Coal Association of Canada

Coal Association of Canada

August 13, 2015 11:43 ET

National Coal Conference Will Focus on Industry's Preparation for the Upturn

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Aug. 13, 2015) - At a time when the global coal industry is facing many challenges, the Coal Association of Canada's national conference (September 17-18 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver) will explore how the coal industry in Canada and around the world is weathering current market conditions and preparing for coal's eventual rebound.

The 2015 conference boasts an outstanding lineup of industry leaders and experts from Canada and around the world, who will share their insights in a series of presentations and panel discussions focused on the theme "Preparing patiently for the upturn." Sessions will focus on assessing the future market outlook, including emerging markets, and managing costs and meeting current challenges.

The international lineup includes Eoghan Cunningham (globalCOAL) and John Kearsey (Simpson Spence Young) from the U.K., Viresh Oberoi (mjunction services) of India, Australia's Andrea Cornwell (Vale International), Russia's Craig Parry (Tigers Realm Coal), Keith Burnard (International Energy Agency) in Paris, and Joe Aldina (Wood Mackenzie), Kurt Oehlberg (FBR Markets) and Fred Palmer (Peabody Energy), all from the U.S.A, to name a few. Some of the Canadian coal producers participating include Real Foley (Teck Resources), Max Wang (Grande Cache Coal), and Paul Vining (Kameron Collieries).

The sessions will be moderated by world renowned coal industry expert, Gerard McCloskey, founder of the McCloskey Group, Chairman of Merlin Trade and Consultancy, and Senior Advisor, Global Coal Sector, Renaissance Capital.

For the first time, the Coal Association's conference will also feature a separate Technical Program on September 17th for delegates interested in more in-depth information in two subject areas, including coal technologies and environmental controls and mitigation.

The coal industry is a significant contributor to Canada's economy, and particularly in the western provinces. In British Columbia, for example, the coal industry generated $3.2 billion in provincial GDP and was responsible for creating 26,000 jobs (2012 figures). The industry also paid over $715 million in taxes and royalties, which contributed to supporting public infrastructure and government social programs.

Additional information on the full conference program and speakers can be found at

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Media interested in attending the 2015 conference can learn more about accreditation from the conference media page.

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