GNWT to attend Round-Up 2023

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January 20, 2023

The GNWT is returning, in person, to AME’s Round Up in Vancouver next week following two years of virtual attendance.

The annual conference is the mineral exploration industry’s premier opportunity to connect, exchange ideas and inspire new exploration projects. It is a key event in ITI’s on-going promotion and marketing of the NWT’s potential for resource exploration and potential. 

For the Premier and Ministers of ITI and Infrastructure, it is a cost-effective opportunity to connect with varying federal, provincial and territorial counterparts as well as industry representatives and companies and suppliers working and exploring in the NWT.

As many as 100 Indigenous government representatives are also expected to attend Round-Up to promote regional interests and partnership with the mining industry. 

In addition to one-one meetings, strategic opportunities and events will allow the GNWT to deliver and demonstrate its message that the NWT has the (critical mineral) resources and ESG-I metrics that set it apart from global competitors and is a preferred jurisdiction in which to invest and do business into the future.


Here are some of the NWT-specific events that are planned:


(Monday) Critical Minerals and Competitiveness Panel

Minister Caroline Wawzonek will take a place alongside colleagues from Ontario and BC for a moderated panel discussion around supplying critical minerals in a way that balances Canada’s social, regulatory, biodiversity and reconciliation goals.


(Monday) Environment, Social, Governance (ESG) in the NWT   

For over 25 years, the NWT has been the world’s third largest producer of diamonds by value.  What we have learned in this time positions us on the leading edge of today’s conversations around sustainable development, Indigenous partnerships, Environment, Social, Governance and something we call ESG-I (that’s ESG with an Indigenous lens.) 


(Tuesday) Women in Mining – NWT Chapter

The Northwest Territories is rich in opportunities but none as great as the potential that exists for women to join our mineral and exploration sector – and to enrich it with their talents, minds, skills and vision. The creation, last year of an NWT Chapter of Women In Mining is a milestone that we want to commemorate and share.


(Wednesday) Strategic Infrastructure

We know that infrastructure development in the NWT will improve the bottom line for exploration and mining initiatives. In particular we are searching for ways to support NWT resource development with green energy.  This presentation on Strategic Infrastructure Initiatives in the NWT will be preceded by opening remarks from the Territory’s Minister of Infrastructure.


(Wednesday)  Meet Our Leaders

An open event on the floor of the Round Up Exhibition Hall for attending companies and suppliers to meet the leaders of the NWT’s public and Indigenous governments in person.

Renewed exploration activity is needed to restore levels of investment, partnership, employment and growth in the NWT’s economy.


The multiple focusses and benefits of the GNWT’s participation at AME Round Up each work to advance the government’s mandate to:  Increase resource exploration and development.