Next generation of Canada's top geoscientists to be in Sudbury for a two-week primer on mineral exploration

TORONTO, May 5 /CNW/ - The cream of the crop of this country's next generation of geoscientists from universities and colleges across Canada will be meeting in Sudbury, Ontario, over the next two weeks to learn the essentials of the mineral exploration business.

The 26 senior students attending have been handpicked by their respective faculties to attend an all-expenses-paid Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW), organized by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC). This is the fifth year that the workshop has been offered.

According to Scott Jobin-Bevans, PDAC president and co-founder of the workshop, "The event is designed to attract students into the mineral exploration industry and to give them a practical and business perspective of mineral exploration not generally available in the classroom. This country is a world leader in mineral exploration. If we are to retain this predominant position, we must do everything we can to encourage highly qualified young people to enter the industry. The students attending this workshop are our future leaders."

Over the course of the two weeks, industry experts will be introducing the students to a wide range of topics, including geochemistry and geophysics, mineral economics, corporate social responsibility, and Aboriginal participation in mineral exploration. The students will also have the chance to tour mines in northern Ontario and Quebec.

Social events are an important component of the workshop, enabling students to practise their networking skills. This experience stands them in good stead for their future careers, says Krishana Narinesingh, student liaison for the PDAC. "Many of our S-IMEW alumni credit this workshop with connecting them with their current employers," she says.

Further details and highlights of this year's program are available at http://www.pdac.ca/students/.

About the PDAC
The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is a national association representing the mineral exploration and development industry. Its 7,500 individual and 1,000 corporate members are involved in the exploration, discovery and development of new mines and new wealth. The association's convention is the world's largest annual gathering of the mineral industry.  PDAC Convention 2012 will be held March 4-7 in Toronto.

SOURCE Prospectors

For further information:

Krishana Narinesingh
PDAC Student Liaison
416.362.1969 ext 297
Cell 647-231-0264
knarinesingh@pdac.ca

Saley Lawton
Director, Communications
416.362.1969 ext 225
slawton@pdac.ca

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