Manager, Corporate Shared Value, Stakeholder Relations & Community Engagement, Progress Energy
Since the mid-nineties, Barbara has been a passionate pioneer and leader in creating meaningful corporate shared value in communities. With like-minded colleagues, Barbara was a founding member of the Wildrose IAP2 (International Association of Public Participation) Alberta Chapter. She served as President, Past President and Treasurer.
A graduate of Public Relations at Mount Royal University, Barbara became involved involved in several high-interest and internationally monitored projects with the Department of National Defence. It was through these projects Barbara discovered she had a penchant for understanding science, the environment and engineering. But it was also here she discovered the ability to facilitate the voices of potentially affected citizens and concerned NGOs and ENGOs. Barbara understood the importance of the messages of these voices and worked with project proponents to listen to stakeholders, seek to understand their concerns and work to resolve the issues.
Barbara’s work led to her to engage with numerous stakeholders, particularly several Aboriginal communities. Her work in these communities shifted the paradigm of corporate social responsibility to creating tangible and sustainable socio-economic opportunities which are key cornerstones to develop effective corporate shared value. From providing training for Aboriginal youths, working with Elders to understand and learn about their traditional land uses, to helping a First Nations community creating a new gravel company which now has multi-million dollar orders. Barbara has learned that helping to create capacity in a community – no matter how small or large develops sustainable skills and economic benefits in the near- and long-term future.
Co-Chair representing Industry
Ben Chalmers is Vice President, Sustainable Development. In this role Ben is the Mining Assoication of Canada (MAC) team member ultimately responsible for the implementation of Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM). More specifically, he ensures that TSM is effectively promoted to relevant stakeholders; that all related input within MAC and subsequent documentation is coordinated and produced; and that all related committees are properly supported.
Bernarda is known internationally and particularly in Latin America for her on-the-ground experience with exploration and mining companies assessing their CSR practices at their sites of operations, and engagement with national, regional and local government agencies, civil society organizations, indigenous communities, religious groups and academia on key CSR issues. Her work has encompassed strategic thinking, planning and implementation of CSR strategies, sustainable development, conflict prevention and management, helping companies to comply with socio-environmental performance in conformity with host country and international standards.
Upon assuming the position of Program Director of Sustainable Development at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) from 2008 - 2012, Bernarda focused her attention to expand and improve the organization’s influence in CSR with industry, governments and special interest groups, across Canada and into the international arena. She was the key force behind the development and management of e3 Plus: A Framework for Responsible Exploration, the first CSR guidance of its kind for the exploration industry. She also initiated the successful ‘CSR Event Series’ at the PDAC convention creating a space for the industry and other interested stakeholders to discuss CSR matters.
Bernarda is member of the Latin American Dialogue Group: Mining, Democracy and Sustainable Development, Principal and Co-founder of RMD (Responsible Mineral Development Centre), and co-instructor of CSR, Sustainability and Mining at Ryerson University’s Chang School Mining Management Program. She has also designed and delivered training courses, workshops and lecture series on CSR topics across North, South and Central America.
Senior Policy Advisor, Economic Justice and Peacebuilding, World Vision Canada
Biography to come
Jan Boon is currently a Ph. D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. His Ph. D. project deals with the "on the ground" Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) dynamics in mineral exploration projects. He completed the Master's Program in Globalization and International Development at the University of Ottawa, where his studies focused on the role of governments in CSR in mineral exploration and mining. In addition, he holds a PhD in geochemistry, as well as professional certificates in intercultural studies and in conflict management. Jan is an emeritus scientist with Natural Resources Canada and has had a long career in research and research management, which included positions as head of the Alberta Geological Survey and director general of the Sedimentary and Marine Geoscience Branch of the Geological Survey of Canada. He has been an associate professor at a Venezuelan University, a member and chair of the boards of many community and professional organizations, and co-chair of the Canada-Japan Joint Panel on Earth Sciences and the Environment. Currently, he is a member of the PDAC International Affairs and CSR Committees, and of the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network.
Jean Vavrek is the former Executive Director of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).
Previously, he was Vice-President, Performance Services, for Laurentide Controls Ltd., the business partner for Emerson Process Management in Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces.
From 1981-1999, Vavrek held various positions across Canada and in Sweden with ABB, including Manager, Engineering Department Process Control Systems; Business Unit Manager, Mining and Metals Canada; Sales Manager, Industrial Accounts, Eastern Canada; Partnership Manager (Cominco); and Manager, Service, High and Medium Voltage Apparatus.
In his years at CIM, many of his efforts were focused on the “softer” aspects of the industry, for example, in the areas of human resources, public outreach and education, community interactions, innovation and social responsibility. These activitiesd include serving as a member of the board of the CMHF (Canadian Mining Hall of Fame), in addition to his work as a board member of the CFES (Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences).
Additionally, Jean serves as secretary on the board of CESSE (Council of Engineering and Scientific and Society Executives) and is a member of CSAE (Canadian Society of Association Executives).
