ERM at PDAC 2019

3 - 6 March 2019

Sustainable Mining - Building the Mine We Want to See

Today, companies need to strike a balance between commercial growth and environmental, social and governance risks. This reality is shifting both the narrative and the role we play in securing sustainable growth.

To understand this further, ERM has been discussing the concept of building ‘the mine we want to see’. It puts forward a framework that challenges mining companies to think about ways they can build a competitive advantage through sustainable practices.

Many of our sessions throughout the week of PDAC will look at how companies can build sustainable elements into their mine operations and strategies, and as a result be better equipped to manage risk and secure future growth.

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ERM’s Role at PDAC 2019

ERM has been a participant at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention for over 10 years. Each year, we look forward to speaking alongside our clients and colleagues. Below are some of our activities throughout the event.

Sunday, March 3 - Wednesday, March 6
Exhibit at booth #726 in the convention centre’s South Building

Monday, March 4, 2019
Host ERM's sustainability-focused panel: Building the mine we want to see

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Speak at PDAC’s Session Ireland: Open for business session
Chair the Corporate Presentation Forum for Investors: Royalty companies, prospect generators and global financing
Sponsor of the Trailblazer Award: Mining for Diversity Cocktail & Awards Gala, a WIM and PDAC partnership event

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Co-chair & speak at the Technical Session: Advancing feasibility to construction

ERM Overview and Speaking Sessions at PDAC 2019

Exhibiting at PDAC
Sunday, March 3 to Wednesday, March 6, (South Building)
ERM will exhibit at booth #726 in the Convention Center’s South Building throughout the week.

View our booth in the South Building trade show

Sustainable Mining – Building the Mine We Want to See
Monday, March 4, Presentation Room 202B (North Building), 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Mining walks a fine line when navigating evolving stakeholder and shareholder expectations. With rising globalization, the demand for mining products and scrutiny over how they are extracted and used continues to grow.

This new reality directly impacts the way we do business. We are affected by changes driven through technological innovation, investor activism, community and consumer demands and government policy. We will talk about five pillars integral to the future of mining. Panelists will share their perspectives on what it will take for mining to remain a leader in the sustainability space. Attendees can raise their own questions and help to define, “the mine we want to see.”

The session will be moderated by Louise Pearce, ERM’s Global Mining Lead, and feature the following panelists.

  • Danièle Spethmann, President and Chief Executive Officer, Warrior Gold Inc.
  • Louise Grondin, Sr. Vice President Environment, Sustainable Development & People, Agnico Eagle Mines, Ltd.
  • Mark Edwards, Vice President, Community and Government, Teck Resources Ltd.
  • Richard Young, President and Chief Executive Officer, Teranga Gold Corp.

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Speaking at the session Ireland: Open for business
Tuesday, March 5, 2019, Room 203B (North Building), 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
Geological Survey Ireland and Enterprise Ireland (national export agency) are promoting Ireland as an investment destination, and as a source of internationally traded geoscientific services. As a member of Geoscience Ireland, Jane Shaw, Principal Consultant with ERM, will present an innovative new method of finding buried mineralization using ERM’s proprietary Catchment Scale Exploration Tool (CSET).
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Chairing the Corporate Presentation Forum for Investors: Royalty companies, prospect generators and global financing
Tuesday, March 5, 2019, Room 802 (South Building), 10:00 am – 11:30 am
The PDAC Corporate Presentation Forum for Investors, chaired by Jim Chan, ERM, and will provide investors with direct access to select exploration and development companies.  Speakers will discuss their current activities, stage of development and investment potential.
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Co-Chairing the Technical Session: Advancing feasibility to construction
Wednesday, March 6, Room 717 (North Building), 9:10 am - 11:15 am
This Technical Session will feature some exceptional speakers presenting their story on reducing risk and increasing project value when advancing projects from feasibility to construction. This session will be co-chaired by Jim Chan, ERM, and Aleksandr Mitrofanov, SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc.

Emily Nunn, Principal Consultant with ERM, will present ‘Unlocking community consent: Making or breaking project feasibility’. Through examples from key jurisdictions around the world, we will look at the critical role consent now plays in building a successful mining project. This presentation will explore how the concept of consent continues to evolve through the application of FPIC, UNDRIP, and global changes in digitalization and communication, and what this means for project feasibility and the future of mining.
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ERM's Speakers

Louise Pearce is the ERM’s Global Mining Lead. 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 is a Senior Consultant – Project Manager based in Toronto. Jim is driven to help shape the business of sustainability. With over 15 years of experience, he works in impact assessment, regulatory permitting, consultation and Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) due diligence for the mining sector. 

Emily Nunn is a Principal Consultant and Social Performance Specialist based in Dakar, Senegal. With a background in community development and human rights, Emily has been working with the mining sector since 2011, helping companies understand and manage the social risks, impacts and opportunities associated with their projects.

Jane Shaw is a geologist and hydrogeologist with more than 25 years’ experience in mineral exploration and environmental consultancy. Jane specializes in catchment-scale water assessments to identify current and future sensitivities to water supply and discharge for projects, communities and the environment. 


Metro Toronto Convention Centre 
Toronto, Canada

The WIM Trailblazer Award & PDAC ‘Mining for Diversity Cocktail and Awards’ ceremony

ERM is the proud sponsor of the Trailblazer Award at the Women in Mining (WIM) and PDAC ‘Mining for Diversity Cocktail and Awards’ ceremony, which celebrates diversity and inclusion in the mining industry.

The WIM Trailblazer Award is the first national award in Canada to recognize the achievements of women who have made a significant contribution to Canadian mining and/or the inclusion of women in the industry. Join us on March 5, from 4-6 pm. Access is free with your PDAC pass.

ERM Contact

Please contact Navita Khokha at [email protected] if you have any questions about ERM’s participation during the PDAC.