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ERM at PDAC 2017: Can You Be More Efficient and Deliver Better Results?

5 - 8 March 2017

Business Excellence to Achieve Efficient Operations

There is increased confidence that the worst of the mining is over. Green shoots are starting to show, along with an increase in Merger & Acquisition related activity. As the industry shows signs of improvement, we see that companies are beginning to recognize (or find) the need for different models of working, collaborating and thinking.

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ERM’s Role at PDAC 2017

ERM was an avid participant at the 2017 PDAC Conference, the world’s leading mineral exploration conference.

Here is how we participated in the conference:

Exhibited at booth #724 throughout the week in the Convention Centre’s South Building
Sunday, March 5 - Wednesday, March 8

Facilitated a session on water management as part of the PDAC CSR Series: Liquid Assets: Companies, Communities, and Collaborative Water Management
Monday, March 6

Chaired a Technical Session: Adapting to Operational Risks and Costs in a Carbon-Constrained World
Tuesday, March 7

Hosted a Panel Discussion: The Uberization of Mining & Metals
Tuesday, March 7

ERM in the Mining Industry

The Mining Sector is a key focus for ERM. PDAC gives us the opportunity to collaborate with past, present and potential clients. Each year our delegates leave the conference with a deeper understanding of the current mining climate, having substantiated new trends and shared our learnings from the past year.

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ERM Overview and Speaking Sessions at PDAC 2017

Exhibiting at PDAC
Sunday, March 5 to Wednesday, March 8
ERM exhibited at booth #724 in the convention center’s south building throughout the week.

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PDAC CSR Series: Liquid Assets: Companies, Communities, and Collaborative Water Management
Monday March 6, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Room 717

Global water resources are being placed under increasing pressure by the dual impacts of climate change and population growth. Public interest in water resources and scrutiny over private water usage is increasing as a result. Mining’s need for extensive water resources throughout the cycle of exploration, development, extraction, and processing has driven the industry to find innovative solutions to ensure water sustainability. Yet even with concerted corporate action and technological improvements, mines risk having ‘stranded assets’ that cannot be developed without water. Water is thus becoming a critical constraint to – and enabler of – mine development.

This session explored the industry’s response to increased public scrutiny over water usage. Presentations by industry leaders highlighted innovative solutions companies have applied both in terms of new technology and approaches to community participation in water management. A real-world case study was used to facilitate discussion around the role that responsible water management plays in securing the relationship between the company and local communities.

This session was facilitated by Emily Nunn, and featured: Brent Bergeron, Goldcorp Inc.; Derek Chubb, ERM; John McCartney, Barrick Gold Corporation and Michael Davies, Teck Resources Ltd.

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PDAC Technical Session: Adapting to Operational Risks and Costs in a Carbon-Constrained World
Tuesday March 7, 9:10 am - 11:15 am, Room 715

This technical session featured a number of talks on managing carbon-related issues. This was co-chaired by Jim Chan, a Senior Consultant with ERM, and Stephen Wallace, an Independent Consultant.

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ERM Session (PDAC Presentation Room): The Uberization of Mining & Metals
Tuesday March 7, 3:00 pm to 4:30pm, Room 202B (North Building)

In our work across the mining sector, we see that companies are beginning to recognize (or find) the need for different models of working, collaborating and thinking. The ‘uberization of mining’ is about companies embracing ‘disruptive’ concepts over historic or normal ways of doing business. This is particularly true around the management of health, safety, environment and community (HSEC) risks.

This includes:

  • Embracing new and emerging technologies;
  • Finding new ways of working;
  • Rethinking approaches across the life cycle; and
  • Improving collection, management and use of data and information.

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ERM Speakers

Emily Nunn is a stakeholder engagement and social performance specialist based in Dakar, Senegal. 

Derek Chubb is a Senior Partner with over 25 years of mining industry experience. Related to water management, he provides organizations with integrated solutions that consider both technical and operational aspects to help mitigate business-critical water risks. 

Louise Pearce is the Managing Partner for ERM’s Global Mining Sector. With over 25 years of international consulting experience, she concentrates on developing corporate strategy and risk management programs, alongside managing global due diligence and post-merger integrations for the mining sector.

Jim Chan has 10 years of experience in projects that intersect business, environment and regulatory affairs. He also has strong regulatory experience, gained while working at the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Canada’s national environmental assessment regulator.

Linden Edgell is ERM’s Global Sustainability Director. Linden co-ordinates ERM's involvement in key global memberships including the WBCSD, GRI and UNGC and attended COP21 in Paris, along with other key events.