Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) has launched a Mentoring Program that connects trained industry professionals in the exploration and development industry with students and recent graduates to share their extensive knowledge and experience in an effort to address the skills shortage and strengthen the mineral industry.

Mentors provide support and guidance, help Mentees navigate the challenges associated with finding their niche in the industry and can provide insight into the interview and hiring process, among other things.

PDAC strives to recruit Mentors in all areas of the sector from finance, academia, and government to exploration and industry. Mentees gain invaluable knowledge that will help facilitate a seamless transition into the workforce.

This program requires a one-year commitment during which time the Mentee will have access to a dedicated Mentor in the area indicated. Each Mentor-Mentee pair will define the parameters of their relationship.

To be eligible to participate in the Mentoring Program, Mentees must be
  • in the final year of their post-secondary program (college or university)
  • OR enrolled in a Masters or PhD program
  • OR a recent graduate (within two years of graduation)

Relevant programs of study include geology, geography, geophysics, resource modeling, environmental studies, mine engineering, mine business development, or finance.

It is important to note that this is NOT an employment program. Mentors are not required to advocate on their Mentee’s behalf to prospective employers and will not be obliged to share industry contacts.

To apply as a Mentee, please complete the form and return to Krishana Michaud, Manger, Student Program at [email protected]
Applicants must be a PDAC member in good standing.


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I understand that as a participant, I may be asked to provide feedback about the Mentoring Program for the purpose of evaluation and improvement. I understand that my name will not be used in the evaluation report.

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