Coal 2017 Conference Will Focus on Environment and the Economy

As coal continues to be the subject of intense focus around the world, experts from Canada and around the world will gather in Vancouver From September 27-29 to discuss coal, the environment and the economy.

Centred around the theme “A Sustainable Future: Coal and the Environment”, the 2017 conference boasts an exceptional lineup of industry leaders, scholars and experts from around the world who will share their insights in presentations and panels focusing on the theme of the economy and the environment.

Keynote speaker will be Ernie Thrasher, a well-known figure in the coal sector. Mr. Thrasher is the founder of XCoal, the largest exporter of US coal to Asia and has held various positions in mine operations and mine management, as well as marketing, over the last 40 years.

The banquet keynote speaker will be Dr. Jack Mintz, a renowned Canadian economist. Dr. Mintz is the President’s Fellow of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. He will be speaking at the Annual awards dinner on September 28, where the CAC will be presenting the Award of Distinction to researcher Ross Leeder.

The moderator for this year is Bob Bell, Mr. Bell held executive positions with companies in both the metallurgical and thermal coal industries including Luscar Ltd., Pine Valley Mining, Teck Resources, Ram River Coal and Atrum Coal.  In addition, he served two terms as Chair of Neptune Bulk Terminals.  He currently runs a consulting practice focused on marketing and transportation strategy, product evaluation and property development.  Conference speakers this year represent not only the coal industry, but regulators, government and the environment sector. A full list of speakers and their topics is available on coal2017.ca.

The coal industry is a significant contributor to the Canadian economy, and is responsible for nearly 42 000 jobs across Canada. Coal mining contributes $5.2 billion in direct and indirect impacts to the economy annually. The Coal Association of Canada is a national membership organization representing the coal industry and those affected by it, including miners, unions, shippers, and municipalities.

Additional information on the full conference program and speakers can be viewed at http://www.coal2017.ca/.

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Sarah Hamilton
Coal Association of Canada
(780) 903-5752

 

Coal Association of Canada honours industry pioneer and researcher Ross Leeder

The Coal Association of Canada is pleased to announce Dr. Ross Leeder as the 2017 Award of Distinction Winner. The CAC Award of Distinction recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in the coal industry in Canada.

Dr. Leeder is being recognized for his research and advocacy contributing to the coal industry. Throughout his career, Dr. Leeder has worked to develop better International Standards for Canadian coals. In his work with CANMET, Dr. Leeder’s research established the value of Canadian coal, which improved international trade, and contributed to the growth and development of Canada’s metallurgical coal trade.

He has been a member of the Canadian Carbonization Research Association (CCRA) for over 40 years and has served as Chairman of their Technical Committee and their Board of Directors. He has authored numerous reports, publications and presentations over his career, always emphasizing the technical merits of Canadian coals. Dr. Leeder is highly regarded around the world for his expertise in all technical aspects of coal including exploration, mining, processing, transportation, storage, and utilization.

He worked with many coal mining companies in western Canada on all aspects of mining, processing and beneficiation technologies, but specifically to improve technologies to upgrade Canadian coals. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Leeder has worked for several coal companies, always championing Canadian coals in the International market place.

The Award of Distinction is awarded annually at the Coal Association of Canada’s Annual Conference, which will be at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver. The Award of Distinction presentation will be during the conference banquet dinner on September 28, 2017.

To nominate a coal industry leader for 2018, visit the Coal Association of Canada’s Award of Distinction web page.

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For more information:

Sarah Hamilton
Director of Communications and Media Relations
Coal Association of Canada
o. (780) 757 – 9488
m. (780) 903 – 5752