The CIRDI advisory council held its inaugural meeting on Friday January 30 at the University of British Columbia’s Liu Institute for Global Issues. The council brings together representatives from developmental aid agencies, governments, NGOs, industry and First Nations.
In this first meeting, eight members of the advisory council joined members of the CIRDI executive board to learn about the CIRDI vision, mandate and strategy and hear about the Institute’s activities to date. The meeting was co-chaired by advisory council member, Jim Cooney, and CIRDI board chair, Daniel Shapiro. As is customary at an inaugural meeting, the council reviewed and discussed the council’s terms of reference and requested amendments for the next meeting. They also provided insights into current issues related to sustainable economic development and the extractive sector in developing countries.
“The CIRDI executive board was impressed by the commitment and thoughtful input of the council members. They came well prepared with knowledge and expertise that contributed to fruitful discussion,” said Shapiro.
Council members expressed their support for the advancement of CIRDI’s mandate and their desire to determine the most effective way to share their knowledge and expertise. “This meeting was a solid first step,” said Cooney. “The fact that the members want to devote more time to the council in the next meeting shows their interest in CIRDI’s potential to help developing countries increase the long-term benefits from mineral resource extraction.”
Members of the CIRDI Advisory Council who attended the January 30 are:
- Ben Chalmers, vice president, Mining Association of Canada
- Jim Cooney, adjunct professor at Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, UBC, and Beedie School of Business, SFU
- Stephen D’Esposito, president, RESOLVE
- Susan Joyce, principal and co-founder, On Common Ground Consultants Inc.
- Patricia Peña, director general, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
- Paulo de Sa, practice manager, energy & extractives, World Bank
- Bruce Sprague, national mining leader, mining & metals, Ernst & Young
- Edward (Ted) Thomas, advisor, private sector partnerships, CARE Canada