Welcome Message from the President, PDAC 2020

Published on: February 10, 2020
Author: Editor

There are countless reasons for attending the PDAC Convention in Toronto each year. While the weather is most likely not one of them given the time of year, you can bet that everyone is there in some way, shape or form for the unbeatable networking opportunities the event offers.

Whether it’s making new business contacts, reconnecting with former colleagues, finding the next job, or browsing the latest investment prospects, people are at the centre of it all. And why wouldn’t they be? Mineral exploration and mining is a vast, international industry with a plethora of personalities— and the annual PDAC Convention is the perfect setting to see it unfold before your very eyes.

PDAC 2020 marks the 88th year for the event. While I’m no stranger to it, this will be my first year attending as President of the association—a role I’m honoured to have, especially during a time of transition and excitement for the sector.

Minerals and metals have always had the great potential to support the development of communities and nations looking to capitalize on their natural resources. Today, they are a key ingredient in the global movement towards a low carbon economy.

Setting the bar high in 2019 we welcomed 25,843 attendees from 132 countries. This included more than 500 self-identified Indigenous Peoples and Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

It was also our first year expanding Trade Show North to meet the growing exhibitor demand.

In addition to an exceptional lineup of programs, Short Courses, events, speakers and exhibitors, Catherine Raw, Chief Operating Officer, North America at Barrick Gold Corporation will present at the Mineral Outlook Luncheon to discuss merger and acquisitions in the mining sector and the return of the mega deal. The International Mines Ministers’ Summit, a special platform for ministers who are responsible for mining around the world to come together, will return for its fifth year.

To stay informed of the latest news and information about PDAC 2020: The World’s Premier Mineral Exploration and Mining Convention, visit www.pdac.ca/convention.

I look forward to welcoming you to the event!

Felix Lee

Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada


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