Visit the Ontario Pavilion at PDAC 2018

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Talk to an expert, explore Ontario’s geology, attend a seminar and find out more about Ontario’s mineral development and investment opportunities at the Ontario Pavilion at the 2018 Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention.

The Ontario Pavilion is located on level 800 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (booth 637).

Special Events

Ontario Pavilion Official Opening

Monday, March 5, 11:00 a.m. (booth 637)

Join the Honourable Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines, at the official opening of the Ontario Pavilion at PDAC 2018.

Indigenous-Industry Meet and Greet

Wednesday, March 7, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Intercontinental Toronto Centre, Lower Level, Ballroom A

Join Indigenous leaders, community representatives and industry leaders to explore the theme of ‘Land and Wellbeing: The Importance of Values Mapping in Mineral Development’ at the annual Indigenous and Industry Meet and Greet hosted by MNDM.

Seminar Schedule (all seminars located at Booth 637)

SUNDAY, MARCH 4

Mineral Sector Investment & Opportunity: Gold

Join industry experts and MNDM staff to learn about gold exploration projects in Ontario.

  • 11:30 a.m.: Mineral Sector Investment & Opportunity - Gold (Resident Geologist Program, MNDM)
  • 11:45 a.m.: Orefinders Resources Inc.
  • 12:00 p.m.: War Eagle Mining Company
  • 12:15 p.m.: Greenstone Gold Mines
  • 12:30 p.m.: Great Bear Resources Ltd.
  • 12:45 p.m.: Canadian Gold Miner
  • 1:00 p.m.: Gowest
  • 1:15 p.m.: First Mining Gold
  • 1:30 p.m.: Argo Gold

Ontario's Competitive Advantage

Ontario is a mining powerhouse with competitive advantages that extend beyond the province’s rich and diverse geology. Learn more about programs in Ontario that help the province maintain its competitive edge in the mining sector and beyond.

  • 2:30 p.m.: Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC)
    MNDM’s NOHFC provides financial support for existing and emerging priority economic sectors including the mineral, mining supply and services, advanced manufacturing sector and more. 
  • 2:45 p.m.: Ontario Centres of Excellence
    From Collaboration to Commercialization: Ontario Centres of Excellence Programs Overview
  • 3:00 p.m.: Ontario Investment Office
    Ontario’s Competitive Advantage: The Ontario Investment Office Role in Supporting SMEs
  • 3:15 p.m.: Aboriginal Participation Fund
    MNDM’s Aboriginal Participation Fund supports Indigenous consultation capacity, education and relationship-building activities as they relate to mineral exploration and development. Learn more about the program’s requirements and how the fund helps Indigenous communities manage mineral development opportunities.

MONDAY, MARCH 5

  • 11:00 a.m.: Ontario Pavilion Official Opening
    Join the Honourable Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines, at the official opening of the Ontario Pavilion at PDAC 2018.
  • 12:00 p.m: Ontario’s Prospector Association
    Gary Clark, Executive Director of the Ontario Prospector’s Association will discuss the current and future outlook of Ontario’s mineral sector.
  • 1:00 p.m.: The Anishinabek Nation and our Relationship with the Mining Sector
    Cameron Welsh, Policy Analyst, Anishinabek Nation will present on the Anishinabek Nation and MNDM relationship.
  • 1:35 p.m.: Northern College
    Join Christine Heavens, Executive Director, Community, Business Development and Employment Services, Northern College to learn about how collaborative partnerships bring the classroom to the mining workplace.

Ontario’s Innovation Landscape

Ontario is a leader in innovative mining technologies. This seminar features private sector partners developing innovative solutions for the mining sector with support from MNDM’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.

  • 3:00 p.m.: Next Hydrogen Corporation
    The Electrification of Mining Transport with Hydrogen – Matthew Fairlie, President and CEO, Next Hydrogen Corporation
  • 3:15 p.m.: Maestro Digital Mine
    The First Requirement of a Digital Mine: Pervasive Connectivity, Challenges, Lessons Learned and Advances in Underground Communication Networks – Michael Gribbons, Vice-President, Maestro Digital Mine
  • 3:30 p.m.: The Bucket Shop Inc.
    Leveraging Partners and Innovation for Success in the Mining Supply Sector – Jamieson Pouw, Market Development Manager, The Bucket Shop Inc.
  • 3:45 p.m. Electrale Innovations Inc.
    “All the Air at Half the Cost”: Energy Efficient Hydraulic Air Compressors (HACs) for Mines – Dean Millar, President & CEO, Electrale Innovations Inc.

TUESDAY, MARCH 6

Mineral Sector Investment & Opportunity - Base Metals

Join industry experts and MNDM staff to learn about base metal exploration projects throughout Ontario. Presentations will feature companies exploring for nickel, copper, zinc and platinum group metals from Sudbury to the Far North of the province.

  • 10:45 a.m.: Explore Ontario's Base Metal Potential (Resident Geologist Program, MNDM)
  • 11:00 a.m.: Wabassi Resources
  • 11:15 a.m.: Sudbury Platinum Corp.
  • 11:30 a.m.: International Explorers and Prospectors Inc.

Ontario’s Competitive Advantage

Ontario is a mining powerhouse with competitive advantages that extend beyond the province’s rich and diverse geology. Learn more about programs in Ontario that help the province maintain its competitive edge in the mining sector and beyond.

  • 11:45 a.m.: Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC)
    MNDM’s NOHFC provides financial support for existing and emerging priority economic sectors including the mineral sector and mining supply and services, advanced manufacturing and more. 
  • 12:00 p.m.: Ontario Centres of Excellence
    From Collaboration to Commercialization: Ontario Centres of Excellence Programs Overview
  • 12:15 p.m.: Ontario Investment Office
    Ontario’s Competitive Advantage: The Ontario Investment Office Role in Supporting SMEs

Ontario’s Business Climate

MNDM and partners will discuss the importance of strong, respectful partnerships as well as opportunities for effective collaboration among Indigenous communities, industry and government in Ontario.

  • 12:30 p.m.: Northern College
    Join Christine Heavens, Executive Director, Community, Business Development and Employment Services, Northern College to learn about how collaborative partnerships bring the classroom to the mining workplace.
  • 12:55 p.m.: Four Rivers Environmental Services Group
    Bridging the Gap: Building Capacity in Northern Ontario First Nations in the Mining Sector - Kimberly Jorgenson, Environmental Services Coordinator

Mineral Sector Investment & Opportunity - Commodities of the Future

Join industry experts and MNDM staff to learn about exploration projects throughout Ontario focusing on commodities essential to battery technology.

Increasing demand for minerals required to develop battery tech is impacting the exploration landscape in Ontario. Learn more about active projects focused on cobalt, lithium and graphite in the province.

  • 1:30 p.m.: Commodities of the Future: Explore Ontario (MNDM)
  • 1:45 p.m.: Transition Metals Corp.
  • 2:00 p.m.: Avalon Advanced Materials Inc.
  • 2:15 p.m.: New Age Metals Inc.
  • 2:30 p.m.: Ardiden Ltd.
  • 2:45 p.m.: Break
  • 3:00 p.m.: CBLT Inc.
  • 3:15 p.m.: Cobalt Power Group
  • 3:30 p.m.: First Cobalt Group