Welcome to CIRDI’s Alumni Network!

If you are a CIRDI fellow or have participated in our Summer Institute pilot program, training workshops, seminars or conferences, we invite you to be a part of the CIRDI Alumni Network.

We are excited to bring together the global community of alumni and help you stay connected to CIRDI and fellow alumni. We hope you will be able to take advantage of the resources we will make available for you in the near future. Through this site, you will have the opportunity to learn about fellow alumni, share your stories and photos and participate in webinars and other learning events.

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Scholars and Fellows Program

The Scholars and Fellows program targeted a cross-section of client-country stakeholders and was designed to ensure that the program directly benefited in-country long-term capacity building and contributed to CIRDI’s centre of expertise in resource-led sustainable development. The aim was to engage fellows across a wide range of Institute activities – needs analysis, applied research, education delivery, advice and communications – while at the same time targeting a cross-section of beneficiaries from government, communities and university partners. Typical fellowships were up to $10,000 with the amount based primarily on the length of the fellowship. The funds were used to cover travel and living expenses while in Canada in accordance with the Canadian National Joint Council Treasury Board Travel Directive.

Yukon Fellowship

In the first two weeks of September 2018, CIRDI hosted a fellowship mission that brought together 13 fellows representing their countries’ mining and environment ministries or small-scale mining associations. The fellows came from Ecuador, Peru, Ghana, Guyana and Ethiopia through the CIRDI fellowship program. The mission aimed to provide the fellows with field experience on approaches and practices to artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) in the Yukon, and also to expose the delegates to the Yukon’s placer regime.

The fellowship mission received much support from the Yukon Government. Fellows learned about placer mining policy and regulatory systems from representatives from the Minerals Resources and Compliance, Monitoring and Inspections Branches, as well as from the Yukon Environment and Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB), among others.

One of the main takeaways for all the delegates is the back-to-work plan that each national team drew up to put the knowledge from their Yukon experiences into play when they returned home. Items were actionable and important for their country. When the teams presented their plans in Vancouver to close the mission, they told of plans to implement laws to reform illegal mining and gold trafficking, improve regulatory systems, and craft a business model to increase the value chain of the gold market.

Read more about the Fellowship mission here.

CIRDI Fellows

Edika Masisi

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your role?

My name is Edika Masisi. I am a geologist and environmental hydrologist, working as a Senior Environmental Management Officer at the National Environment Management Council in Tanzania.

I’m in a Directorate of Environmental Impact Assessment that deals with screening and reviewing reports related to mining and energy sectors, as well as inspecting and auditing related facilities (mining industry included).

Learn more about Edika Masisi and her work in Tanzania.

Mendee Jargalsaikhan

Mendee Jargalsaikhan is putting the finishing touches on his doctoral dissertation in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia before he returns home to Mongolia. Mendee won CIRDI’s first research intern scholarship and worked as a Project Coordinator on the IMAGinE Mongolia project that wrapped up in 2017. He considers his work with CIRDI as one of the highlights of this time at UBC.

Learn more about Mendee Jargalsaikhan and his involvement with CIRDI.

Bolormaa Purevjav

CIRDI fellow, Bolormaa Purevjav is a chair of the Centre for Stakeholder Engagement and Sustainable Development (SESD), a national NGO in Mongolia. She is an engineering graduate from the Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic, and has earned an MBA from Griffith University in Australia. Bolormaa visited UBC for four months in early 2017 as a CIRDI fellow. In August 2017, she will return to UBC to begin a PhD program with a focus on integrated water resource management in mining.

Learn more about Bolormaa Purevjav, and her experiences at UBC.


Delgermaa Boldbaatar

Delgermaa Boldbaatar (MPA Candidate, BBA) is a communications officer for the Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Secretariat in Mongolia.

In June 2017, she attended a CIRDI-facilitated capacity-building workshop for young professionals in Mongolia that focused on the state’s role in resource governance.

Read about her reflections on the experience: Mongolia young professionals are shining