Plenary & Keynotes

The 4-day scientific program will feature a Monday plenary session, and themed keynote sessions on all days of the technical program. See below for our confirmed distinguished speakers.

The conference will feature a range of innovative and provocative special sessions and events including panels, debates, thematic keynotes, public lectures and events for Early Career professionals. These sessions are specially designed to engage participants, provoke new ideas and conversations and further our understanding of the nexus between minerals, energy, water and how human society can sustain itself on Earth well into the future. The aim is to connect the big thinkers with practical matters and real-world situations. Roundtable events during the conference will provide further opportunities for interaction on a range of topics.

Panels: Resource availability | Innovation forum | Changing world
Debates: Future of energy | Resource ownership
Thematic Keynotes: Earth through time | Energy nexus | Water constraints | The Arctic | Frontiers for resources
Lunch/Evening Lectures: Our amazing planet | Mineral supply | Water - availability
Youth – Early Career: Pitch-session | Speed mentoring | Open career x 2

PROGRAM SCHEDULE:

MONDAY, JUNE 18
Time Topic Speakers
Morning OPENING EVENT
Indigenous welcome to the Traditional Territory;
Introductory comments from Federal, Provincial and Indigenous leaders
National, Provincial, Indigenous and Corporate Leaders
  OPENING FORUM: RESOURCES; OPPORTUNITIES AND CONSTRAINTS
Sources and constraints: an overview of resource opportunities and challenges
including available sources, environmental and human constraints, challenges and imperatives
  • Allyson Anderson Book (moderator)
  • Ross Beaty
  • Tzeporah Berman
  • Richard Chuchla
  • Gavin Mudd
Afternoon THE EARTH THROUGH TIME - KEYNOTES
A look at some of the major tectonic, magmatic,
geochemical and biological changes that have occured on earth over
time, and their implications for resources needed to sustain humans.
  • Richard Ernst
  • Michel Jebrak
  • Christopher Reinhard
  • Dominique Weis
Evening PUBLIC LECTURE
Earth: The Power of the Planet
  • Iain Stewart
TUESDAY, JUNE 19
Time Topic Speakers
Morning FUTURE OF ENERGY - DIALOGUE
How will we continue to increase our supply of energy
to meet human needs while minimizing the impact on the environment?
Energy supply is changing, but how fast will it happen?
  • Edie Thome (moderator)
  • Scott Tinker
  • Merran Smith
Late morning KEYNOTE ADDRESS
  • Alf Barrios

DISCUSSION WITH RESOURCE LEADERS
  • Rod Bull
Afternoon ENERGY, WATER AND MINERALS - KEYNOTES
Energy supply and use - relationship to water and mineral extraction
  • Kevin Book
  • Mark Poweska
  • Jasmin Raymond
Evening FILM NIGHT - KONELINE
A beautiful and thought provoking cinematic experience,
revealing the complexity of relationships with the wild lands of the northwest
and the people who live and work there - the Tahltan, drillers, geologists,
hunters and powerline workers. The movie will be followed by a discussion
with Nettie Wild, the Vancouver-based flim maker
 
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20
Time Topic Speakers
Morning THE NORTH AND ARCTIC - PANEL AND KEYNOTES
An introduction from northern political and Indigenous
leaders followed by overviews of the critical geoscientific data,
the relationship to Indigenous communities and resource development
  • Daniel Lebel
  • Holly Steenkamp
  • Territorial and Indigenous leaders

WHO OWNS RESOURCES - DIALOGUE
Who owns resources and who ultimately benefits from resources?
Should this change and how will change happen?
  • Jessica Bratty
  • Cynthia Callison
  • Tony Hodge
  • Ian Gill
Afternoon WATER CONSTRAINTS - KEYNOTES
What controls and limits the supply of water, globally and locally?
How do we evaluate the availability and sources of water and
how does that impact mining and Indigenous communities?
  • Paul Bauman
  • Jay Famiglietti
  • Jason Gurdak
  • Nalaine Morin
Evening PUBLIC LECTURE
Can we end the global water crisis?
  • Jay Famiglietti
THURSDAY, JUNE 21
Time Topic Speakers
Morning NEW RESOURCE FRONTIERS - KEYNOTES
Where will we find and extract
resources in the future - on the seafloor deposits, at depth, in new
environments that host critical elements, in remote parts of Africa,
or through recycling?
What are the boundaries for the future?
  • Richard Blewett
  • Kathryn Goodenough
  • Christian Hagelüken
  • Sven Petersen
  • Jennifer Graham
Lunch MINERAL SUPPLY LECTURES
Two lectures examining the availability and supply
of different minerals and critical importance to the modern world
  • Thomas Graedel
  • Simon Jowitt
Afternoon INNOVATION FORUM
What is the role of innovation,
from social to impact investing, to new business models, technology
and carbon capture? How do we evaluate and communicate data,
ideas and resource development?
  • Teck Resources (moderator)
  • Greg Dipple
  • Susan Morrice
  • Adam Pidlisecky
  • Joy Romero
  • Laurel Sabur
  • Matthew Lato
Afternoon CLOSING FORUM: FUTURE OF RESOURCES
Can we find and deliver resources;
can we meet the needs of a rapidly developing and technological world;
can we do this better to assist Indigenous people and developing countries;
can it be done in an environmentally responsible manner?
  • Stephen D'Esposito
  • Robert Armstrong
  • Tamlyn Botel
  • Megan Leslie
  • John Ludden