Dec '16/Jan '17

Solid prospects for PDAC 2017

By Cecilia Keating

PDAC COO Lisa McDonald is confident that this year’s turnout will not dip from last year’s attendance of 22,000 | Courtesy of PDAC

Water, access to capital and operating in a “carbon-constrained world” will be key focuses at PDAC 2017, taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre March 5-8.

Lukas Lundin, chairman of Lundin Mining; Mark Bristow, CEO of Randgold Resources; and Roque Benavides Ganoza, president of Compañia de Minas Buenaventura, will share insights into how to adapt to market changes and overcome geopolitical risk in the conference’s keynote session on what drives success in the industry.

PDAC COO Lisa McDonald said she has seen the conference evolve “not just in size, but in programming and content” over the 18 years she has been involved. The conference’s popular aboriginal program and CSR event series are both growing, with the latter stretching over four days instead of its usual two for the first time.

While attendance figures have dwindled in line with the industry’s downturn, McDonald is confident that turnout will not dip from last year’s attendance of 22,000. “All of our early indicators at this point have been positive,” she said. More than 900 exhibitors are expected.

Smaller attendance figures in recent years have not bruised PDAC’s significance on the international stage. Last year’s event drew representatives from 125 countries, and a similar figure is expected this year. “It’s a must-attend event for countries looking to promote their jurisdictions,” said McDonald. The show’s International Mines Ministers’ Summit, now in its second year, provides a crucial platform for government leaders from across the world to collaborate. “Where else can you meet with the ministers of mines or an official delegation from Chile, Greenland, and Mongolia on the same day?” said McDonald.

Following the success of last year’s exhibition, The Royal Ontario Museum’s Kirwin minerals collection will return to the trade floor.

PDAC 2017 Award Winners

Bill Dennis Award Val d’Or Exploration Team, Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Distinguished Service Award Neil Gow

Environmental & Social Responsibility Award Teranga Gold Corporation

Skookum Jim Award Peter Moses

Special Achievement Award Women’s Association of the Mining Industry of Canada (WAMIC)

Thayer Lindsley Award Peter Megaw, Mag Silver

Viola R. MacMillan Award De Beers Group of Companies & Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. for the Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine

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