CIRDI’s board oversees strategic direction, reviews activities and approves annual budgets. The members are:

  • Margaret Catley-Carlson, O.C., former president of CIDA
  • Ali Dastmalchian, Dean of the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University (SFU)
  • Elaine Pura, Chief Executive Officer, CIRDI (ex officio, non-voting)
  • Craig Ford, President Corporate Responsibility Solutions Inc.
  • Doug Horswill, former Senior Vice-president, Sustainability, Teck Resources
  • Louise Millette, Director, Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering; head, Sustainable Development Office, Polytechnique Montréal (PM)
  • Moura Quayle (Chair), Director pro tem, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • Darren SchemmerExecutive Director of SFU International at Simon Fraser University (SFU)
  • Dirk van Zyl, Professor and Chair of Mining and the Environment at the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, University of British Columbia (UBC)

Executive Committee

The executive committee provides leadership to the Institute and oversees the implementation of CIRDI’s strategic plan. The members are:

Academic Directorate

The academic directorate participates on the executive committee and provides advice on implementing the Institute’s applied research and education/training mandate.

  • Nadja Kunz (Chair), Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs & Norman B Keevil Mining Engineering, UBC
  • Richard Simon, Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering, PM
  • Eric Werker, Associate Professor, Strategy and International Business, Beedie School of Business, SFU

Finance and Audit Committee

CIRDI’s finance and audit committee oversees the financial affairs of the Institute and implementation of financial and accounting policies consistent with the purpose of the Institute. Reporting to the CIRDI Board, the FAC is responsible for the following activities related to the governance of the Institute:

  • overseeing the integrity of the Institute’s financial management and reporting systems;
  • overseeing the effectiveness of the Institute’s internal controls;
  • ensuring the independence of the Institute’s external auditors;
  • monitoring risk management policies and systems.

The committee includes a representative from each coalition partner (UBC, SFU and PM). The members are:

  • Elaine Pura, Chief Executive Officer, CIRDI
  • Francois Filiatrault, Assistant Director, Finance, PM
  • Brian Lee, Assistant Dean, Faculty of Arts, UBC
  • Mark Zimmerman, Director of Strategy, Planning and Projects, VPFA’s Office, SFU

Advisory Council

CIRDI’s advisory council provides knowledge, advice and insights from diverse perspectives to inform the Institute’s work and strategic direction.

The council comprises representatives from government, industry, academia, NGOs, indigenous communities and international organizations focused on resource sector governance, integrated natural resource management, economic development and poverty reduction.

The advisory council meets twice a year. Its members serve as volunteers. One seat is designated for a representative from Global Affairs Canada. Otherwise, members participate as individuals rather than as representatives of an organization. In order to encourage openness and the sharing of information, the CIRDI advisory council operates under the Chatham House Rule.

CIRDI advisory council membership

  • Cynthia Callison, founding partner, Callison & Hanna, Indigenous Advocate
  • Ben Chalmers, Vice President, Sustainable Development, Mining Association of Canada
  • Janine Ferretti, Chief, Environmental Safeguards Unit, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Susan Joyce, President, On Common Ground Consultants Inc.
  • Patricia Peña, Ambassador of Canada to Chile
  • Christopher Sheldon, Practice Manager, Energy & Extractives, World Bank
  • Ted Thomas, Enterprise Risk (Sustainability & Climate Change), Deloitte
  • Lesley Williams, Aboriginal & Regulatory Affairs, Sustainable Development & International Affairs, PDAC




CIRDI Advisory Council Report_2016-11-17 (PDF)

CIRDI Advisory Council Report_2016-05-05 (PDF)

CIRDI Advisory Council Report_2015-06-25 (PDF)

CIRDI Advisory Council_Inaugural Meeting_2015-02-18 (PDF)

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