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COMPETENCE CENTRE FOR MINING & MINERAL RESOURCES
ABOUT THE COMPETENCE CENTRE
The Competence Centre for Mining and Mineral Resources is the first point of contact for Canadian and German companies and organizations interested in enhancing bilateral strategic partnerships in the mining and mineral resources sector.

The Competence Centre for Mining and Mineral Resources is part of the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce Inc. in Toronto. It was established in 2011 and is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). Its mandate is to support the implementation of the "The German Government's raw materials strategy - Safeguarding a sustainable supply of non-energy mineral resources for Germany" by providing market information, direct contacts and a platform to foster bilateral business partnerships.
The strategy provides a framework for securing long-term resource supply for German companies and aims to encourage companies to diversify their supply sources. It also advocates for increased market transparency and for the formation of bilateral partnerships with resource rich countries.

The Canadian resources market offers a broad range of mineral and metal products and has the potential to increase long term resource supply security for Germany. Germany, on the other hand, is not only a net importer of a broad range of minerals and metals but also a leading exporter of mining equipment and specialty services that can make a difference in the Canadian mining industry. Closer collaboration in the mining and mineral resource sector can thus be beneficial for both countries.
MANDATE & OBJECTIVES
The mandate of the Competence Centre for Mining and Mineral Resources is to support the implementation of the "The German Government's raw materials strategy - Safeguarding a sustainable supply of non-energy mineral resources for Germany".

The objective of the Competence Centre is to enhance bilateral business partnerships in the mining sector by:
  • Being a first point of contact for the Canadian resource market
  • Providing market information on the Canadian and German mining (supply) sector
  • Offering first-hand contacts into the Canadian and German resources sector
  • Providing networking opportunities through bilateral industry events in Canada and Germany
  • Increasing transparency on market opportunities for German companies in Canada
  • Providing individualized consulting services for German and Canadian companies
Expertise:
  • Extensive direct contact network in Canada and Germany
  • Direct contacts in the public sector on federal and provincial levels
  • Expertise in the Canadian and German mining and mineral resources sector
  • Experience with regulatory and licensing authorities
  • Experience in business development and consulting
The Competence Centre for Mining and Mineral Resources offers a broad range of services, events, and market information.
MANAGEMENT


Aarti Mona Soerensen (M.A.)

Project Manager, Competence Centre for Mining and Mineral Resources

Aarti.Soerensen@germanchamber.ca

Aarti Mona Soerensen joined the Canadian German Chamber in October 2010 and completed a comprehensive study entitled "Opportunities for German Companies in the Canadian Resource Sector". Following the success of the study Ms. Soerensen was given the responsibility for establishing the Competence Centre for Mining and Mineral Resources at the Canadian German Chamber. She created the vision and the concept of the Competence Centre while building a network of clients and partners here in Canada and Germany. She possesses a M.A. in Political Science along with an IPMA certification in Project Management. Ms. Soerensen brings academic, strategic, and managerial skills needed for implementing large scale projects. As a native German now living in Canada she brings critical intercultural knowledge to connect companies and interested parties in both countries.



PARTNERS

Partners Canada



The Competence Centre for Mining and Mineral Resources is board member of the monthly discussion group committee of the Management and Economics Society (MES) of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum (CIM). MES provides a professional society for persons in management whose background may be in technical fields (engineering, geology) as well as in non-technical fields (finance, accounting etc.). MES actively works toward furthering education in mineral economics and sponsors various events. Every year, MES hosts the Management and Finance day at the CIM annual convention and organizes various Discussion Groups in Vancouver, Toronto and Hong Kong throughout the year.


The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) is the leading technical society of professionals in the Canadian Minerals, Metals, Materials and Energy Industries. CIM facilitates the exchange of knowledge and technology, fosters networking, professional development and fraternity and recognizes excellence and outstanding achievements in the minerals industry. CIM has over 14,600 members from industry, academia and government, as well as 10 Technical Societies and over 35 Branches. The Competence Centre for Mining and Mineral Resources is a member of the CIM as well as its Toronto Branch and its Women in Mining Branch. At the annual CIM Convention, the Competence Centre offers German Tours  to introduce Canadian companies to German exhibitors. Furthermore, the Comeptence Centre attends CIM Toronto Branch networking events. 


The NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines operates out of an office in Yellowknife, NWT and serves companies operating in the NWT and Nunavut. It has been the voice of the Northern mining and exploration industry since 1967. It aims to promote the industry and the North to Northerners, Canadians, and the world at large. The chamber speaks out on industry opportunities, concerns and issues and advises governments, investors, the media, educational institutions, and the public on industry positions and initiatives.
The Chamber of Mines represents an important point of contact for the Toronto based Competence Centre for Mining and Mineral Resources to reach out to the NWT & Nunavut Mining industry. The Competence Centre takes part in key industry events organized by the Chamber of Mines such as the Geoscience Forum and the Nunavut Mining Symposium. The Competence Centre and the Chamber collaborate in promoting the NWT and Yukon Territories to German companies offering equipment suited for northern climate and to German research facilities with an interest in the Arctic. 


The western Canadian province of Saskatchewan is the nation’s second largest oil producer, the world's leading potash producer, a top exporter of wheat and pulse crops and one of the world's largest suppliers of uranium. The provincial government’s Ministry of the Economy is tasked with advancing Saskatchewan’s strong and consistent economic growth. With the province offering one of the most competitive business environments in North America today, the Ministry of the Economy works to attract investment and international engagement within a stable framework of sustainability. The Competence Centre for Mining and Mineral Resources cooperates with the Ministry in building and optimizing the provincial mining supply chain. The Competence Centre thus supports the annual Supply Chain Forum in Saskatoon by promoting the event in Germany and by organizing a group of German companies to participate in the 2015 forum. Furthermore, a close connection to Saskatoon has evolved through the K+S Potash Canada Legacy Project and the German CEO & President of PotashCorp.


Based in Sudbury, the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) directs and coordinates step-change innovation in the areas of exploration, deep mining, integrated mine engineering, environment and sustainability for the metal mining industry. With a seasoned team of program directors, CEMI identifies, assesses and manages industry-focused applied research & development projects that extend from geology and engineering to the natural sciences. CEMI recognizes innovation is a three-phase process: research and development, and implementation (R&D, I). With implementation, CEMI turns innovative ideas into best practices. The Competence Centre for Mining and Mineral Resources supports CEMI in establishing contact with potential German project partners and innovative German companies in the mining supply sector. The Competence Centre furthermore collaborates with CEMI in analyzing gaps in particular for the hard rock underground mining supply chain. In this collaboration, the Competence Centre looks to identify potential opportunities for German companies to fill these gaps with innovative solutions.




Partners Germany



The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is the main sponsor of the Competence Center for Mining and Mineral Resources. In 2010 the BMWi launched the "German Government's raw materials strategy - Safeguarding a sustainable supply of non-energy mineral resources for Germany". The strategy encourages the formation of bilateral partnerships with resource rich countries. The Competence Centre for Mining and Mineral Resources is an initiative by the BMWi to support the implementation of this strategy.


The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) is the German equivalent to the Canadian National Geological Survey. Founded in 1873 it advises the German Federal Government as well as businesses on geo-scientific matters and natural resources. BGR is a division of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The Competence Center for Mining and Mineral Resources has access to and utilizes BGR's reports on global commodity markets and cooperates with the agency on client information requests.


The German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA) is a special unit within the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR). It was founded in October 2010 as part of the re-orientation of Germany's resource policy. It advises the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) on matters of non-renewable resources - metals, minerals, aggregates and energy resources. It is also designated to advise businesses on resource risk and supply strategies and has expertise on their resource demands. DERA is a close partner of the Competence Center for Mining and Mineral Resources. The collaboration encompasses joint events, studies and projects. Both agencies exchange market information and contacts in the resources sector.


The German Federation of International Mining and Mineral Resources (FAB) is a federation of German companies active in international mining and mining related activities. The FAB is a platform for information exchange as well as for the articulation of member interests towards German and foreign institutions. The Competence Center for Mining and Mineral Resources collaborates with the FAB through joint events informing German companies about opportunities in the Canadian resources sector.


  Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) is the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. GTAI promotes Germany as a business and technology location. It supports companies based in Germany by providing global market information. GTAI publishes regular market updates and trends that complement the market information provided by the Competence Centre for Mining and Mineral Resources. The collaboration focuses on sharing market information and relevant publications.


The Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) is part of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf and is associated with TU Bergakademie Freiberg, the oldest mining university in the world. Founded in 2011, HIF is another product of Germany's new raw material strategy and policy. HIF aims to develop innovative technologies to allow a more efficient use and the recycling of mineral resources. HIF hosts a booth at the annual PDAC Trade Show & Conference in Toronto and cooperates with the Competence Center for Mining and Mineral Resources and DERA in organizing the German Presentation Room at the PDAC.


