WCPD Foundation Proudly Presents Semi-final round of the Concours Musical International de Montreal, 2021

Considered as one of the great cultural achievements in Canada, the CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to raise awareness for classical music through the discovery of young talent in an international competition context. The CMIM also seeks to support young musicians from all over the world who wish to pursue an international performing career.

The CMIM has allowed the world’s finest young singers, violinists, and pianists to be heard and to take off as high-level professional musicians.

From April 26 to May 14, 2021, 26 of the world’s finest young pianists will take part in the 19th edition of the CMIM. Modern technology and the generous support of our loyal partners will allow us to realize an entirely online competition where emotion is guaranteed to transcend the screen.Hailing from eleven different countries and currently confined in sixteen different cities, the competitors, selected over a year ago, are eager to take the plunge into this great digital adventure.Chosen from 229 candidates auditioned by a preliminary jury, these 27 young artists are among the rising elite of the piano world. They are already the major talents of tomorrow.

Ranging in age from 21 to 30, from 11 different countries (Canada, China, France, Italy, Japan, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Korea, United States and Uzbekistan), they are ready to immerse themselves in the CMIM adventure.The pianists will compete in two rounds. The twenty-six recitals of the semifinal round and the eight recitals of the final round will be professionally recorded around the world.

Please view announcement here:  https://vimeo.com/538686361

Philanthropy in Ottawa: Local lawyers raise the bar for the Ottawa Food Bank

BY: Sam Laprade for the Ottawa Business Journal


Who: Several Ottawa law firms and the County of Carleton Law Association

The donation: $98,000

The recipient: The Ottawa Food Bank

The inspiration: “The need in Ottawa has never been greater. Although the event has been running for a few years, all of us in the law community knew this year it was imperative that we step up and fill as many fridges as we could for Ottawa families.” – Andrew McKenna, partner, Gowling WLG

Thirty-four law firms in Ottawa participated in a friendly competition in support of the Ottawa Food Bank during an annual charity event organized by the County of Carleton Law Association, raising a record-breaking $98,000.  

The pandemic has restricted in-person donations at the Ottawa Courthouse, but this did not stop Ottawa lawyers from raising crucial funds. The peer-to-peer event, dubbed Firms Fill Fridges, focused its efforts online. The donations flooded in to support the issue of food security in the capital during the month of March. Each lawyer set up their own personal page to encourage donors to give generously. 

The winning law firm, Gowling WLG, raised $12,214 through its fundraising efforts.  

“We have all heard the news that the demand for the Ottawa Food Bank has increased. The reality is the legal community is in a fortunate position, and many of us feel it is our responsibility to give back to those that have been impacted during this challenging time in our history,” says Gowling WLG partner Andrew McKenna.

Soloway Wright LLP, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Kelly Santini LLP and Arbique & Ahde were among the other law firms topping the leaderboard. 

The goal for the month-long fundraising campaign – now in its sixth year – was set at $40,000. The teams hit that donation target in only 10 days, so organizers raised the bar to $80,000 and ended the campaign at 122 per cent of their goal. 

The Ottawa Food Bank provides fresh and non-perishable food, as well as items such as diapers, toiletries and cleaning supplies to its network of more than 100 emergency food programs in the city.

For every dollar raised through events such as Firms Fill Fridges, the Ottawa Food Bank leverages its buying power and turns one dollar into five dollars’ worth of food for the community. During COVID-19, the Ottawa Food Bank has witnessed a 326 per cent increase in volume of calls from people in need of food.

Philanthropy in Ottawa is a monthly feature highlighting notable donations in Ottawa. Share your stories of philanthropy in our community with news@obj.ca. And be sure to read the latest edition of OBJ’s Giving Guide:

BHP moves nickel and copper HQ to Toronto as Canada emerges as new clean-tech mining hotspot

Both metals expected to see increased future demand due to electric vehicle industry growth

Author of the article: Gabriel Friedman – Financial Times

Australia’s BHP Group Ltd. is moving its exploration headquarters for nickel and copper — two metals expected to see increased future demand because of electric vehicle industry growth — to Toronto.

The company’s announcement Wednesday comes after a BHP subsidiary Rio Algom Ltd. struck a partnership in August with Canadian junior Midland Exploration Inc. to fund nickel exploration in northern Quebec.

The company has also been exploring for copper in Canada, on and off for years, Laura Tyler, BHP’s chief technical officer, told the Financial Post. But as climate change alters global commodity consumption patterns, she said nickel and copper demand are set to surge, leading the company to reevaluate where to put its people and resources.

“We looked at Toronto, and we said, ‘you know what? That still remains one of the hotspots for (mineral) exploration, for juniors, for the innovation that we see in exploration,’” said Tyler.

Tyler was speaking to the Financial Post from Perth, Australia, and made a virtual presentation on Wednesday at this year’s Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference, which is taking place online because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

BHP, considered one of, if not the largest mining company in the world, produces iron ore, copper, coal and petroleum with US$42.9 billion in revenue in 2020.

Copper accounted US$10.6 billion of that, the second largest revenue-generator in its portfolio, with mines in Chile and Peru; it also produces nickel in western Australia, though it remains a small part of its business.

Its head office for copper and nickel exploration was previously located in Santiago, Chile, and BHP intends to keep personnel there, as well as in Arizona, where it also has operations.

Tyler said the company is planning to put about 25 people in its exploration team in Toronto, and a separate business development team to make deals with junior exploration companies, though she did not disclose budgets.

“We’re not looking to just go out and buy everybody,” Tyler said, explaining the company is looking for collaborations.

