Media Accreditation Now Open for ‘Resources for Future Generations’ Conference

14 May 2018

We are pleased to announce that media accreditation is now open for Resources for Future Generations (#RFG2018), the first international conference to explore the global minerals-energy-water nexus and the resources needed to sustain an estimated nine billion people by 2050.

Media pre-accreditation is required for access to all the sessions and events. All media representatives are encouraged to submit their accreditation applications now at -

What – Resources for Future Generations Conference 

When – Media welcome June 18-21, 2018 

Where – Vancouver Convention Center

Who – International, Canadian and Indigenous Leaders

#RFG2018 highlights include:

RFG2018’s four-day program will feature multiple sessions with topics that address the major opportunities and challenges related to the three key resource sectors - energy, minerals and water. The daily schedule will include a wide range of innovative and provocative special sessions and events including panels, dialogues, thematic keynotes, and public lectures.

Big questions will address science, innovation and society: 

  • Who owns resources and who benefits?
  • What constrains our water supply?
  • Where will we find future mineral resources needed for human sustainability?
  • When will we run out of critical metals and how will energy supply change?
  • Why are metals and minerals vital for clean energy?

Key speakers in the line-up at RFG2018 include:

  • Environment:  Tzeporah Berman (advocate), Megan Leslie (WWF Canada)
  • Mineral Industry leaders: Rolf Barios (Rio Tinto Aluminum), Rod Bull (Komatsu) and  Ross Beaty (Pan American Silver)
  • Energy:  Scott Tinker (Univ. Texas), Merran Smith (Clean Energy Canada), Robert Armstrong (MIT Energy Initiative).
  • Mineral Supply: Tom Graedal (Yale), Kathryn Goodenough (BGS)
  • Water: Jay Famiglietti (NASA-JPL and Canada 150 Chair), Nalaine Morin (Arrowblade Consulting)
  • Society: Tony Hodge (past CEO ICMM), Cynthia Callison (Callison and Hanna, Law), Ian Gill (Cause+Effect) 

Quick facts

#RFG2018 will bring together a diverse range of participants including Indigenous and Government leaders, policymakers, business leaders, students, young leaders, researchers, scientists, and local communities to discuss the most pressing challenges concerning resources and related sustainability issues.

#RFG2018 takes place under the auspices of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) and is delivered by the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences (CFES), the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), the Geological Association of Canada (GAC), and the Mineralogical Association of Canada (MAC).

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