PDAC 2018 Convention

Student Activities At PDAC 2018 Convention

The world renowned PDAC Convention offers students a unique opportunity to network with industry professionals from all over the world. Last year the Convention attracted over 1,200 students from across Canada, the USA and internationally. 

Student Hub 
Student-Industry Networking Luncheon
Student-Industry Forum
Survival skills: Impress for success

Sponsored by

Rio Tinto
For more information about the Student Program contact
Krishana Michaud,
[email protected] 
416-362-1969 ext 297. 


Industry Involvement at the PDAC Convention

The convention features a unique Student Program with events geared toward post-secondary students and recent graduates, with a commitment to raise awareness of the many opportunities that the exploration and development industry have to offer. The Student Program relies on industry professionals to engage and encourage today's students, the future leaders of our industry. 

Your participation in the following events provides an excellent opportunity to profile your company at no cost. Click here for more information. 

Volunteer Opportunities

PDAC offers students a unique opportunity to volunteer their time in exchange for a complimentary Student All Access Pass and a ticket to the Student-Industry Networking Luncheon.The world renowned PDAC convention offers students a unique opportunity to meet industry professionals.

All Volunteer opportunities for PDAC 2018 have been filled. 

PDAC Ambassador Program
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Student Hub

The Student Hub will be located on Level 800 across from the Trade Show. This space will host Resume Review sessions, registration for the guided tours of the trade show & investors exchange, and other engagement opportunities for students.

Resumé Review

Sign up onsite at the Student Hub for a consultation with a geoscience professional who will review your resumé and discuss personalized networking techniques. Students are encouraged to bring a copy of their resumé to the session.

PDAC-CIM Toronto Branch Guided Tours

These tours are a great way to become acquainted with the 900+ companies that exhibit in the Trade Show and Investors Exchange. Each tour stop will last approximately seven minutes and will focus on the exploration and/or production aspects of the company’s projects and career opportunities. 
Sign up onsite at the Student Hub.

Visit these Student Friendly Companies while at #PDAC2018

Sunday March 4                1:00 pm
Monday March 5              10:00 am & 1:00 pm
Tuesday March 6             10:00 am & 2:00 pm

SUNDAY MARCH 4, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm, Room 714

A student geologist's guide to the exploration and mining industry

This student short course will help students successfully transition into the workforce. Participants will learn what steps new hires should be prepared for, pitfalls to avoid, how to navigate contract work, the importance of economics in the mining sector and the lifestyle associated with various jobs in exploration and mining. Speakers from various fields will share their experiences and discuss what they look for when hiring new recruits. Q&A to follow.

Bronwyn Azar, Ontario Geological Survey
Conrad Dix, Red Pine Exploration Inc.
Greg Huffman, Canaccord Genuity
Geneviève Krasowski, KGHM International Ltd.
Linette MacInnis, North American Palladium
Dixie Orbitz, BluMetric Environmental Inc.

SUNDAY MARCH 4, 2:30 - 4:00 pm, Room 714 

Survival skills: Impress for success

Impress for Success is user-friendly road map and guide to help students and graduates effectively and confidently navigate their way around the PDAC convention. Attendees will learn techniques to effectively and confidently market themselves as unique difference makers at networking opportunities including luncheons, receptions and throughout the conference. This presentation is suitable for students, graduates and professionals.

MONDAY MARCH 4, 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Royal York Hotel, Concert Hall 

PDAC-SEG MERC Student Minerals Colloquium

PDAC is pleased to partner with the Mineral Exploration Research Centre, the Goodman School of Mines, the NSERC-CMIC Footprints Project and the Society of Economic Geologists Canada Foundation in sponsoring the 9th Annual Student Minerals Colloquium. This event is hosted by the SEG Student Chapters at Laurentian University and the Ottawa Carleton Geoscience Centre. One hundred poster presentations, highlighting current research on mineral deposits and related studies by students from across North America, will be featured. 

Cocktail reception: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
Awards presentation - 6:00 pm.

MONDAY MARCH 5, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, Room 714

Student-Industry Forum: Innovation in Exploration: Driving for excellence

This year’s forum will focus on Innovation in exploration and mining: Driving for excellence. Learn how innovation is being applied for continuous improvement in several key sectors of the industry. Take advantage of the opportunity to participate in Q&A to follow with experienced industry professionals. 

The following topics will be discussed: 

  • Geologist 4.0: Winning in tomorrow’s industry, Stephen McIntosh, Rio Tinto
  • Data collection and integration: Innovation for efficiency and exploration success, Shawn Ryan, Ground Truth Exploration
  • Human Progress: Attracting, developing and retaining people for success of the business, Jamie Rogers, Goldcorp Inc.
  • Analytics and machine learning: Extracting full value from the data, Vince Gerrie, Kore Geosystems
  • Robotic technologies: Going where no human is safe to go, Dr. Greg Baiden, Penguin Automated Systems Inc.

Moderator: Lawrence Clark, Jolimont Global Mining Systems

TUESDAY MARCH 6, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Room 105/106

Student-Industry Networking Luncheon

This reception-style buffet luncheon provides an opportunity for students and recent graduates to connect with industry professionals in a relaxed environment. Join us for the presentation of the Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award and the announcement of the selected 2018 Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW) participants.

There will be a draw for the annual tuition top-up awards; proof of student membership is required to claim the award.