May 17, 2020

Everything You Need to Know about the 2015 PDAC International Convention

Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada
6 min
Everything You Need to Know about the 2015 PDAC International Convention
For people, companies and organizations in the mining industry, the must-attend event each year is the PDAC International Convention, Trade Show & I...

For people, companies and organizations in the mining industry, the must-attend event each year is the PDAC International Convention, Trade Show & Investors Exchange in Canada.  

Established in 1932, the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is one of the most respected and successful mineral industry associations in the world. It strives to promote a responsible, vibrant and sustainable Canadian mineral exploration and development sector.

Located at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Canada, the annual four-day conference (March 1-4) unites over 1,000 exhibitors, 25,000 attendees and investors from 120 countries. Attendees will have the opportunity to join technical sessions and short courses, as well as social and networking events.

Date and Venue Info:

Sunday, March 1 – Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Metro Toronto Convention Centre 
222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON

Registration: After February 20, tickets must be purchased onsite at the Ticket Sales counter beginning Friday, February 27.  Click here for more information.

Contact: Kathleen Napier, Media Relations, PDAC

P: 416-356-7219

E: [email protected]

For onsite services (E-Center, lounge, shuttle services, free water, places to eat, etc.) click here.

Can’t Miss Events:

PDAC Awards Evening

Canadian Room (Fairmont Royal York Hotel)

Monday, March 2

6:00-11:00 pm

Tickets: $125 each

Table of 10: $1,125

This hallmark event honors individual and organizations for their significant contributions to the Canadian mineral industry. The evening begins with a hosted reception, followed by a three-course dinner, fine wine and live jazz music.

8th Annual Women in Mining International Reception

MTCC, North building
Room 10
Tuesday, March 3
3:00 - 5:00 pm

Hosted by Women in Mining Canada, the global networking opportunity is designed to bring together industry leaders, academia, employers, students and job seekers from around the world.

Mining Night

Canadian Room (Fairmont Royal York Hotel)

Tuesday, March 3

9:00-12:00 pm

This is one of the biggest mining networking opportunities of the event. Admission includes two free draft beer or soft drink tickets, cash bar available, and dance floor.

Surf’s UP Soirée

Canadian Room (Fairmont Royal York Hotel)

Wednesday, March 4

6:00-12:00 PM

Tickets: $125 each

Table of 10: $1,125

This event includes cocktails, dinner, and dancing. Play the Caribbean tud poker in the Casino and take home a souvenir at the photo booth.

6:00-7:00 PM – Host Bar Reception

6:00-7:00 PM – Silent Auction

7:00-8:30 PM – Dinner

8:30-12:00 PM – Entertainment

9:00-10:30 PM - Casino

Trade Show Reception

MTCC, North Building

Trade Show North, Level 300

Monday, March 2: 4:00-6:00 pm

Tuesday, March 3: 4:00-6:00 pm

This event is for exhibitors from international and domestic companies and organizations to netwrok. 

Media Reception

Imperial Room (Fairmont Royal York Hotel)

Sunday, March 1

5:30-7:00 pm

The Honorable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance, will be speaking.

Event programs:

Aboriginal Program

PDAC actively promotes greater understanding and co-operation between Aboriginal communities and the mineral industry in Canada in our programming at Convention.

Capital Markets Program

The Capital Markets Program is intended to create a forum for learning and dialogue on a range of topics related to the financing of mineral exploration.

Corporate Presentation Forum for Investors

The Corporate Presentation Forum for Investors is a popular series that features up-to-the-minute information on select exploration and development companies’ current activities and investment potential. 

CSR Event Series

This series of events facilitates multi-stakeholder dialogue and peer learning on issues related to social and environmental performance in the exploration and mining industry. 

Letter Writer Presentations for Investors

Top newsletter writers present their charts, thoughts and ideas on how to select good investments in the resources sector. 

Open Session

The purpose of the Open Session is to allow companies an additional opportunity to inform convention visitors about their policy and technical driven presentations. 

Presentation & Reception Rooms

Presentation & Reception Rooms are a great way to enhance an organization’s visibility, launch a product, present a workshop, meet clients and prospects and/or make a presentation about your mining jurisdiction or company. 

Short Course

Short Courses are provided as a more in-depth educational session led by presenters who hold expertise in a variety of different subject matters. Space is limited for all Short Courses pre and post show.  

Student Program

PDAC offers students a unique opportunity to network with industry professionals from all over the world. Over 1,600 students from across Canada, the USA and internationally attend each year.

Technical Program

Hear the experiences of industry experts and your peers on next and best practices. These sessions allow delegates to listen to expert's views and gain timely insights that can be utilized right away.


