Don’t miss 81st annual PDAC International Convention, Trade Show and Investor Exchange
By Lisa Fattori
Preparations for the 2013 PDAC International Convention, Trade Show and Investors Exchange are well underway, with exciting venues and activities planned for this year’s event. Held from March 3rd – 6th, 2013, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the PDAC is a must-see, providing the world’s mineral industry with the opportunity to meet over 1,000 exhibitors, as well as more than 30,000 attendees from 125 countries. Show visitors can also attend technical sessions and short courses, and have the opportunity to socialize and network at several events.
For the 81st annual PDAC, attendees have access to 400 trade show and 600 investors-exchange exhibitors that include exploration and mining companies, drilling equipment and services companies, consultants, law firms, stock exchanges and more. Visitors can learn about the latest in satellite communications, software products and remote sensing and mapping technologies. The show and convention appeals to a wide range of people, including exploration and development professionals, geoscientists, mining service sector representatives, sales and marketing professionals, and students.
Organized by the Canadian Association of Mining Equipment and Services for Export (CAMESE), the PDAC Innovation Forum gives trade-show exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their innovations. Presentations provide information about new products and services, exploration developments, discoveries, legislation changes, and recent technical or commercial successes. There is no charge for this opportunity and eligible presentations are promoted through advertising, signage and listing in guides and programs that are distributed to convention attendees.
The Core Shack is another popular PDAC venue, and gives participants the opportunity to share with fellow explorers and developers exciting drilling, trenching and outcrop samples. Attendees can see potentially economic grades and widths associated with an emerging or potential resource from active mines, as well as re-activated mines and extensions or satellites to existing operations. There are two sessions planned for the Core Shack company displays, on March 3rd – 4th, and March 5th – 6th.
Other highlights of PDAC 2013 include the Corporate Presentation Forum for Investors and the presentation of policy and technical papers at the convention’s Open Session. From Monday, March 4th to Wednesday, March 6th, there are special lunchtime events planned that include the Mineral Outlook Luncheon, International Panel Luncheon and the Student-Industry Networking Luncheon. At Wednesday’s Innovation Luncheon, Perrin Beatty, president and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, will be the guest speaker. Beatty’s presentation, “How Canada has transformed its resources endowment into a global competitive advantage,” will focus on Canada’s innovation and competitiveness in the global market.
Evening functions include a welcome reception on Sunday, March 3rd in the Canadian Room at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The Awards Evening, Mining Night, and Gala events, all at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, give attendees the opportunity to mix and mingle at fun-filled events. PDAC 2013 will also include the Sixth Annual PDAC-Caracle Cup Hockey Tournament at Canlan Ice Sports on Saturday, March 2nd. Throughout the day, spectators can cheer on 16 sponsored teams, each vying for the prestigious Caracle Cup.
Those interested in learning more about PDAC 2013 can visit www.pdac.ca. Find out about the latest news, show highlights and registration information. The website provides a wealth of information for show exhibitors and attendees, including shuttle service and a listing of available accommodations at local hotels.