Student & Early Career Program at the PDAC 2021 Convention 

The world renowned PDAC Convention offers students and early-career individuals 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.

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. 

Volunteer Opportunities

 Build your network, learn about careers in the industry, and attend engaging presentations to stay up to date on exciting industry developments. 
Save money and network with industry professionals while attending the Virtual Convention! Volunteer your time in exchange for a complimentary Student All Access Pass.


Student & Early Career Centre

The Student & Early Career Centre will host Resumé Review sessions and information on
Student & Early Career programming and engagement opportunities.

Resume Review

Book a meeting at the Student & Early Career Centre with Patrick McAndless or “Geodude”, a retired award winning geoscientist, who will review your resume and discuss personalised networking techniques to help you market yourself as a unique difference maker.

Flash Mentoring

Thursday March 11, 11:30 - 1:00 pm EST 

Flash mentoring is a one-time meeting and discussion with between industry mentors and students, recent graduates and early career individuals. This is an opportunity to expand your network and connect with PDAC Convention delegates.
Mentors are volunteers from all areas of the exploration and mining industry.   
Mentees are 3rd and 4th year undergraduates, final year college students, graduate students and students who have graduated within the last two years.

Registration for this event is closed. 

All participants must be registered PDAC 2021 Convention delegates. Zoom is required for this event.

Next Generation Explorers Award (NGEA™)

The 2021 finalists of this international geoscience student competition will present their submissions on transforming modern, pre-competitive global datasets into their interpretation of the subsurface geology and mineralisation targets.
They will be judged by a panel of mining industry leaders and professionals based on innovation, data integration, exploration significance, team collaboration and diversity.
This is a two-part event. The first will feature the six finalist presentations and the second event will be an interview and panel discussion with the judges and teams.

The NGEA™ was founded in honour of Frank Arnott (1951-2009), an exceptional exploration industry leader who championed innovative techniques that maximised the value of multidisciplinary data underpinning mineral exploration campaigns worldwide.

Finalist Presentations: Tuesday, March 9, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm EST 
Judges' Interview: Wednesday, March 10, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EST

PDAC-SEG Student Minerals Colloquium

March 8-11

The SMC brings together geoscience students and industry professionals at PDAC, which is the world's largest minerals and mining industry conference.
For the first time in its history, the Colloquium will be held virtually, featuring  poster presentations highlighting current research on mineral deposits and related studies by students from around the world. This poster session provides industry professionals with an opportunity to support and stay current with ongoing international research from students across the world. Posters will be available from March 8-11.


#studentfriendly Company Program 

March 8-11

Participation in the #studentfriendly Company Program will encourage students and early career individuals to visit your booth on the specific dates and times of your choice. This is an opportunity for companies to showcase their projects and more while increasing their corporate profile. Companies that participate in this program will be designated #studentfriendly, and thus searchable using this criteria by all Convention delegates. 
If you would like to participate in this program submit a completed application form by Mar 2, 2021. 

List of #studentfriendly companies