Mining and Sustainable Development: What would it take for mining to be a catalyst?

Tuesday, May 3

14:00 to 16:45 Room 208

Hosted by CIM’s Environmental & Social Responsibility Society (ESRS), this session seeks to engage with mining developers, designers, operators, consulting professionals, Indigenous Rightsholders, landowners, and other key stakeholders.

A tremendous amount of effort has been observed within our sector to advance best practices and share lessons learned regarding responsible, low-carbon, low-footprint mining; however, there remain gaps and mishaps in achieving many of the SDGs. Our objectives are to identify knowledge gaps, discuss existing governance initiatives, and explore strategies to best harness the important contribution of mining towards achieving the SDGs, while tackling some of the most pressing climate and sustainability issues posed by the extractive industry today. The session will commence with a panel to stimulate dialogue, whereafter participants will be divided into breakout focus groups for a series of deeper dives. The second round of presentations and deeper dives will be followed by key messages identified through the dialogue.

General Agenda

May 3, 2022

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

2:00 Session Welcome, Land Acknowledgement, Session Orientation

2:10 Panel Debate: Can mining be a catalyst for the sustainable development of resource rich regions?

In this debate, panelists will advocate for a position on the question. Participants:

  • Arguing yes: Nathan Monash, Vice President Business Sustainability, Lundin Gold
  • Arguing no: Sara Ghebremusse, Assistant Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC
  • Arguing that it depends: Stacia Kean, Director National Services Canada, CESO
  • An applied perspective: Paul Gruner, CEO, Tahltan Nation Development Corporation
  • Moderator: Jocelyn Fraser, Researcher, Bradshaw Research Initiative for Minerals and Mining (BRIMM), UBC

2:45 – 3:00          Moderated debate Q & A

3:00 – 3:30          Round #1 round tables with coffee on the go

  • Opportunity to move tables at 15 minutes
  • Each table with a discussant to encourage conversation

3:30 – 4:00          Duet: Indigenous leadership, collaborative partnerships & inclusivity

  • Nathan Stubina, FCIM · VP Technology at Sherritt International Corporation
  • Christy Smith, VP, Indigenous and Stakeholder Engagement, Falkirk Environmental Consultants Ltd. and co-author, Weaving Two Worlds

4:00 – 4:30          Round #2 round tables

  • Opportunity to move tables at 15 minutes
  • Each table with a discussant to encourage conversation

4:30 – 4:45          Session highlights by Stewart Muir, Founder and CEO of Resource Works and Indigenous Partnerships Success Showcase

4:45 – 5:00             Audience comments, thanks and farewell

Additional Facilitators:

Monica Ospina, Founder and CEO of OTRADE, an expert in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Karen Chovan, Founder and CEO of Enviro Integration Strategies Inc., Chair ESRS

Professor Elizabeth Steyn, Council Expert, Guiding Principles Minerals and Metals Governance

Claudia S. de Windt, Chief Executive IIJS

Maria Amparo Alban, Founding Partner IIJS

Professor Anne Johnson, Assistant Professor in the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining, and Director of the Graduate Diploma program in Social Performance Management in the Extractive Industries at Queens University

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