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Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada



PDAC provided a second submission to the federal government as part of the public consultation in advance of Budget 2023. Our 5 recommendations focused on providing incentives to industry to bolster exploration and development in Canada, including extending the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit (METC) expanding the eligibility of Canadian Development Expenses (CDE). Read more about our recommendations and the entire submission.



Do you know an individual or organization that is an outstanding performer in the mineral exploration and mining industry? You can now see our awards categories and nominate a worthy recipient by August 9. Award Recipients are selected from six categories and are celebrated at the Awards Gala during the PDAC Convention.



This issue features engaging articles, interviews, industry-related news and more! Winter is here, so warm up with some thought-provoking and informative content, including PDAC-related industry highlights, a look at the PDAC 2023 Convention, the current state of the lithium race by Virginia Heffernan, and more.



We are proud to introduce the first cohort of students who will get to experience the PDAC 2023 Convention, thanks to the generosity of the Leishman family. The Experience will continue Don's legacy of generosity and mentorship, and provide students in exploration and mining with an opportunity to attend the Convention, develop friendships, and advance their career. Learn more.


Congratulations to Darius Kamal of the University of British Columbia, this year’s recipient of the Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award. Darius’s PhD research aims to establish how rock deformation during crustal shortening events impacts the distribution, preservation, and grade of sediment-hosted massive sulfide (SHMS) Zn-Pb deposits. Read more.


Congratulations to Adrien Dimech, Université du Québec en Abitibi Témiscamingue, the 2023 recipient of the Innovation in Environmental and/or Social Performance. The goal of Adrien’s thesis is to develop geophysical techniques for continuous, real-time and remote monitoring of mine tailings and waste rocks. The results of the geophysical monitoring are promising to extend conventional monitoring approaches and take into account material variability and heterogeneity on a larger scale. Read more.


Check out the full student program lineup! Convention Kickstart provides a great introduction to the show with networking tips for the Student-Industry Mixer. Student posters will be on display in the exhibits and you can meet all the presenters at the SMC Awards Reception. 20 Minute Mentoring and Guided Tours of the Exhibits will help you build your network while at the event.


After a three-year hiatus, we are excited to return to Sudbury, ON, from May 3-17, for the 14th annual Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop! Meet the twenty-two geoscience students from universities across Canada that will be participating in S-IMEW this year. The workshop includes a four day field trip to Kirkland Lake and Rouyn-Noranda.

Industry experts will expose students to a wide range of topics such as geochemistry and geophysics, mineral economics, QA/QC and much more. Hands-on learning via mapping exercises, mine tours, field trips and more are all part of the experience. Read more.



If you’re a small or medium sized business in the Red Seal trades, you could qualify for the National Apprenticeships Program through the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC). This initiative supports SMEs across Canada to hire Indigenous women and gender-diverse people as first-year Red Seal apprentices. Businesses can receive up to $20,000 in funding ($10,000 per apprentice, up to two apprentices) with access to NWAC’s exclusive job board. This is a great opportunity to make your workplace more diverse, while addressing ongoing labour shortages. Learn more and apply now.



PDAC 2023 is only one week away but there’s still time to register. Individual members enjoy discounts on PDAC Convention registration and short courses, access to specialty insurance packages, member-only events, and more! We’ve made it easy. Renew your membership and register for the convention at the same time. Log in to renew or become a new member.


Participate in PDAC’s New Member Referral Program for the chance to win Grand Prizes, and enter bonus monthly draws for a swag bag and mystery prize. More than a hundred members have joined in and Blanca Urbina, Anglo American is currently in first place with 3200 points. To get started, visit the Members’ Portal and click the Member Referral Program icon to access your personalized dashboard.


Members will be sent a reminder to vote in the 2023 Board of Directors election at 2 p.m. EST today. If you have not already done so, renew your membership and vote for the leaders of your Association. Election results will be announced at the AGM on March 5.


On behalf of the PDAC Board of Directors, we invite all members to attend the AGM taking place at 8 a.m. EST on March 5. The meeting will be held in Room 711, South Building, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. We look forward to having you join us!



On February 7 PDAC hosted a reception for parliamentarians in Ottawa as an opportunity to showcase everything on offer at PDAC 2023. Representatives of all parties joined PDAC staff to converse around a collection of mineral samples generously provided by the Nature Museum of Ottawa. PDAC would like to thank all parliamentarians who were able to join us, and we look forward to welcoming them to PDAC 2023.



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