Restoring Canada’s Mining Competitiveness: The Path Forward
President and CEO
Mining Association of Canada
Lunch and Program: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Canada's mining industry plays an essential role in communities across Canada. The sector is a bedrock of Canada's economy, contributing $97 billion to the national GDP and responsible for 19 per cent of Canada's total domestic exports. Its significance as an employer, of over 630,000 people directly and indirectly across the country, cannot be overstated. Proportionally, the mining industry is also the largest private-sector employer of Indigenous peoples in Canada and is a major customer of Indigenous-owned businesses.
Faced with several years of declining exploration and mineral investment, steps are needed to improve the competitiveness of Canada's mining sector. In an era of trade wars, rapid technological change, a federal election looming but not before major legislation makes it way through Canada's Parliament, Pierre Gratton will bring a national perspective to these critical issues that will influence whether or not billions of dollars in potential new mining investment comes to Canada.
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) in 2011. His decades of experience in Canada's mining sector, exemplified through his current role and his previous position as President and CEO of the Mining Association of British Columbia, has made him one of the leading voices in the industry. Based in Ottawa, MAC is the national organization for the Canadian mining industry and its members are engaged in mineral exploration, mining, smelting, semi-fabrication and supply.
Mr. Gratton was instrumental in the development of Towards Sustainable Mining® (TSM), MAC's flagship program that is gaining international recognition and adoption. TSM focuses on enabling mining companies to meet society's needs for minerals, metals and energy products in the most socially, economically and environmentally responsible ways. Since its inception in 2004, TSM is now used by six countries on five different continents.
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. Next spring, he'll be grading for his third degree black belt in karate.