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PDAC Forum: Innovation for Sustainability in the Mining Sector

Innovation for Sustainability in the Mining Sector
March 4, 2017 1:00–5:00 pm
Room 201, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
255 Front Street West Toronto, Canada


The sustainability forum included expert panels and facilitated roundtable discussions focused on the following innovation topics:

  • Technology, including digitalization
  • Clean innovation, including energy
  • Business models, including financing
  • Social innovation, including partnerships and engagement

The importance of partnerships (SDG 17) was a common theme that cut across all aspects of the innovation discussions. The involvement of communities was another central theme that was deemed critical to spurring the innovation required to achieve the SDGs.

The forum was co-hosted by the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainability (IGF), the World Economic Forum and PDAC. It brought together stakeholders from across the mining and metals industry to:

  • Explore the role and types of innovation in the mining and metals sector critical to supporting the SDG agenda
  • Present examples of innovative practice within the sector that can be shared or scaled
  • Stimulate debate and idea creation within the sector
  • Explore areas where more focus on what innovation in the sector is required and what can be learned from other sectors
  • Identify ideas and actions for different stakeholders to enhance the role of innovation in the sector to achieve the SDGs by 2030

The full meeting report is available here: PDAC%20Meeting%20Report%202017.pdf or on the IGF  website: http://igfmining.org/pdac-forum-innovation-sustainability-mining-se...

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