Student & Early Career Program at the PDAC 2020 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 & Early Career Centre
How to Impress for Success
Flash Mentoring
Student-Industry Networking Luncheon

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Don't forget to check in at the Student & Early Career Centre!

The Student & Early Career Centre is located on Level 800 across from the Trade Show. The Centre organises registration for the guided tours of the Trade Shows and Investors Exchange, and offers resources and opportunities for student and early career attendees. 

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.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Save money and network with industry professionals during the Convention! Volunteer your time in exchange for a complimentary Student All Access Pass, a ticket to the Student-Industry Networking Luncheon, a gift card, food vouchers and more.

Click here to access the volunteer application form.

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Convention Travel Funding

The PDAC has set up a Convention Travel Fund to help student groups currently enrolled at a Canadian post-secondary institution 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 7, 2020.

Convention Travel Fund Application Form

PDAC-CIM Toronto Branch Guided Tours

Meet some of the 1000+ companies that exhibit in the Trade Show and Investors Exchange by taking a guided tour of the exhibits. Each tour stop will allow you to learn about the focus of the organisation’s projects and potential career opportunities.

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

Sign up onsite at the Student & Early Career Centre. 

Student Friendly Companies that participated in the PDAC 2019 Convention

Saturday February 29
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Prospect Generation Challenge

Hosted by Next Gen Geo and PDAC, the Prospect Generation Challenge is a “Dragons’ Den” style event for students and early-career geoscientists to pitch their original ideas for mineral exploration prospects.

Five finalists for each of two categories - Undergraduate and Early-Career - will be chosen in advance. They will compete for cash prizes and investment as they present their ideas to the judges and an audience at PDAC 2020. Submit your idea or come out and support the finalists.

Submission deadline: Jan 24, 2020

Sunday March 1
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 two years.

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

Mentees: Get your questions answered from experienced industry professionals! Register today!

Monday March 2
9:30 - 11:30 am

{De}Risk – Project strategy for junior explorers

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 advanced stage exploration 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 session designed by Osisko Mining, Next Gen Geo, and the PDAC.

Monday March 2
1:30 – 4:00 pm

A student geologist’s guide to the exploration and mining industry

This event is designed to help students successfully transition from the classroom to the workforce. Speakers from various areas of the industry will share their experiences and discuss what they look for when hiring students and recent graduates. Participants will also gain insight into understanding the economics of the sector, expectations of that first job, pitfalls to avoid, and the lifestyle associated with working in exploration and mining.

Speakers at this event:

Cathy Wood: Co-founder/CEO, Ground Truth Exploration Inc.
David A. Thomas: Investment Committee Member, Resource Capital Funds
Geneviève Krasowski: Production Geologist, KGHM International Ltd.
Glenn Mullan: Chair/CEO, Golden Valley Mines Ltd
Linette MacInnis: Senior Production Geologist, Impala Canada
Valérie Maltais: Environment Superintendent, Couer Silvertip Holdings Inc.

Tuesday March 3
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

PDAC-SEG Student Minerals Colloquium

The Student Minerals Colloquium (SMC) brings together geoscience students and industry professionals to highlight innovative student research on projects essential for the successful evolution of the modern mining industry. This event provides industry professionals with an opportunity to support and stay current with ongoing international research from students across the world. Please join us in celebrating future leaders in mineral deposits, geophysics, environmental sustainability, and experimental studies at this year’s SMC!

Present your research at the convention!

The date to submit Abstracts has now passed.

Tuesday March 3
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Student-Industry Networking Luncheon

This reception-style buffet luncheon provides an opportunity for students, early career and industry professionals to network in a relaxed environment.  The recipients of the Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award and the Joan Bath and Peter Howe Bursaries for Advancement in the Mineral Industry will be announced, as well as the selected 2020 Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW) students.

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