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The word’s mineral exploration and mining industry will again come together in downtown Toronto for the annual Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) Convention from 1 – 4 March 2020, marking the 88th year for this iconic event.

Toronto is known as the mining investment capital of the world, and the annual PDAC Convention—the sector’s unofficial temperature gauge – is set to bring another unrivaled lineup of programmes, speakers, investment opportunities and networking to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

This article first appeared in Mining Review Africa Issue 1, 2020

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More than 25 000 attendees from 132 countries attended in 2019, including analysts, mining executives, geologists, prospectors, investors, students, and government officials.

“The PDAC Convention is the one event the mineral exploration and mining industry cannot afford to miss,” says PDAC president Felix Lee.

“It is the only place where professionals and companies can connect every year to best position themselves and their companies for the year ahead. For me, 2020 will be my 32nd consecutive year attending.”

Highly-acclaimed programmes – such as the Capital Markets Program, Indigenous Program, Short Courses, Sustainability Program and Technical Program – will return, along with a Keynote Program focussed on discoveries of the 21st century.

The International Mines Ministers’ Summit (IMMS)—a unique event bringing together Mines Ministers from around the world—is returning for the fifth consecutive year.

Co-hosted with the World Economic Forum, the IMMS provides a communal setting for sharing insights and taking part in discussions that are aimed at enhancing the positive impacts the industry can provide to communities and regions globally.

“More than 130 countries are consistently represented at the PDAC Convention, and one of the top reasons for this is the learning opportunities,” adds Lee.

“In addition to regular programming, the IMMS offers a unique platform for international mining leaders to share their knowledge with others who work in similar roles, but in other parts of the world. It’s a rare meeting opportunity that we are proud to provide.”