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Annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) runs from March 1st to 4th

Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from March 1-4. (Matthew Sherwood for The Globe and Mail)

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Christian Guilbaud, centre, and Dominique Doucet, right, from Sirios Resources Inc., show Stanley Robinson samples from the Cheechoo gold project. (Matthew Sherwood for The Globe and Mail)

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TRaymond Bernatchez, a consulting geologist, looks for specs of gold in a rock sample. (Matthew Sherwood for The Globe and Mail)

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People wander through the Ontario pavilion at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.(Matthew Sherwood for The Globe and Mail)

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Alain Cayer, from Geomega Resources, left, shows samples with rare earth elements to Chris Barrett, from SRK Consulting. (Matthew Sherwood for The Globe and Mail)

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Barrick booth at the PDAC convention in Toronto. (Matthew Sherwood for The Globe and Mail)

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Chief Peter Moonias of the Neskantaga First Nation, left, shakes hands with Greg Rickford, Minister of Natural Resources and the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor), during a press conference at PDAC convention at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Sunday, March 1, 2015. Rickford announced that the federal and provincial governments will each invest $393,814 to complete a study examining the benefits of an all-season transportation corridor through a number of First Nation communities in the Ring of Fire in northern Ontario. (Matthew Sherwood for The Globe and Mail)

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Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Sunday, March 1, 2015. (Matthew Sherwood for The Globe and Mail)

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People look at a geo-physical map Quebec. (Matthew Sherwood for The Globe and Mail)

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Per Moller-Jensen, left, and Leif Bildstrˆm, from the Geological Survey of Mala, Sweden, look at mining samples. (Matthew Sherwood for The Globe and Mail)

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Dehua Huang, from China, attends the Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention. (Matthew Sherwood for The Globe and Mail)

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Bausan Dulguun, left, and Batchuluun Bausan look at rare stones for sale. (Matthew Sherwood for The Globe and Mail)

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