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Toronto mining convention goes online for 2021

Pandemic uncertainty shifts PDAC to virtual show

The 2021 version of the world's biggest mining show will be held virtually.

The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) said its annual convention will be online next March for first time in its 89-year history.

PDAC was held last March in Toronto at the outbreak of the pandemic in Ontario, which resulted in Sudbury's first COVID-19 case.

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Preferring to be safe than sorry, PDAC decided that moving forward with programming through a virtual event offers a better solution than the traditional international gathering of some-25,000 delegations in a convention hall.

“PDAC made the decision to go virtual after many months of analysis and careful consideration, and we are encouraged by the prospect of reaching an even greater number of international attendees who may not be able to attend our event in person,” said PDAC president Felix Lee in a Sept. 10 news release. 

“The PDAC Convention plays a vital role in keeping the global mineral exploration and mining community connected, and that is more important than ever as our members, exhibitors, sponsors, attendees and partners overcome challenges presented by the global health crisis,” added PDAC Executive Director Lisa McDonald.

Lineup and registration details will be confirmed in coming weeks.

For further details, visit the FAQ page on the PDAC Convention website.