This year, from March 8-11, for the first time the annual PDAC Convention (Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada) ran as an entirely virtual event.
PDAC’s novel event highlighted a number of key themes shared by Canada-based Mark Adams, one of CEEC’s network collaborators:
- The rise of “green” metals
- Solving the talent gap through equity, diversity and inclusion
- Criticality of genuine indigenous and community engagement
- Sustainability-linked capital
- In resource efficiency, water is the new electricity
- Making the most of data
- Enabling innovation through culture
- Differentiating commodities through ESG standards
- Continued asset growth through M&A
- Renewed focus on exploration investment.
PDAC 2021 content included:
- The Technical Program included presentations on metal markets and industry post-COVID-19, ESG performance, financing in junior markets, important China factor trends, green policy and supply chain, battery and platinum group metals. It also included presentations on prospectivity and exploration, the benefits of CRIRSCO reporting codes, and opportunities and challenges for explorers, operators and project financiers.
- Country day sessions were held for Peru and Canada, and the International Stage featured presentations on Greenland, Egypt, Ireland, Australia, Canada North, Colombia, Chile, Manitoba, Quebec, Afghanistan, South Australia, Kazakhstan and Argentina.
- PDAC incdlued a “Cutting Edge” platform for organizations to present innovative and ground-breaking concepts in a 5 minute presentation, and a new “ESG Hour” with presentations focusing on companies and projects transition to a low carbon economy, workplace inclusivity diversity, and ethical business practices.
- An indigenous program included a number of excellent presentations and there were sessions on Capital Markets, Exploration Insights, a Corporate Presentation Forum for Investors, a Sustainability Program, Masterclasses and short courses, and a student and early career program.