The 7th Risk Mitigation & CSR Seminar - June 7, 2012

seminar report

with premier sponsors Hatch
and Fasken Martineau



On the Ground Group was pleased to partner with the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business in its 7th Risk Mitigation & CSR seminar held for the second time in Vancouver on June 7, 2012.

Thirteen presenters representing mining companies, CSR experts and advisors covered a range of topics as varied as the issues surrounding CSR including case studies from Canada, Africa and Latin America, the financing expectations vis-a-vis CSR performance, FPIC, developing trust for your CSR initiatives and driving top level commitment.

Premier Sponsors for the seminar were Hatch and Fasken Martineau LLP. Partners included the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia, MineAfrica and On the Ground Group.

Tina Charalambu of Hatch and Kevin O'Callaghan of Fasken Martineau co-chaired the day-long seminar.

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  • Keynote Address - Enhancing collaboration across boundaries - Dr. Zhenyi Li, Associate Professor of Intercultural Communication, Easy Learning Centre

  • Managing Risk in Africa and Latin America: A Comparative Perspective - Alison Taylor, Senior Vice President and Director, Control Risks Americas

  • On the rails in Tibet: a case study in risk mitigation - Debra Rasmussen, Senior Agricultural Economist and Robin D'Arcy, Private Sector Development Specialist Tibet, Agriteam Canada Consulting Ltd.

  • Mining Risk in the age of YouTube - Grant Geall, Founder & Chairman, resourceINTELLIGENCE

  • FPIC (Free, Prior and Informed Consent): When is it a requirement - Kevin O'Callaghan, Partner, Fasken Martineau LLP

  • verbal presentation - Getting Credit: What one financial institution expects of your CSR performance - Signi Schneider, Chief CSR Advisor, Export Development Canada

  • Corporate Social Irresponsibility: Why many don't trust corporate CSR initiatives and how you can change that - Radcliffe Dockery, President and Chief Executive Officer, HigherEye Training & Consulting

  • Driving top-level commitment: The road to compliance begins with educating the C-Suite - Thack Skidmore, Director, Third Party Screening, Kroll Advisory Solutions

  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Business Imperative with Legal Implications - Michael Torrance, Lawyer, Norton Rose Canada LLP

  • CSR and Risk Mitigation: Our experience, our best management practices - R. Scott Hanna, Director North America, Environmental Services Group, Hatch

  • From intentions to impact, the practical implementation and measurement of economic empowerment programs - Bonnie Lyn de Bartok, Founder and Managing Partner, MacCormick IMC

  • Investing in social and economic development in the eastern DR Congo - Martin Jones, Chairman, Banro Foundation

  • Managing Social Risk through Community Empowerment: A Case Study of Community-Based Water Monitoring - Melissa Whellams, Principal, Avanzar


  • Be sure to attend the 8th Risk Mitigation & CSR Seminar in Toronto on October 16, 2012.