Canada is a resource nation. Our
history, our present, and our future are closely entwined with the forests, the
minerals and the oil and gas that form our collective national endowment. We
sometimes forget this important reality. We lose sight of the vital
resource supply chains that stretch across our country, binding our
communities, our cities, and our people together. They are an important part of
our national fabric.
There are many players in these
resource supply lines, including manufacturers, high-tech firms, and service
providers. Our resource sector not only fosters economic growth and helps to
create good jobs, but also allows Canada to build a value chain that is green
and low-emitting. A good example is Tenaris, which has reduced its electricity
consumption per ton of product by 22% over the past 15 years. In 2009, it
launched a C02 Emissions and Energy Saving Plan that was awarded a Climate
Action certificate for its efforts.
Though our resource supply chains
drive our economy, unfortunately they often do not drive the national
conversation about our resource sector. Canada’s business community needs to
ensure that Canadians can see not only how our resources move their world, but
also how investment in the sector in one part of the country creates
On July 26, the Sault Ste. Marie
Chamber of Commerce, Tenaris and thought leaders from leading Canadian
associations will gather for an insightful discussion on the importance of the
resource-energy-manufacturing supply chain. Click here to learn more about this event.