Finding Success in a Changing World - What Does Sustainable Mining Mean to You?

Changing global geo-political and economic conditions have resulted in uncertainty for the resource sector over the last few years. While there is now a better balance between the supply and demand of commodities as we return to growth mode, there is pressure for mining companies to remain competitive in an ever-changing world. Today, companies embrace sustainable business practices that help attract new workers, embrace technology, mitigate environmental impact, support communities and drive regulatory transparency.

ERM’s Role at PDAC 2018

ERM has been a participant at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Conference for over 10 years. As the world’s leading mineral exploration conference, it brings in over 25,000 delegates from 120 countries around the world. Below are some of our activities throughout the event.

Exhibitor at booth #726 in the Convention Centre’s South Building
Sunday, March 4 - Wednesday, March 7

Ireland Day: Open for Business
Monday, March 5

PDAC Technical Session: From Pre-feasibility/Feasibility to Construction: The Last Pieces of the Puzzle
Tuesday, March 6

ERM Panel Discussion: Sustainable Mining: Is It Good Business?
Tuesday, March 6

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 2018

Exhibiting at PDAC
Sunday, March 4 to Wednesday, March 7
ERM will exhibit at booth #726 in the Convention Center’s south building throughout the week.
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Introducing ERM at the session Ireland: Open for Business
Monday March 5, 2:00 – 7:00 pm, Room 203B
Geological Survey Ireland (GSI) and Enterprise Ireland (national export agency) will host “Ireland - Open for Business”, promoting Ireland as an investment destination, and as a source of internationally traded geoscientific services. As a new member of Geoscience Ireland, ERM will be participating in their afternoon session at 4:30 pm. 
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Co-Chairing a PDAC Technical Session: From Pre-feasibility/Feasibility to Construction: The Last Pieces of the Puzzle
Tuesday March 6, 9:10 am - 11:40 am, Room 713

This technical session will feature a number of talks on reducing risk and increasing project value at the feasibility stages. This will be co-chaired by Jim Chan, a Senior Consultant with ERM, and Stephen Wallace, of Canyon Copper.
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ERM Panel Session (PDAC Presentation Room): Sustainable Mining - Is it Good Business?
Tuesday March 6, 2:00 pm to 4:00pm, Room 202B (North Building)

What was seen as leading practice in sustainability five years ago is now considered the minimum standard of corporate responsibility in the mining sector. Stakeholder and shareholder expectations are rapidly increasing as a result of global economic, social, and political trends. Leading companies are continuously striving to anticipate and address these changes in order to remain at the forefront of the sustainable mining movement. But for companies to invest significantly in sustainability policy, and ensure that a commitment to sustainability practice is made from site to corporate, a question must be asked and answered: is sustainable mining good business?

Through a panel discussion with industry leaders and specialists from the finance sector, ERM will look at:

  • How the concept and practice of sustainable mining continues to evolve and what it means today to a company’s bottom line.
  • What sustainable mining looks like at key stages in the mineral development cycle – including exploration and mine closure 
  • How practices must evolve to ensure a return on investment and stakeholder’s increasing expectations.

ERM’s panelists will share their perspectives on the current state of sustainable mining, with examples of the technological and performance innovation their companies have applied. The session will be moderated be Louise Pearce, Global Managing Partner for the mining sector at ERM and feature the following panelists.

  • Tom Albanese, Former CEO of Rio Tinto and Vedanta
  • Elaine Dorward-King, Executive Vice President of Sustainability & External Relations, Newmont
  • Jeff Hanman, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Teck
  • Scott Yarrow, Vice President, Sustainability, Glencore

Attendees will be invited to join ERM and the panelists for a cocktail reception following the discussion.

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ERM Contact

Please contact Navita Khokha at if you have any questions about ERM’s participation during the PDAC conference.