Leading Practices in Natural Resource Governance Workshop

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April 24 - April 25

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The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) is pleased to invite you to our Leading Practices in Natural Resource Governance Workshop. The workshop will feature participants from Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guyana, Kenya, Mongolia, Peru, Senegal and Canada, representing academia, government, civil society, and industry. The panels will reflect on gender equality, inclusive governance and environmental sustainability within the natural resource sector, while also examining the links and tensions between research and practice in international development projects.

CIRDI was founded in 2013 by three leading universities: University of British Columbia (UBC)Simon Fraser University and Polytechnique Montréal, and is now housed within UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. Since its founding, CIRDI has become a trusted inter-disciplinary centre of expertise on natural resource governance and related policy, management and sustainable development. With Canadian and international partners, CIRDI has been providing leading-practice advice, technical support, training and applied research, and established itself as a platform for innovative thinking, knowledge mobilization and shared learning. Over the past six years, CIRDI has delivered programming across 22 project sites, with 186 partners, including academic institutions, local communities, embassies, industry associations, international and regional agencies, NGOs and non-profits, and private and government partners.

The initial suite of projects delivered under CIRDI’s founding Contribution Agreement with Global Affairs Canada (GAC) is in the final stages of implementation and is due to conclude this spring. This provides a timely opportunity to consolidate research, project outcomes and lessons learned across all our projects.


Daytime panels: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 24 – 25, 2019

Light refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP here as there are limited spots available.

Public dialogue and reception by Raw Talks: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm, April 25, 2019. A separate invitation to follow.



 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM      Opening remarks

  • Elaine Pura, CEO, CIRDI
  • Gail Sparrow, Former Chief, Musqueam Nation
  • Moura Quayle, Director pro tem, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia
  • Murali Chandrashekaran, VP International, University of British Columbia
  • Mark Gawn, Director, Inclusive Growth and Governance, Partnerships for Development Innovation Branch, Global Affairs Canada

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM    CIRDI Showcase: Who We Are, What We’ve Done and Where We Are Going

  • Moderator: Isabeau Vilandre, Director, SUMM, CIRDI
  • Dr. Marie-Luise Ermisch, Associate Director, Planning and Performance Management, CIRDI
  • Yared Fekade Mandefro, Deputy Project Director, SUMM, CIRDI
  • Dr. Priya Bala-Miller, Director, Partnerships and Program Development, CIRDI

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM  Ice Breaker                           

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM Break

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM    Research in Action: Balancing Research and Development Outcomes

  • Moderator: Gabriel Castillo Devoto, P.Eng., PhD Student, NBK Mining Engineering and School of Public Policy & Global Affairs, University of British Columbia
  • June Francis, CIRDI Project Co-Lead, Co-Laboratorio Peru, Director Institute for Diaspora Research and Engagement, Associate Professor, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University
  • Fernando Muñoz, CIRDI Project Lead
  • Catherine Tarimo, Master’s Student, Master in Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia
  • Adam Cassady, Master’s Student, Master in Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia
  • Richard Simon, Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM       Lunch

2:00 PM – 3:20 PM       What Does Effective Multi-Stakeholder Consultation Look Like?

Participatory development underpins all of CIRDI’s work. This includes multi-stakeholder dialogue, promoting community voices and supporting local innovation. Yet in practice, what does inclusive and responsible mining look like? What are examples of leading engagement practices? This panel brings together a small-scale miner, government representative and academic to discuss effective stakeholder engagement from different perspectives.

  • Moderator: Dr. Jocelyn Fraser, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia
  • Julius Opiyo, Managing Secretary of the Migori County Artisanal Miners Cooperative Society Limited (MICA), Kenya
  • Lizbeth Diaz Redolfo, Professional Consultant and Lawyer, Centre for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
  • Lana Eagle, Senior Advisor for Lana Eagle Consulting

3:20 PM – 3:30 PM       Break

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM       From Local to Global: Indigenous Voices in Resources Governance

Although Canadian indigenous issues have not been a focus of CIRDI’s work, there are opportunities to reflect upon the relevance of project outputs at the local level, as well as to identify avenues for future work.                         

