The Mineral Advisory Council has been established to provide strategic advice, guidance, and recommendations while government gathers feedback from stakeholders to design a Minerals Strategy and Action Plan for Alberta.

Worldwide demand for metals and critical minerals is rising due to technological advancements, growing populations, and national security. Alberta needs a modernized strategy to reflect new global conditions, capitalize on our vast resource potential, and get Albertans back to work.

Alberta’s strategy is being developed in alignment with the new federal minerals strategy and action plan released last year.


  • Open

    October 2020 to January 2021

  • Results under review

  • Completed

Who is listening

Ministry of Energy


The Mineral Advisory Council will:

  • provide advice on planned targeted stakeholder engagement throughout the process
  • solicit feedback to inform the province’s minerals strategy, action plan and regulatory options
  • provide industry and policy advice and recommendations

The council is an advisory body and will not approve the final Minerals Strategy and Action Plan and/or any policy and regulatory decisions associated with the strategy.

Stakeholder engagement

Key stakeholders will be invited to send online submissions or participate in roundtable meetings to:

  • contribute to the development of a provincial Minerals Strategy and Action Plan
  • explore regulatory options for Alberta’s metallic and industrial minerals sector
  • review and modernize  metallic and industrial minerals tenure arrangements

Engagement participants will include:

  • Indigenous groups
  • government agencies
  • industries
  • environment non-governmental organizations
  • research institutes
  • municipalities
  • financial advisors
  • land and mineral owners

Council members

Council members include experts in geology, Indigenous relations, resource development, regulatory and environmental affairs, and investor and industry perspectives.

Stephanie Autut

Currently the executive director of the Nunavut Water Board, Autut has more than 23 years of experience in environmental and land use planning and sustainable resource development legislation and regulation. She spent 11 years as Executive Director of the Nunavut Impact Review Board, and was an active participant in the legislative working group that developed the unique legislative framework that governs responsible resource development, environmental impact assessment, and land use planning in Nunavut.

Bob McLeod

McLeod served 2 terms as Premier of the Northwest Territories, retiring in 2019. His 12-year political career followed 30 years in the public service focusing on intergovernmental and Indigenous affairs, resource development, mining and regulatory reform. A graduate of NAIT and the University of Alberta, McLeod wrote his thesis on Aboriginal self-government. With his strong background in mineral development, economic diversification, and regulatory affairs, he brings a legislative and policy lens to the panel.

Allison Rippin Armstrong

With more than 25 years experience in regulatory processes and environmental compliance, Rippin Armstrong has worked with government, Indigenous organizations, regulatory agencies and resource companies, through her work with the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Chambers of Mines, and the Yukon Women in Mining board.

Gordon Stothart

The president and CEO of IAMGOLD, and current Chairman of the Mining Association of Canada, Stothart has more than 30 years experience in the international mining industry, in operational, project, and business development management roles. He brings an industry perspective to the panel with his extensive knowledge of effective mineral policy frameworks across the world.

Eira Thomas

The president, CEO and co-founder of Lucara Diamond Corporation, and a current director of Suncor Energy, Thomas is a Canadian geologist with more than 25 years of experience in the Canadian mining industry. She has worked and invested millions of dollars in mineral projects across Canada and the globe and brings the perspective of both the entrepreneur and the geologist to the panel.


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Last updated: November 24, 2020