PARTNER OF THE CANADA PAVILION AT MINING INDABA 2018 (MI18)
Megan Nichols, Director General of Policy and Economics Branch
Maureen Coulas, Deputy Director Africa & Europe, International Affairs and Trade Division Policy and Economics Branch, Lands and Minerals Sector
The Government of Canada’s department of Natural Resources (NRCan) works to improve the quality of life of Canadians by ensuring that natural resources are developed sustainably, providing a source of good jobs, prosperity and opportunity, while preserving our environment and respecting our communities and Indigenous peoples. NRCan is an established leader in science and technology in the fields of energy, forests and minerals and metals, and uses its expertise in earth sciences to build and maintain knowledge of Canada’s landmass.
At the federal level, NRCan is responsible for ensuring the sustainable development of natural resources – central to the department’s mandate and to the sectors’ future – and for providing the geographical and geological information base that supports decisions about Canada’s land-based and offshore resources.
NRCan is also responsible for international trade in the area of natural resources and related industries, as well as for negotiating collaborative agreements with foreign partners. The department works with a variety of partners – governments, industry, academia, non-government organizations, Indigenous peoples and individual Canadians – to ensure that sustainable development principles are integrated not only in Canada but also around the world.
As the Government’s primary source of technological, scientific and policy expertise on Canada’s minerals and metals resources and earth sciences, NRCan helps ensure that mineral and natural resource development remains a source of opportunity and prosperity for Canadians. While doing so, NRCan is building the foundation for modern lands governance that supports Canada’s economy, sustains the environment and advances Canadians’ standard of living. NRCan also works with governments, communities, Indigenous peoples, civil society and the private sector to anticipate, prevent and manage natural and anthropogenic risks.