The Ring of Fire Opportunity
Unlocking the Potential
CIM Toronto Branch in conjunction with WIM Toronto Branch presents
Dr. Christine Kaszycki
Assistant Deputy Minister
Dr. Kaszycki began her career as a Geologist initially with the Geological Survey of Canada and then with the Ontario Geological Survey in Sudbury. In 1997, Christine moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where she became the Assistant Deputy Minister for Mineral Resources in the province.
Christine rejoined the Ontario Public Service in September 2005 as Assistant Deputy Minister for the Mines and Minerals Division in Sudbury. During that time her efforts were focused on developing relationships and supporting economic opportunities with First Nations and Métis communities, enhancing the growth of Ontario's mineral cluster through implementation of Ontario's first Mineral Development Strategy and establishing the regulatory framework and the value added cluster related to diamond production in Ontario. Christine also helped lead the Modernization of Ontario's Mining Act, a key government initiative aimed at ensuring that mineral development in Ontario is undertaken in a manner that promotes a balanced approach that benefits all Ontarians.
On October 25, 2010 Christine assumed the role of Assistant Deputy Minister, Ring of Fire Secretariat with the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, and was responsible for coordination and implementation of this new provincially significant mineral development opportunity for Ontario.
Dr. Kaszycki has a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Geology from Carleton University and has a M. Sc. and PhD in Geology from the University of Illinois.
Ring of Fire Secretariat
The Ring of Fire is one of the most promising mineral development opportunities in Ontario in almost a century. Located in Ontario's Far North, current estimates suggest the multi-generational potential of chromite production, as well as significant production of nickel, copper and platinum.
The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, through the Ring of Fire Secretariat, works with all levels of government, industry and Aboriginal peoples to encourage responsible and sustainable economic development in the region.
- Transportation Infrastructure: Ontario has established the not-for-profit ROF (Ring of Fire) Infrastructure Development Corporation (ROFIDC) to drive progress in the Ring of Fire region. The ROFIDC will work to bring First Nations and the public and private sectors together to create partnerships and facilitate investment decisions in strategic transportation infrastructure.
- Environmental Assessment: The Province supports sustainable development in the Ring of Fire, while upholding Ontario's commitment to protecting the environment.
- First Nations Partnerships: Government is working closely with First Nation communities in the area in various ways to determine what supports communities need now and in the future.
- Exploration and Development: Several significant new mineral discoveries have been made in the Ring of Fire over the past several years, including chromite, copper, zinc, gold and kimberlite.
- Land Use Planning: Community-based land use planning is a joint process in which Ontario and First Nations work together to make decisions on where land use activities may take place in the Far North.
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