Are you ready for PDAC? Whether you’re a first-time attendee or a veteran, now is the time to start planning your schedule.
Held every March in Toronto, the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada convention, better known as PDAC, is the leading event worldwide for those involved in or connected to the mineral exploration and development industry.
Scheduled to run this year from March 3 to 6, the convention will see over 1,000 exhibitors, 3,500 investors and 25,000 attendees from 135 countries descend on the Metro Toronto Convention Center.
Mining professionals, companies and investors alike will be treated to a wide variety of talks and events over the show’s four-day span, including aboriginal and capital markets programs, corporate presentations, short courses, technical programming and more.
Only a few weeks are left before PDAC begins, and whether you’re a first-time attendee or a veteran, the time to start planning your schedule is now. We encourage you to do your own research, but if you’re looking for somewhere to start, check out our brief overview of some of the highlights below.
What to do at PDAC
PDAC is widely regarded as a barometer for the resource sector, with participation and attendance acting as a way to gauge investor sentiment for the coming year.
One of the best places to test the temperature of the space is at the Investors Exchange, where attendees can engage with mining companies of all sizes. Those interested in nitty-gritty mining details will want to check out the Core Shack, where companies can display core from new and historic assets; the Prospectors Tent is also well worth a look.
The Trade Show and Trade Show North areas are a major draw as well, and this year the Trade Show North will expand after two years of sold-out exhibitor space and long waiting lists.
Of course, while walking the show floor is a key part of PDAC, there are a huge amount of scheduled offerings available. Those keen on learning about the markets for specific commodities will want to see the convention’s technical programming, which runs throughout the show.
Investors looking to hear from their favorite newsletter writers will also be in luck. Letter Writer Presentations will run all day on Sunday, with talks from popular names such as Brent Cook (12:25 p.m.), Mickey Fulp (2:05 p.m.) and Rick Rule (4:10 p.m.).
PDAC’s student-focused programming is worth being aware of too. All four days of the convention will include events under the Student and Early Career Program, which features mentoring opportunities, interactive exercises and more. Meanwhile, Monday will bring a half-day next-generation keynote session with a panel on Millennials and mining.
Finally, it would be remiss not to mention the networking events that take place at PDAC. While many companies will be hosting invite-only parties and events, there are also plenty promoted by PDAC itself. Take a look here for a taste of what’s going on.
Register for PDAC now
Lisa McDonald, executive director at PDAC, says it best: “PDAC is a big deal. There is no other event in the sector where you can meet with individuals from all over the globe in one place in one day. This is truly the most iconic mineral and mining gathering in the world, and you have to be there.”
If you’d like attend PDAC, click here for detailed information on how to register. You can also click here to sign up to receive the latest news and announcements from PDAC, or follow PDAC on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Securities Disclosure: I, Charlotte McLeod, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.