Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada

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Established in 1932, the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) represents the interests of the Canadian mineral exploration and development industry. The association is best known for its annual convention and trade show in Toronto, known as the PDAC (formerly the P&D). In 2010, the show attracted about 22,000 attendees from more than 100 countries.[1]

Based in Toronto, Canada, the Association has approximately 1250 corporate and 9000 individual members served by 20 full-time staff.[2]

PDAC Trade Show and Convention[edit]

The annual PDAC Trade Show and Convention is held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto in early March. The show attracts exhibitors and visitors from across the Americas and around the world.[3] Previously notorious for rough-and-tumble mining company parties at the Fairmont Royal York hotel, the annual show has grown into a respected institution with an international reputation for networking, deal-making and scientific exchange.[4][5][6]

2013 Show[edit]

The 2013 annual trade show official website:

2012 Show[edit]

The 2012 annual trade show official website:

2011 Show[edit]

The 2011 annual trade show official website:

2010 Show[edit]

The 2010 annual trade show official website:

2009 Show[edit]

The 2009 annual trade show official website:

Comments on 2009 show:

Previous Shows[edit]

Comments on previous shows:–-the-mining-boom-continues-stan-sudol/


Influencing Government Policy and Law[edit]

Comment and criticism of government policy regarding issues of concern to the exploration and mineral industry including access to land, mining and securities regulations, Aboriginal affairs, corporate social responsibility, finance and taxation,[7] geosciences, environmental issues, and health and safety.[8]

Bill C-300[edit]

Recently, PDAC has urged for the rejection of Bill C-300, also known as the Corporate Accountability of Mining, Oil and Gas Corporations in Developing Countries Act, related to promoting responsible environmental practices and international human rights standards on the part of Canadian mining, oil and gas corporations in developing countries.[9][10][11] PDAC's alternative system is its "Framework for Responsible Exploration", developed for use by its members who operate in over 100 countries around the world.[12]


PDAC is a national organization with approximately 950 corporate members (including mining companies and mining industry service providers) and more than 5,000 individual members (including prospectors, developers, geoscientists, consultants, mining executives, and students, as well as those involved in the drilling, financial, and legal aspects of exploration).

PDAC Professional Liability and Business Insurance[edit]

In co-operation with third-party insurance providers, PDAC offers both Professional and Business Insurance coverage to independent geological consultants and consulting firms, and business insurance coverage to junior exploration companies, service and equipment providers, mine site developers and operating mines (only available to members of the PDAC).[13]


Papers from PDAC conventions[edit]

PDAC In Brief[edit]

PDAC quarterly newsletter, "In Brief"

Exploration and Development Highlights[edit]

A publication distributed in May of each year to all members, containing articles on the previous year's exploration and development activities in Canada.


Funding for PDAC is provided by annual membership dues and corporate sponsorship.

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