The VDMA represents over 3,100 mainly small/medium size member companies in the engineering industry, making it one of the largest and most important industrial associations in Europe. The Mining Equipment Department within VDMA represents one of the most export oriented branches of the German engineering industry, showing steady growth over the past decades. The Competence Center for Mining and Mineral Resources offers consulting services for German Mining Equipment supplier interested in the Canadian market. The Competence Centre for Mining and Mineral Resources collaborates with VDMA in organizing business delegations to Canada and Toronto.
MEDIA COVERAGE
 "Läuft Deutschland in die Rohstoff-Falle?" 
- Handelsblatt - © Handelsblatt GmbH (German), March 2017

 "Netzwerk Mit Mehrheit"
- Markets International - (German), December 2016

"PDAC 2016 Convention in Toronto - First German Pavilion a great success"
- Mining Report Glückauf - www.mining-report.de (German/English), April 2016

"Renewables require innovation and change of mining industry mindset"
- Creamer Media - www.miningweekly.com (English), January 2016

"Renewable energy opportunities rise as costs slide and solutions grow"
- Creamer Media - www.miningweekly.com (English), January 2016

"Diesel price plunge slowed but not stymied renewables uptake"
- Creamer Media - www.miningweekly.com (English), January 2016
 
"Renewable energy's future in mining shines bright"

- Creamer Media - www.miningweekly.com (English), February 2015

"Renewable energy for mines still relevant despite decline in oil price"
- Creamer Media - www.miningweekly.com (English), February 2015

"Naturallia educates businesses on the North"

- The Sault Star (English), October 2013

"Die Rohstoffbranche trifft sich in Toronto"
- Handelsblatt - © Handelsblatt GmbH (German), March 2013

"Deutsche Industrie entdeckt Kanada"
- Handelsblatt - © Handelsblatt GmbH (German), March 2012

"Kanadas Rohstoffe locken deutsche Investoren"
- Handelsblatt - © Handelsblatt GmbH (German), November 2011
TESTIMONIALS
"The German federation of international mining and mineral resources testifies that the cooperation with the AHK in Toronto is as good as never before. The main reason for the extraordinary positive development is the engagement of Aarti Soerensen for the mining and mineral topics. With respect we recognize her support to gain a transparent overview on the Canadian minerals sector. Contributions and work results have been recently published studies focusing on the mineral sector itself and the value chain of mineral resources. We encourage her to continue over the next years in order to achieve concrete co-operations between the German and Canadian mineral industries."

- Dr. Martin Wedig, Managing Director, FAB - German federation of international mining and mineral resources


"I congratulate you and your team on the excellent work undertaken during the German Chambers report of the mining industry. The report pulls together some difficult ideas and gives some clear suggestions on how junior mining and the consumers of metals can come together. I hope your work is able to expand and we see German Industry getting more involved and perhaps sharing the risk in the junior mining industry. I think that having the Chamber involved to act as a liaison between exploration/mining and German consumers will become very effective over time, as it is difficult for small Canadian companies to bridge that gap alone. I'm sure you will use this first piece of work as a stepping stone to encourage many more effective partnerships to develop. You have managed to add value to both sides and certainly opened new doors for our company."

- Canadian Exploration & Mine Developing Company


"Die vom Kompetenzzentrum organisierte Delegationsreise für deutsche Bergbau-, Zuliefer- und Dienst­leistungsunternehmen im November 2012 war ein großer Erfolg, speziell für uns als mittelständisch geprägter, internationaler Bergbau- und Rohstoff­handelskonzern. Durch die informativen und erkenntnisreichen Veranstaltungen (z.B. eine Vortragsreihe von Rechtsberatern, eine Informationsveranstaltung an der Börse Toronto oder die von der AHK veranstaltete Bergbaukonferenz) konnten wir nützliche Hintergrundinformationen zum kanadischen Rohstoffsektor erhalten. Zudem erwiesen sich die vermittelten Kontakte zu kanadischen Projektgesellschaften und Dienstleistern als hilfreich. Insgesamt lässt sich festhalten, dass die CRONIMET Mining AG durch die Teilnahme an der AKH-organisierten Delegationsreise gute Ansatzpunkte für zukünftige Geschäftsbeziehungen mit kanadischen Partnerunternehmen generiert hat."

- Phillip Kistner, Head of Corporate Development, Cronimet Mining AG, Karlsruhe