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Launch of the CMIA - Building Responsible Critical Minerals Supply Chains

We are proud to announce the launch of the Critical Minerals International Alliance (CMIA). The CMIA is a mechanism that brings together the CMA Australia, CMA USA and CMA UK, and partner association C2M2A, at an international level to address challenges facing the critical minerals industry.

Namali Mackay, Founder & MD, comments,

“CMA Australia welcomes the formation of the CMIA and its goals to bring together like-minded nations in creating and supporting global supply pathways. Australia relies heavily on collaborating and trading with other nations and looks forward to working with the CMIA.”

Critical minerals underpin the foundation of the modern world, yet challenges such as ESG standardisation, under-investment into the sector, transport legislation, and policy alignment cut-across borders and affect the acceleration of critical minerals production, threaten national security and the deployment of alternative energy solutions. The CMIA aims to create diversified, secure, and responsible critical minerals supply chains that are resilient to market shocks and manipulations. This requires collaboration from industry and like-minded nations.

Learn about the associations below.


About CMIA

The CMIA aims to bridge the gap between Western nations and industry attempting to navigate complex and monopolised supply chains. The CMIA focuses on cross-cutting issues that affect supply chains and are too complex for one nation to tackle alone with a mission to create secure, low-carbon, responsible critical minerals supply chains.


  • Jeff Townsend, Founder & Chief Executive Officer

  • Olimpia Pilch, Founder & Chief Operating Officer

Twitter | @CMIA_alliance


About CMA UK

The CMA UK was launched in 2020 as Jeff Townsend embarked on a mission to give the UK's critical mineral industry a collective voice to address the UK Government. The CMA UK is now a key inoculator between industry, academia, governments and wider stakeholders, and has influenced the creation of the UK's Critical Minerals Strategy.


  • Jeff Townsend, Founder

  • Kirsty Benham, Founder



The CMA USA was founded in early 2023 and focuses on enabling Made in America supply chains by driving greater integration of responsible, resilient, and secure critical minerals. The CMA USA promotes the triple-A approach to bolstering America’s security – mined in America, refined in America, and made in America.


  • Wilfredo A. Reyes, Founder & Chief Executive Officer

  • Jeff Townsend, Founder & Executive Director

  • Olimpia Pilch, Founder, Chief Geologist & Senior Advisor

Twitter | @Critical_USA


About C2M2A

The Canadian Critical Minerals and Materials Alliance (C2M2A) is a non-profit, independent organization which endeavours to grow & diversify the Canadian economy, fostering job creation, through the development of critical materials supply chains. C2M2A will enable stakeholders to collaborate on shared priorities, both globally and locally, while respecting each jurisdiction’s needs and abilities, ensuring continued competitiveness, and sustainable & viable business outcomes.


  • Ian London P.Eng MBA, Executive Director



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