Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum

April Newsletter

Hello ESRS Members! There is so much going on, we had to pick and choose what to share!

This newsletter provides details and information on:

  • Update on the Tailings Workshop Series now May 18 and June 29
  • Multi-stakeholder Learning Workshop on April 27
  • ESRS AGM - April 29
  • CIM Convention - May 3-6
  • ESRS Social during CIM Convention - May 6
  • The Importance of Planning for Mine Water Management and Treatment - 3 June
  • Spanish Language Version of Jan Boon’s book “Relationships and the Course of Social Events During Mineral Exploration: An Applied Sociology Approach”




Workshop Series: How to Build Meaningful Relationships in Tailings Management

Future dates have been REVISED to May 18 & June 29 @ 4 - 5:30 pm EDT

To accommodate a few really great speakers’ schedules, and to allow some related content to be presented between sessions, we are revising this series schedule one last time!  Everyone is so busy with multiple events this month, and we are working to spread things out for both our speakers and for you!  Apologies for the shifting schedule - if you have already registered, updated calendar invitations will be sent.

Registration accommodates options to register for either the 3-series package (with recordings for missed sessions) OR for individual sessions only (if you are a member or student/Indigenous participant). 

Description: The importance of people and relationships in effective tailings management is a thread throughout the Global Tailings Standard. The importance of relationships was also highlighted in the 2020 Tailings Management webinar series. 

The 2021 tailings management workshop will focus on this topic in a 3 webinar series where we provide a framework on how to build relationships, how to engage meaningfully, and how to incorporate western science with traditional knowledge. 

This framework will help participants develop approaches to fulfill the requirements of several principles of the Global Tailings Standard.  We are facilitating a two-way conversation between indigenous and industry leaders, presenting case examples as well as a panel discussion on how to build meaningful relationships with communities that facilitates the social license to operate a tailings facility and fulfills the requirements of the Global Tailings Standard.

Introductory Webinar Recording - 

1st Session Recording – The importance of early engagement and building trust. Our speakers discussed how to build trust and how this trust is a critical element for solving problems that inevitably develop over the mine’s life and to fulfill the requirements of Principle 1 of the Global Tailings Standard. Speakers included Nalaine Morin, Tahltan Nation, Justim Himmelright, Skeena Resources, and Catherine Tegelberg, Newmont. This was an excellent session, with immediately applicable lessons shared by all, available to registrants of the 3-package series.

The pending topics include:

May 18 – Traditional knowledge and Western Science. Traditional knowledge is a mandated element in environmental and social impact assessments. In this session, we take a closer look at how traditional knowledge and western science can be better integrated to develop an interdisciplinary knowledge base on which the design and operation of tailings facilities are based, as mandated by Principles 2 and 3 of the Global Tailings Standard.

June 29 – Risk Management. The Church of England Pension Board and other members of the Investor Mining and Tailings Safety Initiative, a consortium of 112 international investors, are requiring mining companies in their portfolios to adhere to the Global Tailings Standard. In this final session, we will look at how relationships between First Nations/indigenous communities and industry are being considered by the investor community as they assess the social and financial risk tailings represent to mining investments. Our first confirmed speaker for this session is Allison Forrest, Responsible Investment Manager at Resource Capital Funds.

Watch for our speaker updates!

Register at:

*Note that if you are a member of any GMPA member association, you can register at the posted “member rate.”



Multi-stakeholder Learning Workshop: Who Decides?

Date: April 27 @ 11-1 pm EDT

“Who Decides?” is a virtual participatory learning activity developed by social performance and social risk experts, Dr. Jocelyn Fraser and Dr. Cathryn MacCallum, and is centred around a fictitious mining project.

The activity introduces participants to some of the complexities many mining projects face through scenario-based decision making, involving a range of perspectives.

The views and perspectives of participants are captured using online learning tools to ultimately decide how and if the project should continue.

The activity is suitable for anyone with an interest in mineral exploration or mining.

Activity Structure:

  • Who Decides? starts with a short video to introduce the context of the fictitious project.
  • Participants are then grouped and immersed in four parallel scenarios (governance, Indigenous People, shared value, and environment) to consider a range of issues related to the fictitious mining project.
  • Each scenario is centred around a question for discussion and response.
  • The scenario-based sessions are led by expert facilitators and use a variety of online engagement tools to facilitate dialogue and discussion.
  • Participants prioritise recommendations for their respective scenarios and then come back together to agree a set of recommendations for the project.

More information, contact or

Workshop Moderators

Jocelyn Fraser - University of British Columbia

Cathryn MacCallum - Sazani Associates

While this is part of the CIM Conference, registration is separate to allow anyone to attend. Please visit:

NOTE: Active Participant tickets are for those that want to participate in break-out room discussions & work on the whiteboards. Passive Participants will be able to observe and listen to the active participants, ask questions via the chat function, and participate in votes.



2021 ESRS Virtual AGM 

Date: April 29 @ 4-5 PM EDT

Join us for this year’s Annual General Meeting to discover what we have done and are planning to do in the coming year. This event is free and open to anyone interested.

We have several positions on the executive where terms are up, some of which have nominations for filling (or renewing) already. If you have been an active ESRS member for the past year, and you are passionate to become more involved, you are eligible to put your name forward for one of these roles:

Secretary; Treasury; Publications Director; Awards Director. 

To register for the AGM click below:




ESRS Social During CIM Convention 

Date: May 6 @ 11 AM-12 PM EDT

Come out to meet some of your fellow ESRS members!  We have spent so much time online, listening to webinars or participating in dialogues, but not enough time just being able to meet and greet.  Maybe you have some questions about ESRS, or about a particular focus area?  Have some suggestions about what we should put more focus on?  Maybe you've met a person or two and wanted to know a bit more about them?  Let's use this time to get to know one another a bit more.

This event is free and open to anyone interested in attending. Conference registration not required. To register click below:





The technical programs are set and open for registration! We have a series of Social & ESG-related presentations and panels, as well as a focus on Water and Risk management, and Carbon-reduction Strategies.

Attention Students: Sponsored Passes! We have decided that we will sponsor the first ten students who contact us to register for the conference. Email to get your pass covered by ESRS!

For more information and registration, please visit:




The Importance of Planning for Mine Water Management and Treatment 

Date: June 3 @ 12-1 PM EDT

The presentation delivers a mostly non-technical overview of what is needed for mine water planning, the pitfalls to avoid, and the results when it is properly done. Real world examples will be provided for the project stage, during operations, and for mine closure.

Presenter: Bernard Aubé, Mine water treatment expert and owner at Envirobay Inc.

Target audience: Corporate environmental directors, mine managers, environmental superintendents, regulators, consultants, and students.

Registration link with CIM GoToMeeting:



Spanish Language Version of Jan Boon’s book “Relationships and the Course of Social Events During Mineral Exploration: An Applied Sociology Approach”


Kinross Gold has funded the Spanish language edition of Jan Boon’s book.

For enquiries please contact Andres Recalde, MBA,


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