Canada’s mining sector is in need of a long term plan to maintain Canada’s leading position in the industry as well as prepare for the future. That’s what provincial and federal ministers agreed to last summer. That plan is called the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan (CMMP) and consultations are ongoing.
The CMMP consultation is being led by the Department of Natural Resources (NRCan). On June 4th they held an expert engagement session on space mining in Ottawa that included representatives from the space community, the traditional mining community and government.
SpaceQ interviewed a representative from government and the traditional mining sector for this weeks SpaceQ podcast.
The guests were Glenn Mason, Assistant Deputy Minister, Lands and Minerals Sector from the Department of Natural Resources and Michelle Ash, Chief Innovation Officer at traditional mining giant, Barrick Gold.
When NRCan began the planning process and released the CMMP discussion paper (below), the idea of space mining as part of the plan wasn’t consciously thought of. However, as you’ll hear from Glenn and Michelle, it is getting some thought in context synergies in technology development for the traditional mining sector and space mining as well as long term planning. And for the space community, that could be considered a win, if at a minimum, some language on space mining makes it to the final plan.
For those interested in the space industry’s take on space mining, I will direct you to episode 38 from March in which I spoke with Dale Boucher of Deltion.
Show timing notes:
Introduction – 00:16
Guest 1: Glenn Mason – 01:16
Guest 2: Michelle Ash – 20:44
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