The annual meeting of the Prospector and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, March 3-6, 2024. The event brings together mineral explorers, mining executives, suppliers, students, and anyone interested in mineral exploration and development. In 2023, PDAC hosted 23,819 attendees from 133 countries. The exposition had 1,116 exhibitors, and 717 speakers gave presentations during the conference.
For 2024, PDAC said it is planning even more expert programming, engaging presenters, and exhibitors. Each day of the conference has a keynote. Jakob Stausholm, CEO, Rio Tinto, will deliver the Commodity Outlook on Sunday morning, March 3; Michael Stanley, mining lead for the World Bank, will present the Mining Industry Outlook on Monday morning, March 4. Denise Johnson, group president, resource industries for Caterpillar, will deliver the Technology & Innovation Talk, and Wojtek Wodzicki from Lundin’s Vicuña Exploration Team will discuss the Discovery of the Year.
In addition to the keynote sessions, the conference’s technical program offers 12 tracks and runs the gamut with presentations daily on exploration and development. The other tracks include short courses, accessing capital markets, an indigenous program, a sustainability program and a corporate presentation forum for investors.
The PDAC Awards Gala, which takes place Tuesday evening at the Fairmont Royal York, celebrates excellence in the global mineral exploration and mining industry. The association acknowledges the extraordinary accomplishments of the 2024 Awards Recipients for the Bill Dennis, Skookum Jim, Sustainability, Thayer Lindsley and Viola R. MacMillan Awards. In addition to a savory 3-course gourmet dinner with fine wine, the event offers an opportunity to rub shoulders with the Award Recipients, C-level executives, financiers, brokers and mining developers. This is a ticketed event and it will sell out early.
The exhibition covers more than 600,000 ft2 including both the convention center’s North and South Buildings. This includes the Northern Ontario Mining Showcase (NOMS), the largest pavilion at PDAC, featuring more than 110 exhibitors and interactive displays showcasing innovative products and services to help plan, build, maintain, and rehabilitate projects.
The Core Shack provides a unique venue for companies to display their core samples. Visitors can learn new or ongoing projects, and the latest discoveries will be featured along with maps, charts and technical information.
At the Investors Exchange, delegates can discuss investment potential with 450 junior mining companies, mid-sized producers, major mining companies, financial institutions and prospectors to discover new business opportunities.
Visit www.pdac.ca/convention for updates and more information.