Student Activities At PDAC Convention 2011

Convention 2011 Highlights

Student attendance at the 2011 PDAC Convention was at a record high with over 1000 student delegates from across Canada and the United States. While it can be quite costly for students to travel from places as far as Newfoundland, Vancouver and Texas, the PDAC provides convention travel funding to student groups annually. This year the PDAC provided $16,000 for 280 students to attend the Convention. Students came from the University of Texas at El Paso, Memorial University, Acadia, McGill, Dalhousie, Laurentian, St. Mary’s University and the University of New Brunswick to name a few. 125 students who took part in the Ambassador’s program received a complimentary registration as well as a free luncheon ticket in exchange for their time as a volunteer during the Convention.

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Growing attendance at the convention lent itself to overwhelming attendance at the Student Industry Networking Luncheon that hosted over 850 students who enjoyed a buffet luncheon. New this year was the presence of several kiosks staffed by personnel from recruitment agencies, industry and government which proved to be very successful by all accounts from industry and students alike. The 25 participants of this year’s Student Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop to be held in Sudbury in May were announced at the luncheon as well as eight of the ten winners of the $500 tuition top awards.

The other two winners of the $500 award were announced at the Student Information Session that drew 160 students. Industry leaders, including Past President Bill Mercer and staff from Mining Industry Human Resources Council, spoke about topics that ranged from corporate social responsibility to job seeker essentials and industry labour market information.

Over 120 students participated in the guided student tours of the trade show and investors exchange during which they visited 38 ‘student friendly’ companies who shared information on their latest projects, technology and job opportunities with their attentive audience. With such a daunting trade show and investors exchange, students have commented that they appreciate knowing which companies are open to engaging students.

This year’s winners of the tuition top up awards are Aurelien Nie Roulette, Joss Skyler, Grant Barker, Lindsay Gambin, Michelle Thoms, Samuel Grasis, Laura Malone, David Shinkle, Adam Perryman and Radoran Danilolsky.