Cornwall’s mining potential goes on show in Canada

27th February, 2020

Cornwall to showcase its innovative mining future at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada Convention

This week, Cornwall Trade and Investment will lead a trade delegation to Toronto, showcasing Cornwall’s polymetallic mining resources and mining services sector at the mining industry’s premier convention – PDAC 2020.

In 2019 the Department for International Trade launched Cornwall’s mining sector as one of the UK ‘High Potential Opportunities’ at PDAC. Building on this, a delegation of mining and mining services businesses will travel to Canada to highlight Cornwall’s unique prospects and expertise in sustainable mining for strategic metals, supporting clean growth in the UK and international markets.

With a network of over 100 businesses trading globally, alongside the world-class academic strength of Camborne School of Mines, the delegation will help promote the scale of resources including tin, tungsten, lithium and cobalt, highlight the strength and breadth of Cornwall’s mining services sector, and promote the world-class academic capability at the Camborne School of Mines.

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Darryn Quayle, Mining Engineer & Specialist at the Department for International Trade said: “Mining in Cornwall dates back to the Bronze Age and the area was once the mining capital of the world. Extraordinary opportunities remain in the region with the discoveries of lithium, cobalt, tungsten and tin. The scale of the resource base has the potential to position Cornwall as a major producer of strategic materials and minerals for the UK and other global markets.”

Mike King, Managing Director of Cornwall Development Company said of the opportunity: “PDAC is one of the largest mining conferences in the world – providing a unique opportunity to drive investment into the region, develop export opportunities and engage with potential customers.”


Cornwall’s attendance at PDAC will coincide with St Piran’s day on March 5th, a celebration of the patron saint of tin miners. To mark the occasion, the delegation has been invited by the Toronto Cornish Association to their annual Cornish flag raising at Toronto City Hall, it will also help raise Cornwall’s profile in the Canadian market.

PDAC attendees from the region will include Cornish Lithium, Minviro, Grinding Solutions, Petrolab, Wardell Armstrong, British Lithium, Strongbow Exploration inc., Camborne School of Mines and Cornwall Mining Alliance.

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If you are a business interested in find out more here are three key reasons to invest in Cornwall’s mining sector:

  1. Explore and extract today’s and tomorrow’s in-demand minerals. Join the companies already exploring Cornwall’s abundant high-tech metals – or strategically invest in their operations.
  2. Join a thriving mining services cluster, trading internationally. Cornwall’s mining supply chain is already 100+ companies strong, and trusted by clients across the world.
  3. Tap into local talent, support, and enthusiasm for the mining industry. Hire graduates from local, world-renowned mining institutions like Camborne School of Mines – in an area where there’s great social licence to operate.

If you want to find out more about this event, get in touch with the Cornwall Trade and Investment Team today. The Cornwall team will be based at stand 7328N (Trade Show North) for the duration of the exhibition.

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