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AWARD: PDAC to host 2021 Frank Arnott prize

Frank Arnott championed innovative exploration techniques. (Image: Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada)

TORONTO – The Frank Arnott Award Committee is delighted to announce that the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) will proudly host the inaugural Frank Arnott – Next Generation Explorers Award focused exclusively on bringing together the education and mineral resource sectors to address key industry challenges around the utilisation and interpretation of exploration-relevant data.

The Frank Arnott challenge is intended to provide a means for geoscience students to “bridge the real world skills gap” by working collaboratively on an unstructured problem that will hone both their university acquired and collaborative group skillsets on relevant applications used in the minerals exploration industry.

“The future success of our industry and its ability to create prosperity and positive change for communities around the world rests in future generations leading the way,” says PDAC president Felix Lee. “These students will develop and define the landscape of tomorrow, and we are honored that the best and brightest will gather and be recognized at PDAC 2021.”

This challenge is open to students who are either currently enrolled in an undergraduate or post-graduate earth science degree. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate within multi-disciplinary groups, gain hands-on experience working with modern data types encountered in real-world employment scenarios, improve leadership and team-based soft skills, receive feedback and recognition by the mineral exploration industry, as well as expand industry networks and employment opportunities.

The finalist presentations and awards ceremony for Frank Arnott – Next Generation Explorers Award will take place during the PDAC convention in March 2021.

The Next Generation Explorers Award is a non-profit organization, made up of volunteers, that are committed to supporting our future generation of explorers through collaborative and relevant events like the Frank Arnott Award. For further information on participating or sponsorship, please go to

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