PDAC News February - PDAC 2024 Convention Updates, PDAC 2025 Awards Nominations Open, Annual Report, and more!
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PDAC welcomes Project Arrow to the Investors Exchange exhibit floor, booth 3315. The Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) of Canada launched the first, original, fullbuild, zero-emission concept vehicle named Project Arrow in 2023. An all-Canadian effort, it was designed, engineered, and built through the joint efforts of our world-class automotive supply sector and postsecondary institutions.



In 2023, PDAC launched the inaugural Indigenous Artists initiative, aimed at showcasing work of incredible artists from around the country, increasing the presence of Indigenous vendors on the show floor. Visit the Indigenous Artists booths in Trade Show North at PDAC 2024.



This new addition to the show floor includes a theatre and a lounge! Learn how to put your money to work at the Investment Leaders Forum and the Corporate Presentation Form for Investors that will take place in the theatre. Continue investment conversations in the lounge; a great place to meet in a relaxed environment.




PDAC has launched the new Driving Responsible Exploration branding and AODA-compliant toolkits to help organizations enhance their environmental, social, and health & safety performance. These updated toolkits have replaced e3 Plus and encompass the wealth of PDAC resources and guidance to be a roadmap toward best practices and sustainability.







The winter issue of CORE Magazine is here! This issue features engaging articles, interviews and industry-related news, including a look ahead to PDAC 2024, a report on 2023’s capital markets landscape, PDAC 2024 Award recipients, highlights from the latest Canadian Mineral Exploration HR Outlook, an introduction to Driving Responsible Exploration and more!





PDAC is proud to release the 2023 Annual Report. The report provides insight into the association’s activities through the past year, including our publications and studies, the rebrand of the e3 Plus program, an update on our EDI policy, comparative membership statistics, highlights from our award-winning Convention, committee activities and more.








PDAC 2024 is only a few days away but there’s still time to register. Individual members enjoy discounts on registration, access to packages, member-only events, and more! We’ve made it easy. Renew your membership and register for the convention at the same time. or become a new member.



On behalf of the PDAC Board of Directors, we invite all members to taking place at 11:30 a.m. EST on Sunday, March 3. The meeting will be held in Room 711, South Building, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. We’re excited to see you all there!




Did you know that PDAC sponsors two exclusive insurance programs designed specifically for members? Packages are tailored to the needs of mineral exploration and mining and are available in two specialty options: and . Visit our insurance partners at Booth 947 in the Trade Show for options and quotes.



With more than 160 participants and 270+ new referrals, this member recruitment initiative continues to be very popular with all members. Cto the current frontrunners on our leaderboard Dorothy Okeese, Patricia Rodriguez, and Wayne Floreani. Participants have a chance to win convention experiences at PDAC 2025, tech prizes, cash and more.


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Meet the who will get to experience their first PDAC 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 lasting friendships, and advance their career through learning and mentorship. about the Experience.



Congratulations to Ludovico Scorsolini, this year’s recipient of the Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award. Ludovico's research aims to better understand the geological history and processes responsible for burial and exhumation of the Taconic eclogites and surrounding units through detailed structural, petrological and geochronological studies.



Congratulatiosn to Katherine Arenas-Collao, Queen’s University, the 2024 recipient of the Innovation in Environmental and/or Social Performance. Katherine's research employs an intersectional lens to investigate how EDI programs, designed to enhance the recruitment and retention of mining professionals at the site, contribute to the achievement of Canada’s Critical Minerals objectives.


Katherine will also be participating in the PDAC Convention’s Sustainability Program in the session




An exciting line up awaits you at #PDAC2024. is a great intro to finding your way around the convention, with networking tips, which you can put to use at the , and when visiting the The will highlight economic geology research in the Trade Show North and be sure to check out the as 6 teams compete for cash prizes for their work in Innovation, Data Integration, and Impact & Exploration Significance.




This year PDAC will host the 15th annual Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop in Sudbury, Ont.! from universities across Canada that will be participating in the Workshop this year.


The workshop includes a four-day field trip to Val-d’Or where students will learn about the regional geology and visit local mine sites. 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, core logging and more are included.




PDAC submitted to Finance a commentary letter on the new Clean Technology Manufacturing Investment Tax Credit announced in federal Budget 2023. This new incentive will provide 30% refundable tax credit for capital investments in extraction and processing activities aimed at producing six critical minerals that are used for clean technologies.




In November 2023, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat launched the Supply Chain Regulatory Review, taking a look at the critical minerals industry. PDAC provided recommendations which would better enable Canadian mines to participate in the critical minerals supply chain.




Following the October 2023 decision from the Supreme Court of Canada ruling that the “designated projects” portion of the Act as unconstitutional, for potential amendments which aim to support efficient and timely project assessments, greater stakeholder and rightsholder certainty, and equitable industry representation.




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!. Award Recipients are selected from six categories and are celebrated at the annual Awards Gala during the PDAC Convention.