AME Lunch

East Meeting Level / Meeting Room 123
Tickets Required
Speaker(s): John Thompson Daniele La Porta

Sponsor(s): Goldcorp Inc.

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. As outlined in the World Bank report on ‘The Growing Role of Minerals and Metals for a Low Carbon Future’, 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.



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.


Daniele La Porta is a Senior Mining Specialist with the World Bank Group in Washington D.C. In this role, she manages projects in Colombia, Sierra Leone, Romania, Brazil, and Liberia. She also co-leads the Bank’s knowledge products on innovative areas, such as Mining and Climate Change, Deep Sea Mining, and the preparation of innovative Public-Private Partnerships in the water and mining sectors. Daniele has extensive experience working with developing countries to ensure natural resources achieve more sustainable outcomes. She advises and works with governments on institutional reforms and crafting strong governance policies. Daniele also has experience in mineral exploration and development.

Daniele began her mining career in 1995, exploring for diamonds and base metals in Brazil. She then shifted her work to other areas in the geosciences.

Daniele is a Brazilian with degrees in Geology and Environmental Management.

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Monday, Jan 28 (12:00 pm - 1:15 pm)


Vancouver Convention Centre East
999 Canada Pl, Vancouver,
East Meeting Level
Meeting Room 123

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