CIRDI Hosts Mining Conflicts Workshop

What are the factors that lead to mining conflict? How do the inter-relationships between players contribute to conflicts over time? What are the roles of governments, industry, communities and NGOs? These are some of the questions that will be examined in a workshop based on the CIRDI research project: The Rise in Conflict Associated with Mining Operations: What Lies Beneath?


Mining Conflicts Workshop: Exploring conflict pathways and the roles of government, industry, communities and NGOs

When: Tuesday November 21, 2017; 9 am – 4 pm

Where: UBC Robson Square, Room C680 HSBC Hall

RSVP: (Note capacity is limited)

Participants will:

  • Gain insights from recent CIRDI research on conflict in mining conducted by the Centre for Responsible Mineral Development with funding from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Global Affairs Canada.
  • Learn from a multi-stakeholder panel on integrating conflict prevention and management tools into your risk management strategy.
  • Participate in discussions moderated by representatives from each of the four key actors in mining conflict: government, NGO, industry and community.

The Research

The CIRDI-UNDP research project, The Rise in Conflict Associated with Mining Operations: What Lies Beneath? involved a systematic analysis and documentation of the individual and collective behaviours of the players involved in mining conflict, their interrelationships and how they contribute to conflict situations over time.

Workshop Components

  • A keynote presentation by Tony Andrews, Ph.D., lead of the CIRDI-UNDP conflict study
  • A panel discussion with representatives from the four stakeholder groups involved in preventing and managing natural resource conflict
  • Breakout sessions to identify practical tools to enable decision-making in conflict prevention

Workshop Leads

Tony Andrews, principal and co-founder of the Centre for Responsible Mineral Development, former CEO of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) and lead on the CIRDI-UNDP conflict study. Tony is a seasoned geologist and multidisciplinary leader recognized for his in-depth knowledge of corporate social responsibility, particularly as it relates to policy, regulations, governance and accountability.

Kuzi Charamba, project manager, Shared Resources program, One Earth Future Foundation. The Shared Resources program focuses on conflict prevention in extractive industries around the world by enhancing local community participation in natural resource governance.

Jim Cooney, with a 40-year career in the mining industry, Jim engages with leading thinkers in universities, corporations, NGOs and governments to explore best practices related to human rights, socially responsible investing, Indigenous peoples and resource extraction.

Jim Gowans, president and CEO, Arizona Mining Inc., has more than 30 years of experience in mineral exploration, mine feasibility studies, opening new mines, commissioning mine expansions and developing best practices in mine safety, mine operations and economic performance improvement.

Chang Hoon Oh, professor of international business and Beedie Research Fellow at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business, and database analysis lead for the CIRDI-UNDP conflict study. Chang Hoon’s research centers on internationalization strategy, country risk, business continuity and sustainability and globalization versus regionalization.

Ian Thomson, founding member and principal of On Common Ground Consultants Inc., has over 30 years of experience in the resource industry, working for the last 15 years to advance the management of socially sustainable development.

Laureen Whyte, principal of Arbutus Consulting, has over 25 years of experience as a social performance professional, specializing in Indigenous and stakeholder engagement, organizational and community development, permitting and regulatory strategy, cultural and participatory research and negotiation of agreements.





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