For the first time ever, the Mining Suppliers Trade Association of Canada and the Canadian Council on Africa teamed up for their annual forum. Held at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, Ontario, on November 20th & 21st, the focus of the event was Creative Disruption. The Forum showcased mining companies and suppliers that are disrupting the industry with new ideas, new technologies and new collaborative relationships. The result was some great discussion over the two day period, with a lot of positive energy and focus towards making positive changes in mining.
Featured guest speakers such as Fred Stanford – President and CEO of Torex Gold Resources, and Enrique Molina, Director of Innovation for EXPANDE – Fundación Chile highlighted adoption of new innovation in the mining industry. Amongst them, Cypher’s President Todd Burns was asked to take the stage, twice. On day one, Todd was asked to moderate a round table discussion titled, “Team Canada”, with representatives from The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Export Development Canada and Natural Resources Canada, due to Cypher’s vast experience collaborating with each of these organizations while working with mining companies from all over the world. Todd took the stage again on day two to highlight Cypher’s innovative technologies and how they can impact mines by helping to reduce their water consumption, help lower operating costs and environmental impact, and improve productivity. All of which fit nicely within the focus of creative disruption and are key targets for all mining companies globally.
With official delegations from Chile, South Africa and Ghana in attendance, the event had a unique international flare, and offered opportunities for shared perspectives from around the world, capped off at the gala dinner by a keynote from one of Canada’s most respected journalists, John Ibbitson. We were honoured to be invited to share our perspective and contribute towards helping the industry meet its goals. Both days were jointly emceed by Ryan McEachern, Managing Director of MSTA Canada and Nola Kianza, President and CEO of CCAfrica, a big congratulations to both for bringing together great minds from all corners of the world to collaborate at the Forum. We look forward to engaging more with both associations and to participating in this event again in 2019.