Conference Themes: The New Frontiers of Mining

The Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan recognizes the need for increased collaboration between Canada's mining and space industries. Both industries are seeking to expand their capabilities to adopt new technology and expertise through access to new applications across various industrial sectors. Space resource utilization may create new opportunities for the mining and space industries through the advancement of mutually beneficial technology development and adoption to solve common challenges throughout the mineral development cycle, on Earth and in space.

Visit to download the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan and Action Plan 2020.

This conference will consist of a mix of technical presentations, roundtable discussions, and, new this year, business to business meeting opportunities with leaders in the mining sector.  The program will be determined by the organizing committee based on the submissions received.

Visit to download the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan and Action Plan 2020.

​Topics could include:

  • Remote sensing

  • Contact sensing

  • Assay and analysis

  • Search for life

  • Search for new resources

  • Resource definition and delineation

  • Deep drilling

  • Hazard mitigation

​Topics could include:

  • Rovers and rover payloads

  • Navigation and guidance

  • Regolith processing

  • Mine planning

  • Mining support and logistics

  • Life support in a mine

  • Ground support
  • Life cycle, maintenance and repair

​Topics could include:

  • Property rights

  • Regulatory regimes

  • Human habitat

  • Funding processes

  • Commercial missions in space

  • Tax incentives

  • Mine development

  • Tourism

​Topics could include:

  • Technology diffusion

  • Leveraging technology/capabiliites from other sectors

  • Potential collaboration

  • Opportunities for improvement in efficiencies, costs, worker health and safety

  • Shared challenges and solutions: ex remote and autonomous operations, extreme environments (Arctic and space)

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