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PDAC Toronto 2019

Last Updated: 4th Mar 2019

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

This is a LIVE report, keep this page loaded for live updates - new images will appear as they are added.

Today Ida is at the PDAC mining conference and exhibition in Toronto, the biggest event of the year for the mining industry. Ida will be working with me (back in the UK) to live report this event, also taking the opportunity to introduce mindat.org to companies and organizations there aiming to build some good partnerships for the future.

Ida is registered and ready to get to work! If you're at PDAC try to find her and say hello!

Sponsors of PDAC 2019.

The event is massive, spread across several halls.

Live media networks set up here. The main theme of the event is financing and investment for the mining industry, because who doesn't need to raise money these days?

Ida has finally made it to the actual entrance to the halls.

First stop, Mining Matters, dedicated to education about mining.

The brochure they have produced.

Now with the Namibia Geological Survey.

Next stop, China pavillion.

There's a big Chinese mining conference and exhibition in October.

More details.

Map showing imports and exports of mineral products to/from China.

British Columbia

Online databases. Sounds like a good idea. Not sure that guy in the photo can actually access any online databases on top of that mountain in British Columbia (which, for those who don't know, is in Canada, and is not Colombia, and neither is it British.)

What? Who let a mineral dealer in here? :) Toronto mineral shop "The Russian Stone" selling minerals back to miners, which I find highly amusing.

Visiting the Geological Survey of Sweden.

Mexico is HUGE for mining of course, and the Mexican Geological Survey are here too. They know about mindat (of course), but we now have a contact name there to, so hopefully we can set up direct channels for direct updates of Mexican mining locality information.

Map of mining projects in Mexico and another USB key, hopefully this will have a digital version of the map that we can use to update coordinates on Mexican mining projects without them (and who knows what else they've given us?)

Some of the many journals being given out. These will all be added to our library eventually.

Passing by the bookstore of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME)

Now Ida has entered the Investors Exchange hall where most of the companies promoting mining projects are presenting. First stop is Romios Gold Resources, Inc, with our friend John Biczok. See: https://www.mindat.org/mining_companies/Romios+Gold+Resources+Inc./

PPX Mining Corp are preparing a new mining operation in the area of the old Igor mine in Peru https://www.mindat.org/loc-227542.html

GMV are developing the Mexican Hat Gold project in southeast Arizona. See https://www.mindat.org/loc-188064.html

Look who Ida found, it's Ed Loye (who you last saw in his other life selling minerals in our Tucson report)

Ida has provided the obligatory selfie with Ed. They are outside the Canadian Museum of Nature booth.

The CMN have bought some spectacular Canadian minerals along.

Now Ida and Ed are heading over to the north hall.

Another friend that I can't actually say hi to because I'm still in the UK. It's Katherine Dunnell from the Royal Ontario Museum! With Ed, of course.

ROM are displaying "Treasures of the Indian Ocean" showing a selection of the gem minerals from countries bordering the ocean.

Another mineral dealer - Collection Arkane.

And Rod Tyson too!

Ida is back at PDAC, let's see what she finds today.

Of course, not all mining is about digging holes in the ground. A lot of work is done now reprocessing spoil tips, tailings ponds etc. Not always the best of news for mineral collectors, but an important way to turn potentially harmful mining waste into valuable commodities. Major Reclaim are one such company that handles this.

Trade shows can be enormously stressful. This show has a very sensible solution...

The Russian Mineral Resources Institute.

Mongolia's ministry of mining are also represented and yet another contact has been made here so we can hopefully improve our information on Mongolia within mindat.

More documentation that will prove extremely useful in the future I'm sure.

Geological Society of Nevada

National Mining Agency of Colombia.

And the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. Another contact made.

Still finding it hard to relax at the exhibition? Well, try these...

Including all the classics.

Guyana Geology and Mines Commission

Mintek from South Africa

Chile Mining

India Ministry of Mines.

Argentina is often overlooked for mining when compared to the powerhouses of Brazil and Chile, but there are an increasing number of important projects coming online there.

Sitka Gold are developing a number of projects including the Coppermine River project in the far north of Canada.


K92 are operating a high-grade gold mine in Papua New Guinea - https://www.mindat.org/loc-155671.html

Ida meeting with Gibb River Diamonds Executive Chairman Jim Richards. Gibb River run the Blina Diamond mine in Australia - https://www.mindat.org/loc-308576.html

Monarch Gold are a gold mining company based in Quebec, Canada. They are planning to reopen the old Wasamac mine. https://www.mindat.org/loc-256810.html

Get your shoes shined, right outside the prospectors tent.

And with the end of the second day at PDAC it's time for Ida to head home and for this live report to conclude.

The next live report will be later this week from the Bologna Mineral Show. Thank you for reading!

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I was last there in 2016 and am always impressed by the quality of the show.
Also nice to see Ida's smiling face as well..... ;-)

Paul Brandes
3rd Mar 2019 10:13pm
I'm not sure what filter Ida used on the selfie though, Ed looks like he's 14

Jolyon & Katya Ralph
3rd Mar 2019 10:21pm
And Ida doesn't look a day older than Ed ! ((-:)

Thanks for the update. It will be interesting to see if we can get some useful info/contents and updating material from this convention.

Hopefully Mindat is giving a presentation, if not perhaps some of the presentations (PDFs) at the convention can be added into Mindat.

Keith Compton
3rd Mar 2019 11:49pm
This is our first time at PDAC but clearly won't be our last. Hopefully I'll be able to attend myself next year and we'll have a more significant presence.

Jolyon & Katya Ralph
4th Mar 2019 8:08am
The province of Canada is called British Columbia because it was formerly (prior to confederation with Canada in 1871) a British colony that was on the north bank of the Columbia River. The British Government did a deal with the American Government to push the 49th parallel to the Pacific Ocean but the name was never changed.

Richard Gunter
4th Mar 2019 3:43pm
Yes I know :) I had a bunch of photos from Ida to post and very little text to go with them, so I had to be a little creative in my commentary. Sorry!

Jolyon & Katya Ralph
4th Mar 2019 10:07pm

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