PDAC organizers have taken the usual step of issuing a weather warning ahead of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention, which kicks off in Toronto on Friday.
“For all my friends and colleagues travelling to Toronto for the PDAC 2014 convention in a few days, bring your warmest clothes,’’ tweeted PDAC President Glenn Nolan.
As the mining industry gears up for the biggest networking event on the conference calendar, Toronto temperatures dipped to minus 23 degrees celcius this week, with the wind chill factor pushing the thermometer reading down to a numbing minus 30 degrees.
Such frigid conditions likely won’t bother hardy Canadians who are used to living and working in sub zero temperatures, especially in regions like the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
But PDAC is a global conference, attracting up to 30,000 people from 126 countries, including warmer regions such as South Africa, Chile and Peru. Some of them may be in for a big surprise when they get to Toronto.
“The weather has been brutal,” admitted PDAC executive director Ross Gallinger.
Although virtually all of the conference events are held indoors at the Toronto Convention Centre and nearby Royal York Hotel, Gallinger said it doesn’t stop registrants from complaining, “as if the conference organizers are to blame for the weather.”
Gallinger is advising attendees to use the covered skywalks that provide connections between the Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto, the CN Railway Station and the Toronto Convention Centre.
He said a shuttle bus service is also available.
“So there is really no need to be outside unless you want to experience this kind of weather,” he said.