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Global Change Driving New Mineral Demand
The world is going through rapid technological changes driven in part by the focus on a cleaner low carbon future. Change will drive increasing demand for an abundance of natural resources, particularly minerals and metals. Low carbon technologies, such as electric vehicles, solar and wind, all require significant critical materials, in some cases significantly more than is used in traditional energy and transportation systems. Companies and jurisdictions that lead this change with the development of new technologies, and with strategies and incentives to maintain supply of critical resources will benefit. This engaging discussion will look at current trends in mineral demand, what technologies of the future will require, and the likely sources to meet increased demand . It will aim to stimulate thought and discussion about what industry and governments can do to get ahead of this fundamental shift in society.
ABOUT THE KEYNOTE – JOHN THOMPSON
John divides his time between Cornell University, where he is the Wold Professor of Environmental Balance for Human Sustainability, and Vancouver, BC where he consults on exploration, mining and sustainability. John has over 35 years in the mining industry and related research, and has had diverse leadership roles in many organizations – Resources for Future Generations 2018, Genome BC, Society of Economic Geologists, Geoscience BC, Canada Mining Innovation Council, the World Economic Forum, Teck Resources, MDRU-UBC, and Boards for exploration and technology companies.