Individual Membership Benefits
The PDAC takes the interests and concerns of the mineral exploration industry to governments, international institutions, communities, and other stakeholders to support and sustain a vibrant and responsible mineral exploration industry.
Our principal advocacy areas include: Indigenous affairs, corporate social responsibility, finance and taxation, geosciences, health & safety, human resource development, international affairs, land access and mining regulations and securities regulations. Much of the association’s membership and convention revenues are allocated to our advocacy work.
Individual and corporate member representatives enjoy substantial discounts on registration to participate in the PDAC’s Annual Convention, regarded worldwide as the premier event for the mineral industry community. In 2020, the PDAC welcomed 25,606 attendees from 135 countries.
Members have access to a member-only online community called PDAC Connect. This is a platform for members to network and share issues, questions, and solutions for the growth and advancement of the mineral industry. Access resources, success stories, and advice from colleagues who’ve experienced similar projects and challenges. Strengthen and build your relationships with industry colleagues!
PDAC continuously develops new initiatives to enhance value for members and provide opportunities including our webinar series called Talks on Rocks, offered only to members.
Members are kept informed of the PDAC’s initiatives and advocacy work, and are provided updates on current news and information. We engage our members using a variety of communication platforms such as CORE magazine, PDAC News, the Annual Report, blogs, infographics, presentations, press releases, social media, and videos.
Student Membership Benefits
Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW)
Join us in Toronto to connect with industry professionals from around the world. A dedicated Student Program ensures that you get the most out of the Convention with tours of the Investors Exchange and Trade Show, a free student-industry networking luncheon, a student short course to help students successfully transition into the workforce, and more. Student groups can apply for travel funding to attend the Convention, and also have an opportunity to qualify for tuition top-up awards during the student-industry networking luncheon. Student members receive discounted Convention registration and short course rates.
A free two-week workshop
geared towards third and fourth year students in the geosciences. Field trips, mine tours, mapping exercises, mineral economics, networking opportunities and more are covered by high-profile industry professionals. Spaces are limited. Contact your Department Chair or the PDAC for more information.
PDAC Mentoring Program
Student members can participate in the Mentoring Program
which connects trained industry professionals with students and recent graduates to share their extensive knowledge and experiences in the mineral exploration industry.
Scholarships and Awards
The PDAC has established scholarships
for Mineral Exploration and Mining Technology students at various colleges across Canada. In addition, the PDAC supports the annual Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award ($5,000 value) open to graduate students.
Field Trip Funding
The PDAC offers funding to student groups planning a field trip as part of an academic course. The application is available on our website.
Mining Journal Online
Student members can take advantage of a FREE two-year subscription (estimated value $1,300) to the weekly Mining Journal, a globally respected newspaper that covers the exploration and mining industry.
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PDAC Sponsored Programs
e3Plus: A framework for responsible mineral exploration
An online information resource developed by the PDAC to help exploration companies improve their social, environmental and health and safety performance and maintain their social license to operate.
Business Insurance and Benefits Programs
Three exclusive insurance programs designed specifically for PDAC members that provides coverage for small to large companies, as well as independent contractors.
Student Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW)
A two-week, all expenses paid workshop that provides 26 senior geosciences students from across Canada, the opportunity to experience the many facets of the mineral exploration industry.
A national charitable organization dedicated to bringing knowledge and awareness about Canada’s geology and mineral resources to elementary and secondary students, educators and the public.
Canadian Mineral Exploration Environment, Health & Safety Survey
An annual survey that aims to capture all work carried out by mineral exploration companies, mining companies with exploration projects, government geological surveys, and diamond drilling companies in Canada. The purpose of the survey is to track health and safety trends nationwide, to promote health and safety awareness, and to encourage companies to institute accident prevention measures.
Manager, Member Engagement & Outreach
416-362-1969, Ext. 221