Over the last twenty years, the Canadian exploration and mining industry has successfully leveraged its domestic expertise (and the end of the Cold War) to go global, establishing Canada as a world leader in mineral exploration and development in particular. As a result, Canadian companies now explore and mine around the world, with Canadian Mining Assets Abroad (CMAA) totaling over $170 billion in 2015, in 102 countries. This accounts for two-thirds of all mining assets owned by Canadian companies. Canadian-headquartered companies regularly account for the largest portion of global nonferrous mineral exploration budgets (approximately 30% in 2016).
Along with the globalization of the industry, the PDAC Convention has also globalized, with delegates from over 130 countries attending the 2017 Convention. PDAC membership has also globalized, with non-Canadian members accounting for 27% of individual members and 23% of corporate members in 2017.
PDAC undertakes activities, or supports international activities by other program areas, related to the following goals:
Director, Policy & Programs