"PDAC International Convention, Trade Show & Investors Exchange is the world’s leading Convention for people, companies and organizations in, or connected with, mineral exploration.
The four-day annual Convention held in Toronto, Canada, has grown in size, stature and influence since it began in 1932 and today is the event of choice for the world’s mineral industry. In addition to meeting over 1,000 exhibitors (counting just the mining companies as there are hundreds of other mining industry-related companies present in additional halls), 25,000 attendees from over 100 countries, it allows you the opportunity to attend technical sessions, short courses as well as social and networking events."
This is by far the largest mining convention in the world for number of exhibitors and attendees, an absolute must see for anyone with an interest in mining as it is a chance to get to know the industry and its participants in-depth, and even more important build up your network and provide a face with the name. And don't forget the numerous evening parties in the Fairmont Hotel (former location of the PDAC before it grew too large for it) and other places, as you usually get the best info over a beer (or two).