Following the lead of so many large trade shows, the annual Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention will take place virtually. The event, which brings together mine developers, prospectors and potential investors, will take place March 8-11, and the association is offering a C$200 discount for its all-access pass to those who register before February 12.

PDAC said its virtual event will offer more than 100 hours of content across the four-day period and registrants will be able to access the content for as long as 90 days after the event. Attendees will have live virtual access to short courses, the opening and closing sessions, a keynote program, the corporate presentation forum, a series of master classes and much more. Delegates will also be able to experience the trade show, the core shack, the investor’s exchange and prospector’s tent online as well as the awards gala.

The keynote program will have four presentations. Doug Silver from Orio Resource Partners will present “The Fate of Gold Deposits;” Jumana Saleheen from CRU will present “The Economy After COVID-19;” Laura Tyler from BHP Billiton will present “Technology in Mining;” and John Lewins from K92 Mining will present “Kora North Deposit, Kainantu Mine, Papua New Guinea.”

Lewins will also accept the Thayer Lindsley Award for the Kora Noth Discovery at the Gala Event. At the event, the PDAC will also recognize Phillip Walford and Sherry Dunsworth with the Bill Dennis Award; Dennis Jones with the Distinguished Service Award; Naliane Morin with the Skookum Jim Award; Mark O’Dea with the Viola R. MacMillan Award; and B2Gold’s Fekola Mine with the Sustainability Award.

The PDAC also said they would offer a series of entertainment breaks and networking opportunities, including a backstage tour of the Royal Ontario Museum and a Peruvian cocktail party.

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