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Begin each convention day with speakers addressing the forces - internal and external - driving the transformation of the industry!
Eric Desaulniers, MSc, P. Geo, is a professional geologist with a specialization in geophysics and integrated 3D earth modelling. He spearheads the corporate development of Nouveau Monde Graphite in direct collaboration with the internal technical team and industry experts.
Before discovering the world-class Matawinie deposit that launched Nouveau Monde, Eric directed ED Exploration, a consulting firm that strived to offer high-level geological and geophysical services to the mineral industry. He also served as Project Manager at Sander Geophysics where he managed numerous international large-scale interpretation and data acquisition projects in the Middle East, Africa and North America for major clients like the British Geological Survey, Saudi Aramco, the Moroccan government, BRGM and Shell. Eric holds a Bachelor in Geology and a Master in Geophysics from Université Laval.
Presentation: Towards a sustainable future through responsible extraction and processing of graphite
Jerry is one of Canada’s most prominent Aboriginal Leaders. He is committed to enhancing the quality of life for Aboriginal People through the creation of new business opportunities and development of skills and capacity in the community.
His field experience in the mining industry began in 1965 when he started working on diamond drills. He then went on to work underground for six years in the Tantalus Butte Coal Mine, Carmacks, Yukon. During this stage in his career, he was the underground mine rescue Captain and President of the only all-native United Steelworker’s Local in North America.
Jerry has also applied his leadership skills to serve the public. In 2011, Jerry was awarded the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s Skookum Jim Award which recognizes Aboriginal achievements in the mining industry. He was appointed to sit on the Yukon Mining Advisory Board in 2011.
Jerry was President and founding member of the Tahltan Nation Development Corporation. (1985), the largest native-owned and operated heavy construction company in Western Canada. He is also a founding member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (1981) as well as the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association (CAMA) (1991 – November 2013) where he server as Vice-President.
Jerry was instrumental in bringing the Aboriginal Toolkit for Mining to fruition. This document received the 2006 Departmental Merit Award from Natural Resources Canada and in 2007 won the International Award as the best Aboriginal mine training document in the world, from UNESCO.
Jerry is an experienced negotiator. His success in this area includes negotiating the first native-owned independent power producer contract with BC Hydro, the first significant Impact and Benefits Agreement in BC’s mining industry (Golden Bear Mine) and he successfully negotiated for a new health facility to serve the Dease Lake area. Jerry has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Metal March 5, 2013 for his contributions to the inclusion and training of Aboriginal People in industry, as well as the Frank Woodside award from AME BC (2015) and the very prestigious Inspired award for Business and Commerce (2017).
In 2018 he was appointed to the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Body on Responsible Business Conduct (MSAB) by the Minister of International Trade. Jerry has shared his knowledge and experience with indigenous communities in Peru, Columbia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Belize, Guatemala, Argentina, Australia, Panama, the Philippines, Sweden, Norway, Canada and the United States. On January 9, 2020 Jerry Asp was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame. And on May 8, 2020, Jerry was named Mining Person of the Year for BC by the BC Mining Association.
Co-Founder, Chair & CEO
Global Indigenous Development Trust
Presentation: Nation Building through Economic Development
Jeff Hussey obtained his B.Sc in Geology from the University of New Brunswick in 1985 and has worked in the mining and exploration industry his whole career. For nearly 20 years he worked in open pit operations and underground mines for Noranda & Falconbridge.
His operational experience includes the Brunswick No. 12 Mine, Gaspe Copper Mines, the Antamina Copper-Zinc Mine in Peru and Raglan Nickel-Copper Mines in northern Quebec.
From 2007-17, he consulted on projects for junior exploration and development companies and also fulfilled corporate executive roles for companies including Champion Iron Mines.
Since 2017, he is President and COO of Osisko Metals, a Canadian exploration and development company creating value in the base metal space.
Presentation: Resiliency of the Mining Industry
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