Abundant. Reliable. Renewable. Canada’s Natural Resources.
With robust natural resource stretching from the Canadian Cordillera to the Klondike, to the North Atlantic, Canada’s mining, ocean sciences, forestry, and energy industries fuel Canada’s innovation economy. Canada’s rich oil, natural gas, coal and uranium deposits make it a strong leader on the North American energy stage. Half of Canada’s land mass is covered woods, trees and forests, which are amongst the most sustainably managed in the world, and the minerals and metals are the foundation of many of today’s computers and smart phones, are extracted from Canada’s 200 mines, some of the most active in the world. Bordered by three oceans, with the world’s longest coastline, Canada’s ocean economy spans industries, spurring innovation in aquaculture, renewable energies, communications technologies, bio products, defence, transportation and more. The quest for deep exploration didn’t end with the founding of Canada; it was merely the beginning.
Canada’s Key Natural Resources Centres
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Economic Impact of Natural Resources in Canada
$25 Billion Annual Revenue
$201 Billion Exports
Canadian Success Stories
Tallwood House, located on the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus, is the world's tallest mass timber building and home to more than 400 students.
The University of British Columbia performs significant research in the areas of forestry, pulp and paper engineering, forest bioproducts, and mining and mineral processing. The University is also home to FPInnovations’ West Coast research centre, the world's largest not-for-profit forestry-related research centre.
Canada has become a world leader in extracting oil from oil sands thanks to the hot water separation process developed by Karl Clark for the Research Council of Alberta, and Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage thermal recovery technology developed by Dr. Roger M. Butler while working in Canada for Imperial Oil.
The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) in Saskatoon is at the forefront of R&D for CO2 and natural gas injection to enhance recover of light to heavy oils; and solvent vapour extraction (SVX) modelling, including the JIVE Program near Lloydminster, Saskatchewan.
CEMI, the Centre For Excellence in Mining Innovation has made a patent application for a hydraulic air compressor whose novel uses include cooling and dehumidifying deep mines, capturing carbon from fossil fuel burning plants and as a method for domestic air conditioning.
Fredericton-based BIOPolynet developed BioNanocoil, a simple environmentally friendly method to stabilize sand and soil, control industrial dust, and improve the performance of other industrial binders. The product is an innovative solution for sand/dune stabilization and dust controlling in mining, quarrying, forestry, construction, and farming industries as well as the prevention of erosion by natural processes.
Canaport LNG is Canada's first liquefied natural gas receiving and regasification terminal, and is capable of sending 1.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.
The Ocean Tracking Network at Dalhousie University is a global aquatic animal tracking initiative that uses electronic tags to track more than 150 keystone, commercially important and endangered species in 30 countries.
Kraken Robotics is an international ocean technology company engaged in the design, development and marketing of advanced sensors, software and underwater robotics for unmanned maritime vehicles used in defense and commercial applications. Kraken is a recognized leader in the innovation of synthetic aperture sonar (SAS), an underwater imaging technology that is disrupting seabed surveying through ultra-high-resolution imagery at superior coverage rates. Kraken’s SAS was key to the successful 2016 discovery of one of the lost ships of Sir John Franklin’s Arctic expedition, and to the 2017 recovery of Avro Arrow prototype artifacts from Lake Ontario.
Vancouver’s natural resources are diverse and the industry is committed to meeting future challenges through collaboration and leading edge research. Vancouver is a hub for forestry innovation and University of British Columbia Forestry receives the highest level of forestry research funding of any forestry faculty in Canada.
Andrea Heaney, Manager, Meetings & Conventions Vancouver
Victoria, with its geographical location on the west coast, is the leading capital city hub for the Ocean & Marine Sector. Along with our University’s focus as a global leader in Ocean Science, the destination has the best environment and sector knowledge to host groups for Ocean & Marine Conferences. Surrounded by the Salish Sea, having a meeting in Victoria is truly a unique experience!
Kerri Moore, Manager, Strategic Relations & Business Development City of Victoria
Calgary is known as a global leader in energy technology, especially in the oil & gas sector. Our companies have invented, innovated, optimized and marketed some of the leading technologies and best practises in the world. It is only natural that for the first time ever the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is holding their Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (ATCE) right here in the global hub of the energy industry!
Darcy Spady, 2018 Society of Petroleum Engineers, International President
Regina is an ideal service and supply hub for oil and gas. We are located on the edge of the Bakken oil formation. Also there are some 20 mines within a five hour drive and some 1,000 people employed in the mining sector here. Combine that with the largest indoor connected convention and trade show space in Canada at Evraz Place, Regina is the ideal location to bring these sectors together.
John Lee, President & CEO, Economic Development Regina
Greater Sudbury is as rich in its ore as it is in its beauty. On land, we have over 330 fresh water lakes and underneath the grounds surface there are over 5,000 kilometers of mining tunnels. There truly is no question why people love Sudbury. Not only do we have the largest concentrations of hard rock mining, we are also the global leaders in mining research, education, and innovation. Our natural resources are processed locally and exported globally.
Ian Wood, Director of Economic Development, City of Greater Sudbury
Fredericton is not only beautiful, friendly and welcoming, but offers the Meetings and Events Industry some of the best amenities that rival a Tier 1 city. A state-of-the-art convention centre, spectacular space at off-site venues such as the University of NB and Art Gallery; the beautiful and historic downtown, let’s not forget free WiFi everywhere. I was especially impressed by the true partnership and camaraderie of Team Fredericton, who just kept saying ‘Yes, we can do that!’ I can’t wait to come back.
Bettyanne Sherrer, CMP, CMM Principal, ProPlan Conferences & Events
Saint John offers the only convention facilities on the awe-inspiring Bay of Fundy - home of the world's highest tides. Delegates can explore the natural wonders of the Bay and enjoy the charm of our vibrant, historic uptown as the oldest incorporated city in Canada. Our Maritime hospitality is known world-wide and we look forward to hosting your international event on the shores of a world-wonder.
Victoria Clarke, Executive Director, Discover Saint John
We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to be selected as the location for WAS North America 2020. To have Newfoundland and Labrador recognized for its potential as an aquaculture growth area globally is a milestone that we are proud of. We look forward to sharing our success stories as an industry and our beautiful province as a world class tourist destination with aquaculture enthusiasts spanning all areas of the globe in 2020.
Mark Lane, Executive Director NL Aquaculture Industry Association
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