THE EVOLUTION OF CANADIAN MINING: INNOVATION FOR SURVIVAL AND GROWTH

World Mining Congress
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” Charles Darwin. Canada’s mining and exploration companies have evolved over the past century from essentially a pick-and-shovel industry to a high-tech industrial sector. This evolution has occurred in fits and starts, and has been driven by the shifting environment of economic, technical and social opportunities and pressures in Canada. As labour costs have gone up, and labour availability has gone down, the industry has evolved more efficient processes. As mineral prices have increased or fallen, the industry has evolved either by expanding or shrinking production, or by changing processes to adapt to the newly prevailing conditions. As stringent environmental protection legislation has been implemented, the industry has adapted accordingly, and has substantially changed its mindset to incorporate sustainability into its way of doing business. These changes have occurred over a number of decades, and have usually occurred as the industry’s reluctant response to pressures it couldn’t evade. This model mirrors the classical paradigm of natural selection where evolution is driven by pressures external to the organism (or organization) – change occurs to the degree necessary for survival and prosperity, but generally no further.
Keywords: mining; Research; exploration; Canadian; Canada; Innovation; Innovations; Model;
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