2020 Q4 Updates from C2M2A:

  • Discussions continue both federal and provincial Governments following a series of written submissions in which C2M2A outlined the significant importance, risks and opportunities and suggested strategies surrounding critical material supply chains as it pertains to the Canadian federal government’s economic revitalization and growth plans and initiatives (e.g. demand pull vs. supply push, regulatory improvements, investment and trade policy).

  • C2M2A initiated discussions with the UK’s Critical Minerals Association (CMA), Australia’s Critical Minerals Facilitation Office (CMFO), the European Raw Material Alliance (ERMA) members with the objective of  furthering collaboration on education, process technology and supply chain initiatives.

  • Attended critical material meetings at the third annual Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) Raw Materials Dialogue and Industry Round Table (November 16/17, 2020), and Supporting Viable Supply Chains of Critical Materials in the United States and Canada, hosted by the Government of Canada and the U.S. Department of Commerce (November 24, 2020) and the formal launch of the European Raw Material Alliance (ERMA) (September 29, 2020), and e-Mobility Canada’s EV2020 (November 9/10, 2020).

  • With the recent major investments by Ford Motor Company of Canada Limited, FCA Canada Inc. and General Motors of Canada Company, there is an increased interest in how best to secure reliable critical material supply chains in this post-COVID economy. To this end, C2M2A attended the Electric Mobility Canada’s EV 2020 Conference, which was held virtually on November 9/10, 2020.

  • As a member of the organizing committee, attended the Metallurgy and Materials Society MetSoc successful annual Conference of Metallurgists (COM2020), and the virtual Processing of Critical Materials symposium (October 14/15, 2020). This year’s Critical Materials symposium presented 55 peer-reviewed papers and 42 recorded presentations from both industry and academia. Topics covered the metallurgical processing of rare earths, lithium, scandium, vanadium and other elements by authors from 10 countries.

  • Initiated discussions with Electric Mobility Canada (EMC-MEC)  a national, Montreal-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of e-mobility. On November 9, EMC and Transition Accelerator (supported by Dunsky Energy Consulting) announced the launch of a new initiative aimed at building a robust, cross-Canada zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) industry supply chain. Discussions focused on possible collaboration recognizing C2M2A’s strong materials supply chain assets and EMC’s EV policy expertise.

  • The ISO is considering establishing a Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) on critical minerals to explore challenges, opportunities and priorities for standardization across the broad suite of critical minerals. The aim is to take a more holistic view of ISO members’ priorities for standards development in the critical minerals sector and collaboratively determine a path forward for the priorities, the benefits of distinct and shared standards rather than a fragmented approach where each mineral is considered in isolation. As an active participant on ISO initiatives, C2M2A has been invited to share insights.  Practicalities opportunities and potential rubs on the scoping of the SAG terms of references.

  • C2M2A initiated and one of five critical materials and supply chain parties, in collaboration with automotive sector players, is engaged in scoping an Automotive Critical Materials Supply Chain Assessment. This assessment, anticipated to be conducted over a 6-9 month period, is to identify priority components in current and new products that are dependent upon high-risk, critical material supplies; identify demand for at-risk supplies of critical minerals and materials (e.g. lithium, cobalt, scandium, rare earths); detail key risks to supply; identify at-risk sourcing and processing links along the auto sector supply chains for each primary material, detailing gaps in processing links and elaborating on possible mitigation strategies; identify cost competitive and carbon-reducing solutions, detailing demand side volumes of relevant critical materials; and pareto priority pathways to establishing reliable supply chains for automotive applications. The assessment would ultimately be headed by a respected automotive material supply chain sector leader with materials and material processing experts called upon from C2M2A expert network.