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Business conference heading to Thunder Bay next week

Prosperity Northwest, taking place Jan. 30-31, presenting partnership opportunities
Keynote speakers during the 2024 Prosperity Northwest business conference in Thunder Bay include Zeeshan Syed (left), president of Avalon Advanced Materials, and Chris Hodgson, president of the Ontario Mining Association.

Business leaders will gather in Thunder Bay next week for Prosperity Northwest, an annual networking event aimed at people and businesses in the mining, forestry, bioeconomy and energy sectors.

The two-day event is presented by the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Anishnawbe Business Professional Association and supported by the Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund. It will feature guest speakers, a tradeshow, and networking opportunities.

On Jan. 30, Zeeshan Syed, president of Avalon Advanced Materials, will give the keynote address during the evening’s opening reception.

The Toronto-based mining company is currently developing its Separation Rapids lithium deposit near Kenora, while also preparing for a feasibility study for a lithium hydroxide processing facility, to be located in Thunder Bay, to help feed demand for battery-electric critical minerals.

The following day, Chris Hodgson, president of the Ontario Mining Association, will deliver the lunchtime keynote address, focusing on the impact of mining on local economies and how the sector can stimulate economic growth and job creation.

A number of panel discussions are planned for the day, covering topics including the role of wood in decarbonization and economic development; best practices in making meaningful connections with Indigenous communities; and emerging developments in the region’s mining industry.

A sold-out tradeshow taking place through the course of the event will feature more than 60 vendors, and the event will close with an afternoon cocktail reception.

Registration information about the event is available here.