Risk Mitigation and CSR - October 16, 2012

seminar report

with premier sponsors
Fasken Martineau and Hatch


On the Ground Group was pleased to partner with the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business in its 8th Risk Mitigation & CSR Seminar held in Toronto on October 16, 2012.

Sixteen presenters representing mining companies, CSR experts, associations and NGO's covered a range of topics as varied as the issues surrounding CSR including the legal structure behind CSR, managing community relations through supply chain management, avoiding corruption in international mining projects, guidelines for sustainable community development and CSR as a risk mitigant.

Premier Sponsors for the seminar were Hatch and Fasken Martineau. Partners included Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, MineAfrica Inc. and On the Ground Group.

Tessa Mackay of Hatch and Michael Bourassa of Fasken Martineau LLP co-chaired the day-long seminar.

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  • Seminar Co-Chairs: Tessa Mackay, Environmental Manager, Hatch and Michael Bourassa, Partner, Fasken Martineau LLP

  • verbal presentation - Keynote Address: Canada's Engagement on CSR - Judith St. George, Director General, Trade Commissioner Service Operations and Trade Strategy Bureau, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

  • 2 - Corporate Social Irresponsibility - Why the General Public is Skeptical of Many CSR Initiatives - Radcliffe Dockery, President & Chief Executive Officer, HigherEye Training & Consulting

  • 3 - Social License: What it is and Its Role in Risk Mitigation Across All Stages of the Mine Life Cycle - Ian Thomson, Ph.D. Principal and Co-Founder of On Common Ground

  • 4 - Benchmarking the Best: Social Due Diligence™- Bonnie Lyn de Bartok, Chief Executive Officer, MacCormick IMC

  • 5 - Community Development and CSR: Managing Expectations & Balancing Interests - Claudia Feldkamp, Partner, Fasken Martineau LLP

  • 6 - Local Sourcing and Local Content: How to Meet the Demands of Governments? - Monica Ospina, Founder and Director, O trade and market access

  • 7 - CSR on the Public Record: Full, True and Plain - Elisabeth (Lisa) DeMarco, Partner and Janne Duncan, Partner, Norton Rose Canada LLP

  • 8 - Investing in Community Development in the Eastern Congo - Martin Jones, Chairman, Banro Foundation

  • 9 - CSR with Canadian Charities - Opportunities and Pitfalls - Mark Blumberg, Partner, Blumberg Segal LLP

  • 10 - Hands-On Sustainability in Madagascar - Mark Sitter, Director, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Sherritt International Corporation

  • 11 - Indigenous Peoples, Economic Development, Risk and CSR - Olivia Gamache, Environment and Social Risk Consultant, Hatch11 - Hatch

  • 12 - CSR in Mining - Fernando Blasco, Director, Business Development, Drake Global Tech

  • 13 - An Overview of South American Country Risk Indicators: Helping Shape a CSR Strategy - Tyson Johnson, Director, Global Risk Management, ATS Automation

  • 14 - Mining in Colombia and Burkina Faso, West Africa and Using Green Energy Solutions and Agriculture Products - Kate Blancato, Chief Executive Officer, Goldombian and Green Mine Solutions

  • 15 - verbal presentation: CSR - Is My Banker Watching? - Yolanda Banks, Senior Advisor, Corporate Social Responsibility, Export Development Canada

  • 16 - Corporate Social Responsibility or Corporate Embarrassment: Monitoring Your CSR Projects - Deborah Gold, Managing Director and Lynn Correia, Senior Director, Kroll Advisory Solutions