Student & Early Career Program at the PDAC 2019 Convention

The world renowned PDAC Convention offers students a unique opportunity to network with industry professionals from all over the world. Last year the Convention attracted over 1,300 students from across Canada, the USA and internationally.

Student Hub
Impress for Success
Flash Mentoring
Student-Industry Networking Luncheon

Sponsored by

Lundin Group

Industry Involvement

The convention features a unique Student & Early Career Program with events geared toward students and recent graduates, with a commitment to raise awareness of the many opportunities that the exploration and development industry have to offer. 
The Student Program relies on industry professionals to engage and encourage today's students, the future leaders of our industry. 

Your participation in the following events provides an opportunity to profile your company at no cost. Click HERE for more information. 

Volunteer Opportunities

PDAC offers students a unique opportunity to volunteer their time in exchange for a complimentary Student All Access Pass and a ticket to the Student-Industry Networking Luncheon.The world renowned PDAC convention offers students a unique opportunity to meet industry professionals.

Submit your application today!

PDAC Ambassador Program
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Resumé Review

Sign up onsite at the Student Hub for a consultation with a geoscience professional who will review your resumé and discuss personalized networking techniques. Students are encouraged to bring a copy of their resumé to the session.

PDAC-CIM Toronto Branch Guided Tours

These tours are a great way to become acquainted with the 1,000+ companies that exhibit in the Trade Show and Investors Exchange. Each tour stop will last approximately seven minutes and will focus on the exploration and/or production aspects of the company’s projects and career opportunities. 

Sunday March 3 1:00 pm
Monday March 4 10:00 am & 1:00 pm
Tuesday March 5 10:00 am & 2:30 pm

Sign up onsite at the Student Hub. 

Student Friendly Companies that are participating at the PDAC 2019 Convention

Sunday March 3
9:30 - 11:30 am

Impress for success

Impress for Success is user-friendly road map and guide to help students and graduates effectively and confidently navigate their way around the PDAC convention. Attendees will learn techniques to effectively and confidently market themselves as unique difference makers at networking opportunities including luncheons, receptions and throughout the conference. This presentation is suitable for students, graduates and professionals.

Sunday March 3
2:00 - 4:00 pm 

Flash Mentoring 

This is an opportunity to meet mentors and mentees in the PDAC’s Mentoring program, expand your network and speak with industry professionals. Flash mentoring is a one-time meeting and discussion with industry mentors. This event is open to students undergraduates, graduate students and students who have graduated within the last three years.

Mentors: Share your experience with students and recent graduates!  Register today!

Mentees: Registration is now closed.

Monday March 4
2:00 - 4:00 pm 

Deal or no deal: the art and science of project strategy

This is an interactive experience for students and early-career individuals to gain an understanding of how decisions are made at the management level and what it takes to advance a mineral exploration project.

Role-playing as managers, participants will work through a strategy exercise with their team with a goal of maximizing the value of their project. In the real world, the fortunes of a project depend on many factors which are beyond the control of the decision makers. In this exercise, the roll of the dice will play a part, but the key to success is planning ahead and adapting your strategy to make the most of the hand that you're dealt including unforeseen circumstances!

Space is limited so be sure to arrive early to get a spot at this exciting new session designed by Osisko Mining, Next Gen Geo, and the PDAC.

Tuesday March 5
10:00 am - 6:00 pm 

PDAC-SEG Student Minerals Colloquium

PDAC is pleased to partner with the Mineral Exploration Research Centre, the Goodman School of Mines, Metal Earth and the Society of Economic Geologists Canada Foundation in sponsoring the 10th Annual Student Minerals Colloquium. This event is hosted by the SEG Student Chapters at Laurentian University and the Ottawa Carleton Geoscience Centre. One hundred poster presentations, highlighting current research on mineral deposits and related studies by students from across North America, will be featured.

Tuesday March 5
11:30 am - 1:30 pm 

Student-Industry Networking Luncheon

This reception-style buffet luncheon provides an opportunity for students and recent graduates to connect with industry professionals in a relaxed environment. Join us for the presentation of the Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award and the Joan Bath and Peter Howe Bursary for Advancement in the Mineral Industry will be announced, as well as the selected 2019 Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW) participants.

There will be a draw for the annual tuition top-up awards; proof of student membership is required to claim the award.

RSVP when you register for the Convention