The 11th Risk Mitigation & CSR Seminar Report

with premier sponsors Hatch and Fasken Martineau LLP


MineAfrica and On the Ground Group were pleased to partner with the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business in its 11th Risk Mitigation & CSR seminar, held in Toronto, on October 17, 2013.

Fourteen presenters representing mining companies, CSR experts and advisors covered a range of topics as varied as the issues surrounding CSR including case studies from Canada, Africa and Latin America.

Premier Sponsors for the seminar were Hatch and Fasken Martineau LLP. Partners included the Canada-Colombia Chamber of Commerce, MineAfrica, On the Ground Group and the Peruvian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

A special thanks to our seminar co-chairs; Corinne Boone of Hatch and Claudia Feldkamp of Fasken Martineau.

Download the program and presenter profiles.

  • 1 - An EPCM Perspective on Local Employment and Procurement - We Have a Local Content Plan... Now What? - Olivia Gamache, Environment and Social Risk Consultant, Environmental Services Group (ESG), Hatch

  • 2 - Legal, Political, Social and Security Feasibility: A New Approach to Identifying and Managing Above-Ground Risks to Protect Investments and Projects - Daniel Linsker, Vice President, Global Client Services, Americas, Control Risks

  • 3 - How CSR Can Mitigate Risk in South Sudan - David West, Vice President of International Operations, Blue Force

  • 4 - Where Did the "Social" in Corporate Social Responsibility Go? - Rad Dockery, President and Chief Executive Officer, HigherEye Training & Consulting

  • 5 - The Benefit Footprint of Mining - Ed Opitz, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Kinross

  • 6 - Mining the Financial Terrain of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) - Perspectives from EDC - Julie Henter, Senior Analyst, Corporate Responsibility, Export Development Canada

  • 7 - From Food Waste to Food Security: Making the Connection for CSR Strategy Development - John Ashbee, Chairman & Founder, GreenScience Technologies Inc.

  • 8 - Sustainable Path Toward Rare Earth Production - Mark Wiseman, Vice President, Sustainability, Avalon Rare Metals

  • 9 - International Trend Toward Transparency: Finally Coming to Canada? - Martin Fisher-Haydis, Associate, Fasken Martineau LLP

  • 10 - A Story of the Successful Partnership Between MacCormick IMC and True Gold Mining and Social Responsibility in Burkina Faso - Bonnie Lyn de Bartok, Founder and CEO, MacCormick IMC

  • 11 - CSR and Effective Risk Mitigation During Challenging Economic Times for the Mining Industry: A Legal Perspective - Avril Cole, Lawyer, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

  • 12 - Mitigating Risk with CSR Leadership - Jeff Silverstein, President/Founder, Radius Communications

  • 13 - Management of Risk Through Defined Sustainability Structure - James Peart, Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sherritt International Corporation

  • 14 - Canadian Charities and CSR in the New DFATD World - Mark Blumberg, Partner, Blumbergs LLP