As the COVID‑19 pandemic continues to affect travel and large gatherings in Ontario and across Canada, it is difficult to predict what 2021 will bring. In light of the ongoing uncertainty of the situation, PDAC has therefore made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW). While we are extremely disappointed that Canada’s top geoscience students will miss this exclusive learning opportunity, the health and safety of participants, staff and volunteers is our top priority. We look forward to S‑IMEW returning next year.

Twenty-six of the top Canadian geoscience post-secondary students were selected to attend the annual workshop.

During S‑IMEW 2019, students participated in lectures, presentations and field exercises that gave them insight into exploration techniques and mineral deposits, geophysics, geochemistry, regulatory requirements, environmental sciences, health and safety, corporate social responsibility and much more. They also had the opportunity to tour the Glencore Smelter, visit an active exploration drill site and go on underground mine tours at various Vale mines.

A four-day field trip took the students to Rouyn-Noranda and Val d'Or, Quebec, to explore the geology of those mining camps and parts of the Abitibi Greenstone belt. In Quebec they learned about Noranda geology with Dr. Ross Sherlock and spent a day with El Dorado Lamaque exploring the old Lamaque open pit mine and doing a core logging exercise.

Networking is an important aspect of the workshop and students had  the opportunity to meet and mingle with over 90 volunteers from the exploration and mining industry who participated in the workshop. 

Alan Coutts, President & CEO, Noront Resources, gave the opening keynote address at the Welcome Reception on May 3 at Dynamic Earth. 

We are pleased to have the continued support of Osisko Mining Inc. as the Premier sponsor of the workshop. The success of our workshop relies heavily on the support and sponsorship from our industry partners. Sponsorship of the workshop is an excellent way to raise the profile of your organization while supporting the future of our industry.

We thank all our sponsors for their continuing support of this important workshop.

To view photos from previous workshops visit the S‑IMEW Media Gallery 

For more information contact Krishana Michaud, [email protected]

Exp mapping 2019

S-IMEW 2019 students during a grid mapping exercise with Wallbridge Mining.