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Saturday, February 29

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8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Networking Events

Mining Matters Hockey Tournament

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Location: Scotiabank Pond, Downsview Park, Toronto

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Sunday, March 1

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1:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Technical Program

Commodities and market outlook

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This session will review the outlook for the corporate world and the metal markets. After a decade of challenging times, this year's session will preview the metal markets and corporate opportunities for the next decade. All principal metals will be covered in the session by international and national experts. The session will also provide insights to assist explorers, operators, developers and financiers in their decision making.

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1:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Technical Program

Mining investment: How to navigate the changing landscape

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As capital flows have migrated into competing sectors, such as cannabis and cryptocurrencies, the mining sector is finding it more critical than ever to choose projects wisely and provide superior shareholder returns.This highly topical session, featuring insights from miners, lenders, the buy-side and investor relations firms, will provide a comprehensive view on how the mining sector can put its best foot forward while assessing new projects and funding growth. Hear from industry experts on what metrics to present to the investor community, ways to brand your company and your project, and tools to evaluate projects and attract capital in an ever-changing landscape.

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1:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Technical Program

Recent advances in Archean geology

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Archean rocks and continental shield areas are an important source for the world’s mineral supply, and a major target for exploration in Canada, Africa, Australia and the Middle East as continued research and mapping have revealed new opportunities for further exploration and targets. This session will highlight recent research efforts and results to further elucidate these complex but important areas of the Earth's crust.

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2:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Technical Program

Precompetitive data

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For years, governments around the world have been supporting mineral exploration activities in areas such as regional mapping, regional geophysics, and mineral deposit research. As this work grows and expands companies are now encouraged to submit proprietary data, much of which comes into the public domain at a later date. As a result, large scale databases have been developed and made available to the public in an effort to encourage new and continuing exploration. There are numerous examples of successful exploration projects that can be attributed to the use of these databases. For instance, at a previous PDAC Convention Agnico Eagle Mines Limited reported on one such discovery. This session will discuss a variety of these databases, their continued use, and the benefits they offer

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Monday, March 2

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9:10 AM – 9:10 AM
Technical Program

Trends In resource policies in The Americas: Opportunities and challenges to sustain mining

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There are currently numerous regional and international opportunities and challenges in the Americas, specifically within Latin America, for explorers, developers, operators and financiers. Exploration in the region has risen steadily in recent years and the list of projects are growing compared to other parts of the world. This session will examine the industry outlook for the region over the next decade, as well as the various opportunities in exploration and resource development if steady, competitive and comparative mineral policies can prevail

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9:35 AM – 9:35 AM
Technical Program

Keynote session: Discoveries of the 21st Century

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Exploration success has been declining since the start of the 21st century. However, key tier one deposits have been discovered and put into production. Three industry leaders will outline how this was possible, what were the keys to success, and what are the keys for discovery in the future

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2:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Technical Program

Back to North America: New opportunities

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Since the 1970s corporate activity in mineral exploration and mining has expanded globally, with exploration budgets in various parts of the world increasing dramatically. More recently, there has been a new focus on exploration and acquisitions in North America. The main reasons for this include changes in perceived political risk, attitudes toward globalization, and new exploration models, methods and data. This session provides insight into the move into and/or back to North America, new and refined mineral deposit models, and both the corporate and technical decisions for the resurgence in North American exploration and mineral deposit acquisition.

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2:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Technical Program

Metallurgy and processing revenue components of geometallurgy

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Geometallurgy is used in the mining industry to integrate data and decision making at each step of the project lifecycle. It allows for better decision making, risk reduction, and more effective impacts for all stakeholders as projects develop. However, the definition, approach, application and conclusions drawn from geometallurgy vary widely. This technical session looks at understanding the nuances of geometallurgy, provides direction on practical approaches and best practice guidelines, and shares the impact of geometallurgy through case studies. The session is designed to be relevant to both investor and practitioner audiences

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2:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Technical Program

The business of diamonds: From rock to ring

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The business of diamonds—from rock to ring—resonates well with the present constraints on our diamond industry. A number of featured speakers will cover a range of topics, including the difficulties junior companies encounter in terms of funding, the practical aspects of mining in ever-changing and challenging conditions, along with the value and integration of large datasets for diamond exploration prospectively. A current and timely overview of global production and demand will also be examined, along with developments and influences of lab-grown diamonds/synthetics and their place in our industry

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Tuesday, March 3

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9:10 AM – 9:10 AM
Technical Program

Gold deposits of west Africa: Recent discoveries and developments

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With improving regulatory climates and investment attractiveness, the Paleoproterozoic supracrustal sequences of West Africa have increasingly become recognized for their incredible endowment of mesothermal gold deposits. This session will focus on reviews of the various styles of mineralization for a selection of gold deposits, the exploration methods that were employed in their discovery, the current mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates, along with a sense of the remaining potential of the deposits and the region.

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9:10 AM – 9:10 AM
Technical Program

Technology metals 2020: Recent trends and opportunities

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Technology metals are the non-traditional metals and minerals that have become key enablers of many new technologies, creating new opportunities for mineral explorers due to the lack of established supply chains. While battery materials continue to garner attention, new trends are emerging, including “light-weighting” where manufacturers are seeking to create stronger and lighter materials using non-traditional commodities. This session will provide an update on the latest trends in battery materials demand, new energy storage technologies, rare earths demand, and emerging new nano-material technology products, notably graphene. The importance of resource mineralogy, extraction technology, and precise product definition in meeting the needs of consumers of technology materials will also be discussed.

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2:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Technical Program

Moon and asteriods: The next exploration and mining frontier

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This session examines recent advances and the challenges of space exploration and mining. The Moon, Mars and asteroids have been the subject of much recent media attention. Speakers will outline what we know, and the potential of near-term in situ resource utilization. Topics include exploration tools, techniques and concepts to locate and define potential resources, such as water on the moon. The policies of the Canadian government policy, along with incentives, data collection, management and administration will also be discussed

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2:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Technical Program

New exploration technologies

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From data collection to decision making, the mineral exploration industry thrives in utilizing innovation and creativity to develop new tools and methods that aid in the search for mineral deposits and their development. This session will focus on case studies that illustrate the use of the tools and approaches that are currently being developed and adopted by the industry for mineral exploration

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Wednesday, March 4

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9:10 AM – 9:10 AM
Technical Program

Managing and exploring big data through artificial intelligence and machine learning

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Over the past decade, advancements in computing and networking technologies have made big data sets spanning many computers possible, and are allowing the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to geoscience problems that were previously only dreamed about. This session presents the frameworks and case studies in the forefront of these applications, as well as their potential to change mineral exploration understanding

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9:10 AM – 9:10 AM
Technical Program

Metallurgical coal and iron ore

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The session will focus on iron ore and metallurgical coal—two key ingredients used in the production of steel. Speakers will cover the market outlook for both commodities, in addition to discussing how innovations demonstrating the integration of geosciences can add value and reduce risk in metallurgical coal and iron ore. A feature speaker will also discuss the technical issues related to tailings dam management, in light of recent failures at major iron ore facilities in South America, to help investors understand the risk associated with these structures

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9:10 AM – 9:10 AM
Technical Program

Supply and services market potential

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Every supply or services provider in the mineral exploration and mining industry faces challenges when trying to estimate their market potential and committing the appropriate resources needed to ensure they are not be caught off guard by unexpected changes in demand. This session brings together experts who will tie such factors together and help you in estimating your future market potential

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