Bryan Cox is president and CEO of the Mining Association of British Columbia.
Taking stock of the landscape on the eve of 2018, it is evident that the Mining Association of BC (MABC) has an important task for the year ahead. Commodity markets have begun to turn around, mines that have been idled in previous years are reopening and several exciting projects continue to move through the regulatory process.
The mining industry will engage in a meaningful way with British Columbians about the role of mining – not just in the economy, but in their day-to-day lives and, importantly, in the transition to a cleaner, more sustainable future for everyone.
B.C. is a province with many unique advantages. As the Pacific gateway, we offer multiple vibrant port cities with access to international markets. We have rich mineral deposits, and a pool of world-class talent, and our mines have been leaders in the development of agreements and partnerships to ensure we are sharing resources and benefits with First Nations partners and communities.
We are proud to boast some of the least carbon-intensive mining operations in the world, due in large part to our clean, green electricity grid coupled with our industry-leading innovation, and our robust regulatory framework has earned B.C. a reputation as a world leader.
B.C. is also increasingly becoming a hub for technology. Greater Vancouver continues to attract world-leading tech companies, and it is important for British Columbians to recognize that many of these tech companies are servicing natural resource sectors like mining.
For the rest of this column: https://www.biv.com/article/2017/12/outlook-2018-bc-mining-industry-opens-doors-greene/