The story behind our Agriculture business
Beginning in 1906, Grain Growers’ Grain Company, a farmers’ cooperative founded in the prairie provinces of western Canada, was the earliest predecessor to what is now , a leading marketer and handler of grains, oilseeds and pulses. Viterra’s mandate, within one of the most important industries in the world, is to connect more customers to more places as it helps its farmers promote and distribute their grains, oilseeds and pulses to over 50 countries across the globe.
Glencore acquired Viterra in 2012. In 2016 it sold a 40% stake in its agriculture business and created a long-term partnership with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, followed by the sale of a further 9.99% stake to British Columbia Investment Management Corp in the same year in order to create . Today, Viterra is part of Glencore Agriculture, a global market leader in originating, handling, processing and marketing agricultural commodities.
The history of our copper business
, a businessman and prospector, came to northern Ontario at the turn of the century and made his way into Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec where he discovered the magnificent Horne copper and gold mine, which became Noranda, one of Canada’s most well-known mining companies.
In 1927 at the original site of Noranda, the , was established. Still in operation to this day, the Horne Smelter is the only copper smelter in Canada and is the largest and most advanced recycling plant of its kind in all of North America.
In 1931, Noranda opened the in Montréal-Est, Quebec, which processes all the copper produced by the Horne Smelter, and provides services to metal producers, mines, copper smelters and other refineries. CCR is the only copper refinery in Canada and has an integrated precious metals refining plant.
The history of our nickel business
In 1928, the precursor to our nickel business was established when , often referred to as the greatest mine finder of all time, purchased mining claims containing rich deposits of nickel-copper ore in the area northeast of Sudbury, Ontario. Lindsley incorporated Falconbridge Nickel Mines Limited and a company town by the name of Falconbridge was constructed to house and service workers – all named after the township in which the business and people were situated.
In 1930, Falconbridge expanded its mining site and established the Sudbury Smelter to process material. In 1932, a mill and sintering facility began its operations. Today’s existing Fraser Mine was built in 1963, the Strathcona Mill was built in 1968, and Nickel Rim South Mine was built in 2010. These various components now make up what is known today as our (INO).
In the province of Quebec, following the signing of the Raglan Agreement in 1995, the first Impact and Benefit Agreement (IBA) ever signed in Canada between a mining company and an Indigenous group, our nickel business took another profound step forward. This signing paved the way for to go into production in 1997.
In 2017, capital approvals were granted for Sudbury INO’s Onaping Depth project as well as for Raglan Mine’s Sivumut project.
These project approvals change the outlook for the future of the nickel business; the Onaping Depth Project, an ultra-deep mine, has the potential to extend the life of the Sudbury operation to 2035. Likewise, Raglan Mine will have extended mine life 20+ years beyond its existing mines.
The history of our zinc and lead business
In 1955, was founded in Lachine, Quebec, as part of our zinc business, and is today one of North America’s most established manufacturers of cast, rolled, extruded, welded and machined lead and tin-based products and alloys.
In 1963, Glencore’s zinc operations expanded as and the began production in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec and Matagami, Quebec, respectively. Today, Bracemac-McLeod Mine, the 12th mine in the history of the Matagami Mine Camp, continues to operate sending its copper concentrate to the Horne Smelter and its zinc concentrate to CEZinc for refining.
In 1966, our zinc business expanded yet again as , the world’s deepest base-metal mine below sea level, went into production in Timmins, Ontario. At the same time, the Brunswick Lead Smelter went into production in Belledune, New Brunswick.
Kidd Operations: 50 years of celebrating excellence in mining
In 2011 and 2012, two coal projects were acquired: the Suska and Sukunka Projects, both of which are located in north-eastern British Columbia. With an anticipated mine life of 20 years, is a proposed mining operation to produce premium steel-making coal that will create significant economic benefits, particularly for the people and First Nations of the area.
Deeply rooted in Canadian history, we have a strong commitment to Canada and we look forward to being a part of many more historical milestones as time goes on.