Earlier this week, the provincial government announced that they had appointed a 5-member Mineral Advisory Council to help attract investment in mineral mining.
The UCP government hopes that the advisory council can help develop strategy for mining such mineral deposits in Alberta as lithium, vanadium, uranium, diamonds, potash, and rare earth elements.
That strategy will include the following:
- Improving public access to quality data about mineral occurrences in Alberta
- Having a streamlined regulatory environment in place that assures environmentally responsible development
- Enhancing opportunities for Indigenous Peoples
- Promoting innovation
- Attracting investment
Here are the panel members, none of which are based in Alberta:
- Bob McLeod, former premier of the Northwest Territories
- Stephanie Autut , executive director of the Nunavut Water Board
- Eira Thomas, president and CEO of Vancouver-based Lucara Diamond Corporation
- Gordon Stothart, president and CEO of Toronto-based IAMGOLD
- Allison Rippin Armstrong, a Vancouver-based environment consultant
In addition to the panel, the government reports that they will be engaging “key stakeholders” as the panel develops the strategy, including:
- Indigenous groups
- Government agencies
- Environment non-governmental organizations
- Research institutes
- Financial advisors
- Land and mineral owners
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