When: Wednesday November 22, 12:30 – 2 pm
Where: Case Room, Liu Institute for Global Issues
The dramatic rise in conflicts associated with mining operations over the past 15 years has coincided with a worldwide increase in mining activities, with major consequences for local communities, companies, and host countries. Tony Andrews, principal, Centre for Responsible Mineral Development, and Ian Thomson, principal, Shinglespit Consultants Inc., will present some of the key findings of a two-year study focusing on community-level mining conflicts. The research involved a literature review of 275 studies, a quantitative analysis of over 300 conflict incidents between 2002-2013, and field investigations of conflict cases in five countries located in Africa and Latin America. The presentation includes a discussion of conceptual frameworks employed for comparative analysis of mining conflicts, a description of the major pathways leading to conflicts, and of policies and practices designed to prevent and transform mining-related conflicts.
About Tony Andrews
Tony Andrews is a seasoned geologist, effective multidisciplinary leader and hands-on executive recognized for his broad and in-depth knowledge of corporate social responsibility (CSR), particularly as it relates to policy, regulations, governance and accountability. He was a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Responsible Mineral Resource Development and, for over 24 years, served as the Executive Director of Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC). His career has spanned government, academia and industry, including leading multidisciplinary approaches to developing exploration strategies for precious and base metal deposits; accumulating significant knowledge of and experience with the policy and regulatory regimes governing the mineral industry in Canada and internationally and developing strategies for attracting foreign direct investment in exploration. He has published over 25 technical articles, 19 of which appeared in international journals and conference symposium volumes. Since 2015 Tony has served as a Project Lead of the study: The Rise of Conflict Associated with Mining Operations: What Lies Beneath?
About Ian Thomson
Ian has more than 30 years of experience in the resource industries, working for the last fifteen years to advance the management of socially sustainable development. He authored the first version of Community Engagement for PDAC’s e3Plus on-line manual of good practice, facilitated construction of the Principles and Guidance for Responsible Exploration for PDAC and co-developed the innovative tool SociaLicense® – quantitative metrics for the Social License to Operate.
Prior to establishing SCI-Shinglespit Consultants Inc., Ian was a founding partner of On Common Ground Consultants Inc., and held executive and technical positions with Orvana Mineral Corp, Placer Development, the Ontario Geological Survey and Barringer Research.