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Greater Sudbury Solidifies Position as Global Mining Hub at PDAC Virtual Mining Convention
The City of Greater Sudbury will solidify its stature as a global mining hub during the Prospectors &
Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention from March 8 to 11, 2021. Due to COVID-19, this
year’s convention will feature virtual meetings and networking opportunities with investors from around
The PDAC Convention is a bit different this year, but what hasn’t changed is the position Greater
Sudbury holds as the nickel mining capital of the world,” said Mayor Brian Bigger. “I’m excited to
showcase our talent here in a very innovative way. Our local mining industry remains resilient,
innovative and growing, despite a very tough economic year brought on by the pandemic. Our message
to potential investors remains on track. Expertise, responsiveness and partnerships make our city the
best place anywhere to do business.”
PDAC is the largest annual mining industry event in North America. Close to 50 Greater Sudbury based
companies will exhibit at the four-day convention.
The City’s convention team, consisting of Mayor Brian Bigger and economic development staff, has
scheduled online meetings with current and prospective mining, supply and service companies, trade
commissioners and ambassadors.
“A big area of focus this year will be Greater Sudbury’s potential for an electric vehicle battery
production facility and as an international supplier of battery grade nickel,” said Brett Williamson, the
City’s director of economic development. “The Sudbury Basin contains the world’s second largest nickel
deposit and is one of only a few to produce Class 1 nickel for the manufacture of electric vehicle
batteries. This advantage, coupled with a skilled workforce and proximity to Ontario’s automotive
cluster, place us in an ideal position for this burgeoning market.”
The City will work with MineConnect, Ontario’s Mining Supply and Services Association, to advance
business leads and facilitate business contacts for more than 300 local mining supply and service
companies. This economic sector employs approximately 14,000 people in the community and has an
annual output of $4 billion.
More information about economic development initiatives of the City of Greater Sudbury is available at
About Greater Sudbury’s Mining Sector:
Sudbury is home to the world’s largest integrated mining industrial complex. Assets include nine
operating mines, two mills, two smelters, a nickel refinery and over 300 mining supply and service
companies. This advantage has given rise to innovation and early adoption of green technologies and
digital solutions that are developed and tested locally for global export.
Greater Sudbury is home to the world’s largest integrated mining industrial complex. Assets include nine operating mines, two mills, two smelters, a nickel refinery and over 300 mining supply and service companies. This advantage has given rise to innovation and early adoption of green technologies and digital solutions that are developed and tested locally for global export.