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Maximizing Your Time at PDAC: Insider Tips from Past Attendees

Feb 23, 2024 10:54:07 AM
By The TPD Team

in Career Chat, Mining, Canada, PDAC, Networking

The PDAC (Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada) conference is a premier mining industry event, offering unparalleled networking, learning, and business development opportunities. With so much packed into four full days, attendees need a game plan to make the most of their time. To help you navigate the hustle and bustle of PDAC efficiently, we've compiled expert advice from our senior mining executives who have firsthand experience.


  1. Plan Ahead:

Before you even set foot in the convention center, take some time to familiarize yourself with the event map. PDAC spans across two large halls, so mapping out your journey and identifying key exhibitors and presentations beforehand can save you valuable time once you're there.

  1. Registration and Essentials:

Upon arrival, head straight to the registration desk to collect your badge, event map, and any other materials you may need. This is also a good time to grab a coffee from the nearby Starbucks and ensure you're fueled up for the day ahead. Pro tip - registration opens a day early. Pick up your badge the day before to avoid lineups. 

  1. Comfort and Convenience:

Comfort is key for surviving the marathon of PDAC. Wear comfortable shoes as you'll be doing a lot of walking. Consider bringing a change of shoes to switch it up during the day. Additionally, pack a portable charger as charging stations are limited, but your devices will be essential for networking and accessing information.

  1. Strategize Your Schedule:

With so much happening simultaneously, it's essential to prioritize your time. Know in advance which exhibits, speakers, and presentations you want to visit, and register if necessary to secure your spot. Having a plan with built-in flexibility allows you to adapt to unexpected opportunities or changes in schedule.

  1. Networking and Business Opportunities:

PDAC is not just about learning; it's also a prime opportunity for business development. Bring plenty of business cards and be prepared to exchange information with potential clients, partners, and industry experts. Keep an eye out for booths offering unique products or services that could benefit your business. Better yet, get tech-enabled and use LinkedIn’s QR Code in App feature to connect. 

  1. Be Prepared for Anything:

Weather in March in Toronto can be unpredictable, so dress appropriately for all conditions, from sunshine to snowstorms. Whether you're attending meetings, manning a booth, or exploring the exhibition halls, having a contingency plan for various scenarios ensures you're ready for whatever PDAC throws your way.




Q: Are there food options available at PDAC?

A: Yes, there are food vendors within the convention center, but options may be limited. Consider exploring nearby eateries or bringing snacks to keep you energized throughout the day.

Q: Is there parking available at the convention center?

A: While there may be parking options nearby, it's advisable to utilize public transportation or ridesharing services due to limited parking availability and potential traffic congestion during the event.

Q: How can I make the most of networking opportunities at PDAC?

A: Take advantage of networking events, social gatherings, and scheduled meetings to connect with industry peers. Be proactive in initiating conversations, exchanging contact information, and following up post-conference to nurture relationships.



With careful planning and insider tips TPD you can navigate the PDAC conference like a pro. By prioritizing your time, maximizing networking opportunities, and staying prepared for anything, you'll ensure a productive and rewarding experience at one of the mining industry's most prestigious events. We look forward to seeing you at PDAC!


TPD will be at PDAC 2024! If you’re having trouble finding a skilled workforce, we would love to chat with you: reach out to kamela.cook@tpd.com to set up a meeting or visit our booth located at 7117N.

Filed under Career Chat, Mining, Canada, PDAC, Networking

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