FedNor at PDAC 2023

Organizing the Northern Ontario Mining Showcase is a team effort

A group of people crowded behind a reception desk.

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor, congratulates FedNor staff and representatives from the City of Temiskaming Shores for hosting a great event at PDAC 2023.

The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) annual convention in Toronto was back in full swing this year following a condensed version in 2022 as Canada emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic. Once again, the FedNor-supported Northern Ontario Mining Showcase was centre stage with the largest pavilion and 112 exhibitors.

Since 2015, the pavilion has helped to shine a spotlight on Northern Ontario and its vibrant mineral and mining-related sectors. With its large footprint, the showcase provided Northern Ontario organizations and businesses with an opportunity to highlight their products and services to a global audience, increase sales, access new markets and establish new domestic and international partnerships that will lead to increased profitability and job creation.

Largest exhibit at PDAC 2023

Overhead view of tradeshow pavilion

The FedNor-supported showcase featured 112 exhibits in its 13,200-square-foot pavilion.

Symboticware Incorporated took advantage of the Northern Ontario Mining Show to announce a $3.9 million partnership with SpaceX’s subsidiary Swarm that will enable mining vehicles to be fully connected anywhere in the world. The deal was just one example of the ingenuity and knowledge demonstrated by the region’s mining supply and service companies at PDAC 2023. This year, PDAC attracted almost 24,000 visitors.

Highlights this year also included a visit from the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor who toured the Showcase, participated in the official ribbon-cutting ceremony and met with exhibitors. Other dignitaries included Nipissing-Temiskaming MP Anthony Rota,  Sudbury MP Viviane Lapointe, the Mayors of Temiskaming Shores and the City of Greater Sudbury.

Making connections at PDAC

Two men talking beside a large off-road vehicle

RufDiamond President Daryl Adams discusses the attributes of his Fat Truck with a visitor to his booth.

New this year for FedNor was its participation in the Canada pavilion to underline the government’s commitment to boosting the supply of critical minerals to grow domestic and global value chains for the green and digital economy. FedNor staff was available to field questions about the Canada’s Critical Minerals Strategy, opportunities to capitalize on Northern Ontario’s vast mineral wealth, available FedNor programming and how we work with our provincial counterparts.