The Belt and Road Initiative Plus the Global Development Initiative: What’s in These Initiatives for Canadians?

December 7, 2022 all-day

How to Attend: The seminar is complimentary. Please register for it by Tuesday, December 6, to secure your place. RSVP via Eventbrite (click HERE) if you are interested in attending it.


For its Wednesday, December 7, 2022, Discussion Group seminar, CIM’s Management and Economics Society is pleased to welcome:

Dr. Chris Twigge-Molecey PEng., FCIM, FCAE

Senior Advisor, Hatch Ltd.


who will deliver an online presentation on:

The Belt and Road Initiative plus the Global Development Initiative: What’s in these initiatives for Canadians?


Abstract: The Belt and Road initiative is a major Chinese globe-spanning infrastructure and influence development project. At this point over 100 countries claim to be involved. Project capital spending may in total be between $4 and 8 billion USD by 2047. However, to date, the major beneficiaries of the project are Chinese companies and the overall initiative is faltering. The Global Development Initiative is China’s new thrust to superimpose “soft” influencing projects onto the BRI infrastructure and relationships. This talk will give an overview of how the BRI is structured and explore routes to Canadian involvement. Three case studies are presented.


About our presenter:

BIO: Dr. Chris Twigge-Molecey is a Senior Advisor to Hatch Ltd, consulting engineers, project and construction managers, where he has worked for 49 years. He has held a wide range of both technical and management positions.

He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Past President, and a Fellow of The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum as well as a past President of The Metallurgical Society. He is a recipient of the Mineral Economics Award, from the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Engineers, a past director of the Canada-China Business Council, and a past director and member of the executive committee of the Canadian Mining Innovation Council.

At Hatch, he was a Global Managing Director and main board member. During his career, he held the positions of Managing Director of China, of Technology Development, President of Hatch de Chile, and Vice-President of Business Development. He initiated the Environmental and Technology Development business units as well as Hatch’s activities in Russia, Chile, Kazakhstan, and Peru. The Environmental BU grew to over 200 staff in both the hard engineering and soft social disciplines, including EIAs, SIAs, and permitting globally.

His technical contributions have included the implementation of technology development programs, management of R&D programs as well as design and commissioning of a full-scale metallurgical plant. He further holds 7 patents on environmental control equipment and Sustainability tools. Chris was Chairman of the Federal task force on the privatization of part of NRCan. He has served on Federal Department advisory boards, charity, and not-for-profit boards, university advisory boards as well as several technical society boards.

He has over 80 publications and plenary presentations as well as contributing to or editing 7 books Chris obtained his first degree in Mechanical Sciences from the University of Cambridge, followed by a fluid mechanics from the University of Toronto.


Please join us!

Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at 3:30pm ET (12:30pm PT)


How to Attend: The seminar is complimentary. Please register for it by Tuesday, December 6, to secure your place. RSVP via Eventbrite (click HERE) if you are interested in attending it.



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