Toronto: Lessons from a National Survey of Exploration Health and Safety

March 29, 2017 all-day
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Bay Adelaide Centre
East Tower, 22 Adelaide Street West, 34th floor

For its Wednesday, March 29th, meeting, the Toronto Discussion Group of CIM’s Management and Economics Society is pleased to welcome:

Dr. William Mercer

Vice President, Exploration
Avalon Advanced Materials Inc.


who will deliver a presentation on:

Lessons from a National Survey of Exploration Health and Safety


Abstract: The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) in partnership with the Association for Mineral Exploration – BC (AME) has conducted a safety performance survey of the national mineral exploration industry in Canada for eleven years now. In periods of increased exploration activity, the mineral exploration industry has had a relatively high frequency of incidents and far too high a rate of fatalities. What is the cause of this disturbing trend? “Leading indicators” show that not all companies have a strong safety culture. Given the involvement of professional engineers and geoscientists in many smaller exploration companies, this is especially worrying.


BIO: After a 32-year career in mineral exploration with the Noranda/Falconbridge group, Dr. Mercer has been Vice President, Exploration with Avalon Advanced Materials since 2007. In 2005, after being President of the Prospectors and Developers Association from 2002 to 2004, he started the PDAC Health and Safety Committee. The objective was to enable the national exploration industry as a whole to improve its health and safety performance. As chair of the committee, Dr. Mercer gives frequent presentations to exploration audiences on the learnings from the work of the committee.

In January 2009, Dr. Mercer was the recipient of the David Barr Award from the Association for Mineral Exploration in British Columbia for excellence in leadership and innovation in mineral exploration health and safety. In 2015, he was the recipient of the “Award for Environmental Excellence” of the NWT and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists in recognition of his environmental efforts relating to renewable energy use at Avalon’s Nechalacho Project in Canada’s Northwest Territories.

Avalon Advanced Materials is a Canadian mineral development company with a primary focus on the rare metals and minerals, headquartered in Toronto. Health and safety, social responsibility and leadership in environmental stewardship are corporate cornerstones.


Please join us!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Refreshments at 4:15pm – Presentation at 4:35pm


Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Bay Adelaide Centre, East Tower
22 Adelaide Street West, 34th floor, Toronto


Seminar is complimentary and seats are limited. Register by Monday, March 27 to secure your place. Please RSVP by replying to if you are interested in attending. This is also an excellent networking opportunity and there is no charge to attend.


Thank you to our sponsor, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, for providing the space.


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