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We are encouraged to see the Government of Canada committing further support for the mineral industry in the Federal Budget 2023 by announcing a 30% cleantech manufacturing tax credit, alongside funds to speed up federal assessments and expand Indigenous engagement. PDAC will focus on how these commitments turn into actions in our advocacy for members, the mineral industry, and for the future of Canada. Read the press release.


PDAC hosted the annual Government Day at #PDAC2023, bringing together over 35 Members of Federal Parliament and Provincial Parliamentarians, Cabinet Ministers and Senators to meet directly with PDAC’s Board of Directors, tour the Trade Show and Investors Exchange, and connect directly with convention attendees. Learn more about PDAC’s government advocacy efforts.



We are proud to announce that CORE Magazine’s Summer 2022 issue is the winner of two awards! PR News’s annual Nonprofit Awards has honoured PDAC with both the 'Annual Publication or Brochure' award, and the award for 'External Publication or Report'. We are extremely grateful to be the recipients of these awards for our flagship magazine, and thank everyone at PRNEWS. Read the latest issue of CORE now.


The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame (CMHF) has issued its 2024 Call for Nominations. CMHF is now accepting nominations for individuals who have shaped Canada’s global leadership in mining, embodied the important role mining plays in Canadian society, and inspired future generations into the industry. Learn more about nomination guidelines, categories of achievement and key dates on their website.


Congratulations to all the PDAC 2023 recipients that were celebrated at the Awards Gala during the Convention. We are excited to share that our PDAC 2024 Awards nominations are now open. 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.



PDAC released its annual update, 'Mineral Finance 2023: Shifting tides within the mineral industry', outlining the business environment in which the mineral sector operated in 2022. The rapidly changing economic landscape translated to a drop in metal prices and the availability of capital for the mineral sector. However, exploration expenditures remained strong as the robust financing environment from 2021 carried over into last year’s work plans and programs for most mineral explorers. Read the full report.



'Little did I know what was in store for me as I embarked on my journey to become the President of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada. Who could have imagined the events of the last couple of years: a global pandemic necessitating a virtual convention in 2021, followed by a last-minute change of dates in 2022 to ensure we could host a successful in-person event – in June no less!'. Continue reading...


Please join us in welcoming our new President of PDAC, Raymond Goldie. With decades of experience in the industry, Raymond has held positions as a field geologist, and has worked for investment dealers in Toronto, Canada as a mineral economist and financial analyst. Raymond has also served on a number of PDAC Committees. Stay tuned for a conversation with Raymond, coming soon.


On Wednesday, March 8 we celebrated International Women's Day and all the amazing women in mineral exploration and mining who have helped PDAC and the industry become what it is today. Although there is always more work to be done, we are proud that PDAC is making headway with a Board of Directors that includes the most women in PDAC history. Learn more.



Over 900 students from across the globe travelled to Toronto to attend #PDAC2023. The sold-out Student-Industry Mixer, sponsored by Lundin Group, was a hub for networking with industry professionals, the Guided Tours of the Exhibits introduced students to various #studentfriendly companies and over 20 industry professionals participated in one-on-one mentoring sessions with over 90 students. Email [email protected] to get involved in Student & Early Career Events at #PDAC2024.


The 14th Annual Student Minerals Colloquium held during the PDAC Convention featured a diverse range of posters from over 70 BSc, MSc and PhD students, covering a wide array of mineral topics.


After a rigorous judging process by industry professionals, awards were presented to the top posters at each academic level. See the winners.

Students from Belgium, Cameroon, Croatia, Ecuador, France, Guinea, Hungary, Peru, Sweden, and South Africa competed in the finalist presentations of the NGEA™ for cash prizes totalling $14,000. Congratulations to Team Flinstone on winning the grand prize, and cAuldron Finders, Andean Team and Gondwana Team for winning the category prizes! View all winners finalist presentations. Applications for NGEA™ 2024 are now open — enter your team today.



PDAC, along with the World Economic Forum and Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, hosted the 8th annual International Mines Ministers Summit on March 6. This brought together more than 20 international Ministers responsible for mining, along with representatives from industry and civil society, to discuss 'Closing the Loop: Developing a circular mineral industry'. A report summarizing the summit will be available shortly and past reports are available now.



The new Member Referral Program is in full swing with over 200 members from 23 countries vying for Grand Prizes. Congratulations to Catriona Breasley, UBC, Minila Mathews, Australian Trade and Investment Commission and Gustavo Bravo, WSP, winners of the monthly prize draws from Dec-Feb. We now have three top contenders in the running to win a booth at #PDAC2024! To join this exciting challenge, log in to the Members’ Portal to access the member referral dashboard.


PDAC confirmed the election of nine members to its Board of Directors during the Association’s Annual General Meeting held March 5. The Board of Directors comprises industry professionals who support and guide the work of the association.


Read our full press release and learn more about each Board member on the PDAC website.



Thank you to the 23,819 attendees who joined us at #PDAC2023 for an inspirational convention! It was great to see international members of the mineral exploration and mining community connect in Toronto again. We can't wait to see you all for #PDAC2024 from March 3-6.


Learn more, including some Convention highlights, in our press release.



The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) recently released an exposure draft of their Sector Standard for Mining. Approved by the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), this is now open for public comment. This a standard for sustainability and/or ESG reporting that will be applicable for organizations whose primary focus lies in: exploration and extraction; support activities for mining; and supply of specialized products and services to mining organizations. The public comment period will remain open until April 30. Learn more.


During the PDAC 2023 convention, the Canadian Diamond Drillers’ Association (CDDA) launched phase one of Bring It To The Surface, a campaign to highlight mental wellness throughout the mining industry. We encourage all members to show their support and stay updated on the campaign by taking the pledge today.



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