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.

We are in the process of adapting this program to a new virtual format. More details will be shared in the coming weeks.




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. 

Information will be posted in the coming weeks as we adapt the program to a virtual format. 

Volunteer Opportunities

The world renowned PDAC Convention offers students a unique opportunity to volunteer at the event and connect with industry professionals from around the world. Build your network, learn about careers in the industry, and attend engaging presentations to stay up to date on exciting industry developments. 

We are in the process of adapting this program to a new virtual format. More details will be shared in the coming weeks.

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 a geoscience professional who will review your resumé and discuss personalised networking techniques with you.

Flash Mentoring

Flash mentoring is a one-time meeting and discussion with industry mentors. This is an opportunity to expand your network and connect with industry professionals. 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. Registration will open in January.


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. 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.

PDAC-SEG Student Minerals Colloquium

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  100 poster presentations highlighting current research on mineral deposits and related studies by students from around the world. 

Students who would like to present a poster at the event and participate in the virtual competition must register. The call for abstracts closes on January 22, 2021 at midnight EST.  Visit https://merc.laurentian.ca/seg-smc-register for details. 


Student Friendly Company Program 


An opportunity to meet companies that are interested in sharing their projects and job opportunities with students and recent graduates.