C2M2A is an evolution of the Canadian Rare Earths Elements Network, or CREEN.

CREEN was established in 2013 as an informal network of prospective critical mineral producers, commercial and national laboratories, academia and expert service providers. CREEN led and engaged with a range of national and global initiatives and its perspectives to the interrelationship of critical minerals and advances in clean technology were frequently solicited by the federal and provincial governments.

More recently, national and international announcements, including the Speech from the Thone in September 2020, made clear that more active engagement by a broader-reaching and more robust CREEN membership would help bolster Canadian critical mineral and material supply chain efforts. As such, CREEN’s mandate evolved and objectives broadened, to formally create the Canadian Critical Minerals and Materials Alliance in January 2021.