Offering a change of pace from last year, the annual Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention has returned to in person in Toronto, Canada. However, the event has been pushed back from March to June. It will be held in person from June 13-15 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

“We understand the importance of being able to offer the complete convention experience to attendees, and moving it from March to June is the best opportunity for us to do that,” said Lisa McDonald, PDAC’s executive director.

Capacity limits for indoor gatherings and large events were imposed by the Government of Ontario until at least January 26.

“We could not confidently continue with plans for an in-person event in March with so much uncertainty around capacity limits, as it’s just not realistic for us or attendees, especially those traveling from abroad,” she added.

At the convention, sessions will be recorded and available in an online format June 28-29.

The in-person event will offer the traditional convention components — exhibits, networking, events and programming.

The keynote program will feature four presentations from industry experts. These include Vanessa Davidson, CRU, who will discuss commodities during her presentation, “Copper Outlook: World Needs vs. Industry Means.” Attendees will also hear from Newmont Corp. CEO Tom Palmer who will discuss the mineral outlook. Teck Resources Vice President of Sustainable Development Jeff Hanman will give the technology keynote on innovation and the future of mining. John Kilroe, exploration director for Rio Tinto, will also present.

Kilroe is also the recipient of the Thayer Lindsley Award for his 2017 discovery of the Winu copper-gold deposit in Western Australia.

PDAC will also offer in-depth educational short courses on a variety of topics.

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