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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May 8, 2021

Global iron ore production to recover by 5.1% in 2021

Iron ore
Anglo American
2 min
After COVID-19 hit iron ore output by 3% 2020, GlobalData analysis points to 5.1% uptick in 2021

Global iron ore production fell by 3% to 2.2bnt in 2020. Global production is expected  to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.7% to 2,663.4Mt between 2021 to 2025. The key contributors to this grow will be Brazil (6.2%), South Africa (4.1%), Australia (3.2%) and India (2.9%). Key upcoming projects expected to commence operations include South Flank in Australia (2021), Zulti in South Africa (H2 2021), Serrote Da Laje in Brazil (H2 2021) and Gudai-Darri (2022), according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Iron Ore

Vinneth Bajaj, Associate Project Manager at GlobalData, comments: “Declines from Brazil and India were major contributors to the reduced output in 2020. Combined production from these two countries fell from a collective 638.2Mt in 2019 to an estimated 591.1Mt in 2020. The reduced output from the iron ore giant, Vale, was the key factor behind Brazil’s reduced output, while delays in the auctioning of mines in Odisha affected India’s output in 2020.

“Miners in Australia were relatively unaffected by COVID-19 due to effective measures adopted by the Australian Government, while a speedy recovery in China led to a significant 10.4% increase in the country’s iron ore output.”


Looking ahead, the global iron ore production is expected to increase by 111.3Mt to 2,302.5Mt in 2021. Rio Tinto is expected to produce up to 340Mt of iron ore, while BHP has released production guidance of 245–255Mt, supported by the start of the Samarco project in December, which is expected to produce between 1–2Mt.The company has retained its guidance for Australian mines at 276–286Mt on a 100% basis, due to scheduled maintenance work at its ore handling plant and tie-in activity at the Area C mine and South-Flank mine.

Anglo American

Bajaj added: “The remaining companies are expected to produce more than 600Mt of iron ore, including FMG, whose production is expected to range between 175–180Mt supported by its Eliwana mine that commenced operations in late December 2020, and Anglo American, which is expecting to produce between 64–67Mt. Vale is expected to resume 40Mt of its production capacity, taking its overall production capacity to 350Mt in 2021, with production guidance of 315-335Mt.”

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