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The Northern Miner podcast – episode 84: A view from 30,000 feet, with ICMM & Hatch

A view from 30,000 feet. Credit:

This week we’re getting a global viewpoint courtesy of Tom Butler, the president and CEO of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) (13:10). Matt sit downs with Tom during a Vancouver Board of Trade event to discuss some of the big issues facing the mining industry internationally. We dig into the impact of climate change politics, the new-era of social license, and the potential for social media in mining communications.

Meanwhile, we continue our discussions with the financial community about commodity outlooks heading into the new year. Trish Saywell provides a transcript of her discussion with Scotiabank commodity economist Rory Johnston (9:00), which contains more interesting insights on the pending nickel and copper markets, while Matt delves into the recent buzz around Chinese loan markets and the industrial complex, and chats about the major headlines in Glencore‘s (LON: GLEN) investor update call (hint: think zinc) (6:45).

Finally, our Sponsor Spotlight this week features Joe Lombard, the Global Director of Metals at Hatch (36:45). Joe and Matt chat at the Northern Miner’s Progressive Mine Forum in Toronto about innovation and implementation successes and challenges from the viewpoint of a major international engineering supplier.

Bonus: Matt rants about press coverage of the BC NDP’s Site C decision!

(Hatch was a sponsor of The Northern Miner’s Progressive Mine Forum in October.)

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Articles referenced:

ICMM’s Butler: Mining ‘a real agent of change when it comes to alleviating poverty’

Scotiabank’s Rory Johnston: ‘A lot of tailwinds behind the base metals complex’

‘We can use the power of machine learning’: PMF roundtable discusses innovation in mining

CRU expects lithium demand to triple between now and 2025

Copper, nickel outlooks dominate LME Week

Jeffrey Christian on bitcoin and ‘runaway’ gold price

Video: Progressive Mine Forum 2017

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“Jingle Bells” Kevin MacLeod (
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“Deck the Halls” Kevin MacLeod (
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