In November 2018, the inaugural Central Canada Mineral Exploration Convention (CCMEC) was presented by the Manitoba Prospectors and Developers Association (MPDA) in partnership with Orix Geoscience Inc. CCMEC was the first-ever industry-driven mineral exploration convention in Manitoba and was a resounding success with the attendance of over 350 exploration professionals, academics, government representatives, suppliers, financiers, innovators, Indigenous Peoples, and community representatives.

The theme for CCMEC 2018 was “Strategic Exploration: Navigating Change Through Collaboration”. The convention was a one-day event with a wide array of globally recognized speakers from the various stakeholders of the mining and exploration sector, including Indigenous Peoples, government, industry, finance, and academia. The convention also included opportunities for networking, professional development, and industry engagement.