Apr 28, 2021
Global Business Report’s Mining in Ontario and Toronto’s Global Reach 2021 Report Interview with Paul Bradette
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Global Business Reports (GBR) presents the 2021 edition of its annual guide to the mining landscape in Canada’s largest mineral producing province. Below is the interview with Paul Bradette, former MineConnect Executive Director on page 91!
What is the mission of MineConnect and what are some of the current initiatives the organization is undertaking?
Our mission statement is: “Suppliers of choice to the world.” All of MineConnect’s market initiatives are designed around one thing – to help our companies grow their business either regionally or on a global scale. For example, we have recently initiated a lead generation campaign, whereby we drive potential customers to our “Find a Supplier” button where we have categorized the mining industry into twelve specialty areas. If you are a mine operation in Mexico looking for solutions around ventilation, you click on the ventilation tab and it provides you with each of the related categories. We developed this software as a free tool that showcases our members to both regional and international markets. In our trade program, we actively engage with mine operators around the world, and invite them up to Northern Ontario to visit our suppliers and technology providers firsthand. The Norcat Fecunis mine, an underground R&D facility, has become a great venue for us to bring international buyers into the location where all these companies are showcased. Last August, we invited Codelco to northern Ontario to visit our suppliers within the battery electric space. From that visit, we were invited back to Chile with ten member companies to tour six different mines there. MineConnect provides an opportunity for a soft landing into new markets, and that is one of our primary mandate. We are also working on opening an office in Nevada, planned for March 2021. We will have employees in that storefront, so if one of our companies wants to visit, we can facilitate meetings for them, as well as be there to promote the MineConnect brand and what our members can bring to any mine development.
What impact do MineConnect members have on the economic development of Northern Ontario?
MineConnect members employ upwards of 8,800 Northerners. Our members alone, generate upwards of C$3.5 billion in total revenue, and about 20% of that is export driven. For context, the total output from Ontario mines is roughly C$10.9 billion per year. In general, there is over five hundred companies that employ around 22,000 northerners and generate about C$7.7 billion. The mining supply and services cluster makes up a large piece of this economy, and the supply chain has a significant impact.
Download GBR’s Mining in Ontario and Toronto’s Global Reach 2021 Report below.