Mining's biggest face-to-face goes virtual
With PDAC 2021 announcing an all virtual show due to COVID-19 concerns, juniors and miners will have to learn to adapt.
The Kitco podcast discussed the impact of PDAC's annual convention, the industry's biggest yearly get-together, on going virtual. Orefinder's CEO Stephen Stewart (CVE:ORX) joined special correspondent Paul Harris; editor Neils Christensen; and mining audiences manager, Michael McCrae, to record a podcast on Friday.
"Well first and foremost, it's a shame. I'm sad that the PDAC is not going to be in person, and while I see the value in Zoom calls...it's just not the same. I think that's such an important aspect of the PDAC is these face-to-face interactions with your colleagues and friends," said Stewart.
"You know, the collision...that tends to occur at an event where you get 25 or 30 or 5,000 people in the same space from all over the world. There's just no way you can recreate the magic that occurs at the PDAC."
Restrictions on social interactions forced PDAC organizers to make the change.
"As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect travel and major gatherings, we recognize that staying connected is more important than ever for members, exhibitors, sponsors, attendees and numerous partners. The decision to move forward with a virtual event offers a safe and innovative solution for the industry to access our outstanding programming, investment and networking opportunities," wrote the PDAC in a news release.
The convention will be held March 7-10. Exact dates and scheduling are pending. Kitco News will be a media partner.
"PDAC is one of the top industry shows. For the past 12 years, Kitco News has enjoyed covering the event, connecting with newsmakers, exhibitors, attendees and sponsors. In support of the decision to go virtual, Kitco is a committed PDAC media partner will provide extensive virtual coverage of the event," said Kitco's media director, John Dourekas. "During these challenging times, we will take the opportunity to use technology and innovation to find new ways that allow people to connect online."
The panel also discussed Rio Tinto resignations over the destruction of a culturally significant Indigenous site. In May a 46,000 year-old rock shelter was detonated by Rio Tinto to expand its iron ore mine in Western Pilbara. Paul Harris weighed in on the impact of the C$78 million bought deal investment by billionaire Eric Sprott in First Majestic Silver.