of economic challenges, today the mineral exploration and mining industry is experiencing a renaissance and renewed sense of confidence.”
PDAC, in partnership with the World Economic Forum, hosted the International Mines Ministers Summit (IMMS) for the third year, bringing together 26 Ministers responsible for mining from around the world — the largest turnout to date. This year’s summit focused on the various ways in which trust can be fostered to enhance and expand the contributions that the mineral exploration and mining sector has on the prosperity and development of nations.
The popular Aboriginal, Capital Markets, CSR Event Series, Student and Technical programs, as well as Short Courses and Presentations, were once again a hit with attendees.
“In Canada, and around the world, PDAC is recognized as a leader in promoting a responsible, sustainable mineral exploration and mining community,” says Mullan. “At PDAC, we take pride in being a growth catalyst for the sector by building strong working relationships, both domestically and abroad. The PDAC Convention is the venue for forging long-lasting connections, and developing strategies to enhance the positive contributions of our sector around the world.”
PDAC hosted nearly 30 federal, provincial and territorial government officials over the four-day convention — a reflection of the association’s significant leadership role in Canada.
Next year’s PDAC 2019 Convention is set for March 3 to 6.