PDAC Annual Awards

The PDAC’s annual awards recognize and honour outstanding contributions and excellence in the mineral exploration and mining industry. Dating back to 1977, when the first Bill Dennis Award for prospecting success was presented, the annual awards are celebrated at a prestigious evening held during the PDAC Convention in March.

Submissions for the PDAC 201 Awards are now open. To submit a nomination, complete the online nomination form and provide all supporting materials. For more information, and to find out which category a submission belongs, review the selection criteria.

Honorary Life Members

Honorary life members are appointed by the president of the PDAC and recognize dedicated and outstanding service to the association.  
Full list of honorary life members.

PDAC Student Awards

Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award
Awarded annually to a graduate student at a Canadian university whose thesis incorporates geoscience mapping as a significant component.

Other Student Awards & Bursaries
Please visit the PDAC Student section for information about other student awards and bursaries.


Canadian Mining Hall Of Fame

The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame (CMHF) recognizes and honours the legendary mine finders and builders of the Canadian mineral industry. The PDAC is one of four major sponsors of the Hall of Fame and is permitted to submit three nominations a year for induction.

Nominating Process
The PDAC’s selection of its three nominations begins in the spring every year in preparation for the nomination deadline in mid-July. Inductees are selected by the CMHF board of directors and their names are announced in November-December. The induction ceremony takes place in January the following year.

The PDAC awards committee invites nominations for the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame. Selection criteria and general requirements for the submission of nominations are at Nominations for submission by the PDAC should be sent to Mr. Edward G. Thompson, Chairman, Awards Committee, Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada, 135 King Street East, Toronto, Canada M5C 1G6.