TORONTO – The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada announced that delegate attendance topped 25,000 for the fourth consecutive year. The tally was 25,122 investors, analysts, mining executives, geologists, government officials, students and international delegations.
The highlight of the convention was a visit from Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He araticipated in a question and answer session on Monday with incoming PDAC president Rodney Thomas during which Harper championed federal support for Canada's mining industry. He pledged support for junior explorers, responsible development, a streamlined review of new projects, and the availability of skilled workers. The Prime Minister was accompanied by 49 federal parliamentarians.
The PDAC hosts 20 international mines ministers, a new record. Said PDAC executive director ross Gallinger, "We have seen tremendous growth and interest from senior levels of government from around the world," says Gallinger. "This is a testament to the opportunity that the PDAC convention provides for learning, networking and exposure."
Now in its 82nd year, the PDAC convention is more diverse than ever before. A number of events, including the CSR Event Series, Aboriginal Program and Investors Exchange garnered overwhelming support from the general public, reflecting the dynamic nature of our industry.
Next year's PDAC will be held again in Toronto in March 2015. (PDAC.ca)