Critical Minerals - Strategic Challenge And Positive Opportunity For Canada And The USA

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Learn about what Canada and USA are doing in the face supply chain shortage of critical minerals. This is the annual Experts' Meeting of the Canada - United States Law Institute co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Canada Institute.

This event brings together these Canadian and American leaders in both the public and private arena to share ideas and insights into critical minerals – their great importance for Canada and the United States, supply chain challenges as well as the roles of each country to develop its resources and address national security concerns and opportunities for enhanced cooperation.
10 a.m.

Panel 1 - Business and Industry Issues

  • Diane Francis, Moderator, Award winning journalist and columnist
  • Chris Doornbos, CEO and Director, of E3 Lithium.
  • Eric Lee, Former Global Lead, Electrification Strategy & Portfolio Planning (2019–2021), Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), CEO of Copper Country Capital, LLC
  • Leigh Clarke, Vice President for Corporate Strategy & Sustainability, E3 Metals Corp.
11 a.m.

Panel 2: Government and Public Policy Issues

  • Peter MacKay, Moderator, Former Attorney General and Minister of Defense of Canada
  • Jeff Labonté, Assistant Deputy Minister for Natural Resources Canada - Lands and Minerals Sector
  • Sameera Fazili, Deputy Director of the U.S. President’s National Economic Council, whose portfolio includes supply chains and critical minerals
12:20 p.m.

Luncheon Keynote: The Geo-Politics of Critical Minerals

  • Tomas Rakusan, former Deputy Director of CIA for Operations and Assistant Director of CIA for Europe and Eurasia with 39 years of service in the CIA and the national security community and presently a Managing Director, Cerberus Capital Management

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Canada-US Law Institute


Wilson Center (Wasington, DC)

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