Registrations for the mining industry’s major annual networking and educational event have increased by almost 50% ahead of this year’s convention in March.

The 2012 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention will take place in Toronto on March 4-7. Organizers say the surge in early registration for the event reflects both its popularity and the current health of the mineral industry.

“The convention has really hit its stride in terms of its place in the global mineral industry. Over the years it has grown into the industry’s premier annual event. Last year we had more than 27,000 participants from 120 different countries – we’re seeing very strong interest again this year, both at home and internationally, which is very exciting," says PDAC president Scott Jobin-Bevans.

PDAC executive director Ross Gallinger says, “Since the 1990s, the convention has really gone international. It’s remarkable the number of international delegates and exhibitors the convention draws, nowhere else are people in the mineral industry able to network and learn on this scale.”

The 2012 convention program includes technical best practice talks, a trade show, investors exchange, aboriginal and student forums, and a core shack featuring the world’s latest mineral discoveries.

Ross Gallinger says, “We look forward to another tremendous event in 2012, with expanded exhibition space and programming, an impressive list of speakers for our technical sessions, and innovative new touches like our mobile convention app.

“It’s not just about increasing our numbers as our goal is to maintain the quality of the technical program and the overall convention experience."

PDAC is a national association representing the mineral exploration and development industry, with 7695 individual members. It encourages the highest standards of technical, environmental, safety and social practices in Canada and internationally. Early registration closes on February 3.

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