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Natural Resources

Natural Resources

Abundant. Reliable. Renewable. Canada's Natural Resources.

With world-class expertise across a spectrum of innovation industries, Canadian ocean science, forestry, mining, cleantech and energy hubs are a natural draw for conferences across a wide range of natural resources sub-sectors. When combined with Canada’s vast landscapes, diverse cities and culture, dynamic culinary and nightlife experiences, and unique opportunities to explore groundbreaking ideas, it’s easy to understand why organizations choose Canadian locations to host their resource-focused business events.

Canadian trailblazers in a host of emerging technologies and innovations are shaping the future of work, culture and society. When conference-goers meet in our resource innovation hubs, they can tap into Canada’s brain trust, connect with some of our brightest minds and thought leaders, preview made-in-Canada solutions to the world’s greatest challenges and explore Canadian innovations helping to create a more sustainable world during conferences, B2B exchanges, technical tours and more. And when top performers are recognized and rewarded with distinctive experiences in Canada’s unparalleled destinations they’ll return home refreshed and inspired, ready to perform.

Natural Resources in Canada


The natural resources sector directly contributed $220.3 billion—over 10%—to Canada’s GDP in 2019, reflecting 1.3 million businesses and over 600,000 jobs.

Source: Statistics Canada, 2020


Canada has the world’s largest oil reserves open to free market investment.

Source: Natural Resources Canada, 2020


Canada is the world’s largest producer of potash.

Source: Natural Resources Canada, 2020


Canada’s cleantech sector ranks #1 in the G20 on potential to produce clean tech startups over the next decade.

Source: Global Cleantech Innovation Index, 2017

Centres of excellence

Canada's key Natural Resources centres

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"Victoria’s location as a coastal and island community on the Pacific Ocean lends itself to be a growing hub for marine and ocean innovation. Due to our strength and abundance of marine industry businesses and research organizations, we have attracted various conferences, such as the Ocean Optics Conference, in this sector."

Miranda Ji, Vice President of Sales, Business Events Victoria

Home-grown tech companies

Ocean Networks Canadaicons.external-link-icon, based in Victoria, developed the Neptune and Venus projects, the first regional underwater ocean observatories to connect directly to the internet. Its data is available for analysis and to inform policymakers about anything concerning coastal communities and the health of their ecosystems.

BIOPolyneticons.external-link-icon in Fredericton developed BioNanocoil, a simple, environmentally friendly method to stabilize sand and soil, control industrial dust, and improve the performance of other industrial binders. The product is an innovative solution for sand/dune stabilization and dust controlling in mining, quarrying, forestry, construction and farming industries, as well as for the prevention of erosion by natural processes.

Open Ocean Roboticsicons.external-link-icon produces energy-harvesting unmanned autonomous boats equipped with sensors and cameras to make and instantly relay oceanic observations.

Canadian forestry firm Canfor Pulp Products Inc.icons.external-link-icon is kicking off a new multimillion-dollar cleantech project working with an Australian based startup that has developed a process to convert biomass into biofuel.

The Shell Canada Energy Quest Projecticons.external-link-icon is the world’s first commercial-scale carbon capture and storage project to tackle carbon emissions related to oilsands operations, this project safely stores more than one million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

The Vale Clean AERicons.external-link-icon project has allowed the company to reduce its sulfur emissions by 95+%, negating the need for Sudbury’s “Super Stack” now slated for demolition.

Kraken's SeaPowerTMicons.external-link-icon pressure tolerant batteries underwent an endurance test to run several successful missions to depths greater than 5,000 metres and achieve an unprecedented 100+ hours without recharging while running a full survey payload.

Here's how we can help you get planning

The team at Destination Canada Business Events helps global organizations meet with purpose in Canada. Contact our team for:

  • Specific information regarding Canada's sector expertise
  • Recommendations on destinations based on their sector strengths
  • Introductions to industry leaders, academia, and economic development agencies
  • Recommendations of expert speakers to augment events
  • Assistance in sourcing RFPs for conference placement

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