Casualty or Catalyst: Gender Equality and the Future of Mining

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June 12, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

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We are pleased to invite you to our workshop on June 12, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at Carleton University to discuss gender equality and the future of mining.


At 2019, the global mining sector is not a simple ecosystem with straightforward, integrated value chains and highly controlled production processes. Governments and firms recognize that deeply intertwined economic, social, political and technological variables affect the balance of the sector as a whole. Macro trends such as regulatory uncertainty, a rapidly-evolving technological landscape, low levels of public trust in the sector, disruptive market forces like the burgeoning sharing economy, and shifting consumer preferences are bearing down on the sector. Cumulatively these trends translate into an uncertain operational context for mining companies and stakeholders, both in Canada and abroad.

The event will comprise of lightning presentations, a panel discussion and roundtables. We will be diving into timely issues such as:

  • What does a gender equal future of mining look like?
  • What is needed to prepare the sector for growth while being gender sensitive?
  • How can we ensure gender isn’t a casualty in artisanal and small-scale mining while acting as a catalyst in large-scale mining?


  • Dr. Priya Bala-Miller, Director, Partnerships and Program Development, GenderEquality Lead, CIRDI
  • Matthew Bliss, Deputy Director, IGF
  • Professor Doris Buss, Department of Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University
  • Melanie Campbell, Acting Director, Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan Secretariat Lands and Minerals Sector, Natural Resources Canada
  • Jamile Cruz, Board Director, Women in Mining Canada and Co-founder, I&D 101
  • Sarah Daitch, United Nations Development Programme, Conflict Prevention, Extractives, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support
  • Lina Holguin, Senior Policy Analyst, Global Affairs Canada
  • Dr. Jennifer Hinton, Director, East Africa Operations, M2Cobalt, Uganda and Adjunct Professor, Institute of African Studies, Carleton University
  • Lema Ijtemaye, Manager, Socio-Economic Development Department, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
  • Mora Johnson, Head of Secretariat, Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights
  • Kelly Cooper, President, Centre for Social Intelligence

Check out the full agenda and event details here: Participant Package. Casualty or Catalyst Event.

Register today.

The event is held in collaboration between Carleton University, the Canadian International Resource and Development Institute (CIRDI) and the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF).

We look forward to discussing the challenges to and opportunities for women’s meaningful participation in mining with you on June 12. Stay tuned as we release details in the weeks to come.


R. 2017, Dunton Tower, Carleton University
Ottawa, Canada


The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute
Carleton University
The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development