National Conference to Focus on Canadian Coal Industry and Global Positioning
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/15/13 -- Canadian
coal production, global coal and steel markets, rail and port
capacity....these are just a few of the topics to be discussed at the
2013 Coal Association of Canada (CAC) Conference and Trade show
taking place September 11-13 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver.
"The global coal industry is facing challenging times," said Ann
Marie Hann, President of the Coal Association of Canada. "Our
outstanding line up of speakers will help put the issues into
perspective by sharing strategic information about our industry so we
can better understand the challenges and opportunities before us."
As Canada is the third largest exporter of metallurgical
(steel-making) coal in the world, a key session will focus on steel
markets with presentations from Franz Blancquaert, General Manager
Solid Fuels Purchasing of ArcelorMittal (Luxembourg), the world's
largest steel company and Koji Iwama, General Manager of Coal for
Marubeni Corporation, one of Japan's largest steel companies. The
session also includes a presentation from steel market expert, Dr.
Neil J. Bristow, Principal / Managing Consultant of H&W Worldwide
Consulting Pty. Ltd.
Another session will feature a discussion on the coal industry from a
global perspective. This includes a presentation from Milton Catelin,
CEO of the World Coal Association (London, UK), who will speak about
coal's reputation around the world. He will be followed by the
world-leading coal market analytics firm, Wood Mackenzie and
Pricewaterhouse Coopers who will talk about global coal supply and
demand and mine financing trends.
Since an efficient transportation network is critical to the coal
industry, host presenters from Canada and the United States will
speak about port and rail infrastructure requirements to ship coal to
international markets. Executives from four Canadian coal companies,
Coalspur Mines, Fortune Minerals, Teck Resources Limited, and Walter
Energy will round out the conference sharing their plans for the
The conference will be moderated by internationally renowned coal
expert, Gerard McCloskey, Founder of the McCloskey Group, Chairman,
Merlin Trade and Consultancy and Senior Advisor, Global Coal Sector,
In 2011, the coal industry contributed an estimated $5.2 billion to
Canada's GDP. Nationally, over 42,000 people are directly and
indirectly employed thanks to the coal industry and in addition to
employment the industry provides other sizable financial benefits to
governments. Total tax payments made by the coal mining industry to
all levels of government in 2011 were $715.2 million which helped to
support public infrastructure, such as roads, hospitals, schools and
other social programs.
One of the key goals of the Coal Association of Canada is to promote
the role and value of the Canadian coal industry. Membership in the
Association includes the full coal chain, including coal producers,
transporters (port, terminals and rail), industry consumers and
companies supplying goods and services to the industry.
Note to editors:
Media interested in attending the conference or interviewing any of
the conference speakers must be accredited. The media registration
form can be downloaded at the CAC Conference Media Page. More
information on specific media availabilities with key speakers will
be provided to media closer to the conference. A complete list of
presentations can be found in the conference program.
Director of Communications and Stakeholder Relations
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