With just over two weeks before the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) kicks off its annual convention, organizers are preparing for more than 30,000 delegates to attend.

The global mineral industry will converge on Toronto from March 3-6 to participate in what’s become the world’s biggest annual mining and exploration convention.

“Canada leads all countries with 18% of the world’s mineral exploration spending and Toronto is the global capital of mining finance – it makes sense that we host the industry’s most important networking and education event here,” says PDAC president Glenn Nolan.

This year’s convention will be the 81st, attracting investors, analysts, mining executives, geologists, prospectors and international government delegations from across the world. A quarter of the delegates attending last year’s convention were international guests.

PDAC executive director Ross Gallinger says, “The convention is designed to help the sector find the creative answers it needs to meet the challenges it faces. Programming reflects economic and industry trends, and aims to provide networking and educational opportunities to encourage a healthy mineral exploration industry.”

The 2013 program features 22 sessions with industry experts, a trade show with 445 exhibitors, a prospectors tent, a corporate social responsibility workshop series and investors exchange featuring 580 exhibitors.

PDAC is a national organization representing more than 10,000 members of Canada’s mineral exploration and development industry.


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