TORONTO, Feb. 7 /CNW/ - The mineral exploration business is changing as
global metal reserves decline and as the industry recognizes the need
for more greenfields exploration to take place outside traditional
mining regions. The challenges to be overcome by modern mineral
exploration will be open for debate by a panel of global mining leaders
on Sunday, March 6, when the Prospectors and Developers Association of
Canada's 2011 convention opens.
"Exploration is where mining starts," said Tony Andrews, executive
director of the PDAC. "But it's going through a dramatic evolution now
as it adapts to changes that are increasing the cost and complexity of
the exploration business without always improving the results.
Following the popularity of a similar discussion last year we're
bringing back the exploration business panel with new themes and
speakers. It will be chance to hear different opinions about how our
industry will find the new deposits of metals and minerals the world
needs as the 'age of commodities' advances."
The panel discussion called Evolving business exploration models in the 21st century will be an opportunity for leaders in the exploration industry to bring
forward some of the most pressing issues that major international
mining and exploration companies will face when deposits are often
harder to find and more expensive to mine.
The annual PDAC convention brings together the world's mining industry
and offers a variety of technical sessions and short courses designed
to meet the needs of mineral exploration whether carried out by the
exploration departments of major miners by the junior exploration
companies for which Canada is known internationally.
Other highlights of PDAC 2011 include:
Keynote presentation by the Honourable Laurence Golborne, Chile's
Minister of Mining.
Commodity outlook featuring uranium, copper, silver and other currently
A new corporate social responsibility (CSR) event series that includes,
for the first time, a provocative session linking human rights to
Expansion of the popular series of presentations and workshops designed
for Aboriginal people and communities interested in learning more about
mining and also for exploration companies seeking to improve their
ability to collaborate with Aboriginals effectively and increase their
Presentation of the PDAC's annual awards
Convention brochure: http://www.pdac.ca/pdac/conv/2011/pdf/2011-registration-brochure.pdf
For more information: http://www.pdac.ca/pdac/conv/index.aspx
About the PDAC:
The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is a
national association representing the mineral exploration and
development industry. Its 7,000 individual and corporate members are
involved in the exploration, discovery and development of new mines and
new wealth. The PDAC's annual convention is the world's largest annual
gathering of the mineral industry. PDAC 2011 will be held March 6-9 in
For further information:
Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada
416.362.1969 ext 225