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. 


Convention Travel Funding

PDAC offers student groups attending the Convention some funding to help offset the costs of travelling to Toronto. Funding is available to student members, and is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

PDAC 2018 Convention Travel Fund Application

Deadline: February 2, 2018. 

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.

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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

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 is intended to help students successfully transition from the classroom into the workforce. Participants will learn what steps new hires should be prepared to take, pitfalls to avoid, what to look for when signing that first contract, the importance of understanding economics in the mining sector, expectations of your first job and the lifestyle associated with various jobs, in exploration and mining. Speakers from various fields (mining, exploration, consultants, finance, etc.) will share their experiences of their specialties and discuss what they look for when hiring students and new graduates. This will be followed by a Q&A with the speakers.

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 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.

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

Student-Industry Forum: Innovation in Exploration

Innovation in exploration will be discussed by a panel of industry experts from various sectors of the industry. This will be followed by a Q&A.

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. The winner of the Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience award will be announced, as well as the selected 2018 Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW) participants. There will be a random draw for the annual tuition top-up awards; proof of student membership is required to claim the award.