• Teck

• Barrick Gold

• IBK Capital Corp.

• Goldcorp

• Rio Tinto

• Ernst & Young

• PwC

• Vale

• Toronto Stock Exchange

• Lundin Gold Inc.

• Anglo American

• Franco Nevada Corporation


• Deloitte

Silver Wheaton

PDAC Spokespeople:

Rodney Thomas, President

Throughout his career, Rod has worked in mineral exploration and development in both the senior and junior mining sectors as an exploration geologist and executive. Rod is a strong advocate of the mineral exploration and development industry as a primary driver of wealth creation in Canada and around the world.

Rod initially got involved with the PDAC in the early 1990s by helping out with the convention’s nascent Investors Exchange that had 18 booths at the time. He later enhanced the Core Shack and eventually chaired the PDAC Convention during the rapid growth period of 2006 to 2008 when attendance nearly doubled in a three-year period. 

Andrew Cheatle, Executive Director

Andrew Cheatle is the Executive Director of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC). As a Professional Geoscientist and graduate of the Royal School of Mines at Imperial College London, Andrew has worked in mining and mineral exploration in both the senior and junior mining sectors as an exploration geologist, mine geologist manager and executive.

Prior to joining the PDAC, Andrew served as President and Chief Executive Officer, Director at Unigold Inc. where he oversaw the delivery of the company’s gold mineral resource at its flagship property in the Dominican Republic.

Quick Facts:

2014 PDAC conference statistics

Total number of convention attendees = 25,122
Percentage of international attendees = 24%
Outside Canada the largest number of attendees came from: United States, Australia, Peru, England, Mexico,  Chile, China, Brazil,  Argentina, Germany, France and South Africa
Number of countries represented = 103
Number of student attendees = 1,252
Number of self-identified Aboriginal attendees = more than 500
Number of accredited media = 374

2013 PDAC conference statistics

Total number of convention attendees = 30,147
Percentage of international attendees = 25%
Outside Canada the largest number of attendees came from: United States, Australia, Peru, Mexico, England, China, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, South Africa & Turkey
Number of countries represented = 126
Number of student delegates = 1,666
Number of accredited media = 398

“We’re really excited to be attending the 2015 PDAC conference,” said Laura Lepore, Director of Investor Relations for Crocodile Gold. “For the first time ever, we’ll be giving a presentation with our Head of Exploration in Australia, Mark Edwards, speaking on our operations and strategies.”

The Crocodile Gold presentation will be Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Booth 2533 from 3:00-5:00 pm.

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Jun 29, 2021

Vale invests $150mn to extend life of Manitoba operations

battery metals
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Vale’s $150mn investment in operations at Thompson, Manitoba will extend mine life by 10 years

Vale has announced a $150mn CAD investment to extend current mining activities in Thompson, Manitoba by 10 years while aggressive exploration drilling of known orebodies holds the promise of mining well past 2040.

Global energy transition is boosting the market for nickel

The Thompson Mine Expansion is a two-phase project. The announcement represents Phase 1 and includes critical infrastructure such as new ventilation raises and fans, increased backfill capacity and additional power distribution. The changes are forecast to improve current production by 30%.

“This is the largest single investment we have made in our Thompson operations in the past two decades,” said Mark Travers, Executive Vice-President for Base Metals with Vale. “It is significant news for our employees, for the Thompson community and for the Province of Manitoba.

“The global movement to electric vehicles, renewable energies and carbon reduction has shone a welcome spotlight on nickel – positioning the metal we mine as a key contributor to a greener future and boosting world demand. We are proud that Thompson can be part of that future and part of the low carbon solution.”

Vale continues drilling program at Manitoba

Coupled with today’s announcement, Vale is continuing an extensive drilling program to further define known orebodies and search for new mineralization.

“This $150mn investment is just one part of our ambitious Thompson turnaround story. It is an indicator of our confidence in a long future for the Thompson operations,” added Dino Otranto, Chief Operating Officer for Vale’s North Atlantic Base Metals operations.

“Active collaboration between our design team, technical services, USW Local 6166, and our entire Thompson workforce has delivered a safe, efficient and fit-for-purpose plan that will enable us to extract the Thompson nickel resources for many years to come.”

The Thompson orebody was first discovered in 1956 by Vale (then known as Inco) following the adoption of new exploration technology and the largest exploration program to-date in the company’s history.  Mining of the Thompson orebody began in 1961.

“We see the lighting of a path forward to a sustainable and prosperous future for Vale Base Metals in Manitoba,” said Gary Annett, General Manager of Vale’s Manitoba Operations.

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