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Confederation College, Lakehead University and the CEDC Partner for Presence at PDAC Convention

Event date: Thursday, March 05, 2015, at 1:09 PM

March 5, 2015, THUNDER BAY, ON – Confederation College, Lakehead University and the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) gathered earlier this week to launch their exhibit at the annual four-day Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention in Toronto, Ontario.  The three organizations partnered up to have a presence at this important event to help raise awareness about the educational pathways for and economic benefits of mining in Northwestern Ontario.  

“Participation in this international convention offers the perfect platform to highlight the abundance of education and employment opportunities that are available to the mining industry in northwestern Ontario,” said Jim Madder, President of Confederation College.  “We work closely with our community partners to deliver programs that meet the growing need for skilled workers in our region and are proud to be able to showcase that work at this event.”

Lakehead University President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson explained that PDAC was the ideal venue to bring together the shared goal of these three institutions and organizations. "Lakehead has played a leading role in Northern Ontario mining since before we were even a University, when we were known as the Lakehead Technical Institute,” he said. “For over 50 years, we have remained committed to furthering the prosperity of all our Northern communities, and Lakehead’s Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration, or CESME, will help us accomplish this goal."

“The global mining industry meets in Toronto at this annual convention,” said Doug Murray, CEO of CEDC. “This is the premier venue to promote Thunder Bay as a place to meet mining companies’ needs; primarily in education, training, mining supply & service and to promote Thunder Bay’s advantages to the mining industry.”

The PDAC International Convention, Trade Show and Investors Exchange is the world’s leading mining convention.  This year’s convention took place from March 1 – March 4 and welcomed over 1,000 exhibitors and over 25,000 attendees from more than 100 countries.  Attendees were able to participate in technical sessions, short courses, and social and networking events.    


Confederation College has been serving the citizens of northwestern Ontario since 1967 meeting the educational needs of students in a catchment area of some 550,000 square kilometres. Along with its main campus in Thunder Bay, Confederation College has eight regional sites located in Dryden, Fort Frances, Geraldton, Kenora, Marathon, Sioux Lookout, Red Lake and Wawa. 

Confederation College delivers exceptional education and training to an average of 8,800 combined full and part-time students per year and currently has a total of 805 full and part-time employees. Confederation’s regional economic impact and contribution is valued at $411.2 million annually.

In 2015, Lakehead University will celebrate 50 years of exceptional education. Guided by its Strategic Plan (2013-2018), Lakehead is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings places Lakehead University 2nd in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and 1st among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2014, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead 2nd in Ontario and 3rd among Canada’s undergraduate universities. Visit

About CEDC:
The CEDC is responsible for business development, retention and expansion, entrepreneurial support, opportunity promotion, and the collection and assessment of key business data. The CEDC receives formal proposals for projects that will contribute to economic development. It responds quickly to new opportunities and initiatives to attract direct financial involvement from government and private sectors. For more information, visit

For more information, please contact:

Confederation College:
Ashleigh Quarrell, Media and Communications Officer
Ph: (807) 475-6565, Cell: (807) 632-5296, Email: 

Lakehead University:
Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer
Ph: (807) 343-8177, Email:

Karen Martin, Marketing & Information Officer
Ph: (807) 625-3969, Email: