Monday, May 2

14:00 to 15:15 Room 208

Working Together for Inclusive Leadership: Perspectives from Industry and Academia

The forum will take the form of a lively fireside discussion among four panelists, who are all leaders in EDII efforts in a variety of workplace settings.  Their discussion will be open ended but they will be engaging with a set of predetermined questions.

Introduction by Hani Mitri, Chair of the Canadian Mining Schools Committee

Moderator: Anne Johnson, Queen’s University


Jackie Scales, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Teck

Charlotte Gibson, Assistant Professor, Robert m. Buchan Department of Mining, Queen’s University

Leslie Woolcott, Director, Inclusion & Career Development Mining Industry Human Resource Council (MIHR)

Christy Smith, Partner and Vice President, Indigenous and Stakeholder Relations Falkirk Environmental Consultants an author of Weaving Two Worlds – Economic Reconciliation Between the Resource Sector and Indigenous Peoples

Theresa Nyabese, Senior Engineer, Vale and Chair CIM’s DIAC Committee



Potential themes to be discussed include:

  • What is the current state of EDI in the mining industry- how does it compare with other industries?   (I expect that you’ll have positive things to say)
  • How do we understand Equity, Diversity, and inclusion (getting beyond the simplistic definitions) and do different equity seeking groups understand these concepts in the same way- in other words, who defines equity and inclusion
  • What do we hear from equity seeking groups about how we are doing 
  • What kind of indicators are helpful to measuring progress towards inclusion
  • Are universities and colleges equipping graduates to advance EDII
  • What interventions and culture shifts are needed at the university and college level to support EDII goals?
  • How can industry work with schools to accelerate the path to diverse inclusive workplaces that welcome Indigenous ways of knowing?


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