Student & Early Career Program At 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.

Krishana Michaud
Manager, Student Program
416-362-1969, Ext. 297
[email protected]ca

Industry Involvement at the PDAC Convention

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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Convention Travel Funding

The PDAC has set up a Convention Travel Fund to help student groups cover the costs of getting to Toronto. Funding is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline to apply for funding is February 1, 2019. 

2019 PDAC Convention Travel Fund Application Form

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 participated in PDAC 2018 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 3rd and 4th year undergraduates, final year college students, graduate students and students who have graduated within the last three years.

Registration for this event will open in January.

Monday March 5
1:00 – 3:00 pm 

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

An interactive exercise targeted towards students and early career professionals who are interested in how strategic decisions are made to advance an exploration project.

Tuesday March 4
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.

Present your poster at the PDAC Convention!

Submit your abstract here by January 13, 2019.  

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