The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF), the World Bank, World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) co-hosted a Sustainability Forum on the sidelines of the 2018 PDAC Convention on Saturday, March 3, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m, in Toronto, Canada. This Sustainability Forum discussed the important role that minerals and metals will play in the mining sector to help shift to a low-carbon economy.
The event opened with a panel discussion introducing the topic. Participants then had the opportunity to separate into roundtable discussions focused on exploring the theme in depth. This included topics such as mineral and metal demand, implications for resource rich countries, clean technology, innovation, carbon footprints and responsible supply chains.
Panel speakers included:
- Andrea Vaccari, Director Health, Environment and Sustainable Development, International Copper Association
- Guy Ethier, Senior VP Supply Chain Sustainability, Umicore
- Kirsten Hund, Senior Mining Specialist, World Bank
- Mark Wiseman, Vice President Sustainability, Avalon Advanced Materials Inc.
- Ricardo Labo, Vice Minister of Mines, Peru
- Robert Lydan, CEO, Managing Director, Phoventus
- Suzanne Greene, Sustainable Supply Chains Manager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Transportation & Logistics
The agenda included the following:
- Opening remarks
- Panel Discussion 1: Matching the increasing demand with enhances responsibility: implications and opportunities
- Roundtable discussion 1
- Networking break
- Panel Discussion 2: Technology, innovation and responsible sourcing
- Roundtable discussion 2
- Closing remarks
For more information on the PDAC 2018 conference, please visit the event website: www.pdac.ca/convention