Assessing Transparency in the Environmental Assessment Processes of Mining Projects in British Columbia

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June 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm PDT

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On behalf of the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI), and Transparency International Canada (TI-Canada), we are pleased to invite you to attend the launch of the Mining for Sustainable Development Program (M4SD) research in British Columbia. This research will analyze the vulnerabilities of transparency and integrity risks in the BC environmental assessment (EA) process.

The event will include presentations on transparency and accountability, and environmental assessment and mine permitting in BC. TI-Canada will also present on the Global and National M4SD Program followed by the BC research team introducing their jurisdictional research in BC and the Mining Awards Corruption Risk Assessment (MACRA) tool.

The objective of this event is to introduce the topic and project approach, and engage a wide group of experts in the public and private sector that may have an interest and valuable perspectives to contribute to this research. Mechanisms to participate in the BC M4SD research, which will take place over the course of the next year, will be outlined and attendees will be provided with an opportunity to register to participate or remain informed.

Guest speakers include :

  • Gerry Ferguson, Distinguished Professor in the Law Faculty at the University of Victoria (UVic), with anti-corruption expert and author of the open access book “Global Corruption: Law, Theory and Practice”.
  • Dr. Janis Shandro, Director/Community Health and Safety Specialist, Arrowsmith Gold Inc.; Assistant Professor (research), Geography Department, University of Victoria, Canada
  • Dr. Deniz Yaylaci, M4SD Program Manager, TI Canada
  • Abigail Cruickshank, Technical Manager for the Global Affairs Canada funded ‘Supporting the Ministry of Mines in Ethiopia’ Project, CIRDI
  • Patrick Weiler, Program Development Officer, CIRDI

The event will be hosted at the Dock Victoria – Centre for Social Impact.

Seats are limited, please register now!

Light refreshments will be served a the event.


Background information on the M4SD program, CIRDI and TI can be found here: M4SD Project Background

Further details regarding discussion leaders and suggested readings for the meeting will be provided at a later date.


Speakers bios:

Gerry Ferguson is a University of Victoria Distinguished Professor of Law who specializes in criminal law. He is also a senior associate with the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy in Vancouver. Professor Ferguson is a member of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Anti-Corruption Academic Development Initiative (ACAD) devoted to the creation of anticorruption academic materials and the teaching of university courses on global corruption. He is co-editor and co-author (with Douglas Johnston) of Asia-Pacific Legal Development (UBC Press, 1998), was a co-leader of the CIDA-funded Canada-Vietnamese Legislative Drafting and Management Program, 1994-95, and a team member of the CIDA-funded Canada-China Procuratoracy Project, 2003-2008, under the direction of the ICCLR. He is the co-author, with Justice Dambrot, of the annually updated two-volume book, Canadian Criminal Jury Instructions and co-author of the Annual Review of Criminal Law. Professor Ferguson has taught criminal law as a Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong, the University of Auckland, Monash University, the University of Malaya and the University of Airlangga in Indonesia. He has given guest lectures at various law schools in South Africa, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Europe. Professor Ferguson is a former member of the National Advisory Council of the Law Commission of Canada and an active participant in the Canadian Bar Association, Law Society, and Continuing Legal Education Society activities. His teaching and scholarly interests include transnational and comparative criminal law and procedure, sentencing and mental health law. Professor Ferguson may be contacted at


Dr. Janis Shandro has a co-disciplined Ph.D. in mining engineering and population health. She is a health impact assessment (HIA) and community health and safety practitioner and researcher. Globally, she has over a decade of experience with international finance institutions, private sector clients, governments and communities. She has worked in over 25 countries on community health and safety issues associated with the extractive sector. For the last five years, Janis has been dedicated to community health and safety practice in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) with deep experience in Viet Nam, Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Myanmar and the People’s Republic of China.

In Canada, Janis conducts culturally appropriate health impact assessments for Indigenous Communities and leads a research program focused on Indigenous health surveillance systems as part of the HIA/EA process. She has worked in partnership with over 40 First Nations in Canada related directly to mining. Expertise: Economic/Industrial Zones, Mining, Indigenous Health, Worker and Community Health Risk and Influx Management, Health Surveillance.


Deniz Yaylaci is a mining engineer and sustainability professional with more than ten years of consultancy, research and project management experience in the mining and environmental sectors. His work experience includes mine design and planning, environmental and social baseline studies, CSR projects, sustainability management and reporting. He is the program manager of the Mining for Sustainable Development (M4SD) program in Canada. Before he joined TI Canada, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Colorado School of Mines in the US; consultant at Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and project staff in diverse mining and environmental projects overseas. Deniz holds B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Mining Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Turkey and M.Sc. degree in Environmental and Resource Management from the Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany. Deniz is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and he has several publications, including peer-review articles and book chapters.


Abby Cruickshank is the Technical Manager for the Global Affairs Canada funded ‘Supporting the Ministry of Mines in Ethiopia project at UBC’s Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI). She has a Master of Environmental Studies from York University and a BSc in Physical Geography from Simon Fraser University. Abigail has worked with governments, private and public-sector clients, financial institutions, communities and indigenous peoples on environmental and social performance assessments, impact assessments, applied social research, and capacity building and training. She has in-country experience working in Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Cambodia, Kenya, Botswana, South Africa, Ethiopia and Canada. Her professional experience includes seven years with Hatfield Consultants in Indonesia and Canada and supporting their Mekong (based on Vientiane, Lao PDR) and Botswana offices. During this time, Abigail managed and served as a technical lead for several environmental and social projects.


Patrick Weiler is a lawyer with a background in environmental and aboriginal law with over 10 years’ experience working on issues of environmentally sustainable development of both local and global concern. Mr. Weiler’s legal practice has included representing municipal and indigenous groups in the context of provincial and federal environmental assessments of proposed natural resource development and linear infrastructure projects. A significant portion of Mr. Weiler’s professional experience and academic writing has focused on the development and implementation of effective policy, institutional and legislative responses to improve the management of transboundary watercourses. Patrick’s work has included engaging in policy processes at the national and global levels to create the enabling legal/policy environment to mitigate the use of mercury and formalize the artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector, and direct support to groups of artisanal and small-scale miners to develop business models, and to obtain permits to operate legally. Working with organizations such as the Global Environmental Facility and the United Nations Development Programme, he has written global comparative analyses on international water law conventions, and capacity building guidance on science to policy processes in natural resource governance. Patrick has also coordinated a series of lectures on topics related to how the law can combat corrupt practices.




June 18
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm


The Dock
Quarterdeck Room, 300-722 Cormorant Street
Victoria, BC Canada


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