by Martina Samarova, Executive Officer at Coring Magazine
The 88th Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention took place March 1-4 in the heart of Toronto. As usual, professionals from far and wide gathered to capitalize on the annual event’s myriad opportunities.
The Coring team captured what we believe are PDAC 2020’s interesting moments, appealing booths and innovative equipment. We have many stories to share, however, pictures speak louder than words, so we’ve compiled an album of highlights for your viewing pleasure.
In early March, COVID-19’s global impact was palpable yet travel restrictions and lockdowns hadn’t been enforced, enabling many to travel to the most anticipated mineral exploration and mining event of the year.
COVID-19’s impact was still felt, reducing attendance by around 10 % to 23 144, compared to 2019’s attendance of 25 843. Some confirmed attendees decided to cancel last-minute, either due to personal concern, or following suggested company policy, and in some cases, company mandates.
Pandemic aside, spirits remained high. Exuberant smiles and conversation replaced handshakes, and widespread liberal sanitizer use was commonplace.
PDAC 2020’s first day was noticeably subdued, although the remaining two days drew animated and curious crowds and revealed more of the PDAC spirit we’ve all come to know and appreciate. Exhibitors excitedly shared and touted their wares, sparking passionate exchanges that could very well prove to be the impetus for future development and innovation.
All the following images were captured across PDAC’s exhibition halls, Trade Show South and Trade Show North, brimming with drilling contractors, manufacturers and suppliers showcasing their impressive equipment and offerings.
The Coring team also caught up with various partners, authors and advertisers; bumping into old friends, while befriending some new ones. We look forward to seeing you all again at PDAC 2021!