Since assuming my role as Avalon’s CEO, my focus has been to drive clean energy growth. With 30 years in the clean-technology space—focusing on water, air, and energy protection—I look forward to harnessing the soaring demand for Canadian critical minerals to create new economic development opportunities, including establishing an Innovation, Technology and R&D Hub at our flagship parkway in Thunder Bay.
Scott Monteith, CEO, Director
In November 2022, the federal government challenged businesses nationwide in the form of the newly created Canadian Critical Minerals Strategy. Hailing the ongoing energy transition as a “generational opportunity” for Canada to innovate and lead the way toward a sustainable future, the report left only one question in doubt: will Canadian companies rise to the challenge?
Zeeshan Syed, President
This year, Avalon has undergone a series of changes as it enters a new growth phase. After assembling a new, execution-focused team that has taken several steps toward extraction and production activities, including the purchase of an industrial site in Thunder Bay, Ontario, it is time to refocus our Sustainability Reporting efforts on the emerging framework resource firms are adopting around the globe.
Amiel Blajchman Manager, ESG & Sustainability
Avalon Advanced Materials Inc. acknowledges that our work takes place within the ancestral and traditional territories of the Fort William First Nation and Metis people. We respect Indigenous peoples' rights and are committed to forging new and lasting relationships to ensure that we together and all future generations can benefit from the positive social and economic opportunities related to our operations.
A New Commitment.
A New Process.
A New Partner.
At Avalon, we are devoted to driving Canada toward a sustainable future. Learn more about our commitment to the land and the people in it.
In November 2006, Avalon publically subscribed to the principles and practices of the PDAC’s e3 Plus – A Framework for Responsible Exploration, through the implementation of a formal company policy. Avalon believes that the e3 Plus framework is pivotal to adopt in order to follow industry best practice and improve company social, environmental and health and safety performance.
The eight e3 Principles for Responsible Exploration, all of which have been integrated into Avalon’s business practices, are:
⦁ Adopt Responsible Governance and Management
⦁ Apply Ethical Business Practices
⦁ Respect Human Rights
⦁ Commit to Project Due Diligence and Risk Assessment
⦁ Engage Host Communities and Other Affected and Interested Parties
⦁ Contribute to Community Development and Social Wellbeing
⦁ Protect the Environment
⦁ Safeguard the Health and Safety of Workers and the Local Population
e3 Plus – A Framework for Responsible Exploration
Avalon also subscribes to the Mining Association of Canada’s (MAC) Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Guiding Principles: a set of tools and indicators to drive performance and ensure that key mining risks are managed responsibly at Avalon’s future facilities. Once operational, Avalon will report on its facilities’ TSM performance.
The TSM Guiding Principles are partially summarized here:
Avalon commits to:
⦁ Respecting human rights and treating those with whom the company deals fairly and with dignity
⦁ Respecting the cultures, customs and values of people with whom Avalon’s operations interact
⦁ Recognizing and respecting the unique role, contribution and concerns of Aboriginal peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and indigenous peoples worldwide
⦁ Obtaining and maintaining business through ethical conduct
⦁ Complying with all laws and regulations in each country where Avalon operates and applying the standards reflecting Avalon’s adherence to these Guiding Principles and to best international practices
⦁ Supporting the capability of communities to participate in opportunities provided by new mining projects and existing operations
⦁ Being responsive to community priorities, needs and interests through all stages of mining exploration, development, operations and closure
⦁ Providing lasting benefits to local communities through self-sustaining programs to enhance the economic, environmental, social, educational and health care standards they enjoy
Read more about MAC’s Towards Sustainable Mining here.