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I’ve written about the role tiny bacteria play in mine site reclamation to billion-dollar deals between giant mining equipment companies. I’ve covered gold, copper, rare earth metals, diamonds, coal and industrial minerals. I’ve interviewed First Nations leaders about Liquefied Natural Gas pipelines in British Columbia, asked artisanal miners about alternative occupations in Colombia, and quizzed geophysicists using next-generation techniques to find deep ore deposits in South Africa. Sometimes, all in the same week!

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Publication: Mineral Exploration

King Copper: From solar panels to electric cars, B.C.’s red metal is fueling a global clean energy transition

By Kylie Williams & Christine Ogryzlo Necessity is making strange bedfellows: organizations that champion sustainability and a greener future are supporting mining as a key factor in that new, low carbon economy. Even the World Bank sees mineral resource development as a complement rather than a competitor to a greener, more sustainable future. According to... Read more »

Gender Equity in Mining Works: Case Studies Report

ABSTRACT: Following a successful launch of the pilot program in 2016, the number of active sites who have adopted and/or continue to use Gender Equity in Mining Works (GEM Works) training has increased along with a growing number of Change Agents. To meet the evolving needs of the Canadian minerals and metals sector while ensuring the effectiveness and sustainability of the... Read more »

Geoscience BC 2017 Annual Report

CHAIRS WELCOME: Geoscience BC has been delivering high-quality, innovative and credible earth science for more than 12 years. It benefits all British Columbians, including communities, First Nations, the resource sectors and all levels of government. We collaborate with these partners and our work enables balanced decisions to be made to attract investment and ensure natural resource... Read more »

Publication: ENSEMBLE

Tools to manage cultural differences in the workplace: Dr Lionel Laroche

Dr Lionel Laroche, a cross-cultural trainer and consultant, gave an incredibly informative and entertaining webinar earlier to ENSEMBLE listeners this week. Filled with funny, first-hand stories, he explained the challenges immigrants face when they come to Canada to work in mining. It’s so obvious to me now (now that I’ve heard him explain it!) that how and where we... Read more »

Publication: Innovation

Questions From the Grenfell Tower Fire: Could it Happen in BC?

The world looked on in horror as the Grenfell Tower fire in West London, England, claimed 71 lives and injured many more in June 2017. Several hundred occupants lived in the 129 social housing flats in the recently refurbished 24-storey building. Similar cladding materials to the newly-installed aluminum composite panels on the outside of the... Read more »

Publication: AME Blog

Speaking With One Voice On Notice Of Work Exploration Permit Applications

At AME, we advocate for the interests of almost 5,000 members engaged in mineral exploration and development in British Columbia. Being an advocate involves listening to how members are affected by a certain policy, aligning our priorities with those in government, coordinating a response on behalf of our members, and delivering a clear, specific, and... Read more »

Publication: CIM Magazine

A sweet solution to social responsibility

Cordoba Minerals’ beekeeping initiative at its San Matias project gives locals a new employment opportunity Jesus Maria Suarez looks like a typical mineral exploration project employee in his well-worn jeans and blue shirt, emblazoned with the company logo. In the mountainous jungle of northern Colombia, he is as well known to the local communities as... Read more »

Publication: CIM Magazine

Clear and clean

Monitor, share, innovate, reduce and repeat. This is the new water cycle for mines. Access to water is a growing global humanitarian and environmental challenge. In the latest World Economic Forum Global Risks Report, water crises ranked fifth in terms of global impact. Competing demands for water will result in food crises, large-scale involuntary migration and... Read more »

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