Canadian Mining in a Changing World
President and CEO
Mining Association of Canada
Lunch and Program: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
The global transition to a low carbon future presents a great growth opportunity for Canada's mining industry. As the building blocks of the technologies and infrastructure of the future, demand for minerals and metals is poised to increase in the coming decades.
Canada's mining industry, which operates some of the lowest-emitting, highest-tech, and socially-responsible mining operations globally, can be a leading supplier of sustainably-sourced minerals and metals the world needs.
The challenge is turning opportunity into reality, especially amidst a backdrop of federal policy decisions that will shape Canada's mining industry for years to come. From reviews of important environmental legislation, to the pan-Canadian climate change policy, to transportation and infrastructure developments, the federal government will be making big decisions this year that will impact the industry's competitiveness, positively or negatively depending on how they are implemented.
Join Pierre Gratton, President and CEO of the Mining Association of Canada, who will discuss the elements that are integral to the growth of sustainable mining development in British Columbia and across Canada.
About the speaker:
Pierre Gratton was appointed President and CEO of the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) on June 1, 2011. Based in Ottawa, MAC is the national organization for the Canadian mining industry. Its members are engaged in mineral exploration, mining, smelting, refining and semi-fabrication.
Prior to his appointment to MAC, Pierre was President and CEO of the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC). From 1999-2008, Mr. Gratton served as Vice President, Sustainable Development and Public Affairs for the Mining Association of Canada (MAC). In this capacity, he was instrumental in the development of Towards Sustainable Mining, MAC's flagship program that is gaining international recognition and adoption. In 2005-06, Mr. Gratton was honoured as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).
Mr. Gratton is First Vice-President of the Interamerican Mining Society (SIM – Sociedad Interamericana de Mineria), Chair of the Raw Materials Committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD and the Co-chair of the Green Mining Initiative Advisory Committee. He also serves as a Trustee of the Arctic Inspiration Prize and on the Board of Ottawa's Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra.
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