“Building Trust to Decarbonize the World” The 2023 CIM Convention + Expo

17th March 2023


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Keynote and Plenaries unveiled

Early-bird registration for the CIM Convention + EXPO 2023 (April 30 to May 3, Montreal) will end midnight, March 25.

The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) is pleased to announce the keynote speaker and plenaries who will lead discussions tackling different aspects of the theme, “Building trust to decarbonize the world.”

CIM President, Anne Marie Toutant noted, “Going forward, maintaining this trust-building momentum will be critical for Canadian companies involved in sustainably producing the metals and minerals needed to move the world to a lower carbon future.”

The CIM Convention + Expo will be a turning point for the Canadian mining industry and will lead the way to embracing better ESG practices.

Monday, May 1

Topic: Building Trust —  The relationship between miners, communities, governments and the planet. How to build trust and change our mindset to adapt to different cultural communities.

Keynote: Mitch Warner, Managing Partner, Arbinger

Moderator: Angelina Mehta, General Manager, Joint Ventures at Rio Tinto Aluminium


David Cataford, CEO & Director, Champion Iron

Philippe Couillard, 31st Premier of Quebec

Ken Rock, General Director, Société de développement économique Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam

Nadja Kunz, Assistant professor, The University of British Columbia

Tuesday, May 2
Topic: Decarbonization via Technology and Collaboration — Ambitious targets, innovation and investment required. How to be open to creative partnerships, building on trust.

Moderator: Angelina Mehta, General Manager, Joint Ventures at Rio Tinto Aluminium


Carl Weatherall, Executive Director and CEO, CMIC

Louise Grondin, Retired, Agnico Eagle Mine

Louis-Olivier Roy, Director of Business Development, Optel Group

Luc Sirois, Chief Innovation Officer, Conseil de l’innovation du Québec

Wednesday, May 3
Topic: Investment/Financing — Does building trust generate the investment needed? How to demonstrate the value of decarbonization? How do we use reporting to show real progress? How do traditional bankers support this new world?

Moderator: Angelina Mehta, General Manager, Joint Ventures at Rio Tinto Aluminium


Simon Thibeault, Senior Director - Battery Value Chain, Investissement Québec

Belinda Labatte, CEO, Lomiko Metals

Cheryl Brandon, Co-Managing Partner Kinterra Capital

Milla Craig, Founder, President and CEO, Millani Inc.

Lunch with Sophie Bergeron
In addition to the rich technical keynote and panel sessions, Sophie Bergeron, Managing Director of Rio Tinto will join the convention delegates at the Wednesday lunch. Ms. Bergeron was appointed Managing Director, Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium (RTIT) and Diamonds, in October 2022, after joining Rio Tinto in 2020.

With a bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal, Ms. Bergeron began her career in Northern Quebec over twenty (20) years ago and has held various engineering and management positions throughout the Americas, from Nunavik in Northern Quebec to the Santa Cruz Province in Southern Argentina. Back in Quebec since December 2017, she was general manager of a mining complex before joining Rio Tinto.

Throughout her career, she has consistently focused on leveraging her technical and continuous improvement skills for health and safety. She obtained her Six Sigma certification and a certificate in Business Optimization from the University of Melbourne in Australia.  She also served as a board member of the Québec Mining Association in 2018 and 2019, and currently serves on the NYSE Board of Directors as a non-executive director.

Ms. Bergeron is a passionate manager with a commitment to Health, Safety, Environment, Communities, Innovation and Value Creation, Sophie is proud to contribute to a sustainable and responsible mining industry with Rio Tinto as Managing Director, RTIT and Diamonds and to bring her vision to foster a collaborative and responsible environment.

More information and registration
Online registration is officially open. Enjoy the early-bird rate before March 25, 2023. Register here: The complete technical program will be available on the website in April. Contact for any inquiries.

Official Convention Sponsor

This year, CIM is thrilled to welcome Rio Tinto as the Official CIM Convention + Expo Sponsor.

Edited by Creamer Media Reporter




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