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PDAC Executive Director, Andrew Cheatle, shares his thoughts on joining the PDAC, and discusses the current challenges and opportunities within the mineral exploration and mining industry. Click here 


Andrew speaks about the PDAC 2017 Convention and why it's the mineral exploration and mining event that you can't afford to miss. Watch the video.


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Executive Director
Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)


Andrew Cheatle is the Executive Director of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC).

As a Professional Geoscientist and graduate of the Royal School of Mines at Imperial College London, he has worked extensively in the exploration and mining industry from the rock face, to the boardroom, and into the halls of Government.  

Andrew’s 25-plus-year career has encompassed both the senior and junior mining sectors as an exploration geologist, mine geologist, manager and mining executive. He has also volunteered with not-for-profit organizations, notably as past-president of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario

Prior to his role at PDAC, Andrew was President and Chief Executive Officer, Director at Unigold Inc., where he oversaw the delivery of the company's initial mineral resource of two million ounces of gold at its flagship property in the Dominican Republic, and successfully partnered the project with the International Finance Corporation (a division of the World Bank.

His career started as a deep-level gold mine geologist in South Africa. He subsequently worked as Vice President Exploration at Treasury Metals Inc., Principal Geologist at AMEC plc, Chief Geologist at Goldcorp Inc./Placer Dome Inc., and Mineral Resource Manager with Anglo American Corporation. Andrew has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Geology from the Royal School of Mines at Imperial College London, and a Master of Business Administration from Capella University. 

Andrew has built a strong reputation as an advocate for a responsible minerals industry—an industry that he believes has the ability to build prosperous communities and develop nations.

Executive Director’s Blog

  • A budget that supports our sector

    I travelled to Ottawa on March 22 to read the budget under embargo prior to its public release. PDAC had made four recommendations to the Federal Government for the 2017 budget and we were eager to see if we were heard … after all, we are the voice of Canada’s mineral exploration and mining industry.
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  • Wearing the Maple Leaf at home and away

    It gives me great pleasure to promote Canada as the global leader in mineral exploration, mining and sustainable development practices, and I get to do this often.
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  • Taking our message to Ottawa

    Since the Liberal Party came to power in October 2015, PDAC has been building strong relationships with new (and old) Members of Parliament who play a role in the well-being of Canada’s mineral exploration and development industry.
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  • PDAC Convention: where the world’s mineral and metal industry meets

    It’s hard to believe that the PDAC 2016 Convention is already two months behind us. This was my second year attending the convention in my role as the association’s Executive Director and I’m so proud to lead an association that is not only the voice for Canada’s mineral industry, but also the world’s.
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  • Knocking on the door of PDAC 2016

    The PDAC 2016 Convention is right around the corner. With just a few weeks to go, there is much happening behind the scenes to make sure it’s another memorable event.
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