Twenty-first century competitiveness requires sustained and reliable access to specialized minerals, yet another example of how Canada's natural resource sector is essential to the country's long-term prosperity. While Canada has a well-deserved reputation as a leading mining nation, it does not yet have a strong presence in the strategic mineral sector. These commodities, which include such minerals as lithium and a group of hard-to-find rare earth minerals, play a critical role in the development of 21st century commercial and industrial products, including many in the high-technology sector. Ensuring a steady supply of these essential elements is crucial to long-term technological viability. But at present, much of the production is controlled in risky political environments, including China – which produces more than half of the world’s rare earth metals – Russia, Brazil, and other less-than-dependable regimes.
MLI is bringing together an online panel of the top experts to discuss how Canada can protect its interests and build its economy with a critical minerals strategy, including:
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