IMG_2303With the completion of the program's 10th anniversary, an amazing 251 students have attended the two-week workshop held in northeastern Ontario and western Quebec since its inception in 2007.  

From May 6-20, 2016,  twenty-six senior geosciences students from across Canada converged on the Greater Sudbury area for the PDAC's annual Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW). The two-week, all expenses-paid gathering gave the students, hand-picked from post secondary institutions across the country, an opportunity to experience the many facets of the mineral exploration industry.

IMG_1303Scott Jobin-Bevans, PDAC past president and co-founder of the workshop, says “the event is designed to attract students to the mineral exploration industry and to give them a practical and business perspective of mineral exploration not generally available in the classroom. This country is a world leader in mineral exploration. If we are to retain this predominant position, we must do everything we can to encourage highly qualified young people to enter the industry. The students attending this workshop are our future leaders.”

Students participated in lectures, presentations, and hands-on sessions that included exploration and mapping exercises with Wallbridge Mining, the Ontario Geological Survey, and new this year - underground mine mapping with KGHM and NORCAT. Students also learned about various types of mineral deposits, geophysics, geochemistry, regulatory requirements, health and safety, corporate social responsibility and much more. 

During the second week of the workshop the students went on a four-day field trip to tour the Noranda camp in Quebec, participated in a volcanic mapping exercise, visited a world class komatiite deposit, and went to the Timmins gold camp in Ontario where they learned about the regional geology and visited underground gold mines.   

Students engaged with industry professionals every evening and at open networking events such as the Welcome Reception and the Grillin' and Drillin' Closing BBQ which helped round out the true industry experience. 

                  Profile your company while supporting Canadian Geoscience Students during S-IMEW


S-IMEW's continued success relies heavily on the support it receives from industry, government and academia, both in terms of financial support as well as in-kind volunteer support.  

Consider S-IMEW sponsorship to profile your company to future employees as well as to support the development of future geoscientists.

Contact Krishana Michaud at [email protected] to discuss your involvement in S-IMEW.