We shared our vision for the future of responsible aluminium production with 950 internal and external participants at the 2023 Aluminium Summit, held on March 30 and 31, 2023, at Hôtel Le Montagnais in Saguenay.
Employees, union representatives, retirees, community members, government representatives and media gathered to discuss the company’s vision for the future of the industry in the region through a series of conferences. Topics covered included growth projects, decarbonisation, the circular economy, biodiversity, Rio Tinto’s active involvement in the community, employee engagement, the transition of Arvida Works and ELYSIS technology.
Alain Dubuc, Consultant at L’Institut du Québec, presented the Comparative analysis of the economic impact of aluminium smelters in Quebec, and Jean Simard, President and CEO of the Aluminium Association of Canada, discussed the North American market outlook for the aluminium industry.
Sébastien Ross, Managing Director, Atlantic Operations for Rio Tinto Aluminium, says: “Rio Tinto continually strives to strengthen its presence in the community through listening, respect, transparency and dialogue. As we celebrate our 150th anniversary, we wanted to reaffirm our deep commitment to the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region, where our industry has been established for almost a century. The Aluminium Summit allowed us to discuss our vision for the future of our aluminium production activities, which is focused on the decarbonisation of our entire value chain.”
Additionally, a financial contribution of $10,000 from Rio Tinto will be divided between the following three organisations, which were selected by the 2023 Aluminium Summit participants: La Maison d’accueil pour sans-abri, the Lac-Saint-Jean Native friendship centre and the Breakfast Club.