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Some of the networking opportunities are not only informal but unofficial. Caroline Clapham’s (@CarolineClapham) third annual Tweetup (#pdactweetup) brings together social media aficionados for a downtown Toronto Monday afternoon pub event. The Vancouver-based securities lawyer with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP calls it “an informal gathering for people who use Twitter or other social media and want to meet face to face. I communicate with a lot of people who are located in Toronto, London, Africa, all sorts of places around the world, and it’s nice to put a face to a Twitter handle.”
Shit, I can remember walking through PDAC just after Bre-X and you couldn’t find anybody with a search warrant.—Bob Rose, D & D Securities
As she explains, “The number of people using social media to talk about mining has been growing exponentially over the last three years. But there are difficulties in the way this sector can use social media compared to other sectors like retail and customer service industries…. There are issues of material information, disclosure and tripping over securities laws.”
But if the subject sounds potentially daunting, the event doesn’t. Tweetup has “no agenda,” Clapham emphasizes. “It’s just an informal networking event.” Almost 100 people attended last year. Free registration is available here.
Another side of the industry’s competitive nature will be seen in the PDAC-Caracle Cup Hockey Tournament that takes place on Saturday, one day before the actual convention. Among the contestants in this fundraising event will be Zimtu Capital’s Zimtu Capitals, whose players are perhaps better known to the Howe Street bar scene. One of their coaches will be the ever-skeptical Rose, who says. “I’m really concerned about my Zimtu Capital guys.”
That’s understandable. “I haven’t skated for about 35 years,” he admits.
According to Peter Legein, “The best way to know the show is to go to the show.” As chairperson of the convention planning committee, the Alexandria Minerals TSXV:AZX VP of exploration stresses that “for the most part it’s free and open to the public. People can register for free and see hundreds and hundreds of mining companies, most of them juniors of course, and they can learn a lot about the industry. It’s open to all. We certainly get many people who are specific to our industry but it’s a great learning opportunity for the general public.”
As Legein points out, “It’s critical that people try to get the best information about what they do and it’s the best place to meet the most people. They can tap into a lot of information and a lot of knowledge very quickly.”
Even super-skeptical Rose adds, “And maybe one of those guys will find the next Hemlo—or whatever.”
The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada PDAC 2013 convention takes place March 3 to 6 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Register here.
Read more about the investors exchange, trade show, presentations, exhibits, technical programs, short courses, workshops, forums, awards ceremony and other events.
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