Chief Operating Officer, Congress of Aboriginal Peoples
Biography to come
Associate Vice President Environment BC and Yukon, AECOM
Biography to come
Joe Ringwald is a mining and mineral process engineer with over 25 years of mining and construction experience, and currently is vice-president of operations for Brett Resources Inc.
Past employment included senior mining engineer with Placer Dome, vice-president, project development with Crew Gold, technical director, mining with AMEC Americas, and vice-president, sustainable development with Tournigan Energy.
His career has taken him into numerous countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North America, Latin America, and Asia to work on underground and surface projects of various commodities, including base and precious metals, uranium, coal, industrial minerals and diamonds.
Much of his latter career has been focused on mine development, corporate social responsibility and sustainable development.
He was the CIM District 6 vice-president (BC & Yukon) from 2000 to 2002, the co-chair for CIM Vancouver 2002 and 2006, and has presented at and chaired numerous CIM sessions.
Joe also presented to the National Roundtables on CSR, is a current director with Transparency International – Canada, and a member of the Pacific Hub steering committee for the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN).
Co-Chair representing Non-Industry
Dr. Kernaghan Webb (LL.B., LL.M., LL.D.) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Law and Business, at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, where he is also the Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Dr. Webb has published widely on innovative regulatory approaches, including the evolving regulatory regime applying to the mining sector, and his research concerning regulatory offences have been cited and followed by the Supreme Court of Canada. Professor Webb is a member of the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network Advisory Board, as well as the Board of Directors of Transparency International-Canada and Canadian Business for Social Responsibility. His work includes acting as Special Advisor to the United Nations Global Compact on the ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Standard, being the Project Leader of the SSHRC-supported Multi-Perspective Collaborative CSR Case Study Project concerning mining operations, and acting as the Law Editor for the Journal of Business Ethics.
Laureen Whyte is Principal of Arbutus Consulting. A seasoned specialist in community/Aboriginal relations, CSR/sustainable development, government relations, land use and community economic development, she was recently Vice President, Sustainability & Operations at the Association for Mineral Exploration BC AME BC. Laureen Whyte has successfully guided numerous initiatives involving diverse stakeholders for major corporations, small and medium businesses, non-profits and First Nations in her consulting practice, and previously as Manager of Community & Aboriginal Affairs with Westcoast Energy/Duke Energy. Whyte is co-author of Aboriginal Engagement Toolkit for Mineral Exploration (AME BC 2009), and author of Making the Grade: a Guide to Success in Corporate Aboriginal Partnerships. Laureen Whyte Chairs of the Board of the BC Aboriginal Mine Training Association, serves on the Aboriginal Affairs and CSR committees of the Prospectors and Developers Association and the COS Aboriginal Council of Minerva Foundation for BC Women.
Melissa Greyeyes Brant
Socio-Economic Development Manager, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
Biography to com
Ron Nielsen founded the International Centre for Business Innovation and Sustainability (ICBIS), an initiative focused on embedding business sustainability at the core of enterprises. In addition, Ron is an executive in residence at the Dalhousie University Faculty of Management, leading the development of the business innovation and sustainability focus. Prior to founding ICBIS, Ron was director of sustainability and strategic partnerships with Alcan (now Rio Tinto Alcan), working to implement sustainability across the company and within its business groups. He was central to Alcan’s efforts to develop a leadership position in sustainability and corporate social responsibility, and developed sustainability-related partnerships that supported and strengthened these efforts. Before joining Rio Tinto Alcan, Ron worked as director of the Air Programme for Pollution Probe, a Canadian environmental organization, and had a particular focus on the topics of climate change and emissions trading. Prior to working with Pollution Probe, Ron was senior policy advisor for the Ontario Round Table on Environment and Economy, an advisory council to the premier of Ontario. At the Round Table, Ron worked on a range of sustainability issues including two key initiatives: the Sustainable Communities program and the Round Table's multi-stakeholder effort on climate change — the Transportation and Climate Change Collaborative.
Scott Yarrow is a resources industry professional with over 25 years of primary industry experience, and currently is General Manager Sustainability for Xstrata Nickel based in Toronto. Scott has worked in a number of Sustainable Development roles over 12 years with BHP Billiton based in Australia. Scott has also held additional roles in large organizations including ICI chemicals and CHUBB, a United Technologies company. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
Stephen Kibsey is currently Vice-President of Equity Risk Management at the Caisse de depôt et placement du Québec. Prior, he was a portfolio manager for 10 years at the Caisse. He also spent 10 years at Bimcor (Bell Canada Pension) where he was Vice-President of Canadian Equities. Stephen began his career as a mining analyst at a brokerage house now part of the National Bank and at TD-Securities. His education includes a B.Sc. in physiology and a B.Eng. in mining from McGill, as well as a MBA from Concordia. He is a CFA. His first experience in the field of sustainability was a summer semester of study at the University of Guelph in 1976, on a scholarship sponsored by the Youth Science Foundation. Ever since, Stephen has integrated the principles related to best practices, environment, and social responsibility in his studies and work. He is currently a member of the Community of Interest Panel for the Mining Association of Canada and a mentor to the Kenneth Woods Portfolio Management Program at the John Molson School of Business.