It’s easy to say that mining’s glory days are behind us because we are racing toward a high-tech, solar- and wind-powered, future where the future is clean and green. But there’s one problem — you can’t build any of the infrastructure or instruments of the new economy without mining.
Your phone, your computer, your electric vehicle, your coffee machine and the thousands of other products you use every day are built on the materials of the earth, which are extracted through mining.
British Columbia is one of the world’s most active mining centres of influence, innovation, R&D, geological know-how and financing. At one time, mining was front and centre in the B.C. economy.
The political appetite for mining has waned and the province has been aggressive in setting environmental targets. Also, the relationship between mining companies and First Nations — upon whose land mining takes place — means the sector has undergone tremendous changes.
Michael Goehring, president and CEO of the Mining Association of B.C., joined a Conversation That Matters about the state of mining, how it has embraced change and how it is positioned to address the material needs of the new and the old.
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