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Canada’s Seat at the Table: Empowering the Global Energy Transition

By September 7, 2023September 15th, 2023No Comments

In the July 24, 2023, edition of The Hill Times, a national Canadian political news newspaper and daily news website, Andrew McLaughlin, Major Drilling Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel, wrote an opinion editorial focusing on staying relevant in the global energy transition. He cautions that with upcoming Canadian government plans to expedite critical minerals permits, it is imperative that the country position itself to lead out in the global green energy transition or run the risk of getting bogged down by red tape, and missing the boat all together. Select excerpts from the op-ed are included below:

“Canada possesses a wealth of mineral reserves necessary for the green energy transition including cobalt, graphite, nickel and lithium,” writes McLaughlin. “Moreover, we [Canada] have a long history of global leadership in mining and extensive industry expertise.”

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Headquartered in Canada, Major Drilling is well positioned, as a leader in specialized drilling, to help discover the resources required for the green energy transition. McLaughlin plays a pivotal role in driving the Company’s environmental, social and governance policies.

McLaughlin continues, “The challenge we often face in Canada is moving from well-crafted policy to actual mobilization and implementation. This is where the government’s stated goal of fast-tracking critical mineral projects risks getting tripped up – with silos between government departments and overlapping jurisdictions having a long track record of impeding progress and coordination. We should be taking notes from countries like Australia, with its Major Projects Facilitation Agency, who are deliberately adopting frameworks and approaches necessary to minimize this risk.”

“Canada needs a shared vision that aligns all sectors of society and identifies their potential roles in the energy transition,” McLaughlin states. “We must develop actionable plans and elevate sustainable mining to the status of a national strategic industry, fostering joint engagement between the public and private sectors, as we collectively and vigorously pursue this vision.”

Major Drilling is a key player in the supply chain for the battery metals and critical minerals that are driving the green energy transition. Learn more about Major Drilling’s services as part of that transition in the Company’s most recent sustainability report. Read The Hill Times full original article here.

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