Mining report: PDAC's appeal to B.C.-based mining firms

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March saw the annual migration of B.C.-based mining companies to Toronto for the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference and trade show, the world's leading mining convention.

The event, now in its 81st year, attracts people involved in mineral exploration from more than 120 countries. Every year the event has grown: 22,000 people attended in 2010; 28,000 people attended in 2011 and more than 30,000 in 2012 and 2013.

As one of this year's attendees, I asked delegates what brought them to the convention, as well as what the highlights of this year's event were for them. W. John DeCooman, vice-president, business development and strategy, at Silver Standard Resources Inc., summed up the main appeal for delegates.

"PDAC has transformed over the past 20 years into a pilgrimage for mining disciples. The mining industry is fortunate to have a comprehensive and inclusive event due to dedicated sponsors, professionals and volunteers. PDAC is a non-stop, multi-dimensional event that draws interest from every continent and every discipline."

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