Toronto, CanadaThe Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) welcomed 23 578 attendees from over 100 countries to its annual convention. While this number is impressive, especially in relation to other international mining conferences, it is down on previous years. In 2014 it boasted numbers in excess of 25 000.

The crowd included investors, analysts, mining executives, geologists, government officials and students who made the annual pilgrimage to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) for the largest exploration and mining event in the world.

“We consider this a very successful year, attendee feedback has been extremely positive and the number of attendees is similar to last year,” says PDAC President Rod Thomas. “The quality of networking and learning opportunities continues to be a prime attractor for attendees.”

The PDAC 2015 Convention started with a series of positive announcements supporting Canada’s mineral exploration and mining industry, including the federal government’s renewal of the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit (METC) and the appointment of Jeffrey Davidson as Canada’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Counsellor for the extractive sector.

The federal government, in partnership with the Ontario government, jointly announced the study of an all-weather transportation corridor in the Ring of Fire region. In addition, the Government of Canada signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Republic of South Africa during PDAC 2015.

“The provincial and federal governments in Canada are important partners in creating conditions that allow the mineral industry to flourish nationally and internationally,” says PDAC Executive Director Andrew Cheatle. “We look forward to further building upon the constructive activities that occurred at PDAC 2015.”

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