Natural Resources

Feb 22, 2021
BC Aquaculture Innovation Awards dangle $325,000 in prizes for 3 lucky winners
By the Editors

Got an innovative idea for the B.C. aquaculture industry? The provincial Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (MAFF) and Innovate BC want to hear from you soon. Applications are now open for the 2021 BC Aquaculture Innovation Awards, which will see...

Feb 19, 2021
The Innovators: Lucara Diamond devised new ways to mine and market giant gems
Michael McCullough

It’s no accident that Lucara Diamond Corp. has, over the past seven years, unearthed a third of the world’s diamonds in excess of 300 carats. Granted, the Vancouver-based, Toronto Stock Exchange–listed company’s Karowe mine in Botswana is extraordinarily rich in such...

Feb 19, 2021
Russell Starr keeps being wrong about buying gold. But he still thinks he's right
Nick Rockel

When Russell Starr looks at the frothy U.S. stock market, he sees big trouble ahead. “I still think my thesis is right,” says the president and CEO of Vancouver-headquartered Trillium Gold Mines. “And that is, this just doesn’t end well.” Starr, who is based in Toronto, keeps sticking to his belief that investing in gold—and, theoretically, cryptocurrency—is a smarter bet than chasing the latest hot stock...

Feb 1, 2021
To reduce B.C.’s climate disaster risk, shake up the logging industry: report
By the Editors

Like the rest of the world, B.C. is running out of time to head off the fires, droughts, floods and other natural disasters that the climate crisis will bring our way. The provincial government just got served notice that reforming...

Jan 27, 2021
Discrimination in the mining business is real, but there’s good news, too. Just ask these four industry veterans
Nick Rockel

Moderator Kendra Johnston didn’t mince words when she kicked off a recent panel discussion. Johnston, president and CEO of the Association for Mineral Exploration, explained that she looked for midcareer geologists and mining engineers from a variety of ethnic backgrounds to...

Jan 22, 2021
As the world electrifies, the mining industry will strike gold, Robert Friedland predicts
By the Editors

Robert Friedland returned to his old B.C. stomping grounds this week. The legendary mining financier delivered the opening keynote speech for AME Remote Roundup, a virtual edition of the Association for Mineral Exploration’s annual conference. Friedland joined attendees via video from Singapore, his home base...

Jan 7, 2021
Vancity beats other Canadian banks and credit unions to net-zero pledge
By the Editors

It won’t happen overnight—not by a long shot—but Canada’s biggest community credit union is getting out of financing fossil fuels. Vancouver City Savings Credit Union just became the first bank or credit union in the country to commit to net-zero carbon emissions across its entire lending portfolio. Vancity plans to reach that goal by 2040, a decade ahead of the global target encouraged by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...

Dec 8, 2020
5 Questions: AME head Kendra Johnston likes her industry’s prospects
Nick Rockel

If we look just at the last 15 years, we’ve contributed over $5 billion to the provincial economy. On average, we spend approximately $330 million a year as mineral explorers directly into the ground in B.C. So that’s an average of about $1.2 million per company.

Nov 2, 2020
Against the Grain: How three B.C. forest companies have thrived during tough times for the industry
Ryan Stuart

The sales numbers told Roger Keery that things were turning around at Skeena Sawmills. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Terrace mill had sold out its lumber production two months in advance. Its new $20-million wood pellet plant was exceeding expectations. And its wood chips were in demand to make medical...

Oct 20, 2020
Ask a Leader: To tackle the COVID challenge, Don Lindsay champions innovation amid rapid change
By the Editors

We asked prominent members of the B.C. business community what they’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic—and how this crisis will change everything from work to leadership. Don Lindsay, president and CEO of Teck Resources, reveals what steps the Vancouver-based mining...

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