  • Moderator: Jessica Bratty, MBA, Principal, GEMM
  • Cynthia Callison, Founding partner of Callison & Hanna Law, member of the Tahltan Nation, CIRDI Advisory Council
  • Euliene Van-Lewin-Watson, Technical Officer for Mining, Ministry of Natural Resources, Government of Guyana
  • Alexandra Carlier, CIRDI Consultant
  • Chief Ian Campbell, Xalek/Sekyu Siyam, Hereditary Chief of the Squamish Nation, Councillor for the Squamish Nation Chiefs and Council                           


 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM      Advancing Integrated Natural Resource Management: Bridging Canadian and Global Perspectives

Cassie Doyle, CIRDI Strategic Advisor and Former CIRDI CEO

9:30 AM – 10:50 AM    From Social Learning to Transformative Education: Co-learning in the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) Sector in Ecuador                           

Social learning was adopted by CIRDI’s Trans-MAPE project team to help them respond to the realities of ASM in Ecuador. Using this learning model, the team first emphasized the importance of non-hierarchical relationships, collaboration and trust in their learning processes, while mutually exploring ASGM-related issues with diverse stakeholders and actors. Second, the project team promoted social co-learning aimed at building the capacity of those involved in the critical evaluation of existing ASGM knowledge and environmental challenges, ASGM knowledge generation and penetration, and the application of knowledge to policy and practice related to ASM. This panel brings together a small-scale miner, the project lead, and the project’s academic lead to share their experiences.

  • Moderator: Francisco Gallegos, Program Manager, CIRDI
  • Norman Velazquez, Artisanal Miner, Ecuador
  • Colon Velazquez, Trans-MAPE Project Lead, CIRDI
  • Gerald Fallon, Associate Professor, Department of Education, UBC

10:50 AM – 11:00 AM Break

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM  Participatory Processes in Environmental Governance in Latin America, Canada and Mongolia

Participatory processes of environmental governance are taking place the world over. In many countries communities and civil society organizations play a key role in monitoring environmental issues related to water, contributing to community education and land rehabilitation of degraded areas. Drawing on the knowledge and applied experiences of academics, community leaders and practitioners, this panel will reflect on community participation in environmental governance, with special attention paid to experiences influenced by ASM and LSM mining regions.

  • Moderator: Prof. Jordi Honey-Rosés, Assistant Professor, School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia 
  • Nancy Bahamonde, Grupo de Dialogo, Mineria y Desarollo Sostenible, Peru
  • Claudio Pareja, PhD Student, Center for Studies on Regional Development and Public Policies, Universidad de Los Lagos, Chile
  • Bolormaa Purejav, PhD Student, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, University of British Columbia
  • Nathan Skubovious, Tahltan First Nation, Tene Mehodihi Environmental Program

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM     Lunch

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM       From the Frontlines: Sharing Leading Practices and Lessons Learned in Public Sector Capacity Development from Government Partners in Latin America and Africa

Most of CIRDI’s projects have involved working with government partners to develop public sector capacity in the natural resource sector. This panel will provide an opportunity to hear directly from four government partners from CIRDI projects in Argentina, Ethiopia, Peru and Senegal. These partners have been deeply involved in CIRDI’s work and will share their experiences to identify commonalities in approaches and practices that have led to successful project results. These context-specific insights can highlight leading practices in public sector capacity development projects, and can inform future research and work in natural resource governance.

  • Moderator: Mike Ellerbeck, Senior Advisor, Natural Resources Canada, Government of Canada
  • Geremew Negassa, Director, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate, Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, Government of Ethiopia
  • Rokhaya Samba, Director, Prospecting and Mine Promotion, Ministry of Mines and Geology, Government of Senegal
  • Carolina del Valle, National Director of Mining Production, Environment and Community Development, Mining Secretariat, Ministry of Production, Government of Argentina
  • Guillermo Avanzini Pinto, Subdirector de la Unidad de Cooperacion International, Autoridad Nacional de Agua de Peru

2:30 PM – 2:40 PM       Break

2:40 PM – 4:30 PM       Reflections (facilitated small group discussions)

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM       Raw Talks Dialogue and Reception

Location: Jack Poole Hall, Robert H.Lee Alumni Centre, 6163 University Blvd, Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z1 

The event will be live-streamed on CIRDI’s Facebook page.

Please RSVP here as there are limited spots available.

This event has been made possible with financial support from Global Affairs Canada.


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