PDAC News March - PDAC 2025 Awards Nominations, GHG Calculator, Career Opportunities and MORE! undefined

Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada



“PDAC is pleased that the Government of Canada listened our call and renewed the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit,” said Lisa McDonald, PDAC Executive Director. “The one-year extension falls short of our recommended five-year term but is a positive step in bolstering investment into early-stage mineral exploration in Canada.”


"For two decades, the METC has played a pivotal role in the competitiveness of Canada's mineral exploration sector and attracted billions in domestic investments," said Raymond Goldie, PDAC President. "We thank Minister Freeland for this extension and Minister Wilkinson for supporting the renewal of this vital program."



PDAC will be participating in the on April 23-24. We look forward to connecting with some of our 400+ members in Northern Ontario. Keep some room in your calendar for Pizza and Wings with PDAC on Tuesday, April 23. An invitation will be sent to all Northern Ontario members via email. Not a member? !



PDAC confirmed the election of eight members to its Board of Directors during the Association’s Annual General Meeting held March 3. The is comprised of industry professionals who support and guide the work of the association. Read our full .



The is in full swing with over 220 members from 25 countries vying for Grand Prizes. Over 400 new referrals were made this year, and we are thrilled to see such high engagement from our members. Thank you for helping us grow our community! Monthly prize draws will be announced next month, and grand prizes will be drawn at the end of May. To join this exciting challenge, to access the member referral dashboard.





is a unique one-day conference that features an empowering lineup of speakers and topics curated to share strategies and insights on the most critical issues facing leaders today. PDAC members receive $50 off each pass, and $100 off each pass for groups of 5 or more. To register, for the promo code and more details.






Environment and Climate Change Canada’s engagement on the 2035 emissions reduction target closes today (March 28th). PDAC encourages the government to positively consider the role critical minerals play in the Net-Zero future. to complete the 15-minute questionnaire and visit the to learn the impact of your project and associated carbon tax costs.





Are you feeling overwhelmed after soaking up all that knowledge at the convention? Whether you're passionate about environmental stewardship, social responsibility, ensuring the well-being of your team or just trying to make sense of it all, PDAC has just the thing to help you navigate best practices and sustainability! Be sure to check out for a suite of resources that can turn your sustainability questions into actionable steps.




Congratulations to all the that were celebrated at the Awards Gala during the Convention. We are excited to share that our PDAC 2025 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 .




The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame (CMHF) has issued its . 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. about nomination guidelines, categories of achievement and key dates on their website.






Present and share your knowledge, strategies, new concepts, and case studies at PDAC 2025! The Technical Program application is , and opportunities are coming soon for several other program areas.





PDAC 2024 attracted nearly 27,000 investors, analysts, mining executives, prospectors, geologists, Indigenous peoples, government officials, students and more. Check out a detailed list of PDAC 2024 convention statistics




Student and Early Career Events


Over 1,100 students from across the globe travelled to Toronto to attend #PDAC2024. The SOLD OUT Student-Industry Mixer, sponsored by the Lundin Group was a hub for networking with industry, the Guided Tours of the Exhibits introduced students to various #studentfriendly companies in the show and over 40 industry professionals participated in one on one mentoring sessions for 115 students. We look forward to seeing you next year!



The 15th Annual Student Minerals Colloquium held during the PDAC Convention featured a diverse range of posters from over 85 BSc, MSc and PhD students from Canada and internationally, 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. View all the winners .



Students from Canada, Australia, Chile, Peru, South Africa, Ecuador, Germany, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Poland, Botswana and Ukraine competed in the finalist presentations of the NGEA™ for cash prizes totalling $14,000! Congratulations to Pacha Team on winning the grand prize, and Rumi Team, Tethyan Explorers and The Rolling Stones for winning the category prizes!


Applications for NGEA™ 2025 are now open — visit to enter your team today!




In February, PDAC provided a submission to Natural Resources Canada’s “Let’s Talk Critical Minerals” consultation regarding the criteria used to create and refine Canada’s Critical Minerals List. To learn more about the proposed changes and PDAC’s recommendations,



As part of the Geological Survey of Canada’s ongoing efforts to increase availability of geoscientific data, was recently launched. This resource amalgamates available critical minerals maps and datasets for easy access, with more to come. The GSC’s Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI) group has also been sharing progress on critical minerals research:



Are you thinking about a career change? We are looking for enthusiastic and proactive candidates to join our growing team. Explore our job openings and !


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