Under its deal with Rosemere, Que.-based Midland Exploration announced this past summer, its subsidiary Rio Algom will fund about $1.4 million of exploration in Nunavik, which comprises roughly the northern third of Quebec, which has traditionally been inhabited by Indigenous communities.

Both copper and nickel are essential components of lithium-ion batteries found in electric vehicles, as well as various other devices such as smartphones and computers. But the sheer size of an electric vehicle battery means that as the industry grows, demand for both metals will undergo a steep change.

Vanessa Davidson, director of base metals research at the market information firm CRU Group, gave a presentation at the PDAC conference on Monday, in which she estimated copper demand used in electric vehicles could roughly triple by 2030.

In one chart, Davidson estimated that global copper consumption could increase from about 22.4 megatonnes in 2020 to 27.3 megatonnes by 2030 — with electric vehicles and renewables energy expansion driving 80 per cent of the growth.

She also wrote that, “decelerating mine growth leads to large supply gap longer term.”

Nickel exploration, meanwhile, has risen after a decade of rangebound pricing, in which Indonesia accounted for most of the new global supply through construction of a series of mines that produce nickel pig iron, derived from different ore than traditional Western nickel.

Today, nickel pig iron has grown from an essentially insignificant percentage of global nickel supply in 2006 to 45 per cent of total supply, according to a presentation by Jim Lennon, an analyst at Macquarie Capital Ltd.

While batteries account for just seven per cent of nickel usage today, compared to stainless steel which accounts for 70 per cent, Lennon’s presentation estimates that batteries will be “the largest growth driver over the decades.” The amount of nickel per car could grow from 20 kilograms to 50 kilograms, as automakers produce bigger batteries to increase range, he wrote.

Mark Selby, chief executive of Canada Nickel Co., which is developing a nickel resource outside Timmins, Ont., said the market conditions and mood around nickel have completely transformed in the past 18 months, as the price per pound shot up to about US$7.50, having been stuck between US$4 and US$6 per pound for years.

Since last September, his company has raised roughly $25 million and struck a deal to potentially use facilities currently owned by Glencore Canada Corp. as it seeks to demonstrate the viability of its project and eventually raise money to build a mine.

“Western automakers are going to be looking for alternative sources for nickel,” said Selby, “and that’s really spurred on a wave of new projects.”

In moving its nickel and copper exploration head office to Toronto, BHP joins two other large global mining firms, Switzerland’s Glencore AG and Brazil’s Vale SA, which already have large copper and nickel operations in Canada.

Tyler said the nickel exploration in Canada really only started six months ago following a board decision to reinvest in the metal based on the expected increased demand as the world transitions to a low-carbon economy and uses more batteries in electric vehicles and other technology.

“It’s been a quantum shift,” she said, about the growing battery demand, “and we see it as a long term shift.”

Full Financial Post here

Tobi Lütke and Fiona McKean support community COVID-19 relief efforts

BY: Sam Laprade for Ottawa Business Journal.

Who: Fiona McKean and Tobi Lutke, Thistledown Foundation 

The donation: $750,000

The recipients: United Way East Ontario, Ottawa Food Bank and Community Foundation of Ottawa 

The inspiration: “We’re not out of the woods yet but there is hope on the horizon. Let’s do this.” – Fiona McKean, founder and chairperson, Thistledown Foundation

A new generation of philanthropists is giving hope to the Ottawa community through their generosity to three local non-profits.

Among them are Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke and his wife, The Opinicon Resort & Dining owner Fiona McKean, who recently donated $750,000 to United Way East Ontario, Ottawa Food Bank and Community Foundation of Ottawa to support their efforts in supporting vulnerable members of the community through the pandemic.

Tobi Lütke and Fiona McKean. (OBJ file photo by Caroline Phillips)

In 2019, the couple created the Thistledown Foundation to advance technological solutions for decarbonization and infused it with a $150 million endowment fund. But after the pandemic hit, Lütke and McKean soon realized their priorities needed to temporarily shift.

“We passionately believe that finding novel approaches to decarbonization is critical to addressing climate change,” McKean said.

“This remains the foundation’s stated long-term goal. (But) in light of the global pandemic we knew we needed to help with Canada’s response to the virus.”

COVID-19 has been a double-whammy for charities that help individuals suffering from poverty, homeslessness and social isolation. As demand for their services increases, many traditional fundraising sources dried up.

Roughly one year later, these social services are still under strain as many of their clients continue to struggle through the pandemic.

United Way officials note that the gift from the young, influential couple will not only help to support already-stretched charities, but also serve as further inspiration for the growing number of younger donors in Ottawa.

“We are so grateful Tobi and Fiona, part of a new generation of community support, connected with the impact of United Way’s work,” said Mark Taylor, vice-president of resource development at United Way East Ontario. He underscored how the gift will help the organization’s COVID-19 Community Response Table partners in supporting youth and seniors, as well as mental health initiatives, during the pandemic.

Read Original story here.

New Study: Ongoing Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis On the Charitable Sector

Nearly a year into the pandemic, how does the COVID-19 crisis continue to affect charities’ ability to carry out their mission?

While most charities have been able to adapt and innovate to continue to offer services and programs to their communities since the onset of the pandemic, the situation remains challenging. For the vast majority of organizations, the constraints and uncertainty of the pandemic, paired with social distancing mandates, are driving significant shifts to organizational priorities. Nearly a year since the onset of the pandemic, the COVID-19 crisis continues to have a significant impact on demand, capacity, and revenue, and is influencing staffing decisions and volunteer contributions.

The crisis is dramatically changing how many organizations operate. Findings from our second COVID-19 Sector Monitor study show the ongoing effects of the pandemic on the charitable sector.  

Read full article here.